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Six Key Business Metrics You Need to Track

by Nellie Akalp | March 26/2015 | business metrics, churn, ltv
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key business metrics

Not every business owner wants to dive deep into metrics. However, the only way to truly know how your business is doing is to take its pulse on a regular basis. The good news is that you don’t have to be a data scientist or pore over countless charts and numbers. You just need to…


Think Like a Business Owner, Not an Employee

by FreshBooks | March 19/2015 | small business mindset, entrepreneurship, business-growth
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think like a business owner

Plenty of workers dream of making the leap from traditional employment to entrepreneurship or freelancing work - of walking into their boss’s office, resigning on the spot, and riding off into the sunset of freedom they envision their new lives will entail.

But unfortunately, many of these same workers find that the world of self-employment…


Three Keys for Closing Deals Faster

by FreshBooks | March 18/2015 | closing deals, negotiations, freelancing
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close deals faster

Deena, a freelance web designer, came to me last year after losing out on a deal with a big prospect because she let her own cash flow issues get in the way of building rapport.

The deadly discount

Her problems started after a very lean summer. Cash flow had slowed to a trickle and she…


New: Payroll Now Available in the U.S.

by Faraz Shafaghi | March 17/2015 | payroll, zenpayroll
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ZenPayroll now Availiable

FreshBooks has partnered with ZenPayroll - a delightful, modern cloud payroll solution designed for small business owners just like you - to help make managing your books even easier. If you’re looking for an easy-to-use online payroll solution that works with your FreshBooks account, give ZenPayroll a whirl and sign up for a free 2-month


7 Pitfalls to Avoid When Hiring an Assistant

by FreshBooks | March 17/2015 | hiring an assistant, virtual-assistant, grow your business
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hiring an assistant

Stop me if this sounds familiar… You’re sitting at your desk, staring nervously at your to-do list. The projects and tasks kept piling up, but no matter what you do, you never seem to be able to get ahead. Your business acquaintances kept hounding you to hire an assistant to help grow your business,…


Navigating the ACA: Health Insurance Options for Self-Employed Professionals

by FreshBooks | March 12/2015 | health insurance
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health insurance freelancers

Leaving your job to pursue a freelance career is an exciting prospect, but there’s one hang-up that confounds many would-be solo workers. It isn’t the thought of leaving the steady salary of a traditional job, and it isn’t the reality of giving up paid sick days - although both of these are valid concerns.

Instead,…


4 Tips to Digitize the Shoebox This Tax Season

by FreshBooks | March 11/2015 | 2015 tax planning, accountants
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tax-pile

“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” is a song frequently heard during the holiday season, but many practitioners are singing it aloud now that the 2015 tax season is in full swing, which means many of you are working very hard to meet client deadlines. During the heat of peak times, however, many…


Freelancing 101: The 7 Legal Documents All Freelancers Need

by FreshBooks | March 10/2015 | dba, business license, business registration, contracts, invoice, nda
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legal documents freelancers

Freelancing is often spoken of as the “Wild West” of the employment world. Freelancers “go rogue,” and they “ride off into the sunset” to enjoy their new lives of unparalleled freedom and opportunity.

But the problem with this common perception isn’t just that it’s usually wrong (just ask any working freelancer how long flying by…


Hiring Your First Employee: Scaling Your Small Business

by FreshBooks | March 9/2015 | find employees, hiring employee, scale small business
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find employees

You’ve been going it alone as a freelancer for some time, and business is good. You’re rocking your projects and you’ve secured a steady stream of clients… but your workload is starting to get overwhelming. You’re so tied up with project work that you don’t have time to respond to inquiries, handle your bookkeeping, or…


Coffee Shop vs Coworking Space: Where Should You Work?

by FreshBooks | March 4/2015 | coworking, home office
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co-working vs coffee shop

In the not-so-distant past, freelancers and other “office-less” workers had few options when it came to locations for doing business. But these days, that’s all changing, thanks to dramatic growth in the number of workers who identify as freelancers.

Today, nearly one in three U.S. workers is a freelancer, according to research conducted by Edelman…