Watch Your Back If You Strike Out On Your Own

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Whether you’re making your way out there as a freelancer or starting your own business, there’s plenty of benefit to striking out on your own. Greater freedom, the ability to use your skills to their full effect without being hobbled by employers, not to mention the full reward for your hard work. But if you want to make it on your own, you need to be self-sufficient. You need to be responsible not only for giving your work 100% of your effort to truly succeed, but you have to protect yourself from the risks of working for yourself. No-one else is going to do it.

You need your own smarts

When you work for yourself, it should be obvious you have a greater range of responsibilities than you would otherwise. Being good at what you do isn’t quite enough. You need to build a broad base of knowledge in several different areas. Time management and organization. Marketing. Accounting. Customer relationship management. Branding, whether for a business or as an individual. You’re in charge of both finding projects and work, as well as making sure that the results of said work are properly utilized. If you’re not ready to take responsibility for the full spectrum of tasks, you’re going to leave critical parts of running a business or working for yourself up to luck.

You need your own protections

You might not have been fully aware, but your past employers had a bunch of protections in place to keep the business free or at least insulated for certain kinds of risks. Now’s the time to start putting those protections in place. You need to ask and find the answers to questions like what is intellectual property? What is public liability insurance? What is business interruption protection? These are the protections that will make sure that others can’t steal a brand you’ve worked hard to build, that your business can survive any damage accidentally caused by the business, and that you can keep yourself afloat when circumstances make it impossible to run the business temporarily. Without putting these protections in place, there are too many risks around every corner.

You need your own standards

This is where even the savviest of entrepreneurs and freelancers can find themselves in most danger. You want to keep customers happy and to welcome as many of them as possible. However, not all clients are easy to deal with. Toxic clients come in many shapes, but the most dangerous are those who make demands on how you do your work. If you don’t have services pre-defined and priced fairly, you will find those clients who attempt to set prices for you and who ever ask for more without being willing to pay for it. You can get sucked into a spiral of doing work for ungrateful, disrespectful people who aren’t even monetarily worth the time you spend working for them. It’s important to set your own standards and be willing to say ‘no’ to those who want you to work outside them.

If the above points have scared you off working for yourself, then you’re not truly ready for it. There’s no burying your head in the sand here. If you can’t take care of yourself as a freelancer or business owner, you set yourself up for disaster.

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The Ultimate Guide to Starting a Zine

There has surely been a point in all our lives where we really wanted to get something off our chest. And not just to one or two people, but to as many people as possible. It’s surely why Facebook, Twitter and Instagram have done so well over the past decade. It’s certainly why blogs became such a big thing in the early 2000s (and onwards!). But these platforms, while not exactly dropping in popularity, seem to have become very saturated – and people are beginning to look towards new methods of connecting with others.

Of course, there are plenty of uses for social media and blogging that go beyond personal use and creativity. Businesses use these platforms to great extents. But there are a lot of business owners out there who are looking for a new and exciting way of connecting to their most loyal customers, as well as turning eyes to their brand that may never have looked their way previously.

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So it’s pretty clear that Tweets and Facebook status updates aren’t always enough. Sure, you could look into starting your own website or writing for a blog. Those are definitely great ways to connect with an audience. But zines – smaller-scale versions of magazines – are becoming more popular these days. They’re a unique way to get your creations out there, as well as getting word about your brand. Check out this guide to getting started.

Pick the subject

Zines are generally noted for being centred quite closely on one specific subject. Of course, this is true of most publications. Magazines, for example, are largely based around one medium such as fashion or music. But with a zine, you have less room to meander. Magazines will generally cover a bunch of subjects, albeit ones related in some way to their “main” subject. You have to pick a topic you love enough to focus on for 12-24 pages.

So what’s it going to be? Business? Punk rock? Horror movies? Bizarro fiction? A mix of all four? See if you can find a niche or a new approach to a widely-covered subject.

Gauge interest

The next step is to see how far a reach you think this zine could have. This is also a good way of gauging what kind of things people would like to see in such a publication. As you’re going to be doing something very small-scale (at least at first), the best people to speak to are your friends. If you have any online followers, you may want to speak to them, too.

