Friends fall into two categories: the ones who respect you, your time, and your expertise, and the ones who need a gentle reminder. Last week as I was juggling three projects due in two days and getting ready to leave town, I received this screaming text: “I NEED YOU TO HELP ME PICK OUT HOME […]
Blizzard 2016 is here in full force, delaying flights, closing roads and converting school days into snow days. But for those of us who work in a guest room, a family room or in front of a roaring fire (even a virtual one, thanks to Netflix), it doesn’t matter what’s going on outside. In good […]
Those of us who work from home are as misunderstood as the optimistic owner of a clothing store in a nudist colony. Sometimes we work crazy hours — it helps that our home office is only seconds away — or we take a day off and then work double-time for the next few days. We […]
Those of us who work from home are like members of a special club, minus the secret handshake and clubhouse. We don’t fit traditional business norms and not everyone gets us. We know our corporate counterparts don’t understand what it’s like to work from a sofa or a spare bedroom, instead of from a cubicle […]
Two months ago my younger sister Karla and I opened an online store called All Handcrafted Gifts. Karla researches products and handles fulfillment, while I handle product descriptions, marketing, and PR. Setting up our store and filling it with products that everyone would (virtually) line up to buy was challenging, but fun and exciting. The […]
During the past few weeks I’ve been traveling for both business and pleasure. While I was flying home yesterday I realized not everyone flies often, some people haven’t flown in years, and after shooting Sprite through my nose while reading Johanna Stein’s* book How Not to Calm a Child on a Plane, I should probably […]
When you have a built-in pep squad — your family — cheering you on and reassuring you that you made the right decision to give up a guaranteed income and amazing health care benefits, starting a business can be exciting, fulfilling, and a dream come true. When your family resents your business, your new business […]
You know those days when everything clicks and you can’t believe how amazing you are? You replay the highlights of the day in your head like you’re the star in the epic movie about your life, you tell yourself that you can accomplish anything, and you even do the happy dance. You are awesome!