6 tips for better business negotiations

Negotiation, like networking, is one of life’s necessities that you either love or hate. But if it’s the latter, it doesn’t have to be that way.

Having – and growing – confidence in your business

The urgent desire for a successful business — and the fear of losing business — drives many a good person to do sleazy things.

Too many chefs: Smaller groups make more accurate decisions

The trope that the likelihood of an accurate group decision increases with the abundance of brains involved might not hold up when a collective faces a variety of factors — as often happens in life and nature.

Chief Everything Officer no more! 6 options to staff your growing business

Being the Chief Everything Officer is okay for some, but if you’ve got plans for growth or simply need an extra pair of hands, what are the best staffing options for your business?

3 ways to get the office equipment you need without going broke

Instead of simply buying brand new things for your office, consider some alternative ways to get what you need for little or no money.

How to make Facebook work for your business

Does your small business maintain a Facebook page? Are you thinking about venturing into social media with a presence on this ever-growing social network?

To ‘think outside the box,’ really think outside the box

Researchers had students think up solutions to problems while acting out various metaphors about creative thinking – and found that the instructions actually worked.

Success isn’t a competition: How boosting others can help you in the long run

How does someone else’s success mean anything bad for you?

Choosing a name for your business

Choosing a business name is an important step in the business planning process. Here are some tips to help you pick, register, and protect your name.

10 ways to relaxify your workspace

Some people claim they work well in a high-stress environment. I’m not one of them.

When mom is the CEO at home, workplace ambitions take a back seat

It’s often said that women can have it all – motherhood and a career. But a study suggests that women who rule the household have less energy for or interest in being a rising star in the workplace.

What I’ve learned as a writer

I’ve been a professional writer since I was 17, so nearly 24 years now. I’ve made my living with words, and have written a lot of them — more than 10 million.

Why to give back by contributing to your field

Contributors get noticed and attract new friends and opportunities easily, and contributing is much easier than you might assume

Business is a social game

If you want to be an effective entrepreneur, you should have at least 10 good friends who are already successful entrepreneurs. Few entrepreneurs succeed in isolation, because, business is a social game.

The basics of creating a marketing plan

We all know marketing is key to small business survival and success, but it can be overwhelming to know what to do to be an effective marketer.

5 inspiration hacks for creative people

The most common problem faced by anyone trying to create something – no matter what their subject or level of experience – is lack of inspiration.

Gretchen Rubin of The Happiness Project on taking the plunge

Gretchen Rubin is a published author who wrote ‘The Happiness Project’ — a memoir about how test-driving every principle, tip, theory, and scientific study she could find — whether from Aristotle or St Therese or Martin Seligman or Oprah.

How to set and negotiate freelance business rates

Thinking of going it alone? Becoming a freelancer is an attractive option for many professionals, but can you make it work for you?

Guess what? You are self-employed already

Everyone is essentially self-employed — and that even if you’re an employee, you should think of yourself as the President of your own personal services corporation.

How to make work feel effortless

Sometimes work can be a drag. You get caught up in trying to be more productive, and suddenly your life turns into a series of to-do lists.