Articles on Entrepreneurship

How Taking a Sabbatical Can Help Your Business

It seems counter-intuitive for us to take (what some may see as) excessive time off from our businesses in order to prosper and grow. But it works.

4 Reasons to Cut Hours, Not Wages

In the midst of the economic downturn earlier this year, I spoke with an operations manager who had received a mandate from his boss to trim payroll costs. He considered reducin

Gift-Giving Ideas That Can Change Lives

Giving a gift that doesn't suck is not easy. Instead of focusing on the same old gift ideas, how about trying something that has the potential to change the person's life? It can b

Okay, I’m Plugged In: But What If I Don’t Want to Be?

Social media has become a viable means for marketing businesses and making connections with customers. But what if you don’t want to be plugged in all the time? What if you just

Forget the Phonebook: 3 Local Marketing Initiatives With Higher ROIs

Even though few people use the phonebook to find local business these days, in an ironic twist, advertising in the phonebook has become more expensive. Small business can boost

Cardmember Profile: Alyssa Dver, Chief Executive of Mint Green Marketing

Recognized by BusinessWeek as one of 2007’s eight female entrepreneurs to watch, Alyssa Dver is the Chief Executive of Mint Green Marketing and the author of "No Time Marketing.

How to Generate Product Sales Without Inventory

Having the right inventory at the right time in the right place at the right price is the mantra of large-scale retailers with deep pockets for forecasting systems, planning ana

5 Ways to Stay Profitable in Changing Times

A few weeks ago, after enduring a major rainstorm during a cycling training event, I accepted a ride back to my starting point at a local bicycle shop. The shuttle driver happen

Interview with "The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur" Mike Michalowicz

Mike Michalowicz knows what it means to start something from nothing. We get inside the business mind of the Toilet Paper Entrepreneur to find out how you can actually have an a

3 Technologies That Help Stay-At-Home Moms Build an Online Business

It takes a certain amount of perseverance and creativity to mesh your personal and professional life. While Moms have moved beyond the days of working in their pajamas and scheduli

How to Preserve Critical Vendor Relationships

Monitoring cash balances is essential and withholding payments until the last moment may be necessary, but be careful: being slow to pay  may alienate you from vendors.

Book Review: Becoming a Category of One Second Edition by Joe Calloway

In Becoming a Category of One, business consultant Joe Calloway writes about how companies can successfully beat their competition by creating their own category of business and be

10 Ways to Make Money for the MySpace Generation

I can recall thinking that the internet was all fun to play with, but I didn’t see the big picture of how it would so drastically change the world that we live in. Luckily, all the

17 Resources to Improve Your Small Business

Improving your business is critical to staying afloat and growing. Here are some resources out there that will sharpen your skills, improve your offerings and allow you to grow you

101 Small Business Mistakes (and What You Can Learn From Them)

Let's be honest: running a small business is not an easy task. And even the most successful business owners have had their fair share of blunders. Here are some of the biggest mist

Small Business Profile: Stefanie Michaels (Adventure Girl)

Former swimwear model Stefanie Michaels, known to her fans as “Adventure Girl”, is the ultimate travel expert. Millions of fans visit to follow Stefanie as she

How and Why a Business Plan Can Make a Difference

We have all heard that the business plan is the foundation for every business, and we may try to do one by going through the motions. But until we truly embrace the business pla

10 Small Businesses That Are Free or Cost Little to Start Up

Rather than face an untimely layoff, why not join millions of savvy entrepreneurs and start a business of your own? Here’s how someone with no capital can create their own schedule

10 Myths About Employee Incentive Programs

Employee incentive programs are popular, if only because they are prolific. Though conventional wisdom tells us otherwise, many will argue that these programs are not just ineffect

One Talent, Multiple Streams of Income

Wondering how to use creative talents to pay the bills now and build for retirement later? Last week, I spoke with Texas wildflower artist Linda Calvert Jacobson about what works f