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Move Your Dream Forward. By Thinking Backward

We human beings tend to be linear, forward-thinking creatures. We put one foot in front of the other and push ahead, facing the world. But when you’re dealing with a big endeavor—like launching your own business or a big consulting...

Must-Knows When Hiring a VA

Virtual assistants (VAs) are no longer considered off-site secretaries. Today’s VAs do everything from event planning and graphic design to managing blogs and websites.   Here, four things to do before you hire one:   1. Meet (or do a video chat)...

How She Raised $260,000 On Kickstarter

We spoke with Debra Sterling, creator of Goldieblox, a new engineering toy for girls. Sterling has raised over $260,000 (and counting) on Kickstarter.Academics (and sometimes parents) often wring their hands about how girls seem to drift away...

Tips for Going Retail

Bag from Kaela Designs   How do you make that retail leap from selling your product on Etsy to having it carried in over a dozen boutiques? Ask the founders of Kaela Designs. Two years after the mother-daughter team launched their line of...

Know Your Clients: A Gold Mine

Amanda Steinberg asks Ramit Sethi, founder of I Will Teach You to Be Rich, about creating a profitable customer base. Why don’t more people start businesses? Most people spend their time on fake business work, like creating a website, getting on...

The Best of the Web for Websites

Original Twitter Concept | Photo Source: jackdorsey's photostream on Flickr Apparently, there's this thing called a website and your business needs one. Here are a few ways to build a great site at minimal expense. Your designer will love you if...

Do You Need to Like Your Employees?

Opposites attract. We accept this idea in dating, but in business, too, you need people who balance you out. Just ask these three entrepreneurs. April Rietjens Sedall, Personal Office Management “When we realized our more tech-savvy clients...

Rx for a Rusty Rolodex

Before I had kids, you could find me at any number of events, from business conferences like Social Venture Network to arts festivals like Burning Man. Then mommyhood happened, and my conference-hopping vanished in a puff of baby powder. Until...

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