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Interview with Anne Marie Blackman – President of My Ugly Sweater

Interview with Anne Marie Blackman - President, My Ugly SweaterTell us a little bit about your entrepreneurial journey and where you came up with the idea for My Ugly Christmas Sweater.

I’ll give you the overview:

I have a computer science degree from 1982 and worked in Boston in the financial industry designing computer systems for a decade. When I had my two boys we moved to Vermont to raise the boys, and I left my career. I was an at-home-mom for about 15 years and did a ton of volunteering in my community and kids school. I ran a number of fundraisers that had a costume theme and have a knack for coming up with funny costume ideas. Like, I twice ran a Bridesmaid party fundraiser, where both men and women wore bridesmaid dresses. It was just amazingly fun. I ran several parties like a Flashback Party, where you had to dress in the decade that you graduated high school. For a 60’s party I ran, we made go-go booths! So the point is that I have a creative spirit. And even though I am by no means a seamstress, I can craft a mean costume.

So in 2008, after being a stay at home mom/volunteer for about 15 years, my boys were getting ready to go to college and I was looking for something to do to make money to help pay for their college. This is where my analytical background came back to help me as I researched search trends on both Google and ebay to see what people were searching for that was related to Christmas. (more…)

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From Employee to Freelancer: How to Cautiously Make the Leap

From Employee to Freelancer: How to Cautiously Make the LeapBy Holly Reisem Hanna

Hi Holly,

At the beginning of the year I will be making a huge switch from my full time position to freelance in order to get rid of my long commute and be closer to home and my two year old. To say I am nervous for the transition is an understatement. Do you or your readers have any tips? Freelance is a new venture for me and brings tons of anxieties around benefits, 401K, how to withhold for taxes, ahhh!

Thank you in advance for any suggestions, Rebecca

Hi Rebecca,

I know what you mean about anxiety and fear! It took me many months to get all my ducks in a row, before I felt confident launching my business. Even then I still made mistakes along the way. But with a little pre-planning and the right tools you’ll prepared to handle whatever comes your way.

Health Insurance:

Before you give up your existing coverage, you’ll need to have a plan for getting coverage, whether it’s through your spouse’s plan, COBRA, or another provider. This is one area where I was lucky, because I was able to get on my husband’s insurance plan without any wait or issues. (more…)

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Interview with Liz Searcy — Professional Résumé Writer and Owner of Celebration Career & Business Support

Interview with Liz Searcy, Professional Résumé Writer and Owner of Celebration Career & Business SupportTell us a little bit about your entrepreneurial journey.

It’s quite a fascinating journey! In the 80′s I worked as a job coordinator for a staffing company and then was promoted into management. Working in staffing made me realize how much I loved seeing unemployed individuals land good jobs and be able to provide for their families. Eventually, this became one of my passions. I had wonderful mentors and I truly believe that’s one reason I’m in my own business today.

During the 90′s, I worked full-time in operations for a roofing company and raised three children with my husband. One of my sons has autism and a seizure disorder. As a hobby, I had a desire to write children’s books. I thought if I could gain experience and get published, I could start a second career in writing—so I could write at home as my special needs son and I became older.

Three times a week after a long day at work, I began typing at my computer at 10 pm and wrote manuscripts, learning how to submit to editors and market my writing. It was vigorous work, but a labor of love, and a ‘college’ of sorts. I felt I was investing in my future.

After seven long years of late-night writing, I sold my first children’s magazine piece, and subsequent pieces of writing sold here and there. I landed two significant positions—a branch manager at a résumé writing company, followed by a staff copywriter for an ad agency/publisher. Both these positions directly contributed to my career today. (more…)

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20 Work at Home Companies with an A+ Rating on the BBB Website

20 Work at Home Companies with an A+ Rating on the BBB Website By Holly Reisem Hanna

When you’re searching for a work at home job you’re bombarded with information, that often it’s difficult to decipher what’s legit and what’s not. While I can offer advice on scam prevention and where to find  legitimate work at home jobs postings, there is still an element of uncertainty.

To help take some of this uncertainty out of your job search, I’ve put together a list of 20 work at home companies that have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.

1. Appen Butler Hill

Hires search engine evaluators to provide feedback on Internet search results. This part-time telecommuting opportunity is open to both US and International residents. Average pay is $14 an hour.

2. Atena

Hires nurses to work from home (telework) in case management, pre-certification, and as nurse consultants. Candidates must have their RN license.

3. Computer Assistant

Hires remote technicians to provide tech support for a variety of companies. (more…)

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Interview with Abbey Fatica – Working From Home as an Isagenix Independent Associate

Abbey FaticaTell us how you got involved with Isagenix. 

Two years ago, I was introduced to Isagenix by my friend Staci. I was looking for a way to get rid of the baby weight that I was holding onto from my third child. I was not interested in the business at the time because I had a busy online business and startup that I was working on but I loved the products and the changes they had made to my body.

Fast forward a year later after another pregnancy and birth of our fourth baby. I knew we were done having kids and it was high time to start taking care of myself and feeling comfortable in my own skin. I called Staci again and told her that I was ready to get started on the products for good this time, because I knew how amazing they were and how they made me feel so great! I was also in a place career wise where I was looking for a new opportunity, so I decided to take a look at the compensation plan. It was exactly what I was looking for: something that I could do part-time but make a full time salary, work from home, and be able to interact with other moms who wanted the same thing I did. (more…)

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