Lying awake in bed at 5am with a crying 7-month old last week, I suddenly remembered my cousin Nader Pakroo owns a great bar here in Milwaukee, Henry’s Pub. Which inspired me to contact him and plan an impromptu party for the release of my book! So it’s set: June 24, from 5-8pm. If you’re … Read More
Hola from the Great White North. Arrived in Milwaukee a week ago for an extended visit with the fam: my parents, sister, niece and in-laws. Next time I plan to fly anywhere with the kids and no husband, please talk me out of it! Packing, getting the house together for our housesitters, and the flights … Read More
I’ve just written another piece for The Huffington Post on the question of what business to start. Here’s a sample: The truth is, no business idea is ready to go right out of the gate. Every entrepreneur needs to poke and prod their idea to varying degrees and usually tweak it a little (or a … Read More
I’ve always been a bit of a procrastinator (OK, perhaps more than a bit) and tend to do best when in crunch mode. I’ve long preferred to intensely focus on a project for the days or weeks it takes to get it done, rather than dutifully chipping away at it for a longer period of … Read More
I’ve got to come clean and admit that family life has eclipsed work for the last couple weeks. My husband has been out of town, my little girl has had a mysterious tummy bug on and off for a week, her birthday party is tomorrow (!) and I’ve had a slew of deadlines on various … Read More
If you’re thinking about starting business centered around the Internet, software, or other types of technology-oriented products or services, you’ll find plenty of information online. Blogs and Web publications offer endless streams of advice on how to establish a technology company that survives and thrives, despite the hazards of constantly shifting market realities and fierce … Read More
Exciting! I’ve officially become a Huffington Post blogger. Check out my first post. An excerpt: …[A]s many women business owners will tell you, the road to success for women often involves its own unique set of curves. Surveys of women business owners show that women’s business concerns tend to skew towards issues such as finding … Read More
Oh, so long ago I wrote in one of my first business books about the importance of being consistent with your business name to avoid trouble with the IRS. Seems simple enough, right? Well, the IRS can screw it up too. A couple months ago I filled out a W-9 for a new client. Now, … Read More
I’m a sucker for a bewildering useless invention. But even better are the ads attempting to demonstrate the need for the useless invention. Who knew that cracking an egg, wiping your butt, or using a blanket could be so vexing?
I just got back from a lovely networking event hosted by my favorite local business group, the Albuquerque Independent Business Alliance, a.k.a. AIBA. (Yes, I’m a co-founder so I’ll admit to some bias!) The event was held at Slate Street Cafe and co-hosted by Albuquerque’s alternative newspaper Local iQ. Besides great people and incredible food … Read More
Something must be in the water. Hot on the heels of the IRS notice that they’re cracking down on companies that use independent contractors inappropriately, the federal Department of Labor is now going after unpaid internships that may violate minimum wage laws. From The New York Times: Convinced that many unpaid internships violate minimum wage … Read More
Businesses that use independent contractors (ICs) take note: The IRS is launching a program to examine 6000 randomly chosen businesses over the next three years to see if they have correctly classified workers as ICs or employees. The federal government expects to raise $7 billion over the next 10 years through tougher enforcement. In addition, … Read More
When I finished my book in January, I often fantasized about the unfettered downtime I would have when I finished the book. Well, it’s been a couple months and I’m finally getting there. I totally underestimated how much damn stuff I had been ignoring for all that time, and how long it would take me … Read More
Judging from the endless stream of articles and blog posts about how to get start-up funding, you’d think that start-up funding was the most pressing issue small start-ups face. But is it? According to a 2005 study (a few years old, true, but the most recent I’ve found looking at this exact question), Access to … Read More
Just finished my gross receipt tax filing last night—15 minutes past midnight, so I got socked with a late fee. Grrr. I’ll look on the bright side, though. I’ve had a solid system in place now for several years that makes it really easy to get this filing done. With correctly categorized income entries—including separate categories for income that’s subject to tax, tax collected, and income that’s not subject to tax at all—generating a report is simple.
The book is done! Well, it’s in production. Except for a couple graphic files. And one sidebar. Oh, and the acknowledgments. OK, I have a few small stragglers to hand off to my editor in the next few days—but really, for all intents and purposes I’m finally, finally done. It will take a while for me to get my brain wrapped around this.