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Is It Time to Hire an Employee?

by Lisa Furgison

If you own your own business and find that you simply don’t have enough time on your hands to be able to do all the things you need to do, you may be asking yourself should you hire an employee?  If you’ve already got employees, your question will be similar, when is the right time... Read more »

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5 Creative Ways to Save Your Business Money

by Lisa Furgison

As a business owner, you’re always looking for ways to cut costs and raise your profit margin. There are some obvious ways to save money. You’ve heard them all before—suggestions like shopping around for the best prices on everything from office furniture to cell phone contracts, barter for services with clients, and keep hiring to... Read more »

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Guide: How to Start a Successful Photography Business

by Lisa Furgison

If you have some creative photography chops, you might want to open your own business. You’re not alone. Photography is a popular profession and hobby right now—and that’s the problem. In the past decade, camera gear has become more affordable and consumer friendly, and as a result, everyone is a photographer. But, that doesn’t mean you... Read more »

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A Starter Guide to Project Agreements

by Kelly Gurnett

Get everything in writing. It’s a mantra I followed often in my former job as a paralegal, and it’s one that’s been essential to my success as a freelance writer and editor. If there’s one big mistake that new entrepreneurs make (apart from not charging enough for their services), it’s failing to get a formal,... Read more »

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How to Start Your Business and Keep Your Day Job (Without Going Nuts)

by Kelly Gurnett

Testing out your idea for a new business before you quit your day job is always a wise idea. It gives you a chance to make sure you really enjoy working for yourself and that your business is economically viable, while still allowing you the financial security of a steady paycheck. It can be a... Read more »

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How to Create a Successful Etsy Shop

by Lisa Furgison

Thinking about selling on Etsy? Stephanie Maslow talks about the lessons she learned getting her jewelry shop off the ground and earning money. Read more »

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Does Working From Home Really Save You Money?

by Kelly Gurnett

If you’re contemplating making the switch to a home office, here are the financial pros and cons you should keep in mind. Read more »

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Do You Have a Business or a Hobby?

by Scott Scharf

Are you are living your hobby or running a business? It's your decision, but there are seven steps you need to take if you are serious about your business. Read more »

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Must-Know Tax Tips for Freelancers

by Kelly Gurnett

When you become a freelancer, your relationship with Uncle Sam changes. And while it may not be April 15th yet, now is the time to learn about those changes, because you may find you’ve got some extra work to do. Read more »

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4 Mistakes That Will Tank Your Etsy Store

by Lisa Furgison

Thinking about starting an Etsy business? Anna White reflects on why her first Etsy business failed miserably, and what she changed to make it better. Read more »

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How to Create Work-Life Balance When You Work for Yourself

by Kelly Gurnett

It will take some adjusting to get used to being your own boss, but the good news is that it is possible to run a business and have a happy, fulfilling life at the same time. All it takes is a little thought and a lot of discipline. Read more »

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Should You Sell on Etsy, or Build Your Own E-commerce Site?

by Brittany Klontz

Let’s take a look at the advantages and disadvantages of both, as well as how to do each best, so we can turn you into a full-blown success story. Read more »

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How to Spot a Bad Freelance Client

by Kelly Gurnett

To save you the drama of a freelance relationship gone bad, I’d like to share some of the red flags that signal it's time to end things now. Read more »

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How to Quit Your Day Job and Work For Yourself

by Kelly Gurnett

The time will come when your side business grows large enough for you to consider ditching your day job. Take these steps to make sure your transition goes smoothly and that you set yourself up for success. Read more »

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How to Make Money as a Freelancer

by Kelly Gurnett

Freelancing can be a fantastic job, but it's also a challenging job, and not for the faint of heart. It's time to get real about what it takes to make it in the freelance industry. Read more »

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5 Common (and Totally Untrue) Myths About Working From Home

by Kelly Gurnett

Work is still work, wherever you do it from. And working from home poses its own unique set of challenges that traditional office workers may not be prepared for. Read more »

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4 Tips For Running a Successful Home-Based Business

by Lisa Furgison

Thinking of starting a business from your home? Check out these tips from a home-based entrepreneur with twenty years of experience. Read more »

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Lessons Learned From a Failed Home Business: “If It’s Dead, It’s Dead”

by Lisa Furgison

A Pennsylvania woman tried to launch a home business, but after two years of trying to drum up customers, she shut it down. Learn from her mistakes. Read more »

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3 Things to Consider When Creating Your Business Website

by Bailey Koharchick

When Shauna Davis started Stepping Stone Wedding Rentals and Events, it seemed like a natural fit—her experience as a bridal consultant gave her direct access to her target market and after her own wedding in May, she had plenty of decor to share. The business took off quickly. She knew she needed to expand or... Read more »

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Setting up a Home Office on a Budget

by Autumn Wiberg

In order to avoid the daily distractions of home life, it is important to transform an area of your home into a peaceful and workable office space. Here are our top tips on how to set up a home office without spending a small fortune. Read more »