Save Your Business In a Crisis

For freelancers, startups and small business owners, the COVID-19 pandemic likely has impacted daily life and your business. Startup funding is drying up, employees are being furloughed or in general, we're all living in a state of uncertainty.  You may be wondering if there's anything that you can do that could save your business during a crisis. 

Our advice - Don't Panic! You may be better off than you thought. 

Steps you can take to save your business in a crisis.

How to Stay Productive When You Work from Home

Whether you're a freelancer, small business owner or employee, working from home can be quite an adjustment. It's easy to get distracted by laundry or other household to-do's and you're probably reading this because you know that already. With a couple of tweaks to your routine, you may find that you're more productive working from home than the office. 

Here are tips to stay productive when you work from home.

Start a Consulting Business and Get Paid Doing What You Love

When working a 9 to 5 grind has got you down, you may be considering how to start your own business. If you've been the expert at something in a corporate job, you could break into the business of speaking about it or even consulting to other businesses.  Do you want to make money with your expertise, working on your own terms, and are you ready to get started?

Entrepreneurship starts when you decide what you're good at and how to sell that.

Here are best practices for starting a consulting business to get paid doing what you love.

Is Your Growing Business Prepared for Tax Season?

Whether you're a freelancer, contractor, startup or small business, tax season is the time of year that reveals any changes in your business over the past year.  If you've not kept up with your income and expenses, tax season will kick you into gear. If you're unsure about write-offs, deductions or even how much tax you owe, tax season is the time to get  informed.

Do you know if your growing business is prepared for tax season?

Business Leadership Lessons from Disney's CEO

Fan or not, The Walt Disney Company is widely successful. Even with a few movie flops and challenges in management, things have definitely turned around for the better with Bob Iger as their CEO since 2004.  Recently, Iger released a memoir entitled, "The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company". Within the pages are intriguing stories and messages of inspiration for any business owner. He details his steps up the ladder at ABC, Disney's acquisition of Pixar and his relationship with Steve Jobs, acquiring Marvel and Lucasfilm, and opening more Disney parks across the world.

Let's examine some top business leadership lessons from Disney's CEO.

Should You Handle an Invoice Dispute in Person?

If the thought of an uncomfortable meeting with your client makes your stomach hurt, you're probably already shuddering at the title of this post. Invoice disputes usually mean that the client owes you money and is simply unwilling to pay what you're asking. Is it possible to figure out a solution to this situation with an in-person meeting? 

Should you handle an invoice dispute in person?

Facing Fears as an Entrepreneur

One of my closest friends is "hanging out her shingle" as an independent after spending her entire career working for large corporations. We've always texted fairly regularly but our conversations lately are less about our kids and more about self-employment taxes and setting up accounting software. To leave the relative comfort and paycheck predictability of the employee life is no joke and has me revisiting my own brave step into the world of entrepreneurship. 

Becoming an entrepreneur means facing real fears. Here are some ways to push past the fear and do it anyway.

How to Stay Calm During a Business Crisis

In order to achieve any measure of success, one must be able to survive failure. This adage applies to inventors, scientists, athletes, entrepreneurs and anyone who chooses to venture outside of their comfort zone. Failure is simply a sign that you have tried to better yourself or to create something that hasn't been done before. To survive failure or the chance of failure, it must be put in perspective.

For anyone in business, it's important to learn to stay calm during a crisis. Here's how.

Tips for Negotiating Money with Clients

In business relationships, money is part of the equation. The thing to remember is that both parties are looking for value and trust. Your client may ask for discounts. You may want to be paid up front. Your client may need to settle old debts with you. These conversations don't have to be uncomfortable if you know where to start. 

Here some tips for negotiating money with your clients.

Should My Agency Ask for Payments Upfront?

Reader asks:

"I started my business as a freelancer and have now grown into a full creative agency. My largest clients frequently pay their bills at Net 90 days, even though I ask for Net 30 or 45. Should my agency ask for payments upfront?"

Our answer: It depends. 

Read more to learn why.