How to Overcome Anxiety About Uncertain Income

Unfortunately, many people stay trapped in a job they hate because they are anxious about the uncertain income of self-employment. I interviewed business owners about how they overcame this type of anxiety. Here are their best tips: * We have been raised to believe that a paycheck and benefits provide safety. What I would tell them […]

Advice on Turning Money-Making Hobbies Into Careers

I asked people with money-making hobbies what advice they have for people considering whether to keep their hobby as pure pleasure or as an income-producing career or business. Not surprisingly, they had very different things to say about their experiences and their advice varied. That’s because there isn’t one path that is true of everyone, […]

How to Be an Intrapreneur

If you Google, “How to be an intrapreneur,” Google will inquire, “Did you mean, “How to be an entrepreneur?” In writing up notes for this blog post, Microsoft Word flagged the word “intrapreneur” as a spelling error; TextEdit on my Mac actually changed “intrapreneurship” to “entrepreneurship” in an unwanted attempt to help me. Intrapreneurship is […]

Career Profiles of Reluctant Entrepreneurs

Reluctant entrepreneurs are people who started businesses out of desperation rather than choice. For each of these reluctant entrepreneurs, the journey was challenging but the outcomes were extremely positive. Please enjoy their success stories. Alex Andon, Biotech Data Analyst to Jellyfish Art Entrepreneur Ben Coleman, Propane Truck Industry Professional To Bonsai Author and Inventor Eric B. Heinbockel, Job Seeker To Chocolate Entrepreneur Forrest Graves, […]

Entrepreneur Success Story: Origami Bonsai

This interview was originally published in 2010. Today’s entrepreneur success story features Ben Coleman. Ben created a business around his love of origami, the art of folding paper into objects. What type of career did you have before you launched your business? In my previous job, I worked for a manufacturer of propane trucks. I managed […]

How To Overcome Age Discrimination

Dear Dr. Civitelli, I’m 58, soon to be 59. I have spent the last 15 years as an entrepreneur and I have published six books. I want to get back into the workforce but I’m either overqualified or my qualifications aren’t current enough. I can’t even get a job at the local grocery store because […]

Book Review: Women Entrepreneur Revolution

When a publicist asked me if I wanted to review Women Entrepreneur Revolution: Ready! Set! Launch! by Jenn Aubert, my immediate response was, “Definitely!” If there is one thing I am enthusiastic about, it is entrepreneurship whether for women or men. I’m a fan of entrepreneurship even for salaried employees because I like to see people […]

How To Use LinkedIn: Success Stories

To many people, LinkedIn seems like a chaotic, confusing mess. It can feel like there are too many strangers trying to connect with you, too many people trying to sell you something, and too much content that isn’t relevant to you. Or, it can feel like the worst parts of high school where the popular […]

Book Review: What Business Should I Start?

If you want to start a business but you aren’t sure what business to start, What Business Should I Start?: 7 Steps To Discovering The Ideal Business For You is one of the few books to offer a step-by-step process to evaluate and choose a business to launch. In the 7 step process for decision-making, […]

Startup Coach Career Profile: Devesh Dwivedi

A startup coach can help you make your entrepreneurial launch happen faster and with more success. VocationVillage.com interviewed Devesh Dwivedi, Chief Entrepreneur, Business Coach, Consultant, and Author of Breaking The 9 To 5 Jail. Hello, Devesh Dwivedi. Please tell us more about what you do. I’m an entrepreneur and I wear many hats – a […]