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Success is About Overcoming Obstacles

Every successful business owner has had to overcome obstacles to get to where they are today. Obstacles force us to work harder, be stronger, and act smarter in order to reach our goals. In the end, success is much sweeter, not just because we reached our goal, but because weRead More

Why You Should “Play Business” Before Business Planning

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

5 Things Every New Business Owner Needs Before Launching

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 | 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

Crowdfunding for Self-Employment: Yay or Nay?

In 2015, it was estimated that $34.4 billion was raised through crowdfunding. By 2025 that number is expected to grow to over $300 billion. Crowding funding sounds like a business’s dream come true – people give you money and expect little or nothing in return. As this industry continues toRead More

How Much Financing Do You Really Need?

One of the biggest challenges in starting your own business is securing the financing you need to cover start-up costs. However, before you can determine where that financing will come from, you need to identify how much financing your business really needs. So, how do you figure out what yourRead More

Ask Dr. Deborah | What do we need to do to start our small business?

Dear Dr. Deborah: My friend and I were talking the other day and decided we have a great business idea. The trouble is, neither of us have ever been in business before. We have no idea where to begin. What do we need to do to start our small business?Read More

How to Finance a Self-Employment Venture

When starting a new self-employment venture, most use their own money from their personal savings or checking account to cover the start-up costs. However, doing this and remaining financially stable is not in the cards for some. These individuals have to find additional (in some cases all) financing from anRead More

Small Business Finance 101: Key Startup Questions

When it comes to small business finance, there are a million questions that come to mind, and a lot of blank stares when you try to find all of the answers. There’s no way you can become a master accountant or CFO overnight, and you will be quickly overwhelmed ifRead More

Are You Ready to Run a Business?

You’ve come up with a fantastic idea and now you’re thinking, “I should start my own business!” Congrats! As you get ready to launch though, step carefully. Running a business is a big commitment – bigger than many realize – and missteps early on could lead you to a quickRead More