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Monday, November 16th, 2009
8:45 pm
inventory tracking software?
Looking to do a software upgrade. Which program(s) do you recommend?
Tuesday, April 15th, 2008
6:43 pm
Attention Freelancers
I’m a freelancer and I’ve recently been thinking about expanding my avenues of getting contracts. I’d like to ask for a little assistance...

Do you use guru.com?

If so...
Are you generally happy with the selection and amount of projects listed?
Do you have a difficult time getting bids?
What type of membership do you have? Basic, Guru, or Guru Vendor?
How long have you been a member of guru.com?
Any other general information you can offer about the site?

What other sites do you use to get gigs?

Thanks for your input. ;-)

Monday, March 17th, 2008
9:00 pm
Free Credit Reports for Business?
I know at annualcreditreport.com, the govt allows you one free credit report a year.

What about for business? Are you also allowed one free credit report a year for a business and, if so, where do you go for it? The site above onyl allows you to input a first and last name, not a business name.....

Sunday, January 27th, 2008
12:11 am
Tax Preparation in Maryland?
I need a recommendation for an accountant, preferably in Montgomery County, who has experience with small business accounting.  Specifically, I have a sole proprietorship, no full time employees other than myself, but I have 3 independent contractors.  So, if anyone could please help me out, I would greatly appreciate it, thanks!

Tuesday, January 8th, 2008
4:05 am
check out our website!


General Inquiries: info@morph-clothing.com

Public Relations & other questions regarding press/media/features:

Please contact pr@morph-clothing.com

Wholesale Inquiries: sales@morph-clothing.com
Thursday, July 26th, 2007
12:35 pm
I found these questions from previous dialogue in the community, figured I'd use these as a basic "HEY!" to everyone. I added to the list of questions with the last question.

1. Do you set a schedule for yourself?
Yes, after 8pm is not work time. Anything between 2am and 8pm is. Sadly, we get phone calls at all hours due to the nature of our business.

2. If so, is it a weekly schedule, a daily schedule, or dependent on the types of projects/work you have?
Depends on the week. I use Google's calendar for our company to schedule meetings, but beyond that it depends on the project.

3. Do you have a set time for returning emails/phone calls, or do you just do it as necessary?
I have my email open at all times, so whenever something comes in, I respond...except in the 8pm - 3am period.

4. How much do you surf the internet while working? Do you reserve time for play-surfing or do you use it as a mini-break while working?
I surf quite a bit, as it is part of my business. I tend to try to keep the gaming to before and after my work period, unless I have something I have to take a break to think about.

5. Do you currently work with/for many types of companies, or one/few companies?
I work with multiple companies doing many different jobs.

6. What exactly do you do?
I am a co-owner of a web-based software development company that specializes in custom software.
My "jobs": user-interface design, graphic design, programming, project management, client interface, marketing, etc. Pretty much everything my programming/systems administrator co-owner doesn't do.

7. How do you do the work/rest-of-life balance?
I try to ignore work during that 8pm - 2am period.

8. What would you like to get out of this community?
General discussion on small business/self-employment.

Current Mood: curious
Monday, July 16th, 2007
9:00 am
Accounting question...
I need to be able to track time and assign consulting rates to my clients. Right now I have 3 different clients I'm doing work for... all at different rates. All fall into the "consulting" category.

QuickBooks is what I've used for... several years. I used to work for the company that has endorsed-by-Intuit training, so I learned the ins and outs of QB thoroughly (and got free copies of it every year).

However, it's been a couple of years, and now I'm looking at purchasing the software. I really don't want to spend $400... I'd rather purchase the lower-level version (Pro) for $200. But it's missing 2 features I really need, so I'll pretty much have to fork over $400 if I want to use QB.


Or, I could just use the *free* tool I've already got. Excel.

As anxious as I am about stopping using QB... spending $400 right now just doesn't make sense. I need to make a decision soon-- my head is spinning because I can't keep up with my time/billing rates right now.

