How to Make Your Home Office More Productive

Not surprisingly, home offices are very common among self-employed business owners. In fact, 59% of all U.S. entrepreneurs run their businesses from their home according to the 2012 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor Report. By working from home, you can save both time and money. This includes eliminating long commutes, rental fees, andRead More

3 “Clichés” That Are Actually Best Practices

A cliché is defined as “a phrase or opinion that is overused and betrays a lack of original thought.” This repetition and sometimes over-simplification of these phrases makes many people cringe – especially when used in relation to their careers or businesses. However, often they exist and are still usedRead More

Ownership, Accountability, & Success in Business

When you’re employed, there’s always the “they” to blame. When you’re self-employed “they” is you! There’s no one else to point your finger at but yourself. This means that you need to take ownership of your business in every way. Every accomplishment, every mistake, and every to-do on your to-doRead More

6 Habits of Highly Successful Business Owners

Throughout our lives we all pick up habits, good and bad. Good habits are what make some of the most successful business owners stand out from the crowd and thrive in their careers. It’s not just the decisions they make that got them to where they are, but the wayRead More

5 Dos and Don’ts of Good Customer Service

In business, the customer is always right. While this may be hard to take at times, this is the foundation to good customer service. Customer service is about making sure customers are happy and satisfied at every phase of the sales process. Happy and satisfied customers lead to happy andRead More

5 Easy Tips to Effective Selling

Every business owner is a salesperson. You sell your ideas to investors, partners, employees, and most importantly, to your customers! In short, no sales, no business.   For many, however, the process of selling can be intimidating. It’s one thing to be passionate about your business – it’s another toRead More

Hiring Independent Contractors: What all parties need to know

The use of independent contractors, versus permanent hires across America continues to grow. Like any new business practice, there are new regulations and requirements that need to be adhered to when entering this type of employer/worker relationship. Unlike the more traditional employer/employee relationship, when you hire an independent contractor bothRead More

4 Ways to Leverage Business Networks to Succeed

Being self-employed does not mean you must go at it alone. Far from it! A strong network makes all the difference when running your own business. You can solve problems faster, build new relationships, expand your audience, and grow your business in highly profitable ways. The opportunities – and benefitsRead More

Career, Happiness and the Power of Mindfulness

Who we are is often directly correlated with our career choices. People who care about people choose hospitality, social work, healthcare and related people-oriented fields. People who value organization and structure often choose accounting, engineering, military and related fields. When choosing wisely, our careers offer many years of happiness andRead More

Earned Income: How much is just right?

As the saying goes, “money makes the world go around!” Fortunately, or unfortunately, there is a lot of truth behind this statement. We need money for basics such as food, shelter and clothing, and then, as we advance up Maslow’s Hierarchy, for additional comforts such as heath care, a niceRead More