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5 Tools to Keep Track of Your Online Writing Business Finances

How did you start out as an online writer? Perhaps you got odd jobs here and there, and you didn’t really see what you were doing as a business. If you’ve been doing this for several years now, your client base has probably expanded, and you might even consider what you do as a small business.

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When your online writing activities transform into a legit business, things get better, albeit with some more responsibilities. While you may have more revenue streams, you may have more expenses as well. You might have to tap into savings, consider credit card balance transfers if you have existing credit card problems. According to Jeffrey Weber of SmartBalanceTransfers.com, this is one of the most effective and cost-efficient ways to manage credit card debt and starting anew.

You may even have to learn how to manage your own books. You can always take on the services of an accountant, but that will only add to your expenses.

If you need a little help tracking your online writing business finances – expenses and earnings both – here are some tools which can make things easier for you without having to outsource this aspect of the business.

1. Google Spreadsheet

By far the simplest and easiest way to keep track of income and expenses is to create a spreadsheet. You probably already have a Google account, so you only have to access your Google Drive and create a spreadsheet which you can use to monitor your online business finances.

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Above is a simple example of what you can do: just create tabs for earnings and expenses, indicate the client/source and expense item, as well as the amount. With spreadsheets, you can use formulas so that amounts are automatically added or subtracted as needed.

Note: This tool is the most basic you can use, and for many it works. If you need more features like bank integration, read on.

2. inDinero

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inDinero packs a whole lot of features. Not only does it help you with accounting, but it can also serve as a tool for taxes and payroll. Even if you’re the only employee of your business, help with taxes is a big plus already.

The downside is that the service is not free, although they have packages for small business (1-30 employees). Additionally, they don’t just take on clients indiscriminately. That says a lot about how they take care of their customers. You have to request for an invite and see how things work out for you.

Related: How to Make It Through Those Lean Months

3. QuickBooks

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QuickBooks is already one of the most popular finance tracking software out there, and it offers more than simply monitoring your earnings and expenses. Just like inDinero, if you have other employees, you can run payroll with QuickBooks. You can even do client invoicing via the platform, making sure you do not forget to do this at the appropriate time. Even more, having a system like this in place helps your professional image.

QuickBooks for Small Business starts at $12.95 per month, but you can try it for free first.

4. Zoho Books

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“Smart Accounting for Growing Businesses” is the tagline of Zoho Books, and it also enables you to send invoices, track expenses, as well as connect your bank account for automated transactions.

They have one pricing for all their features, which is a good thing, but you’ll have to shell out $24 per month. That’s still cheaper than keeping an accountant on a retainer basis! And, you can try it for free for 14 days.

5. FreshBooks

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If you have no accounting background at all, and you feel that you can use all the help you can get, then FreshBooks is a good option. It is made for non-accountants so that you can easily send invoices, while at the same time keep track of your online writing business finances without having to worry about missing a single detail. They offer a trial of 30 days, which is perfect so that you can see how it works for you for a month. The cheapest package, Seedling, costs $19.95 per month and limits you to 25 clients.

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2013’s Most Effective Internet Marketing Strategies

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Since the early 2000s, the Internet has become a vital part of doing business. As each year passes, it becomes more and more essential for marketing, advertising, and promoting brand awareness.

Some companies have actually eliminated their offline presence because it was cheaper and more efficient to become solely web-based.

With this in mind, it’s no wonder that Internet marketing strategies have changed every year. What was once “in” for web marketers is now old hat, and every professional is looking for the “new wave” of marketing to help him or her promote clients’ companies and websites.

In 2013, a few Internet marketing strategies proved to be supremely effective. Here’s a survey of some of the best. Read More

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Silvrback looks to make blogging easy again

Silvrback looks to make blogging easy again (via http://www.besttechie.com)

Many blog platforms start out simple — think WordPress, Blogger and Tumblr — and progressively become more complicated. That’s just what happens when a platform competes to be the most fully featured solution; it gets into an arms race of sorts…


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Blogging for Bargains: Why Couponing Can Save You Money

Couponing is the easiest and smartest way to clip your way to big savings. If you’re very good at it like some bloggers are, you may go home with a bag full of free groceries every time you visit the store. Sure it maybe an extra can of tomato sauce or tuna you may not need at the moment, but stocking up your pantry with food won’t exactly hurt your budget.

Growing up we may remember our moms clipping away at flyers and newspapers for rebates. Today, all we need to do is go online and find printable and reedemable coupons.
With the economic downturn, there’s no shame in becoming quite frugal or crazy with the coupons, as you might have notice coupons have an interesting way of popping up on the internet- you have these extreme couponing sites, your fave mommy blogs and online deal sites like cheapsally.com to thank for! These sites update you with their latest coupon finds on the web, they even have digital coupon holders where you can sort the value of your coupons and best of all, you can even go out and trade coupons with other pennypinching bloggers.

Bloggers may also stretch their dollars not just on food, but on personal hygiene products and other wares. In the long run, the money you save through couponing, can free up your wallet to buy items you really need.

And when you do finally get to redeem those online coupons at the supermarket, don’t forget to be kind to the cashier, after all you are going home fully loaded with freebies.