I've poked around, looking at reviews of Peachtree (which are even worse than QB reviews!)... and I'm very leary of anything with "Microsoft" in the name (talking about the Microsoft small business accounting software) but it has great reviews on Amazon (although, it looks like a bit of a pain to use along with Outlook, Excel, and Word which is not what I want-- I want something all-inclusive-- but, it's also only $99). I'm tempted to just throw in the towel and use Excel... although that's quite a step down from my previous QB versions... *sigh* I may end up spending the money on QB anyway, but I wanted to get opinions from other consultants and small business owners.

I am an independent consultant who creates training solutions for clients-- usually e-learning, manuals, instructor-led training courses, training videos, powerpoints, ETC-- and I bill by the hour. I have billed by project in the past, but I prefer hourly billing. So, I would really appreciate input from other people who have a similar business layout-- you're a consultant who works with different clients and bills hourly, and you have different rates assigned to different clients.

consultants out there.....

How do you track your expenses, invoices, time, etc? What is the program name and how effective do you think it is for you?

(cross-posted to my lj and a couple of communities)

Current Mood: curious
Sunday, April 22nd, 2007
2:54 am
any advice or website addresses i should look at? help! :o)
Sunday, August 6th, 2006
2:19 pm

I just joined and wanted to introduce myself. My name is Veronica and I own Danger Dame. a 1940s/1950s femme fatale boutique. I have owned my business for three years, but was working another writing job so that all of the profits made at Danger were being reinvested into the company so that I can grow it. I have recently quit my other job to devote my time to growing Danger Dame. I am currently looking for a business loan to expand more.

Have any of you had luck with business loans? Thanks for your help in advance. Glad to be a part of this community.

Also, if any of you would link to my store, I would love you forever.

Saturday, June 17th, 2006
4:45 pm
Upon coming up with this list of questions, I realized that I only have 1 self-employed friend!! So... I joined this community.

1. Do you set a schedule for yourself?
2. If so, is it a weekly schedule, a daily schedule, or dependent on the types of projects/work you have?
3. Do you have a set time for returning emails/phone calls, or do you just do it as necessary?
4. How much do you surf the internet while working? Do you reserve time for play-surfing or do you use it as a mini-break while working?
5. Do you currently work with/for many types of companies, or one/few companies?
6. What exactly do you do?
7. How do you do the work/rest-of-life balance?

my answers...Collapse )

I have only been self-employed (officially) for just over a month, but really since last October. My work load just went fulltime, and my problem is that basically I have no discipline. But having a tight schedule in place usually helps me with focus. So I wanted to get opinions/ideas from everyone here to see what you do and what works/doesn't work for you.

Monday, June 5th, 2006
12:43 pm
What is the deal with UPC codes?

How does one get UPC codes and set up that system?
My business sells as a Featured Merchant on Amazon.com and they are starting a new system which will require UPC codes.
Where would I go to get this system started and what does it involve?

Any info on UPCs would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you!
Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006
3:22 pm
we are looking for a good merchant services account to take VISAS with. I already have an account for another business through my bank, but they are going to charge us all these costs that are unnecessary to start this new account - setup fee, monthly fee, statement fee, swap out machine fee etc etc. we want a place that will charge us a little more of a percent per sale, and no monthly fee, as right now we don't have tons of sales, we are mostly selling B to B. we also already have a machine, the Nurit Lipman 2085 and we want to be able to use it, not have to swap it out for a different one for $75. it will be phone and mail orders as of now, but will turn into actual retail in store sales in the next 6 months. we will be using 2checkout.com for our web sales.

anyone know of a good provider?
Saturday, May 6th, 2006
11:57 am
Are you self-employed in a creative career, and want to share your trials and triumphs with others?

Many people enter the creative self-employment industry wide-eyed and hopeful. And while optimism is a driving force for small businesses to prosper, there are internal struggles that can hamper one's success. I am writing a book that will expose the trials and triumphs to help creative types to lead more fulfilling careers.

Is business slow, and you don't know what to do with the extra time? Do you feel like you're not contributing if you don't work 40 hours a week? Are you troubled by paying for health care? Are you working excessive hours and don't know how to give yourself a break?

