4 Reasons You Need an Accountant

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Despite what popular culture would have you believe, accountants aren’t just human calculators.

Maybe you think they’re simply trained to fill in a tax return for some poor, unorganized soul.

In reality, they are highly trained business and finance experts with a lot to offer your company or brand.

If you don’t already have one, here are four reasons why you should consider making this all-important hire. Click Here to Read Article …

6 Steps to Creating Business Systems

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How many times have you heard, “You need to create systems for your business”?

But what does it actually mean?

Where do you start?

Where should you have systems?

How do you create them?

A system is basically a set of procedures, and a procedure is just a checklist or a step-by-step way of doing things. Click Here to Read Article …

How I Learned to Negotiate

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I grew up with a group of brilliant and strong women all around me, but they all struggled with something I think a lot of people deal with — they could not negotiate. And neither could I.

My mother’s a professor with a science Ph.D. One grandma was a doctor in the 1940s. Her sister was as well. An aunt had been a dentist in the 1910s in Minsk.

My sister went from a fashion background to an MBA and business ownership and quickly learned the ropes.

I married a brilliant and strong woman who negotiates like second nature — and for pay, to great effect. The contrast, in some ways, could not be stronger. Click Here to Read Article …

4 Tips to Name Your New Business

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Taking the huge step of starting your own business can be incredibly daunting.

But it is also a very exciting time and your chance to make your mark on your industry.

Choosing your business name is a large part of this.

Select the right name, and you’re able to pitch your business in an appealing way to your target audience.

Get it wrong, though, and you could be in for ridicule at best, legal complications at worst.

Here are three tips to help you choose your business name and avoid the pitfalls some others have made: Click Here to Read Article …

How to Choose the Best Cash Flow Management Tools for You

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Even in the calmest financial climates, cash flow management for small business owners can be a daunting task that’s tricky to get right. Get it wrong, and a business that’s technically turning a profit can suddenly end up cash-poor.

The good news is you don’t need an accounting degree to accurately forecast cash flow. There are plenty of user-friendly management tools to choose from, which you can tailor to meet your specific needs. Here are some tips for picking the right option for your business.

Identify your unique needs

There’s no one-size-fits-all policy to cash flow strategy. Each business has its own natural fluctuations, which can depend on a number of variables. It’s vital that your cash flow management tool takes all those things into consideration, whether it’s allowing you to factor in slower-revenue months, to the percentage of customers who refuse to pay up or simply having the freedom to choose the frequency of your projection reports. Having your dream list of personalized options ready while shopping around for a cash flow system could save you a lot of wasted energy (and money) after the fact.

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3 Tips for Conducting Large Scale International Employee Training

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With employees wearing more hats than ever in the workplace today, it’s imperative that proper training sessions be implemented.

Workers in the 21st century are expected to show bigger results with fewer resources, know more with less educational opportunities and work faster with less time.

Basically, the more skills you can provide your employees with, the more effective they’ll be at tackling these substantial challenges.

This is the reality of the workforce after the recession, but there’s no reason that you can’t utilize the latest technology in business communication to make sure that all of your employees are highly trained and skilled in a cost effective manner. Click Here to Read Article …

5 Ways to Motivate Yourself to Workout

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Exercising on a regular basis is linked to a long list of physical, mental and emotional health benefits, but it can still be difficult to remain motivated and stay on task with your fitness goals.

Fortunately, there are numerous methods that you can use to keep you moving in the right direction.

To help you get started, we have compiled a list of proven techniques that can make it easier for you to stick to a workout regimen. Click Here to Read Article …

5 Reasons No One Wants to Join Your Meetings

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If we were on Family Feud and the category was Things People Complain About at Work, I would be willing to wager a hefty amount that Meetings would take the top spot.

Just the word “meeting” can get people’s blood boiling and quickly raise the tension in a room.

Originally meant to indicate a gathering of people with a common goal, meetings have taken on a connotation that suggests large amounts of wasted time and little productivity.

The thing is, meetings will never go away. We live in a world that is more connected than ever, and collaboration is a critical component of most successful business operations.

What can be particularly frightening is when you are personally responsible for planning and directing the meeting. No one wants to be that guy who causes people to groan when they get his meeting invites, so here are some common missteps. Avoid these and you’ll be nicknamed the Master of Meetings. Click Here to Read Article …

11 Websites That Pay Freelance Writers

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Do you love expressing your thoughts through blog posts?

If you are really passionate about writing and sharing your thoughts with readers and do not want to limit it to just blogs, then you can turn your passion into your career.

There are many opportunities available for you to get connected with a greater audience and also bring new audiences to your blogs as well.

As a freelance writer, when you are submitting your content, you can get paid in two different ways.

One among those (and the most common) is you are paid a fixed price for the content you submit. The other option is a variable payment based on the number of views to your content and also the number of clicks for featured ads in the post. Click Here to Read Article …

Who’s the Best Democratic Candidate for Entrepreneurs? (Part 2)

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In Part One, I took a look at the economic policies of Democratic candidates Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley.

I broke their ideas into the categories of wages, banking policies and taxes.

I also noted other policies relevant to entrepreneurs, small businesses and related freelance types.

Now, on to the third and final candidate, one Hillary Rodham Clinton. Click Here to Read Article …

Who’s the Best Democratic Candidate for Entrepreneurs? (Part 1)

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The field of candidates for the Democratic nomination for president in 2016 is small and manageable — populated by folks with platforms aimed to help the little guy.

If you’re a one-person work machine or the owner of a small business, do Bernie Sanders, Martin O’Malley or Hillary Clinton have anything up their sleeves to help you out?

For the sake of this overview, I’m invoking the principle that what’s good for the economy is good for small businesses.

That is, restaurateurs, potters and freelance accountants all need their neighbors to have some income. And if these entrepreneurs’ suppliers and distributors aren’t feeling a pinch, they’ll probably get kind rates, which mean a better chance of survival.

So everything affecting the economy affects entrepreneurs. The economic factors I’ll look at include wages, banking policies (which apply to anyone looking for a loan) and of course, taxes. Click Here to Read Article …

8 Easy Ways to Be Productive

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Everyone is so busy these days.

There is just so much to do, and it seems like 24 hours in a day is just not enough.

Every Monday, opening my Evernote, I promise myself to have a hyper-productive week.

I’ll finally cross off all those long-lasting tasks and have a brand new list of brand new tasks.

And then they come — emails, meetings, casual “do me a favors.”

Sounds familiar, right? By mid-week, when I become a bit tired, the greatest enemy comes: procrastination. After so many interruptions, only high importance and urgent tasks get to be crossed of the list, and next Monday the vicious circle continues. Click Here to Read Article …