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5 tips to get promoted by the right blogger

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Small Business Tips | 09/03/17 13:47

This is a guest blog post by iZettle. The Swedish company iZettle offers a card reader that works with your smartphone or tablet, plus a suite of financial services for the small businesses.

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Boost your career in a coworking space

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Small Business Tips | 18/01/17 11:38

Working from home sounds like a dream to a lot of freelancers – until they actually try it. But a home office is full of potential distractions: chatty flatmates, the dirty dishes eyeing you reproachfully from the sink, the temptation of YouTube and Netflix because no one is watching. It’s not always easy to be productive at home, but luckily there are alternatives. And one of the easiest low-commitment options is to take your work day to a coworking space. The result is often a boost in productivity and newfound focus, and plenty of networking with like-minded people.

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Join fellow entrepreneurs who already have a head start.

Join fellow entrepreneurs who already have a head start.

An expat's guide to a business account - Why you need one

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How to use Holvi, Small Business Tips | 04/01/17 14:10

At the beginning of your freelancing career you might ask yourself what the buzz about business accounts is. Why go through the effort of splitting your funds in the first place? The truth is that a business account can make your life much easier. Let German efficiency inspire you!

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An expat's guide to Health Insurance - Choices for Freelancers

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Small Business Tips | 13/12/16 13:15

Your health is the most important thing in your life. It's also the solid foundation of a successful career. But some things are unpredictable. This is why health insurance is mandatory in Germany! There's no way around it, and the market is big. As a freelancer, you have a variety of choices to go for. Here's our guide through the jungle of German insurance.

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How To Nail Video Marketing in 5 Steps

Small Business Tips | 08/12/16 12:24

Today’s guest blogger is Aleksandra Bodekhina. She is a young forward-looking explorer with 5 years of international experience and passion for developing great ideas. Aleksandra has been helping European businesses establish their digital presence since 2012. She is currently running marketing for a young Finnish startup Shuut - a handy mobile app for corporate video advertising on social media. 

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Freelancer vs. IHK - What to do when they send you a letter?

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Small Business Tips | 06/12/16 17:22

Germany can be a weird place. Where else do you get letters out of nowhere, asking you to pay for stuff you never ordered or even wanted? Nobody is safe from the Rundfunkbeitrag letters (former GEZ - TV and radio licence), nobody is safe from the Finanzamt  – the German tax authorities – finding you and sending you your Tax ID. Freelancers are at risk of receiving yet another letter from a mysterious institution demanding money: The IHK.

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An expat's guide to Finanzamt - Steuernummer vs. Steuer ID

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Small Business Tips | 29/11/16 12:23

Germany is proud of its national efficiency stereotype. We get stuff done. But efficiency comes with complicated procedures and systems. Like our tax system, for example. It's like the authorities are making fun of us by inventing unpronounceable words like “Umsatzsteuervoranmeldung”, “Lohnsteuervorauszahlung” or “Steueridentifikationsnummer”, and, to make it even more fun and confusing, “Steuernummer”, which is two different things. But confusion must be avoided, especially regarding the last two unpronounceable words, as they are very important for the (expat) freelancer!

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An expat's guide to Bürgeramt - Mastering the Anmeldung in Berlin

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Small Business Tips | 22/11/16 09:18

Moving to another country can be scary. You find yourself in a new world with new rules and new challenges. One of the first challenges you will face as an expat is your first trip to the registry – or Bürgeramt, as it is called around here– to get your official registration, Anmeldebestätigung. This all-important document is important for everything from getting health insurance to opening a bank account.

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What Makes a Great Product Photo

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Small Business Tips | 04/10/16 07:42

Anyone can take product photos, but for a neophyte the process can be a bit daunting. But by doing things properly anyone of us can snap great product photos. Of course you can hire a professional photographer to do the pictures, but this is not always feasible. You might be in a situation where new products are being put up for sale at such a pace that you don’t have the time to have an outsider take the photos. Or you simply might be strapped for cash, which is often the case for an entrepreneur. Take note however, that one should often focus on core business and pay others for their services. Which makes more sense: to pay a professional a couple of hundred euros or spend an entire week to take the photos yourself?

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How to Write Top-Notch Product Descriptions

Small Business Tips | 26/09/16 20:02

This article will tell you how to write product descriptions for your online store. First we’ll go through the basics of product descriptions and marketing and then we’ll share with you 7 concrete actions or strategies of creating product descriptions. Each of these actions will be dissected in detail. We end by recapping the main features of the process.

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  • Paperless bookkeeping

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