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10 legal tips for wrapping up the year

by Nellie Akalp | November 18/2014 | end-of-year-business-planning, end-of-year-legal-tips
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The end of the year can feel like a black hole for the small business owner. There are family get-togethers and holiday parties, not to mention closing out projects for time-pressed clients and prepping for the year ahead. While it’s easy to get overwhelmed during these hectic weeks, it’s still important to make time to…


5 tips for successful sales collateral

by Guest Author | November 11/2014 | best-sales-brochures, sales-collateral-best-practices
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sales-collateralMany people might be surprised to hear this, but sales collateral— even printed on paper—is still an effective way to help sell your products and services. Even with all of the great modern digital technology that we can use to promote our businesses and connect with clients, it’s still a good idea to have a…


Canadian Small Business Week, 2014: That’s a wrap!

by FreshBooks | November 10/2014 | freshbooks-freshbrew, small-business-week-canada
Canadian Small Business Week, 2014: That's a wrap!

As you might know October 19-25 was Small Business Week in Canada, and to celebrate, the team at FreshBooks banded together in its FreshMobile to hit the streets of Toronto and deliver free #FreshBrew coffee to fuel small business owners. We dropped off bags of coffee beans to some of our nearby clients, met with…


What to do when an introduction goes wrong

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Introductions and referrals are the life blood of most entrepreneurs’ success, but they don’t always go as planned. Instead of leading to a new client, botched introductions can backfire and jeopardize your relationship with your existing client.

I found that out the hard way when Peter, a client I had worked with for years, suggested…


Freshoween ‘14: Thank you for showcasing your spooky side

by FreshBooks | November 6/2014 | freshbooks-halloween, freshoween, halloween-costume-contest
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The costumes are back in the closet, you’re likely recovering from a candy-induced coma, and there’s one thing for certain—small business owners are certainly _not _Halloweenies!

Everyone who participated in the Freshoween ‘14 Photo Contest brought their Halloween spirit in spades; after sorting through all the spooktacular submissions, we’ve landed on the winners……


When the client won’t tell you their budget

by Evan Horowitz | November 4/2014 | business-proposals, find-out-clients-budget
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“It’s like shooting in the dark!” exclaimed my client, a website developer. “I have NO IDEA how much they’re willing to spend. And I am wasting hours and hours making proposals that are ultimately rejected.”

Most freelancers and small businesses encounter many potential clients who don’t say what their budget is. You don’t want to…


Halloween Costume Contest ‘14: Vote for Your Favorite!

by Lindsay Lapchuk | October 31/2014 | freshbooks-halloween, freshoween, halloween-costume-contest
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Update: Thais has won our 2014 Halloween Costume Contest for her awesome FreshBooks Illustration costume. Thais will celebrate with a night out on the town for two. Thanks to everyone for sending in your votes. The countdown until Halloween 2015 is already on… see you next year!

Here we go again—it’s Halloween! And FreshBooks is…


WANTED: Your Halloween Spirit in Exchange for a Chance to Win Big

by FreshBooks | October 30/2014 | contest, halloween
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Update (Oct. 30th) - Halloween is just one day away! Don’t be a halloweenie and join in on the world’s biggest small business halloween contest for a chance to win big.

Check your calendars - Halloween is just one week away…and you’ve likely been so busy working ‘round the clock to serve your clients that…


Freelancing 101: Fight for your focus

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This is the final post in a 4-week series that focuses on advice, tips and tricks from long-time freelancer, Andy Haynes. Andy shares some of his biggest mistakes made during his first year freelancing to help other freelancers navigate their first year with success.

About half-way through my first year as a freelancer I had…


Uniting a community, one bean at a time - The story behind #FreshBrew

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Today, the FreshMobile will be delivering free #FreshBrew coffee-a unique blend of Ethiopian and Honduran coffee beans—to entrepreneurs attending the Small Business Forum at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Everyone loves coffee, especially free delicious coffee brought to you by FreshBooks, but what you may not know about this particular brew is that it has…