Monthly Archives: November 2013

The Fast Track to Retirement: Reduce Consumerism

The quickest way to grow a nest egg is to cut expenses as much as possible. It’s almost Thanksgiving and retailers are going all out on advertising this year. Plus, 2013 has a shortened shopping season because Thanksgiving is later than usual. As a result, retailers are opening even earlier on Thursday. For example, Kmart will…

Want a Mentor for Your Business? Look for These 3 Qualities

When you’re starting a business — or even just thinking about it — the advice you’ll get again and again is to find a mentor. But here’s what’s more important: finding the right mentor. The mentor-mentee relationship is a lot like dating. You must share mutual interests, really want to spend time together and be equally committed….

6 Insider Strategies to Speed Angel Funding

Wealthy individuals who invest in startup companies are called “angel” investors.  The problem with this angelic term is the tendency for first-time entrepreneurs to assume that wealthy angels are warm-hearted and will rescue entrepreneurs and small business owners from the perils of a cash crisis. The truth is that angels, especially members of angel investment…

Changing Careers? 4 Ways to Make Your Resume Stand Out

Crafting an excellent résumé can be difficult. Even more difficult is crafting an excellent résumé when you’re a career changer competing against other applicants who already have work experience in the field you’re trying to break into. But the fact that you haven’t had a job in your new industry before doesn’t mean you don’t…

3 Things That Can Kill Your Brand

Every so often I like to convert my personal misfortunes into marketing insight for small business owners. Well, today is that day. A couple of weeks back, my family and I made our way out of the house in the morning for a typical day of work and school.  However on this particular day, my…

Angry Over U.S. Surveillance, Tech Giants Bolster Defenses

SAN FRANCISCO — Google has spent months and millions of dollars encrypting email, search queries and other information flowing among its data centers worldwide. Facebook’s chief executive said at a conference this fall that the government “blew it.” And though it has not been announced publicly, Twitter plans to set up new types of encryption to protect messages from snoops….