Ideas

Fight The Fear of Selling

Direct selling can seem like a dirty word to a business that is afraid to reach out for their customers. However, sometimes that is exactly what you must do. The Globe And Mail recently considered a dillemma that The Network Hub had to face when it decided it wanted to expand. Are you afraid to […]

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StartUpYours.com – Family Friendly Business Start Up & Grant Program

StartUpYours.com describes itself as “The only family-friendly business startup course & grant program made especially for freedom-seeking parents & their awesome kids.” It’s a new program that’s coming online but the idea is interesting. What they teach: You dream of a family-centered life, but you also have to support your family. Which is why it’s

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Door-To-Door For Men’s Clothes

The Wall Street Journal: Somewhere in Dallas, there’s a woman driving around in a $1,000-a-month Lexus selling J. Hilburn dress shirts. She’s one of more than 1,000 commission-based “style advisors,” J. Hilburn LLC’s traveling band of fabric swatch carrying, collar-and-cuff experts that are expected to push the company’s revenue to around $25 million this year.

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After A One-Hit Wonder

We have seen many one-hit wonder products in our time. For example, the pet rock or the Rubik’s cube are a milestone in invention history. The Wall Street Journal recently looked at another one-hit inventor, Dave Kapell, and his product, Magnetic Poetry. Back in 1993, the Minneapolis native was an aspiring musician who liked to

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Doctor Only Accepts Cash

Health care in this country is going to go one of two ways: Way number one involves government control and long waits for service. The second way looks a lot more like the “good-old-days”: Dr. Susan Rutten Wasson sits on the corner of a bed in the cramped bedroom of Alice Johnson, a 91-year-old Osakis

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Small Biz Owners Love Their Work

Business Insider: Some 77 percent of small business owners in the Small Business Happiness Index by Vista Prints are either “very” or “extremely” happy about running a business and working for themselves. (The survey focused on 900 U.S. microbusinesses with one to 10 employees and less than $100,000 in annual revenues–primarily home-based businesses.) Are you

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The Pink Rebound

WSJ: Call it lipstick on a pig, but there’s at least one bright spot in the nation’s bleak employment data. While it may take years to replace the millions of jobs lost in the recession, one employer is already on a hiring spree: Mary Kay Cosmetics. The direct-sales giant last week reported signing up more

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