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5 Ways to Raise Prices without Losing Clients

by Evan Horowitz | March 30/2015 | freelance pricing, raising rates, losing clients
5 Ways to Raise Prices without Losing Clients

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Editor’s note: last week we explored “when is it the right time to raise your rates?”. This week, Evan continues the discussion with tangible tips on how to raise your rates without losing clients

Recently the owner of a successful design firm approached me for help raising their rates. They hadn’t raised their…


Freelancing 101: Is It Time to Raise Your Rates?

by FreshBooks | March 27/2015 | freelancing, freelancing rates, raise your rates
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freelance pricing

Surfing the web late one night, you stumble onto the site of a freelancer just like you. You hop over to her pricing page, only to see that not only is she charging double your rates - she’s fully booked up for the next three months.

If you’re sick and tired of scraping by, or…


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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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…


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,…


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


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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“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…