Following a number of years in the insurance industry, five years ago I left my job to have a child and be a stay-at-home mom. Now that my son is beginning school, rather than returning to work, I’m thinking about starting a business. What advice can you offer? Read more...
Steve Strauss, founder of www.theselfemployed.com, reminisces of an era when women were forced to choose between family and business and praises mompreneurs who now juggle both.
Q: My wife is both a terrific mom and a terrific businesswoman. So on this Mother’s Day, I would just like to say thank you to her, and to all of the great moms out there who juggle life and business.
Portland, Oregon business owners Carol Ellis and Serge Ouattara discuss how they've made their venture, Tré Bone, prosper and expand despite ending their marriage. SCORE Portland helped the pair develop a solid business plan, replicate that model in a second location and obtain financing.
“Serge had a viable business model and a good track record,” says Joanna Mehaffey, a West Coast Bank vice president. “I was also aware that Serge had worked with SCORE, which can be a very helpful tool for business owners.”
Q: My wife convinced me to hire her nephew. He did a good job for us – until he started dating my assistant. They broke up last month. Now there is tension in the air, he’s heartbroken, he’s not concentrating at work, and he is missing work. But how do I fire him without getting divorced? Help!
Like many, I’ve been a victim of the recession. My family has suggested I consider starting my own business, but I’m not sure whether I’m cut out to do that. What does it take to be a successful entrepreneur? Read more.....
Barry Moltz of BarryMoltz.com offers 25 tips for getting your business "unstuck."
1. Merge your business and professional life, but find an oasis where business never enters daily.
2. Build a business that navigates your “Passion to Pain.” Be able to describe in one sentence what pain your business solves and who has the money to solve that pain.
3. Build a method to systematically stay in touch with your clients, prospects, influencers and connectors on a weekly basis.
4. Each day, pick one critical success factor that you must get done to move your business forward.
Steve Strauss, founder of www.theselfemployed.com, explains why so many people choose the self employment route and why it may be right for you.
Q: Hey Steve, I have a friend who has been unemployed for about two years. His unemployment insurance is about to run out and he has this kooky plan now to go the self-employment route. I have tried to explain to him that this is no time to start a business. He won’t listen to me. He likes your column – can you steer him on the right path. Thanks, Jerry
Small Business expert Rieva Lesonsky shares her experience and insights on balancing the demands of home, family and work life.
By Rieva Lesonsky
Truthfully, I don’t believe that work/life balance is possible—especially for small business owners. And when you’re passionate about your business, if it’s more than just a paycheck, it’s easier to accept this and enjoy the ride.