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Turning Your “Personal Brand” Into a Business

With the rise of entrepreneurial powerhouse Marie Forleo and her Digital B School, thousands of women are now building “personal brand” businesses. More than 8,800 entrepreneurs have enrolled in her online business program since she launched...

From Cleaner to Company Owner

When Cheryl Schantz realized her company was making four times what she did for each house she cleaned, and decided to strike out on her own, it was a major Financial Turning Point for her.—and for her three kids. I started having children when I...

Home Office? Check. Deduct it? Hmmmm....

Business owners love to find ways to lower their taxes. But the IRS has lots of finicky rules for home office deductions that make it less appealing than it might seem at first glance. But all that is about to change. The IRS has announced a new...

Best Friends in Business

Would you start a business with your best friend? It’s tempting. You see eye-to-eye on so many things—maybe you even share a passion for a business idea.But is it worth the risk of losing your shirt, your BFF—or both?  Laura Loving and April...

The #1 Tax Problem You Don't Want

Whether you’re raking in big profits or your business is in its infancy, you must keep your business and personal finances separate—for tax purposes and two other important reasons. First, in order to grow your company (and not get tripped up by...

Flying Solo: Can a Nervous Nellie Be a Freelancer?

I’m the last person you’d imagine striking out on her own. I’ve always liked the camaraderie of having like-minded colleagues, the comfort of getting a paycheck every two weeks, and funding my retirement with a 401k. Need I add that I’m extremely...

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...

Flying solo: The financial side of Freelancing

So far, I’ve been amazed (and a little unprepared) for all the tiny and not-so-tiny things it takes to start even a low-overhead, one-person enterprise like mine. In the past two or so months, I’ve had to:1)   Research and buy a new printer and...

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