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Six Real-Life Lessons in Crisis Management

Every business goes through its ups and downs. There may be office politics, cash flow issues or staffing challenges — issues that are tough, but manageable. When a true disaster or crisis strikes, though, it can sometimes be the breaking point. ...

Self-employed? How to Be Your Own Best Boss

I’m preparing to leave my job because I’ve built a successful business on the side. Having been self-employed previously, I have fears of reverting back to unproductive habits and having a lack of focus. Also I know I’m going to miss the social...

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Six steps to starting your own small business

Ask an Advisor: What Is Self-Employment Tax?

What is self-employment tax, and how do I figure out how much I owe? The self-employment tax, aka the SE or SECA (Self-Employment Contributions Act) tax, is essentially the same as the FICA tax that is paid by employers and employees for Social...

I Went From Stealing Food to Making Six Figures

If it all went according to my parents’ perfect plan, I would’ve been riding horses, living in boarding schools, spending summers at overnight camps and, one day, working as a lawyer, just like my dad. But at 5 years old, my destiny for this...

Why You Should Offer Your Employees a 401(k)

When you’re self-employed, nobody is saving for your retirement except, hopefully, you. (And as a freelancer, I’m right there with you.) But if you have employees, one of the most valuable benefits you can offer them will also provide you with a...

How We Turned Our Passions Into Profits

Wouldn’t it be nice to get up every day knowing that you’re doing work that really matters — something you’re truly passionate about? Unfortunately, new statistics released from Gallup indicate that not many people feel that way: Only 13 percent...

Phones Are for Talking, Too

If you want to get something done quickly and accurately, there’s still no better business tool than the telephone. Email is a waiting game. No matter how many times I click the send/receive button, I cannot pull a response through the ether....

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