Top 10 Skills Every Home-Based Business Owner Needs to Succeed: Part 1, Success Skills 6-10

Home-based business owner

In part 1 of this article, we shared skills 1-5 of the top 10 skills that home-based business owners need to succeed. Now, we’ll complete the list.

6) Work-Life Balance

Balancing your personal life with your home-based business working life is vital to your mental and physical health. When you are starting out, you may find yourself working long hours (or odd hours) and not giving enough attention to friends, family, your mental state and physical well being. You may eat poorly, sleep poorly, and thus, think poorly. Read more

Top 10 Skills Every Home-Based Business Owner Needs to Succeed: Part 1, Success Skills 1-5

Home-based business owner
You’ve probably read the statistics on home-based business growth in the U.S.A. According to the U.S. Census Bureau 2012 data, about 50% of all small businesses in the U.S. are home-based businesses. Of those, 60.1% of firms without paid employees are home based, and, 23.3% of small employer firms are home based. According to the SBA, “The industries in which businesses are most likely to be home-based are information (70.0%), construction (68.2%), and professional, scientific, and technical services (65.3%).” Read more

6 Outsourcing Sites for Freelancers. Fiverr and Alternatives

Outsourcing for Freelancers
If you freelance (or run a micro or small business) you may find that you can’t fulfill all requests for work because you are either 1) short on time, or 2) don’t have the inclination to do some of the work. If this sounds like you, consider some of the outsourcing sites for freelancers listed in this article.

Flareapps.com small business tip #103 Use Outsourcing Websites. Get Workers! Get Work!

There are two sides to the outsourcing website coin: you can hire someone to perform work as a sub-contractor and you may find some work for yourself. Read more

Budgeting and Survival Tips for Freelancers: A Roundup of Advice

A freelancer budgeting

Budgeting and survival tips for freelancers abound on the web. We’ve trolled freelance budgeting articles and distilled this wisdom down to 9 nuggets compiled here for your convenience. The best advice is often gained from those who have walked in your shoes. If you are a freelancer, and you are currently operating without a budget…you are not alone, but, there are many reasons to budget. Read more

Year-End Accounting Procedures in Flare. You and Your Accountant Will Love Them!

Year-end transaction summary report

In some accounting programs, year-end accounting procedures are complicated and time-consuming. Flare has simplified the year-end process by eliminating the need to close the current fiscal year and carrying forward balances into the following fiscal year.

The following year-end checklist will demonstrate how easy the year-end process is in Flare. Read more

31 of The Best Cloud-Based Apps
for Micro-Businesses and Freelancers

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It used to be that small businesses, solopreneurs, freelancers and alike were at a distinct disadvantage in terms of finding effective and affordable tools and technology. Now, thanks to the one-two punch of cloud computing and mobile devices, the playing field has been leveled.

What is Cloud Computing?

In the Flare blog post, What Is This “Cloud Computing” of Which You Speak?, that unravels this mystery provides the following definition from Eric Griffith, Feature Editor at PC Magazine:

Cloud computing means storing and accessing data and programs over the internet instead of your computer’s hard drive. The cloud is just a metaphor for the internet.

Penning an article on the same topic, The New Jersey Institute of Technology chimes in with:

Cloud computing is a process that allows users access to a certain set of shared resources. Data stored in the cloud, specifically on servers, is accessible from almost anywhere and can be used on demand.

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Time Saving Tips for Freelancers

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While this article is entitled “Time Saving Tips for Freelancers”, it could just as easily be called “Sanity Tips for Freelancers”. If you’ve made the jump from a day job to freelancing, the most important thing you can learn to preserve your sanity and make this new life possible is how to save time.

To the uninitiated, the word “freelancer” conjures up images of getting up late, working when you want and having unlimited freedom, but the reality is far from what they imagine. Freelancers frequently work more than they did at their day jobs. Before I began freelancing, a freelancer friend once told me “Sure, there’s freedom in freelancing. I’m free to choose which 15 hours in a day I work.” Read more

Budgeting for Freelancers. An Easy Guide to Why and How

Freelancers, like all other businesses, benefit from having a budget, but many freelancers don’t take the time or understand the importance. Self-employed people are notoriously busy and frequently don’t spend time planning. Why? They see planning as an “administrative” duty – one that gets in the way of real work. “I’ll get to it when I have time”, they think to themselves, and that time never seems to come. Working on projects, the bread and butter of a freelancer’s life, seems more valuable than planning, which has less immediately tangible benefits. Read more

Customer Value Tracking in Flare

Recently, we published an article about increasing customer lifetime value (CLV). This important measurement is often influenced by actions businesses take such as great customer service, staying in touch, preferred customer benefits and more. Knowing the importance of this measurement, we built in a customer value tracking feature into Flare. Read more