Last year somebody reached out to me and mentioned that they had a client they couldn’t take on so they wanted to pass them my way. I got some basic details about the project and it seemed like we’d be a good fit for what the client needed, so I said send ’em over. The…

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For the past 2 years I’ve been using Quickbooks to handle the bookkeeping for my business. But, I freakin’ love FreshBooks and I want to use it for invoicing. The problem that I have is that I can’t import FreshBooks invoices/payments into Quickbooks so it means I have to do double entry in order to…

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When we started the company, there were three of us. The other two guys did the bulk of the design/development and I did some development, but mostly I ran the business. I spoke with all prospects, I managed all projects, dealt with accounting… all of it. Then earlier this year, one of those guys left…

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I’m the first point of contact for our small business. As such, I’m the one who reads all of the contact form submissions. Here is part of a form submission I received recently: Before I talk to you about my project, I need you to sign an NDA. What I think they really mean is:…

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I’m sure you’ve heard the proverb “The shoemaker’s children are often shoeless”, right? When you are running a service based business, it’s inevitable; you are going to wake up one day and realize that everything about your business is out of date. Your website has 6 month old pricing, your brochures have photos of products…

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I just finished watching this Ted talk given by Jason Fried (co-founder of 37signals) titled; Why work doesn’t happen at work. This talk really hit home. For the final couple of years at my previous job we had enough meetings to make sure that it would be virtually impossible for people to get much done.…

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Has it really been a month already? Wow, that was fast! Working for myself from home has been really interesting. Before making the leap I spoke with many people about it. Everybody has their own concerns & ideas about what goes on when you work from home. Some are pretty accurate, some not so much.…

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Many years ago I used to own a small web design company that I ran out of my house. The account manager where I hosted my client’s websites would often refer business to me when people would contact them for assistance. This is how I was introduced to Derek. He was overloaded with clients and…

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This past week was pretty busy. I started the week by flying to San Francisco for a trade show. The thing about trade shows, they are basically all the same. Maybe not the content, but everything else about them is identical. I’ll show you what I mean. Here was my trade show: Day 1: Fly…

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It’s been about a year and a half since I had an office at work. When I was first moved out of my office I truthfully said that it didn’t bother me. Working in a cube (or the crazy shaped desks we have at the office) hasn’t really bothered my at all.They are a little…

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