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Navigating Your Self-Employment Support Network

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

The Alphabet Soup of Government Business Assistance

Welcome to the Alphabet Soup of Government Business Assistance! If there’s one thing we can be confident in when it comes to government, it’s their love for acronyms. There are a slew of government funded agencies and programs out there today – DoED, USDA, EPA, OSHA, and so on. TheyRead More

Essential Tools for Starting a Self-Employment Business

Whenever you start a new project, there are certain essential tools that you need to bring together in order for things to run smoothly. Creating a self-employment venture is no exception to this rule. Just as you wouldn’t start a construction job without hammers, nails, and measuring tape, there areRead More

How Government Contracting Creates Value for Small Businesses

Believe it or not, government contracting is not just for big corporations. There is opportunity and value in government contracting for small businesses as well! In 2014, the federal government spent over $400 billion in federal contracting, 22% of which was awarded to small businesses. These contracts cover everything fromRead More

5 Ways to Keep Your Business Running Efficiently

Small businesses vary in many ways, size being one of them. According to the SBA, a small business can have anywhere from one to five hundred employees. Despite this huge range, one thing every small business has in common is the importance of efficiency in their business. Here are fiveRead More

How to Turn Your Plan into Action

How do you turn a plan into action? This is actually a bit of a trick question because the secret of how to effectively put your business plan into action is with a plan itself. Here are the three steps to building an action plan for both you and yourRead More

5 Ways to Avoid Burnout this Holiday Season

As we move into the holiday season, tensions seem to increase as more and more things compete for your time and attention. To keep stress to a minimum and to avoid burnout, here are a few suggestions:

Lost in the Dark – Finding a Mentor to Lead the Way

Starting your own business is exciting, but it is also a bit terrifying. There are so many questions to be answered and so much to learn, doing it all on your own can often feel like you’re stumbling around blind in the dark. You don’t have to do it onRead More

6 Tips to Improving your Marketing Campaign

Every business requires a well thought out marketing strategy to build brand awareness and drive sales. An important part of this strategy is your marketing campaign, which focuses on what you’re going to say, to who, why and how you’re going to reach them.  Because this can get a little confusing, here are sixRead More

Balancing Your Small Business Budget

One of the worst things you can do in business is spend more money then you have coming in. This situation can be anticipated and often easily avoided, though, with using a budget as a simple control tool. Your budget is the estimated amount of money your business will receiveRead More