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When Working for Myself Lost Its Glamour

I always knew I’d become a writer. My eyes were somewhat starry. I thought I’d get a journalism degree, graduate, and immediately become Carrie Bradshaw. The reality was that right out of college, I landed a job copy editing at an educational...

Stop Comparing Yourself to the Competition

I’ve had the same group of friends since middle school. We are a pack of 14 — if you can believe that. And it is them I blame for my lack of education on the topic of competition in business, especially when it comes to female rivalry. After I...

The Downside of Working for Yourself

In 2008, I was laid off from my job as a paralegal. The economy was tanking and there were no future job prospects in sight. I moved back in with my parents and returned to my college gig: waiting tables. I worked at that restaurant for a year...

How I Balance Business Travel and Family

“Just wait until you become a mom.” Critics thought it premature for me to have and voice opinions about stay-at-home parenting before becoming a mother. Indeed, midway through my pregnancy I shared several reasons why, in our family, quitting...

How to Convince People to Give You Money

Unless you’re willing to bootstrap your business and fund it yourself, any entrepreneur looking to start a new venture will be on the lookout for investors. You’ll need to find investors who trust you, believe in your vision, and can write the...

6 Ways to Stand Out at a Conference

People go to conferences for various reasons: gaining knowledge and insight, seeing a new city, having an adventure, impressing their boss, scoring a trip away from their children paid for by the company. And, of course, networking. Naturally,...

How to Host a Conference — With No Money

Events have been the core of my career — and have saved my butt more than once. When I was running my first company, an Internet marketing firm, I spent a lot of time sitting in my office losing money. It was cute that I was sending out press...

7 Steps to Turning Your Personal Brand Into a Business

I remember the day I decided to leave my position as the Miami editor of Refinery29. If you’re an on-the-rise online editor, you don’t just leave a job with Refinery29 — especially just a few months after accepting the gig. Some young women would...

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