Business & Entrepreneurs / Small Business & Entrepreneurship

  • Is it smart to use retirement accounts to fund a new business?

      

    I love helping entrepreneurs set purposeful goals for their new companies. And because they are often doing things that are new to them, they need encouragement too. This is why I frequently...

  • 7 ways small business owners can reduce their tax bill

      

    It’s been said that small business owners are the only people who will work 80 hours a week so no one can make them work 40. No doubt, running your own business is demanding, but it...

  • Should you go into business with a best friend?

      

    Are you planning to start a business with a friend or family member? If so, you are in good company. About half of all startups today are organized among friends, family members or spouses. It...

  • How much does your credit score matter as a new business owner?

      

    When prospective entrepreneurs ask me what they can do before they start their business to increase their chances of success, cleaning up personal credit is always on my list of...

  • 6 elements of a successful fundraising campaign letter

      

    I recently helped a friend compose a fundraising letter for an Indiegogo campaign she and her husband started. The couple is seeking $15,000 to help fund an alternative therapy they believe will...

  • 5 great ways to make money for Christmas

      

    No matter how hard you try to avoid gift giving altogether, one or two people on your list are probably a must. Or, maybe you just want to take advantage of the great holiday sales for...

  • The voters speak: Raise the minimum wage!

      

    Can you support a family on the federal minimum wage? Voters in Arizona, Colorado and Maine think they know the answer...and it is a resounding no! Read more: 8 ways to fight back against lower...

  • 5 tips for launching a startup when you're strapped for cash

      

    You don't need a lot of capital to start a business. "Ultra-light startups" are a category of new businesses that let entrepreneurs use the power of the Internet to get started on...

  • Free and cheap retirement plan options for small businesses

      

    Saving money for retirement is easy if you work for a giant corporation. They have 401(k) plans that are generally pretty simple to enroll in and could even be set up with low-cost providers....

  • 8 things to consider before working for yourself

      

    Ready to give up on corporate America yet? Maybe you've thought about striking out on your own as an entrepreneur and becoming your own boss. But before you do that, heed this advice to...

  • How to disaster proof your small business

      

    Forest fires, hurricanes, storms, earthquakes and landslides can have a detrimental impact on your business. Officials say the recent flooding in Louisiana has likely affected 80,000 homes...

  • 8-year-old opens bakery in hopes of buying his mom a new house

      

    A California boy has opened a home bakery with an ambitious goal in mind: to earn enough money to buy his mother a new house. "I just want one that me and my mom can be happy in,"...

  • How Pokémon Go can benefit your business (and make you more money!)

      

    Over the last several weeks, the augmented reality smartphone game Pokémon Go has become all the rage. If you've seen people, especially teens and twenty-somethings looking at...

  • Financing your startup with home equity: Smart or crazy?

      

    Who are the big idea innovators in the startup world these days? Is it the fearless 20-year olds? Not so much. Actually, the majority of new business owners are innovators who are over the age...

  • Insuring a home-based business: What you need to know

      

    Today there are about 8 million business owners who operate their companies from their homes. These savvy individuals are not just startup entrepreneurs who are waiting to get enough funding or...