Lower Your Cell Phone Bill: Best Business Cell Phone Plans And Bill Negotiation Services

  As a freelance writer, my "office" is wherever my laptop happens to be open. And my "business phone," is the same phone that I for personal phone calls and texts, or checking Facebook and Twitter--my cell phone. In my case, I only have my own cell phone bill to worry about. But if you're a small business owner, your employees may rely upon their cell phones just as often as I do mine. In fact, in many service-oriented … [Read more...]

Understanding Your Small Business Insurance Needs with CoverWallet

  I have been working for myself for nearly a decade, but I have only recently started to think of myself as a small business owner. As a freelance writer, I thought I could opt out of many of the expensive aspects of traditional entrepreneurship. I thought I had no need for things like small business insurance. After all, I have no employees and an office that is not is open to the public. I always assumed there was no … [Read more...]

How to Make Money from Home with a Bookkeeping Business

If you’re good at organizing financial information for business owners, consider starting a bookkeeping business. Bookkeepers build a business’ financial foundation, helping entrepreneurs make decisions about the future success of their business. Good bookkeepers are always in demand since many business owners don’t have the time or inclination to run this side of their business. Learning how to start a bookkeeping business will get … [Read more...]

7 Things We Did to Grow Our Small Business from $89,000 to $524,000 in 5 Years (Without Investors or Paid Marketing)

In 2011, my conference business had a total revenue of $89,000 (see my first profit and loss statement here). By 2015, just five years later, the revenue had grown to $524,000. The team and I did this without receiving investment money, without taking a loan, and without spending money on marketing. We've no doubt benefited from an expanding market (more bloggers, podcasters, etc) and a rising economy (affecting our exhibitor … [Read more...]

7 Things to Do Before You Quit Your Day Job

  This post is brought to you by Bestow. While this is a sponsored post, all content and opinions expressed here are my own. Is it your ultimate dream to quit the rat race and open up a small business? Maybe you have a side hustle already and you're thinking it's time to make the leap to do that full-time? Not only would you get to be your own boss and set your own hours, but you could also build something meaningful … [Read more...]

How to Start a Business with No Money

Want to improve your finances by adding more income to the mix? Start a business. Wondering how to start a business with no money? Do you think you need small business funding to kick things off? BS! Sure there are some types of businesses where full ownership will be limited if you can't come up with your own capital to fund things (e.g. a franchise). Don't think for a second that you have to possess a lot of cash to … [Read more...]

How to Find the Most Profitable Service-Based Small Business for YOU (+8 Ideas to Get Started)

The success of a business depends largely on its owner. The owner's strengths and weaknesses will translate into the business. Finding a successful business means finding a successful business for you. Something that uses your strengths and minimizes your weaknesses. No single business is right for everyone. But I strongly believe that anyone who wants to own their own business can find a business where they can thrive. You can jump right to our business ideas … [Read more...]

Introducing Vidzuno, aka How to Start a Video Production Company

I recently started a third business: FinVid, LLC (doing business as Vidzuno). We’re calling it a "video production company" with a mission to "help influencers and brands create amazing video." It’s admittedly broad in scope. We’re hoping to refine that this year. Today I thought I’d share my motivation for this new company and walk you through the steps I took to get it up and running. This company--and how I think about … [Read more...]

3 Ways to Teach Your Kid Entrepreneurship (No Lemonade Stand Required)

PT's Note: I have three kids and teaching them to have the confidence to run their own business one day is definitely one of my life's goals. Here's my friend Amanda L. Grossman from MoneyProdigy.com to share some excellent advice for us on this subject... I grew up on a dairy farm, in the middle of Amish country. There were cows. There was a heck of a lot of manure. And the work was relentless – small family dairy farms have that … [Read more...]

038: Unemployed to Self-Employed with LaTisha Styles

LaTisha "Tish" Styles is a nationally recognized millennial personal finance expert and digital marketing professional. She is the founder of Young Finances and President of Financial Success Media, LLC. In this episode, LaTisha and I discuss her #1 money tip, her story with money, and her inspiring entrepreneurial journey. So let’s dig in. Let’s meet today’s Master of Money. Listen to the Episode with LaTisha Listen to it on iTunes. Stream by clicking … [Read more...]

027: Retiring in Your 30s with Startup Founder Michael of Financially Alert

Michael retired early in his mid-thirties after successfully starting and running an I.T. services company. He is currently a stay-at-home Dad, blogger, & investor. His mission to help others find financial freedom so they can pursue their passion freely. He blogs at www.financiallyalert.com. I’ve met Michael in person, at FinCon, but the main reason I wanted to have him on the show is that of he publicly shares his net worth...now over $1.8 million! In this … [Read more...]

026: Serial Entrepreneur Erin Chase of $5 Dinners Teaches Us Business and How to Save Money on Groceries

Erin Chase is on a mission to help you spend less money on groceries and has developed the teaching resources and practical tools to help you cut your grocery spending. You can find more about these amazing resources at 5dollardinners.com. In this episode, Erin shares her financial struggles, how she found early success with her money, her amazing tips for saving money shopping for groceries, and the big goals she has for her financial future. I know you’ll enjoy … [Read more...]