SHOWING ARTICLES TAGGED WITH Business Planning

The time has never been better to freelance or start a small business—if you’re truly ready to go solo.

How To Go From Employee to Entrepreneur With Confidence

The time has never been better to freelance or start a small business—if you’re truly ready to go solo.

by Kara Baskin

Ditch the filters, prize authenticity and stay fluid and look within. Here’s how.

4 Ways To Transform Yourself Into a Brand That Compels

Ditch the filters, prize authenticity and stay fluid and look within. Here’s how.

by Kara Baskin

You’ve launched your own business. Now there’s someone you’d absolutely love to hire—and you don’t have much money. What to do?

Hiring Employees Spectacularly on a Shoestring Budget

You’ve launched your own business. Now there’s someone you’d absolutely love to hire—and you don’t have much money. What to do?

by Kara Baskin

Bringing joy—and keeping an eye on the bottom line—is the recipe for success.

How a Passion for Flowers Blossomed Into a Business

Bringing joy—and keeping an eye on the bottom line—is the recipe for success.

by Kara Baskin

Do you yearn for your own gig, but can’t leave your day job. Here’s how to have it all.

Balance Your Career With a Fulfilling Side Gig

Do you yearn for your own gig, but can’t leave your day job. Here’s how to have it all.

by Kara Baskin

From doing the books to keeping your mind in the game, these web-based services can help you run your career.

7 Great Online Tools for Freelancers

From doing the books to keeping your mind in the game, these web-based services can help you run your career.

by Kara Baskin

  You can raise the level of your work simply by how you regard your role.

Think Like a Business Owner (Not a Freelancer)

You can raise the level of your work simply by how you regard your role.

by Kara Baskin

How working for myself destroyed my personal style, then taught me anew to be fashionable.

My Journey Away From Fashion and Back

How working for myself destroyed my personal style, then taught me anew to be fashionable.

by Kara Baskin

 Got a client who’s constantly changing the rules or always demanding more? Here’s how to cut the cord.

How To Break Up With a Soul-Draining Client

Got a client who’s constantly changing the rules or always demanding more? Here’s how to cut the cord.

by Kara Baskin

 Letting someone go is professional, not personal. Here’s how to do the job right.

What Leaders Know About Firing Someone

Letting someone go is professional, not personal. Here’s how to do the job right.

by Kara Baskin

Be successful—never smarmy—in publicizing your business, by employing the 80/20 rule.

The Strategic Art of Self-Promotion

Be successful—never smarmy—in publicizing your business, by employing the 80/20 rule.

by Kara Baskin

 An entrepreneurship expert talks ethics and expediency.

Should You Poach Clients From Your Old Company?

An entrepreneurship expert talks ethics and expediency.

by Kara Baskin

Look for intuition and integrity—and these 4 other guideposts—to make the best choice.

How to Hire an Assistant Who Will Make Your Business Grow

Look for intuition and integrity—and these 4 other guideposts—to make the best choice.

by Kara Baskin

 If you don’t have the money for the staff you need, it’s time to get creative. Check out this 6-point plan.

Hire Brilliantly on a Start-Up Budget

If you don’t have the money for the staff you need, it’s time to get creative. Check out this 6-point plan.

by Kara Baskin

How to say no with tact and grace

The Liberation of Setting Boundaries

How to say no with tact and grace

by Kara Baskin

  Do you have these 7 types of friends in your life? You should

How Friends Help You Succeed

Do you have these 7 types of friends in your life? You should

by Kara Baskin

Sometimes, taking less than top dollar can pay off

6 Times When It’s Okay To Lowball Yourself

Sometimes, taking less than top dollar can pay off

by Kara Baskin

How to tell whether to quash those fears, or listen to them

What Entrepreneurial Anxiety Really Means

How to tell whether to quash those fears, or listen to them

by Kara Baskin

 Know where to find the resources you need to vet your idea before you invest

ABCs of Starting Your Own Business

Know where to find the resources you need to vet your idea before you invest

by Kara Baskin

If you dream of slipping the bonds binding you to the business you built, you have to learn to delegate—and trust

Risky Business: Who’s in Charge When You Step Away?

If you dream of slipping the bonds binding you to the business you built, you have to learn to delegate—and trust

by Kara Baskin

Writing is a dream of many; here are the four essentials to making it your reality

Do You Have a Book in You?

