Self-employment taxes demystified: can you lower them for 2014?

If you make a living as a self-employed sole proprietor, tax time probably makes you wonder where so much of your hard-earned money goes. Freelancers, consultants, and independent contractors are usually shocked the first time they’re hit with the self-employment tax. ...more

6 simple ways to boost the credibility of your solo biz

You may not have a big office or employees, but you’re at the top of your game. You go above and beyond to impress your customers, and you’ve never let a single one down. So how come you feel pressured to convince customers that your solo business is just as reliable as larger competitors? Fortunately, there are some simple things you can do to up your credibility and status in your field: ...more

Six ways to be a better entrepreneur

If you’re an entrepreneur, the good news is that no one else can tell you what to do. But the bad news is that no one else will tell you what to do: the fate of your business rests solely on your shoulders. Being an entrepreneur isn’t for the faint of heart, but it’s more than possible to thrive in this lifestyle. There’s no silver bullet or easy fix that will turn your business into an overnight success, but there are several easy things you can do to improve your chances: 1. Ditch the busy work...more

How to turn your passion into profit

Have you dreamed about being your own boss? Do you have a passion (maybe writing, cooking, or landscaping) that you’d love to turn into a business?  After working with thousands of entrepreneurs over the past decade, I’ve learned some important lessons when it comes to turning a passion into profit: 1. Think about others (aka your customers)...more

Six simple steps to network like a pro

Whether you own a business, or are looking for a new job or next opportunity, networking is a must these days. But, networking functions aren’t for everyone. Many people aren’t keen on standing in a room filled with strangers, and feeling like you’re asking and answering the same questions with every conversation.  If networking doesn’t come naturally to you, take heart. There are some simple steps you can take to improve this critical skill and make any networking event work for you: ...more

What Every Small Business Owner Should Know About Incorporation

More and more women are coming into their own as business owners today. In fact, an American Express OPEN State of Women-Owned Businesses Report found that between 1997 and 2011, the number of women-owned businesses increased at a rate 1.5 times higher than the national average.    ...more