Do "Nice" Girls Really Finish Last in Business? Yes or No

The old saying 'nice girls finish last' may be true when it comes to the world of entrepreneurs. According toEntrepreneur Magazine, Women own 10.6 million businesses in the United States. However, the rate of unincorporated self-employment among women was 5.6 percent compared to 8.3 percent among men. That basically means we are still playing catch up in business....more

Number One Reason Businesses Fail, Top Three Reasons Businesses Succeed

Nearly half of all small businesses fail within the first two years of operation. The number one reason for business failure is inadequate planning. The second reason is under-capitalization.So before you mortgage your house, or go into debt financing your business, you need to know if your business is going to do more than survive — you want to know if it’s good enough to thrive!Here are three things successful businesses that have stayed in business for five years or longer have in common:...more

When to Follow Your Calling vs What's Expected

When does it make sense to go with the flow and when does it make sense to break from the status quo and all comfort zones and enter a new turning point in your career? I personally have been fascinated by people's career journeys. As in "how did you end up where you are today?" It is very rarely a direct, logical path (you know, like they tell you it "should" be in college). This thoughtful and inspiring personal post from Lauren Bacon talks about her own turning points. ...more
Purpose drive career change via BlogHer: When to Follow Your Calling vs What's Expected ...more

How to Create Videos to Market Your Services

Video marketing is the next best thing to being there "live" with someone. It is a crucial tool for small business owners to market their services. Here is a great how-to from Karyn Greenstreet with 8 solid tips (born from the author's first great video adventure) to help you do it right. ...more
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Are You Diluting Your Message & Brand?

Many business owners sell more than one thing. It's one way to diversify a small service based business. Yet if you try to convey everything you sell to someone you sound like someone who offers financially planning, coaching, massage, ear candling, and basketweaving. Your brand and message is diluted at best and you appear untrustworthy and wacky at worst. What do you do? Read this post from Linda Daley at "Work Better, Not Harder" and see how not to dilute your message. ...more

The Blog Workshop Online Conference 13'

One of my goals last year was to attend at least one conference, event, convention, etc in order to build my skills and knowledge, but as the years progressed. I have allowed the universe to grant me the opportunity to attend The Blog Workshop Online Conference....more

Overcoming Work at Home Isolation

Working from home is great (at least in my opinion). Yet, it can be so easy to end up feeling isolated, alone, and in a bit of a funk and not know why. That's because you don't have nearly the sort of in-person interaction you do when you are out in the workplace. Here's a great post on how to beat that Work-at-Home (Mom) isolation. ...more
I loved the article. I work from home, not by choice but because i was laid off in 2009 and ...more

Be My Valentine: Are You in Love With Your Business?

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways... Valentine's Day isn't just for lovers. It's a fine time to celebrate YOU and to celebrate your business. If you're an entrepreneur, are you still in love with your business? Or, have you fallen out of love just a bit? ...more
Yes, I am in love with my business. It is a constant challenge, I think that is the main love. ...more

Three Signs You are Ready To Go From Part-Time to Full-Time

Starting out as a part-time entrepreneur is a great way to get your toes wet in the self-business waters. You get to become accustomed to the overall feel of running your own business, but you get to stay at your “real job” for the consistent pay check. But how do you know when you’re ready to switch from part-time to full-time with your own business and dive in head first?Here are three things that should happen before you make the jump:When the money equals out. ...more

How to Choose a Time Tracking Tool

As an entrepreneur, time is money. Literally. Even if you price based on project you still need to maximize your productivity and know where your time goes so you can make wise decisions. Today's article helps you choose the time tracking tool that is right for you. ...more
I couldn't agree  with you more. It is also important to know what are the things that your time ...more