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Browser Breakthrough: A Smarter Approach in Downloading YouTube Videos

All copyright considerations aside, no one wants to bookmark, like or share a Youtube video- No,  deep inside we really don’t! Just like a sneaky fat online hobbit: We wants it, we needs it. We want our Youtube videos downloaded on our hard drive and pronto! Where’s the fun in Youtube when we can’t grab that hot, viral video for the day? Or watch that latest music video while on a road trip?


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What to Consider When Choosing a Web Hosting Service for your Site

Choosing a good web hosting provider for your site or blog can be tricky. There are lots of things to consider and the foundation of a good website is not with its design or its code, but with the server where it’s hosted. A reliable web hosting service has the best combination of features put together this includes bandwidth, storage, security, customer support and a good price to go with the bundle.


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9 Movies About Technology: How Cinema Loves the Internet

There are a lot of blogs about films, but there aren’t a lot of films about blogging. Oh really now? Blogging is not some obscure afterhours hobby, blogging is almost like tweeting, almost like breathing, everyone knows what blogging is. At some point in time, the status quo has taken its thoughts to tumblr, blogspot and WP.

People have written down their daily musings online, with enough drama and flair to make their daily rants a viable screenplay for a movie. But truth be told, there aren’t a lot of movies about blogs or blogging, there’s only 1 mainstream movie about a blogger and it happens to be a food blogger who caught the eye of Hollywood. With blog posts so good that Meryl Streep signed up to star in it and yes, that blogging movie is Julia & Julia. All about a food blogger’s ambitious feat to cook Julia Child’s 524 recipes in 365 days with some kitchen meltdowns thrown in the batter. Read More

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5 Things to Keep in Mind When Doing Blog Interviews

Blogging interviews are a cool way to improve your blog stats and you don’t need to be as gab a Charlie Rose or Piers Morgan to pull it off. Hey, it’s not TV, there’s no producer to pressure you to make every air time count. Still, you have your blog visitors to think about and just like TV, blogging interviews should not be in any way boring. In fact, you have all the time to be creative with your blog interviews – so ask the right questions, edit out the kinks and make sure to present the interview as an enjoyable and informative piece of web entertainment.

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Customize your Own Blogging Icon with PROFICON

Bloggers often get recognize for using a universal avatar across various web platforms. By using, a profile icon that can easily be linked to their brand of blogging. There are millions and even billions of icons online, and behind all those images are real people who are out to make a statement with their chosen web identities. But to grab people’s attention with just a small pixel icon, you may need something extra special- why not spice up an old photo of yours and take a creative leap! Whether you decide to leave your mark on a popular commenting system, or crosspost on someone’s Facebook Account, the icon you use should be well-thought out and should at least, reflect a part of your personality.

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Spark a Buying Frenzy: How Blogging and Social Media Can Help Your Real World Store

Today’s smart shoppers don’t just hit the rack, they go online and check the buzz on the blogs about products that catch their fancy which may include ratings from fashion bloggers, ‘Likes’ from FB pages and comments from the day’s Pinterest and Thrillist hauls. Shoppers don’t just try on the merchandise, as there seems to be a constant need to assess whether the item is aptly priced as much as it’s trendsetting.

So what’s a real-world retailer to do when face with the shift to ecommerce?

Get your feet wet on the tech. If you’ve been yearning to try to build an online version of your retail store, but up to now, you’ve been just too afraid to take the leap perhaps it’s about time to seek out some professional help. Mainly, by asking an IT consultant, it would hurt to get an estimate on how long or difficult the transition might be. Better yet, ask your friends in the retail industry of their online experiences. You don’t always have to put up an online store with a shopping cart and an extensive database, sometimes a little retail store can benefit greatly on something as basic as an active social media presence. Yes, if you can manage your own Facebook account and even blog, what’s stopping you short of putting up a fan page and Twitter account for your retail store. It might just be what your business needs right now.

Break new ground with mobile. The latest cell phones and tablets make retail all the more exciting. New payment methods and info delivery systems are emerging, on the rise are QR-codes, Square mobile payments and other mobile wallets.

Mobile devices can enable shoppers to make smarter shopping decisions by way of comparing products side-by-side and evaluating them based on their personal criteria: price, color, size, brand – you name it. Mobile gives any consumer an undeniable edge when it comes to real-time shopping.

Harness what’s online. Once you get your retail site up and running, start strong by maintaining a daily blog and a grassroots social media campaign. What’s much faster now than word-of-mouth marketing is the split-second texts and tweets of shoppers ‘socializing’ their shopping finds to their friends and families. They are quick to shout-out deals and discounts, and share very detailed customer service experiences on their blogs. Inevitably, putting your physical store on the map of every shopaholic within their social radius, it’s the best low-cost publicity you could ever ask for.

Your retail store as an experience. Let your customers spend time on your store, let them idle about and try on things surprisingly far longer than they usually do. The ironic retail adage “dwell time equals sell time” now holds true, retail is all about providing a space for play now. Customers want to hang-out and spend time with people and why not at your store? Give them something extra to do while socializing such as a touch screen catalog or have your staff carry a mobile tablet around presenting your latest goods.

The Author is a shopaholic who thinks sage retail will eventually change the way we shop.

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