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Go online and see if you can find any information about other zines in your area. While zines have gained popularity in the age of social media (oddly enough), they’re still not exactly ubiquitous. The chances are high that you’re the only one making a zine in your area, let alone a zine of your particular subject! Having said that, you should be considering the potential for an expanded audience in the future.

Create content

What kind of content are you going to have? News stories? Opinions and think pieces? Poems and short stories? Artwork? Many contemporary zines employ a mixture of all of these things. Decide what you want to fill your zine with, then get to creating as much content as you can. You should aim to create enough content to fill several issues of a zine, then comb through it all and pick the best stuff.

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For this stage, you’ll also need to have worked out whether or not you’re going it alone. If you are then that could be a pretty heavy workload. But you could look into getting submissions for the next zine if you so wish. Alternatively, you can accept submissions from the beginning during the “gauging interest” phase. You could also choose to work as part of a team, bringing a friend or two on board. If your zine is geared towards business interests or you’re looking to promote your brand, then you might want to consider working with copywriting experts. Remember that this isn’t going to be a big publication (physical size-wise), so take care not to invite too many cooks into the kitchen!

Adding goodies

A lot of zines just come as-is, with no supplementary material or gifts. Whether or not you want to continue this trend is, of course, up to you. But there are a few zines out there who take a route akin to that of magazines. They’ll come with small items relevant to the subject material.

If you’re making a music zine, then this kind of thing can definitely work in your favour. Let’s say you’re doing a zine about the local music scene. (Not a bad idea – you already have a guaranteed audience, i.e. the local music scene!) You could include some CDs with the zine that includes music from local unsigned bands. Producing a bunch of CDs will be a lot cheaper than you think, and getting the music shouldn’t be too difficult if the bands have recorded material. (You are, of course, going to want to focus on unsigned bands if you don’t want to get into legal trouble!) DVDs are also an option if you want to include footage of business seminars.

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Heading to print

As the circulation of your zine is going to be pretty small, getting it printed should be quick and inexpensive. It is here, of course, that you’ll need to decide just how many you’re going to print. Is there a magic formula that will help you work out without error just how many you’ll need? Unfortunately, no. It will depend to a great extent how many people you’ve already planned to send it to. You may want to consider printing that number of copies and then an additional third of that number. Again, that’s not a formula everyone works with – you’ll have to work it out yourself as you go along!

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Don’t feel pressured to print too many. Remember: as long as you have the original documents, you can always make more copies. So while it’s good to have some spare in case you have unexpected interest, don’t go ahead and print a thousand copies. It might end up costing more than the eventual readership will justify! Once you’ve printed the copies you need, either hand them to your readers in person or send them by mail to people who are out of immediate reach.

If you’re producing zines as part of your business strategy, then sending them out to subscribers is a good idea. This can also work as incentive to subscribe to your business’s mailing list! You should also consider bringing a bunch of copies along with you when you have events to attend. If you produce something particularly eye-catching and bring them to a trade show as a giveaway, for example, then you could attract more people to your stall than with the usual gimmicky giveaways other businesses use!

Getting the word out

Okay, by distributing your zine you’re already technically “getting the word out”. But what I’m referring to here, specifically, is letting more people know about your zine. In other words, we’re talking about marketing!

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Of course, much of the ethos of a zine involves small readerships and limited advertising. But that doesn’t mean you should keep its presence hidden completely. Start up a website and a Twitter account for your publication. These things can help bring the mood of your zine onto the Internet. It will also help you catch the attention of passers-by, especially friends of friends!

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Steps To A Smooth Start To A Manufacturing Business

Starting up any business is a huge venture. Not only are you embarking on something new, but you are relying on something new to be your livelihood. As with any new start-up, the crucial part is research. Researching the industry that you are investing in, what is involved to bring up a profit and benchmarking the competition so you know who your potential customers are buying from. Moving into manufacturing may be a whole new area for you, but building a strong support network and putting out your business plan are among what you need to do to make your manufacturing business a profitable one.

