Freelancing Platforms – Searching for Alternatives to Upwork (formerly oDesk + Elance)

Especially for small business owners, either business or trouble tends to arrive in waves. For instance, if I pick up a phone call from a potential new client, that's the exact moment when the house phone will be ringing nonstop, and someone is also ringing the doorbell. For hours before or after, there's a flat calm in … Continue reading Freelancing Platforms – Searching for Alternatives to Upwork (formerly oDesk + Elance)

Small Business Issues: You are Your Own Legal Team

As a small business owner, what do you do when you run into a legal issue? https://www.flickr.com/photos/limaoscarjuliet/225249268/in/photostream/ [Note: I am not an attorney, so this blogpost OF COURSE does not constitute legal advice. It's just personal musings based on a 20-year fascination with the intricacies of the law. And thank you, Pawel Loj for allowing … Continue reading Small Business Issues: You are Your Own Legal Team

Big vs Small Apple: An Illustration of Small Business Strengths

I like Apple products because they work - and make my life easier. So when they stop working, I'm less than happy. Big Apple: Experience with an Apple Store Despite my status as a Millenial (born in 1982), my core identity is an Introvert medium majority adopter. So, despite Apple's really clever marketing model in their … Continue reading Big vs Small Apple: An Illustration of Small Business Strengths

What the Business World Can Learn From Harry Dresden

Harry Dresden, of the Dresden Files, is a low-paid private investigator, who also happens to be a wizard. Yes, that's right, he's the ultimate multi-tasker. Not only does Harry have to fight off bill collectors and get his apartment cleaned like everyone else, but he also has to fight off seen and unseen beings with … Continue reading What the Business World Can Learn From Harry Dresden

Self-Employed Schizophrenia – A Good Thing

Just to be clear, I'm not writing this post to make fun of people who struggle with mental illness. It's just that as I thought about being self-employed this morning, it struck me as funny that I have to give myself pep talks and 90-day reviews and a whole lot else. I'm the CEO of … Continue reading Self-Employed Schizophrenia – A Good Thing