Writing is a dream of many; here are the four essentials to making it your reality

by Kara Baskin

Are you intuitive? An introvert? A concrete thinker? Do you have what it takes to become an entrepreneur?

Find the Dream Business To Match Your Personality

Are you intuitive? An introvert? A concrete thinker? Do you have what it takes to become an entrepreneur?

by Kara Baskin

 Don’t love your job? Can’t escape it either? Try this

5 Steps To Liking Your Job a Little More

Don’t love your job? Can’t escape it either? Try this

by Kara Baskin

 The pros and cons of running a family business, from a founder of Stonyfield Farm

For Better or Worse, and Also For Lunch

The pros and cons of running a family business, from a founder of Stonyfield Farm

by Kara Baskin

Whether you’re starting a new venture or just landed a great job, you want the right team to back your play

Recruit Colleagues for Your Success

Whether you’re starting a new venture or just landed a great job, you want the right team to back your play

by Kara Baskin

 Six simple steps to see if it’s the right field for your second act

Financial Planning: the Next Great Career for You?

Six simple steps to see if it’s the right field for your second act

by Sarah Mahoney

Bezos and Brin did it. You can, too

No Space Too Small! Starting a Business at Home

Bezos and Brin did it. You can, too

by Kara Baskin

  Doing good can make you feel great, as long as you look before you leap

6 Things to Know Before Launching a Nonprofit

Doing good can make you feel great, as long as you look before you leap

by Kara Baskin

Make these the first five steps of your journey to success

Launching Your Own Business: What You Need to Know

Make these the first five steps of your journey to success

Let’s get practical! Do these ten things first

Start-Up Checklist: Everything You Need to Start Your New Business

Let’s get practical! Do these ten things first

by Julie Bawden-Davis

  Here’s advice from a true expert, who’s worked with her husband for more than a decade

Love, Inc.: What to Know Before Working With Your Spouse

Here’s advice from a true expert, who’s worked with her husband for more than a decade

by Kara Baskin

How to rethink your sales and marketing campaign.

”My online program isn’t selling!”

How to rethink your sales and marketing campaign.

by Kathy Caprino

Get active not passive, and invite emotion to the table, says a best-selling business writer

Conversations That Foster Change

Get active not passive, and invite emotion to the table, says a best-selling business writer

by Kara Baskin

Starting a business at midlife means you need to move not just smartly, but fast. Here’s how

Short Horizon, Part 2: Fast Track Your Business

Starting a business at midlife means you need to move not just smartly, but fast. Here’s how

by Eilene Zimmerman

Yearning to be your own boss? Here’s what to think about first

Short Horizon, Part 1: Launching a Business at Midlife

Yearning to be your own boss? Here’s what to think about first

by Eilene Zimmerman

The competition can be fierce to sign on with an accelerator, but for the right kind of business, it’s worth the fight.

Can an Accelerator Spark Your Startup?

The competition can be fierce to sign on with an accelerator, but for the right kind of business, it’s worth the fight.

by Kate Ashford

A new book from Encore helps you vet your idea – and figure out whether being your own boss is the right step for you.

Want to Be an Entrepreneur? 4 Things You Must Know

A new book from Encore helps you vet your idea – and figure out whether being your own boss is the right step for you.

by Susan Crandell

How one couple started a nonprofit at midlife. Listen and learn.

Case Study: Launching an Art Film Theater

How one couple started a nonprofit at midlife. Listen and learn.

by Susan Crandell

It’s the biggest question would-be entrepreneurs face. How much can I make as my own boss? Here’s how to run the numbers.

How to Start a Business--and Still Eat

It’s the biggest question would-be entrepreneurs face. How much can I make as my own boss? Here’s how to run the numbers.

by Elaine Pofeldt

How to detect dishonesty and keep your venture out of trouble.

Danger! A Dishonest Client Can Derail Your Business

How to detect dishonesty and keep your venture out of trouble.

by Elaine Pofeldt

The dos and don’ts, the ins and outs, of financing your venture online.

Crowdfunding: Is It for You?

The dos and don’ts, the ins and outs, of financing your venture online.

by Victoria Stefanakos

Following your market, and turning on a dime, can spell success for a new business.

How to Pivot Like a Silicon Valley Wizard

Following your market, and turning on a dime, can spell success for a new business.

by Elaine Pofeldt

“I flit from idea to idea. How can I sharpen my focus?”

by Bassam Tarazi

Moving from job to job? It’s a critical time to review your own bottom line.

