March, 2016

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Ask Dr. Deborah | Can I really be successful as an independent contractor?

Dear Dr. Deborah, My company recently went through a massive re-organization and laid off many workers, including me. Although, I am well into my 50’s, I am neither mentally or financially ready to retire just yet. I had planned on working for at least another 10 years before kicking backRead More

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Checking In On Your Small Business Budget

It’s that time of year again! As we spring into the warmer weather, it’s time to check in on our small business budget, and budget deviation analysis is the tool we can use. Hopefully, at the beginning of the year you created a budget based on your goals along withRead More

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5 Ways to Refresh Your Small Business Marketing

In today’s world of Vines, tweets, and hashtags, marketing trends come and go faster than you can blink. The result – marketing campaigns can become stale quickly; which is why every once in a while you should refresh your small business marketing campaign. New, clever ideas and designs could beRead More

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Cleaning Out the Cobwebs in Your Small Business

Spring is here and that means it’s time for our annual routine of cleaning out the cobwebs built up over the winter. While most people focus on cleaning up their homes, now is also the perfect time to take a good look at your business and see what you couldRead More

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6 Steps to Hiring Right Every Time

Hiring new employees can be one of the most time-consuming and costly activities in business. On average, it costs a small business over $3,500 to make just one hire. Perhaps more surprisingly, nearly 7 out of 10 small businesses suffer from making poor hiring choices. This contributes to employee turnoverRead More

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3 Ways to Finance Your Imported Goods

While the demand for more “Made in America” products continues to gain popularity, one trend that may never disappear is the appreciation for the culture and quality products of other countries. This is something many businesses, from local restaurants to global corporations who cater to those who value quality overRead More

Ask Dr. Deborah | Do I really need liability insurance?

Dear Dr. Deborah, I am in the process of starting my own jewelry making business, and one step that I’m unsure about is insurance. Others have told me that liability insurance is an absolute must, but I’m not sure if I really need it. I’ll be running my business outRead More

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5 Great Reasons to Be Self-Employed!

Today more individuals than ever are considering self-employment, and why not!? There are so many wonderful reasons to leave the traditional workforce and go into business for yourself. Not convinced it’s for you? Well here are five great reasons to be self-employed: You Get to Be Your Own Boss |Read More

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How to Determine if Self-Employment is Right for You

Millennials who want more freedom and control over their careers; Baby Boomers not quite ready to retire; Gen Xers looking for a career change; for these individuals, self-employment may be a great option! It can be an extremely rewarding and fulfilling career path to follow, but self-employment is not asRead More

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Can a Hobby Become a Business?

From knitting to writing, most everyone has a hobby that they love. Through practice and research, you can eventually become very skilled at a hobby, sometimes even to a professional level. We often see people wondering at this point, “Could I be doing this for a living?” It can beRead More