Helpful Free Software Programs for Small Business Owners

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No one wants to spend money unnecessarily. A person starting a small business is no different. In fact, anytime one can cut costs while keeping quality, it’s really an investment in that business. Still, many people insist on purchasing brand name software to use for their start-ups. It’s not always necessary. With the variety of… [Continue Reading]

Comfort is Key for Successful Telecomuting

Comfort Key When Working from Home

 While you want to have an atmosphere conducive to getting the job done, few professionals new to the telecommuting scene are interested in spending the cash necessary for a fully-remodeled, at-home office suite right out of the gate. There are certainly a number of budget business strategies for budding entrepreneurs to implement in order… [Continue Reading]

6 Simple Tips for a Successful Work-at-Home Experience

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With telecommuting jobs on the rise, and the decision to take on a freelance career becoming increasingly popular, working at home is becoming less of a life-long dream and more of likely reality for many people. It isnít exactly a cake walk however, and you do need to take this work as seriously as any… [Continue Reading]

Simple Fitness Tips for Desk Jockeys

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I recently worked in a chiropractor’s office. I usually work from home, but was interested in what drew people to the chiropractor. Beside personal injury, problems resulting from years of bad ‘desk’ habits are common. Exercise Ball This was a revelation to me. I noticed an exercise ball behind the reception desk and asked the… [Continue Reading]

TopStyle Lite – Free Style Sheet Software

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When I first started getting my feet wet with web design and support, I had trouble understanding style sheets and how they worked. TopStyle Lite — the free, downsized version of TopStyle — was recommended to me as a good visualizing tool. And so it is. The nature of style sheets is evolving, but I… [Continue Reading]

Trillian – A Free Way to Manage Multiple Chat Platforms

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Most of my chat contacts use either Yahoo! Messenger or MSN Messenger to chat.† I have email with both, but no desire to have open two chat clients at the same time.† Enter Trillian. It is not the tool of its kind, but I’ve been using it for a long time and have no complaints…. [Continue Reading]

The Gimp – Free Image Manipulation Software

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This is some pretty hefty software.† It does everything but tap dance. There is a learning curve, but if you’ve worked before with image manipulation software, you already have a leg up.

The Well Fed Writer: Special Feature on Peter Bowerman

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Three months ago I learned about Peter Bowerman and his book The Well Fed Writer. He has become a commercial freelance expert, with his experience, freelance history, ebook, ezine, seminars and teleseminars.

Passive Income Sources for Writers: An E-Book Review

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Think writing is a personal easy pass to overnight success? Think again. You can make a decent living at it however, if you use your writing skills to develop a variety of products that will produce passive income for you in the long term.

Part Two of The Best Work at Home Strategies I’ve Discovered

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This is part two in a series of The Best Work at Home Strategies I’ve Discovered.

The Best Work at Home Strategies I’ve Discovered

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This is part one of a two part series on The Best Work at Home Strategies I’ve Discovered.†

Treepad Lite – Personal Information Manager

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There are more and more reasons to save data digitally with every day that passes.† A belt-and-suspenders approach to traditional note-taking is a good idea.† A solid option for saving items traditionally relegated to a notebook is Treepad.†† There is a more sophisticated paid version and there is a free pared down plain-text version called… [Continue Reading]

doPDF – Free PDF Converter

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Anyone who uses a computer as a part of his or her day-to-day life — business or personal — will eventually need to send a printed document to someone via email.† The options are to attach the original document (not advised, usually), a scan of the document (acceptable, but tedious to the sender), or a… [Continue Reading]

X-Sheet Invoicing – Good starter business finance software

X-Sheet-Invoicing

X-Sheet Invoicing is a wonderful little financial management application for business developed by the folks at Development-X to show the flexibility and ease of use of their X-Sheet technology.† I use X-Sheet to manage my own consulting finances.† I’m a small enterprise and find this app takes care of everything I need easily and cleanly…. [Continue Reading]

Color Cop – A free color picker

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This is a tool that is meant for Windows web designers and programmers, but these days, bloggers who support their own blogs in WordPress, for example, are doing a lot of their own site modifications.† Color Cop stays on top and includes an eyedropper to grab a color of interest off any web page.† It… [Continue Reading]