Ben Walker

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Ben Walker is CEO of Transcription Outsourcing, LLC, which provides user-friendly, high-quality and cost-effective transcription services to organizations all over the U.S. We specialize in the academic, medical, legal, law enforcement, financial and general business industries. A resident of Denver, Colorado, Ben enjoys tennis, hiking and watching college football.
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6 Things Freelancers Need to Know (and Might Not)

Freelancing can be an incredible adventure, and a great way to start your entrepreneurial journey. That doesn’t mean, however, that it’s glamorous or easy. Particularly when getting started, there’s a lot of trial and error that can be expensive and disappointing, even opening freelancers to legal liability. Since we’ve already learned these lessons the hard...
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5 Ways to Fund a New Business

Asking for money for any reason is never easy, especially as a new business owner. According to CB Insights, 29 percent of startups fail because they flat-out run out of cash. The best way to fund your business and avoid being a part of this statistic is by creating a business plan. The key to...
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Flexibility and the Gig Economy

The gig economy is no longer about getting paid for small tasks on the weekend in addition to your full-time job. Aspiring entrepreneurs are getting creative by starting businesses from these side gigs, and freelancing and contract workers are the future of the economy. By 2020, gig workers will comprise half of the workforce, and...
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How to Get Your Startup Media Attention With Public Relations

A number of entrepreneurs have come to solely rely on social media as a means of gaining media attention. And why not? It’s (mostly) free, and many entrepreneurs have the experience to grow a following on various platforms. However, it’s important to not neglect other forms of public relations. With the right strategy in play,...
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Why It’s Important to Keep Your Business Plan Flexible

Having a business plan was once thought to be the roadmap to entrepreneurial success. Its purpose; to lay everything out on the table, including what your company does, its objective and goals, how to market it, and major milestones you expect to achieve. Some entrepreneurs feel that without a well-written plan, they won’t be able...
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4 Inspirational Podcasts Entrepreneurs Should Tune in To

When I’m driving or taking my dog for a walk, I like to listen to books or podcasts. It makes me feel like I am accomplishing two things at once, and I like to take this time as an opportunity to learn something new. These are my four favorite podcasts, each of which I highly...
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What Roles Should Your Startup Outsource?

Times change, including how entrepreneurs run a business. Between the internet and technology, it is possible to avoid leasing an office space for you and your employees. Instead, many are using online resources to hire a remote staff and save the cost of renting an office space. Many startups outsource tasks to companies and freelancers...
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Top 5 Qualities to Look for When Hiring a Freelancer

As an entrepreneur, you eventually get to the point where you need an extra pair of hands. It would be great to hire someone to help out with phone calls, emails or even redesigning your website. The problem is, you can’t afford to hire someone on full-time. That’s why many entrepreneurs hire freelancers. It is...
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4 Reasons to Get Your Side Hustle On

"Side hustle" is the new buzzword of this generation, but what exactly does it mean? To get your side hustle on means that in addition to your day job, you also have a second stream of income. Some are taking it to a new level and turning various side hustle options into a full-time business....
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Failure Turns Floundering into Thriving

Four Ways to Turn a Floundering Business into a Thriving Business Most businesses launch as a result of need in a certain marketplace, in response to demand for a specific product, or with an innovation or more efficient service offering. A business may thrive for many years fulfilling the needs of their specific market and...
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How to Create Word-of-Mouth Brand Advocates for Your Business

One of the simplest yet overlooked business growth strategies is "Word-of-Mouth" While paid advertising and media stories may land you some significant customer leads, one of the simplest yet overlooked business growth strategies is word-of-mouth (or WOM). Entrepreneur defines it as “an unpaid form of promotion in which satisfied customers tell other people how much...