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Marketing yourself

Every successful coaching business is backed with strong branding. Read on for a complete guide to branding yourself, and discover the secrets pros use to scale their coaching business with branding.

Marketing yourself

A coaching bio gives you an edge over the competition by highlighting your strengths and methods. Learn how to write a coaching bio here with examples from the pros.

Studio

Discover the best all in one coaching app to supercharge your coaching business. Leave the hassle of trial and error and discover the top coaching app features for maximum profits.

Finding work

Learn the ins and outs of writing a life coaching contract and discover a smarter way to handle contracts for your life coaching business.

Marketing yourself

Client Testimonials are great for new clients, but are only half the battle. Learn the top actionable, quick tips coaching pros use to generate new clients using case studies.

Marketing yourself

Wondering how to write an effective coaching email to your clients and prospects? Discover the secrets of the pros as we uncover the top 6 coaching email template strategies along with a few free samples to get you started.

Marketing yourself

Discover what an executive coach program template is and the best tools coaches can use for saving time, saving money, and growing their business.

Studio

CRMs can make or break your coaching business. Don't let Subpar CRM systems hinder you. Explore the best CRM tools for coaches in 2023 and supercharge your growth.

Marketing yourself

Learn everything you need to about how to get certified as an executive coach, why you should pursue it, and how you can better market yourself as a coach once credentialed.

Finding work

Learn how to start an executive coaching business with this end-to-end guide and discover the best tools to use for saving time, saving money, and growing your executive coaching business.

Marketing yourself

Discover how to select coaching business names, and the best tools coaches can use for saving time, saving money, and growing their business

Finances

There are multiple ways to take payments online. Learn the tips pros use when taking payments and to decide which method to use over others when running your business.

Finances

Discover 30+ invoicing software options. Explore free invoicing software and choose the right invoicing app for your freelance or small business.

Marketing yourself

Learn what a marketing pitch is, and how to craft one for yourself and for your business. We provide a 11 step guide and 5 downloadable templates.

Finances

How much does a life coach charge exactly? Well, we'll go over the different pricing structures for the various services here in this article. From one-on-one coaching to monthly packages, we'll show you the market rates for life coaching services.

Finances

A common question asked by many business owners is: how many business bank accounts can you have? Well, technically, as many as you want. You just need to meet certain requirements. We'll discuss it in this article.

Finding work

If you are looking into becoming a certified life coach, read this. We'll go over the steps you need to take and answer the most common questions to starting a career as a life coach.

Finances

Should you open a business bank account? Why? Well, in this article, we'll go over the top reasons or benefits of having a business bank account. We'll show you how it can separate your business transactions, simplify your taxes, and help you better organize your funds.

Finances

Does a sole proprietor need a business checking account? Well, no. But in this article, we'll go over why it may be a good idea to have one. We'll review some of the benefits of having a separate account in case you get in trouble with the IRS.

Others

This is a common question asked among freelancers and solopreneurs...at what point do I need an LLC? Well, in this article, we'll go over when you should create and LLC as well as the advantages/disadvantages of creating one.

Taxes

Freelance writer taxes don't have to be a pain. In fact, we'll show you. In this simple guide for filing writer taxes, we'll go over all of the niddy griddy things you'll need to know to successfully file.

Others

Using the best tools is essential for your success as a designer. These 35 best tools for graphic designers & web designers are a must-know!

Others

If you are a sole proprietor who is looking to incorporate into an LLC, then read this guide. We'll go over all the steps you need to take in order to convert your solo business into a limited liability company.

Taxes

If you need to file your freelance artist taxes, then read this guide on how to do it. We'll go over deductions you qualify for, quarterly taxes, the tax forms you'll receive and how much you'll owe.

Finances

There are multiple ways to take payments online. Learn the tips pros use when taking payments and to decide which method to use over others when running your business.

Finances

Discover 30+ invoicing software options. Explore free invoicing software and choose the right invoicing app for your freelance or small business.

Finances

How much does a life coach charge exactly? Well, we'll go over the different pricing structures for the various services here in this article. From one-on-one coaching to monthly packages, we'll show you the market rates for life coaching services.

Finances

A common question asked by many business owners is: how many business bank accounts can you have? Well, technically, as many as you want. You just need to meet certain requirements. We'll discuss it in this article.

Finances

Should you open a business bank account? Why? Well, in this article, we'll go over the top reasons or benefits of having a business bank account. We'll show you how it can separate your business transactions, simplify your taxes, and help you better organize your funds.

Finances

Does a sole proprietor need a business checking account? Well, no. But in this article, we'll go over why it may be a good idea to have one. We'll review some of the benefits of having a separate account in case you get in trouble with the IRS.

