Self-Employed Articles For Entrepreneurs & Small Business Owners

Quit Your Job and Start a Business – 3 Rules for Startup Success

It is almost everyone’s dream – to have your own business, be your own boss, make your own decisions and control your time.  We hear or read about success stories of people who leave the corporate world, work on their dreams and rake in cash.  Is it that simple? First of all, you must have [...]

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10 Franchise Trends for 2012

Entrepreneur.com list ten franchise trends for 2012.  This list is not a recommendation but is only a guide on the opportunities available should you want to own a franchise.  Some franchises, like child and senior care, have been going strong for years and others franchises, like health and spa services, are just taking off. These [...]

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What to Do Before Starting a Small Business

Jeff Haden lists down the legal requirements or basic infrastructure an entrepreneur must accomplish before starting a small business.  He says there are people at the courthouse or local treasurer’s office willing to assist you.  It will only take two days tops in most areas to finish the list.  Below is the list published at [...]

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Franchise Businesses Do Well Despite Poor Economy

During this period of economic downturn, people who lost their jobs or are uncertain about holding onto their jobs usually cannot find new employment. Alisa Harrison of the International Franchise Association said, “They tap home equity, severance packages and sometimes retirement plans to start a new business that they can own so they can have [...]

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How Do You Choose the Right Business to Buy?

There are so many types of businesses for sale. But how do you know what is the right business for you? You, your friends and family have some idea about the type of business that is right for you. Consider the pros and cons. If you make the right choice, you can have fun, fulfillment, [...]

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Media & Medicine: Developing A Medical Practice Utilizing PR

If you’re a physician looking to market your practice or reach out to new patients, keep in mind that physicians, more than those in other professions, can benefit from an effective media campaign. Press coverage reaches their target market, drives patients their way and gives them validation and credibility. The public generally learns about the [...]

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Z Is For Being In The Zone

OK – I have to admit, by the time I got to Z in this series, I had to be a little bit creative about the title, but actually being able to get in the Zone is an important part of running a business.  Let’s face it, we all have projects – things we want [...]

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5 Major Mistakes When Buying a Business

The one common denominator that most millionaires have is that they own their own business. Owning your own business can be a very financially rewarding experience. The thrill of being the boss and having complete control over your own destiny are the primary reasons people leave the work force to operate their own company. Owning [...]

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Do You Have What It Takes To Succeed At Your Own Business?

The one trait the majority of all millionaires have in common is that they owned their own business. Every year thousands of people attempt to follow in their footsteps and start their own business. Failure rates are high for new businesses with over half of them out of business within five years. How do you [...]

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Overcome Your Fear of Buying a Business in 3 Easy Steps

If you want to own your own business, it is easier to buy an existing business than it is to start you own business from scratch. An established business allows you to skip past the startup phase entirely, which is where 50 percent of all new businesses fail. If you buy a business then you [...]

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Costs to Open a Franchise: How Much Does a Franchise Cost?

Putting Down Financial Roots One of the best ways to ensure personal financial success involves buying and operating a franchise business.  There are literally thousands of opportunities out there in hundreds of different disciplines, and all it takes is commitment, dedication, and cash.  The question prospective franchise owners ask more than any other has to [...]

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The Next Big Trend In Marketing

This is not “brand new” news, but it is news small businesses should be taking note of and considering ways to utilize it for their marketing efforts. Your target market watches television, listens to the radio, observes roadside billboards and building banners, reads newspapers and magazines, reads ads in their email and on the internet… [...]

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Unemployed? How To Apply For Unemployment Benefits

The loss of a job can hurt, especially if you have invested a lot of time into a particular career or a company. However, it is never the end of the world. Many unemployed people find a new passion or decide to shift to a completely different career path, reaping much more satisfaction in return. [...]

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Job Searching? How To Find Your Dream Job

A job is not just a collection of tasks that you have to complete in order to receive a salary. Self-actualization is also very important. The same applies to the job search as well – you are probably not only looking for any job that pays, you also want to find a job that suits [...]

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Does Your Pricing Strategy Prevent Customers From Committing?

Just between you and me, how do you feel about pricing your work? If you’re like many accidental entrepreneurs, pricing is not your favorite topic. Charge too much, and you lose clients. Charge too little, and you can’t earn a living. It doesn’t have to be this way. Charging enough to make a good living [...]

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Why Nice People Should Use Fear To Market Their Work

There’s no mystery about why marketers appeal to fear. Fear mongering works. Before Madison Avenue taught us to fear it, body odor was just a fact of life. Same with gray hair, weeds in the lawn, and dingy whites. Advertising has transformed what were at most minor disappointments or inconveniences into occasions of fear and [...]

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Stop Trying So Hard And Prosper More

The wealthy man is not he who has money, but he who has the means to live in the luxurious state of early spring. ~Anton Chekhov Have you ever had a friend who always seemed to date the wrong people? Often this is the result of a confusion of values and standards. If your friend [...]

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Top 10 Highest Paying Jobs

Have you ever wondered what the highest paying jobs are and how to get them? Finding this out is not very difficult, but we would like to save you some time. Further down in this article, you will find a list of 10 highest paying jobs, along with the most important information and advice on [...]

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Do Your Own Business Valuation – Part 4: Quantifying Business Risks

The basic concept of business value is that the future benefits (return) of owning a company must be adjusted (discounted) for the risks associated with owning the company. The sales or earnings of a company are typically used to represent the benefits (return). Multiples and rates are used to represent the risks. The sales and [...]

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Run Your Business; Don’t Let it Run You

One of the most important principles of being a business owner is to run your business; don’t let it run you. To run your business is to create a vision of what is possible – a vision that’s bigger than doing the day-to-day work associated with your skill or trade. To lead your business is [...]

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