Startup Journal: From an initial investment of $120,000, Ms. Robinson and her partners -- though she's now the sole owner -- built an agency that today places about 300 nannies a year and charges a...

Thinking About Jobs

Cafe Hayek: "People talk of 'jobs' as if these are ends in themselves -- as if jobs are goods, rather than bads. But jobs are bads -- or, more precisely, they're costs. A job is...

Health Care Kiosks

The Entrepreneurial Mind: "Here is today's latest marvel of the marketplace: health care kiosks. It is a fast, efficient mini-clinic that specializes in common health problems. These kiosks operate out of Target and other retail...

Marketing Genius

I just found a great marketing blog called Marketing Genius from Maple Creative. Its not exactly new, there are posts back to March, but I'm looking forward to exploring the archives and reading new...

Google Loves Weblog

BusinessLogs: "If a weblog pops up on the first page of Google results, there's a reason for it." I've been saying this for ages, and someday soon, I'm going to share some of my Google secrets.
Womens Wall Street: "Many women, particularly mothers of young children, dream of earning a part-time salary and enjoying the flexibility of a freelance lifestyle. But wary of those Spam-mailing con artists peddling bogus work-at-home schemes,...
Martin Tobias writing at AlwaysOn: "Good equity investors should be business partners, not just financial investors. Purely financial investors should be the public markets. Unfortunately, as the mood brightens, many of them will come back...
David St Lawrence: Using conventional thinking, the growing company would have to add office space, extra phone lines, computers, and all of the other expenses that are required to support additional staff. This really blows...
Dr. Jeffey R. Cornwall: "Matt Homann asked me to contribute to a feauture called "Five-by-Five" that he uses at his blog the billable hour. He asks five experts to contribute five comments each about...

Why I Love Capitalism

Russell Roberts' account of this exchange with a sidewalk artist makes me feel all warm and tingly inside: I gave him a $20. He handed me the change and said, "We're even." I smiled and said,...

Free Business Statistics

BizStats: "Want to quickly know what the average small business owner keeps from each dollar of revenue? Then, see our summary of industry profitability - sole proprietorships.  Get great Retail benchmarks at Sales per...

Photographing Your Town

Dan Sherman: "What you're doing is creating a picture database of your town to sell to companies interested in marketing to these houses, based on certain criteria. Once you have a picture catalog of your...
National Federation of Independent Business: "Every owner of a home-based business should consult with an agent experienced in insuring small businesses. Normally, your homeowner's policy will cover some business-equipment coverage costs in the case of...
Marginal Revolution: "Who would have guessed that when taking drive-thru orders at a McDonald's it's more efficient to send the order not 25ft into the restaurant but 900 miles away to a call-in center which...
Barry Moltz writing in Angel Investor News has some good sugestions about what to include and what not to say in your business plan when you're trying to get funding. One of his first...
This week's Carnival of the Capitalists is up at The RFID Weblog. Next week, the carnival is here, so Send your entries to capitalists -at- elhide -dot- com.
Brad Feld: "Should a startup or small entrepreneurial company have a board of directors? I say, emphatically, YES!"
Jay Dwivedi: Develop in-house capabilities:  If you are a business already active in some aspects of security, it is much better to add other capabilities.  You can leverage your existing brand and relationships to...

Ken Jennings’ Tax Bill

Just saw this on the Fox News Channel:"Jeopardy!" contestant Ken Jennings' total winnings after 30 appearances on the show: $1,004,960 Approximately how much of that will be taken out for taxes: $330,000 That means that for one...

How To Sell Me Something

Startup Skills: "Small one and two-man companies often get cocky and will talk back to customers. It's a huge mistake. Your biggest critics are engaged in your company, and assuming they aren't actually your competitors,...