Thursday Bram
Thursday Bram writes about the business of creativity, along with small business and freelance topics. You can find Thursday on Twitter.
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    How to Test New Feature Ideas2 test feature ideas
    Before throwing all of your resources at building a new feature for your product, you need to establish that you’re pursuing the right idea.Read More…
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    How to Create a Product Roadmap400x277 preview roadmap
    Unless you’re planning to sell just one single product and not change it the entire time you’re in business—a plan that most business experts would advise against—you need a way to decide how to continue to improve and evolve your product. The same holds true for services, by the way.Read More…
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    Why You Should Productize Your Services3 previews roadmap productize your services
    Offering a service is one of the fastest ways to get a new business off the ground. As long as you have a skill set that’s useful to potential clients, you can start freelancing or consulting with minimal startup costs. Yet, selling services comes with its own special set of challenges.Read More…
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    Free Bookkeeping with Nutcache: Track Your Expenses and Get PaidPreview nutchache
    For many small businesses, bookkeeping is a necessary evil: keeping track of invoices and expenses are just something you have to do in order to run a successful company.Read More…
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    How to Track Feature and Service Requests1 track customer requests
    When you sell your customers a new product or a service, you’re offering what you expect they’ll want. How well you sell, or don't sell, depends on how your offer taps into their needs and desires.Read More…
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    How to Analyze Your Marketplace Competitors and StandoutAnalyze marketplace competitors
    Building a theme is just a starting point if you want to create a reliable source of income through a marketplace like Themeforest. You need to ensure that your design stands out among all the competition, to the point that buyers are willing to pay a premium for what you offer.Read More…
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    How to Create an Email Newsletter with AweberAweber email newsletter
    AWeber is one of the top-ranked email newsletter tools, known for its high deliverability rates. Setting up a new email newsletter with AWeber is a little less friendly than some other email newsletter tools out there, but, in exchange, you have a lot more flexibility and opportunities to customize the emails you publish. This tutorial will focus on getting your first email list up and running, along with equipping you with the necessary know-how to send out both standalone emails and automated emails (known as auto-responders). While AWeber has plenty more features, these are the basics you need to know for any email list you operate.Read More…
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    Putting Your Values into Practice in Your BusinessLogo bad1
    Today is Blog Action Day, a chance for bloggers to discuss and support big issues. You can learn more at the Blog Action Day website. This year’s theme is Human Rights. Taking a moment to think about the work we do and the impact it has on the world is important. No matter what sort of business you build, you have the opportunity to affect the world around you. The choices you make even within a microbusiness or a freelance career have the potential to change someone else’s life. Basic access to human rights is not guaranteed in all countries. Even in countries that officially include promises of human rights in their constitutions or laws often have abuses that reduce people’s freedoms of movement, speech and other key rights. It’s tempting to say that we as individuals can’t do anything about such big problems, but we do have the power to make decisions about how we run our own businesses that can have wide ripple effects.Read More…
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    App Training
    Getting Started with FreshbooksFreshbooks getting started
    Keeping the books for your business should be a relatively simple process: with the right tools you can automate at least part of the work and let software handle the tricky parts. Freshbooks is a particularly simple accounting tool to get up and running with. Depending on your business, you can get your account set up in quick order. In this tutorial, discover the useful features of working with Freshbooks: get set up, import your client data, learn to work with invoices, time tracking, expense logging, and more. It's time to get your business in order.Read More…
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    Marketing
    How to Make Your Networking Event Popular and RecurringPreview popular networking event
    Once you've held one networking event, it's going to be tempting to run another — to make your networking event a recurring affair that everyone in your industry or your area knows that they absolutely need to attend. But to make a networking event both popular and recurring, you'll need to invest some effort into building something more than an average get-together. You need to find what appeals to your audience, as well as ways to bring new people to your event. After all, what's a chance to network if you already know every single person in the room?Read More…
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    How to Make Sure People Actually Attend Your Networking EventPreview networking event attendance
    Planning your own networking event can be a great way to make sure that you have the opportunity to meet exactly the sort of people who you want to connect with, as well as to establish your company as an important part of your local industry. Yet, holding a networking event is pointless if no one else shows up. You've got to make sure that prospective attendees are just as excited about the idea of your networking event as you are.Read More…
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    Mixers or Speakers: Choosing a Format for Your Networking EventPreview networking event format
    Hosting your own networking event can establish your presence in a particular industry or geographic area. You'll have the chance to make sure that people know you, in particular, and associate your name with a helpful event. But you have to create a successful event before you can take advantage of your increased connections. One of the biggest questions you need to answer when planning an event is what format you want to focus on. Mixers, where attendees just hang out and get to know one another, are obviously popular for events where networking is the main goal. But bringing in a speaker for part of the event or otherwise arranging for a learning experience for your attendees also has its benefits.Read More…