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Shark Tank’s Kevin O’Leary Says Companies Run By Women Perform Better

by Cheryl Lock May 19, 2015

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When it comes to investing in new business opportunities, Shark Tank’s Kevin O’Leary believes it’s probably best to stick with companies run by women. If you’re looking to turn a profit, that is. In fact, at a recent event, O’Leary told Business Insider that of the 27 companies he’s invested in, 55 percent of them […]

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Five Signs You’re Ready to Go Freelance

by Meredith Lepore March 24, 2015

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Ever dreamed of owning your schedule? Dictating when and where you work? Which projects you take on, and which you reject? You’re not alone. More people are freelancing today than ever before. According to a new study called “Freelancing in America: A National Survey of the New Workforce,” more than one in three workers — 53 […]

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How I Made The Most of Underemployment

by Kali Hawlk March 10, 2015

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Generation Y, or the Millennial generation, has been known for its struggles with a weak job market. Only one out of two Millennials had a full-time job that required at least a Bachelor’s degree in 2012, which meant a full 50 percent of recent college graduates were either unemployed or underemployed. Being underemployed means you […]

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Three Ways a Side Hustle Can Advance Your Career

by Carrie Smith March 6, 2015

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Maintaining a full-time career while pursuing your passion project on the side offers the best of both worlds: consistent income from a paycheck, and the freedom to express your creativity while earning some extra cash. Even with the 40+ hours you’re putting in every week, and the additional stress from your side hustle, there are […]

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How to Build Your Personal Brand

by Kali Hawlk March 5, 2015

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It’s wild to think that an entirely new economy has grown from the Internet in the form of digital, web-based businesses and enterprises. An entire system of companies and people with careers that didn’t even exist 25, 15, or even 5 years ago is thriving thanks to our global interconnectivity online. But as more and […]

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Five Ways To Prepare for Self-Employment

by Sarah March 4, 2015

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You want to quit your job, but you know that you can’t just jump in blindly and hope to make it. You’re financially savvy enough to know that you need to prepare for the transition. You want to make sure that you’ve dotted  your i’s, and crossed your t’s before making the jump. Raise your […]

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3 Steps Freelancers Can Take to Prevent a Big Tax Bill

by Carrie Smith February 26, 2015

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Experiencing your first tax season as a self-employed freelancer can be scary. You probably expect to owe a bunch of money to the IRS. The fear of the unknown, along with a completely new tax situation, can leave you worried and stressed. But it’s not quite as bad you might think. After quitting my job […]

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Taxes for Freelancers: 3 Steps to Getting Started (plus a free checklist)

by Carrie Smith February 4, 2015

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So you finally quit your day job and are now your own boss. You call the shots and have complete control over your time. Things are going great! And then tax time rolls around. Eeeek! But before you panic and freak out, we’ve got 3 simple steps to help you as a freelancer conquer your […]

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How to Start a Side Hustle When You’re Short on Time

by Carrie Smith January 27, 2015

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Starting a business, or side hustle, in addition to your day job can be a lucrative endeavor. Many entrepreneurs have used a side hustle to save up enough money to travel the world full-time, quit their day jobs, and start their own business ventures. But doesn’t that mean you’re working all the time? Do you […]

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How to Prepare to Go Freelance

by Carrie Smith January 26, 2015

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Are you getting ready to quit your job and freelance full-time? It’s a dream goal that many of us have, but it’s all too easy to get swept up in the dream and not focus on the reality. While going freelance has its perks, there are some vital things you must do if you want […]

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Seven Easy Budget Tips for the Self-Employed

by Sabrina Rojas Weiss January 23, 2015

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When you leave the mother ship to work for yourself, there are just a few things you might miss. Along with the bad commute and worse coffee, you leave behind that steady paycheck from which a computer in a far off payroll office automatically deducted money for the things you never had to think too […]

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Five Side Hustles You Probably Haven’t Thought Of

by Erika Torres January 8, 2015

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Side Hustle: It’s the strategy du jour on how to make extra money in addition to your full-time job. Most choose to use this side hustle money to pay down debt, save for an emergency fund, or to achieve some other financial goal, like buying a house. Think of a side hustle as dabbling in […]

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The Secret to Reaching Those Big Goals

by Carrie Smith January 6, 2015

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“Every win makes the next win more likely.” — Vince Lombardi Too many of us get discouraged by the size of our goals. Whether it’s landing a new job, quitting a job, or starting a business, these are life-changing choices that make a big impact and require a large amount of determination to accomplish. Looking […]

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Five Ways to Boost Your Career in 2015

by Kali Hawlk January 5, 2015

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It’s a new year, which for many of us means a fresh start with many aspects of our lives that we’d like to improve. Take advantage of the clean slate and give your career a boost in 2015. Here’s how. Clean Up – and Update – Your Online Presence It’s common knowledge that employers check […]

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What’s a Startup Accelerator and How to Join One

by Sue Heilbronner December 8, 2014

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I am asked as often as the next gal about what I do in the world, and now my answer rolls right off my tongue: “My astonishing business partner Elizabeth Kraus and I are launching MergeLane, a startup accelerator focused on women-led companies.” Sometimes when I’m talking to someone who is, say, a sculptor, or […]

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Five Healthy Financial Habits for the Self-Employed

by Katharine Paljug November 20, 2014

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When I started my freelance writing business, I didn’t really know what I was doing. I had to learn as I went: how to find clients, how market my work… even how to keep myself on a schedule while working from home was a challenge! One thing I had going for me, though, was good […]

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How to Turn Your Struggling Business Around in 24 Hours

by Carrie Smith November 18, 2014

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Are you stuck in a business rut? Is your career struggling to stay afloat and you’re not sure why? At the beginning of 2014 I found myself in a phase of business depression. Everything I did seemed like I was just spinning my wheels. I worked day and night but never made any real progress, […]

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Three Ways to Get Off the Freelance Financial Roller Coaster

by Carrie Smith November 11, 2014

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As a freelancer it may seem impossible to stick to a regular monthly savings or debt payoff plan. Some months you’ll have extra money after paying all your bills, and other months you won’t have enough to even buy the necessities. It’s a monthly financial roller coaster when you work for yourself. I speak from […]

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