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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
3 Essentials to Protecting Your Self-Employment Status
The workforce is changing and for many, self-employment is becoming the new normal. While self-employment opportunities continue to expand, new regulations are rolling out to further define what constitutes a self-employed person versus and employee in a business-to-business working relationship. This includes freelancers, consultants, IT professionals and other types ofRead More
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
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
Why You Need to Put the “Self” First in Self-Employment
In Dr. Deborah’s, 6 Steps to Career Focus, she emphasizes that we should focus on the “self” first and the “employment” will follow. You may be wondering what exactly this means. In many coaching and self-help programs, the first steps are to simply ask what do you want to doRead More
5 Trends in Self-Employment to Watch in 2017
With each new year, comes new trends, and with them new opportunities. While you don’t have to jump on the bandwagon of every trend that passes by, it is important to be aware of what is happening in the market. One of the most important things to remember about owingRead 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
Our Self-Employment Christmas List
Despite it being years since we’ve written our last letters to Santa, most of us still take the time to think up our own personal Christmas lists. As business owners, work related items can’t help but slip in between the Fitbits and the iPhone 7s. Just in case ‘ole SaintRead More
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
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