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If you are ready to be a manufacturer, investing in space, premises and gravity conveyor systems to get your business ready are all the first steps you would take. Setting up a business in manufacturing is a huge financial commitment and it’s also a huge responsibility. Once you’re up and running, though, it can be profitable and the job satisfaction that comes with running your own manufacturing company is something else entirely. There are always steps to every new business, but if you follow these, you should have a smoother beginning.

  • Get Support. Every new company needs the right network in place for a strong and stable beginning. You can be chock full of enthusiasm but enthusiasm doesn’t run a company. A business coach can be an excellent guide and helping hand in the early days of the business. Having a good, strong managerial team can make a huge difference to the way your company is run from the start.
  • Choose Location. New businesses are always money conscious, but if you go for the cheap premises, you could shoot yourself in the foot. You need a good infrastructure and area really counts when you choose your premises. You’ll need good transport links to get to your building, and be easily accessible for suppliers and customers alike. The location can even make a difference as to whether you get any help from government. Research as much as you can!
  • Factory Finding. Whatever you choose to manufacture will change the size and use of your factory. If your product requires a lot of power, you’ll need a bigger building with a lot of industrial floor space. You’ll need to find somewhere that has parking for staff and you’ll need a good amount of security for a product that is high value.
  • Staff Counts. Factory staff is something you have to consider from the beginning. You need a good level of trustworthy, motivated staff that are skilled and trained for the work that you do. Your staff should be part of your business plan financials – there’s no point interviewing and training skilled staff if you can’t afford them!

Your manufacturing business can be highly profitable and be a massive success, but you have to look at what you are producing and what it is for. It’s easy to be distracted by the bigger picture in a new venture, but try to calm the excitement and look beyond the initial opening!

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Unlock the Full Potential of Your Website

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So you’ve realized that having a social media presence isn’t enough; you need a full-blown website in order to promote your business in the right way. But so many people are still squandering the potential that a website can bring to them and their business. It isn’t something you should create quickly and cheaply and then leave hanging around limply on the Internet like stale bait on a hook.

You need to make sure your website is realizing its full potential; websites can do so much for your business, and it’s time that you dedicate a little more tender loving care to it. Here’s what you need to do to really strengthen it.

Improve your content

You don’t want any old fluff on your website’s blog. And if your website doesn’t have a blog, then you’re probably making a pretty big mistake. A lot of business owners underestimate the potential of a blog when it comes to marketing. Don’t allow your blog to be a place where pretty much any old post that loosely relates to your subject is uploaded. With that in mind, you also shouldn’t be too insular with your subject matter. You want to give people a good reason to read every word. Hire some really good writers to create exciting content for your blog. Share the wisdom of your business with others. Give your opinion on certain things occurring in the industry.

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Advance your development skills

The more skilled you and your employees are when it comes to web development, the easier it will be for your website to reach its fullest potential. A lot of business websites these days are a little too simple and basic. Yes, simplicity was definitely underrated for a long time, but many businesses seem to have gone way too far into the other direction of sheer minimalism. Check out some modern HTML guides to ensure you’re doing everything you can to clean up and improve the code that’s keeping your website up.

Switch to more reliable CMS

So what content management system are you using? This has a big effect on the delivery of your content, as well as how its presented on your website. A lot of people try to take really cheap alternatives to the big names, not only because they want to save money but also because they’re convinced something on the periphery may work better. (Like the hipsters who spent years trying to convince us that Zunes were really better than iPods!) It’s time to be honest: CMSs like WordPress and Magento are the most popular out there for a good reason.

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Boost your marketing campaign

What good is such a website if no-one can see it? Now is not the time to take on a “build it and they will come” attitude. Yes, you should put focus on building a great website before marketing; but once your masterpiece is finished and you’re ready for people to check it out, you should really be willing to go all in when it comes to digital marketing! If people aren’t visiting it, then your website will never reach its fullest potential. Just make sure you have a host that can handle all the traffic!

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First Office Job Fashion: The Key Pieces You Need

When you first start working in an office, it often means you need to go out and buy some office-appropriate clothes and accessories. Since you’ll be in the office five days a week, that can mean basically having to buy a whole new wardrobe. However, if you’re starting a new job, you might not have a whole lot of money to spend on new clothes. Maybe you’ve even been unemployed for a while, and you’re pretty strapped for cash until your first payday. Fortunately, there is something else you can do. A few key pieces can help you dress up almost any outfit and make it look more appropriate for the office.

