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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…


Freelancing 101: Firing Bad Clients

by FreshBooks | March 3/2015 | bad clients, freelancing
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firing clients

It’s late. You’ve been working on a tight deadline, only to see the “New Message” notification pop up on your inbox. It’s from one of your clients… and it’s not good.

Not only is the client unhappy with your proposed direction for his project, he’d like to change the scope of your work significantly -…


5 Tricks to Find Part-Time Employees

by Evan Horowitz | March 2/2015 | find employees
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A successful freelance designer recently approached me to say how overwhelmed she was. Seemingly overnight she had swung from desperately searching for clients to being swamped with project work. She needed help fast, but she didn’t know how to get it. And she didn’t have time to mess around.

Many small businesses face this challenge.…


3 Tax Tips for Small Business Owners

by Guest Author | January 28/2015 | tax-tips, payroll, deductions
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3 Tax Tips for Small Business Owners

According to Molly Brogan, vice president of public affairs for NSBA, one in three small business owners annually spend two full workweeks on federal taxes. 87% of small business owners reported that they have to pay an outside accountant or return preparer because the forms are too complicated to do independently.

As a small business…


5 Ways to Find More Work with Each Client

by Andy Haynes | January 26/2015 | freelancing, client-management, business strategy, 0
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Getting More from Your Client

Let me tell you a story about an entrepreneur who learned to find more work with a single client-and how you can do the same. Michelle is a client of mine. She had been working as a marketing consultant for almost a year and had landed a few good clients. Unfortunately, her biggest client, a…


Impress Clients with Mobile-Friendly Invoices

by Rob Guenette | January 22/2015 | invoices, mobile-phones, mobile generator
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Mobile Friendly Invoices

Did you know that 1 in 5 FreshBooks invoices are viewed on a mobile device? That number has more than doubled since 2011 (from 9% in 2011 to 21% in 2014). This means that more of your clients are viewing your invoices on their mobile devices – and this trend is only going to increase.


How to Scale Your Business in 2015

by Nellie Akalp | January 20/2015 | Scaling your business, culling your client list, pricing-model, 0
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How to scale your business in 2015

The beginning of the year provides a great reflection point to take stock of where you are, where you want to be, and how you’re going to get there. Your freelance business may be humming along at a steady pace, but just how big can it grow?

The key to scaling your business is to…


12 Tips for Gaining a Foothold in the Freelance Writing World

by Andrew Rennie | January 15/2015 | Freelance writing, best practices, project-management
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12 Tips to Gaining a Foothold in the Freelance Writing World

Professional writing is a rewarding but often punishing gig. Between the flashes of personal fulfillment and expressed creativity are crummy pay, work draughts, and pitches that can feel like they’re subject to the law of diminishing returns. Follow these 12 tips, however, and you’ll soon be producing great content in a way that doesn’t have…


How I’m Learning Entrepreneurship-and what You Can Learn from Me

by Ritika Puri | January 13/2015 | entrepreneurship, design, scaling-a-business
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How I'm Learning Entrepreneurship -- and what You can Learn from Me

Our society tends to celebrate entrepreneurs as super-human heroes - individuals who venture off the beaten path to build billion dollar companies from their garages; bring brilliant ideas to life and ride waves of larger-than-life luck. But I’m not super-human, brilliant, lucky, or any of the things that people associate with entrepreneurship. My secret weapon,…