Small Business

Become a More Powerful Negotiator

Running your own business involves endless negotiations, from investor pitches to employee salaries. While research shows that women in the workplace tend to negotiate far less often than their male counterparts, a new study found that women face...

11 Ways Women Are Growing the Economy

We talk a lot about wage disparity, workplace boys’ clubs, and the confidence gap that hinders female investors. All important issues. But here are equally important facts: Women are starting companies at an unprecedented rate, increasingly...

6 Questions to Ask When a Large Retailer Approaches Your Artisanal Business

If you’re an entrepreneur creating handmade items or artisanal food products, being approached by a large retailer can seem like the perfect opportunity to grow. Big retailers are increasingly looking to small makers to meet consumer demand for...

Run Your Business Like Beyoncé

Beyoncé Knowles-Carter is at the helm of an international brand. She’s sold 75 million albums as a solo artist, won 17 Grammys and has an estimated net worth of $350 million. No surprise she secured the top spot on Forbes’ 2014 “World’s Most...

Is it Ever Smart to Slow Down Your Business?

I was 22, knee-deep in thesis research on a remote Caribbean island, when late one night a new friend asked a question that struck me: “When do you feel most alive?” A handful of experiences immediately came to mind: running with fire in my feet....

The One Group Every Entrepreneur Needs to Join

In the past, 8 am on a Monday would include my to-do list rapidly growing out of control. It would be filled with little stuff (reconcile this month’s accounts, follow-up emails), big stuff (mock up wireframes for new site, pursue new...

Should I Grow My Business or Sell it for Financial Stability?

I am entering a new chapter in my life. My youngest daughter is off to college in the fall and my oldest will be graduating in December. For the past five years I’ve been able to work part time or from home, most recently with a home-based...

Define (and Refine) Your Business Message

In the early stages, most entrepreneurs may still not be clear about who they are trying to reach and how to speak compellingly about their business. Owners may not notice this disconnect at first because customers somehow manage to come through...

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