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Ownership, Accountability, & Success in Business

When you’re employed, there’s always the “they” to blame. When you’re self-employed “they” is you! There’s no one else to point your finger at but yourself. This means that you need to take ownership of your business in every way. Every accomplishment, every mistake, and every to-do on your to-doRead More

6 Habits of Highly Successful Business Owners

Throughout our lives we all pick up habits, good and bad. Good habits are what make some of the most successful business owners stand out from the crowd and thrive in their careers. It’s not just the decisions they make that got them to where they are, but the wayRead 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 | Dreaming of a Better Future

Dear Dr. Deborah, I grew up with little expectations for my future. After high school I got a job working as a waiter and have been living paycheck to paycheck ever since. My job is okay, but my passion lies in fashion design. A friend of mine recently told meRead More

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

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

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