When you're growing a business, a late-paying client can be frustrating. You have to dedicate time and resources to figure out what happened and why. You have to pull yourself together enough to have a conversation about money - something that's not easy for many people. The most important thing to remember is that your business fulfilled its part of the deal, and now your client owes your business.
Estimates say that the number of freelancers entering the marketplace is growing at a compound annual growth rate of 15%. Enterprise company layoffs and the demand for more flexibility after the pandemic are two of many reasons that more people are considering freelancing. If you're ready to hang out your shingle, you definitely want to make sure you're on steady ground, so preparation and planning are necessary.
Here are 5 steps to consider when starting your own freelance business.
The results are in. After a 6-month trial of over 60 companies in the United Kingdom, nearly every company in the pilot study has chosen to continue a four-day workweek. Company revenue stayed roughly the same during the trial but showed a 35% increase compared to similar periods in previous years. Most importantly, employee turnover was reduced by 57% with reports of improved well-being, better work-life balance, and reduced stress.
Looking closer, is a four-day workweek right for your growing business?
The recent Silicon Valley Bank crisis sent ripples through the world of small businesses, startups, and venture capital. Thankfully, the crisis was mainly thwarted by getting bailed out and addressed by calls for regulation by the Biden administration. But it set enough investors on edge to recognize that it's not the first crisis to affect businesses, and it certainly won't be the last.
Here's how your business can find cash and stay resilient in a crisis.
Women look to other female leaders to feel empowered as they break through glass ceilings and face various obstacles along the way. It's important for them to clear a path for other women as well. Women leaders often face challenges such as more responsibilities within their homes and at their jobs, and when serving as entrepreneurs, unequal access to venture capital. Let's hear from some of them for more motivation for us all.
Read these inspiring quotes from women leaders in business.
When you own your own business, something always demands your attention. Whether it's troubleshooting office issues like internet outages, customer service challenges, or trying to get paid, entrepreneurship is a busy vocation. To grow your business, you may need to adjust your focus from putting out fires to looking at your business differently.
Adjust your perspective with this helpful advice for busy business owners.
Financial statements are as important to business leaders as they are to investors. Working capital provides a financial snapshot of your business on the balance sheet - the difference between the company's current assets and its current liabilities. A cash flow statement offers insight into the expected cash generated over a certain period of time. Both cash flow and working capital affect each other and are valuable measurements of financial health.
Let's review these important financial statements to keep your business running smoothly.
Does it actually cost more to attract new clients than keep current ones? That can only be decided when you consider the cost of your time and the value of your clients. Nevertheless, happy clients are usually your most loyal clients, and they'll likely recommend your goods and services to others. Let's identify strategies for keeping your existing B2B clients happy so you can maintain a strong, long-lasting business relationship and save money along the way.
Happy B2B clients save your business money. Here's how.
As a business that works with other businesses, the expectation is that they'll pay for the goods and services you're providing. Unfortunately, delinquency and debt in business relationships is a very real, all-too-common problem. If you pay attention, there are glaring red flags that could provide clues that some clients could be problematic.
Here are six types of risky B2B client behaviors that might indicate they won't pay on time.
Losing a client after establishing a relationship and putting in work efforts can be disruptive to any organization. It's especially painful if you're working as an independent contractor, freelance, or as a growing business. The loss in revenue may mean that you need to find another client immediately. There are some practical steps you can take to bounce back.