What web apps do you use to run your business? Here's what we use to run our company, we call it the Business Owner's Toolkit.See Our Business Owner's Toolkit
There are some simple things you can do to put marketing best practices in action for your small business.Make marketing more automated, here's how.
You're a business owner and you're wanting a business partner. How do you know when you've found the right one?Seeking a business partner.
When you have well funded competition you cannot follow in their wake, you must take your own path and be yourself.Our Marketing Isn't Considered Marketing
What takes a seemingly nice person and make them into a difficult client? Here are the things to look out for and how to fix them.How nice people turn into difficult clients?
Not all advice should be implemented into your business and life. Here's how to learn what advice should be considered.Consider the source of advice givers.
There are simple tweaks you can do in your weekly workflow that will save you many cashflow headaches.Stop yourself from making simple mistakes.
Being "successful" is a trap, one where you forget you don't know everything. Where does confidence stop and pride start?It's a trap, beware.
Hiring a new employee shouldn't be so confusing. Here's the paperwork needed to get them working for your company.Make onboarding new employees less confusing.
There are more marketing options than buying banner ads, here's a marketing tactic called "gift marketing".Maybe gift marketing will work for you.
Learn to identify what a good idea sounds like before you kill it.Get better at seeing good ideas.
Starting anything means being playful. The journal to being world-class means being curious.Be playful & learn.
If I could change one thing about my job, it would be the guilt. The guilt of never being “finished” & working too little or too much.The guilt of entrepreneurship.
Each decision, or lack of a decision, creates a repercussion for your business. Bad decisions result in business "debt".Learn how bad decisions will create business debt.
We want to make sure our customers know our value, here's how we're making sure they get it.Here's an idea we're testing.
I’ve been running a small business for six years and I’ve finally settled on a simple way to answer these key questions... Are we making money? And if so, how much?Why do I see my total financial overview?
Every product can be improved, so don't allow your insecurities about your imperfect product stop you from promoting your product.Why do I self-sabotage in business?
Don't allow your business to make choices for you, you decide where to live and how much to work.Build your business anywhere.
When do you need to write an employee handbook? When do you need to protect yourself against lawsuits...now.Why do you need an employment handbook?
How do you explain what an entrepreneur is to a 7 year old? Do you have children? Get a free coloring book for them to learn what you do.Check out our free coloring book for kids.
How do you choose a font? How do you make a website more easily read? Read our simple tips on improving font choices and styles.Learn about readability on the web.
What issues does your business have? Share with us some issues and let's start a discussion.Tell us your business problems.
Here's how we take a big business decision and make it easier to understand and take action upon.Make a big decision easier with these steps.
Here's one technique to get easy traffic to your product. It takes a little organization but will yield results.Get links, build traffic, follow these steps.
We're tricked into thinking we must get "work done," but we should be spending our time getting "better clients."Start by figuring out what a better client is...
As a business owner I hate thinking about legal stuff and contracts, but when you're hiring a writer you must consider legal ramifications.When hiring a writer consider these things...
With the non-disparagement clause you could prevent crazy customers from hurting your online reputation.The non-disparagement clause might save your business.
How Do You Start A Photography Business? What do you need? Where do you find it? We'll answer your questions in this article.Read on to learn about starting a photography business.
Interior design contracts can be made easy to understand. A good contract will protect you from possible situations through communicating in advance how a situation will be handled.Interior designers, read this.
Do you work with subcontractors? Do you use a proper subcontractor agreement that protects you from their mistakes? Read this easy explanation and understand your small business better.Did your employee sign an agreement?
An employee agreement puts in writing what you expect from your employee, what to keep confidential and who owns the work they produce.Did your employee sign an agreement?
Late invoices can kill your business, but when do you hire a collection agency? When do you send a demand for payment letter?When is it time to hire a collection agency?
Our successful company is the sum of 10,000 easy wins. An "easy win" is how we make strategic decisions. Learn how we find the decision with the smallest loss result.How we make decisions.
If you're struggling to remind customers to pay invoices, then InvoiceSherpa is the app for you. Of course it integrates with your favorite accounting software, LessAccounting.comInvoicing can be simple, read on.
Customers delete their account for many reasons. How can you engage a customer before they delete their data?Read how we've reduced churn.
Funding vs bootstrapping is a question of who you want to positively impact. Yes, we're thinking smaller.We're not trying to change the world.
Easy to understand small business tax tip on home office deductions. Home office deductions can be tricky. Our tax tip will help you navigate deductions around tax time. Be safe, IRS audits aren't fun.Understand the home office deduction like a wizard!
