Meet “America’s #1 Small Business Expert”, Melinda Emerson. The charismatic SmallBizLady finishes her day’s work by 11AM, shuns cellphones, and swears that Dropbox and Google Drive have “saved her life.”

We caught up with Melinda to find out the secrets of going from being a soul-sapped employee to living the perfect life as your own boss. As well as revealing her do’s and don’ts for setting up a business, Melinda explained the role technology and apps are playing in the success of businesses, and what she loves and hates about QuickBooks Online and Infusionsoft.

Check out Melinda’s latest book “Become Your Own Boss in 12 Months”, where you can discover everything you need to launch a small business.

You can also follow Melinda on Twitter at @SmallBizLady

What’s your mission as a small business expert?

How did you get started in business?

What has been the biggest change to affect small business?

Where does a small business have the upper hand over a corporation?

What are the 5 deadliest small business practices?

What is the most important question to ask before starting your own business?

How will your book, Become Your Own Boss in 12 Months, help people?

How often do people start businesses in markets they know nothing about?

What are your own productivity hacks?

What apps help you and your team stay productive?

Discover and compare Melinda’s favorite productivity tools: Dropbox, Google Drive, Join.me, Basecamp, FreeConferenceCall.com, TripIt, YouMail, Evernote, Sprout Social and Pocket

What was your expreience when migrating to QuickBooks Online?

Find out more about QuickBooks Online and some alternatives to it.

What role do apps play in the success (or failure) of a small business?

What was it like to begin using Infusionsoft?

Discover more about Infusionsoft

What are some small business tech problems?

What social media tips would you give a small busines owner?

How can a small business owner learn from you?