Finances

If you are a startup looking for the best banking solution for your growing business, then tune into this article. We'll compare the banking options for your startup and the different features available.

Finances

Read our reviews of the 7 best bank accounts to open in Florida. We'll walk you through all the things you need to keep in mind when looking for a business bank account such as fees, requirements or interest.

Finances

Freelance done right is professional, and how you invoice clients is important. In just 7 steps, ensure your invoicing is right. You'll have more time for work.

Finances

Here are some tips on how to bill clients for your consulting services.

Finances

If you are looking for the best business bank account with sub accounts, read more here. We'll show you why Bonsai Cash is the all-in-one business bank account with subfolders you'll need to organize your finances.

Finances

An EIN is becoming industry standard for freelancers and is a secure way to share your tax info for reporting purposes. Discover why you do need an EIN.

Finances

Many business owners ask if opening a business bank account impacts credit score? Well, no. This is because you will not be dealing with credit to build history. We'll dive deeper on this topic

Finances

If you would like to know what the best business bank accounts for LLC owners is, then pay close attention. In this article, we'll review the top 7 and let you in on what you should look for in a business checking account.

Finances

If you are searching for the best consultant billing software, then read this review. In this article, we'll go over all the reasons why Bonsai is the clear winner and best choice for invoicing/billing.

Finances

Discover how to ask for payment in an email in just 3 steps. Download our 5 email templates and use them right away.

Finances

If you are looking for a debit card for your freelance business, then try a one of these bank accounts. We'll review the different features of each, the different benefits of a business account, and show you the best freelancer bank account on the market.

Finances

If you are in the market for an online bank account, try Bonsai Cash. Our business bank account is virtually guaranteed and comes at no cost. It's a no-brainer to open!

Finances

Can you open a business checking account with just an EIN? Well, not quite. There are certain circumstances where you'll need an EIN but it's only one part of the process. We'll review the required documents in this article.

Finances

Does Chime offer a business account? Well, no. That's why we're going to show you some top alternatives for Chime where you can create a business account to separate your transactions for taxes.

Finances

if you are planning to incorporate, you'll need a separate business bank account for your operation. It is required to separate your legal entity and your personal finances. Read on to discover how to open a bank account for your corporation.

Finances

What's the difference between a business account and a personal one? Should you separate them for your business? In this article, we'll answer the key contrasts between the two accounts and how to decide if you need one for your business.

Finances

Never miss another payment with Bonsai, a professional services automation suite, made for consultants, agencies, coaches and other professional services.

Finances

Here are 5 financial tips to help you keep your freelance career running smoothly while avoiding common financial hurdles.

Legal

Looking to learn how to draft a contract? In just 9 simple steps, we’ll show you what to include and how to put it in writing for a legally-bound document.

Legal

Learn more about the do's and don'ts in creating your graphic design portfolio.

Legal

Electronic signatures are more convenient, faster, and as good as the traditional ones. Here's a complete guide on how you can sign your documents digitally.

Legal

When you’re deciding how much to charge for a logo design, there are two main variables: how much time you spend working before the actual design and how many revisions you go through. Here’s how to take them both into account when calculating your rate.

Legal

What is a retainer fee, and how does a retainer work? We give you 9 key points to ensure a retainer relationship is successful for you and your client.

Legal

As a graphic designer, having a contract will help ensure that there will be no misunderstandings between you and your clients. Here are some useful tips on how you write your contract.

Legal

What happens when you underpay estimated taxes? Well, you'll receive a tax underpayment penalty. In this article, we'll walk you through everything you need to know about this penalty and how to avoid it.

Legal

Review the 5 most common types of contracts for construction work here. We'll go over each one and show you a way to quickly customize a legally reviewed agreement and get your business deal off the ground.

Legal

How to review a contract as a freelancer? Use this simple checklist to safeguard yourself against legal ramifications, pay disputes and changes in project scope.

Legal

There are many excuses for not using an agreement with clients, but none of them are good. Here is why it's important to always get one.

Legal

Many freelancers and clients don’t fully understand the differences between a proposal and contract. It’s time you learned.

Legal

The biggest points of confusion are always surrounding money. How to buff up your contract to protect you from late, or non-paying clients.

Legal

Freelancers love retainers. Having a retainer agreement or retainer fee in place bring peace of mind. Use one of 5 downloadable sample retainer clauses!

Legal

Is a contract between two parties legally binding if it's only verbal? We take a look at this and more in our guide to verbal agreements.

Legal

Creating the perfect marketing contract shouldn't be complicated. Bonsai is here to help.