Read our simple small business tax tips on deductions. Deductions can be tricky, learn more. Our tax tips will help you navigate deductions around tax time.Small Business Tax Tips!
Once your clients are late on their invoices, each day you wait to demand payment will make getting paid harder. Here's how to write a simple demand for payment letter.Get paid with a demand for payment letter.
Read Craig's guest post telling their seven-year journey of bootstrapping a company to seventeen employees and two SaaS products in Chicago.Here is Craig's story.
What is a valid reason to do something? When "I don't know" is the answer, the answer is really, "no."Ask yourself why...
Samuel Hulick breaks down the mistakes of our onboarding experience in LessAccounting. Samuel gives us the play-by-play thoughts of a new user signing up for our software.Learn from our onboarding mistakes.
Gail's chocolate story starts at being laid off from her state job. Learn about Gail's journey to chocolate.Meet Gail, a Chocolatier.
How can a lawyer protect your business? Here are many common places an attorney can help your business stay protected.As a small business, are you legally protected?
Finding and hiring a designer is tough. Using Dribbble.com you can find several designers available to work in your price range using these easy tips. Make it easy to find a great designer in your budget.Find your next designer on Dribbble.com, here's how.
Being bootstrapped does give you advantages over funded startups. Read on and see how we compete with companies with millions of dollars of venture capital funding.Here's how we compete against other well funded companies.
How do you find and interview a small business attorney? What do you ask them? What are common issues you might have with them?Learn how to hire an attorney.
Let's bust some myths of bootstrapping a web consultancy into a product company. Years of hard work, years of mistakes, years of running two companies before calling yourself a product company.Bootstrapping and common myths.
Service contracts are scary and confusing. This article quickly explains the terminology within a service contract for designers, developers, marketers and other service based businesses.Learn the terminology in a service contract.
What contracts should you be using? Here are some legal contracts for graphic designers, web developers and photographers.Contracts for Service Businesses...
Our newest integration partner, WePay, is a Paypal alternative. WePay is known for their ease of use and great customers service. We're excited to have them helping our customers get paid faster.Learn about our integration with WePay.
Our sales action plan will help you land more paying clients by following these simple steps. It's easier than you think to create more sales for your business.Learn our sales secrets.
I've lost sight of what I consider business success by allowing fragile, fleeting tech startups to warp my version of what success should be. Read about what I consider business success.Business success...my version.
For less than $500 we became the lunch sponsorship for an Entrepreneur.com event in Long Beach, California. This article will explain how we hijacked this sponsorship to promote our product.Learn how to hijack an event sponsorship.
Customer.io has grown with $0 in paid advertisments. Colin Nederkoorn shares their customer development strategy and how they help app devs with transactional emails.Watch this internview with Colin of Customer.io.
When should you grow your freelance business? Maybe you should stay a freelance and not worry about growing. Here are many pros and cons to becoming a boss.Learn the pros and cons of having a freelance business.
Pixles are fun, instant in gradification, but the ability to iterate them and their lack of timeless creative value leaves me looking to create more things outside of pixels.I must create more than just pixels.
The life rut of drifting slowed my pace of creating. Drifting through life kills my spirit. I must create a legacy.Read about my restless spirit to create.
Writing articles is not easy for me, but I've found an accidential writing process that helps me. I'm not a writer, but I write.Read about my accidential writing process.
Taking an idea and making it into a rough draft is easy, but getting the article published and live is tough for many reasons. Here's how we take a rough draft article and get it published.Learn about our editing process.
SEO and content development is not a mystery. Here's 3 types of articles we write. Learn some of our secrets to getting traffic via blogging and search engines.Learn what types of articles we write.
We don't run LessEverything like a "normal" software company. We're building a company that'll last for 20+ years. Prepare yourself for a rant about the warped reality called the software industry.Read this rant...
The best software for freelancers are tools that save you time and frustration. Here's some new, affordable apps that'll help your freelance business.New software that'll help your freelancer career.
What does a web consultancy look like when it's going out of business? Here's our warning about business.See a common reason web businesses fail.
This short article breaks down the contents of a proper "statement of work" for a web design or web development company.Learn to write a proper statement of work.
Contracts should never be scary, they're necessary in creative business. For a graphic designer, a contract will help you outline your upcoming relationship with your client.Read this article to understand contracts.
What tasks does a bookkeeper do for a small business? Bookkeeping shouldn't be scary, if broken down into bi-monthly bookkeeping tasks it's simple! If you keep up to date with your bookkeeping the data will help you steer your business.Bookkeeping can be easy with a schedule!
Resumes are crafted to show you only good, exaggerated bullet points about an applicant. Resumes are worthless because there are better ways to judge an applicant.Learn why resumes are worthless.
