Dollar Shave Club: How to Launch a Startup with Creativity, Style, and Humor

I absolutely love hearing about startups, businesses, and work that people do that comes from them owning who they are and doing it with a sense of style and humor. Today my husband shared a new advertising video that one of our best friends sent him that was released this past Tuesday by a startup called Dollar Shave Club.   ...more
Humor is so important! Searching for examples of humor in social media and found this post, very ...more

Are You Cut Out for Self-Employment?

Do you have what it takes to be self-employed?  It can look so easy from the outside looking in, but that is a total mirage because it barely provides a peek into what it really takes to run a successful business. ...more
Such great advice! I've been thinking about self-employment for a bit now and your series has ...more

Making the Leap - How Do I Get There?

People often say to me - Wow! You made the leap to being your own boss... how did you even know where to start? The answer is - I didn't! In fact I never had any dreams about being my own boss. I was not one of those kids who sold lemonade. I was not the teenager who did small jobs or tried to create a fledgling business. I did not spend my college years drinking from the entrepreneurial cup. So, how did I end up here? ...more
Being self employed is the ultimate freedom (I do believe) but can be very scary at the same ...more

Entrepreneurial Grass IS Greener (and Innovative!)

A while back I read a blog post by a soon-to-be-entrepreneur who sounded so excited about his new adventure that I didn't have the heart to write this post in response until after he'd launched. Who was I to burst his bubble?...more

2012 and Small Business - Better? Worse? or the Same?

Recently I came across a news item that had me scratching my head. While times have been, well, interesting the last few years, I just don't understand what the doom and gloom is all about. If you predict bad times...guess what you'll get? Bad times. Because you've already pre-written a foregone conclusion. ...more
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Must Read Books When Starting a Business (Or Thinking About It)

I often get asked...to recommend a few books to someone who is just starting out in their business or is sitting in the office at working seriously thinking about going out on their own. While I have read all of these myself some I wish I would have read earlier in my journey. Many are worth revisiting at various points during your journey as a business owner. Now What?® 90 Days to a New Life Direction by Laura Berman Fortgang ...more
Great article and recommendations. I would love to add Peter Church's book The Added Value - the ...more

Powerful Beginnings (Getting Past Fear & Insecurity at the Start)

Whether you’re starting a new business, a new project, a new job, taking on a new role, fear and insecurity can begin to rear their ugly heads....more

Ways to Make Scheduling Easier

Meeting with other people is a huge part of doing business. Whether you are following up from networking events, meeting with prospects, making time for exploratory chats with partners, or scheduling customers, it all comes down to getting it on the calendar. With everyone being busier than ever it behooves you to make it quick, easy, and convenient. The less time you spend on low-value tasks like back and forth scheduling emails, the more time and energy you have for working in and on your business. ...more
Great point - I have to say finally having a smartphone w/ calendar made my life easier. As for ...more

Women who inspire: Rochelle Rae of Rae Cosmetics

There are so many amazing women out there doing their thing in this world, but often time we are intimidated to ask them just how they got where they were going!...more

Need Cash? Create Some with a Joblet

Whether you are inbetween jobs, unemployed, underemployed, or an entrepreneur falling short of income goals chances are you can create cash sooner rather than later. One of the biggest trends born from the crazy economy is that of mini-jobs or a portfolio career where someone has multiple jobs (freelance or part-time) that add up to a full time paycheck. Even if you don't have enough of these mini-jobs to make a full paycheck, capitalizing on what you already know is a fast path to cash. ...more
That is a bit of the beauty of bartering...and it can be great - just be clear on when you ...more