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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...

How Much is That ‘A’ Worth?

When I was in elementary school, I’d excitedly count down the days until I got my next report card, anxious to make sure I’d gotten an ‘A’ in each and every one. But not because I was one of those naturally straight-A kids: I got paid. Instead of...

Must-Knows When Hiring a VA

Virtual assistants (VAs) are no longer considered off-site secretaries. Today’s VAs do everything from event planning and graphic design to managing blogs and websites.   Here, four things to do before you hire one:   1. Meet (or do a video chat)...

Why You Need a Business Headshot

Not like this. To riff on an old cliché, a picture can be worth a thousand bucks. Or some significant media exposure. Or an invitation to speak at a major conference. I had no idea how powerful a headshot could be until I launched an online...

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,...

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...

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...

How to Pick the Right Adviser

It’s fall. The car needs an oil change. And you’re having that get-a-grip-on-my-money moment. Item #1: You need a financial adviser, but how do you choose the right qualifications? If you need a big-picture, long-term plan: CFP: A certified...

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