Legal

Writing a contract is a huge step in your freelance career. It legitimizes your business, protects your reputation, and safeguards your payment. Learn more on our blog.

Legal

Wondering how to sign a contract online? Take a look at our detailed guide that explains everything, step by step.

Marketing yourself

Every successful coaching business is backed with strong branding. Read on for a complete guide to branding yourself, and discover the secrets pros use to scale their coaching business with branding.

Marketing yourself

A coaching bio gives you an edge over the competition by highlighting your strengths and methods. Learn how to write a coaching bio here with examples from the pros.

Marketing yourself

Client Testimonials are great for new clients, but are only half the battle. Learn the top actionable, quick tips coaching pros use to generate new clients using case studies.

Marketing yourself

Wondering how to write an effective coaching email to your clients and prospects? Discover the secrets of the pros as we uncover the top 6 coaching email template strategies along with a few free samples to get you started.

Marketing yourself

Discover what an executive coach program template is and the best tools coaches can use for saving time, saving money, and growing their business.

Marketing yourself

Learn everything you need to about how to get certified as an executive coach, why you should pursue it, and how you can better market yourself as a coach once credentialed.

Marketing yourself

Discover how to select coaching business names, and the best tools coaches can use for saving time, saving money, and growing their business

Marketing yourself

Learn what a marketing pitch is, and how to craft one for yourself and for your business. We provide a 11 step guide and 5 downloadable templates.

Marketing yourself

One way to show your value to new clients is sharing positive feedback. Boost how you ask for testimonials using 7 hacks and a sample request email.

Marketing yourself

Get to know the rates of more than 100,000 freelancers and use that data as an asset when negotiating new contracts.

Marketing yourself

Looking to become a freelance marketing consultant? Discover 4 key tips and download the detailed 12 step freelance marketing consultant cheat sheet!

Marketing yourself

If you are an architect looking for advice for what to charge your clients, then read this article. We'll give you ten things to consider when you are setting your hourly rate.

Marketing yourself

No specific strategy will work for everyone, but getting the right advice will help you become a successful freelancer.

Marketing yourself

Wondering how to become an SEO expert? We put together a step by step blueprint, covering everything from learning and practicing to getting clients.

Marketing yourself

Getting to a steady stream of clients will always start with a good track record of successful projects. Learn how to build your freelance reputation!

Marketing yourself

What's a fair price for a website? How much is too much? Is it okay to be competitive? Discover how much you should charge for a website!

Marketing yourself

Building a freelance portfolio website helps market your services, establish authority, and boost your online presence. Our 10 step guide is here to help you.

Marketing yourself

Learn how to make an email signature look professional in just 8 steps. Discover what works and what to avoid in your email signature.

Marketing yourself

Everything you should know about putting your freelance design portfolio together for the first time, as well as polishing up your existing portfolio for the best possible presentation!

Marketing yourself

Having a complete, clean, and descriptive online portfolio is key to getting inbound work requests. Here is what to build a stellar one.

Marketing yourself

Asking for feedback from clients may seem daunting, but it can help grow your freelance business. Use this 5-step guide to get the feedback you deserve.

Marketing yourself

These days, a photographer bio is key. We’re here to guide you through the steps of creating a truly winning bio to attract more clients.

Marketing yourself

If you are a consulting business who needs help with naming your business, read this guide. We'll go over the pitfalls to avoid and give you tips on how to properly name your business (with examples).

Marketing yourself

If you are a graphic designer looking to start your own business, listen up. In this article, we'll show you all the things you need to do in order to get started and all the pitfalls to avoid. Our guide will put you on the right foot to taking off.

Finding work

Learn the ins and outs of writing a life coaching contract and discover a smarter way to handle contracts for your life coaching business.

Finding work

Learn how to start an executive coaching business with this end-to-end guide and discover the best tools to use for saving time, saving money, and growing your executive coaching business.

Finding work

If you are looking into becoming a certified life coach, read this. We'll go over the steps you need to take and answer the most common questions to starting a career as a life coach.

Finding work

Turning a hobby into a career is both rewarding and fulfilling. If you want to pursue your passion in photography, here are some tips on how to get started.

Finding work

Struggling with listing freelance work on your resume? Use this 4 step guide to get you started on the right foot - freelance resume samples included!

Finding work

Here are some useful tips on how to get new clients for your graphic design business

Finding work

If you are an architect, potential clients will produce an RFP to help organize who to select for a job. In this article, we'll go over the different requirements and how to submit a winning proposal.

Finding work

In this post, you’ll learn how to use social media to generate a steady stream of lucrative, long-term freelance clients.