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A Blazer

Many outfits can immediately be smartened up with a tailored jacket. A classic dark colour like black or navy can make your outfit look more professional. If your jacket could be part of a suit, it might give you the professionalism you’re looking for. Even if you’re just wearing a t-shirt or a plain top underneath it, the jacket can immediately make your outfit more smart-casual. They look good with almost anything, whether you choose to wear a dress or skirt, or a pair of trousers. Just one blazer can be worn with a variety of outfits, but two will go even further.

Smart, Flat Shoes

When you start an office job, you might think it’s all about the heels. While they might be fine to wear sometimes, not every woman wants to be in heels all day, every day. If you want to be comfortable, especially if you have to walk around the office, a pair of flat shoes could be much better. They can look just as smart, and they’re easier to walk in and kinder on your feet. You can save money on a decent pair by using Clarks discount codes so that one pair of shoes can last you a long time. You can buy cheaper shoes, but you might find they don’t last long if you wear them every day.

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A Work Bag

Even if you don’t have any work papers or important documents to take to work, you usually have a few personal possessions. You might pack your phone, keys, purse, and maybe a book to read on your commute. Not to mention a packed lunch and your makeup essentials. While a sports backpack is perfectly practical, a smarter bag might look a little more professional. If you like the practicality of a backpack, you could get a leather one.

A Go-to Dress

It’s always worth having one dress you can wear again and again. While not every woman likes wearing dresses to the office, they’re a flexible and easy option. You can create lots of different outfits with just one dress by pairing it with different layers and accessories. Choose a statement dress that you love or something fairly plain that you can mix and match with anything.

Choosing clothes for your first office job doesn’t need to be difficult or expensive. You can transform the clothes you already have with the right items.

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Don’t Let Your Team Fall Behind, Keep Those Projects On Track!

A lot of people presume that setting up a business is the hard part, but often what comes after that – running a business – is actually more difficult. No one said that running a business would be easy, but a lot of entrepreneurs aren’t prepared for just how complex it can be to successfully run a business.

One area that, for one reason or another, a lot of entrepreneurs seem to struggle with is keeping on top of projects and ensuring that the company is on track to meet deadlines. As individuals, most entrepreneurs are highly skilled at time management and ensuring that all deadlines are met, but knowing how to ensure that their team works just as well is a whole other ball game and something that a lot of business owners struggle with.

If you’re struggling to ensure that your team meets deadlines and stays on track with projects, here’s some things to consider doing.

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Training your team to organise their workflow

To help ensure that each and every team member is on top of their work and up to date with projects, it’s a good idea to train your employees to organise their workflow in a more productive way. There are plenty of ways that you can help your team members to be more organised in terms of their workflow. From encouraging them to use to-do lists or to-do list apps to investing in software that allows you to assign each team member certain tasks along with a deadline date, there’s plenty of ways that you can help your team improve when it comes to organisation. Studies have shown that employees tend to work more productively when they have a set list of tasks to complete, as it helps them to focus and gives them more drive to complete their tasks on time.

Get some assistance

If you find that you are struggling to manage the entire team alone and ensure that everyone is as up to date with projects as they should be, it could be worth getting some assistance. A lot of entrepreneurs find that investing in interim HR can be incredibly helpful in these kinds of situations, making it easier to keep track of what’s being done by each team member. If you’re not sure whether getting assistance would help you, have a chat with a specialist company to learn more about what they offer so that you can decide if it might be beneficial getting some extra help.

Use incentives

Do you already use incentives in your office? If the answer is no, then now could be the time to start. If you want to help boost productivity within your team of employees and ensure that all projects get completed on time, using incentives could be the way to do that. The fact is that when there’s an incentive on offer, such as a gift voucher for a local restaurant, a bottle of champagne, or an extra half a day of holiday, your team are more likely to work harder because they want to get the incentive on offer. Hence why the use of incentives can be incredibly useful when it comes to encouraging your team to work harder.

