You really can’t run a modern business without an online presence, so there comes a time in every relevant professional career when you have to create a website. This can sound daunting, but don’t worry. These 11 tips tell you how to get started, turn your ideas into a functional system, then attract customers to your site after you launch.
You can set these goals over quarters or even years. “This year I want to make $20k freelancing over the $15k I made last year. Then, I can reinvest the extra cash in new equipment or marketing.” Here are five tips that you can put into action today to continue building your business towards revenue growth.
QuickBooks Online alone has three versions which can get confusing. I wanted to take some time to break down all of Intuit’s Quickbooks online accounting offerings to help you figure out which one is right for you.
As business owners, one of the greatest challenges we face is the act of really selling our products and services. I mean, let’s be honest - a pushy salesperson can be downright cringe-worthy! I wouldn’t even blame you if reading the word ‘salesperson’ just now made you wince.
You know when you’re scrolling through Instagram, and you pass the same stock photo 3 times? Sometimes, it seems like your entire feed is conspiring together to stay in the same color pallet. It can be easy to forget that behind a seemingly singular feed, are individuals with unique motivations, backgrounds, and obstacles.
As a creative entrepreneur, you may have noticed a few shifts in business lately; one of the most notable changes is that potential clients are no longer searching for the “best product at the best price” and running off into the sunset with their shiny new item. They are looking for more than just a quick transaction.
While pretty much all of us are doing some share of blogging, how many of us are keeping on top of its evolving trends the same way we do on Instagram? With blogging still being such a key aspect of entrepreneurship, we thought we would look ahead to what’s trending and how to stay ahead of the game.
Kindness is infectious. When we see it lived out, it always seems as though we are called to respond. Even in the most simple of applications, it can lift spirits, encourage, inspire and restore. Maybe you think that the level of kindness necessary to achieve meaningful impact is beyond your grasp. There are problems of every shape and size, and knowing how to help can be so overwhelming: can anything I do really make an impact in the big issues? Do the little acts I take actually mean anything? If you think starting small isn’t enough, we’re here to tell you why that isn’t true.
We’ve all been there before: you send your client that crucial contract, or that final invoice and breathlessly await their response. One simple signature or paid invoice and the process moves along and everyone is happy. You send it and you wait, and wait, and wait, and eventually, hours turn to days, turn to weeks. Maybe your livelihood depends on this job going through; maybe it’s just another job for you in a busy schedule that demands speed.
The creative entrepreneur puts in countless hours to make their product or service as excellent as possible. We perfect our trades, tweak our forms, implement powerful systems and do everything we can to make sure our clients know we're on our game. It's important we have all those aspects of our business down, but what happens if when it comes time to talk to your clients, they don't feel a connection? Something your clients are also going to look for, is how you interact with them on a personal level.
With freelancing continuing its rapid growth in popularity around the world, there has never been a better time to pursue your dream job! The technology and systems that are making this possible, however, are rapidly changing. This means that being “up-to-date” in entrepreneurship looks different today than it did 10, 5 or even a year ago! This is why it’s so important that we are mentally and logistically prepared to evolve with the industry! Here are a few tips to help you do that.
You've made up your mind about finally taking the plunge and transforming your passion into a business. You probably have some big ideas of how to expand your business, develop your brand, and forge potential partnerships. Great, that is definitely needed! Yet, there are some important decisions to make regarding your finances in order to drive and sustain your business. Consider it a foundation on which you can build your big ideas upon. Here are the four points to consider in no particular order:
Whether you’re a creative entrepreneur or run a product-based business, you need one essential thing to make money: clients. Without paying clients, your business isn’t really a business.
But finding great paying client can be hard, especially if you don’t like promoting yourself and are scared of sounding sleazy. And anyway, who wants to be on social media constantly promoting your products and services while life passes you buy…
Let’s set the record straight – incremental improvement works, and it works well. But, there’s a reason so many of us fall off the wagon when we’re trying to make small changes day after day. Raise your hand if you’ve given up a diet, an exercise routine or even a business idea after trying to take small steps towards it daily.
Instagram is too vast a platform for any ‘one-size-fits-all’ strategy to work long-term. Therefore, as a business looking to build a brand on Instagram, you have to craft your own path. You don’t need to reinvent the wheel, necessarily, but you’ll have to adapt best practices and give them your own unique spin.
Maybe you’ve already been on Instagram for a while and you’re wondering why you don’t have the following and user engagement that you want and need.
Cynicism is born out of the belief that profit and selfish motives are the only reason people ever do anything. Under the cynical umbrella, there are no selfless or purely altruistic acts.
Right away, you might begin to see how this is a potentially poisonous concept. When you believe that everyone around you is operating purely, 100% selfishly, it is difficult to form a positive worldview.
Some might say, “But you need to be cynical if you are an entrepreneur or own a business!”
The word you are looking for is SKEPTICISM, which is completely different from cynicism. Skepticism, in healthy amounts, is a great way to parse new information because it gives you the option to test the waters before you jump in.
ow would your life be different today if you were doing something you truly love?
How would you rate your happiness today, if you had realized your true calling and were excited about it? I think it’s a fair guess to say that your life would be pretty awesome. Sure, you’d still have a lot of challenges and hard work at hand, but it would be, dare I say…
So, you’ve taken the leap and started your own business. Woohoo! Building a business is just the first step of many that eventually culminates into your ultimate goal – profitability.
Profitability is the most reliable indicator for how well a business is doing. (There are other business models which don’t rely on direct profit, but that’s a topic for another time) Once you’ve started turning a profit, the market has answered. You have a winning product at hand.