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4 Tips for Beating Productivity Killers in Your Business

Emails, messes, and Facebook – Oh my! It seems like it’s easier than ever to get distracted and derailed from our work, today. If you’re running a business, however, every minute counts. You can’t afford to let productivity drop, or else you and your business suffer for it. It’s upRead More

6 Reasons Women Make Great Entrepreneurs

The 21st century shows women continually breaking through the glass ceiling at an incredible rate and taking control of their careers and futures. According to the 2016 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, women-owned businesses have increased by 45% since 2007 to an estimated 11.3 million. In comparison, there was justRead More

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

Turning Your Passion into Profitable Self-Employment

Almost everyone is passionate about something. This might be gardening, photography, cars, kids, computers or a number of other things. What matters is that it is something that you enjoy, are good at and it provides value to others in some way. When these elements exist, your passion can becomeRead More

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

Why Teamwork Matters Even in Self-Employment

Self-employment, by definition means working for yourself, so most think teamwork doesn’t matter. However, the concepts of teamwork can actually be very important even in a self-employed business. Just because you work for yourself does not mean that you work alone. You have customers, partners, investors, and many more stakeholdersRead 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

5 Ways to Reduce Stress as a Business Owner

There can be a lot of stress in owning and running your own business. When you are self-employed, you are in charge of managing finances, customer relations, marketing, overall administration, and all other aspects of the business. It’s a lot of responsibility for one person, and if poorly managed, theRead More

Why You Need Coffee Breaks

The idea of the coffee break has been around for many years. It can have many different forms – cigarette breaks, water breaks, etc. – but the idea is that you take a brief amount of time to step back from what you are doing. While some may view thisRead More

Why You Should Be Nurturing Supplier Relationships

You may not realize it, but your supplier relationships can be a critical part of your business strategy. Most businesses have at least one supplier they commonly order goods from. These purchases typically represent the major area of spending, especially for those who sell physical products. A strong relationship withRead More