The 2016 Entrepreneur (Part II): The Sharing Economy

General Business, Process
The sharing economy offers entrepreneurs a great way to start making some extra money and dip a toe in the water before going full tilt into a new venture. For those of you who are not familiar with the term, the sharing economy refers to businesses where you are paid to share your car (Uber/Lift), home (Airbnb) or other asset. We'll take a look at Uber as an example here. Start up is simple with these companies and the initial investment can be minimal. You do need to make sure your car or home is up to the company's standards and that you are mentally prepared for having strangers in your car. Remember your fares can include drunks, criminals and out of control teenagers in addition to the business people…
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The 2016 Entrepreneur (Part I): Yes! You Can Be An Entrepreneur

Attitude and Mindset
Most people have an image in their heads of what an entrepreneur is. The tech genius in a garage or the person pulling an all-nighter several times a week to get their dream of the ground. The truth is that most entrepreneurs work in company its that they don't own or work as a consultant or freelancer. Not only is it easier than ever to be an entrepreneur it is becoming necessary. Large companies are hiring more people as consultants and freelancers than they are full time employees. Over this series of articles, we'll examine the different ways to be an entrepreneur and how you can make the switch. The first part of that switch is your mindset. ¬†Ask yourself who you work for. If you are answering the name…
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Don’t Make Resolutions, Make Goals

Attitude and Mindset, Evaluate, Process
It's the start of a new year and everyone is talking about their new year's resolutions. If you want to make a difference in your life, your business, your career, or anything, you're better off forgetting the resolutions this year. Instead make goals and keep making them. Resolutions are generally vague. Losing weight is the most common one. Make a specific goal instead. More importantly, forget these year-long ideas. Make a goal about what you will do this week. Then make a goal of what you will do next week and so on. You don't have to make them all right now. You can set your goals each Sunday night for that week. Why should you this? Making a goal includes a measurable outcome (lose 10 pounds, exercise for 20…
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