Easy Accounting Tools for Your Freelance Business

How badly do you hate accounting? Yeah, me too. We certainly can't avoid it. But, we can automate it with some really slick and easy-to-use accounting tools. Let's take a look so you can spend less time battling those numbers. A few weeks ago, we discussed the importance of streamlining your business with systems, software and automation. Today we are going to take a look at how to automate, quite … [Read more...]

How to Streamline Your Freelance Business with Systems, Software, and Automation

Systems are a key part of making your business efficient, consistent, and easy to run. By using systems alongside the proper software, you can streamline many of the tasks that you do on a regular basis - saving time, saving money, and giving you the opportunity to grow your business further. Before we get into the subject, though, it’s important to know what we mean by ‘systems’. Here’s our working … [Read more...]

How to Get More Done and Have More Fun

Have you ever thought that by simply rearranging your daily tasks you could increase your productivity, get more done and enjoy yourself more? The biggest asset of freelancers worldwide is that they usually do what they love, and love what they do. But, what happens when you get stressed with deadlines, long working hours and lots of clients and you don't have any more time for yourself, your family or your … [Read more...]

Using Zen Practices to Increase Your Organization & Productivity

There comes a time in every freelancer's business that they realize the sad truth--that we spend more time answering emails, talking on the phone, sending estimates and invoices and doing generally everything but what we actually went into business for. I hate, absolutely hate, the management part of projects and of business in general. If I had my way, projects would beam down from the sky on to my desk with … [Read more...]

Organize Your Information with Diigo

Have you ever wanted a way to organize the information that you find online? If you're like most freelancers, your answer to that question was probably "yes." Every day, it seems, we're overwhelmed with helpful information. For most of us, there's more information than we can practically manage to apply. Diigo is a free application and community that is designed to help manage the information that we find … [Read more...]

The Freelancer’s Introduction to CRM

It's a freelancer's worst nightmare: losing the contact information of a potential customer worth thousands of dollars. No matter how the situation happened, you'll wind up going crazy trying to track down that info. It can get worse, too: maybe you had made some notes about the specifics of the project. Maybe they were on the back of the business card you can't find, but, wherever you are, you're going to … [Read more...]

Knowing What To Do Versus Doing It – How To Handle The Information Explosion

As a freelancer, most of the time I’m surrounded with far more information than I can ever absorb, let alone use. Not only does every newspaper, magazine, and television shows offer up their particular flavor of advice on how best to succeed – now there is also advice from the Internet to deal with. On the Internet new advice can appear practically every minute. Much of the advice being offered is sound, … [Read more...]

The Value Of Networking – Offer A Wider Range Of Services

How many times have you lost clients because you could not offer that one extra service they were looking for? Do you know your strengths and weaknesses? If you are an active freelancer you probably have a pretty good idea. But with the economy circling the drain most of us can’t afford to expand our small businesses to include more personnel or equipment to offer a wider range of services. So what are we to … [Read more...]

5 Useless Things You Did Today

Are you interested in getting more things done? Does it seem that the day should somehow have more than 24 hours so that you can complete all of the tasks on that to-do list of yours? Well guess what: you are wasting valuable time each and every day with useless activities which are simply not worth it. Actually, here are 5 useless things you may have done today, let's analyze them and see if they sound … [Read more...]