The Best from the FreshBooks Blog: 2016 Roundup

December 27, 2016

2016 is nearing its end and we can hardly believe it. Over the last year, we ideated, created and published content made especially for you: the self-employed professional. And it’s our new year’s resolution to do it all over again in 2017, so you can continue running your business and doing what you love. Straight from the FreshBooks blog, we handpick 20 of our favorite posts from 2016.

Best in Small Business

Solopreneurs, Add This to your Business Card: “New Economy Pioneer”: Welcome to the New Economy: By 2020, more than 40 per cent of the American workforce—60 million people—will be independent workers, such as freelancers, contractors and temporary employees. (read more)

Is Failing to Have a Long-Term Business Plan, Planning to Fail?: Think of business planning through the lenses of a microscope and a telescope. The microscope is the immediate, blown-up view of your business. The telescope takes a more long-range view. Which one do you most commonly use when it comes to your business? (read more)

The Anatomy of a Digital Influencer–And How to Become One: Step aside, Kim K. “Influencer” is taking on a whole new meaning, especially in the digital space. But luckily you won’t have to carry a celebrity status or land a multimillion-dollar endorsement deal to become one. (read more)

Don’t Let Imposter Syndrome Stymy Your Success: That inability to “own” your accomplishments could be imposter syndrome. This occurs when people attribute their success to outside factors instead of their own talent or hard work. (read more)

Is Your Business Growing Too Fast? (Yes, There’s Such a Thing): As far as problems go, this one might sound like a great one, but rapid growth can actually be as disastrous as a business that never really takes off. In fact, the result is often the same: failure. (read more)

Best in Industries

Andy J. Miller: How to Break Through Creative Anxiety: I believe that anxiety is the antithesis of creativity. Trying to be creative from a place of anxiety is like trying to plant a garden on concrete. (read more)

Tech Startup Company? Face These Legal Questions Head-On: Before you get ahead of yourself with Mark Zuckerberg-sized goals, it’s important to lay the foundation for a successful, sustainable business. That often begins with legal considerations. (read more)

Should You Be a Business Consultant? Skills, Tips and Getting Started: Consulting can also seem like a dream position for those who dislike becoming embroiled in the workings of a company and instead enjoy solving problems with a bird’s eye perspective. Indeed, it’s often that bird’s eye perspective that makes business consultants effective in their roles. (read more)

Listen Up: 7 of the Best Podcasts for Lawyers: There are more ways for people of all stripes, including lawyers, to take in the content they want, when they want it, and where they want it. Podcasts are back in style again, for a number of reasons, and that includes some excellent podcasts for lawyers. (read more)

Construction & Trades: 7 Things that Should Be Part of Your Construction Contract: If you’ve got an enthusiastic homeowner and a straightforward job, you might be tempted to skip this step, but a contract will protect you and your clients from costly misunderstandings. (read more)

Best in Marketing Tips

Stand Apart: What All Small Businesses Need a Branding Strategy: If you’re a solopreneur trying to find your groove, do you have a brand—or is that just for big companies like McDonald’s and Nike? (read more)

Easy-to-Use Logo Creator Tools for Freelancers & Small Business Owners: A company logo is an essential part of making your company recognizable and legitimate. Used on your website header, online profiles, business cards, stationery and any other marketing presence, your logo unites your various profiles. (read more)

Get the Word Out with These Amazing (and Free) Marketing Tools: To own a business, people have to know yours exists—and it goes beyond plopping a website online. To give your marketing efforts a little push and inspiration, we’ve compiled a list of both free and user-friendly marketing tools to use for your small business. (read more)

75 Websites to Find Royalty-Free Images for Your Business: Compelling images garner more clicks. As a business owner, maybe you don’t have a high-flying budget to pay for pricey stock photos for your business, but need not worry. (read more)

Best in Money

Chase What You’re Worth: 6 Signs it’s Time to Raise Your Freelance Rates: Whether you bill by the hour, the word or the project, you’re leaving money on the table if you’ve been cruising on autopilot, rather than revising your freelance rates as you gain new skills and experience. (read more)

Your Business Structure Affects Your Taxes—Here’s How: There’s a lot of new water to navigate when you start a business. Some aspects you will love, others will give you a major headache. I’m guessing that for most, figuring out your business structure, taxes and other legalities will fall under that second category. (read more)

Hobby or Business? What it Matters to Know the Difference: Whether you’re just trying to earn a little money on the side, diversify your income stream or turn your side hustle into a full-time gig, make sure you know how to avoid having your status challenged by the IRS. (read more)

Best in FreshBooks News

The All-New FreshBooks is Here: An Open Letter from Founder Mike McDerment: This is more than just a redesign or facelift. The all-new FreshBooks has been rebuilt from the ground up exclusively for you, the self-employed professional. (read more)

Young Girls Code Their Way to a Brighter Future: FreshBooks and Girls Learning Code set out to create the perfect environment to get girls truly excited about the power of code. (read more)

Manage Your Creative Business with Help from Format and FreshBooks: Format, an online portfolio platform, teamed up with FreshBooks to make a free, digital guide: How to Manage Your Creative Business. They chat with experts and explore the transition from freelancer to business owner, sharing tactics for handling difficult clients and even touching on the benefits of invoicing. (read more / download)

From the FreshBooks Content Team to you and yours, we wish you a Happy New Year!

about the author

Content Marketing Manager, FreshBooks Megan Santos is the Content Marketing Manager at FreshBooks. Before joining the team, she was the Editor of a national trade publication and has over 6 years of experience in writing and editing. Connect with Megan on LinkedIn and say hello!

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