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5 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Built My Brand

Last August I launched a blog. Why? Well, why not. I’m a writer, and writers have blogs. Today, every serious writer needs a blog and I didn’t have one. So, after breaking up with my boyfriend and facing lonely weekends, I decided to fill the...

Are You Google-Proof?

Let’s face it: Branding is no longer the domain of businesses and organizations. Today, every individual has an online brand — whether proactively self-cultivated or not. This online brand (a.k.a. your digital footprint) is composed of everything...

The Right Way to Ask for a Raise

Renise Alexander, a 26-year-old sales associate in Virginia, was convinced she deserved a pay bump after achieving her earnings quota for the year — several months ahead of schedule. But, to her dismay, the raise never arrived.  “Sales is a hard...

How to Hook a Brilliant Business Mentor

I imagine this place called The Startup Forest. Sometimes there are blue skies and sunshine, but other times, it can be dark and scary. There are most definitely paths through the Forest — if only you know how to find them. As I interviewed...

Tired of Working for Someone Else?

Six steps to starting your own small business

Two Questions to Ask Before Your Next Career Move

I've been a stay-at-home mom for 10 years. Now that my children are getting a little older, I’ve found I can handle a job and a home. I've been on our school's executive board as a fundraising chair for two years. (The first year, we raised...

Finding Gratitude in Unexpected Places

How to turn career setbacks and disappointments into advantages.

You Could be a Better Manager. Here's How.

As a workplace advice columnist, management consultant and former chief of staff for a successful nonprofit, I’ve witnessed a lot of managers who struggled to transition from being part of a team to effectively managing one. In fact, one of the...

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