Have you ever imagined yourself having a full-time freelancing career? Or maybe you are looking for a little extra cash on the side. No matter what your reason is, being a freelancer has its rewards. However, it also has some serious challenges. The thing with freelancing, though, is it will only reward you based on the amount of effort you put in. To help you get started with your freelancing, we’ve come up with a few tips on how to be successful as a freelancer.
Internet safety is more important now than ever. And if you want to keep your business running smoothly, you’ll take note of recent discoveries about major website vulnerabilities. And what are these website vulnerabilities? They are serious flaws in some of the world’s most popular software, including Intel and Google Chrome. Dubbed “Meltdown” and “Spectre,” these flaws could potentially be extremely damaging. That’s because, by exploiting them hackers can steal data and sensitive information from both individuals and businesses. In this article we look into these website vulnerabilities so that you can take steps to reduce your risks.
Americans are increasingly working from home. More sophisticated communications technology and greater acceptance from mainstream workplaces make this possible. Last year, more than 43 percent of American professionals reported spending at least some time working from home. That number is expected to rise continuously over the next several years. If you’re currently in a traditional work environment, or if you’re working from home only part of the time, this could be the year you fully transition to remote work. If it is, you have a critical opportunity on your hands. You could move, and now is the perfect time to do it.
When you start a new business, you’re often tasked with doing a majority of the work yourself. Therefore, sorting through your options for various pieces of software is likely low on your list of priorities. However, there are many types of software that can make things easier for you. What’s more, they will also be beneficial to your business. This is true not only in your company’s starting phase, but as it continues to grow. Here are 3 pieces of software to consider.
Productivity precedes profit. Thus, every business manager needs to improve productivity and keep their employees productive. Some create lavish break rooms equipped with game consoles, snacks, and cold drinks. Others resort to scrutinizing behavior and applying constant pressure. However, there are cheaper and friendlier ways to improve your employees’ day-to-day productivity. Chief among these is time tracking. In this post, you’ll learn how you can track employees’ time without insulting them. At the same time, we discuss ways of motivating your workers to achieve greater efficiency.
Just as important as choosing great employees is the ability to lure them into the fold. And, once employed, small business owners must then find a way to keep their best employees at the company for as long as possible. This is not an easy task. Other companies will likely try to poach star employees away. What’s more, salary and benefits occasionally might not be enough. That’s why small business owners are always looking for different perks to ensure that their staff is the best it can possibly be.
The onboarding process is equal parts paperwork and making a good first impression. In addition, plenty of policy-reading and some training exercises are thrown in for good measure. To make the most of a new co-worker’s first days, you need to maximize the parts that benefit the office and minimize the time used to sign and date. Bringing the office into the 21st century helps, in no small part because it updates office culture and emphasizes the fun side of the workplace.
If you expect to run a successful business, you probably can’t do it alone. Employees who love the company and want to work hard for its greater good are not only desirable, they’re essential. The question for you is: Are you building strong, healthy relationships with your employees? Or is it more likely they regard you as just someone they report to?
There are many costs to being an entrepreneur, and some of them are hidden costs. The SBA estimates the average cost of starting a business to be around $30,000. No matter what type of business you start, you’ll need to invest hours in its creation and development. These costs alone are enough to intimidate prospective entrepreneurs from ever following through on their ideas. However, they don’t paint the entire picture of entrepreneurship. There are also hidden costs to being the founder and director of your own enterprise. You’ll need to be prepared for them as well.
Customer service is tough. However, every business owner knows that excellent customer service is essential to their business success. And customer service that’s delivered with a smile can work wonders. What’s more, smiling will make your life richer and healthier. This will in turn make you more likable to bosses, co-workers and clients. All of this will be extremely beneficial to your career, whether you’re a business owner trying to get a foothold or an employee just starting out in customer service.
The only way a small business can be successful is by maximizing productivity. The problem with that is that as your small business grows, you will have to hire on more employees to lighten the workload. And the more employees you have to manage, the harder it will be to keep track of productivity levels. Here are just some of the most common small business productivity mistakes and what you can do to avoid them.
Many a startup entrepreneur is also a parent. However, when we talk about business and parenting, it is not easy to keep everyone satisfied. That’s because these two areas of life can both be overwhelming and demanding. If you’re both a startup entrepreneur and a parent, you might be looking for advice that can help you to balance these responsibilities. We hope this post helps you to simplify your life.
With a little bit of discipline and planning, a career of working remotely as a freelancer can provide you with the chance to see the world. Setting this up will take some time while you get your bearings straight, but the payoff will be well worth it. Here’s how to get it done.
You rarely find something of great quality that’s also cheap. The same principle applies to hiring a workforce. While hiring trained professionals might a little too pricey for you, a good alternative would be hiring people and training them yourself. There are more ways to train personnel, however, than just sending them off to school. Online training is becoming a very popular solution, thanks to the advantages it offers.
Accidents are among the worst things that can happen at your workplace. Things can be even worse if you are running a workplace that is especially dangerous. For example, if the work space you are running is in a warehouse, the likelihood of a workplace injury is higher than if you were running an office. That’s why it’s important to follow some business safety tips. Whenever there’s an accident in the workplace, there are indirect and direct costs to your business. Keep reading to educate yourself about these costs.
Neglecting our health on the road to success is like throwing money down the drain and expecting to get rich. It just isn’t going to happen. Forgoing proper diet and sleep in the name of grinding out one more hour is a recipe for disaster, often because doing so makes you crash into a wall a lot sooner. However, there is one way to make sure we’re performing at our prime optimum levels, though, and that is through exercising. Here are 7 ways everyone (especially entrepreneurs) will benefit from regular exercise.
Timesheets can be a manager’s worst nightmare but they don’t have to be. There are ways to make timesheet management more efficient and payroll duties much easier. Here are a few simple rules for efficient office timesheet management and time tracking.
Successful entrepreneurs are not like everyone else. They do things differently than most people and therefore they get different results. While they all have different business interests and ideas, many share similar daily habits. Here we offer just a few of them.
When you decide to become an entrepreneur and run your own business for a living, probably one of the furthest things from your mind is a having a mentor. Understandably, you’re excited about starting your new journey, getting to take charge, going out there and doing something on your own. However, while you may have a great idea, there’s a lot of risk involved with trying to build a brand and company if you have little past experience. Here are some of the best reasons to invest in business mentorship as a new entrepreneur.