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Big Girl Business Panties

Entrepreneurship is a lot of work, much of it pretty damned hard — and anyone who tells you otherwise is suffering from a terminal case of pants-afire. On the flip-side, I’ve never encountered a single law that requires “challenge” to be unenjoyable. In fact, my experience falls more along the lines of Teddy Roosevelt’s “nothing…

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Big Girl Business Panties

Entrepreneurial-noobs are always asking what skills they need to succeed at self-employment. I tell them a-touch-of-OCD-paired-with-a-healthy-lack-of-fucks doesn’t hurt. They laugh — but I’m totally serious. Now before your thong gets all twisted up and you start screaming accusations of politically-nowhere-near-correct-insensitivity-toward-the-quote-unquote-mentally-problematic in my face, allow me to clarify. (Yeah right — like that little intended-as-a-joke-but-destined-for-widespread-offendability euphemism…

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Big Girl Business Panties

Some folks hang their first shingle in the womb (kind of hard to read though, covered in placental goo) — others self-employ later in life (generally after a failed stint or two at working for “Da Man”). But nearly every entrepreneur I’ve coached has had a capitalistic undercurrent running beneath the surface — a lifetime…

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Living In A Tin Can

Soon after discovering that I’m a full-timer, the-non-nomad-to-whom-I’m-speaking usually says something like, “Gosh, I sure wish I could afford to retire so young.” My response? Well, so the hell do I! Why do stationary folk automatically assume that a traveling lifestyle means independent-wealth-and-leisure? Not all RV-peeps spend their days sitting under sunbrellas, reviewing their investment…

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Big Girl Business Panties

Today, I had (for the hundred-thousandth time since staring my business) the following conversation: Random Stranger — So what do you do for a living? Me — Today? Today I’m a writer. Tomorrow I’ll be an organizer. And the next day Imma be an artist. That’s what “working for me” looks like in my world….

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Big Girl Business Panties

We all know someone (maybe you) who hates his/her job — but as it turns out, the things 9-to-5-types value most aren’t what you’d imagine. While yes-of-course-in-a-perfect-world it would be nice to make crapton more money, the vast majority of complaints are tied to issues of autonomy and recognition. Moral of the story? The best…

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Big Girl Business Panties

I’ll tell you right now, self-employment is not a bailiwick for the faint of heart. Entrepreneurship may be your irrefutable vocational calling, your incontrovertible career destiny, your undisputed-predetermined-occupational-inevitability — but it’s also hard freaking work! You will (quite regularly) be shoved (rather violently) outside your comfort zone — I’m talking a-show-no-mercy-Gorilla-Monsoon-style-fireman-carry-airplane-spin-death-valley-driver mat throw. You’ll be handed…

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Big Girl Business Panties

You woke up with an all-of-a-sudden hankering to start your very own I’m-the-boss-and-you-bitches-answer-to-me type company. Awesome! But before you put on pants (highly recommended, by the way — just a little entrepreneurial insider tip to make that business-license-application-sans-indecent-exposure-arrest a lot easier), let me ask the one question prolly no one else will. Why? (FYI, “I…

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I was invited to join a full score of experts and industry leaders from around the world in sharing their best advice for a business success compendium. I’m quite certain poor Graham McGregor (the lovely gentleman who interviewed me) had no clue what he was getting himself into when he sent me that initial email…

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Organizing a job hunt is especially important in this economy — there are more people than ever looking for work, which means greater competition for each available spot. While you may be the most qualified applicant, credentials alone won’t get you hired if you don’t have your professional ducks in a row. Here are some…

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