Where the Freelance Economy Is Booming By Patrick Clark

There were 22.5 million U.S. businesses that didn’t have any paid employees in 2011, 1.7 percent more than in the year before, about 75 percent of total businesses. They reported $990 billion in total revenue, up 4.1 percent from 2010. About 18 million non-employer businesses, or about 80 percent of the total, reported receipts of less than $50,000. By non-employer businesses, we’re talking about a wide-ranging group, from freelance...

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Business Networking Tips to Kick Off 2013 by Kelly Price

Business Networking Tips to Kick Off 2013 Arrive time:  You want to make the most of an event?  Stay late.  Why? Not everyone arrives early or stays late. Arriving early and staying late gives you the opportunity to meet professionals with varying schedules and you have more time to get to know the people you just meet. Remember, business relationships are a two-way street:  It’s OK to talk about yourself but the best compliment is to...

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How to Build a Business from Scratch by Nach Maravilla

Going into business — whether home-based or not — is always inspired by our desire to be the boss, work at our own time, and of course, make more money. You start a business hoping that its profits will be greater than what you received while working for somebody else. Or maybe, you suddenly have this brilliant idea that you think could work and even become profitable. Sometimes, entrepreneurship becomes an option when you suddenly...

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When I Began My Networking Journey

When I began my networking journey, I attended any and all networking events as time permitted. Every event was fair game! Today I am much more strategic in my networking endeavors. I discovered which events and organizations gave me the best return on my investment of time as well as how to be an effective, caring networker. In order to know where to begin you must first understand what networking is and why it is important to grow...

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The Big Banks’ Reputations

Big banks’ reputations have taken a hit over the last few years, starting with the financial crisis and culminating with the Occupy Wall Street protests. Meanwhile, small businesses have been cast as the economy’s earnest underdogs, generating rhetorical support from Congress to the campaign trail to Wall Street. So it’s no surprise that Bank of America, Chase, Citibank and Wells Fargo were eager to release seemingly...

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Where’s Our Stimulus? Did it create jobs for Shelby County and Memphis?

The U.S. government has pumped billions of dollars into the economy to stabilize the banking system and keep money flowing, but not much is trickling down to small-business owners. It can and  does get a little frustrating when we have seen the big banks, the corporations and the automakers that have made horrible, horrible choices get bailed out, while those of us who work 12 to 14 hours a day, six to seven days a week, we can’t get...

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