Entrepreneurship

Small Business Saturday: Building a Brewery at Proclamation Ale Co.

For longtime musician Dave Witham, crafting beer at his new brewery, Proclamation Ale Co., is a creative process that’s equally, if not more, satisfying than making music. That doesn’t mean launching a nano brewery has been easy for the Rhode Island resident — or without its own long hours. But his new line of business …

How to Make Money Selling Crafts on Etsy

Have you ever knitted a scarf, made jewelry, or sewn clothes for your kids? Can you build a bench, take intriguing photos, or make a picture frame from scrap wood? Or do you have a good eye for vintage styles and know where to find them at a bargain? If you’re at all crafty, chances are …

Becoming Rich Is a Matter of Mind Over Money

Mindset plays a much bigger role in reaching our financial dreams than most of us realize. The good news is, you can work on your mindset without spending a dime. Today’s post touches on a timeless book, nearly 100 years old, with some financial advice garnered from the greatest financial minds who ever lived. And …

Navigating the Small Business Administration

Like so many government endeavors, the Small Business Administration (SBA) can be both incredibly helpful and terribly confusing. Here’s how to use it effectively to help your small business. There are many organizations that can help you structure and finance your business, understand permitting, laws and regulations in your state or local municipality, provide guidance on …

How to Make Money as an Airbnb Host

Anyone who has stayed at a nice hotel in the past decade knows it’s not cheap. When was the last time you stayed in a major city for under $100 a night? Or under $200 for that matter? There is money to be made in the lodging industry. And it’s never been easier for average …

How to Insure Your Home Business

A business is a business regardless of where it’s located. That includes home-based businesses, which is why decisions about insurance should be based on need and not location. Each of the almost 40 million home-based businesses in the United States is unique. From the smallest part-time venture to multimillion-dollar international enterprises, they all need insurance to …

Small Business Money Traps to Avoid

First off, accept that you are going to make mistakes running your business. Calm down, we all do. And while it’s okay to lose a battle or two, just don’t lose the war. Remember, each time we make a mistake there is a valuable lesson to learn from it. Financial mistakes are often the result …

How to Start Your Own Insurance Business

Looking for a recession-proof business? Insurance is one of those industries that is largely untroubled by the state of the economy. The reason is that most insurance products are necessary part of modern life. You can’t own a car without automobile insurance, and while your mortgage company may not require that you have homeowners insurance, would …

How to Land Your First Client

If you build it, they will come. Wishful thinking. And unfortunately, it’s the mentality many first-time entrepreneurs have before opening their doors. I, too, fell victim to this Hollywood logic. After putting the finishing touches on my first group of services and launching my website, I was certain the dough would come rolling in. Well, it …

10 Life Lessons of Entrepreneurship

When I started my own business several years ago, my primary goal was to surpass the five-year mark. I’d heard time and again that the majority of small businesses don’t survive past that point, and I was determined to defy the odds. Not only did I survive, but I gained some valuable insight into who I …

Everything You Need to Know About Crowdfunding

Ryan is trying to raise money for his startup. His idea is to build a luxury cooler (yes, the kind you store lunch and drinks in) for the beach or a camping trip, equipped with all the bells and whistles. In short, he wants to build a party on wheels — the world’s coolest cooler. This cooler …

Eight Ways to Prevent Entrepreneurial Exhaustion

All work, no play — at least until you meet your income goals. I used to think this was the surefire way to attain success as an entrepreneur. Little did I realize, each time I surpassed a milestone, I would push myself even harder until I reached the next level. But one day, my extreme work …

14 Tips for Surviving the Startup Years

Dreams don’t always become reality, at least not on your timeline. That’s one of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned as a small business owner. Too bad it took attending the school of hard knocks and letting life, the most valuable teacher, impart this nugget of wisdom into my stubborn brain. Beyond childbirth, taking the …

Best Project Management Software for 2014

Part 3 of our Small Business Tools Series tackles the best project management software. Previously we covered Best Cloud Storage Providers and Best Email Marketing Services; now we enter the realm of project management. There are many project software providers out there these days. While it speaks to the necessity of project management, it also can be …

12 Budget-Friendly Steps to a Home Office Makeover

A home office is supposed to be a pleasant — maybe even ideal — place to work. But for many, it feels like a cave with four walls that appear to be sinking in more and more each day. And if you’re a time-challenged and financially strapped entrepreneur, chances are you’ve thrown in the towel and decided to …

Best Email Marketing Services for 2014

As we continue to explore the best solutions for small business today, we’ll focus on email marketing services. Make sure you visit Saving Money in Your Startup – Part 4, where Joe discusses the four basic steps to setting up your business’s email marketing. Email marketing services are vital for managing and interacting with your …

Best Cloud Storage Providers for 2014

Over the past 20 years, data has moved out of your hard drive and into the cloud. The world is becoming more and more mobile without compromising accessibility. Luckily, technology has quickly advanced to accommodate our newfound lifestyles. Cloud storage providers enable individuals and businesses to easily transfer files to secure networks in order to …

Maternity Leave for Women Entrepreneurs

In addition to the steady paycheck, another big perk of working in the corporate world is often the benefits package. For some, that includes six to 12 weeks of maternity leave. When you become an entrepreneur, the safety net quickly vanishes, and you’re left all alone to find your way. For this reason, many female business owners barely take a break …

Saving Money in Your Startup — Part 4

If you’re a small business owner or entrepreneur, you’re constantly searching for ways to reduce expenses, increase revenue, and do things more efficiently. That’s why it’s time to step up your email marketing game. We all feel overwhelmed by email. But there is a legitimate reason why Macy’s, Outback Steakhouse, and GoDaddy are still emailing you …