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By Kristin Schuchman

Smart solopreneurs know that branding isn't just about picking out a snazzy logo, a vibrant font and a clever tagline -- it's about making sure your business stands out from the crowd. Below are 12 traits of a brand that not only sets a business apa...

As of January 2018, one-third of the American workforce is comprised of small business owners, contractors, or freelancers. Independents represent a rapidly-growing sector, expected by some experts to rise to one-half of the workforce in the next decade. Considering th...

The Love What You Do podcast is a series of interviews I'm conducting with people who love what they do. The following interview is with street fair organizer extraordinaire Bridget Bayer.

Note: To hear the interview in its entirety, click on the audio link here: 

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Does this sound familiar? You had to push back your 11am meeting because you continued to write a report that you were supposed to write the day before that got put off because of expense reports you needed to double check before a deadline, which you would have gotten...

Traditional business wisdom dictates that entrepreneurs and job seekers alike need to have an elevator pitch at the ready, prepared to sell themselves in a minute’s notice in the time it takes to ride an elevator. This professional pearl of wisdom is true and not-so-tr...

Those of us who enjoy working from home still sometimes crave, from time to time, the opportunity to commune with co-workers. Even if water cooler banter was never our thing or gossiping with the girls at lunch set our teeth on edge, it can be satisfying to work alongs...

Though the unemployment rate nationwide is low, highly educated professionals still face stiff competition in destination cities like Portland and Seattle. For those seeking work for employers committed to the public benefit, prioritizing values like environmental prot...

You have likely have heard of the Myers Briggs personality test but don’t necessarily know its captivating history. When Katharine Cook Briggs met Clarence Myers, the man who would eventually marry her daughter Isabel, she was struck by what a starkly different world v...

March 28, 2018

Leaving a job is usually a bittersweet experience, even if you’re leaving because you just can’t take it anymore. There’s always something good, something we’ll miss, a mark that’s been left on our lives forever. Once you’ve handed in your notice, your last couple week...

March 15, 2018

Before I resigned from my last job, I spent months looking at articles online with titles like “15 Signs You Should Quit Your Job.” I’d see myself in half, if not all of the reasons in several of the articles I read. It was my way of justifying to myself what I already...

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