Ask Dr. Deborah | How do you plan vacations as a self-employed business owner?

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Dear Dr. Deborah, I started my own business two years ago and I absolutely love it. However, since day one it feels like I’ve been in a marathon. I make sure I have some personal time, but I haven’t taken a real vacation since launching. I’m at a point whereRead More

How to Set Your Self-Employment Salary

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One of the reasons many people choose self-employment is because they want a better quality of life. This may include more flexibility in when they work, more control over what they do for work, and more enjoyment in life in general. Whatever the reasons, one of the main ingredients toRead More

3 Essentials to Protecting Your Self-Employment Status

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The workforce is changing and for many, self-employment is becoming the new normal. While self-employment opportunities continue to expand, new regulations are rolling out to further define what constitutes a self-employed person versus and employee in a business-to-business working relationship. This includes freelancers, consultants, IT professionals and other types ofRead More

Why You Should “Play Business” Before Business Planning

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If you’ve ever thought about starting your own business or taken a business course, than you’ve probably learned something about business planning. Since the start of just about any form of commerce, the business plan has been an essential first step. However, not so much today – particularly when itRead More

Ask Dr. Deborah | What are some affordable marketing techniques?

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Dear Dr. Deborah: I’m starting my own professional cleaning business. My focus will be mostly on residential homes, but I will also do commercial spaces as well. I am self-employed and run my business primarily out of my home. Starting out I have a very limited marketing budget, so mostRead More

Navigating Your Self-Employment Support Network

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Being successfully self-employed does not mean you have to go at it alone! This is a common misconception that often prevents individuals from pursing a self-employment career path. In reality, one of the strongest assets a self-employed business owner can have is a support network. When it comes to findingRead More

Why You Need to Put the “Self” First in Self-Employment

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In Dr. Deborah’s, 6 Steps to Career Focus, she emphasizes that we should focus on the “self” first and the “employment” will follow. You may be wondering what exactly this means. In many coaching and self-help programs, the first steps are to simply ask what do you want to doRead More

5 Things Every New Business Owner Needs Before Launching

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Launching your own self-employment or small business is a big and exciting step! It can also be a bit stressful getting all your ducks in a row before your Grand Opening. While there are many things specific to your business that need to get done before your launch, here areRead More

Ask Dr. Deborah | How do I know if it’s time to hire employees?

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Dear Dr. Deborah, I’m not sure if I need to hire my first employee or not. Some days it seems like I have things under control, and other times I feel completely overwhelmed with work. How do I know if hiring someone is the right move? –  Lexi, FL HiRead More

How to Set Resolutions You Will Actually Achieve

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Every year we make resolutions and goals to improve our heath, wealth and, for the self-employed, our businesses. We start these goals with excitement and the best of intentions. However as the year progresses, that energy sometimes begins to dwindle and eventually other obligations push our resolutions off to theRead More