If there’s one thing that every single freelancer, startup or even an established business complains about without a doubt, it’s about never getting paid on time. Clients will chase you on every deadline, make a thousand and one changes to the project brief, ask for freebies and discounts galore, but when the time comes to loosen those purse strings, they suddenly vanish into thin air.
Sound familiar? Maybe the problem is not the clients. Maybe it’s got a little to do with the mess that is your invoicing system. So what can you do to fix the problem and get that wondrous check in the mail right on time? Continue reading
It is one thing to possess the basic qualifications required for your field. It’s another to be the type of individual that has the ability to adapt. The latter is required if you want to experience sustained success in business and life in general. Change is the only constant, and making sure you’re ready to face whatever comes your way makes you an asset to the people you work with and the people you work for. Continuing education is a vital part of the process; here are some things to consider in pursuit of more knowledge. Continue reading
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Have you considered your small business website lately? If not, it’s time to make it a priority. We’ll explain why.
If you own or run a small business, you understand that having a quality web presence can make or break your success. Whether you are selling a product or offering your services, potential customers need to find you. The best for them to do so? By accessing your website and having quality information about your business, products and services at their fingertips.
How can you make sure your website meets customers’ needs? By creating it with a website builder that’s high quality, versatile, and offers a large number of e-commerce solutions.
One of these website builders is Weebly, which was one of the first do-it-yourself website building tools. Weebly provides users with a number of customizable templates, a storefront for product sales and a web editor that allows even novices to design and build their own website.
With the real estate market having an upward trend, starting a building inspection service business is very attractive. Aside from earning huge profits (if you work hard enough), you are giving yourself the wonderful opportunity of working at your own pace–which is true in most businesses, especially if you are the boss.
Growing your startup building inspection biz could be hard because of the competition but it isn’t impossible. However, without applying the appropriate marketing strategies, your business might fail. To prevent that from happening, here are a few simple marketing strategies that could help boost your biz: Continue reading
“Do you accept credit cards?” If you’re a business owner you probably hear this question again and again. If you’re starting a new business, or thinking about it, get ready. You’ll need to have the right answer. The alternative can be costly.
Isn’t credit card processing expensive?
There are, of course, fees involved with credit card processing. These fees are a tax-deductible (consult your tax advisor) cost of doing business like your rent or electric bill. Now, you could certainly save money by turning off your lights. However, the negative effect on your business would likely outweigh any savings. Continue reading
An improving economy and a more buoyant jobs market naturally makes it harder for employers to hold on to their best people. So, with talent retention a big concern for HR, what can employers and HR do to tie down their top talent?
While no employer wants to keep an unhappy member of staff or someone that desperately wants a new challenge elsewhere, I suspect that a high number of those saying they intend to move jobs in 2015 don’t fall into either of those camps. These are the people who we can and should be trying to reach.
But what can be done to prevent to prevent your talented people from having their head turned by a job offer? Continue reading
Social media seems to have taken over the world. If you’ve looked into new strategies for driving attention to your brand, you’re probably well aware of this. You’ve also likely learned that your website is critical for providing information about your brand and promoting certain actions. Lately, a new trend has emerged, a trend that combines the appeal of social networks with the important foundation laid by websites: user-generated content. Continue reading
Whilst working as self employed you are bound to incur expenses that are required for the running of your business. These can then be offset against your revenue to reduce your overall tax liability.
You never want to pay more tax than you need to, so it makes sense to claim for all the expenses that you can. Just remember that an expense has to be ‘wholly and exclusively’ for business purposes, so you can’t claim your weekly food shop.
To give you an idea of what you can claim, here is a comprehensive list of expenses for the self employed. Continue reading
When you first started your business, you probably thought that you’d be able to go on a long vacation whenever you would want to. Fast forward to the present and you now know better! As captain of the ship, it’s not all fun and games; there is a lot riding on you.
But just because you’re in charge of a company doesn’t mean you can’t take a break from work. Disconnecting from all the mayhem once in a while will do you good.
A vacation will help you relax and get more creative. It will also boost your productivity. And if you’re in luck, you might find the opportunity to get in touch with fellow entrepreneurs or other inspiring people. Continue reading
If you don’t have a blog on your business site as of yet, you’ve already been left in the dust. The good news is that you can still recover pretty quickly if you take some proactive steps right now. Why is a blog important? Because search engines are now tracking the content of blogs and basing rankings on the quality and quantity of blog posts initiated on business sites! Having a business blog is just part of the equation if you hope to grow your business! Continue reading