In a Bad Mood? Tips for Not Showing it to Your Clients

Everyone has a bad day every now and then, especially when on the rollercoaster that is owning your own business. The trick is in making sure you’re not relaying your mood to clients, who expect good, positive customer service at all times. So how do we manage ourselves through a bad mood, and not let on to our clients how cranky we are? Here are some good tips! Grab a stress ball and squeeze it ten times. Do this before calling your client or speaking to him or her. Pour all of your frust...
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7 Reasons an Entrepreneur’s Reputation Can Make or Break His/Her Business

Protecting your personal and business reputation, both online and offline, is critically important if you are starting a business. As an entrepreneur, all you really have is your reputation, and we’ll explain why. Your business history tells a story of your capabilities (or lack thereof). Have you started numerous companies that didn’t last very long? Not good. Have you had a great track record in one or more businesses? Great! Whatever your history may be, it will typically be availab...
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Top Accounting Software Programs to Help with Invoicing

Running your own business requires big effort. Don’t let something as critical to your survival as invoicing your customers be a hassle. There are plenty of strong accounting software programs to handle not just invoicing, but all of your accounting needs. Here, we’ll review the best accounting software for small businesses.   QuickBooks. This is probably the most commonly used accounting software used for invoicing and in general by small businesses today. QuickBooks has many ...
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5 Pointers for Making Payroll Less of a Pain-in-the-Neck

It doesn’t matter if the employer has five employees or fifty, payroll can be a real pain in the neck. Besides the fact that tax and payroll laws and regulations are constantly changing, typical payroll duties are very involved. After all, in order to accurately calculate payroll, several things have to be considered. Regardless of the system used, payroll is a comprehensive and detailed process. Five pointers for making the process a little less of a pain in the neck are described bel...
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5 Common Ways People Waste Time When They Work From Home

Working remotely is no longer the oddball alternative that it once was. Thanks to modern technology, it's now possible to run an entire business from anywhere in the world. With a good laptop, a mobile device and a solid broadband connection you can share files in seconds, collaborate on documents, connect with internet telephone or videoconferencing and basically do everything you would do from the office. Instead, you get to incorporate your work more seamlessly with your life and work from a ...
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How to Launch a Brand Successfully Online

Starting a brand online is not as easy as it looks. You might think that you have a great idea that will make you millions of dollars only by putting up a website and calling it a day, but this couldn't further than the truth. There are literally thousands of online stores and brands that offer a plethora of services and products. The key, however, is to get your brand to rise to the top so that there is visibility and thus a possibility to make sales and bring in revenue. Yet, there are a numbe...
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5 Costly Business Marketing Mistakes

For any small business to survive, the entrepreneur behind the major decisions must always keep a close eye on the bottom line. No company, whether startup or ten-year veteran, can afford to throw away resources. And since consumers are still particularly tight with their spending thanks to the recession, the margin between success and failure is quite slim. You cannot expect new business to make up for poor decisions, nor can you hope that a small business loan will come around to save you if y...
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Getting Started: 5 Essentials to Starting Your Own Business Website

A robust online presence can help any business move from a decent, medium income company to a well-recognized one that brings in serious cash. Overhead for a website is minimal as compared to a retail location, and the potential customer base to be reached is practically unlimited. Creating a website is a great and easy way to work from home. In order to establish and make your website a success, you must follow these five essential steps. Choose Your Web Address Websites such as Go Daddy make...
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Different Retirement Plan Options for Self-Employed Workers

While there's certainly plenty to be gained by skipping the average nine-to-five and going into business for yourself, you may have noticed that there are also some drawbacks involved. For example, you no longer receive benefits like medical and dental insurance. If you want them you'll have to pay out-of-pocket. On the upside, you can charge three times more money as a contractor than you earned as a regular employee. So there are definitely pros and cons. However, one perk of being employed by...
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How to Find the Best Theme for Your Business Website

When launching the online presence for your business, you have to balance a lot of different concerns. On one hand, you want something to come together quickly, so you're not spending months in development. You also need a low cost option, as most startup companies don't exactly have an unlimited amount of cash to throw around. And while ease of use is crucial, you also don't want something that looks just like every other site out there. You can balance it all by purchasing a quality website th...
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