Entrepreneurship

Best Project Management Software for 2014

Part 3 of our Small Business Tools Series tackles the best project management software. Previously we covered Best Cloud Storage Providers and Best Email Marketing Services; now we enter the realm of project management. There are many project software providers out there these days. While it speaks to the necessity of project management, it also can be …

12 Budget-Friendly Steps to a Home Office Makeover

A home office is supposed to be a pleasant — maybe even ideal — place to work. But for many, it feels like a cave with four walls that appear to be sinking in more and more each day. And if you’re a time-challenged and financially strapped entrepreneur, chances are you’ve thrown in the towel and decided to …

Best Email Marketing Services for 2014

As we continue to explore the best solutions for small business today, we’ll focus on email marketing services. Make sure you visit Saving Money in Your Startup – Part 4, where Joe discusses the four basic steps to setting up your business’s email marketing. Email marketing services are vital for managing and interacting with your …

Best Cloud Storage Providers for 2014

Over the past 20 years, data has moved out of your hard drive and into the cloud. The world is becoming more and more mobile without compromising accessibility. Luckily, technology has quickly advanced to accommodate our newfound lifestyles. Cloud storage providers enable individuals and businesses to easily transfer files to secure networks in order to …

Maternity Leave for Women Entrepreneurs

In addition to the steady paycheck, another big perk of working in the corporate world is often the benefits package. For some, that includes six to 12 weeks of maternity leave. When you become an entrepreneur, the safety net quickly vanishes, and you’re left all alone to find your way. For this reason, many female business owners barely take a break …

Saving Money in Your Startup — Part 4

If you’re a small business owner or entrepreneur, you’re constantly searching for ways to reduce expenses, increase revenue, and do things more efficiently. That’s why it’s time to step up your email marketing game. We all feel overwhelmed by email. But there is a legitimate reason why Macy’s, Outback Steakhouse, and GoDaddy are still emailing you …

15 Money Principles for the Newly Self-Employed

Being an entrepreneur is scary at times. Income fluctuates, there are no guarantees, and only about half of all small businesses even make it to the five-year mark. But that shouldn’t stop you from pursuing this path if it’s what you feel called to do. While there’s no way to guarantee that your business will flourish into the …

17 Simple (and Mostly Free) Ways to Double Your Marketing Efforts

You’ve been in business for some time, but things have taken a turn for the worse: Operations are coming to a halt and the constant flow of work and sales has slowed to a trickle. You desperately need to find ways to get the word out about your business. But money’s tighter than ever, and you …

11 Lucrative Freelance Jobs That Are Still Growing

Building wealth boils down to a pretty simple equation: Either spend less money, or earn more of it. We offer plenty of ways to tighten up your spending and keep more money in your pocket, but at some point, there are no cuts left to make. Whether you’re a stay-at-home parent looking for work you can fit …

11 Money Moves to Make Before Becoming a Mommy-Preneur

For years, I sat behind a desk crunching numbers, analyzing spending trends, validating financial transactions and generating reports. (Sound exciting?) Although the day-to-day routine bored me out of my mind, I did what most logical people would do and sucked it up. After all, the money was good and I worked with a decent group …

Saving Money in Your Startup — Part 3

If you’ve been following along with this series, you’ve already thought about where to locate your business, the cost of living in your city, where to set up your home office or workplace, how expensive coffee shops are, how to legally set up your business entity, the business model canvas and lean startup methodologies, DIY …

17 Strategies to Survive Working From Home With Children

If you’ve ever thought working from home with small children beats driving to the office each day, you may be sadly mistaken. My children are definitely the apple of my eye, but they can be a handful anytime I sit down to complete an important task. It’s almost as if they have an internal switch …

Saving Money in Your Startup — Part 2

So you’re thinking about starting a business. Congrats! Now what? Odds are good that if you’re starting a business, you’re a “solopreneur” — meaning it’s just you, and you’ve got some questions about what to do next. Whether it’s your first startup or you’ve been down this path before, identifying and accessing key resources — both …

Small Business Insurance Basics

There are about 45 million businesses in the United States of which more than 99 percent are considered small businesses. More than 40 million of those small businesses have fewer than 20 employees. All businesses, small and large share a common need for protection against the unexpected, and small business insurance satisfies that need. Unlike, …

Saving Money in Your Startup

We get it. You’re starting a new businesses and you’re strapped for cash. There are a million questions going through your head. We empathize with bootstrapping entrepreneurs and small-business owners everywhere, and today we explore meaningful ways (that add up) where your business can save money in the early phases. That said, every small-business owner …

Choosing Income-Positive Hobbies and Projects – And Fifteen Examples to Get You Started

Like almost everyone in America, I fill my spare time with a number of projects and a handful of hobbies. I have a number of things I’ve consistently enjoyed over the years – reading books comes to mind, as does computer programming – as well as hobbies that I’ve jumped into passionately for a while …

The Reality of Earning Money Online

I hear every single day from readers who want to know exactly how I’ve made money with The Simple Dollar or how they can earn money online, whether it’s starting a blog or posting Youtube videos or writing ebooks. I’m going to spell all of this out in detail so that the reality of it …

The Diminishing Returns of Yard Sales

A few days ago, I had a great conversation with a couple that live about a block away from us. They have regular yard sales throughout the summer and we’ve stopped at the sale a few times. Their process is simple. They have an area of their garage that they devote to “yard sale” stuff. …

Is a Second Job the Right Decision for Increasing Income?

Undoubtedly, frugality can be a powerful tool that can help you start digging out of a financial hole. Every time you make a choice to cut your spending, you’re directly leaving more money behind in your bank account. It’s an immediate effect, too. That’s money you can use to pay off debt, buff up an …