Finding work

Would you like to become a consultant? Here's a detailed guide on how to get started.

Finding work

There are many businesses you can start with a small amount of capital. In fact, we'll show you. In this article, we'll introduce the best businesses to start with only $5,000.

Finding work

If you are looking to boost your architect firm's business development, read this. We'll go over some tools you could use, understanding your target audience and more.

Finding work

If you are a consultant looking to bring on more clients--read this. We'll go over all the different strategies to get a steady stream of new clients quickly. From cold pitching to online groups, we got you covered.

Finding work

Try this architect client questionnaire to get the necessary info from clients to do a project well. Our list of 16 questions will cover details, preferences and more. Try it out here.

Finding work

If you need help landing clients, read this guide. We'll walk you through some tactics and strategies to use to attract more business as an architect. We'll even show you some ways to streamline your business as it grows.

Finding work

Are you a creative stuck looking for freelance clients? Use these 4 tips to take your career to the next level and rake in big freelance clients.

Finding work

Wondering how to write a proposal that stands out, persuades and wins business? Here are our 6 easy steps for a winning proposal, every single time.

Finding work

Here are 10 business card mistakes you need to avoid at all costs in 2023. We'll dive into the nitty gritty details like card design, typos, card stock type and more. Read on to discover how to avoid making these mistakes.

Finding work

Grow your freelance business quickly with this big list of ideas for how to get SEO clients. Learn the best ways to find, qualify, and pitch prospects that have the budget for services.

Finding work

Building a successful freelance business means bidding on jobs and making a profit. Here’s all you need to know about how to make a quotation for freelance work.

Finding work

Client retention is often the more profitable option when it comes to freelancing. Here are some useful tips on how to retain your existing clients.

Finding work

Are you a writer looking for new clients? In this article, I'm going to reveal all of my top strategies to land a new client within the next 30 days (as well as how to keep a consistent stream of new clients coming in).

Finding work

6 critical tips to help you secure more clients for your freelance business.

Finding work

Looking for your next freelance marketing job? We got you covered! Check out our list of 35+ sites packed with freelance marketing opportunities.

Finding work

Your supply of freelance work depends on designing effective proposals, but sending follow up emails after quotations or proposals is equally important.

Studio

Discover the best all in one coaching app to supercharge your coaching business. Leave the hassle of trial and error and discover the top coaching app features for maximum profits.

Studio

CRMs can make or break your coaching business. Don't let Subpar CRM systems hinder you. Explore the best CRM tools for coaches in 2023 and supercharge your growth.

Studio

If you are looking for the best coaching tool on the market, try Bonsai. Bonsai has everything from time tracking, task management, tax, proposal templates to intake forms.

Studio

If you are looking for the best coach software on the market for your business, then read this. This review guide will go over the top rated 6 best softwares for you to use to simplify your coaching business.

Studio

Drafting your first subcontractor agreement can be a little nerve-wracking. Discover our top 10 tips that will help you draft your first one.

Studio

If you are looking for the best client management software for coaches, read this review. We'll go over a complete list of the greatest coach CRM you could use to manage your business and stay organized.

Studio

If you are a coach looking to create packages to sell to your audience or potential clients, read this. The team at Bonsai will walk you through how to craft the perfect coaching package.

Studio

If you are looking for the skills required to be a good consultant, read this. We'll tell you all the traits that make up a wonderful consultant and the reasons why they should have it.

Studio

If you need a gentle reminder email to send to clients, read this. We'll show you 12 samples you can model. Our examples show you how to write without being too pushy or aggressive.

Studio

If you are a consultant, you'll need to send reports to clients. Here's a guide with examples of how a report you send to clients should look like and information it should contain.

Studio

If you are a consultant looking for the best project management software for your business, read this. We'll go over all the reasons why Bonsai is the best platform on the market.

Studio

If you are a coach who is creating an intake session form, read this. We'll go over 6 key elements you need to be aware of to create a flawless intake form. Read on and we'll show you a way to automatically create a professional looking form.

Studio

Here's a architect project schedule example you can use to make sure you stay on top of your work and deadlines. We'll go through some tips to navigate through your clients expectations and how to plan a project.

Studio

If you are a coach, you'll need a detailed business plan to grow your business. A plan lays out what you have, what needs to be done, and how you'll get there. Read this guide to make a coaching business plan today.

Studio

Here are the 8 best project management softwares for architects. You can use a combination of these softwares to run your freelance or small business more efficiently. Try these tools out today.

Studio

What is the difference between an architect and an interior designer? In this article, we'll go over the differences between the two roles and the different types of work they accomplish.