Financial Checklist for Job Changers

Moving from job to job? It’s a critical time to review your own bottom line.

by Victoria Stefanakos

Oh no! One of your good employees just quit.

Are You Making the Right Moves to Keep Your Key Employees?

Oh no! One of your good employees just quit.

by Gene Marks

Don’t be a victim of investment fraud. Learn to spot these five red flags, reports<em>The Fiscal Times</em>

Is Your Financial Adviser Funding Your Dream—Or His Own?

Don’t be a victim of investment fraud. Learn to spot these five red flags, reportsThe Fiscal Times

by Marine Cole

Asking the right questions will land you the best firm to get your message out and your sales up.

How to Hire a Publicist for Your Small Business

Asking the right questions will land you the best firm to get your message out and your sales up.

by Douglas Quenqua

Angel Cartagena wanted to work for himself, with the support of a national chain. He chose well and his store is thriving

Secrets of a Successful Franchise

Angel Cartagena wanted to work for himself, with the support of a national chain. He chose well and his store is thriving

by Elaine Pofeldt

Are you financially ready for self employment?

by Elizabeth MacBride

4 ways to inspire confidence among your customers and clients.

How To Make Your Small Business Look Bigger

4 ways to inspire confidence among your customers and clients.

by Douglas Quenqua

Business owners reveal the rules for bringing a son or daughter into the company.

Big Question for the Family Biz: Should You Hire Your Kid?

Business owners reveal the rules for bringing a son or daughter into the company.

by Larry Dobrow

 Inspiration is essential, but so are the right guiding principles

Core Beliefs That Drive Success

Inspiration is essential, but so are the right guiding principles

by Elizabeth MacBride

 Here-now, gone-tomorrow retail space is an economical way to test-drive your idea

Exploring a Biz Idea? Try a Pop-up Store

Here-now, gone-tomorrow retail space is an economical way to test-drive your idea

by Joan Voight

 Becoming an entrepreneur means shedding more than your suit

How Big Company Thinking Can Doom Your Start-Up

Becoming an entrepreneur means shedding more than your suit

by Elaine Pofeldt

An LLC can limit liability and offer flexibility for taxes. Is it right for you?

Forming An LLC? 5 Questions To Ask

An LLC can limit liability and offer flexibility for taxes. Is it right for you?

by Elizabeth MacBride

Under the Tuscan Sun, Two Expats Bring Their Harvest Home

Striking Oil

Under the Tuscan Sun, Two Expats Bring Their Harvest Home

by Janice Holly Booth

8 steps to a brighter future.

“Can I prepare for career change in my spare time?”

8 steps to a brighter future.

by Kathy Caprino

How you approach your reinvention depends on what kind of person you are – but experts agree that everyone should look before they leap.

Part 1: With Resolutions What Comes First: The Goal or the Game Plan?

How you approach your reinvention depends on what kind of person you are – but experts agree that everyone should look before they leap.

by Gwen Moran

How one couple transplanted their business to a calmer, more affordable place.

Fleeing Silicon Valley for a Saner Lifestyle

How one couple transplanted their business to a calmer, more affordable place.

by Sarah Mahoney

Small business coach Ronna Lichtenberg says the answer is focus, focus, focus.

“How do I grow my personal services business?”

Small business coach Ronna Lichtenberg says the answer is focus, focus, focus.

by Ronna Lichtenberg

5 Things to Do Before You Do Something Crazy

“Get Me Out of Here!”

5 Things to Do Before You Do Something Crazy

by Kathryn Sollmann

The smartest business owners keep overhead low and conserve cash even when things are good

4 Reasons Why Your Overhead Is Too High

The smartest business owners keep overhead low and conserve cash even when things are good

by Gene Marks

When you work for yourself, saving for later can be especially tough. These 5 tips can keep you on track.

The Secret of Saving for Retirement

When you work for yourself, saving for later can be especially tough. These 5 tips can keep you on track.

by Elizabeth MacBride

Can you keep every important detail about your customers in your head?

You Don’t Need A Customer Relationship Management System (CRM), Right?

Can you keep every important detail about your customers in your head?

by Gene Marks

Who knew photo decals could generate seven figure annual sales. Learn from this entrepreneur’s story.

$1,000,000 One-Person Business: Wallmonkeys

Who knew photo decals could generate seven figure annual sales. Learn from this entrepreneur’s story.

by Elaine Pofeldt