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Testing a business idea
Testing a business idea
There’s a reason why so many successful entrepreneurs have a pivot story—the moment when they decided to change their products and business model because their original vision wasn’t working. Not all businesses need to make a 180° turn, but every...
Old vans = new opportunities
Old vans = new opportunities
There’s something uniquely satisfying about building something with your own hands—especially if it’s something that will be used, loved, and enjoyed every day. There’s something intensely energizing about being free to choose what you’re going to...
Making time for career development as a freelancer
Making time for career development as a freelancer
Back when I had a day job as a proofreader at a small publisher, it became obvious that our company sorely needed a social media and content marketing plan. Besides a simple business website, the publisher had essentially zero web presence. My colleague...
Should I quit my job for my business?
Should I quit my job for my business?
Many entrepreneurs find themselves, at some point, wrestling with a difficult decision: “Am I ready to quit my job so I can focus on my business full-time?” Galen Herbst de Cortina, CFP®, vividly remembers making this decision himself when he founded...
Why I freelance: Designing a lifestyle-based business
Why I freelance: Designing a lifestyle-based business
A few months ago, I was at a retreat for women when one attendee, a fellow freelance writer, mentioned that she puts her values above any income goals. In the past, she was earning a six-figure income as a freelancer. Now, she lives in a rural part...
What it’s really like to be your own boss
What it’s really like to be your own boss
Have you ever dreamed of being your own boss? Of the freedom to choose what to work on, and when, and how? It’s a heady thought. And if you’ve ever worked for a real headache of a manager—someone who gave you too much work, hassle, and stress with...
Meet the founder of Exponent
Meet the founder of Exponent
Product management is a rapidly growing, dynamic discipline with a wide range of potential definitions. Most tech companies (and many other companies as well) know they need product managers, but not everyone knows exactly what they do. Many folks...
Meet the founder of Studio 1862
Meet the founder of Studio 1862
Katelyn Dekle is a freelance graphic designer and the founder of Studio 1862. She's been a graphic designer since 2006, after searching for a career that would allow her to do meaningful, creative work. Katelyn's specialty is helping entrepreneurs...
Meet the founder of Florida Virtual Bookkeeper
Meet the founder of Florida Virtual Bookkeeper
Jessica Fox is an expert bookkeeper who helps other entrepreneurs build and maintain financially healthy businesses. Her business, Florida Virtual Bookkeeper, offers virtual bookkeeping services for freelancers, small service-based businesses, and...
Meet the founder of LayoverStop
Meet the founder of LayoverStop
Meet Reham Alsharif, an entrepreneur who helps travelers stop waiting at the gate. Her startup, LayoverStop, picks up travelers on long layovers and takes them on personalized tours of the city. How it all got started I’m passionate about providing...
Meet the founder of Hey Puppy
Meet the founder of Hey Puppy
Some say that to succeed as an entrepreneur, you have to be passionate about the work that you’re doing. Claudia Monge, founder of Hey Puppy, has a passion for puppies and is using that passion to tap into the growing pet industry. Just last year...
Meet the founder of CMP
Meet the founder of CMP
Meet Christopher McIntyre Perceptions, a creative entrepreneur working to bring art and technology to the communities where they're most needed. Where he comes from Christopher grew up in two homes, both in Milwaukee, one of the most segregated...