If you are smart about it, you can ensure that your team stays on track at all times when it comes to projects, meeting all deadlines.

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Here’s How to Set Up a Business in Just a Few Hours

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Setting up a business can seem like a complicated and time-consuming task. Much of the time it is, and there’s no question that you always have to put in some hard work. But getting the actual business set up and running actually doesn’t take much. You can have everything you need sorted out within a day, and even do it all in just a few short hours. With the right idea, you might even be making money much sooner than you would have hoped. If you’re thinking of setting up a business, here’s how you could have it done by teatime.

Find Your Quick Idea

You need to start with a business idea that you can set up quickly. There are clearly some types of business that you won’t be able to start within a day. If you need to develop a prototype for a product and test it out, it could be years before it’s ready to go on the market. Other concepts can be launched in no time at all, though. For example, you might be able to start selling products using dropshipping or offering a service like graphic design right away. Before you start setting up a new business, think about the feasibility of starting it in a matter of a few hours.

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Get Familiar with the Official Stuff

One of the most important parts of starting a business is making sure you follow the law. You don’t have to register your business right away, but you only have a limited amount of time to do it once you start trading. Many people start off by registering as self-employed, especially if they’re running a small business on their own. But you should take a look at other business models, such as registering as a limited company. You also need to know how and when to file your taxes, and how much you have to pay. If you’re working as an employed person, you need to factor that in. And if you’re going to earn over a certain amount from your business, you will need to pay VAT.

Choose the Right Website Tools

Getting set up online is an essential element of running any modern business. Plus, your quick business idea is likely to be an online one or one where an online presence is going to help you. While being on social media and certain third-party sites will be useful, your own website is also important. Choosing the right tools will help you get your site set up straight away, without too much hassle. It’s a good idea to choose a hosting service that has the tools you need, like the Wizz Hosting free website builder. Although you can pay someone to build you a website, it will take a lot longer. If you can select a template and build the site yourself, you can be ready in no time.

Put Your Product or Service Together

Of course, you’re going to need to make sure you have your products or services put together. If you’re going to be selling physical products, you need to get your supply chain set up. Do you need to order your first lot of stock or choose dropshippers to fulfil your orders? Even if you’re selling a service, you need to come up some copy to sell it and think about what exactly it is you’re going to do. It’s a good idea to spend some time looking at similar businesses for ideas.

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Set Up a Bank Account

A business bank account is a good thing to start with right away. While you can start by using your personal account, you need to be careful to keep your business finances separate from your personal ones. You need to keep a good record of your money going in and out for the business, so it’s easier to separate everything when you do get a business account. If you make an appointment with your chosen bank, you can open an account quickly.

Sort Out Accounts

Being disciplined about your accounts is important from the beginning. If you start off keeping good accounts, you should be able to continue doing it. However, eventually you might want to get an accountant to help you. When you first start your business, you might find that an organised spreadsheet is enough to help you track your income and outgoings. You don’t necessarily need any accounting software.

If you’re smart about it, you can get your business set up in just a few hours. But once you begin, you need to start putting in some hard work.

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First-Timer Freelancer Fundamentals

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A lot of people don’t like working for someone else. Having to work hard to make a small amount, while someone else makes loads is never fun. In the past, this was a trap that was almost inescapable for most people. But, with the help of the Internet, it’s much easier than ever to become a freelancer. This means working for yourself. And, it means that all of the money you make is yours; not someone else’s. To help you out, this post will be going through some of the fundamental considerations every freelancer has to make. So, now, you just have to do the legwork.

  • A place to work

First things first, you need a place to work. Of course, you probably won’t be wasting any expense on an office. This will cost far too much for most freelancers that are just starting out. But, it’s still important to have a good place to work. Your surroundings and environment are very important to your concentration. It’s easy to become distracted when you’re amongst your normal spaces. Instead, you should have a separate space. One that can be used solely for work. If you don’t have space for this; it could be worth finding a local library that is happy to accommodate. If you ignore this area; it’s easy for your work to go down hill. Working from home is hard enough for most people.

