Home-Based Businesses

Hobby or Career? How to Decide

If you have a talent, there is a great chance that someone out there is willing to pay for it. Still, making the switch from employee to entrepreneur requires a bit of planning. Here's how to figure out if you should make a career out of your hobby.

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4 Mistakes That Will Tank Your Etsy Shop

Thinking about starting an Etsy business? Here's why one entrepreneur's first Etsy business failed, and what she changed to make it a success.

By Lisa Furgison | Share This

5 Things My Daughter Taught Me as a Freelancer

Having a small child and working an office job can be hectic, but there are other options. Here's how you can manage working at home while being a parent.

By Luisa Brenton | Share This

How to Use Patreon to Start a Business From Home

Simply put, Patreon is an ongoing Kickstarter campaign with one key difference: rather than getting paid once off, per project, artists or creators are paid by their patrons (you, me, or whoever signs up as a patron) to continue creating on an ongoing basis.

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How to Start an Etsy Shop

Wondering how to start an Etsy shop? We spoke to Etsy sellers and did the research, so you can put your best foot forward when starting an Etsy shop.

By Angelique O'Rourke | Share This

Your Guide to Launching a Home-Based Business

Thinking about starting a business from your home? Plenty of well-known businesses have started with simple home-based roots. For example, in 1994 Jeff Bezos founded Amazon from his garage in Washington, and Harley-Davidson started out of a home—and a shed—in Wisconsin. In fact, statistics show that 69 percent of U.S. entrepreneurs start their business at home....

By Lisa Furgison | Share This

Is It Time to Hire an Employee?

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...

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5 Creative Ways to Save Your Business Money

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...

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If you have a talent, there is a great chance that someone out there is willing to pay for it. Still, making the switch from employee to entrepreneur requires a bit of planning. Here's how to figure out if you should make a career out of your hobby.