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How to turn a mid-life crisis into a million-dollar business
Fast Company
Aihui Ong was a successful financial software engineer consulting for companies like Accenture and taking home a handsome six-figure salary. But Ong wasn’t happy with just a hefty paycheck. The work, she says, "was really dry. I got burnt out. I lost my love for technology." At the same time, she and her spouse decided to part ways. Says Ong: "I decided to take a year off and backpack."
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'Any time I get something done, it's payday,' says self-employed Nebraska knifemaker
World-Herald News
In his shop outside Giltner, Jon Moore pulled the bright orange piece of steel out of the forge. He dipped his Japanese swordsmith's hammer into a bucket of water and rubbed it across the anvil. Then he hit the metal, drawing the edge down, thinning it slowly into a point.
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7 things you need to know as a young entrepreneur
Inc.
Be confident… but not too much. It's a balancing act between being confident — optimistic and sure-footed — and overconfident, which comes off as pure arrogance. Overconfidence also keeps you from recognizing obvious problems or tempting you to stretch beyond your capacity.
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Tools for creating a visually stunning presentation
American Express OPEN Forum
No matter how brilliant your ideas are, if you're not able to present them in a way that engages stakeholders — whether it's prospective customers, corporate decision-makers or investors — you probably won't get the response you're looking for. Using a fresh approach when delivering presentations is not only important, it's vital to success.
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The pros and cons of owning a franchise
Entrepreneur
As good as it is, the business model of franchising is not for everybody. There are even some franchises that aren't for everybody — e-cigarette franchises, for example.
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Robust employment growth, just not for the self-employed
Small Business Trends
Job creation looks even stronger when examined during the current economic recovery alone. Employment has risen by 9.9 million when measured on a seasonally-adjusted basis (and 6.9 million on an unadjusted basis) since June 2009. The good employment news, however, confounds what has happened to the self-employed and those employed by others. The job creation story is far worse for the self-employed than it is for the economy as a whole.
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Make your advertising dollars work harder: 5 critical steps
Forbes
Whether you have a million-dollar marketing budget or are just launching your startup, making your advertising dollar work harder for you can make or break your growth. Following these five steps will help ensure that you get the results you need.
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7 benefits of social media marketing for small businesses
Business 2 Community
Boom! You have a shiny new website created by Impulse Creative. Now what? Let’s show it off and bring in the masses! Yes, we want people to visit, but not just any people. We want the right people. Creating content for your Buyer Personas and then distributing that content is going to get that new website to work for you.
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