The short answer to the question of whether sole proprietors need workers’ compensation insurance is No and Yes. Sole proprietors or freelancers with no employees are typically not required to purchase workers’ compensation insurance. However, it may be beneficial for your business to do so when you’re a sole proprietor, and you do work that […]
Ask SmallBizLady: What Is the Best Time to Post Facebook Ads?
One of the most common questions I get from business owners when it comes to selling on Facebook is…Does it really work? Here’s my answer: yes, yes, and YES! Then, once convinced, they ask “what is the best time to post Facebook ads if I want to drive sales?” Well, the short answer to that […]
Ask Smallbizlady: What Departments Have Corporate Sponsorship Budgets?
Corporate sponsorship is a mutual business proposition that offers something in exchange for financial support from a corporation. Sponsorship is very lucrative if you are a small business with something of value to offer. So how can your small business tap into this market? If you want to can get corporate sponsorship from a Fortune 500 company, […]
Ask SmallBizLady: How I can market my book while I am at events?
I recently got an email question from one of my readers that I realized might be helpful to others as an Ask SmallBizLady post. She recently self published a book, and built a t-shirt line to promote the book. The t-shirts are selling, but the book is not. So she posed this question to me. […]
My best advice for Millennial Business Owners
I was recently invited to appear as a featured guest on the Tweetchat #MillennialTalk hosted by social media Influencer Chelsea Krost on Tuesday at 8pm ET. She asked me to talk about growth strategies for millennial business owners. They were a lively bunch. I thought this information might be helpful for all my loyal readers, so here […]
The 10 Best Small Business Blogs to Follow
If you’re like me, you’re constantly learning by reading great content online. If you’re like me, you also have limited time to do this, so it’s important to cut through all the bad content out there and get to what’s really valuable. I’ve compiled this list of some of the best small business blogs out […]
Dear SmallBizLady, I am working around the clock in my business. Help?
Dear SmallBizLady, I am a Mompreneur working around the clock in my business and I feel like I am getting nowhere fast. Can you help me? Many of us running our small businesses are working hard, real hard. We are doing more with less and trying to figure out how to get it done smarter, cheaper […]
Ask SmallBizLady: Should I Focus on My Personal Brand or Brand My Company?
One of my loyal blog readers asked: I’ve learned from you and others that personal branding is a must if you want to set yourself up as an expert in your given area. Therefore, I’ve been positioning myself via my websites by personally branding myself. I have a few trusted advisors who are black women. […]
Ask SmallBizLady: How to Transition From Employee to Entrepreneur
How should small business owners prepare to transition from employee to becoming their own boss? SmallBizLady: Inside my book Become Your Own Boss in 12 Months, I created the Emerson Planning System, which is a six step system to transition from having a job to starting a business. It starts with developing a life plan. […]
Ask SmallBizLady: How Do I License My Product to Manufacturers?
Every week, my readers and social media fans contact me with questions about how to run or grow their small businesses. This question came from Jeremy Day @Jeremybrentday and I reached out to my invention guru Steve Greenberg @Stevetv for the answer. Question: I have a very simple baby sanitation invention (patent pending) that I only […]
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