Category Archives: Self-Employed

How to Start a Side Business Today: Simplify and Go!

Too much planning is the enemy of action.You know how you get an idea and start planning away, and pretty soon you have a to-do list that’s a mile long? One that seems to mysteriously sprout additional items every time you glance at it?

Well, I think sometimes we make things needlessly complicated. Take starting a side business, for example.

Ask someone how to start a small business, and they’ll probably tell you to start by writing a business plan. So you look up how to do that on Google, and get directed to a 38-slide presentation with many steps and business-y sounding phases like “Company Vision” and “Market Analysis Summary”.

It seems overwhelming, and if you actually do it (which I’ve done before) you’ll find that it’s a whole lot of work. You can spend weeks (or even months!) writing a good business plan. Or a few very long days, if you’re particularly industrious and don’t much need sleep. » Read more

Goodbye, Job!

Words to live byAfter 9+ years with the same employer, this will be my last week at my job.

It’s bittersweet to leave after all this time, but I’m super excited to just be doing my own thing now. Well, now meaning after Friday :)

Maybe I’m a little crazy to quit now, since my husband was just laid off, but in a strange way it seemed like a good time. We can both have a fresh start at the same time. (And I’ve never been one to do things the “normal” way anyway.)

So what will I be doing now? » Read more

Seven Businesses You Can Start for $100 or Less

easy business ideasIf you want to go into business for yourself, you might think you’ll need a lot of money to get started — maybe even a small business loan.

But that’s not necessarily the case.

There are plenty of businesses you can start for little to no money — in some cases just for the cost of getting a business license.

(Always check to see if one is required in your area for the type of business you’re thinking of starting.) » Read more

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