| Moving Up the Ladder - The Doyenne Group
by Heather Wentler and Tim Muma - Jan, 2013
Entrepreneurship is a vital aspect of the American economy, particularly when the country is struggling in that regard. One specific faction of the population, however, could play a large role in the present and future to help improve the overall state of the economy. Heather Wentler, co-founder of The Doyenne Group, believes that women can work together to make a major impact on businesses and the community through their own ...
| Life vs. Work - RelayRides: Peer-to-Peer Model
by Shelby Clark and Tim Muma - Dec, 2012
A growing trend in the world of business plays off the ease of connecting with people across the globe quickly. The philosophy of peer-to-peer matches individuals with needs to individuals with the resources. Shelby Clark, Founder and Chief Community Officer of RelayRides, talks to Tim Muma about the keys to his business' success and how it all works together with Relay Rides and across this new dimension of consumerism. Shelb...
| Nobody's Perfect - Danger: Entrepreneur at Work
by Nick Wichert and Tim Muma - Sep, 2012
The benefits of entrepreneurship can be far-reaching and satisfying, but it's a perilous position to be in if you're unprepared. Like any other business venture, there are a number of areas that end an entrepreneur's journey before it truly begins. Nick Wichert, Executive Director for VETransfer, reacts to an entrepreneurial "expert's" five biggest mistakes entrepreneurs make. He also gives his advice on what pitfalls to evade...
My New Awesome Productivity Routine — and How it Can Work for You
by Dana Sitar - Nov, 2012
I’ve recently adopted a new work routine, inspired by the increasingly-popular Pomodoro Technique, but modified for my particular purposes. It’s made such a difference to my sanity and productivity working from home or from the road that I’m eager to share it. Take the tips that work for you, and, as always, modify it to fit your life/workstyle. The Rules Rule #1: Set a timer for 40 minutes, and focus that time on a pa...
Tired of looking for a job? 5 tips to prepare to start your own business
by Miriam Salpeter - Oct, 2012
Are you dissatisfied with your job, or reading the writing on the wall that suggests it may be time to think of your own exit strategy? If so, you are in good company. A Mercer’s What’s Working™ survey last year, conducted over two quarters, included 2,400 workers in the U.S. They found, “nearly one in three (32%) U.S. workers is seriously considering leaving his or her organization at the present time, up sharply from 23% in ...
Out of Work? Hire Yourself.
by Dawn Lennon - Sep, 2011
You think you can’t. I say you can. Don’t over-think it, make it too big, or get in your own way. Just try it. Plug the gap. Being out of work, creates a glaring gap on your resume. Your work history has come to a (hopefully temporary) dead end. This makes job seekers lose sleep at night and I don’t blame them. So the question is: “What can you do about it?” I say, “Plenty, if you have something of value to...
Baking for Good...and a Great Career: Interview with Social Entrepreneur Emily Dubner
by Lindsey Pollak - Jul, 2011
Emily Dubner is a 2006 college graduate and founder of Baking for Good, an online bakery that gives 15 percent of every purchase to charity. I love this concept and use Baking for Good for most of my business’s holiday and thank you gifts. (Read about one instance of the excellent responses I’ve received to these gifts here). Besides having a great concept and satisfying my sweet tooth, Emily is an inspiring example of a ...
Going From Employee to Entrepreneur: 5 Proven Tips to Turn Your Plans Into Reality
by Tai Goodwin - Mar, 2011
You’ve dreamed about it, researched it, talked about it and come up with a perfect plan for making the transition from employee to entrepreneur? However, a plan is just a dream without the required action to get the ball rolling towards your desired result. It’s time to put your fears and indecisiveness aside and pursue the reality that you know you deserve! Try these proven tips to help you achieve your dream of going fr...
Should You Start a Business?
by Alexandra Levit - Feb, 2011
Whether you are thinking about starting a new business or overwhelmed and overworked by an existing business, there is a lot to consider. Business strategist and deal maker Carol Roth talks about some of the key things you should know, from her new book, The Entrepreneur Equation. Could You vs. Should You?: Can you start a business? Absolutely! Should you? Well, that’s a whole different story. Just because you can do...
7 Ways to Save Money While Launching Your Business
by Tai Goodwin - Nov, 2010
When it comes to launching your business, your most critical resources are time and money. Any book on launching a business will outline the need for long term saving – making sure you have money to live on and to cover expenses for at least the first year of being a full-time business owner. I’ve just added a new report to the Brilliant Network for mastermind members with 50 money saving tips. Here’s a sneak peak of some tip...
Are You Headed Toward or Away?
by Christine Hassler - Aug, 2010
Our motivation is directional, impacting the results we create and the ease in which we create them. Think about when you are motivated to do something. Are you motivated more by what you want to get away from or what you want to move toward? TOWARD motivation moves us toward more of what we desire while AWAY from motivation is an attempt to get us away from circumstances/feelings that are causing discomfort. Let's consider...
The Compassionate Side of Corporate Entrepreneurship
by Dee McCrorey - Jul, 2010
Most of us have heard the old saying about giving someone a fish and you feed him for a day, but teaching a person how to fish and you have fed her for a lifetime. I'm reminded of this when I see so many unemployed people right here in my own Silicon Valley sandbox as the result of company downsizing, rightsizing, restructuring, et al. Given the Bay Area's penchant for start-ups, I'm surprised that so many professionals ...
Feast or Famine? Downpour or Drought?
by Julie Walraven - Jul, 2010
When you are self-employed, the phrase feast or famine is common place. Since I have been self-employed longer than most people are employed, I have heard it a lot. Along with feast and famine comes downpour or drought, nothing or almost too much. For the employed, it may feel the same way — too many work projects, swimming in paperwork, or overwhelmed with details or e-mails. And if you should go from employed to ...
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