Are your photography business cards not being used effectively? Here are some tips to improve them and thus raise revenue.Quick tips to effectively using business cards.
The interview process of hiring a developer is tough and hiring the wrong developer can cost you thousands of dollars. Here's how we hire our developers.Read our method for hiring a developer.
Here's an email I sent my sister who's starting a massage therapy business in Savannah, Georgia.Learn to become relentless at marketing.
If your consultancy or freelance business is growing then your inbox is filled with leads. Here's how to save yourself valuable time by qualifying leads.Save time by qualifying client leads.
Learn how Josh Pigford, a one-man shop, launches products with ease. Also meet Josh's pugs.Watch the Deathray Powercast!
As a small business owner knowing the difference between a w9 employee vs a 1099 contractor is very important. It's a mistake that could cost you thousands or tens of thousands of IRS fines. Be careful, there are special rules for 1099 contractors.Do you have W2 Employees or 1099 Contractors?
Brad Miller of LiftUX talks about how the company he cofounded is able to land big name clients like AMC, eBay and IFC.Watch the Deathray Powercast!
When a business has 60+ years, there's something is special about that business and the people behind it. Meet Boyette & Casey Hardware...Meet this old fashion hardware store.
No one showed us how to hire a customer support advocate. Learn from our successful hiring experiment for your first customer advocate or tech support position in your small business.Learn how to hire the right person.
The story of The Pinball Hall of Fame centers around a man and his love affair with pinball machines.Meet Tim Arnold and his Pinball Hall of Fame.
Client leads often perceive companies with offices to be more stable than global teams. It's your job to showcase the benefits to them of a remote/global team.How to sell a client on your global team.
Rails4 is the new hotness in the Ruby world, getting compass Sass or Scss setup has proven to be error prone. and confusing. Here's a quick tip that stumped us for a few hours.Easy steps to set-up compass on rails 4
If you are a freelance photographer, you need to use photography contracts. No one enjoys researching contracts so this article is written to help you learn about photography contracts quickly.Here are contracts photographers need...
Learning how to write a project proposal takes years of mistakes. Learn from these industry experts and avoid confusing project proposals. Jump start your knowledge on how to write project proposals correctly the first time.Learn how to write project proposals.
Here are examples of business proposals mistakes. Stop yourself from making these common mistakes that create confusion & hurt your business proposal acceptance rate.Avoid these common mistakes.
If you like stories about foreign countries, first-time parenting and entpreneurship you'll love this interview. Read this interview with the founder of CultureBaby.com who is a full-time mom entrepreneur.Read about CultureBaby.com and Natalia.
Helping others has a real value. Being the person that helps others eventually creates an eco-system of business goodwill.Learn how to business goodwill and the love will come back.
As a business owner, you must avoid having a backlog of outstanding invoices. Clients who are properly managed will pay sooner and with less reminders. Here's some tips on handling outstanding invoices.Outstanding Invoices Can Be Avoided, Here's How.
If you have missed tax deductions, you're paying taxes that you don't need to. Here are often missed tax deductions for small businesses and freelancers.Read these money saving tips.
As an owner of a small business, you need to take time off for yourself. This job is stressful. Here are money saving tips for your next summer vacation.Read these money saving tips.
For bootstrappers building brand loyalty cannot be done by spending money on traditional advertising. Instead focus on introducing yourself to your customer, providing a great product and acting like a friend.Appsignal is my friend. Read on.
I was naive about running a small business before Steve and I created LessAccounting. I didn't know how hard it would be. Hard is such a vague word, I didn't know how much self-doubt and worry it would cause me.Learn how running a business is hard.
Discovering your Unique Value Proposition will make you more money. What is Unique Value Proposition? How do find it? Why is it important?Make More Money, here's How...
Steve explains how we put limits on what we can achive because we doubt ourselves. Steve has a breakthrough while focusing on running & health.View full article.
With a price increase you could be making more money or the same amount of $$$ with less time working. If you ever felt like you could be making more money, read this article.Raising your rates is easy, use these tips.
As an entrepreneur taking time to relax is very important. If you're not feeling good then you cannot lead a team to build a great product.View full article.
Service-Oriented Architecture SOA feels like an old friend, but it's not. Read on to learn how flawed SOA is from it's core.View full article.
Each year Front-End Design Conference gets better and better. The 2013 event was the best ever. This year we provided a pizza lunch for attendees. With cool events like these, we’re proud to call Florida home to our company headquarters.Read Why You Should Never Miss This Event Again!
Free Invoice makers allow you, the freelancer to quickly make invoices. There are pros and cons to each free invoice maker online, so read our reviews.See the best Free Invoice Makers.
