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New Training Shows How to Start Your Own Bookkeeping Business

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Something exciting is happening in the world of bookkeeping. What was once viewed as a boring business is now regarded as a real profession with great earning potential. More important, bookkeeping is an untapped business market waiting to be claimed by able individuals.

Do you have what it takes to start and grow your own bookkeeping business? You can find out by registering and attending Bookkeeper Business Blueprint free, 3-part training series that begins September 10th.

We sat down with Founder and Chief Instructor Ben Robinson, CPA of Bookkeeper Business Academy to learn more about this virtual, home-based business and his upcoming free training series.

Tell Us Your Background

I’ve been a Certified Public Accountant (CPA and of course the life of every party) since 1999. During this time, I’ve been the owner of two accounting firms and taught, as of this interview, 117 people how to become great bookkeepers. (more…)

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How to Start Working as a Virtual Assistant

How to Start Working as a Virtual AssistantBy Kelli Bhattacharjee

For more and more individuals, the days of working in an office cubicle under humming fluorescent lights are drawing to a close. In some cases, employers are saving money by downsizing office space and attracting a strong workforce by offering work at home opportunities.

In other cases, individuals are making the choice to strike out on their own with freelance careers. If you’re reading this article, you most likely aren’t asking why you should work at home but how you can work at home.

The answer: Become a virtual assistant. Here’s how …

Define Virtual Assistant

The responsibilities assigned to a virtual assistant can vary widely. They can encompass everything from copywriting to bookkeeping and everything in between. Before you can become a virtual assistant you’ll need to define what tasks and responsibilities you are willing and able to take on. To do this, consider your strengths, education, and experience.

If you are organized, detail oriented, self-motivated and possess basic computer skills, you have the foundation to become a successful virtual assistant. (more…)

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How to Set Up Your Home Photography Studio

How to Set Up Your Home Photography StudioBy Holly Cardew

Whether you’re an eCommerce seller or a blogger, you know just how important great visuals are. From product images to in-context shots, amazing imagery is the key to clicks, followers, shares, and sales. The secret to great photography is all in the setup; you don’t need the skills of a professional photographer or the best equipment out there.

These 5 simple steps will help you get your home studio ready.

1. Pick a Spot by a Window

Unless you’re familiar with studio lighting, stick to natural lighting for your home photography studio. It requires less equipment and not as much technical skill.

The key to using natural lighting for your product photography is to use it indirectly, which is why shooting near a window is always a better option than shooting outdoors. If you find that the light coming through the window is too bright, you can diffuse it by covering the window with a white sheet or taping paper to the window pane.

Avoid shooting during the early morning and late evening; everyone loves a beautiful, color-streaked sky at sunrise and sunset but this ‘golden hour’ won’t do your eCommerce or blog images any good. During these times, the intensity of the light changes quickly so you’ll be left with inconsistent photos, and the warm light will give your photos an orange tinge. (more…)

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How You Can Run Your Business on Just $100 a Month

How You Can Run Your Business on Just $100 a MonthBy Anum Yoon

It takes money to make money. That’s an immutable law of the universe when it comes to business. If you want to earn money by providing a product or service that people want to buy, then you’ll have to invest some money.

Fortunately, you don’t always need to spend a great deal of money to start generating revenue. Sometimes, you can get by with a shoestring budget or bootstrapping efforts that help you deliver outstanding customer service.

In fact, you can run your business on just $100 per month. However, this scenario assumes that you’ll be working from a home office and you can leverage your existing Internet connection for your business needs. Of course, you might still be able to claim that cost as a tax deduction, but that’s a subject for another article.

Beyond that, here’s how you can manage for just over $3 per day.

Website – $16

You need to maintain a presence on the Web if you want to be even remotely competitive. For that, you’ll need a website.

Fortunately, Squarespace offers hosting for $16 per month. You’ll get unlimited pages, storage and bandwidth. You’ll also have access to an e-commerce site that will sell up to 20 products. That’s a great option if you’re selling homemade products and (more…)

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5 Questions to Consider When Moving to a Home Office

5 Questions to Consider When Moving to a Home OfficeBy Christy Schutz

My husband and I are in the midst of moving our business and transitioning our traditional office space to a home office. Basically, we weighed the pros and cons (and ultimately the costs) of retaining our leased space and it just makes the most sense to move our operation home. As a result, I am learning some important lessons that might help others as they consider whether a work from home option would work for them. Here are five questions to answer before moving your business home.

1. Do you have the technology resources needed to accommodate your business?

Our business needs an internet connection, dedicated fax line, and at least two phone lines (that can roll over to the next line should the first be busy). In addition, and most importantly, we have to keep our two toll-free numbers. The toll-free numbers were the deal breakers! Our business has legacy (we have been in business for 73 years), so changing the numbers would have adverse effects on our customers’ ability to reach us. Facilitating these changes at our home was harder than it might seem and ended up being the most complex part of our move.

I’d recommend you map out what you must have, and then call up your local provider to talk over the options. Depending on your provider and the area you live in, there may be some services that are not available to residential customers that you cannot live without. Scope this out early in the process so you can determine whether or not the move is feasible. (more…)

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