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Outsourcing Errands and Excuses My Kids Make

Kids pick up things–not, like, their clothes or anything useful. But they do pick up attitudes and conversations. And then they use them against you. Take my kids, for example. Since my foray into the entrepreneurial world, the excuses I get from my kids have totally morphed into start-up business speak and buzz words. Last [...]

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Hello from the Amazon Seller Conference!

Hi gang, I’m out here in beautiful Seattle at the Amazon Seller Conference this weekend.   The conference was started several years ago by a group of Amazon booksellers, and has steadily grown to a conference of around 200 sellers this year.  Amazon doesn’t directly sponsor the event, but this year they sent a River of [...]

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Two Helping Hands, Helps Everyone

So I met with Elizabeth Lee of Seattle Organizing Works the other day. Her Biznik description says “I’ve been “the neat one” my whole life. That’s a lot of experience! I spent 20 years reporting to “The Man” in increasingly responsible roles in residential and corporate real estate, marketing and customer service, small business and [...]

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Stay-at-Home Mom. Can You Re-phrase That?

Let me just say straight off that I resent the term “stay-at-home mom” and “stay-at-home dad.” For a couple of reasons. First, do we really stay-at-home? Are we some kind of business shut-ins, who cower under our covers, refusing to face the world? No. Well, OK, that usually describes me until about 6 a.m., but eventually, [...]

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Numbers we overlook in our society…

http://www.ted.com Artist Chris Jordan shows us an arresting view of what Western culture looks like. His supersized images picture some almost unimaginable statistics — like the astonishing number of paper cups we use every single day. Numbers of everything from cups use to total people in jail…click here to watch.

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When is an entrepreneur a business person?

I was reading that Olivia Newton-John just got married again. Oh, hold your little blog ponies, people, I have a point. I just noticed in the article that her new hubby,  John Easterling, was termed an “entrepreneur” and I wondered why he was listed as such. It turns out he owns a hugely successful and, I’m gathering, lucrative business [...]

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Mommy CEO – Is it Possible?

Six months into launching Glamajama I was driving home from a playgroup with my nine month old son.  I caught Dr. Laura on talk radio telling some frazzled work-at-home Mom that there was no way she could be both a full-time Mom and a successful Entrepreneur.  Her argument was simple, one would suffer and all [...]

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Thank God It’s… What Day Again?

Ahhh. Just remembering the cold steel routine of the five-day work week. Every week began with a Monday. Three days were spent wishing it was Friday. And, right on cue, every week ended with a Friday. Then, there were two days spent dreading the other five days. And so on… and so on… Now, as a [...]

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Finally Some Good News From eBay

Hi gang, A few hours ago,  eBay announced that they will no longer be counting Neutrals in a seller’s feedback percentage!  All sellers will be happy about this – it was one of the dumber policy changes that eBay has made in the past year. Here are a few snippits from the announcement: “Hello everyone [...]

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Learn how to draw out your vision

The older we get, and the more responsibilities we take on, there’s a tendancy for life to become increasingly “routine.” This can lead to boredom and a loss of spirit. So it’s critical to constantly integrate new and stimulating things into your life and daily practices. I’ve run across one of those recently. It’s very [...]

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I Will Choke One-out-of-Ten Advice-Givers

Do you know what’s the worst thing about starting up a home business, besides the two weeks my husband is on vacation and decides he wants to help me? I’ll tell you: it’s the “helpful” advice that you get from your so-called friends and family members, all of whom usually wear suits. You know the worn-out advice… “Well, [...]

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Make an opportunity, solve a problem, part I

Mondays just fail to register for me when I don’t hear the stopwatch on Sunday evenings. I saw this segment on Plumpynut for the second time on 60 Minutes. I’m glad this topic has come around again, and felt just as dumbfounded as to why this is such a difficult problem to solve this time [...]

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Five mistakes people make with startup businesses

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Whether you’ve established a small business, are in the midst of launching one, or simply considering it for the future, it’s certain you want at least one thing out of this investment: success. Starting and running a small business isn’t a cakewalk. It’s hard to believe, but over 50 percent of small businesses fail in [...]

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Book Recommendation: Nudge

Similar message to my Fish Sticks post about people’s likelihood to do the right thing, if just given the right information…. WorldChanging book review:   “Authored by two Univeristy of Chicago heavy-hitters, Economist Richard Thaler and Law Professor Cass Sunstein, Nudge explores the policy implications of behavioral economics, a field describing the irrationalities of human [...]

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Beyond the Launch…feedback from Heather

I’ve received some great feedback and questions from readers after my initial post.  Several of them gave specific information about their business successes and dilemmas.  In the true sense of community, I wanted to share those responses and my suggestions for getting over those hurdles.  I am creating a “Beyond the Launch” series that will be generated solely [...]

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No Fish–> No Fishsticks

Almost 80% of the world’s fisheries are fully- to over-exploited, depleted, or in a state of collapse. Worldwide about 90% of the stocks of large predatory fish stocks are already gone. More… This made me think…how are countries coping with this, and are they working together? In an oceanography class I took in college, the [...]

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