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The Best Ways to Manage Business Pages and Send Invoices

The Best Ways to Manage Business Pages and Send Invoices

Starting your own business or jumping into a career as a freelancer both entail plenty of important steps. Today, let’s talk about managing business pages in order to best market yourself, along with the importance of invoicing for the sake of your financial future.

Why business pages?

Business pages are one of the most popular ways to interact with a world-wide audience. Creating your own publicity campaign online helps you to know your customer better. In a business page, one can also share photos, news, and videos about their company or product.

When people check your page or post any comment about it, it shows their interest in your product or company, which is a start of new relationship. This could result in potential word-of-mouth references. With all this commenting and liking going around, you’ve got to have tons of info to create targeted marketing offers to certain sections of people based on their interests.

The importance of invoicing

Once you start your business or become a freelancer, an important thing that comes to mind is money. You need to have a proper invoice for each piece of work you do. Invoicing can be a nightmare for anyone, especially for those with more creative than business mindsets. The truth is that for any business or freelancer, one must be careful and wise while managing invoices in order to keep their business running smoothly.

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Solutions

To do both of the above-mentioned things is incredibly important. While the do-it-yourself method can work for some, this may create more issues for others down the line. Fortunately, there are a number of business page management tools available to help you with creating pages and taking care of your invoicing. Here are a few of them.

Billdu

Billdu

    Billdu is a professional solution to creating professional business pages that will help you acquire new clients and share feedback among your colleagues. You don’t need to have a website, as Billdu will help you create one with its simple interface. This will help you to get new customers as well as increase revenues over a short period of time. Billdu also allows you to send invoices and get paid faster with no hassles.

    You can create invoices that are fast and simple, manage costs, and send recurring invoices, all while using templates that please your client. Above all, you can use the Billdu iOS app to quote your customer orders and manage invoices from anywhere. It is a free app with the option of purchasing an extended subscription.

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    Paypal

    Paypal

      Paypal is one of the most popular and well-known ways of sending and receiving payments globally. You can simply register and verify a payment method in order to send and receive payments. Moreover, you can use Paypal as a crucial payment gateway to complete transactions on your own website.

      You can bill customers directly from Paypal and customers can act accordingly to pay for any goods and services through their debit/credit card on Paypal.

      Sellsy

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      Sellsy

        Sellsy will easily fit your needs, no matter the size of your business. It’ll help you in managing CRM, inventory and orders, sending customized invoices, keeping records of support queries (email, phone), along with mailing and communications.

        Moreover, Sellsy provides many other crucial business solutions, like time management, expense tracking, and creating an e-commerce store or website to directly sell products to your prospective clients.

        It has various tools which will accelerate the growth of your business by saving a lot of time. The simple editing feature helps you to edit your business page in the same manner as you edit any social media account, without the need of any technical knowledge.

        The rating and feedback feature will help you understand the status and reception of your product. Once the webpages are created, you can redirect to any domain you want. This will help to attract more clients or customers by means of presentation.

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        Go for a Simpler Option

        There are different online invoicing tools for small companies and freelancers that are easy to use. You just need to upload your logo, choose a particular invoice color from the palette, and create signature for it and your customized template is ready for use.

        Expense management and receipt scanners will help to keep track of expenditures, thus making your balance clear. In a simple chart, you can view your company’s performance easily by using essential data. Overdue and unpaid invoices are clearly marked. Invoices can be converted into PDF files and mailed to customers online or printed. A document scanner feature helps you to save any document or any receipt.

        Using these tools will allow you to issue documents and invoices from anywhere at any time. You can manage your company from your laptop in your office or through your mobile device in order to keep track of your business’s balance in real time. You can manage many companies by connecting more devices and associating more users with a single account. Employees and employers may have different user rights.

        When it comes down to it, using various business management tools will serve to simplify your business processes and free up more time for you to focus on what really matters. Consider checking out the links above to help you find the right tools for you.

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        Last Updated on October 21, 2019

        How to Be a Good Leader and Lead Effectively

        How to Be a Good Leader and Lead Effectively

        U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a contender for the 2020 Democratic nomination, is a reminder of why I am so drawn to leadership as a topic. Whenever I think it is impossible for me to be more impressed with her, she proves me wrong.

        Earlier this week, a former marine suggested that he had been in a long-term sexual relationship with the Senator. She flipped the narrative and used the term “Cougar,” a term used to describe older women who date younger men, to reference her alma mater.

        Rather than calling the young man a liar, or responding to the accusations in kind, she re-focused the conversation back to her message of college affordability and lifted up that “Cougar” was the mascot for her alma mater. She went on to note that tuition at her school was just $50 per semester when she was a student. Class act.

        But by the end of the week, news broke that U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, another contender for the presidency, had a heart attack. Warren not only wished Sanders a speedy recovery but her campaign sent a meal to his staff. She knew that the hopes of staff, donors and supporters were with the Senator from Vermont and showed genuine compassion and empathy.

        To me, she has proven time and time again that she is more than a presidential candidate: she belongs in a leadership hall of fame.

        What makes some people excel as leaders is fascinating. You can read about leadership, research it and talk about it, yet the interest in leadership alone will not make you a better leader.

        You will have more information than the average person, but becoming a good leader is lifelong work. It requires experience – and lots of it. Most importantly, it requires observation and a commitment to action. Warren observed what was happening with Sen. Sanders, empathized with his team and then took action. Regardless of the outcome of this election, Sanders’ staff will likely never forget her gesture.

