| You Do What? - I'm a Taxi Driver
by Red (Richard) Christensen and Tim Muma - Jul, 2014
Has it ever crossed your mind that being a taxi driver might be for you? Depending on where you live, taxis are often a necessity, and it's certainly an interesting profession to be a part of no matter where you work. Tim Muma gets some details from Red Christensen, Vice President of American United Taxi Services, as he speaks about his 40 years of experience in the transportation industry to fill us all in on the required ski...
| Management Decisions - True Leaders: Handling Setbacks and Criticism
by Mark Thompson and Tim Muma - Jul, 2014
Regardless of how successful you may be, at some point you have (or will) face criticism and setbacks in your professional career. Mark Thompson, an executive coach and author of "Admired: 21 Ways to Double Your Value," talks with Tim Muma about some of the top leaders in the world and how they bounce back from perceived negative occurrences. Mark also discusses the keys to their success and how we can all use their strategies...
| I Want to Be a - Baker
by Cindy Kienzle and Jenna Connour - Jul, 2014
Bakers make a variety of breads, pastries, cakes, cookies, pies, and confections, and they can work in several different environments, including independent bakeries, grocery stores, and commercial manufacturing facilities. Despite the variety in their occupation, bakers all share the common goal of creating baked goods that are ready for sale. Cindy Kienzle, Owner and Chief Baking Officer of The Hungry Monkey Baking Company,...
| You Do What? - Firearms Instructor
by Deb Ferns and Tim Muma - Apr, 2014
Whether it's for self-defense, competition or something fun to try out, many individuals are trying their hands at firearms training. Deb Ferns, Co-Founder and Camp Director of Babes with Bullets, is a world-class competitive shooter and saw a need for a female-focused organization to help women with their specific needs. Deb explains why women are coming to these classes and why she loves to teach the skills invovled. You...
My New Awesome Productivity Routine — and How it Can Work for You
by Dana Sitar - Nov, 2012
I’ve recently adopted a new work routine, inspired by the increasingly-popular Pomodoro Technique, but modified for my particular purposes. It’s made such a difference to my sanity and productivity working from home or from the road that I’m eager to share it. Take the tips that work for you, and, as always, modify it to fit your life/workstyle. The Rules Rule #1: Set a timer for 40 minutes, and focus that time on a pa...
Tired of looking for a job? 5 tips to prepare to start your own business
by Miriam Salpeter - Oct, 2012
Are you dissatisfied with your job, or reading the writing on the wall that suggests it may be time to think of your own exit strategy? If so, you are in good company. A Mercer’s What’s Working™ survey last year, conducted over two quarters, included 2,400 workers in the U.S. They found, “nearly one in three (32%) U.S. workers is seriously considering leaving his or her organization at the present time, up sharply from 23% in...
Out of Work? Hire Yourself.
by Dawn Lennon - Sep, 2011
You think you can’t. I say you can. Don’t over-think it, make it too big, or get in your own way. Just try it. Plug the gap. Being out of work, creates a glaring gap on your resume. Your work history has come to a (hopefully temporary) dead end. This makes job seekers lose sleep at night and I don’t blame them. So the question is: “What can you do about it?” I say, “Plenty, if you have something of value to...
Baking for Good...and a Great Career: Interview with Social Entrepreneur Emily Dubner
by Lindsey Pollak - Jul, 2011
Emily Dubner is a 2006 college graduate and founder of Baking for Good, an online bakery that gives 15 percent of every purchase to charity. I love this concept and use Baking for Good for most of my business’s holiday and thank you gifts. (Read about one instance of the excellent responses I’ve received to these gifts here). Besides having a great concept and satisfying my sweet tooth, Emily is an inspiring example of a...
Going From Employee to Entrepreneur: 5 Proven Tips to Turn Your Plans Into Reality
by Tai Goodwin - Mar, 2011
You’ve dreamed about it, researched it, talked about it and come up with a perfect plan for making the transition from employee to entrepreneur? However, a plan is just a dream without the required action to get the ball rolling towards your desired result. It’s time to put your fears and indecisiveness aside and pursue the reality that you know you deserve! Try these proven tips to help you achieve your dream of going fr...
Should You Start a Business?
by Alexandra Levit - Feb, 2011
Whether you are thinking about starting a new business or overwhelmed and overworked by an existing business, there is a lot to consider. Business strategist and deal maker Carol Roth talks about some of the key things you should know, from her new book, The Entrepreneur Equation. Could You vs. Should You?: Can you start a business? Absolutely! Should you? Well, that’s a whole different story. Just because you can do...
7 Ways to Save Money While Launching Your Business
by Tai Goodwin - Nov, 2010
When it comes to launching your business, your most critical resources are time and money. Any book on launching a business will outline the need for long term saving – making sure you have money to live on and to cover expenses for at least the first year of being a full-time business owner. I’ve just added a new report to the Brilliant Network for mastermind members with 50 money saving tips. Here’s a sneak peak of some tip...
Are You Headed Toward or Away?
by Christine Hassler - Aug, 2010
Our motivation is directional, impacting the results we create and the ease in which we create them. Think about when you are motivated to do something. Are you motivated more by what you want to get away from or what you want to move toward? TOWARD motivation moves us toward more of what we desire while AWAY from motivation is an attempt to get us away from circumstances/feelings that are causing discomfort. Let's consider...
The Compassionate Side of Corporate Entrepreneurship
by Dee McCrorey - Jul, 2010
Most of us have heard the old saying about giving someone a fish and you feed him for a day, but teaching a person how to fish and you have fed her for a lifetime. I'm reminded of this when I see so many unemployed people right here in my own Silicon Valley sandbox as the result of company downsizing, rightsizing, restructuring, et al. Given the Bay Area's penchant for start-ups, I'm surprised that so many professionals...
Feast or Famine? Downpour or Drought?
by Julie Walraven - Jul, 2010
When you are self-employed, the phrase feast or famine is common place. Since I have been self-employed longer than most people are employed, I have heard it a lot. Along with feast and famine comes downpour or drought, nothing or almost too much. For the employed, it may feel the same way — too many work projects, swimming in paperwork, or overwhelmed with details or e-mails. And if you should go from employed to...
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