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Five Things People Don’t Tell You About Starting a Business

Owning a small business and working from home is becoming increasingly common today. While technology makes it possible for people to work remotely from virtually anywhere, and as the economy becomes increasingly decentralized, most people still have a romantic view about what it’s like to start a business.

 

Here are 5 things that people don’t tell you about starting a small business:

Six Helpful Tips to Manage the Busy Holiday Season

The holiday season is a busy time of year. It can also be extremely lucrative for small business owners who can keep their eye on the prize. There’s no question that last minute orders and requests from your customers, your business needs, planning for 2017, and your personal commitments this time of year, make December an especially hectic month.

To help you keep focused and prevent you from feeling overwhelmed, we’ve put together some great tips for how to manage the busy holiday season:

The Ins and Outs of Business-to-Business Gift Giving

Business-to-business gift giving can be a touchy subject. Some companies have no issues with it, others have specific rules and limits, and others are dead set against it. Even though your intention is to show your appreciation to a colleague for their hard work or a client for their loyalty and business, it can be a challenge to know if you should give out gifts, to whom, and which type of gift to give.

Working with Freelancers: How to Find, Hire, and Work with Them

Working with freelancers is something that an increasing number of small businesses are doing today. As we have previously discussed, we have now entered the freelance era, and you can expect freelancers to become even more prominent in most industries. This is also an opportunity for your business to add skill, knowledge and talent in a flexible manner.

 

 

Women Entrepreneurs Taking More Risks Than Men

As they say, “The biggest risk is not taking any risk at all.” It appears that more female business owners and entrepreneurs are taking this message to heart more than their male counterparts.

 

A new BMO Wealth Management Report has dispelled the myth that women tend to be risk averse. It found that 72% of female entrepreneurs are very confident in making risk-related business decisions. Only 64% of male entrepreneurs stated the same.

 

How to Hit the Ground Running This September

Labour Day is many people’s last chance to enjoy the summer weather before the kids go back to school. It’s also the time of year where business starts to pick up again, and for small businesses that rely on the increased traffic, it’s vital that you are ready to hit the ground running and finish up the calendar year strong.

 

Do the Work Up Front

 

Naturally, you will need to do the bulk of the work up front – and hopefully you have taken some time during the summer to plan and get your business ready for this busy time of the year. If you didn’t do it this summer, that’s okay – there is still plenty of time to get ramped up – you just may need to put in some extra time during the fall.

 

Treat September 1st as the Start of the New Business Year

 

Since September is the time of year where people are arguably most business-focused...

4-Step Approach for Successful DIY Social Media for Home-based Business

Home-based business owners tend to have a DIY attitude. After all, it’s likely one of the key factors that made you want to be a business owner and go out on your own.

Not surprisingly, you also probably choose to shoulder the bulk of business tasks and operations. You run the day-to-day operations, manage the finances, handle the marketing, and with the rise in importance of having a social presence online, you manage your business social media accounts.

Why Home-based Businesses Need to Take Advantage of Social Media

Getting the most done on limited resources is key for home-based businesses. Since traditional marketing can be expensive, social media is the more affordable, and potentially just as effective, alternative.

“Traditional marketing can be a drain on your funds. Social media marketing, on the other hand, is pretty low-cost and gives you a direct line to current and prospective customers...