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Shaky economy? How about franchising?

During the past few weeks, I've spoken with dozens of franchises and a few of our partner companies informally polling them on the franchise environment. One franchise consulting company said prospect inquiries are down but we continue to place more people into franchises than we did last year. Several of the franchisors I've spoken with [...]

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The Run-in, A Splice of Life from Home Entrepreneurship

There are only a few situations less horrifying to the home business entrepreneur than running into… the former co-worker. Uggghh. I  just had that situation this weekend. These run-ins always begin the same way for me… I drag my sorry keister out of bed a little too late. Then, I realize we’re out of milk… [...]

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Healthcare – If you want to learn about it, read on…

The small business people over at Wells Fargo recently asked me to moderate a panel on the topic of healthcare and the costs and impact healthcare has on small businesses. For some, healthcare may be the stumbling block that keeps them from ever endeavering into entrepreneurship – the dayjob’s health benefits are too much of a [...]

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The No Bull Prizes for Home Entrepreneurship

It’s that time of year again, time for the Nobel Prizes—a series of awards given to the best and brightest scientific minds. But… excuse me all the way to Oslo and back… did you notice any categories for Home Business Entrepreneurs? Well, then. I would like to award my first-ever No Bull Prizes for Entrepreneurs. [...]

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Espresso for the Home Business Soul

The great thing about being a home business entrepreneur, at least for me, is that that the corporate Kool-Aid stand has been officially closed down. You all know what corporate Kool-Aid is, right? It’s where management gets you all together to repeat things that they wish were true about your company… but really aren’t. Sort [...]

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Be careful what you list…

In the news recently it has appeared that eBay is policing the listing of recalled merchandise. Check out this article for more details. Corey Kossack is one of eBay’s “Top Sellers” through his eBay store, Koss DVD. He is also author of eBay Millionaire or Bust and creator of ProfitBuilderSoftware.com, an online software tool designed to reduce [...]

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Say What? Words That Never Pass a Home Bizzers’ Lips

My husband is always commenting that my career as a home business entrepreneur has certainly made my language more… ummm… colorful. He said I can now put together strings of syllables and consonants that I could have never even imagined in my staid life as office jockey. The best example of this colorized language comes right [...]

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Senior Managers: Build or Buy?

At PFL, we focus hard on developing leaders from within. A number of our senior people were originally hired into entry-level positions, and worked their way into positions with progressively greater responsibility. Nonetheless, I think a company needs to bring in some amount of outside talent in order to get fresh approaches and diverse experiences. [...]

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Home Biz Entrepreneurs Unite!

We, the undersigned members of the fastest growing occupational group in the world, if not the universe, in order to form a more perfect union… or at least keep our friends, family members and business associates from hassling us on a regular basis… do hereby and forthwith, establish this, the Home Business Entrepreneurs’ Bill of Rights. [...]

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Invention is the Necessity of Mothers

Lately, I’ve been trying to learn new ways to inspire creativity by reading books by leading innovation experts and it hit me like a sack full of Rubik’s Cubes: No wonder the greatest product ideas and the most amazing businesses are cooked up in home offices and garage laboratories. Some traits that stir the creativity pot [...]

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How Do You Do, Oh Home Biz Guru?

Who is your home business guru? You’re too kind… No, really, besides me? Almost everyone who woke up, went to work, smelled the coffee (that you had to make yourself because your co-workers never make fresh coffee… errrr!!!), looked around the cubicle, and said, “there has to be something better than this,” has a business [...]

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What’s Life Like As a 50+ Business Owner?

If you’re like a growing number of Boomers, you’re quite interested in exploring starting your own business. But running a small business seems so different from what you’re used to in the corporate world, that you may be wondering: “What exactly is life like when you run your own business?” There is some variation in [...]

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Unlocked Apple iPhone sells on eBay for $1500

Since a 17 year-old New Jersey kid figured out how to unlock the iPhone to work on any service carrier, not just AT&T (watch the YouTube video that has been viewed almost 600,000 times), people are popping up everywhere trying to leverage the situation for all it's worth, and what better place to do so [...]

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The Truth About We-Business

As home business entrepreneurs, it’s a question we always ask ourselves: How will I know when my business is really a success? How do you know you’re through the Dip, as Seth Godin calls it? I’ll tell you how: When your spouse, family, and friends begin to refer to your business in the collective, “We,” [...]

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All hail The Routine!

What is the secret power of the home business entrepreneur? What is the secret of her efficiency? Of his productivity? It is “the Routine.” This ability to multi-task our multi-tasking is our superpower. Our friends and family sense that the power of the Routine gives us the ability to accomplish more things in one hour [...]

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Sign of the times – Internet advertising to sail past radio

On the one hand, I’m a radio guy. On the other hand, I’m a web guy. StartupNation bridges the two universes with it’s nationally syndicated radio program for entrepreneurs and with it’s advice-rich website. The news today that online ad spending will soon surpass the radio advertising spend is not surprising, but it is a sign [...]

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Go back to the beginning

Remember when you first started your business? Why did you do it? What made you think it would be successful? What problem did it solve for people? How was it going to provide a return on your investment (both time and money)? So often, as entrepreneurs we forget all these things. We get so caught [...]

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Nothin’

I saw the whole thing happen. It came at me in slow motion. Frame-by-frame. Like witnessing a train wreck, I was powerless to stop it… Last weekend, I met with some other hard-working home entrepreneurs at the neighborhood park. We do it as regularly as possible. It’s a chance for us to pull ourselves out of our basement [...]

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