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Amanda McCormick

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Taking Stock After Tax Time

Monday March 31, 2014

After my first year of freelancing full time, tax time was a nightmare. I had forgotten to file quarterly taxes and didn't really understand how different self-employment taxes were.  Read More...

Top 5 Myths About Self-Employment

Sunday March 30, 2014

"I'd love to do that," friends tell me when I tell them I'm self-employed. "But it seems so risky."

If you're self-employed (or considering taking the plunge, I'll bet you've heard many of the key objections: what'll you do about health insurance? How can you be sure you'll be successful? Etc., etc., etc.  Read More...

Have You Got a Great Domain Name?

Sunday March 23, 2014

I remember the first dot-com boom, the rise and spectacular fall of Pets.com, as well as novelty startups such as Kozmo plying their wares in a super-heated NYC market. Back then there was a gold rush on coveted domain names...which is maybe why it's so darn hard to find a good one nowadays.  Read More...

Grabbing Victory From the Jaws of Defeat

Sunday March 23, 2014

Being an entrepreneur can sure be an emotional roller-coaster ride -- never knowing whether you'll have enough funding to make it another month, not to mention worrying about competitors nipping at your heels (and profits).

Maybe that's why I love transformation stories -- pivots, self-reflection, even failure and what can be learned from it.  Read More...

Are You Search Engine Optimized?

Sunday March 23, 2014

Search engine optimization is a concept that can escape the attention of many entrepreneurs and small business owners. Why? Because it can seem complicated and intimidating to approach.  Read More...

Internet Fame Can Be Yours!

Monday March 17, 2014

From time to time I run into people who long for life in the limelight. They have bubbly, effervescent personalties, and they want to create something lasting -- like a TV show.

TV is dead, I tell them. What you ought to do is create a personal brand and go on to Internet stardom. Lots of entrepreneurs do just that, and the process is pretty simple. Create interesting content that people want, keep it flowing and find a way to monetize.  Read More...

Profit From Your Expertise with a Content Business

Monday March 17, 2014

I'm sure you're in expert in something -- real estate, singing, guitar stringing...the question is, are you profiting from your expertise?

A content business is a great low start-up cost, simple-to-run way to make some extra revenue from something you hopefully know and love.

How can you profit with a content business? Consider the following options:  Read More...

Make Money With a Self-Paced Email Course

Thursday February 27, 2014

Are you an expert in something? Juggling, writing, opera singing?

Lots of people out there are making an incredible side business with information products. What's an information product, you might be wondering? It's offering valuable lessons, on gardening let's say, or web design to a defined, niche group. Read More...

How Do You Know When to Quit?

Thursday February 27, 2014

Stay the course or pivot? It's a question that bedevils all manner of entrepreneurs. So that's why I was so interested to see this incredibly candid blog post by Jon Lax and Teehan+Lax. A few years ago, Lax and cofounders started a company called Image Spark, a place for designers to collect and share visual information.  Read More...

Low Cost Upgrades That Make a Big Difference

Thursday February 27, 2014

Winter blahs getting you down? Maybe you need to shake things up a little bit.

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