I want to hear from all types...those who are so hard working and can't relax and those who procrastinate. The book will include a hopeful tone, but highlight the problems that the self-employed face. To contribute, visit http://www.kristenfischer.com/creatively.htm.
Saturday, March 18th, 2006
2:37 pm
Friday, March 17th, 2006
2:52 pm
free logos?
My name is Niki, and I am a graphic designer. I am in need of a decent lot of community service hours to round out my scholarship and would like to offer free services to anyone out there who might be eligible. I am preferrably looking for anyone starting up/involved in a nonprofit or charitable organization. I am able to provide logos, letterheads, business cards, catalogues, brochures, websites, signage or any other design-related projects you may be looking for. If you, or anyone else, would be interested in such a thing please let me know.
Tuesday, February 14th, 2006
1:14 pm
Thought I would take a moment to introduce myself and, also, mention an issue that will most definitely affect every self-employed person in the United States. That issue is the host of direct and indirect costs that will be imposed on the entire business community to help subsidize homeland security efforts and the war on terror.

I have been self-employed as a business consultant since I graduated from college in 1970 (when my average trip to the gas pumps was $3 to $5!). Recently, I have become very interested in the post 9/11 era of growing terrorist ideologies to that extent that I started a website ( www.ehsreports.com) to gather and publish statistical data regarding fundamental opinions about terrorism in the United States.

It is my personal opinion that many folks in the United States are in a state of denial regarding the seriousness and costly implications of terrorism. Notwithstanding the actual loss of life and devastation of a terrorist attack like 9/11, the future costs related to protection and security will build extra costs into just about everything; to the extent that many starting and existing businesses will not be able to survive without re-casting their business plans. The price of gas is just the tip of the iceberg.

The bottom line is that the opinions of business folks is extremely important and needs to be passed on to government officials and the media. Therefore, I would greatly appreciate your comments and/or opinions. Simply email me or visit my website where there is a brief online survey (with an opportunity to make specific comments). Many thanks!

Email: edsmith@ehsreports.com

Or visit: www.ehsreports.com
Thursday, February 2nd, 2006
1:51 pm
Hi it's me again I have some specials posted on Ebay for your tax filing needs!!!!!


They are here Read more...Collapse ) feel free to pur-ruse at your convenience....

Everyone needs their taxes done why not get then done right by a FORMER - IRS employee??? ( I don't like them either... Who is FICA and why is he taking all my money? TAKE it back!!!!)

I also do RAL's and Instant RAL's!!

So give it a look.

Thanks for stopping by.… I appreciate your business!!!!!

xxx...cross-posted like a mug...xxx
Monday, January 2nd, 2006
7:35 pm
My name is Joni and I own a Tax Preparation and Accounting Firm in NYC andI wanted to find out if there was anything I can help anybody with...

Here is a little about me and my company.

Please checkout my website www.taxesdoneright.com
and for everyone that files with me and mentions that you saw this on LIVEJOURNAL I will give you 50% off your taxes!!!!!!!

(BE SURE TO CHECKOUT THE WEBSITE www.taxesdoneright.com):

If you don't have time to do YOUR TAXES RIGHT, when will you have time to do it over ?

Hello Everybody,

I just wanted to let everyone know that the website is finally up and running and that I update the website during the tax season everyday or two, so check back often since I may run specials and contests for free tax preparation.

I hope everyone had a very Happy Holidays!!!!

I just wanted to make a quick rundown of the things that you might need to know and the offers that I have....

I have been in business over 12+ years and have worked for the IRS for 6 years working and running V.I.T.A. (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Sites. I do, do accounting and bookkeeping but my main focus is TAXES!
I focus on you and your situation and will take the time you need to understand your tax needs and for you to understand the what why and how of your taxes.

I offer FREE or REDUCED TAX PREPARATION, if you qualify. (so be sure to send me a email from the link on my page to see if you qualify, most people do and don't even know it.)
You can ask me anything no matter how big the problem or how small. (It is your money so ask)

Yes I do all types of taxes including BACK-YEAR (you can go as far as 3 years back and still get your refund), AMENDED (had a problem on a previous year? or don't know if you did I Check out previous returns for FREE, and amend them if there is a problem), BUSINESS (are you self-employed? EBay? Artist? any type of hobby or business venture?)

I hope we will have a very enjoyable tax season.

Remember "Broke is temporary; Poor is eternal"


Joni Van Stavern

If you don't have time to do YOUR TAXES RIGHT, when will you have time to do it over ?

Current Mood: optimistic
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