Find Comfort and Productivity Working from Home

Working from home is the life, right? You can work your own hours, in your own wardrobe, in the midst of ... wait, your kids' homework is in the way, the cat's on your lap and your spouse is watching TV way too loud. You can fix this, though, by creating a comfortable, hence a more productive work atmosphere in your home office. More Than 50 Percent of Workers Call Home Their Workplace More and more people are working from home these days. According to a Forbes study, more...
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Were You Taxed by This Year’s Taxes?

Still reeling from your small business tax bill for 2013? As the sole proprietor of a fledgling home-based business, you weren't really prepared for how big a bite Uncle Sam was going to take of your income, were you? Well, unless you're prepared to take a similar drubbing on your tax return for 2014, now's a good time to do some advance planning to see if you can't pare your tax bill for the current year. No Time like the Present Actually, Jan.1 would have been the ideal time ...
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Never Overlook Importance of Health Insurance

Thinking of leaving the security of a good-paying job to launch a home-based Internet business of your own? Thousands of budding entrepreneurs make this decision every year. Sadly, caught up in the heady excitement of starting a new venture, many of them overlook the importance of maintaining health coverage as part of their safety net during the transition. The results can be disastrous. Young Often Take Risks Young people with no real history of health problems are perhaps the m...
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Buried in Paperwork? Should You Consider Utilizing Secretarial Services?

Owning a small business, while an exciting and challenging process, can take up a lot of your free time. You may find yourself working odd hours to stay ahead, or focusing too much of your time on administrative tasks when your attention would be better focused elsewhere. If you find yourself bogged down in paperwork rather than running a successful business, it may be time to look into hiring a virtual assistant. Let's take a look at how business owners, or those who work from home, can bene...
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4 Budget-Friendly Furniture Options to Turn Your Home Workspace into an Office

The old cliche goes "cluttered space, cluttered mind, cluttered life." Some cliches are cliches for a reason - and this old adage was never more true than it is for people who work from home. Although productive home offices aren't supposed to mimic the sterile, fluorescent-light humdrum of a corporate office, a good-looking, functional office is the starting point of success. You can, of course, spend a fortune on home-office furniture - but you don't have to. Follow this guide to keeping...
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Cloud Accounting: How Safe Is it, Really?

Like most businesses, even work-at-home business owners must keep track of their finances and taxes. Most do so utilizing accounting software. Cloud-based accounting software has begun to replace desktop software, as data is stored off-site and accessible no matter where you're located. In addition to the lower cost of implementation, there are security issues that may arise with the use of cloud-based accounting software. Let's take a look at some of the security concerns business owners fa...
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How Data Integration Works – and Why You Should Care

As an entrepreneur, you probably want to keep track of all of your business's details yourself. Eventually, though, your business will grow enough that you won't be able to track all the details by yourself. You're going to need help. This is what data integration is all about. So many sources, so little time! Data integration is the process by which programs like Syncsort monitor and aggregate all of the details of your business - your customers' information, your site traffic demograph...
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Instead of Gifts, Why Not Participate in Giving Tuesday This Season?

We've all heard of Christmas, Chanukah, Black Friday, and even Cyber Monday, but did you know that there's a new day dedicated to the holiday spirit in which you can take part? It's called Giving Tuesday, and if its organizers have their way, it will soon be as ingrained into or collective perception of the holidays as Santa Claus, the Menorah, and sitting outside in the freezing cold for four hours in a line of people waiting for Best Buy to open. Giving Tuesday gives regular people the abil...
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10 Pointers for Saving Money on Your Next Business Trip

Chances are, one of the biggest reasons you gravitated to a home-based business is to avoid traveling to an office day after day. Given this reality, why on earth would you want to make a business trip? Unfortunately, there are times when seeing clients face to face is markedly preferable to Skyping or GoToMeetings - or maybe your business growth largely depends on a presence at that annual conference or trade show. Even if you have to travel for business, there are still some ways you ca...
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3 Reasons You Should Audit a Marketing Course

Trying to build a new business from home isn't an easy task. Whether or not you've had some sort of previous education in business, chances are you never learned much about to market yourself, your product, and your company. The easy solution is to take a marketing course from a local university. But when your schedule is tight and you know you don't have the time or energy to study for tests, write papers, and complete other homework assignments, it's just not realistic to enroll. However, c...
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