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The advantages and challenges of being self-employed
The Wall Street Journal
Going solo brings costs and benefits. You are your own boss, though if you want to eat, your customer is really your boss. But you have greater freedom to work for multiple customers and pursue higher value-added work. Planning and aggressive savings are the key to making the most of the arrangement.
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Top 5 reasons why 'the customer is always right' is wrong
The Huffington Post
One woman who frequently flew on Southwest was constantly disappointed with every aspect of the company's operation. In fact, she became known as the "Pen Pal" because after every flight she wrote in with a complaint. She didn't like the fact that the company didn't assign seats; she didn't like the absence of a first-class section; she didn't like not having a meal in flight; she didn't like Southwest's boarding procedure; she didn't like the flight attendants' sporty uniforms and the casual atmosphere. Her last letter, reciting a litany of complaints, momentarily stumped Southwest's customer relations people. They bumped it up to Herb's (Kelleher, CEO of Southwest at the time) desk, with a note: 'This one's yours.' In 60 seconds Kelleher wrote back and said, 'Dear Mrs. Crabapple, We will miss you. Love, Herb.'"
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How does the Heartbleed bug affect your business?
By Ross Lancaster
If you've followed the tech world in the last two weeks, chances are that you've heard of the Heartbleed bug. According to various sources since it was confirmed April 7, the bug is a massive threat that puts nearly every piece of personal information on the Web at risk for theft, an overblown hazard and something that will "slow the Internet to a crawl." But what exactly is Heartbleed, how serious is the risk, and how will it affect your business?
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The advantages and challenges of being self-employed
The Wall Street Journal
Going solo brings costs and benefits. You are your own boss, though if you want to eat, your customer is really your boss. But you have greater freedom to work for multiple customers and pursue higher value-added work. Planning and aggressive savings are the key to making the most of the arrangement.

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Tax bill rescues for the self-employed
Motley Fool
There's no question about the rules for some 18 million Americans who've made something good for themselves in the world of self-employment. Professionals who earn a decent living at what they do — working for themselves — face quarterly taxes. But here's a not-so-wonderful truth about the financial lives of the self-employed: They can slip into underpaying quarterly taxes and they can even miss quarterly payments altogether.

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7 keys to building a successful brand
FOX Business
I have a secret for you, though it's hardly a revelation: Most brands fail at what they are trying to accomplish. And the only thing more frustrating about how terrible so many brands are is how clueless many small-business executives and entrepreneurs are about what branding is. Most people think of branding as simply "the logo," but a logo is just the beginning of a brand's visual aspect (which also includes the website, marketing materials and ad copy — which in turn includes tag lines, marketing/PR/sales copy and advertisements).

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Need a small-business loan? Borrowing from suppliers is as easy as riding a bike
Forbes
It's the small-business owner willing to be creative that gets financing these days. At the very least, successful small-business owners need to be flexible when weighing their options and less dependent upon traditional means of accessing capital. Fortunately, there are a lot of alternatives to the bank.
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Choosing a self-employed retirement plan
Motley Fool
One advantage of being self-employed is that you have more say over the type of retirement plan you use. You're not limited to the 401(k) or whatever retirement plan that your employer offers. Too much choice can be confusing, however. There are so many plans and so many rules. If you need a retirement plan but don't know the difference between a SEP and a SIMPLE, read on.
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Does your business suffer from PMS?
By Greg L. Alston
No, I am not talking about the health issue that women encounter once a month. What I am talking about is the devastatingly destructive force created by a series of bad assumptions known as the parallactic myth syndrome (PMS). When an individual or a business operates under a set of assumptions, those assumptions are always subject to a potential parallactic effect. If the operating assumptions and point of view of the business are not aiming at the correct target the results can be catastrophic.
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The small-business guide to success
The Washington Post
In many ways, the ingredients you need to start a small business haven't changed much over the years. A unique concept or business proposition, mixed with a dash of ingenuity, tenacity and some basic financial smarts — that can take you a long way. Of course, a stomach for risk-taking doesn't hurt, either. However, the tools you need to build a thriving, powerful company, one that can rise above the noise and challenge larger competitors — those innovations are constantly evolving.
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9 reasons why entrepreneurs should hire an accountant
ABIP
While well-established business owners tend to buy the services of professionals more easily when it comes to handling their accounting, legal matters or banking, young entrepreneurs stay away from them. However, when looking at the number of failed startups in the past few years, an assessment must be made on why these businesses fail. Having a professional taking care of matters such as accounting will ensure that no mistake is being made and that you can focus on the core of your business.
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5 tools for averting proposal disaster
By Joe Latta
We all know that proper planning and communication can go a long way to preventing last-minute proposal chaos. But let's be honest: Every proposal writer, no matter how prepared, has felt the stress of a down-to-the-wire proposal submission. It's a terrible feeling, and that stress can make us especially prone to proposal-killing mistakes. Not good. So next time you're in an 11th-hour pinch — whether it's because of a file issue, a content change or a previously-unnoticed RFP requirement — try one of these five simple tools for reducing stress and averting disaster.
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When divorce leads to a happily ever after for a small business
NPR
VideoBrief Married couples in America co-own 3.7 million small businesses — according to the Census Bureau — and the arrangement can be fruitful when both marriage and business are going well. But what happens when it doesn't? Most of the time, when the love dies, the business relationship ends, too. But that's not always the case.
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