  • Finances

As a freelancer, you are in complete control of your own finances. The government won’t touch your money before it reaches you. Instead, you will declare your own taxes and expenses. Different types of freelancer will have to worry about different sorts of taxes. For example, a building contractor may be able to save money on their taxes but would have to remain IR35 compliant in the process. If they fail to do this; it could result in massive fines and even prison time. So, freelancers like this need to use a handy IR35 calculator to make sure they handle things correctly. Along with this, it helps for freelancers to use tools like QuickBooks to handle their accounting. This will ensure that your invoices, taxes, and other financial work is mostly handled for you.

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  • Computer hardware

Most of the work that freelancers do will involve computers in some way. Even if you work in some sort of field job; you will probably have to handle emails and accounting. And, to do this, you need to have a computer that will stand the test of time. Thankfully, most places give small business owners tax relief on purchases of things like computers. This enables you to get a better computer for your money, which will last you for much longer. The money that you can get back is usually around 20%. Most modern laptops in the mid-range are good enough for you to work on. If you’re a content creator, though, you might need something with a dedicated GPU and high-resolution screen.

  • Computer software

Along with your computer, you’ll need some software. Most people won’t need much more than word processing and other office software. And, nowadays, there’s no need to pay for this sort of software. Instead, if you make an account with a company like Google; you can use all of the software you’ll need for free. You’ll have to do it in-browser. But, this makes it much cheaper to run your company. If you make content like images or video; you might have to invest in some software from companies like Adobe or Autodesk. Thankfully, nowadays, most of these companies offer their software on a subscription basis. This is much easier than paying for this all at once. The software you use is a big part of your business. So, if you have to invest in this area; it’s worth doing it.

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  • A business address and phone number

One of the hardest things to gain as a freelancer is the trust of your customers. So, it’s important that you work hard to ensure customers have no reason not to trust you. Of course, this will start with the way that you talk to and treat your customers. This isn’t the limit, though. To be trusted as a business it’s important that the details you give to customers are professional. For a start, your email address has to be on the same domain as your website. Then, you should think about the physical address and phone number you give out. Thankfully, there are services out there that can give you a business number that can be used like a mobile number. This enables you to give customers a professional looking number, without having to pay for the expenses of an office. Companies like this will often also have a mail redirection address, which can make it look like your business is located elsewhere. These sorts of services are great for most businesses. And, they don’t cost a fortune to get set up.

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  • The services you use

Getting work as a freelancer can be incredibly difficult. At the start, no one will know your name. So, you will find it hard to get work based on word of mouth. As you get more work, this will change. But, until then, you have to find some ways to get work as often as possible. Thankfully, websites like Freelancer.com and Upwork.com can assist computer-related professionals in getting work. So, they’re great for people who make things like websites or videos. This won’t suit everyone, though. So, you might need something a little more specialised. There are loads of sites like this, too. For example, a chef might want to use a site like Chefs Hub to get their work. Or, a construction worker might use a local trade site to catch wind of jobs that are going. The services you use to find jobs could have a huge impact on your success. So, it’s worth making sure you do as much as you can here.

Hopefully, this will give you a good idea of what needs to be done as a first-time freelancer. Most people in this position will leave it too late to consider a lot of these things. But, this is a big mistake. Ignoring the important aspects of your work could result in huge problems in the future. Some of which are reversible; some of which simply aren’t. Don’t worry, though; it’s easy to get things done right, once you know how to.

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Moving Business Premises: The Checklist You Need

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In the middle of all of the stress and panic that are involved in moving business premises, somewhere, you have to try and keep a handle on your business. If moving home on a personal level is stressful (which, according to http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-carol-morgan/11-tips-to-cope-with-the-stress-of-moving_b_8676914.html, it is), you tend to be able to multiply it by 10 with a business move.

That’s probably not what you wanted to hear, is it? You were probably more hoping for something along the lines of: “moving business premises is super easy! You’re going to love! In fact, you’ll love it so much you’re going to want to keep moving!”

Sorry, doesn’t work like that. (Though if anyone actually figures out a way for that to be the case – spread the news, would you? Do the world a service!)