We host small workshops for entrepreneurs. Our casual workshops contain stories from the mistakes we made over the past six years.Read on.
LessConf 2013 was magical, and so legendary we had a music video made for the event. Beat that.Watch Andy D get nuts at LessConf.
Unpaid invoice collection is a difficult situation that requires much tact to keep your relationship with your client in good standing. It's your money, go get it, here's how.Learn how to collect unpaid invoices.
Allan is finally taking speaking engagements. He's facing his fears... and you should too.It's time to face fears.
Business owners, cash flow is the lifeblood of your business. Cash flow problems will break your business, and adding stress to your life. Avoid these problems...here's how!Avoid Cash Flow Problems with These Tips.
Greenville Grok was a great event because of the shared experiences among attendees. Other events take note, Grok gets it.Read why Grok was a great event.
Accounting software shouldn't cause pain or frustration. Quickbooks error, bad tech support and an application that suits the needs of any small business.Frustrated with Quickbooks?
Communicating is one of the hardest parts in business. There are different types of conversations, here's how to identify them.Read more and learn to communicate better.
I start each day by watching Mr. T video clips on YouTube. This morning we were inspired to make a silly spoof video.Listen to Mr. T, he's a smart dude.
After switching to Middlemanapp, we're getting LessAccounting's marketing site friendlier for search engines and social sites. Here's what we're doing now.What did Allan learn this week?
Our business hits milestones but here are some parenting milestones we see as parents of young children.Have kids? We do!
Funding is not the wrong path in business, only a different path. Read more and see what millions of dollars actually gets you.Thinking of taking funding? Read on.
A clearly communicated business proposal is hard to write, and there are many pitfalls. Our template will help you write more effective proposals, and increase sales and revenue.Our template will help you understand proposals.
Are you a LessAccounting customer? If so, fill out the form and you will receive a garment that makes you...Read on for some tips.
For new small business owners accounting is scary, but do not fear...these simple accounting tips will ensure your bookkeeping success! Now you just need to worry about marketing, sales, legal and doing the work. Yikes!These accounting tips save time!
If you’re self-employed or run a small business on the side, one of the most dreadful tasks at tax time can be sorting through your personal and professional expenses. Should you be using the same credit card for both? Or is it time to get a card which will be used exclusively for your business?Read on to find out.
Here's another way of looking at your cash flow and growth. Sometimes it takes just a spark to make a change in your business. Maybe this article is your spark.Read on for some tips.
Proper bookkeeping is a very simple, and easily avoidable, reason why some seemingly good businesses take a turn for the worse. It all starts with bookkeeping basics.Read on for some tips.
Don't work too hard just because you're unaware of these simple apps for accountants that make life easier.Are you an accountant? We recommend these apps!
Everywhere you look, you find someone talking about the impending doom of “taxmageddon” a k a The Fiscal Cliff. Guest blogger Eric Butts, CPA, explains what to expect and what you can do to prepare.Read on.
Tracking billable hours can be a pain. No matter if you're a lawyer or graphic designer, tracking the hours you spend on client work is vital to your profitability.Easy tips that make a difference.
Your business could probably use bookkeeping help. Maybe you're overcomplicating your bookkeeping, maybe you need someone to handle some easy bookkeeping tasks. This article outlines various helpful bookkeeping tasks.Maybe you need bookkeeping help?
Start planning now for next year's taxes. A few quick and easy tips on minifying the pain of taxes. These tips could save you a ton of pain & stress. Year end tax planning starts now!What is Year End Tax Planning?
Barrett Young is a CPA and a member of the THRIVEal CPA Network, and enjoys reading and playing guitar. He lives in La Plata, Maryland, with his wife and two toddlers, and they've been debt-free since November 2011. His favorite beer is Guinness, but he's always looking to try any dark microbrew.Read on for some tips.
The good news is estimated taxes can be made easy. Estimated taxes can be made simple, here's a quick guide to easy estimated taxes.Read on for some tips.
Quickbooks and their famous error codes 6010 100 which gets over 100,000 searches per month.Learn about this Quicksbooks error code.
What is a business plan and why do you need it? What does a business plan actually do? How to write a business plan?Read more about business planning.
You probably need help with Quickbooks and their famous error codes 6000 305 which gets over 100,000 searches per month.Learn about this Quicksbooks error code.
As a business owner our job is to ensure a potential client or customer can clearly and quickly understand our pricing and value. Here's something to consider.Read on for some tips.
CPA vs Accountant...what's the difference? Why hire a CPA? Here are some reasons to hire a licensed active CPA to do your tax preparation. Be an informed consumer.What's the difference between a CPA an accountant?