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By Jess Stratton | Saturday, January 17, 2015

How to Start Your Own Business This Year

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So you want to start your own business this year? Congratulations! Making that decision is huge. It’s the first step towards a very exciting and rewarding endeavor.

It can also be overwhelming. In addition to knowing your craft or trade, you also now have to know how to run a business! But you can do it.

I’m going to show you exactly what you need to know—and exactly where to learn it.

By Whitney Johnson | Monday, October 6, 2014

Entrepreneurs: Bootstrap Your Business—and Reap the Rewards

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As an entrepreneur, you’ll likely find yourself short on money, time, or expertise.

If so, you’ll need to bootstrap your business, building it with what you have on hand—and doing so may actually hold the key to your success.

By Whitney Johnson | Sunday, September 21, 2014

Entrepreneurs: Do You Have a Business — or a Hobby?

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As an aspiring entrepreneur, one of the questions you need to ask yourself is, “Do I have a business—or just a hobby?

The word hobby comes from the word hobbyhorse, a fancy toy, hence the sometimes pejorative use of the word.  Historically, if you did something just for fun, you were described as an amateur, which derives from the French word for lover of; whereas if you engaged in an activity for a reward, you were considered a professional.

Over the last century, as we’ve had the resources to give our dreams more sway, especially in the developed world, more and more hobbyists are becoming experts, and there is more and more demand for a hobbyist’s expertise.

But before you go quitting your day job, you need to first determine if your passion is a potential business, or if it should remain a hobby. It only takes three steps:

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