Studio

Shopping around for the best architect apps? The team at Bonsai gathered the best tools for architects to use to run their business, set up augmented reality, 3D drawings, and much more.

Studio

All you need to know when growing your team: Should you hire full timers or freelancers?

Studio

If you are a health coach, make a program package today by using our guide. We'll walk you through everything you need to know in order to create the perfect program template.

Studio

If you are looking to start a nutrition coach business, make sure you check all these boxes off to start on the right foot. We'll review everything from banks, registering your business, taxes, etc.

Studio

If you are looking for an interior designer questionnaire to kick start your project goals, try Bonsai's free resource. We'll give you all the questions you should ask clients in order to align your project goals.

Studio

Planning on starting an architecture firm? Make sure you check these boxes and equip yourself with the tools to get your business off the ground. In this article, we'll go over everything from submitting a DBA to getting your contracts in order.

Studio

If you are looking for the best software for business consultants, read this guide. We'll review the best tools available for business consultants. From time tracking to task management, we'll show you the best software on the market.

Studio

If you need help pricing your life coach packages, read this guide. We'll go through everything you should think about when it comes to pricing and how to set the right fee for your services.

Others

This is a common question asked among freelancers and solopreneurs...at what point do I need an LLC? Well, in this article, we'll go over when you should create and LLC as well as the advantages/disadvantages of creating one.

Others

Using the best tools is essential for your success as a designer. These 35 best tools for graphic designers & web designers are a must-know!

Others

If you are a sole proprietor who is looking to incorporate into an LLC, then read this guide. We'll go over all the steps you need to take in order to convert your solo business into a limited liability company.

Others

We review 10 Dubsado alternatives - the best and greatest out there. Which one is right for you and your business?

Others

If you are looking for the best States to open an LLC, then this article is for you. We'll break down the Delaware, Wyoming, Nevada and show you why opening an LLC in your home State may be the best option.

Others

If you are looking for the best States to incorporate in, tune into this article. We'll weigh out the pros and cons of incorporating in the best "tax-friendly" States and all the benefits you could receive.

Others

If you are a freelancer starting out, you may be worried about needing a business license. In this article, we'll go over all the details and answer the commonly asked questions about if you need a business license.

Others

If you want to track your time, you’re probably wondering how to make a timesheet in Excel. We’ll give you two easy ways of building one, and another to win time.

Others

For freelancers, scope creep is detested… and inevitable. In this article, we show you not only how to avoid scope creep, but how to reverse it.

Others

Health insurance for freelancers isn’t always easy. These 8 legit ways to get insurance will make sure your health is protected without breaking the bank.

Others

Understanding client needs is one of the key aspects of any business, including freelance. Here are 5 tactics to ensure you identify and meet client needs.

Others

If you are wondering if you could use your home address for LLC, Bonsai will break it down for you. We'll go over all the pros and cons of using your home address for your LLC.

Others

If you are an architect looking for an invoicing software to manage all of your billing requests, try Bonsai. Our software is the go-to invoicing software to send billing requests for design work. Try a free trial today.

Others

If you are debating between starting a DBA or LLC, here's what you'll need to know in order to make the decision. We'll review the different pros and cons of each so you can select the best choice for your business.

Others

If you are planning on incorporating your business, tune into these 7 reasons why it's a good idea. In this article, we'll show you why you should really consider incorporating your business.

Others

What are the benefits of an EIN for a business owner just starting out? Why would they want one? In this article, we'll go over 8 reasons why it is a great idea to obtain an EIN for your business.

Others

If you are starting your business, do you need a business license? Well, in this article, we'll review all the things you need to know in order to be compliant with your business regulations.

Others

If you are considering to run your business as a sole proprietorship or as a formal corporation, read this article first. We'll go over the advantages and disadvantages of sole proprietorship.

Others

Are you making the plunge as a new freelancer? Here are our 6 top tips to help you get started.

Others

If you’re a freelance designer, you’re probably already familiar with the powerful and popular Sketch app. Find out what are our top 20 best Sketch Plugins to use.

Others

Account keeping is a key aspect of managing a freelance business. Use this guide to master how you maintain your accounts in Excel - explore 3 ways to do it!

Others

Design copyright is vital for freelance designers looking to create works of art for their freelance business. Get everything you need to know about protecting your work here.

Others

A collection of 100 freelance tips from top designers, developers, writers and photographers, to help you build and grow your freelance business.

Others

Learn how to be good at giving and receiving design feedback with this 10-step recipe. If everyone embraces it, feedback in design is a powerful catalyst.

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