Thank you for your patience with our technical difficulties last week! Since we couldn’t bring you a Friday Five, we’re bringing you some of the latest news and information to get your week started right. From selecting a workspace to trending on Twitter, we’ve compiled a short list of useful resources for the enterprising small business owner, whether you are a freelancer or CEO of your own company. Have any articles you’d like to add? Share them with us in the comments below. In the meantime, Happy Monday!
What Kind of Workspace is Best for Your Startup: From Mashable comes a brief overview of the different workspace configurations you may opt for when starting your own business. Cost is an obvious consideration, but there are other more subtle factors you should take into account when deciding how best to set up your physical office space. Read this article for the pros and cons of the most common styles.
5 Business Practices Which Have a Great ROI: All entrepreneurs are looking to maximize their return on investment. Small Business Friends lists 5 key areas you might want to consider investing in to get the most out of your money and the best rate of return. Their number one area? Quality staff. We couldn’t agree more. With a hard-working and competent team in place, you can take your business just about anywhere!
4 Rules for High-Growth Women Entrepreneurs: Sharon Vosmek, CEO of Astia, tells Forbes her four “rules” for women entrepreneurs to put them on the path to high-growth success. Even if you are just starting out, this is advice worth heeding.
How Much Should I Charge for My Freelance Services?: Solid, practical advice for the fledgling freelancer. From Lifehacker, here is advice on how to figure out how much your services are worth and what your rate should be. You don’t want to undervalue yourself, but you also don’t want to price yourself off the market! Use this as a guide to striking that fine balance and earn what you (realistically) deserve!
How Freelancers Can Brand Themselves Using Twitter Trends: One of our favorite blogs for freelancers, Freelance Folder, has this really informative article on making use of “The Mighty Hashtag” to brand yourself and maximize on Twitter Trends. In this economy, many are turning to freelancing to earn a paycheck. Here is information on how to make yourself, and your business, stand out from the crowd.