Posts Tagged "entrepeneurship"

How First-Time Independent Workers Can Avoid Getting Burned

Posted on December 9th, 2016 by The Learning Factor

More people are working for themselves than ever before, but that doesn’t mean the new ranks of gig workers, so-called “solopreneurs,” and everybody in between are finally freed from experiencing the corporate world—far from it.



The clients that independent workers take on inevitably put them (back) into contact with work cultures, expectations, and financial pitfalls that many had hoped self-employment would mean a clean break with. And that’s true not just of the businesses independents contract with but also of the third-party platforms that match both parties up. Here’s a look at how to navigate that dynamic and some of the risks it contains.

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Many newcomers to self-employment have no experience running a business, a fact that some companies take advantage of.

How To Make the Hardest Business Decision Ever

Posted on August 1st, 2016 by The Learning Factor

Most of us know now that happiness at work matters for our employees, but what about you and your happiness as the executive or business owner? When was the last time you asked yourself if you were happy at work?


When you are dev2oting the majority of your time to a business (as most small business owners and executives do), it’s easy to become overwhelmed and burn out. Sometimes we don’t even realize we’re burned out until we explode over something inconsequential or give up on a passion project out of frustration. You may have even said that you hate being an entrepreneur (like I did) and tried to work for someone else at one time in your career. And let me guess: you’re a terrible employee, right? I apparently was because I kept trying to make things more efficient. Who knew that would annoy the people in charge?


When you’re an entrepreneur, your spirit of independence and innovation drives you beyond what anyone sane would do for a job. You push and persevere because you have a vision that you know can make the world a better place, make people’s lives easier, and leave a powerful legacy for your loved ones. A little insanity goes a long way in building a business.

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The hardest decision you’ll ever make as a business owner is whether to forge ahead with a plan that is almost working or to cut your losses before it’s too late. Here’s how to make a decision you won’t regret.