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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)

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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

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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

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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

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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