Anyway, so, moving isn’t going to be great fun. That’s why you need a checklist devised to try and make sure you keep everything ticking over the way it should be. Speaking of…

Item 1: Client Communication

If you have regular clients, then it’s important that you keep them up-to-date about the move. If necessary, directly contact them individually in the cases of your biggest clients.

For everyone else, keep your social media up to date with the details of the move and how it’s progressing. If you have a mailing list, then utilise it to keep everyone informed.

Item 2: Redirect Everything

If you regularly take supply shipments, then you need to make sure they are moving with you. Contact anyone who might be due to make a delivery to you over the course of the move and advise them where best to send their items.

For anything you might receive that you were not expecting, there’s services like physicaladdress.com that can forward your post on to you. Use this address as a cover all, perfect for that awkward phase where you’re half in the old place and half in the new one.

Item 3: Switch Your Supplies

Gas, electricity, air conditioning, the people who deliver the water for the water fountain – all of it. Write a list of everything that your business consumes and then run through it. Try and do this in one (admittedly very boring) efficient sitting. It genuinely is easier to just try and get it all out of the way in one go, so you can keep track of who you have contacted and who you haven’t.

Item 4: Ruthless With Items

Look around your current premises and see how much you value them. Everything is now going to be an expense, an extra cost with the moving company. It’s a perfect time for a good declutter and sort out, making sure you’re only paying to move items that you actually need and will use.

Item 5: Insurance

You want to figure your insurance so that it overlaps. Don’t have your existing insurance stop on moving day if that’s the same day the coverage begins on your new premises. Remember, with any new policy there will be a “no claims” period (usually around 30 days) so you want to make sure you’re covered for the entire duration.

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Growing Your Business From Local To Global

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It’s hard enough to create a successful business on a small, local level, but taking that business to a global level and still achieving success is an entirely different story. Maybe you’re running a small store on the high street or maybe your small team is operating its business from a tiny office as part of a huge, overwhelming complex. Whatever the case, it’s easy for a local business to feel small against its huge competitors. If you’re struggling to step up your game and grow your business to that global scale, here’s some advice which might help.

Be confident about your brand.

The key to stepping out of the local playing field and entering the internal ring with big corporate players is understanding how to define your company. If somebody asks you what makes your business different to all your competitors within the same industry, you need to have a clear, sharp and defined answer. If you don’t have that, then your business can’t yet hope to stand out from the crowd or being anything more than ‘that local business’ offering a certain product or service on a small scale.

Customers care about the brand voice in a competitive business environment. They see the same businesses offering the same products over and over again, which means there’s an over-saturated market and far too many options for your potential target market. People can choose whoever they want for whatever product they want, so you need to give them reason to choose your business over competitors offering similar things if you really want to step out into the competitive business world and climb the ladder within your respective industry.

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Physical growth.

Whilst physical marketing has almost died out in a digital world, there is still a lot to be said for understanding your target market in certain locations. If you look at your business’ statistics, you will still see clear trends and spikes in popularity with regards to certain locations. Your business model might simply be more popular in certain towns or cities than others, and the key to growing your organisation from a small firm which is ‘getting by’ to a global empire is to harness the power of those places in which your products and services are garnering the most attention and success from your target market.

You could work with a services office broker like London Offices, for example, to help find your company a new office in a location better suited to your business. The best way to understand your potential customers for areas in which seem your company seems to have delivered more goods or services is to move to that area. To grow into a successful organisation, as mentioned throughout this article, you need to be using a strong clientbase as the foundation for a successful marketing platform. You need to be building from the ground up in a place which seems to be attracting lots of interest for your business and using those intrigued and loyal customers to help spread the net and build a more successful following through word of mouth.

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Do the research.

Going international requires a certain mentality, and your business needs to do its research if it wants to be reaching customers from all manner of towns, cities and countries foreign to your headquarters. Going global is a complex process, and you need to understand the difference in your target market within different regions along with competitors within new territories and the way to market your business within new territories in order to stand out. Payment solutions need to be available for all manner of customers from all manner of countries, and your brand needs to be a little wider in scope and accessibility in order to broaden your target market on an international level.

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