I will be working with Marco on a weekly advice column. Marco is an art/creative director/video guy over at babytorpedo. We thought it would be fun to collaborate and add a touch of humor (at least we think we are funny) to questions that we get asked frequently. If you have topics that you would like us to address, please feel free to leave them in the comments section below....more
5 Ways to Balance Your Business While Kids Are HomeSummer is officially here (not quite yet but almost) and the kids are ending their school year. This means that if you work from home & have school-age children (and don't homeschool), your routine is going to be altered. You will now have to factor in family vacations, a not so quiet house, and daily mini excursions. Having a system in place for these changes are crucial to a happy, balanced, and productive summer....more
Let’s play word association. Or to be more accurate, acronym association. I’ll go first.“IRS”.“Invasive.” “Confiscatory.” “Heartless.” “Unbending.” “Bureaucratic.” “Dictatorial.” “Arbitrary.” “Capricious.”Okay, that’s a start. Here’s another one: “Anti-business.”Or more specifically, anti-sole proprietorship.If you’ve spent as much time trudging the depths of our nation’s tax code as I have, you reach two inevitable conclusions:...more
I remember the weeks leading up to "starting my Etsy shop". I must have talked myself out of it 1,000 times--literally. I made excuses like, what if nothing sells? what will my friends think? what if I make a mistake on an order? what if no one likes my designs? what about the financial risks for the start up costs? and on and on...But then one night, I took the plunge. I remember the nerves in my stomach as I clicked "purchase" at two in the morning for my very first order of supplies.
You've got your business plan, your office location, your phone system, your products and employees. Now that you've got your small business up and running with some of the basic business necessities, you can take your growth to the next level by thinking outside the box and doing things that not every other company even considers. Engage Social Media...more