Topic: entrepreneurs

How To Self-Publish An eBook

How To Self-Publish An eBook

About a year ago, I finally decided that it was time to quit dreaming and start writing fiction. As with most of my endeavors, I learned as I went: I honed my writing skills, and learned how to edit my own work as well as utilize graphics programs, such as Photoshop and Gimp. Eventually, I published my own ebook. More »

8 Signs You Need An Assistant

8 Signs You Need An Assistant

When you’re just launching a business, no one blinks an eye if you’re balancing your own books, cleaning the office bathrooms or taking packages to the post office yourself. But the day will come when you’re going to need some help. Because no one’s ever been able to squeeze more than 24 hours out of a day, and your hours are literally too valuable to waste on small stuff. More »

Why Can’t More Millionaires Be Like Dave Gold?

Why Can't More Millionaires Be Like Dave Gold?

Let’s be honest: A lot of rich guys sound awful. They’re reclusive (Howard Hughes) or partisan (the Koch brothers and George Soros) or extravagantly out of touch (Larry Ellison, docking his yacht a block away from homeless encampments). That’s why the obituary for the founder of the the billion-dollar 99 Cents Only chain is so refreshing: He was married to the same woman for 55 years, he drove a Prius he bought 13 years ago, and had lived in the same modest house for five decades. Delightfully, the modest mogul’s name was Dave Gold. More »

5 Best Side Business Ideas For College Students

5 Best Side Business Ideas For College Students

In the wake of the global recession, the American employment market has undergone a significant transition. This is part of an international trend, as individuals turn toward self-employment, contracting, and entrepreneurship as ways of earning a living. In fact, according to Quartz, it is estimated that more than 40% of the U.S. workforce will be working independently by the year 2020, equating to more than 60 million citizens. This entrepreneurial spirit was evident throughout the recession, as the Small Business Association (SBA) reports that approximately 27.5 million independent ventures were operating in America during 2009. More »

Why Tory Burch Was Afraid To Give Her Company Her Name

Why Tory Burch Was Afraid To Give Her Company Her Name

When you hear the words “Tory Burch,” the remarkable power of branding comes to mind. After all, her double T medallion which graces most of her shoes, bags and earrings is recognized internationally. I dare say, it may just be a few years before it is on the same level as the Chanel double C’s. So you would think the woman behind this massive brand would have been Ms. Confident from the beginning. But as I found out last night when Burch spoke at the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Graduation ceremony, that was hardly the case. More »

Personal Finance Round-Up: It Pays To Keep All Business Receipts

Personal Finance Round-Up: It Pays To Keep All Business Receipts

Saving receipts for business expenses is crucial for all business owners. In an article published by Entrepreneur Magazine, 7 Tips for Keeping Receipts Organized for Tax Time, author Mark J. Kohler explains how one real estate broker learned this lesson the hard way and found herself in tax court. In the case of Ong v. the Internal Revenue Service, Betty Ong was unable to produce receipts for thousands of dollars worth of deductions. Regardless of whether the transactions were legitimate, Ong had no leg to stand on without the receipts, and the IRS won easily. More »