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gig economy
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How the Gig Economy is Transforming Entrepreneurship

Think about the last time you trekked across town, ordered food or looked for a place to stay in a new city. The common thread linking all three experiences is that, chances are, you used an app that relies on workers in the gig economy. The gig economy isn’t just limited to the service and...
scaling
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Scaling Your Bootstrapped Business: 3 Tips for Lean Entrepreneurs

Like most entrepreneurs, you have likely spent hundreds of hours developing skills to build your business. By the time you start turning a profit, you’re likely to spend thousands of hours and dollars trying out different business models and seeing what works for you. Many entrepreneurs who start turning a profit think that the hardest...
side hustles
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6 Recession-Proof Side Hustles You Can Start Today to Bring in Extra Cash

With all of the economic changes underway, you’ve probably been experiencing plenty of uncertainty recently. However, there’s still hope for aspiring entrepreneurs, as the side hustle scene is alive and well. In fact, it’s thriving! If you’re interested in testing the entrepreneurial waters, consider the following recession-proof side hustles that you can start today: Become...
side hustle
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How to Channel Your Skills and Find Your Best Side Hustle

Are you ready to test the waters of entrepreneurship? Start with a side hustle. Having a side hustle gives you security, reassurance, diversity of income, and most importantly, it gives you the possibility for something more than just the mindless 9 to 5. Since a side hustle is really a business at it’s core, I’m going...
freelance
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10 Tools to Kickstart Your Freelance Operation

Making the decision to freelance is a big one. It requires some serious determination, entrepreneurial spirit and a whole lot more that you might not have initially considered. Things like tax forms, software and a workflow are essential to being a freelancer, yet secondary to your primary duty. Whether it’s writing, editing, animating or designing, we...
e-commerce
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3 Ways to Take Your E-Commerce Store from Good to Great

There is no doubt that e-commerce is a rapidly evolving industry. While this keeps things interesting for entrepreneurs, it also requires consistent improvements and constant innovation to ensure success. E-commerce business owners have to adapt their business strategy regularly to keep up with such a dynamic industry. As the e-commerce industry grows, so does a...
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How the Gig Economy is Redefining Entrepreneurship

Modern technology has had a disruptive impact on every aspect of our lives, and work is no exception. For the first time in history, we have the tools and resources to conduct our business from anywhere in the world. It has never been easier to become entrepreneurial. These days, practically anyone can develop a full-fledged...
marketing
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5 Quick and Actionable Marketing Ideas For Your Startup

Here, we will talk about five actionable, real world ideas you can use to kickstart your startup’s marketing campaign. Implementing the following steps is rather easy; while the hard part is the follow through. However, if you are persistent, you will see results quickly. Branding your business Branding is the first and most important place...
freelancers
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What Do Freelancers Need to Know About Incorporating?

In 2018, a survey from Upwork in partnership with the Freelancers Union revealed the state of freelancing in the United States. Given the continual rise of freelance work, it wasn’t completely shocking to see that the future of freelance is increasingly on the up and up. Last year, 56.7 million Americans were freelance workers, a...
outsource
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8 Things Every Entrepreneur Should Know About Outsourcing

Outsourcing can save a lot of time and money, but hiring outside experts for the wrong tasks can also negatively impact your business. Here’s how eight business leaders and advisors in The Oracles decide what to outsource and what to keep in-house. Consider how your needs will evolve By outsourcing, entrepreneurs can operate in ways that used...
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The Best Freelance Gigs and Side Hustles to Go After in 2019

Freelancing is becoming the new normal for American workers. Today, 40 percent of us use websites like Upwork and Guru to find gigs, which we perform as side hustles or as part of a larger freelance career. For those of us who have yet to dip our toes in the freelance waters, the concept of...
bootstrapping
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The Art of Bootstrapping: How to Start a Business with Little to No Money

Bootstrapping is a term that has long been applied to entrepreneurs and the entrepreneurial process. According to Dictionary.com, when used as a verb, bootstrapping means to “help oneself without the aid of others.” In the business world, it’s often a reference to the financial end of starting up a business with very little capital, little...
freelancer
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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...
freelancers
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How to Manage a Team of Freelancers

While many entrepreneurs start out as the only employees of their company, the smart ones end up hiring help, even if it’s just a handful of freelancers to help them do more faster. Delegating one or more tasks has several benefits. First, it frees you up to work on growing your business, rather than sending...
online business
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4 Common Traits of an Online Business That Scales

Any entrepreneurial individual loves the idea of starting a business. In particular, a business that allows him or her to sit back and pursue their life’s endeavors while the money flows in. With the increasing prevalence of the internet, self-sustaining businesses that scale are becoming increasingly easier to attain. An online business that's designed to...
value
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How to Value an Online Startup: Tips for Buying or Selling a Business

Of all the potential outcomes for an entrepreneur seeking to exit his or her online business, a profitable sale is undoubtedly one of the most favorable. In order to achieve a successful sale, it is necessary to first understand how to value an online business’ worth and to set an appropriate asking price. But how...
gig economy
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6 Things Gig Economy Workers Should Do to Protect Themselves Financially

The gig economy has changed the way nearly 70 million Americans define work. But as a gig economy worker, you’re left to your own devices when it comes to finances. So what should you do? 1. Understand your taxes Gig workers are classified as self-employed independent contractors. That means everything you earn (even if it’s...
freelancer
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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...