Small businesses are pretty risky and often start on shaky ground. Whether you’re working on becoming an entrepreneur, or going full time with freelancing or blogging, it can be daunting to leave a salaried job to pursue that dream. However, there is a way that you can be smart about the transition: you build your business and portfolio while still working at a full time employer. Check out these tips by Grace Bluerock at Entrepreneur.com for some great tips:
-Know your reason and motivation for wanting to start your own business
-Commit to making your business a reality: that means no quitting when things get stressful or overwhelming. Focus on the ultimate goal.
-Immerse yourself in learning everything there is to know about your new business.
-Stay positive about your day job
-Set daily goals and accomplish them.
These are amazing tips for anyone who wants to use their time more productively.
The thing I love the most about my writing job is the flexibility. I can work whenever I want, from the comfort of my own room. I’m a night owl; sometimes I want to write at 3 AM. Other times, I want to sleep until 2pm. My current job allows me to do that, and I’m basically living my dream. Does that sound appealing to you? Do you struggle with balancing a regular work schedule? Do you prefer working at night? Are you interested in working from home? If so, check out this post by Lashay at Dream Home Based Network for a list of job ideas, from legitimate companies:
–Uhaul needs flexible customer service reps
–3 Play Media– edit transcripts from home on your own time
–Fancy Hands – flexible virtual assistant jobs
–Isus – teach English on the web to people in other countries
Just like fashion, slang, and music, the Internet has trends that are constantly changing. Bloggers have to keep up with all the latest developments; you have to appeal to readers’ changing tastes to keep them coming back. But what are the latest trends of 2016 for bloggers? Check out this post by Elizabeth at the Elizabeth K. Bradley for some great new tips:
-Take Pinterest seriously- it will generate a ton of traffic for you. Make sure you include a pinnable image in each post.
-Hook up with some Facebook groups for bloggers
-Create videos and vlogs- be consistent; videos show the real you more than written words ever could.
-Try live streaming- show your creative process as it happens!
… And other independent contractors! If you’re a blogger, freelance writer, or work from home at all, you’re most likely consider an independent contractor by the IRS. Unfortunately, things can get pretty hairy around tax season if you’re not prepared. They stick a “self employed” tax on you that can be hefty. That’s why it’s super important to keep track of your money. Keep your receipts for anything and everything. Get tax forms from everyone who paid you. And keep a sharp eye out for those write-offs! This infographic by uTDu has a great list of tax write-offs for anyone who is self employed:
-Keep track of receipts for anything that you bought for business purposes, including trips, dining, gas, computers, and home office equipment.
-You can write off your computer and phone for 5 years
-Interest paid on business loans or student loans can be written off
This is a really great video; she also describes how working from home is perfect for those with social anxiety or depression.