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Ask Dr. Deborah | I’m Not Ready to Retire

Dear Dr. Deborah, I’m 67 years old and I’m not ready to retire. Unfortunately, I’ve worked for my current employer for 20 years and while they’re not forcing me out, they expect me to choose to retire soon. I don’t mind cutting back a little bit, but I don’t wantRead More

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Ask Dr. Deborah | How can I drive traffic to my store?

Q: Dear Dr. Deborah, A few months ago I was finally able to move my bakery business out of my kitchen and into a shop downtown, but my storefront isn’t located on the main road and I’m not getting much foot traffic. It’s taken me a long time to saveRead More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ask Dr. Deborah | What are the legal requirements for starting a business?

Dear Dr. Deborah, I’ve talked about starting my own interior design business for many years now, and I’ve decided that my New Year’s resolution for 2017 will be to finally take the plunge. I’m fairly confident in being able to get customers and run my business. However, I’m not sureRead More

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Ask Dr. Deborah | How do I choose a business idea?

Dear Dr. Deborah, After a few years of being retired, I have decided that it is just not for me – at least not yet! Some of my family and friends have suggested going back to work as a teacher or getting a part-time job at a retail store. However,Read More

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Ask Dr. Deborah | How can I improve inventory management?

Dear Dr. Deborah, I recently started my own jewelry business. Lately I’ve been having issues with inventory. At first my inventory needs were small, but now that I have more pieces and more customers I’m having trouble managing it. Several times now, to get the materials I need in time,Read More

Ask Dr. Deborah | How do I build awareness for my business?

Q: Dear Dr. Deborah, For years I’ve been making my own lotions, shampoos, and other similar products for my personal use and as gifts. After much encouragement from friends and family, I’ve decided turn this hobby into a business. My biggest concern though is not making any sales because noRead More

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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