Working from Home

How to Protect Your Home-Based Business Using a Simple Checklist

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Business owners often take care to track inventory items. But you also need to track fixed assets like computers, office equipment, hardware, software, and furniture. “What did they take?” That was the question that stumped me when my business was burglarized. Sure, I could see the big things that were missing – computers, printers, the TV and …

Home Business Ideas

Cool Home Business Ideas: Upcycling

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I know of a woman who buys second-hand and resells her finds online. I’m not talking about shopping at cute boutiques for earrings and handbags (though I know a few girls who do that too). I’m talking about shopping garage sales and forfeited storage facilities. For this post’s cool home business idea, I introduce to you the Millennial …

Working from Home

Why You Should Care About SBA Small Business Programs

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Recently, I had the pleasure of working with a client who needed help re-branding her growing business. She makes up one-third of the ownership of Omaha-based party planning company-turned full-service event planning company, Mise en Scène (formerly A&K Party Pals, LLC).  Mise en Scène  made their mark on the Omaha market, putting together a constant string of fun-filled kids parties, many of which had visits by well-known …

Strategy

Three Reasons We Procrastinate and Three Ways to Stop

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Two minutes to post a tweet. Three minutes grabbing another cup of coffee. Just five or six minutes checking a Facebook news feed. And suddenly it’s the end of the day and you’re looking at the hours gone by wondering, “What did I actually do today?” You procrastinated! Procrastination is that nasty little word that …

Strategy

The 5 Whys: Can Your Business Problem Be Solved by Asking “Why?”?

One of the key skills every business owner has to master in order to run a successful business is problem-solving. In fact, we shell out big bucks to find people who can resolve our business challenges. Maybe the root of your problem can be uncovered by asking “Why?”. An Introduction to the Five Whys A few years ago, …

Freelancing

How to Put Yourself Out of Business as a Freelancer

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As a freelancer, there may be times when you find yourself in a position where your brand makes a promise that, for whatever reason, you are legitimately unable to keep. It happens. Computers crash, the kids get sick, a blizzard blankets your region and causes your house to lose power. How you handle the fallout from …

Strategy

Why It’s Important for Work-at-Home-Moms to Have Multiple Income Streams

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In early 2013, my ghost writing work left me in a bit of a lurch.  I was working my butt off,  not necessarily with the best attitude. But I was working my butt off nonetheless, servicing clients big and small.  For whatever reason, when payday came, none of my clients were paying me. Talk about a trying …

Freelancing

How to Handle Your Client’s Work for Hire Agreement

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One of the primary advantages of being a freelancer is the freedom to choose your own projects. You get to exercise your creative muscles as you see fit. You imagine, you create, you get paid.  It’s all very epicurean. You are what Richard Florida refers to as a “Creative.” What’s more, the work you do …