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Entries Tagged as 'Business Advice'

Should Your Small Business Do A Groupon?

March 22nd, 2011 by Emira · 4 Comments

I had the great pleasure of speaking to a conference of yarn shop owners last week in Portland, at the annual Yarn Market News Small Business Conference, and one of the topics that came  up in our discussion was whether or not other yarn shop owners should do groupons (which I use here as a […]

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Pushing out into the deep water

January 14th, 2011 by Lauren · 12 Comments

If you haven’t read Bill Murray’s marvelous toast to Sofia Coppola at the NBR awards, I highly recommend it. (Go on, it’s short – just remember to come back here when you’re done.) Isn’t it lovely? I mean, of course it’s charming and wry and witty, as you’d expect from Bill Murray (whom I love […]

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Tags: Business Advice · Entrepreneurial Inspiration · Thoughts

What 2010 taught me

December 14th, 2010 by Lauren · 4 Comments

I’m dipping my toe into this Reverb 10 thing. Not sure I can devote 31 posts to it, and December’s already halfway gone, but as I understand it, the spirit of the project is to inspire and catalyze reflection and transformation, not to create heavy homework – so if one post is all I manage, […]

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Tags: Business Advice · Entrepreneurial Inspiration · Our Story · Thoughts

The Future of Graphic Design Careers

October 18th, 2010 by Lauren · 7 Comments

This is a bit of a departure from our usual Boss of You fare, but I found myself wondering the other day what the future holds for print designers, and I thought I’d put down some thoughts here in case they’re of interest to some of you. At this historical moment, there’s still work out […]

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Tags: Business Advice · HR for the Self-Employed · Thoughts

3 Keys to a Website That Sells

May 24th, 2010 by Lauren · Comments Off

The fabulous Danielle Laporte did me the great honour of inviting me to contribute to her amazing entrepreneurial toolbox, The Firestarter Sessions. (It’s kind of like an e-book, but bigger & bolder — there are videos and worksheets and you just kind of have to experience it. In fact, Danielle calls it a Digital Experience […]

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Tags: Boss Ladies We Love · Business Advice · Entrepreneurial Inspiration · Resources for Women in Business

5 ways to be a great web design client

May 19th, 2010 by Lauren · 3 Comments

The fabulous Danielle Laporte did me the great honour of inviting me to contribute to her amazing entrepreneurial toolbox, The Firestarter Sessions. (It’s kind of like an e-book, but bigger & bolder — there are videos and worksheets and you just kind of have to experience it. In fact, Danielle calls it a Digital Experience […]

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Tags: Boss Ladies We Love · Business Advice · Entrepreneurial Inspiration · Resources for Women in Business

Co-operating to Co-Promote Your Small Business

May 18th, 2010 by Emira · Comments Off

We wrote in our book about the idea of businesses hooking up together to co-promote, here was our example: “… give discounts on your yoga clothing to everyone who brings a juice card from the healthfood store next door, and you in turn give out coupons for a free shot of wheatgrass with every purchase […]

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Conference for Creative Entrepreneurs’ Blog Wisdom

May 13th, 2010 by Emira · Comments Off

The organizers of the Conference for Creative Entrepreneurs (more details on the event, which Lauren and I are speaking at here) website has been posting some super handy tips lately in the format of “5 minute pre-conference tips”. For example: How to Optimize Your Etsy Shop Get an EIN (a handy thing for US based […]

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Tags: Business Advice · Resources for Women in Business

Top 10 Business Books as Recommended by Design Sponge

May 11th, 2010 by Emira · 2 Comments

Design Sponge has put together a great list of business books for the creatively inclined small business owner/freelancer. And, I’ll be so bold as to say that The Boss of You makes a nice addition to the list — and I’m not the only one, a few people have emailed/pinged me to say the same […]

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Reader Q&A: How to estimate pricing when your time investment is unpredictable

May 3rd, 2010 by Lauren · 1 Comment

I posted on our Facebook page to see if Boss of You fans had any business questions for us, and we got a great one right off the bat: I read your book (awesome, thank you!) and I ran into the first snag when trying to figure budgets. What i want to do would be […]

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Tags: Business Advice · The Boss of You: The Book