September, 2016

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Ask Dr. Deborah | Should I borrow from friends or family?

Dear Dr. Deborah, I want to start my own cleaning business. I have some money saved up, but not quite enough to cover everything I need. My best friend offered to lend me some money to help get my business started. However, I’m not sure if I should accept. IRead More

How Entrepreneurship is About Self-Motivation

Almost every morning, our CEO, Dr. Deborah wakes up at dawn, throws on her sneakers, and goes for a run. Though some days, getting out of bed is harder than others, she motivates herself to get up and get running because she is dedicated to starting her day with energy.Read More

5 Ways to Tell Self-Employment is Right for You

How can you tell if self-employment is the right career for you? Most think that in order to be self-employed you need to be prepared for a career that requires hard work, long hours, high risk, and uncertainty about the future. While there are also positives, these perceived negatives scareRead More

Why the Business Plan is Not the First Step

The first step to successfully starting your own business is to write your business plan. Right? Wrong! Your business plan should actually be one of the last steps you take before launching any business venture.  You may be thinking, “Hey, wait a minute!” because most “how-to” books and guides tellRead More

How the Final Rule Overtime Laws Impact Your Small Business

On May 18th, the U.S. government announced the Department of Labor’s Final Rule on overtime regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act. While the legal teams of big corporations immediately jumped into action to adjust to the new regulations, many small business owners remain confused about how this ruling willRead More

Ask Dr. Deborah | What are your suggestions for first time employers?

Q: Dear Dr. Deborah, I’ve run my business on my own for 5 years now. In the past, I’ve had to miss out on many family vacations and events. However, I just sent my youngest off to college and it’s now more important than ever that I make time toRead More

Fact or Fiction: Small Business Edition

Fact or Fiction? There are many common misconceptions about small business. FACT! When it comes to small business there are many beliefs and stereotypes out there. Some are true and some are way off. These misconceptions can seriously cloud an individual’s judgement and perceptions about what it really means toRead More

6 Back to Work Essentials for Small Businesses

Labor Day is past and summer is officially over. Now, it’s time for everyone to get back to work. Whether you are just starting up or looking to grow, make sure you have these essentials on hand as you get back to work to help your small business run moreRead More

7 Reasons Why You Need a Business Plan

As we guide clients through the 5 Steps to Successful Self-Employment or 10 Steps to Venture Success, we are frequently asked the question, “Do I really need to create a business plan?” The answer is and always will be YES! We said it in our article Fact or Fiction: SmallRead More