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How to Deal with Isolation as a Freelancer

Becoming a freelancer and going out on your own can happen in a number of ways. Sometimes planned, and  sometimes not- either way can be daunting.

The first time I was self-employed was pretty easy, about a third of my day was out and about meeting with suppliers, moving products around and talking with clients. It was later on when I was providing a service as a Digital Marketing Consultant that I noticed a difference, but is was not straight away. (more…)

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5 Tips For Managing Your Own Non-Profit Start-Up

Starting a non-profit requires much more than a passionate team. These organizations fail almost as often as for-profit companies, and that is why it is so important for managers to know exactly what they are getting themselves into. When it comes to managing a non-profit you have to make sure that you are prepared for anything. Here are five tips you can use to ensure your non-profit remains successful for years to come. (more…)

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Tips To Build A Lucrative Niche Website For Profitable Business

Well, money doesn’t grow on trees, but it can on niche websites!

Niche websites can turn out to be a profitable business if everything is correctly. However, this undoubtedly takes a lot of time. You need to nurture it like a child, from design to content, everything is to be carefully chosen and strategized.

Here are six effective tips to help you make your niche website a success: (more…)

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Surety Bonds 101

The business world today is becoming increasingly risky and unpredictable. Therefore, if you are a business owner, you need to be more careful about the deals and contracts you get involved in. While it is not possible to completely eliminate the element of risk, there are steps you can take to mitigate it. Having a surety bond is one of the best ways of protecting yourself when it comes to contracts and agreements. (more…)

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Experts Weigh In: You just started your business, what’s next?

Starting a business is a huge process; it doesn’t happen overnight. Once you’ve incorporated, what comes next? We asked our small business experts what they did just before or after they opened their doors. Here’s what they had to say…

“When you start a business you need to get your legal docs (operating agreement or articles of incorporation) and accounting systems set up first. 

Once your business foundation is set up you need to focus on your product or service so you can provide customers with value that they will pay for. 

Finally, and most importantly, you need to focus on sales and marketing. Unless you can sell your product or service then you don’t have a business! 

It’s all vitally important, but if you don’t generate sales and revenue then the rest of it doesn’t matter.” –Nick Braun, Pet Insurance Quotes (more…)

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Three Reasons To Have A Third Party Registered Agent

Registered Agents are imperative for your business. The most common reason for this is that all entities doing business must register to do business within a state. And these states may also require having a Registered Agent within that state to complete the valid registration. It is clearly required by law for most states but, most first-time business owners don’t know the answers to what exactly a Registered Agent is and why shouldn’t they be their own? (more…)

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Friend or Foe? Robots in the Workplace

All of us are fascinated by the idea of robots in our homes, in public spaces, and in the workplace. But we see them as both a cause for excitement and for fear; they are marvelled and yet we are threatened by them. They have become such an ingrained part of our imagined future that we find it difficult to see them in our present. (more…)

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The Good and Bad of Automation For Online Businesses

Automation is discussed a lot, but it’s not always been well defined. Essentially, the process of automation requires removing human components of business procedures and operations and replacing them with more inexpensive computer-based systems.

Marketing automation is important because, when used well, it can increase the value of the business. On the other hand, automated calculators, though plentiful and easily accessible, do not generate accurate values for an online business and should be avoided. (more…)

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Why You Should Outsource Your Call Center Operations

In today’s increasingly competitive business world, maintaining a high standard of customer service is very important for survival. This is why every growing organization needs to have a call center to handle everything from emails and calls, to text messages and web chats. Such operations can be run in-house or outsourced to specialized service providers. Having an in-house call center can be very costly, requiring a significant investment in technology, equipment and facilities. In addition, a lot of energy and time is spent on training staff and sustaining operations.

Here are some of the reasons you should consider call center outsourcing: (more…)

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The 4 Best Ways To Secure Funding For Your Small Business

Start ups don’t grow on trees. If you’re looking to launch a successful company then you’re probably going to be responsible for most of the growth yourself. But there is certainly more than one way you can raise the cash to get your business off the ground. Whether you already have a wealthy financier ready to inject cash into your project or need to secure money from more personal links, there are plenty of opportunities for funding. (more…)

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