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Secrets of a Power Mompreneur

Eleven years ago, Erin Condren learned she was pregnant—with twins.  Instead of collapsing after the babies fell asleep, Condren, now 43, devoted her nights to designing and producing a customized stationery line, and eventually a line of...

How Much Should You Pay Yourself?

Three CreateWorth readers reveal what they pay themselves and why. Joselle Ho, Miso MediaSalary: My two co-founders and I each make $65,000-$70,000. We started when we went from bootstrapped to funded, a year and a half in Take-Home: It's every...

A (Two) Case Study of SBA Loans

If you can’t get a bank loan, is an SBA (Small Business Administration) loan the answer? Five years ago, Kristin Heaton Peabody needed $236,000 to start Hiatus Spa, while Lauren Milligan needed $25,000 to boost her eight-year-old business,...

Does Your Business Model Make Cents?

Can you explain how your business makes money? Not just what you sell, and how much money you could make, but how your revenue minus expenses can create a meaningful margin. If you're scratching your head, here are two sample Excel financial...

Proper Prep for Time Off

The holidays demand that even small biz owners take some time off. Here, three smart ways to prep for a seasonal break, courtesy of small business coach Tara Gentile’s ScoutieGirl site and contributor Alicia Parsons. Alert clients. Besides...

Source Opportunities on the Street

Potential customers are everywhere—are you talking to enough strangers? Make a New Year’s resolution to start now—and keep it up in 2013. You don't just have to go to conferences to network and grow your business.  When I was in web development,...

One Writer's Self-Pub Secrets

In 2007, Karen O’Lone Hahn wrote, illustrated, and self-published her first children’s book, "Millicent and the Faraway Moon.” The book features a cow who learns that she can accomplish great things when she stops listening to the voices inside...

Two Things About Hiring

One key to growing a business is the ability to delegate. If you’re attached to doing everything yourself, you’ll be too stressed out to run the company. You need to play to your strengths—and hire other people to do what you’re not great at. In...

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