5 Easy Time Management Tips For Small Business Owners

Time Management Tips For Small Business OwnersWhen I first started developing my business I was not sure which way was up and which way was down. As I struggled with trying to figure out everything on my own, I came to the conclusion that it doesn’t have to be this way. As a matter of fact, small business owners can eliminate some of the hard work, simply by adjusting our schedules a little bit.

Depending on the size of your operation (for the sake of this argument we are going to say that it is not very big) you can apply a whole assortment of strategies to better utilize your free time. Why do I say free time? As an entrepreneur, you are in charge of your very own enterprise. And since that business is yours, it allows you the ability to explore different approaches to solve both mundane and specific problems at the workplace.  Here are a few of my tried and true tips on how make time management easy in doing so.

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4 Easy and Affordable Improvements for a Better Office Space

4 Easy and Affordable Improvements for a Better Office SpaceBy Felicia Baratz

Appearance may not be everything, but it counts for a great deal, and presenting a professional image is important for any business. If your office needs some sprucing up, some effective remodeling basics can be done without spending a bundle. Whether it’s flooring, painting or reorganizing, a do-it-yourself approach can allow you to do exactly what you want and within your budget.

Some simple remodeling projects can be done without professional help. Following are some of the ways you can improve your office environment without spending a fortune.

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8 Cheat Tips to Save Time, Money and Space in the Office

Office supply stores are eager to solve all your office needs . . . for a price. With a little creativity, you can find your own solutions, reduce company waste and save the company credit card for another day. Use these eight cheats to help save time, money and space around the office!

Corral your cords and cables

Computers come with copious cords and cables — power cords, monitor cables, printer cables, Ethernet, and more. Keeping all those cords organized and out of the way doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive:

How to Get Started with Marketing Planning

In my work with more than 4,000 start-up clients over the past twenty five years I have noticed a recurring pattern – many of these new entrepreneurs have set a financial goal they want to achieve their first year in business, but they haven’t committed to writing a detailed description of how they intend to achieve this result.

The process of doing so is known in the business planning process as “marketing planning”. Technology-oriented businesses often title this work as creating “the business model”. Continue reading

Guest Post: How to Do Your Taxes if You’re a Freelancer

This article was originally printed on LearnVest.com.

You’re free! Free to sleep in until 11 a.m., free to work while your adorable toddler plays at your feet, free to … keep really good records of all your expenses for your taxes.

We know. Not so fun. The reality is, being self-employed can be awesome for 11 months out of the year, and then come crashing down on your head in the form of lost receipts and unpaid estimated taxes in April. We want to save you from that sinking feeling. Read on for what every freelancer needs to know for your taxes.

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How to Properly Store Accounting Files Within the Cloud

Online document storage is increasingly becoming an integral part of any company offering accounting and/or bookkeeping services. It offers a sense of security to the small business owner because hard copies can easily be damaged or misplaced, and a way to store files long term without having to invest in additional filing space for the physical files. But it’s not enough to just store all of the files in a database as it will cause problems when it comes time to review or retrieve them. Having a system in place to organize and archive files will prove to be a big help to businesses in the years to come.

Although it is becoming very easy to store accounting and bookkeeping related files online, it is important to store them properly in order to minimize the hassle of searching through archives when a file is needed. It is also important to know which files to have on hand. Here are some ideas to help provide a better understanding of proper file storage. Continue reading

5 Tips for Preparing Your Small Business’s Taxes

At the beginning of each year, businesses begin to look at what they spent the year before, gather up receipts, approve budgets for the year, and start to get ready to file their taxes. Prepping your small business’ taxes early can be a long drawn-out process but gathering and preparing everything early on ensures that you and your employees are taken care of completely before April 15th.

Organize all of your records

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The 5 Essential Elements of a Home Office

Is the corporate office a thing of the past? For many modern workers, the answer is yes. Perhaps the most lifestyle-changing thing the internet has given us is the ability to work from home. More and more companies are employing telecommuters, which helps save with various overhead costs. Entrepreneurs, too, are choosing to work from their home offices rather than traditional cubicles.

For the past five and a half years I’ve worked from home, and during that time I’ve learned many lessons. But the one lesson that stands out above the rest: You need an organized and comfortable office, with the following five items that will make your home work life a whole lot easier. Continue reading

Why Email Hoarding Makes Sense

Have you ever gone to find an old email only to discover that you deleted it a week ago without thinking? Sometimes when it comes to emails, hoarding is actually a good idea. It pays to keep those old messages around because you never really know when you are going to need to look at something someone said or re-download that important file your boss sent you a month ago.

There are a few simple tricks and practices you can follow to keep track of your emails and relieve yourself of the worry of losing any emails that you may need in the future. While the latest craze is all about “inbox zero,” you may realize that in your line of work that’s impossible. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still keep yourself organized and quickly find the information you need. Consider following these practices to avoid costly mistakes. Continue reading

Guest Post: What It Takes to Run a Business

By David Nilssen, CEO & Co-founder, Guidant Financial

Before you make the leap into business ownership, it’s a good idea to ask yourself some tough questions to make sure you’re up to the job:

1) Are you self-motivated?

2) Are you organized?

3) Are you proficient in finance, accounting, sales, marketing and customer service?

4) Are you willing to put your business first?

If your answer to any of these questions is a firm “no” you may want to re-think your plans for entrepreneurship. If not; keep in mind there is more to starting a business than enjoying the excitement and joy of potential success. Continue reading