Tuesday April 22, 2014
At least once a year (probably more like 6 times a year), I get the business blahs. I've lost the spark and excitement. I feel like I'm just going through the motions. It's hard to work when you don't have the energy to run and build your business. After 16 years of working for myself, I've developed some strategies to pick myself up when my business is bringing me down. In Beat Home Business Blues
, I give tips on how to get out a slump. It covers everything from a change of scenery, re-igniting your goals and even dancing.
How have you dealt with business blues? I'd love to hear you ideas and tips!
Wednesday April 16, 2014
There are no shortage of wishes in the world. Everyone wishes for something. "I wish I was rich." "I wish I was famous." "I wish I was my own boss." The problem with wishes is that they don't come true without a plan. Wishes stay wishes unless you take action. It's the action step that usually stops people from making their wishes a reality.
How long have you been wanting to start a business? What has stopped you? Fear of not making enough money? Concerns about getting health coverage? The reality is that many of the things that are holding you back might not be the huge challenges as you think they are. In Home Business Myths Debunked
, I discuss beliefs that hold many would-be home business owners back.
What about you? What misconceptions about home business are holding you back? If you're a home business owner, how did you overcome these misconceptions to achieve success?
Tuesday April 15, 2014
It's that day again... Tax Day. If you're a home business owner, not only is your 2013 tax return due to today, but your first quarterly 2014 estimated tax as well. If you're feeling overwhelmed, stuck or unsure, check out the links below for everything you need to know to get your taxes done.
Get Ready for Tax Season!
15 FAQ About Self-Employment Taxes
Business Use of Your Home
How Do I File for a Tax Extension?
When in doubt, don't be afraid to check out the IRS's information on Small Business and Self-Employment
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Monday April 14, 2014
I'll admit that I probably haven't been as diligent about security as I should have been. Yes, I had long passwords with caps, letters and characters, but in this day and age, I think hackers are more clever than I am. So when the Heartbleed scare came last week, I did get a little paranoid. I updated my passwords using a generator to create them so they'd be unique and difficult to crack. I went through my web host server and deleted old accounts I wasn't using (and accidentally brought down a site I was using).
So what is the big deal about Heartbleed? After all, this isn't the first time we've heard about security vulnerabilities. What made this different was that it focused a vulnerability of OpenSSL, which is used by major companies, governments and other sites needing this type of security. Many companies were quick to update security, while others haven't been so quick. For example, according to an article at Mashable
, you should probably change the password at most of you social media networks, Google and Yahoo.
There is a mad rush now to change passwords and protect the Internet from hackers who seem bent on using their skills for evil instead of good. But even if you're just a casual web user, you should take steps to make sure your online activities are protected. Here are some resources you should check out:
What You Need to Know About Heartbleed
Keep Your Computer and Website Safe from Hacking
Here's Why You Should Consider Changing Your Online Passwords