4 Signs You Are Under-Charging Your Clients

empty money bagFreelancers often start out (and end) charging too little for their services. It’s normal to feel like you’re asking too much – especially when your fee is more than you yourself have ever paid for anything – but businesses have bigger budgets than most individuals have so your desired price tag is probably fine. A couple thousand bucks is not as much money to them as it is to you.
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From Freelancer to Entrepreneur

Building a business planA lot of people think freelancers and entrepreneurs are the same thing. While there are similarities between them – they are their own bosses and claim their “business” on their taxes – the two are distinctly different. This distinction is important to understand if a freelancer wants to expand the operation. Continue reading

Telecommuting From A Garden Office

garden officeIn recent years, more and more people are telecommuting, or working from home. Sometimes this has been a forced decision following a redundancy as a result of the global financial meltdown, other times it’s a deliberate decision. Working from home cuts down on time spent commuting, it allows for more personal time, and it limits the amount of money that a company needs to spend on office administration.

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Should You Charge By the Hour Or By the Project?

Ways to Charge Clients

Businesses can charge clients either by the hours spent on a project or by a set amount towards the entire project or tasks of the project. A web based time tracking system is invaluable for billing clients accurately by the hour. And a reliable system to track clients and work-history is important when you’re charging by the project. A time tracking system like Timesheets.com keeps track of both clients and projects, plus the time spent working on them, either for freelancers or for entire an workforce.

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How to Stay Competitive in a Changing Industry

This guest post is brought to you by WePay – the easiest way to accept credit cards online.

Looking upThe business that stays competitive is the one that keeps its head above water. Since most businesses close before celebrating their five-year mark, you can see why it’s important to stay up to date on every aspect of your industry. If you don’t, you risk giving up the dream of self-employment.

But staying competitive is much easier said than done. When it comes down to it, what can actually be done? You either make the sale or sign the client or you don’t, right? While that may mostly be true, there are ways to stack the deck in your favor. Here are a few ways you can stay ahead of the game.

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Small Business: Are you Flying a Plane With No Destination?

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This insightful guest post is brought to you by WePay, the easiest way to accept credit cards online.

Where is your company headed? Take a second to think back at the last few months or years and go over everything you’ve accomplished. You may have grown by leaps and bounds and accomplished more than you ever imagined.

Now ask yourself: is this what you really wanted in the first place?

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Three Steps to Business-Building Customer Referrals

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In today’s guest post WePay offers freelancers and very small businesses some tips for obtaining more clients and more work.

Remember, Timesheets.com accounts are free for single users and start at just $9 for 1 employee!

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You don’t realize it, but your clients want to give you more business. It’s true! They’re sitting by their computer or telephone waiting to give a holler to some of their friends and colleagues. You just have to do a few steps to ensure they do just that.

What are these steps? They’re nothing super complicated, and you may have done them without even thinking about it. However with a little foresight you could be looking at double your client base and twice the money in the bank.
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