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  1. Good Morning!


    Welcome to the forum! I look forward to getting to know you through your posts here.


    Can you be more specific about the clientele you are looking for? Or the type of work you are offering? There is such a variety of talent and expertise on this forum......


    As for my personal experience, I found it easier to start off with meeting clients face to face in my local community. I found local networking groups a great way to get face to face time with other entrepreneurs and have received a lot of referrals. As they started posting testimonials online, I started getting more traffic online, and eventually, started being contacted by clients who found me online.


    Wishing you all the best in your new adventure!

  2. Hello AMichele1 and welcome!


    I myself do basic bookkeeping for several small businesses in my local community, and I find that some of them don't even really require accounting specific software. Some of them prefer excel spreadsheets. As each client is different, I find it best to examine the client's needs before recommending an approach.


    The first thing I discuss with the client, is WHO they want to enter the data.


    1. If they are going to be entering the data, they need something they can work with, and it won't be helpful if the file "lives" on my pc. I have a few clients who are not very computer savvy, and they find an excel spreadsheet a lot less intimidating than accounting specific software.
    2. If they want to enter some, and have me enter some (for example I have a client who does her own invoicing, but has me enter all her receipts/expenses) then it needs to be something we can both access. For this situation, I find something web-based we can both log into is best. Wave is a program I have worked with before. It is *free for basic use, and can be set up to easily process credit cards.
    3. If they want to hand the entire process over to me, then I personally prefer Quickbooks. I have the program on my computer, and I am familiar with it. The file can also be sent directly to the accountant

  3. I recently participated in a series of social media, keywords, copywriting, and marketing classes lead by a very talented SEO Specialist who is a member of a local networking group. As a result, I am in the process of "re-branding". I am in the process of re-writing my website, as well as updating my social media. For the time being, I am focusing on only 3 social media sites: facebook, Google+, and LinkedIn.


    Thank you very much to everyone for all the wonderful information. It has given me a lot to think about as I set up my "new" schedule and approach to social media marketing.


    It's hard to add to the great information provided by other members already, but I will add this one tip:


    To get the most "bang" for your buck out of your blog.... consider staggering the notifications of a new entry.

    For example, if you publish your blog weekly, send the notification(link) to each social media site on a different day: Monday --> Google+, Tuesday --> facebook, etc

    This will invite people to visit your blog over a period of time rather than all at once:

    • extending the time frame traffic travels your blog entry (and therefore your website)
    • reducing the "spamming" effect people can sometimes feel if they follow you on multiple sites
    • creating a reminder to those who follow you on multiple sites if perhaps they were too busy the last time they saw the notice
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