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I am happy to announce that I have bestowed a new title on myself today:  The world’s biggest loser.  Ok, to be fair, not an all-around totally clueless loser, but in the case of not having a file backup plan in place for my main computer, I win the prize! Last night, after I tucked […]

I am happy to announce that I have bestowed a new title on myself today:  The world’s biggest loser.  Ok, to be fair, not an all-around totally clueless loser, but in the case of not having a file backup plan in place for my main computer, I win the prize! Last night, after I tucked […]

I just read about a cool new service from my friends at StartupNation:   consulting advice for aspiring entrepreneurs.  It is called the Start me Up Program and is free to StartupNation members. My philosophy about using outside resources to build your business is get as much as you can for free!  I am always surprised […]

I just read about a cool new service from my friends at StartupNation:   consulting advice for aspiring entrepreneurs.  It is called the Start me Up Program and is free to StartupNation members. My philosophy about using outside resources to build your business is get as much as you can for free!  I am always surprised […]

I just took a peek at the new small business page at Alltop (which I told you about last week) and was delighted to see my friend Mario Sanchez made the page, alongside other experts like Tim Berry, StartupNation, Duct Tape Marketing and Fast Company. His blog is called Shoestring Branding and has all kinds […]

Some of the most common questions I hear from new and aspiring entrepreneurs are: How can I get the word out about my business to influential people in my market? How can I get people to link to my blog or website? How can I get mainstream press coverage? How can I find great mentors? […]

A couple of weeks ago, a reader named David wrote inquiring about an offhand comment in a recent post about mentoring where I said: “A ten-minute conversation with an older female business owner about the link between gender and compensation totally changed the way I thought about charging for my services in my consulting business.” […]

I love to blame my Dad for my propensity to finish my work just-in-time for a deadline, since I have memories of him hunched over a typewriter late at night, furiously finishing a story the night before it was due. But since I am 41 years old, that is a bit of a cop-out since […]

Some entrepreneurs have a hard time asking for help, preferring to do everything themselves, from computer software and hardware installation to billing to licking stamps. I often have the opposite inclination, which is to outsource or shortcut just about anything I can think of.  Is it so bad to consider whether I can hire someone […]

Although there are certainly more stressful days to endure, like climbing Everest, brokering a major peace treaty in the Middle East or launching a new business, yesterday was frustrating, draining and generally unpleasant. My blog went down out of the blue, after functioning perfectly well for nearly two years.  I was clued in by some […]