Mastering Management: Become a Stellar Business Owner with These Four Tips

A leader is the center point of any successful business. All great businesses are created from the ideas of one or more individuals. Remaining successful means remaining competitive. Figure out why some companies are better and more profitable than others. Review four ways that you become a stellar owner. Build a Team of Trusted Professionals As a company owner, surround yourself with a team of skilled, experienced professionals, which include an attorney and accountant. The attorney helps...
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Should You Hire a Nanny to Care for Your Little Ones While You Work?

Working from home provides lots of benefits. Some of the most notable include the simple fact that you save time that would be spent on commuting to and from an office, and you also avoid the stress of dealing with traffic -- plus you save money on transportation costs. In addition, you get to work in what most people consider the ideal environment. After all, you get to make your home cozy and comfortable, and you can wear whatever you like. It’s easier to have a better balance of work and h...
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Ensuring Your Business Emails Get Read

Sending business emails is trickier than it sounds. Besides being pressured for time, recipients of business emails receive upwards of hundreds of emails per day. This makes it next to impossible to read each and every one, which means you have to make your emails stand out in a meaningful way. In other words, rather than making your email appear spammy or difficult to read, it should appear to be a valid business correspondence that gets straight to the point and that is worth reading. ...
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Security Cameras: A Great Layer of Safety When Working from Home

Working from home is relaxing; it comes with some wonderful benefits that you can't get anyplace else. For instance, when you work at home, you have the advantage of being one of the few people in the apartment or condo building during the daytime. In fact, even if you live in the suburbs, it is likely that you will be among a few individuals lucky enough to be at home during the day. Don’t become a burglar’s target. Home Alone with Lots of Business Assets? Although working at home is...
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10 Tips for Getting Work Done While the Kids Are at Home

Summer’s here, and as nice as it is to have the kids home, this can create a challenge for home-based business owners. The ability to find time to be with the children during summer break while maintaining a successful business is something many sole proprietors and small business owners attempt to juggle each year. To avoid stress and the guilt many working parents face, the key is in working more efficiently so extra family time becomes available. These tips can help parents who run a busin...
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How to Register for an LLC

Whether an individual is running a small business from home or a sole proprietorship, the topic of becoming an LLC has likely come up. An LLC -- or limited liability company -- provides the home-based business owner with many benefits. Contrary to what a person might believe, becoming an LLC isn’t more costly or time-consuming than it’s worth. The benefits far outweigh the efforts involved in registering a business as an LLC. In addition to providing the business owner with protection, an LLC...
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Who Knew Choosing the Right Font Could Be So Hard?

Deciding which fonts to use for your printed materials can seem like an impossible task. There are thousands of fonts available to download for free. But how do you choose a font that matches the vision and image of your company? You need to appear professional but not stuffy. Creative but not cutesy. Trendy but still timeless. A Walt Disney font might be a great choice for your scrapbook, but it’s definitely not appropriate for your marketing materials. You may think your company deserves to...
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Pointers for Keeping Your Business Running While You’re Out of Town

Whether it’s for personal or business purposes, it can be difficult for business owners to go out of town and leave their business behind. And if you’re a small business owner working from home, the thought may seem utterly impossible. How can you successfully keep your business running while you’re out of town? Here are a few pointers: Choosing Dates If you’re planning a vacation or attending training, choose dates based on when your business is slower. For example, if you own a landscape...
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Top 5 Reputable Web Design Software Programs You Should Be Using

There are many factors to consider when choosing which web design software to purchase for your home-based business. Do you have prior knowledge of HTML? Which platform will be used -- Windows or Mac? How much RAM does the program require? Does the program have a good online reputation? And last but certainly not least, how much does it cost? Listed below are five of the top web design programs available, and the features that make each of them desirable. WebEasy Professional 9 WebE...
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Tips for Making Invoicing Quick and Easy

For a home-based business, invoicing can be an arduous task given that a sole entrepreneur often wears many hats. Finding time for non-creative work is a tough sell except when we remember that no revenue comes in until our customers are invoiced. With some discipline, management and good invoice software, you’ll be able to face invoicing in a timely manner to keep cash flow steady and your business growing. Here are some tips to get you started. Home-based businesses especially need t...
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