Want to Make Money Freelancing? Here’s a Path to Earning $100,000 Per Year

By |September 21st, 2017|

Is it possible to make six figures per year as a freelancer or consultant? Of course.
Will it be easy? Well, that depends.
Here’s one place where freelancers—often creative, left-brain types—need to get comfortable crunching the numbers. 0,000 per year works out to an hour, 40 hours per week with two weeks of (unpaid) vacation each […]

106 Business Tools for Freelancers, Consultants and Side Hustlers

By |September 19th, 2017|

For freelancers, productivity is an asset. The more efficient you are, the more money you can earn. It’s the fastest way to better rates and bigger projects.
But when you’re working mostly by yourself, it can be hard to hold yourself accountable to high productivity standards. Time management, focus, discipline—all these things can be hard to […]

How a Side Gig on Amazon Became a Pet Travel Company

By |September 13th, 2017|

Imagine that one day, a video of your dog and cat goes viral on YouTube. Next thing you know, you’re launching a pet travel company featuring their faces. Well, that’s exactly how it happened for Devon and Ashley Meadows, the husband and wife partners behind Next Level Pet.
“We set up a camera to monitor our […]

Schedule C Instructions: How to Save Money at Tax Time

By |September 13th, 2017|

After explaining to someone that you own a business, how many times have you heard in response: “That’s so great. That means you get to write off all of your expenses on your taxes?”
Well, it’s not quite that simple. While There are a number of legitimate business expenses that can reduce your taxable income, but […]

5 Ways Excel Is Adding Costs to Your Inventory Value

By |September 13th, 2017|

Using Microsoft Excel to track your inventory is a hard habit to quit. It is accessible, seemingly cost effective, and so easy to manipulate. However, sometimes the easiest path is not the most cost efficient. Over the years we have trained thousands of clients to track their inventory inside QuickBooks instead. Clients are motivated to […]

Why Optimism Is a Double-Edged Sword for Entrepreneurs

By |September 1st, 2017|

Small business owners tend to be optimistic—almost unreasonably so. It’s the founder’s mentality—you almost have to be endlessly optimistic that your idea will work. Otherwise, why take such a risk in bringing it to life?
Josh Pigford, the man behind analytics startup Baremetrics, was no different. But while optimism is a necessary component of starting a […]

The W2 Form: Instructions and a Detailed Explanation

By |August 31st, 2017|

If you’ve paid an employee more than 0 during a calendar year, you’ll need to issue them a W-2 form come tax time.
W-2 Form Definition
What is a W-2 form? Well, the W-2 form is a record of a worker’s employment with you, as well as the wages they were paid and state and federal tax […]

Time Is Money: 4 Productivity Tips from a Time-Tracking Pro

By |August 31st, 2017|

As a business owner, time tracking may not be top-of-mind. After all, tracking your work and your employees’ work by the hour can feel tedious.
But, here’s a rude awakening. Letting time slip through your fingers can be just as detrimental to the success of your business. Time management is one of the best ways to […]

Quarterly Taxes for Etsy Sellers

By |August 30th, 2017|

You work for yourself. You love the flexible schedule and freedom to do your own thing, and Etsy provides a great platform for your creative business. What you don’t love—because who does?—are taxes. But with a little organization, paying your taxes is easy as pie.
Quarterly taxes are an estimate of what you will owe Uncle […]

10 Ways Good Credit Is Good Business

By |August 29th, 2017|

You may be one of those lucky businesses that never needs funding. But even if you never borrow a dime, having good credit needs to be on your business to-do list.
Read why good business credit matters. Then check out our tips for building it up.

Customers trust it
Clients and customers are selective when they choose who […]

Paying Quarterly Taxes for Lyft Drivers

By |August 28th, 2017|

Driving for Lyft is a great way to make some extra money, or even your full income. With a schedule you can tailor to fit your life, this gig is all about flexibility. Luckily, taxes as a self-employed individual can be easy too.
Understanding Quarterly Taxes for Lyft Drivers
As a Lyft driver, you are self-employed. Self-employed […]

The Top 5 #WaysToGrow Your Small Business

By |August 11th, 2017|

There are a lot of things that keep small business owners up at night, and one of those fears is growth. Growing a business beyond the capabilities of one individual can seem impossible and more 70% of small businesses consist of only one person: the business owner.
Growth requires new skills, more work, and potentially other […]

3 Skills Every Small Business Owner Should Have (and How to Get Them)

By |August 11th, 2017|

Running a small business can seem like a constant juggling act. One moment you’re meeting with a client, then you switch gears to marketing, then managing finances—and that’s just the predictable part of your day.
But while you may be involved in every facet of your business, you don’t need to be an expert at everything. […]

How to Take a Vacation When You’re Self-Employed

By |August 10th, 2017|

My eyes darted between my calendar and my to-do list, and I immediately felt overwhelmed. I had one week left until I was scheduled to set off on my first vacation in a long time.
Hiking, kayaking, campfires, and limited cell reception—for all intents and purposes, I was preparing for a week full of rest and […]

8 Things You Need to Do Before Hiring Your First Employee

By |August 10th, 2017|

You know it’s time to hire help when you’re working around the clock to keep your business moving.
Pain points like this tend to turn new entrepreneurs into employers pretty quickly. After all, the business can only scale if you can effectively delegate work to the right people. Still, we don’t recommend rushing into hiring before […]