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In this Greatland webinar, USA TODAY columnist and host of TheSelfEmployed.com, Steve Strauss will examine some of the most important changes coming down the pike next year.   From the implementation of Obamacare (the Affordable Care Act), to 1099 and W-2 Rules, from social media to
Can You Run Your Business Without Technology? Have you thought about how your business would survive something simple like a power outage, an internet outage, server down, or god forbid a large scale disaster like wildfires or floods? Planning for long-time or large-scale disasters is a function of disaster recovery planning. This article
I love running a small business.  Even with the challenges that women in business can face, there is something incredibly satisfying about watching an idea go from conception to reality when  nurtured with hard work, focused determination, and passion. Given that my business, Dog is
With Halloween approaching, I have already begun preparing my masks and costume ideas.  For every party and every occasion, I'll need an appropriate mask and cloak; one that will mark the event with the right amount of appeal without distastefully revealing too much of myself. Oh
Once you move beyond the early stages of your start-up, when you’ve validated the business concept, researched the industry, created a basic company structure, and developed a sound business plan, it is time to think about your company’s operations and logistics – the details of
With the official start of fall just a few days away, I think we can all agree that no matter what the thermometer outside reads, summer is really over. The kids have gone back to school—and maybe your business should do the same. Every business owner—and his or her employees
HOW TO: 7 Easy Ways To Improve The Way Your Company Works At my last 9-to-5 job, every time I thought differently from my supervisors and managers about a problem we faced, I wrote down what bothered me and how I would do it differently given the opportunity. Before long, I had a huge spiral notebook filled with ideas. I realized that all these “
HOW TO: 4 Simple Ideas for a More Productive Company When I was in college, I spent one summer interning at a very successful insurance and financial planning brokerage. After getting a tour of the company, which spanned two entire floors in Midtown, I met the general agent (essentially the CEO and owner of the firm). I said to him, “Wow. You
What if your business dashboard looked like this? Would you have any idea where to look first? How one gauge affected another? Whether you were, in fact, getting to your destination? Sadly in this day of numbers overload, we often drive our businesses based on a plethora of vanity metrics
If you are a small business owner, truer words have never been spoken. When I first began giving seminars to the public, I wanted to undercut my competition and give my audience more content. So I did. Big mistake. What I didn’t factor in was the cost of the details. We all know that

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