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NASE salutes America's small businesses as part of 'National Small Business Week'
NASE
The National Association for the Self-Employed saluted America's 23 million smallest businesses for their contributions to our national and local economies during National Small Business Week. NASE is a partner of The Small Business Administration, who is holding events around the country to showcase the power and influence of America's small-business community.
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Number of graduates taking self-employed route doubles in a year
Your Money
A growing number of graduates are choosing to work for themselves rather than becoming employees, according to a study. Research by PeoplePerHour, the online freelance marketplace, found that the number of recent graduates registering as freelancers or micro-business owners increased by 97 percent over the past 12 months, with the number of male graduates up 110 percent and female graduates up 94 percent. The most popular skills being offered by grads are website design and mobile app development.
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5 tips for buying car insurance for the self-employed
The Street
Along with the many other steps to take when starting a business, here's one that many self-employed folks neglect: checking to make sure they have the right car insurance coverage. Just because your business is part-time or operated out of a home office on a shoestring budget doesn't mean a personal auto insurance policy is enough. There are different types of car insurance that you should know about to be sure you have sufficient coverage. Here are five coverage tips to make sure you have the protection you need.
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How to attract traffic to your website
By Mayur Kisani
It is important for businesses to have a website — and one that works on all devices. Once you have your website for your business in place, it's time to think about how it can be used to grow your business. Think of your website as a billboard advertising your business and spreading your message. A website with zero traffic is like having a billboard that is not seen by anyone. So read on to know how to get your website in front of as many relevant visitors as possible, so it can help you grow your business.
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NASE salutes America's small businesses as part of 'National Small Business Week'
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The National Association for the Self-Employed saluted America's 23 million smallest businesses for their contributions to our national and local economies during National Small Business Week. NASE is a partner of The Small Business Administration, who is holding events around the country to showcase the power and influence of America's small-business community.

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TripAdvisor CEO Stephen Kaufer offers 3 key tips for entrepreneurs
By Marc Wayshak
As I sit across the table from Stephen Kaufer, I sense a mind that moves at light speed. Beneath his calm demeanor, it's clear that Kaufer is constantly planning ahead. And it's not hard to see why: His company — the world's largest online travel website — gives him plenty to think about. Kaufer is the founder and CEO of Newton, Mass.-based TripAdvisor, which grossed $944 million last year.

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How small-business owners are coping with the health law (so far)
The Wall Street Journal
The health care law is changing the way many small employers run their businesses, for better or worse. Some are curbing hiring plans or making staff cuts, while others are revamping benefit plans. As part of its "Face of the Affordable Care Act" multimedia feature, the Wall Street Journal in April asked small-business owners to share how they're coping with the law. Here are some of those responses.

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Need a small-business idea? Find a niche, fill it
The Associated Press via USA Today
Jumping on the latest hot trend seems like a sure-fire way to strike entrepreneurial gold. But while yoga studios and gluten-free bakeries may be popular, investors and business consultants say take a broader view. Trends in society, including changing demographics and technology are the best guide. Instead of joining the pack, would-be small-business owners should look for a niche and fill it.
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How much is too much to pay for a small-business loan?
Bloomberg Businessweek
That was a big question at a recent conference on small-business lending at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, where executives from high-cost alternative lenders mingled with bankers and regulators. Bob Coleman, who edits the Coleman Report, a trade publication for small-business lenders, put it to an executive from OnDeck, an online lender that charges annualized interest rates as high as 134 percent.
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Why exclamation points are dead and you should never use them in your content marketing again
The Sales Lion
Are you using exclamation points on your website and with your other Web copy? If so, you should probably stop and here's why.
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How to write a mission statement that doesn't suck
The Daily Positive
VideoBrief A compelling mission statement is a key tool for any organization to succeed. It captures, in a few succinct sentences, the core of your company and the underlying philosophies that drive you to wake up in the morning. But more importantly, it should feel human. What's your mission statement?
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Call for contributors
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In an effort to enhance the overall content of the Self-Employed Outfront Weekly, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of the NASE, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there’s no word or graphical limit and our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you’re interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
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Where are the women?
By Catherine Iste
We make up half the population but only 18.5 percent of Congress and only 14 percent of leadership roles in Fortune 500 companies. How different would it be if half of Congress and half of the leaders of our largest companies were women? With such a large gap to overcome, answering that question could be fodder for a sci-fi film. So let's focus on the here and now: What steps can we take now to narrow the gap between what women can do and what they are doing?
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