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How Weave Simplifies Life for a Multitalented Crafter

Even Howard is a San Francisco-based crafter of crochet jewelry and the founder of Nadene, an Etsy.com shop that she’s operated since 2006 (which makes her the earliest active member …

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How Weave Helps an Artist Manage Her Business

Artist Maggie Hurley finds a way to capture the “whimsy and whatnot” of everyday life in a way that resonates with people. She sells her paintings, portraits, and illustrations at …

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Stacy Kildal

Understanding QuickBooks Accounting and the Cloud

Curious about what cloud computing brings to the world of accounting and financial management? Stacy Kildal, owner of Kildal Services and an Advanced Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor, recently sat down with …

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How “The Lean Startup” Method Is Changing Small Business

Build big. Go fast. Invest heavily. And fly by the seat of your pants. It’s been the American way for business for decades, and much of the time, it’s worked. …

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Author Carol Tice on What Makes a Great Company

Entrepreneurs often know — based on intuition and experience — that they’re sitting on a great idea, whether it’s tangible (like a clothing line) or intangible (like a groundbreaking service). …

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Cyndee Lake on Overcoming Barriers to Small-Business Growth

Business consultant Cyndee Lake has watched countless small-business owners struggle through growing pains. Their biggest barriers? Not having a long-term strategy and ignoring their own needs. “Small businesses sometimes feel …

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‘Rebel Entrepreneur’ Author Jonathan Moules on Breaking the Rules

After profiling hundreds of business owners for the Financial Times, journalist Jonathan Moules (pictured) noticed an interesting trend: The most successful ones are often those who buck conventional wisdom about …

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Katie Bunschoten

What’s the Difference Between a Bookkeeper and an Accountant?

Fledgling small-business owners are often told that they should hire a professional to help with the accounting side of their companies. Because both bookkeepers and accountants offer services, understanding which …

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3 Tips for Juggling a New Baby and a Business

Pooja Sankar’s son is less than two months old, but the founder and CEO of Piazza is already back at work. With the summer ending and students getting ready to …


How to Protect Your Small-Business Assets

You’ve spent years of your life building a successful small business. How do you protect your operation from being destroyed by legal proceedings, natural disaster, or even sudden death? The …


CEO Marcel Fairbairn: Hire Wisely, Move Quickly, and Simplify Everything

Marcel Fairbairn is a 20-year veteran of the entertainment-lighting industry. As a teenager, Fairbairn was a singer and bass player for several Canadian heavy rock bands. At age 19, he sold …

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How to Get the Most out of Interns

Interns can be an excellent source of inexpensive — or even free — labor for small businesses. In the ideal scenario, everyone wins: Your company gets a helping hand, and …

Mitch Gordon

Mitch Gordon on the Challenges of a Student CEO

Mitch Gordon is president and co-founder of GoOverseas.com, a startup that helps people find academic, volunteer, internship, and other programs abroad. It’s no surprise that he’s putting in long hours …

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BigMouth’s Mike Yoffie on Building an Effective Brand

Successful branding is all about telling your story, says Mike Yoffie, chief of “moving the chart” for BigMouth, a San Francisco-based marketing consultancy. Telling your story helps you make those …

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“Evil HR Lady” on How Much Downtime Employees Should Get on the Job

Time management is critical to small-business success: When you have fewer people to get things done, efficiency is key. Yet we all find ways to while away work time with …

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