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Three Tips for Creating Profitable New Business Ideas

It seems like everywhere you look, someone is creating new business ideas and making a fortune. Just recently, a young entrepreneur sold his website for $85,000,

Is Your ‘Business’ Just a Hobby?

There’s an old Gershwin song that goes, “You say tomato, I say tamahtoe … let’s call the whole thing off.” Taxpayers and the IRS have

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How to Make Money Online Without Really Trying

The good news: Making money online is no longer a pipe dream. The bad? Who knows where to start? There are countless success stories of people earning

Some Thoughts on the Parable of the Fisherman and the Banker

Over the last week, several people have sent me this story from a bunch of different websites. I’m not sure where it originated, but the

Small Business Saturday: Meet SPOT, ‘the Uber of Parking’

For those living in overcrowded urban environments, the routine is familiar, and frustrating. You battle rush-hour traffic to get home each day, only to spend

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This One Move Can Save You $1,000 a Year

It lets you shop endlessly on eBay. It keeps you tuned into the latest water-cooler gossip on Facebook. It allows you to follow photo stories


Why You Don’t Need a Business Degree to Start a Business

“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” – Mark Twain Do you need a business degree to know how to run a business?


Seven Truths About Self-Employment

It’s three hours until closing time and you’re already counting down. Once the clock strikes 5 p.m., you are ready to race out that door

Small Business Saturday: Make Candy, Make People Happy

For a man who was once featured on the television show “America’s Funniest People” and spent years working as a sales manager for IBM, making

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12 Reasons Startups Fail

“Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.” — Steve Jobs While there’s

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Small Business Saturday: Mending the Music Makers

Becoming a luthier is not a good career choice, period, says Cat Fox emphatically. But just in case there’s any doubt about her point, she

Too much to do? Creating and prioritizing a list can help you get things done. Photo: John Schultz

Time Management Tips for Entrepreneurs

As an entrepreneur, at times it can feel like Niagara Falls has opened the floodgates on you. To keep the ship afloat and flourish as entrepreneurs,


Seven Ways to Motivate Employees

In the famous scene from “Glengarry Glen Ross,” Alec Baldwin is brought in as a corporate consultant from “the big boys downtown.” His condescending demeanor,

Starting a Business? 12 Must-Read Books

If you want to be a successful entrepreneur, reading is essential. It will change your world and expose you to new information, points of view,

Want to Start Your Own Business? Focus on ‘Start’

Wayne Gretzky once said, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” Thinking about starting a business? The list of things you think you

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Indie Coffee Shop Thrives in the Shadow of the Dunkin’ Empire

I’m at the Coffee Break Cafe in Quincy, Mass., waiting to meet the shop’s co-owner, Jenn Ormond. The line was five deep when I got

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How to Start a Home-Based Medical Billing Service

There’s a reason your mother said that if you can’t be a doctor, marry one — because there’s lots of money to be made in health


10 Work-From-Home Jobs for 2015

Just a few decades ago, the vast majority of work-at-home job opportunities were far from profitable. And before the dawn of the Internet, it was

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