• What to Tweet Tips for the Self Employed

    Of course you know what you should not tweet: Constantly updating people on the mundane issues of your life and business is a surefire way to earn a bad name for yourself or your brand. Unless your lunch or outfit are something out of the ordinary (or your job involves making lunches or designing clothes) it’s probably best to keep it to yourself.

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  • 4 Smart Ways to Cut Your Overhead

    If you work from home, then your overhead costs are already pretty low. With a home office you save on transportation, rent, and utilities, but when times are tough you may need to look for more creative ways to save. The trick is to cut costs without cutting corners.

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  • Getting Past the “B” Word (Budget)

    People start their own business for all sorts of reasons – freedom, passion, boredom – you name it. But one reason that I have never seen is that they like budgeting… well, unless that person is an accountant, but you get the idea.

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  • How to Get Out of Back Taxes

    What to do about back taxes? Consider an Offer in Compromise (OIC). As a taxpayer or taxable entity, you and your business have a legal right to file an OIC for any liability related to unpaid taxes, and the IRS is obliged to review and consider every OIC.

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  • Is Crowdfunding Right for Your Business?

    Traditionally, there have been two ways to fund a business: Debt financing and equity financing. Debt financing is what it sounds like – you take on debt in exchange for capital. Debt financing can take many forms. It could a loan from a bank, a Small Business Administration loan, or even a loan from a friend or family member. It actually makes little difference. If you go into debt for the money, that is debt financing.

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  • 4 Surefire Ways to Get More Sales from Current Customers

    Everyone needs customers, and while new customers are always great, sometimes it makes more sense to target your already loyal customer base. A huge benefit of marketing additional services to your current client base is that they already know you.

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  • 10 Ways To Say Thanks To Your Customers

    When it comes right down to it, customers are the only reason you’re able to do what you do, and a little attention and gratitude can go a long way toward making your customers feel like your company cares.

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  • So Is the Customer Always Right?

    No, to respond to the adage The Customer Is Always Right, I don’t agree one hundred percent – the customer is not always right, but they sure are right a lot. I will say this: You ignore what your customers think at your own peril.

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  • 5 Ways to Overcome Feeling Overwhelmed

    We’ve all been there – that point where you feel like you can’t possibly get even half of the things on your schedule done, that point where you’re ready to give up and just go watch TV because you’ve already failed. That overwhelmed feeling can easily creep up on you when you’re your own boss. Instead of being another cog in the corporate machine, you’re your own entire machine – and when you fail, the whole thing shuts down.

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  • 9 Ways for the Self-Employed to Give Back

    Far too often for people not in the know, the businessperson gets a bad rap. The old image of Gordon Gecko saying, “greed, for lack of a better word, is good” is burnished indelibly into our collective psyche.

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