A.G. Thomson House B&B in Duluth, Minn.

The Ultimate Work-at-Home Job: Running a Bed and Breakfast

Running a brothel was never part of Debbie Miller’s plan. But 25 years ago, in rural Ohio, there were few people who understood the distinction between

Kid shoveling snow

Four Businesses Kids Can Start Themselves

The Internet was buzzing recently about a 15-year-old New Yorker who rakes in $300,000 a year with her babysitting agency, Nannies by Noa. Noa Mintz

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Four Steps to Turn Your Idea Into a Business

What was the last great business idea you had? Do you remember it? What did you do with it? Did you write it down? If you’re like most


Five Side Hustles Even Your Grandma Could Try

Spending less than you earn is the No. 1 rule of personal finance, so increasing your earnings can immediately improve your financial picture. But depending on your

Andrew and Wills, founders of Plowz and Mowz

Small Business Saturday: Snow Is Money for Plowz & Mowz

For Wills Mahoney and Andrew Englander, snow is money. And so is an untended or overgrown lawn. The two former Syracuse University roommates are the

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Three Tips for Creating Profitable New Business Ideas

It seems like everywhere you look, someone is creating new business ideas and making a fortune. Just recently, a young entrepreneur sold his website for $85,000,


Is Your ‘Business’ Just a Hobby?

There’s an old Gershwin song that goes, “You say tomato, I say tamahtoe … let’s call the whole thing off.” Taxpayers and the IRS have

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How to Make Money Online Without Really Trying

The good news: Making money online is no longer a pipe dream. The bad? Who knows where to start? There are countless success stories of people earning


Some Thoughts on the Parable of the Fisherman and the Banker

Over the last week, several people have sent me this story from a bunch of different websites. I’m not sure where it originated, but the


Small Business Saturday: Meet SPOT, ‘the Uber of Parking’

For those living in overcrowded urban environments, the routine is familiar, and frustrating. You battle rush-hour traffic to get home each day, only to spend

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This One Move Can Save You $1,000 a Year

It lets you shop endlessly on eBay. It keeps you tuned into the latest water-cooler gossip on Facebook. It allows you to follow photo stories


Why You Don’t Need a Business Degree to Start a Business

“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” – Mark Twain Do you need a business degree to know how to run a business?


Seven Truths About Self-Employment

It’s three hours until closing time and you’re already counting down. Once the clock strikes 5 p.m., you are ready to race out that door

candy maker

Small Business Saturday: Make Candy, Make People Happy

For a man who was once featured on the television show “America’s Funniest People” and spent years working as a sales manager for IBM, making

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12 Reasons Startups Fail

“Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.” — Steve Jobs While there’s

Luthier Cat Fox repairs an instrument

Small Business Saturday: Mending the Music Makers

Becoming a luthier is not a good career choice, period, says Cat Fox emphatically. But just in case there’s any doubt about her point, she

Too much to do? Creating and prioritizing a list can help you get things done. Photo: John Schultz

Time Management Tips for Entrepreneurs

As an entrepreneur, at times it can feel like Niagara Falls has opened the floodgates on you. To keep the ship afloat and flourish as entrepreneurs,


Seven Ways to Motivate Employees

In the famous scene from “Glengarry Glen Ross,” Alec Baldwin is brought in as a corporate consultant from “the big boys downtown.” His condescending demeanor,