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Planning

  • Freelance
    A Freelancer's Guide to Effective BudgetingFreelance budgeting
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    Freelance incomes can fluctuate a lot from month to month, making it difficult to plan. So in this tutorial, I’ll show you how to construct a rock-solid budget that accounts for these ups and downs, making sure you save enough in the good times to cover the months when no work comes in or a big project gets cancelled.Read More…
  • Career Development
    Getting Unstuck: Your Path Out of the Mid-Career RutUnstuck taking flight
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    If you're like many mid-career professionals, you've spent years working your way up to a good-paying job with a respectable title. But instead of basking in satisfaction you now feel bored and restless. You may even feel hopelessly stuck in your mid-career rut, and that's understandable; but by laying the right groundwork, you can get unstuck, climb out of that rut and land the job you really want—and this tutorial will show you how.Read More…
  • Freelance
    Getting Your First 3 Paying Clients as a New FreelancerThree paying clients
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    As you step into the big bad world of freelancing, you have a number of concerns, but looming at the top of your list is likely how to get paying clients. In this tutorial, we walk you through the steps to land your first three. These are clients who value you and are willing to pay for your services. Also, there is a lot to learn from the right kind of clients, like how to get even more of them. Hint: It's not about mass mailing a ton of prospects or reaching out to everyone. It's also NOT about creating a fancy website or building up a social media following.Read More…
  • Business
    How to Write Better Status ReportsReport
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    In this tutorial you’ll learn how to write an effective status report. You’ll find out what you need to do to organize your key ideas and communicate them clearly, and learn about common mistakes to avoid. I’ll also give you a sample report that you can view or download, so that you can use it as a template for your own reports.Read More…
  • Freelance
    Your First Steps to a Profitable, Freelance Side BusinessFirst steps
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    What difference would $500 a month make to you? How about $1,000 a month? Would you save for the vacation of a lifetime? Invest in a college fund for your children's education? Stop worrying about how you're going to pay the bills? In this article, we'll show you how to come up with a freelance business idea that's got the potential to provide a significant side income.Read More…
  • Freelance
    Entrepreneur or Freelancer - What's the Difference?Choice
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    It seems like everyone with a business is an entrepreneur these days. The truth is, you don't have to be an entrepreneur to run a business. There are plenty of other options that are lower risk, and that allow you to fit your work around your lifestyle—such as being a freelancer. In this article, we explore the difference between freelancing and entrepreneurship.Read More…
  • Planning
    From Idea to Break-Even: How to Create a Financial Model for Your BusinessBreak even
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    So you’ve got a good idea for a business. Congratulations! But turning ideas into reality can be an expensive process. You’ll have to spend money before you even start, and then keep spending money as you try to build up your customer base. So how do you figure out how much money you’ll need, and whether you can afford it? In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to create a comprehensive financial model for your new business. Read More…
  • Insurance
    How to Protect Your Business With the Right InsuranceRisk insurance
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    In this final part of our series on risk management, we'll take a look at the different types of insurance your business needs. From general liability insurance to workers' compensation insurance, we'll look at how the different policies work, and how they can help protect your company in various worst-case scenarios.Read More…
  • Planning
    Effective Risk Management StrategiesRisk management
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    So far in this series on risk management, we’ve looked at the main types of risk a business can face, and how to measure risk in your business. The next logical step, of course, is to put together a plan for dealing with each risk you’ve identified, so that you can manage your risks on an ongoing basis. You’ll learn exactly how to do that in this tutorial.Read More…
  • Planning
    How to Measure Risk in Your BusinessRisk measure
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    In part two of our guide on risk management, you'll learn how to identify and evaluate specific risks that your business is subject to. You'll see how you can quantify each risk and create a "risk scorecard" that helps you prioritize based on likelihood and impact.Read More…
  • Risk Analysis
    The Main Types of Business RiskRisk types
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    Businesses face all kinds of risks, some of which can cause serious loss of profits or even bankruptcy. But while all large companies have extensive "risk management" departments, smaller businesses tend not to look at the issue in such a systematic way. So in this four-part series of tutorials, you’ll learn the basics of risk management and how you can apply them in your business.Read More…
  • Management
    How to Hire Your First EmployeesEmployee badge new hire
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    Learn what to do if you need to start hiring staff for your business. How do you find the right candidates, how do you interview them, and how do you figure out what pay and benefits to offer? We'll also cover some important regulatory requirements.Read More…
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