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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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

Luthier Cat Fox repairs an instrument

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

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Inspiration from NASA, Paulo Coelho, J. Robert Oppenheimer, and More

Once a month (or so), I share a dozen things that have inspired me to greater personal, professional, and financial success in my life. I

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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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Small Business Saturday: Reframing the Meaning of Success

Perhaps it’s an indication of their business’ success when members of the local media refer to Phil Sherburne and Leia Bell as an indie “power

Patrick from Tiesta Tea

Small Business Saturday: How Tiesta Tea Brewed Up Its Success

It all began with a conversation among friends at a teahouse during a semester in Europe. It could have ended there, like so many college

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Your Game Plan for Escaping the Paycheck-to-Paycheck Cycle

Right off the bat, I want to say that I understand that this article won’t appeal to all of my readers. Many of you have

Will Dailey

How Will Dailey Makes a Living as a Middle-Class Musician

Will Dailey’s music career began with a spatula and a tennis racket. As a child, the Boston-area native would lead imaginary orchestras while listening to

Call someone -- a client, a business contact, a mentor. Then put your phone away for at least two hours. Seriously. Photo: Alfredo Caceres

15 Ways to Grow Your Business This Year

When I look back at my 15 years of business, people often ask what my specialty is. With a diverse background in startups, working in


15 Ways to Boost Your Financial Outlook in 2015

Taking control of your financial situation can be very rewarding, though “taking control” can mean different things to different people. For some, it means using a

Six Debt-Busting New Year’s Resolutions for 2015

Welcoming the New Year invokes a lot of emotions for people. It’s a time to look back on the past year and reflect on mistakes we’ve

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A Look at My 2015 Resolutions

At the end of a year, I like to look back on the year that’s gone by, both in terms of my achievements and failures.

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How Volunteering Can Help Your Business

Small businesses are always looking for ways to strengthen the culture, empower employees, find new clients, and build goodwill in the community. Many companies will

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Dear Mom, You Were Right

Right after the first of the year, I’ll turn 35. And what a life it’s been so far. My childhood wasn’t perfect, but I was


Inspiration from Van Gogh, Future Jobs, Teddy Roosevelt, and More

Once a month (or so), I share a dozen things that have inspired me to greater personal, professional, and financial success in my life. I

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10 Heartfelt Holiday Gifts for People Who Don’t Need More Stuff

We’re all guilty of it: You put off buying a present for a loved one, and suddenly it’s too late — so you just throw

Zenhabits’ Leo Babauta on Mastering the Art of Change

I recently got the chance to sit down and talk to Leo Babauta, the creator of one of my favorite blogs, Zenhabits. We got to chat about habit