19 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting a Business

19 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting a Business

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Thinking of starting your own business? Here are 19 things I wish I knew before I started my own business.  1. Starting a Business is Really Easy  You don’t need anything fancy to start a business. You don’t need start-up capital. You don’t need an office. You don’t need a website. Or even your own domain name. You don’t need business cards. You don’t need a bank account. You can just start working. 2. Find Someone Who Will Buy Your Product or Service (Before You Do Anything Else)  The only thing you need to start a business is someone to buy your product or service. And then you need the ability to provide that product or service. It’s that simple. 3. Don’t Google for Answers Google can serve up a…
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Check Your Tax Withholdings with a Withholding Calculator

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About This Week's Action "Taxes, didn't I just finish dealing with those for the year?" is probably what you'll ask yourself  when I mention that this week's take action step deals with taxes. And while April 15 does seem like just yesterday, the reality is that it's already halfway through the year and it's time to ensure that your tax payments are on tract. So, this week's action is to check your tax withholdings and adjust them as needed. Why Take This Action You'll Take Back Control (and Prevent Surprises) The most important reason to check your withholdings is to prevent any surprises when it comes to tax time next year. Most people overpay their taxes and get a refund - but wouldn't it be nice to be able to…
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Saving for Maternity Leave and More (#WMW15 Roundup)

Saving for Maternity Leave and More (#WMW15 Roundup)

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Here's the second round-up of #WMW15 Posts:Coming home with a babyI have countless birth announcement emails from friends. They’re all cuddling their freshly born babies, sleek hair framing a tired but smiling face (is that MAKEUP??), painted nails, even classy jewelry.Me? If I wasn’t already flattened I’d have collapsed into a pile of jelly legged oh my GOD is that over, really? face haloed by a wild nest of hair that could substitute for Medusa’s wig. Hands clasping the new LB that had been too swollen to wear my rings for months. Elegant, not so much. But realistic. A Guide to Saving for Maternity Leave In my opinion as soon you decide to have children, (no matter how far into the future that day may seem), you should start setting…
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Canada vs US Maternity Leave – One Family’s Experience and More (Roundup)

Canada vs US Maternity Leave – One Family’s Experience and More (Roundup)

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We've had some amazing stories come through for Women's Money Week 2015. Check out some of the great posts below: Canada vs U.S. Maternity Leave: Here’s Our Experience With Both at the Dough Report When Radhika and I moved from Toronto to San Francisco two and half years ago with our toddler, we knew it would be an eye-opening experience. We’d travelled to the Golden State many times, but you know what they say: to really get to know a place, you have to live there. And come to know it we have: both the good parts, which are almost too numerous to list (weather, food, wine, etc) and the bad, which include an outrageously high cost of living, a byzantine medical system, and, as we learned getting ready for the…
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Recent Articles on Parental Leave

Recent Articles on Parental Leave

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To get you excited about Women's Money Week 2015, and to show you just how timely and relevant this is, I've compiled some great recent articles below. Feel free to list others in the comments: Will Millennial Women Ever Get Paid Maternity Leave? Does Your Member Of Congress Offer Paid Maternity And Paternity Leave? Want to create more women leaders? Offer paternity leave The Economic Benefits of Paid Parental Leave Paternity Leave: The Rewards and the Remaining Stigma Paid Leave Encourages Female Employees to Stay State paternity leave law benefits working fathers Obama pushes paid sick/family leave for workers Obama to Announce New Family Leave Plan for Federal Employees What else have you read about maternity leave lately?
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Traditional Careers and Jobs: Posts Round Up

Traditional Careers and Jobs: Posts Round Up

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After yesterday's posts on part-time work and Wednesday's articles about non-traditional jobs, it's time for the posts round up on traditional careers. Check out the posts below: From Planting Money Seeds: Market Yourself: Transferable Skills for Any Job From Break the Sky:  Traditional Careers and Jobs From Little Miss Moneybags:  Traditional Careers and Jobs (Opting Out, That Is) From Breesha Jewelry & Books: Make Money from 5 to 9! From NZ Muze: Career progression and climbing the ladder  
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Posts Round Up: Part Time Work

Posts Round Up: Part Time Work

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Is working part time for you? Check out today's posts on the benefits and downsides to part-time work: From Femme Frugality: Working Part Time As An Adult Kind of Sucks From Break the Sky: Part-Time Work From Barbara Friedberg Personal Finance: Should I Work Part-Time? Issues Surrounding Part Time Work From Thursday Bram: The Danger of Part-Time Work From Mom's Plans: From Benefits of Working Part-Time While Homeschooling Check back later in the day for additional posts.
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Earning More through “Non-Traditional” Work: Freelance, Business Ownership and more Roundup

Earning More through “Non-Traditional” Work: Freelance, Business Ownership and more Roundup

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Welcome to the third day of the third annual Women's Money Week. We have some more fantastic posts today on the topic of earning more money through "non-traditional" work: From Planting Money Seeds: Start a Home Business to Boost Your Household Income From the Thrifty Issue: 101 ways to make money from home From Free From Broke: How I Made the Switch from Traditional Employment to Freelancing and How You Can, Too From Thursday Bram: Non-Traditional Work is the New Tradition From One Frugal Girl: Blogging for Money From Break the Sky: Earning More and Non-Traditional Work From Little Miss Moneybags: Women's Money Week: Non-Traditional Work From She & Money: 3 Signs That You Shouldn’t Be In Business
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Work Life Balance: Daily Roundup of Posts

Work Life Balance: Daily Roundup of Posts

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Today's topic is work-life balance. Here is a daily roundup of the posts with a brief excerpt from each post to get you started: From Kylie Ofiu: How to find work/life balance I am a single, Australian mum with two daughters. I work mostly from home juggling my business, family, the house and all the usual life demands. My children are classed as ‘special needs’ so there is a lot of extra work involved with them and I am still going through court.  It can be hard finding the balance and lately I have felt out of balance. From Femme Frugality: The Frugalish Skiing Splurge I’ve only been skiing once this year.  And it was on the warmest weekend we’ve had all winter.  Go figure.  I had friends coming in…
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Kids and Work: Posts Roundup

Kids and Work: Posts Roundup

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Welcome to the first day of Women's Money Week 2014!  This year is all about Women and Work.  Today's topic is kids and work and here are the posts we have so far. (Note that this roundup will be updated later in the day, so check back for more posts and if you're a writer or blogger, it's not too late to put something together. Learn more about how to participate here.) From She and Money: Why Working Is 3X Better Than Being a Stay at Home Mom From Monroe on a Budget: Juggling Kids and Work: The Other Alternative From NZ Muse: Kids. Who'd have 'em? Are you ready to have a baby right now? From Unprepared Mum: Kids and Work From Little Miss Moneybags: Women's Money Week: Kids and…
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