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Do You Even Know What You’re Building?

What are you building? What are you trying to accomplish? What do you want your system to do? These are all excellent questions. Whether you’re looking to build a small system with fewer, simpler features or a large system with more complex features, you should really know what you’re getting yourself into before you start…. Continue reading

Development 101: What You Need to Know Even If You’re Not a Developer

We’re going back to the basics. If you’re a developer, or even if you’re not, there are essential, foundational issues that need to be handled and planned for before you begin a development project. Don’t focus on the big picture (well, maybe a little). Now let me be clear. The big picture is important. Most… Continue reading

The Do’s and Don’ts of Web Publishing: Part 2

In my last post, I covered some common liabilities in the world web publishing. If we’re not careful, we all are likely to fall into the liability danger zone. So here are my top 5 ways to stay away from making these mistakes: 1) Follow good journalistic practices. Verify your facts. Be thorough and as… Continue reading

Why QuickBooks and FreshBooks Are Not Competing

Accounting. Invoices. Finances. Payroll. For some, it’s the stuff of dreams. For others, the stuff of nightmares. Honestly, just hearing the word “finance” makes me stressed. I wish I was kidding. So if anything makes my business accounting and invoicing a little simpler, I’m a big fan. While there’s always the age-old option to hire… Continue reading

You Always Have to Look at the Money

Budgeting. Yikes. It may seem like a foreign concept to some, but for freelancers and self-employed individuals, budgeting is crucial. That means you must learn to manage a business budget and a personal budget. “But I need to get my business off the ground!” I’m sure you do. However, neglecting to keep your personal finances… Continue reading

The Pitfalls of Partnering in Business

If you’ve been in business for a while or if you’re just starting out, you may consider a partnership. Maybe you need financing. Maybe you need administrative help. Maybe you’re great at the administrative tasks, but need a little help on the creative side. So partnering up sounds like a great idea, right? Wrong. We’ve… Continue reading

4 Tips to Avoid Lawsuits for Your Business

Every time you scroll through a feed or pick up a magazine it seems as if another lawsuit story is underway. Our social default has essentially become to sue first, ask questions later. For freelancers and businesses this poses a hairy situation since any of your clients at anytime can sue you for your work…. Continue reading

The Skinny on All Things Agreements (read this or regret it later!)

We already know that people communicate differently and every client brings their own unique experiences to every conversation we have; however, this simple fact can be often overlooked and we may think our client already knows what we mean when we tell them what they will receive. Contracts are vital in the freelance world, since… Continue reading

How to Never Lose Another Client in 4 Easy Steps

So you’ve made that big sale. Congratulations! But now what? Can your business run on new sales alone? Possibly, but keeping clients, especially good ones, is the key to a successful business. Of course, over time, you will lose or drop bad clients. However, learning to focus on landing and maintaining relationships with great clients… Continue reading

Small Business Owners: 7 Reasons Why Your Blog Isn’t Converting Any Leads (#2 is our favorite)

Yes, small business owners. If digital marketing is part of your marketing mix, you’re hopefully trying to figure out what role you company blog should play. It’s nonsensical to curate and write content on a weekly basis only to have it sit on the shelf with the hope that your specific audience happens to stumble… Continue reading

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