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Document Your Agreements

If I can point to the one thing that probably led to over $1,000,000 worth of mistakes that I've made in my businesses (and I have the debt to prove it), it was that I spent little, if any, time documenting agreements. Documents, records, and...

Saying ‘Yes’ Pays Off

When I moved to Philadelphia a year ago, I was broke—25 years of living in New York, the past five of it as the breadwinner for my family, can do that. Don’t focus on making new friends, I told myself: "Make money" Yet my first move was the...

How to Get Paid

Think sales is the hardest part of running a services business? Wrong. Cashflow is harder. You're entitled to a downpayment. Don't wait until the end of a project to send an invoice. As part of your negotiation and written contract, specify...

The Scoop on Home Office Deductions

Ah, that pesky home-office deduction. For those who work from home, it can be a valuable tax break, but it’s also a tricky one—especially if you own your home. Want to check it out? First, let’s see if you’re eligible.You qualify for the deduction...

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...

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...

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...

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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