Episode #16 Clients and Charging

The hardest part, at least for me, about being in my own business is charging customers. I often think that, because I am a nice guy and good at what I do, people will pay me fairly. Well, that isn't the case most of the time. Normal people are business people. What I mean is…

Episode #15: Sweet Home-Based Business Tax Tips

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KR87CI5Ip2k[/youtube] Boring, yes, but oh so necessary. Dean rewinds, and brings you some quick tax tips for home-based business owners and also discusses why you need to keep your business and personal life separated. Links mentioned in this post: Outright.com

Episode #14: No BS Business Plans, Part 2

[dailymotion]http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xbcab5_episode-14-no-bs-business-plans-par_webcam[/dailymotion] Dean continues his quick and dirty business plan tutorial/ This time, he focuses on the finances. Links mentioned in the post: The Toppler Project Freshbooks

Episode #13: No BS Business Plans, Part 1

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cR8UNYe_Bnc[/youtube] Dean gives you 3 tips on creating a workable business plan without having to spend 10 days and kill 40 trees writing the thing.

LGS Episode #12: Taxes and Licenses

[metacafe]http://www.metacafe.com/watch/3795850/lgs_episode_12_licenses_and_taxes/[/metacafe] Okay, yeah I know this sucks and is boring, but it's necessary.  You need to know which licenses and taxes will affect your business.  These two factors are determined by what your business is, and what your business entity is.  Normally, these things aren't that expensive, but if you ignore them, the penalties that…

Episode #11: Choosing Your Business Entity

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJOKNArqReA[/youtube] So, hopefully you now what the heck you are going to do as your business. Now comes the boring, but necessary part - creating your business entity. There are 4 major business entities that I talk about: sole proprietorship, partnership, LLC, and corporation. Do NOT skip this part. It takes some research to enure…

LGS Episode #10: Back to Basics (Finding Your Business)

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANSeuQv2G_M[/youtube] Okay, we are going back to the beginning.  Why?  Because I want to go through the entire process of starting a business from beginning to end.  One of the hardest parts about venturing out on your own is figuring out exactly what you want to do. For a lot of people, finding their passion…

LGS Episode #9: Don't Give Up, Like Me!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_wLcZG7ZHs[/youtube]A short one today.  Had a bit of a rough one, and instead of pushing through, I gave up.  I strongly advise never doing that!

LGS Episode #8: Low-Cost Custom Website

[viddler id=73d5c46c&w=437&h=370] If you are feeling uncomfortable using a free Wordpress template for your business website, that's okay.  There is another way to get yourself a custom made website at a fraction of the cost - outsource it! After you are done cringing at the prospect of having someone outside of the U.S. build your…

LGS Episode #7: Build Your Low-Cost Website

[viddler id=441756f&w=437&h=370] The web is not exclusive anymore, and it doesn't take thousands of dollars to give your business a website. In fact, it can cost around $0 dollars nowadays to get your web presence going. With Wordpress, you can make a website that will help you build your brand, and also build a community. …