4 Keys to Success as a Freelancer

Are you trying to break out on your own to start your own freelancing business? Regardless of your industry, skillset, and niche there are several integral keys to establishing a successful freelance career. If you keep these tips in mind as you embark on your freelance journey success will be that much more attainable.

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Finding a Financial Advisor as an Entrepreneur

You can't do everything as a entrepreneur. This very often is what entrepreneurs themselves refer to as “Entrepreneur Syndrome.” These are the men and women who are afraid to give up control and want to do everything themselves. From answering the e-mails to securing venture capital to buying the office supplies, they want to do everything themselves. This gets even more complicated when it comes to juggling finances, which distracts many entrepreneurs from the core of their business.

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Understanding Small Business Size Standards

The Small Business Administration, or SBA, is a federal entity that provides resources, loans, and other helpful information to small business owners throughout the country.

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Does Your Company Have the Right Type of Business Insurance?

Small businesses are inherently at risk, so putting them under the umbrella of certain protections is a key strategy to longevity and survival. From general liability insurance to commercial property insurance, you need to make sure that your small business has the right type of insurance for its needs. Your broker can advise you on the type of insurance that’s best for you, but in the meantime, here is a breakdown of types of business insurance.

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Creating a Business Backup Plan

Things can change quickly in the entrepreneurial world and it’s important for you to be able to adapt quickly. Nobody goes into business expecting for their entrepreneurial venture to fail. The very idea violates everything that the entrepreneurial mindset stands for, which doesn’t change the fact that 92 percent of startups fail. It’s because of these unkind statistics that it’s important for every entrepreneur to be realistic about their chances for success and develop alternative strategies to ensure the success and longevity of their business. Here’s how to build a backup plan in case your business needs to take a quick 360.

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Top Reasons Startups Fail

Not every startup will succeed. In fact, according to a recent study co-authored by experts at Berkeley and Stanford, 92 percent of startups will fail within the first three years. But plenty of those entrepreneurial ventures might still be around today if they had avoided these top reasons that most startups fail.

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Tips for Improving your Sales Pitch

One of the most challenging aspects of being a small business owner is focusing less on the finances and more on how, where and when you engage and welcome new customers. Differentiating yourself from competitors is the only way to reach out to new customers and win new business. Here are some tips to improve your approach.

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What to Do if Your Business is the Target of Fraud

Unfortunately, business fraud is an all-too-common loss that businesses can suffer. Whether it’s internal or external someone could defraud your business in any number of ways. From stealing corporate credit card numbers to hacking data systems that contain sensitive customer information it’s important to know how to recover from business fraud. Here’s how you can clean up the mess and prevent future fraud.

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4 Reasons Your Small Business Needs an Online Marketing Budget

Now, more than ever before, your potential customers are shopping for and researching information about products and services online. There’s tons of competition in the search engines, and having an online marketing budget and a plan is imperative to making sales from your online presence.

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Determining Loan Size and Needs in a Startup

If you’re looking for a small business loan or other financial resources, before you apply you need to accurately understand how much you need to get to the next level. Let’s take a closer look at some of the most common ways of funding a startup business that don’t involve the murky dealings of angel investors or venture capitalists.

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Handling Increased Administrative Tasks as Your Business Grows

It used to be simple. Your business grew, so you hired more salespeople, more secretaries, and more receptionists. Then the world changed and now we carry around our offices in our pockets via our smart phones. But databases still need to be filled, phone calls need to be fielded and appointments still need to be scheduled. As your business grows, so will your workload. How can you cope with the increased administrative load?

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Virtual Assistants and Delegation

One of the most important parts of running a small business is keeping your eye on the big picture. But between supervising operations, keeping up with inventory and monitoring the books, most entrepreneurs can get bogged down in day-to-day activities instead of focusing on strategic initiatives and planning for growth. At the same time, many small businesses have not yet grown large enough to afford an entrepreneur the luxury of a secretary or an administrative assistant. That’s why virtual assistants offer the perfect solution to the delegation challenges faced by entrepreneurs.

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13 Things Entrepreneurs Should Worry Less About This Year

It’s all too easy for entrepreneurs to get stressed, and in many ways that stress is completely understandable—you’re building and running a business! Don’t let stress ruin youryear, though. As we enter the new year with hope and enthusiasm, here are 13 things that entrepreneurs and business owners should worry less about.

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Recovering From Your Business Failure

Not every enterprise is meant to succeed. One of the unspoken truths about becoming an entrepreneur is that failure is a core part of the experience of striking out on one’s own. Each year, about 6 million new businesses launch new enterprises and in just a few years, half of them are history. When we talk about entrepreneurship, the authentic emotions of pain and shame that arise from failure are only discussed in passing as a learning experience in the wake of subsequent success. We cheer on the launch of a startup business but we leave the element of failure undiscussed until the entrepreneur has proven their mettle with another successful venture. Then, that failure becomes part of the entrepreneur’s creation myth and championed as just another part of the journey that made them the success they are today. In point of fact, failure is something that should be faced when it actually happens so that its lessons can make a more immediate impact on where we are today.

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Trusting Your Instincts as a Business Owner

Making decisions can be tough as an entrepreneur. As a business leader, you must constantly be coming up with new ideas but you also have to generate the confidence to bring those ideas to fruition, not to mention the fact that there is often a lot of noise involved in the creative process. As an entrepreneur, you’re creating a world that doesn’t yet exist and one of your greatest resources is the ability to trust your own instincts. Here are a few techniques to generate more faith in your own unique vision.

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Five New Year’s Resolutions for Your Small Business

The holiday season is coming to an end and New Year’s Eve is just a few days away. If you haven’t already, that means it’s high time to start thinking about how to improve our businesses for 2016. Have no clue where to start for this looming new year? Here are five great New Year’s resolution ideas for small business owners seeking to grow and improve their odds in 2016.

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Getting Your Employees to Think like Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs are, generally speaking, smart and innovative people. Getting your employees to think like entrepreneurs can help your company grow and innovate. In fact, most entrepreneurs would love to engage employees who are as passionate about the business as they are. But creating an environment where employees feel like owners is a particularly thorny problem. Entrepreneurs must carefully curate a culture where employees feel like they can implement their ideas without incurring risk or punishment, feel like they can take risk, and personally benefit from the outcome of their actions. Here are some steps you can take as a small business owner to fully engage your employees in an entrepreneurial atmosphere without incurring undue risk.

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