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jboitnott
business plan, entrepreneur
Once upon a time, we had no smartphones or connected devices. Now, it’s hard to imagine a world without them. When companies first introduced these devices as business ideas, there was nothing quite like them. But visionary entrepreneurs still came up with a business plan for target markets that didn’t even exist. In many cases, it’s...
It’s Not Just Coffee: Technology Now Fueling Massive Growth in Seattle
Seattle has long been known for inciting the country’s coffee culture. But now that we’re all sufficiently caffeinated, these days it’s the technology scene causing a buzz. Situated well north of the traditional tech enclave known as Silicon Valley, Seattle has come into its own as a magnet for innovative companies and a supportive community...
cost of home ownership, real estate
Owning a home can have a lot of benefits. There’s the freedom to create exactly what you want, build equity in where you live, and of course added privacy. However, home ownership is no walk in the park. Homeowners insurance, property taxes, monthly mortgage payments, home maintenance, HOA fees and so many others can create a...
personal branding
You’ve perhaps heard a lot about branding a business, but how much time have you invested in building your personal brand? Just like a business’ brand helps form that company’s identity, your personal branding is part of how you market yourself. It can encompass everything from your experiences to your beliefs. And, when it’s done well,...
Moving forward in business is like planning a great trip: You know where you want to end up, but the road there isn’t always straightforward. Smart business goals help you navigate the twists and turns along the way. While a business plan and vision statement offer a “big picture” perspective about your company and what you want to accomplish,...
Work Anniversary Ideas for Employees
As a manager with deadlines, projects and budgets, finding time to mark employee anniversaries is challenging, but neglecting them can have detrimental effects on a company’s culture. Day-to-day responsibilities can interfere with the important, but less frequent, task of honoring years of service. Gifts honoring a service anniversary shouldn’t be one-size-fits-all symbols of passing time,...
Competitive analysis
Each section in a business plan has a specific purpose. Together, they can help an entrepreneur run their company. While some sections focus on market opportunity, other aspects of your business plan must address potential challenges. One of these obstacles is competition and your competitors’ strengths and weaknesses. This information influences how you build your new product...
credit squeeze, pay off debt
Whether you’re in charge of the family finances or you run a small business, you may wonder how to pay off debt effectively. We could all benefit from tools to help us handle our money better. From creating a budget and tracking your spending to handling debt repayments, these are the top tools you can...
One of the most beneficial aspects of the information age is the unprecedented accessibility it provides to our era’s most successful people. A hundred years ago, to get insight from an extremely successful person, you would have needed a personal introduction. Even then, you had no guarantee of learning what you really wanted to know. Today,...
From Kickstarter and Indiegogo to GoFundMe and everything in between, crowdfunding platforms offer alternative ways to raise money for your small business. Successful campaigns require you to not only reach a certain funding goal but also present the underlying business idea in ways that attract angel investors and other backers. When creating your crowdfunding campaign,...
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I am a tech writer and journalist for more than 20 years who contributes to several respected online publications including BusinessInsiderInc., and Entrepreneur. In addition to journalism, writing about social good companies…

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