When it comes to finding new customers, you’ve done it all: set up social media accounts, advertised it, handed out business cards, schmoozed at local events, started a blog ...what could possibly be left? Those are all a good start, but sometimes you have to dig below the surface of online strategies to bring more customers to your door.
If you’re thinking about starting a home-based small business here are some quick tips to get you started. It’s a big step and you likely have many items on your to-do list. Put the following three items at the top of that to-do list and you can make the transition a lot easier.
If you run a business, it's guaranteed that you are going to have expenses. However, by budgeting for those expenses ahead of time, you can set an appropriate price point that will help you make a suitable profit. What are some common expenses that you will have to account for?
The best way for a fledgling startup to tip the odds for success in its favor is to make sure that, right out of the gate, the product or service that they offer is one that is keenly desired by the public. For instance, creating a startup that is geared to creating accessories for desktop PCs is asking for trouble, given the platform's decline over the last few years. You may as well create a startup devoted to horse and buggy maintenance.
Let’s face it: to start a business and help it grow is not a stress-free endeavor. In fact, if you can’t handle stress well, you might not succeed as an entrepreneur. But before you throw in the towel, try these 5 techniques that can bring down your blood pressure. Best of all, they’re totally free. 1. Find a Better Breath When you’re uptight, pay attention to your breathing. I’m willing to bet it’s tight and shallow. But deeper breaths from your diaphragm can not only reduce stress almost instantly, but also lower your blood pressure and help you calm down.
When it comes to filing your small business taxes, it can seem overly complex. After all, what qualifies as a deduction? Are you filing as the proper status? Don’t let tax season overwhelm you. Believe it or not, the IRS isn’t out to get you, but they do want you to play by the rules. These tips will help you alleviate the stress you feel this time of year and help you maximize your refund.
When you’re self-employed, it’s easy to think that your schedule is totally your own, and that you can pick and choose exactly how you want to spend your time. However, entrepreneurs work hard to please clients and build the perfect business — which means that personal time is often sacrificed for last minute projects, client meetings and tight deadlines.
When you run a business from home, it can sometimes be difficult to shield yourself from the distractions your home provides. There’s laundry begging to be folded. A DVR queue full of sitcoms to watch. Sometimes it seems like the cards are stacked against you for getting any real work done!
Due to current economic conditions, it's likely that collecting on your accounts receivables is becoming more and more of a challenge. Strengthening your collection procedures may allow you to improve collection rates and shorten the aging days of your accounts receivables.
Can you point your company in the direction of financial success, step on the gas, and then sit back and wait to arrive at your destination? Not quite. You can't let your business run on autopilot and expect good results. Any business owner knows you need to make numerous adjustments along the way - decisions about pricing, hiring, investments, and so on.
Stop me if this sounds familiar to you. You sit down to work, determined to plow through that Inbox full of hundreds of unopened emails, and two hours later, you are dismayed to realize you’ve barely made a dent. What happened?
The recession that we’re just barely out of (if at all) has left most of us small business owners wincing at the thought of parting with our hard-earned money. Even when it comes to necessities like marketing, we’re reluctant to spend unnecessarily.