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AuthorUmar Bahadoor

Umar started freelancing over a decade ago, and he now helps other professionals start profitable businesses on the side without quitting their jobs. He has built his primary business from the ground up without any investment, and now he only focuses on managing the high-level activities. You can do the same, follow Umar for advanced tips and tricks on how to start your own side hustle the right way!

5 Myths That I Used To Believe In About Starting Your Own Business.

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A while ago, I read an interesting fact on Inc.com. The author was saying that around two-thirds of people under 30 wanted to start their own businesses. It suggests that many people see a business as the best route to freedom. And, I believe that it truly is. But, look around you. How many people do you see with their own businesses? Not that many, right? There’s a reason for that. The...

13 Reasons Why Mauritian Entrepreneurs Must Read Books To Improve Their Businesses

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Be honest – when was the last time you read a non-fiction book cover to cover? Would you rather watch a TV show than actually read a good book? You should know by now you’re not the only one. While it’s not always as entertaining as watching a movie, reading must be a part of your growth strategy. If you’re an entrepreneur, you should definitely read some business books too. If you lack the time...

3 Critical Money Mindset for Ambitious Business Owners

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Have you ever had someone tell you that they don’t need money? Or have you had this thought yourself? As weird as this may sound to some, they’re not alone in having these thoughts. It turns out that many people have a love-hate relationship with money. Many creatives believe that making too much money would transform them into a sell-out. For example, I once spoke with a guy who shared this...

3 Ways You Are Limiting Yourself. #2 will double your income!

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Working as a solo business owner can be very challenging.  You will have to deal with some complex technical issues while managing clients and keeping up-to-date with rapidly advancing technologies. Freelancers also have to spend a lot of time sending invoices, promoting services and ensuring other aspects of the business is running smoothly.  It can be overwhelming at times!  With so many...

Stop Labeling Yourself as a Freelancer! Seriously, Stop Now!

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What’s your title? What do you call yourself? A freelancer? Have you considered the negative connotations associated with being titled a freelancer? Not only is there a stigmatisation among some people when they hear that you are a freelancer, but it is also misleading your inner confidence in a subtle way. There is a broad range of individuals who have been raised to believe that a...

Bad Time Management Will Destroy Your Business

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While terrible financial management is the leading cause of the downfall of freelance businesses, I would have to say the 2nd leading cause is bad time management practices. The other disturbing fact is that many entrepreneurs believe they are using their time properly until they examine the wreckage after the business ship goes down. And they say, “Why didn’t I manage my time better?” How...

Obvious Client Red Flags

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Just as clients often interview freelancers to ensure they are the right fit, freelancers should also qualify clients to make sure that the client will be up to their expectations. Clients are in one of three categories. Bad Good Somewhere in between In this article, I am going to focus on bad clients and the red flags they might wave to help you determine if they fall into the bad client...

How to Make Your Clients Love You – Spoiler: It’s Really Easy.

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The second most important issue after providing your clients with top-notch work is customer care. It might sound trite but no matter what whether you are a sole trader with a client base of 3 or a multi-million-pound conglomerate with millions of customers, your level of customer care can make all the difference. A term that has come from the internet world that is appropriate here is CX or...

Should you ever work for free?

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One of the most common questions I get from new business owners is whether or not they should work for free to build their portfolio, gain experience, and then start charging. In most cases, my answer is NO! Never work for free — Except when it makes sense to do so. That doesn’t help much, does it? Well, I then go deeper to explain the situations where it would make sense. So, today...

Is this desperation?

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When you have made the decision to work for yourself and step away from the security of a salary and employee benefits, life can feel tough. Sure, there are plenty of upsides, and for many people freelancing is the life they had always dreamt of, but never thought possible. However, a secure stream of work can be harder to establish, some months you can be swamped, yet other times you can feel...