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        You would have had to work on a political campaign in order to appreciate the stress and anxiety that comes with it. In this moment, staff may not remember everything that Warren said throughout the lengthy campaign, but they will remember what she did during an unforgettable time during the campaign.

        If this model of leadership is appealing, and if you are searching for how to up your own leadership game, read on for six characteristics that good leaders share:

        1. Good leaders are devoted to the success of the people around them.

        Good leaders are not self-interested. Sure, they want to succeed, but they also want others to succeed.

        Good leaders see investing in others just as important as they see investing in themselves. They understand that their success is closely tied to the people around them, and they work to ensure that their peers, employees, friends and family have paths for growth and development.

        While the leaders may be the people in the spotlight, they are quick to point to the people around them who helped them (the leaders) enter that spotlight. Their willingness to lift others inspires their colleagues’ and friends’ devotion and loyalty.

        2. Good leaders are not overly dependent on others’ approval.

        It is important for managers to express their support for their teams; good leaders must be independent of the approval of others. I explained in an article for The Chronicle of Philanthropy, that:[1]

        “While a desire to be loved is natural, managers who prioritize approval from subordinates will become ineffective supervisors who may do employees harm. For example, a manager driven by a need for approval may shy away from delivering constructive feedback that could help an employee improve. A manager fearful of upsetting someone may tolerate behavior that degrades the work environment and culture.”

        In yet another example, a manager who is dependent on the approval of others may not make decisions that could be deemed unpopular in the short run but necessary in the long run.

        Think of the coaches who integrated their sporting teams. Their decision to do so, may have seemed odd, and even wrong, in the moment, but time has proven that those leaders were on the right side of history.

        3. Good leaders have the capacity to share the spotlight.

        Attention is nice, but it is not the prime motivator for good leaders. Doing a good job is.

        For this reason, good leaders are willing to share the spotlight. They aren’t threatened by a lack of attention, and they do not need credit for every accomplishment. They are too focused on their goal and too focused on the urgency of their work.

        4. Good leaders are students.

        In the same way that human beings are constantly evolving, so too are leaders. As long as you are living, you have the potential to learn. It doesn’t matter how much knowledge you think you have; you can always learn something new.

        I have the experience of thinking I was doing everything right as a manager, only to receive conflicting feedback from my team. Perhaps my approach was not working for my team, and I had to be willing to hear their feedback to improve.

        Good leaders understand that their secret sauce is their willingness to keep receiving information and keep learning. They aren’t intimidated by what they do not know: As long as they maintain a willingness to keep growing, they believe they can overcome any obstacle they face.

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        As both masters and students, good leaders read, listen and study to grow. They consume content for information, not just entertainment purposes. They aren’t impressed with their knowledge; they are impressed with the learning journey.

        5. Good leaders view vulnerability as a superpower.

        It means “replacing ‘professional distance and cool,’ with uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure,” said Emma Sappala in a Dec. 11, 2014, article, “What Bosses Gain by being Vulnerable” for Harvard Business Journal.[2] She went on to note the importance of human connection, which she asserts is often missing at work.

        “As leaders and employees, we are often taught to keep a distance and project a certain image. An image of confidence, competence and authority. We may disclose our vulnerability to a spouse or close friend behind closed doors at night but we would never show it elsewhere during the day, let alone at work.”

        This rings so true for me as a woman leader. I was raised believing that any show of emotion in the workplace could be used against me. I was raised believing that it was best for women leaders to be stoic and to “never let ‘em see you sweat.” This may have prevented me from connecting with employees and colleagues on a deeper, more personal level.

        6. Good leaders understand themselves.

        I am a huge fan of life coach and spiritual teacher Iyanla Vanzant. In addition to her hit show on the OWN network, Vanzant has authored dozens of books. In her books and teachings, she underscores the importance of knowing ourselves fully. She argues that we must know what makes us tick, what makes us happy and what makes us angry.

        Self-awareness enables us to put ourselves in situations where we can thrive, and it also enables us to have compassion when we fall short of the goals and expectations we have for ourselves. Relatedly, understanding ourselves will allow us to know our strength. When we know our strengths, we will be able to put people around us who compliment our strengths and fill the gaps in our leadership.

        Final Thoughts

        Being a good leader, first and foremost, is an inside job. You must focus on growing as a person regardless of the leadership title that you hold. You cannot take others where you yourself have not been. So focusing on yourself, regardless of your time or where you are in your career will have long term benefits for you and the people around you.

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        Further, if you want to become a good leader, you should start by setting the intention to do so. What you focus on grows. If you focus on becoming a better leader, you will research and invest in things that help you to fulfill this intention. You will also view the good and bad leadership experiences as steppingstones that hone your character and help you improve.

        After you set the intention, get really clear on what a good leader looks like to you. Each of us has a different understanding of leadership. Is a good leader someone who takes risk? Is a good leader, in your estimation, someone who develops other leaders? Whatever it is, know what you’re shooting for. Once you define what it means to be a good leader, look for people who exemplify your vision. Watch and engage with them if you can.

        Finally, understand that becoming a good leader doesn’t happen overnight. You must continually work at improving, investing in yourself and reflecting on what is going well and what you must improve. In this way, every experience is an opportunity to grow and a chance to ask: ‘What is this experience trying to teach me?’ or ‘what action is necessary based on this situation?’

        If you are committed to questioning, evaluating and acting, you are that much closer to becoming a better leader.

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        Reference

        [1] The Chronicle of Philanthropy: Why Good Managers Overcome the Desire to Be Liked
        [2] Harvard Business Journal: What Bosses Gain by being Vulnerable

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