The day my boyfriend moved his furniture out, a week after I’d ended our six-year relationship, my Mom called as I was curled up on my temporary makeshift couch of two oversized pillows pushed together. “I’m okay,” I said. “Oh, I know you’re okay,” she replied. “You’re strong as steel.” Steel. I love that word. It’s a noun, of course, but it’s also a verb: to steel oneself, to mentally prepare for a difficulty that’s coming. Life is hard. Steel is harder. There’s a storm before every calm. We’ve all faced one and will face more. You will not escape it. Some of us are probably in the middle of one right now. Flailing and complaining, worrying and unraveling – these reactions don’t help us. They’re natural and honest, and they deserve acknowledgment, but the next steps are release, acceptance and bracing for impact. Success isn’t found in the breakdown. It’s in the … [Read more...] about Why Being Resilient is Essential to Success
My dad worked from a home office for years, long before it was common or popular to have a commute as short as the hallway. He turned my brother’s old bedroom into an office, and he outfitted it with everything he needed. It was fully functional, stocked with all the supplies a stationery-obsessed college girl could want. When I moved out of my childhood home and into my own apartment, a two-bedroom so I could set up a home office too, I started to realize how different our jobs were. He was an AT&T manager who worked from home full-time. He had meetings to attend, the rest of his team knew when he was on the clock and if he wanted to take time off, he put in a request. As a freelancer, I didn’t have any of those requirements. I even tried juggling a glass of wine with an article deadline one of my first afternoons as a freelancer (don’t do it, trust me). Freelancers have a lot on their shoulders in terms of creating a workspace that’s supportive of their … [Read more...] about Is Your Business Ready to Hire Remote Workers?
Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Google+ Buffer LinkedIn Pin It Some numbers are just terrifying. Nowadays, various reports like this one indicate that 90% of startups fail. With all the growing hype around startups, the legitimate question is “What are the reasons for that”? According to statistics, more than half of startups die within the first four years of existence. Almost half of them (46%) perish due to lack of money. It’s true – not every project can attract investments, so startup teams have to save their limited funds. In this article, I’ll describe practical ways to reduce costs at the start of an IT-oriented business. Do you really need an office? When it comes to expenses for startups, there are two major factors to consider: the rent of office and salaries. Many project founders seek to reduce these costs: they use coworking or even start a business from home — in the US, half of all small business companies work this way. This approach … [Read more...] about 4 ways to save funds for an IT startup
In this post I’d like to talk about money, specifically the profits you make from your WordPress business. I don’t really care what type of business you have, whether you’re a freelancer, agency, plugin or theme seller, SAAS owner, etc. The bottom line is that you hopefully have a healthy stream of revenue coming in every year, and you’re making a tidy profit at the end of the year. The first objective for any business is to turn a profit and be able to save a percentage of that profit year after year. In fact, this same concept can be applied to personal finances as well. When you’ve got a nice sum saved, the question arises: How do I combat the effects of inflation and make this money work for me? There is little reason to let your money die a slow death in a bank account. Most accounts don’t provide any interest returns nowadays, so your money will be worth less year after year due to the effects of inflation. In the past four years or so … [Read more...] about How to Invest Your WordPress Business Profits
Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Google+ Buffer LinkedIn Pin It Small business owners think that cybercriminal attacks are only a thing for the multi-billion dollar companies to worry about. However, criminals also love to prey on small and medium-sized businesses. Implementing a robust cybersecurity plan to help in reducing the levels of criminality is a need that small business owners must also meet. There are a number of measures that you can take up to help protect your business from online security threats. Find them below: Backing up your data Information is priceless. If you are not careful with your storage technique, your company stands to lose a ton of invaluable information. Backing up your data is a great way to provide security to your files and folders as your data grows. Notice how much large companies rely on MySQL scheduled backup to ensure that their databases are securely stored in different places. You can opt for cloud backup services, or use other backup solutions like … [Read more...] about Cybersecurity tips to protect your business from online security threats