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  • Career Advice from your Future Self

    If you're at mid-life (which I define as anywhere from 30 to 50) and starting to ask deep, existential-level type questions about your job, occupation, and current employment outlook, I invite you to consider the fact that the average lifespan for a healthy adult will allow most of us to have...

  • Growth Doesn’t Have to Equal Inefficiency

    Expanding your business is like a dream come true.  It’s more than you could have hoped for when you started out in a run-down building with patched walls and bars on the window (all you could afford).  Now you’ve got the money to move into a bigger space in a better section of town, hire...

  • The Importance of Packaging for E-Commerce

    When you go to a retail store, you browse through items on a shelf, select what you want, purchase it from a friendly and helpful clerk, and walk away with a bag full of goods. 

    Do you ever stop to look at the cheap plastic bag or plain brown parcel you leave the store with?  ...

  • Breaking the Minnow Mindset, by Barbara Weaver Smith

    Greetings! A Successful Woman invited me to do a 3-part series of guest posts on the topic of overcoming obstacles to a success mindset. So here goes!

    First, a little background. My company, The Whale Hunters LLC, provides consulting and training to other small and mid-sized companies...

  • How to Draft and Refine a Business Plan

    The key to starting your business off on the right foot is a smart and savvy business plan, as any business-school graduate will tell you.  You’ll need it to determine your immediate and short-term course of action, decide if you need investors or partners, and secure the bank loans to get...

  • Five Characteristics of Successful Women

     

    You see them all around you; women succeeding in every avenue of life.  They seem to have direction and know what they’re doing.  They seem busy, satisfied, and put together while you can barely coordinate an outfit.  You wonder how they manage to look so calm and collected when you...

  • Questionnaire for Business Owners

    If you are lucky, one day you too will receive a questionnaire in your in-box asking about your company prefaced with the very flattering "one of my group projects is to interview a successful entrepreneur so that we can do a presentation for the class... I have searched you up on the web...

  • How I Quit my Job to Follow my Dream, by Reg Silva

    Editor's note: The following is about someone who recently quit a profitable job to pursue her dream. I know many of you have this in mind but here are the specific steps she took. Notice her advice that "I just knew if you do something you love, everything else follows." Don't believe in...

  • Family-owned businesses

    I read today about local businesses raising money from their own communities, like through selling "store credit" for $1000 and offering a $500 additional bonus for buying.

    I think this is a great idea.

    We have a family-owned business ourselves and I've often thought about if...

  • Five Ways to Integrate Social Justice into your Business

    Here are five ways to integrate social justice into your company practices. Consider integrating these into your mission statement and encouraging others at your place of work to engage on developing a company-wide social justice mission statement.

    5) Go Green: Commit to...

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