7 Questions to Ask Before You Buy Small Business Accounting Software

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Choosing accounting software is often a matter of fit, flexibility and features. These “3Fs” may be different for each business owner, but one thing is for certain, it takes a little homework to find an accounting application that ticks the boxes for all three. As the following seven questions before you buy small business accounting software. Read more

How to Be a Successful Freelancer – Rough Guide to Survival in the Self-Employment Wilderness

How to be a successful freelancer
How to be a successful freelancer is a question asked by most people when they consider leaving their day job for self-employment. When you were first considering your freelancing career, you may have dreamt of the freedom of setting your own hours, working from home or your own small office, charting the course of your business, being your own boss. These are some of the main reasons one-time “cogs in the wheel” become freelancers. It’s a good life if you can make it work then keep making it work. The key to success is knowing how to survive. Read more

Get the Most from Your Small Business Accounting Software

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If you are considering using or have already signed up for online small business accounting software, getting to know the application and its features will ensure you aren’t missing its real benefits. While you may have purchased an accounting application so you can easily do you own bookkeeping and invoicing, the real power is the insight accounting apps provide. Read more

Flare Cloud Accounting Latest Release: Financial Dashboard Enhancements and History

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We’re always thinking of ways we can improve Flare for small business owners – adding features and functionality that will make Flare Cloud Accounting even more useful to your business. Yesterday, we released enhancements to Flare’s financial dashboard and added update history to many input forms. Following is an overview of the changes. Read more

Still Using Financial Spreadsheets for Your Business? Why You Should Use Small Business Accounting Software Instead

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If you are using financial spreadsheets for your small business, you are not alone. There are many resources for free business templates on the web and people love free! While business spreadsheets aren’t “bad”, they do have drawbacks. Using small business accounting software is much easier, less expensive and less complicated than you might think. Read more

9 Mistakes Freelancers Make that Small Business Accounting Software Helps Solve

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Below is a list of common mistakes made by newbie freelancers (and many seasoned freelancers) that small business accounting software can help remedy. “Come on! Really?”, you might be thinking. “I’m a freelancer. I don’t need accounting software and how can accounting software ‘solve’ anything?”. Anything you can do to take control of business finances will “help solve” the common mistakes we’re about to delve into. Read more

Expense Tracking for Contractors. Benefits that Can Save You Money

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If you are a contractor and you are still tracking expenses in your head or by keeping paper receipts, you may want to consider the effect this casual way of managing expenses may have on your business profits. Contractors are busy people! Your hours are consumed by the work you do and that means little time is left for what you may consider boring admin or paperwork. Tracking expenses, though, is a necessary part of learning to run your own business effectively. All contractors benefit from using a more formal expense tracking system. Read more

10 Reasons Micro-Businesses and Self-Employed Pros Should Use Online Accounting Software

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More and more businesses and self-employed professionals are making the move to online accounting software. Why? Following are 10 reasons you should make the switch.

1) Everything is one place. Everything is connected

Before online accounting software, micro-businesses and self-employed professionals had few choices. Often, they used the “shoe-box method” of accounting: throwing invoices and receipts into a shoebox which they’d hand over to their accountant or bookkeeper once per year. The few that performed their own bookkeeping and financial management used several disconnected methods (desktop apps, spreadsheets, word processing templates) and frequently did not have at-a-glance insight into finances. Read more

Finding New Customers is Great. Keeping Current Customers is Better

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If you are self-employed or run a micro-business, you can easily become obsessed with finding new customers. It’s natural, particularly when starting your self-employment career, to brainstorm all the ways you can attract new clients. Clients, after all, are the life blood of your business. Without them, you’ll be shutting your doors and heading back to a day job. Read more

Starting a Home Business – Transitioning from Your Day Job to Working at Home

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When people consider starting a home business, they may not realize that the first step in achieving their dream is to have explicitly stated goals (a plan) and then slowly working toward them. One goal in your list of home business goals, should be the date you want to begin working from home full time. If you think that you’ll just quit your job and start your new work at home life, you’re probably mistaken. Very few home-based workers have the means to cut the safety line of their day job income and jump into the deep end. You’d be well advised to touch your toes in the water first then wade in the shallow end for awhile before making a splash in the deep end. Read more