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How to Run a Business from the Middle of Nowhere

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Remember Raymond Tusk from House of Cards?

The Koch-inspired billionaire who headquartered his company in Missouri (of all places), lived in a modest house with his wife, and spent his free time roaming the Ozarks bird watching? Despite living thousands of miles away from politic power houses and industry hubs, Tusk’s enterprises extended their reach into international markets from the Show Me State, all the way to China.

While I’m not much like Gerald McCraney’s House of Cards character (we exist in totally different tax brackets), we do have one similarity – running a business from the middle of nowhere.

Throughout business school, I carefully researched up and coming metro areas and startup communities, trying to identify the “perfect” place to headquarter my consulting firm.  Continue Reading…

Lifestyle/ Travel Notes

5 Questions to Ask Before Buying Your First Kayak

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If you follow me on Instagram, you know I love to paddle.

Summer’s a little late coming in the Midwest, so June starts my four month season of kayaking in lakes and rivers all across Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, and Iowa. I’m pretty psyched about getting “Susie” – my budget-friendly, Lifetime® kayak – back in the water. It’s been a while since I felt the “paddle burn” in my forearms, after a long day’s trek upstream; there are few places I’d rather be than in the middle of a peaceful body of water with just my boat, my dog, and my camera.

Maybe you’re thinking about purchasing a kayak, or maybe you just enjoy an annual float and are wondering if it’d be cost effective to invest in your own. Paddling’s a great hobby with fabulous fitness benefits; plus it’s a fun new way to see familiar places or explore new destinations.

In case you’ve been bitten by the summertime paddle bug, here are five questions to ask before buying your first kayak:

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Career Advice/ Caregiving/Family/ Freelancing

5 Freelancing Sites for MBA Grads

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  The gig economy and its “freeing” freelancing gets a lot of headlines these days.
Promotional campaigns spotlighting the ultimate career woman raking in thousands of dollars from the comfort of her chic designed home office have many young professionals wondering, “Is the commute worth it?” or “Could freelancing be my escape from Cubicleville”?
With my hard-earned MBA in hand, I hit the freelancing market with gusto, eager to get a jump on all my graduating peers (and my always-accruing-interest student loans).
​For months, I’d read everything I could find on this wondrous world of freelancing, been mesmerized by hours of inspiring ad campaigns, and spent many a late night perfecting my freelancer profile. I was certain that I’d done everything “right” to pull an MBA hourly with just my laptop and make-shift office; but things didn’t go as planned.

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Entrepreneurship/ Money Matters

7 Tips for Raising Startup Capital

Guest Post: ​Elena Tahora

 Startup companies do not run on just ideas.

There is equipment involved, a place to operate and of course, people to hire. This is where ‘seed funding’ comes into play.

The seed funding is initial capital a company raised to fund the startup. The seed funding can come from the owner’s own pocket but most of the time it comes from outside. In order to raise the money you need, you have to negotiate well with investors.

Raising seed funding can be quite hard so we have gathered a few tips that may help you along the way!

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Entrepreneurship/ Freelancing/ Money Matters

5 Things to Do When Your Business Isn’t Making Money

When I started my business, I knew I was gonna make millions.

Yeah, it didn’t quite work out that way…

Chances are, when you started your company, you were planning on cashing in as well.

But what happens when hitting the motherlode Month 2 doesn’t?

What can you do when your business isn’t making money?

Does a zero profit margin mean you have to say “goodbye” and “no more” to your business brain child, or is there a few Hail Mary’s you can claim to give your entity a fighting chance?

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Career Advice/ Entrepreneurship/ Money Matters

3 Tips for Dealing with Startup Growing Pains

Not everything about starting a business is fun.

In fact, a lot of the work during the early growth stages just, well, sucks.

Yes, you read that right. 

Startups can be stressful; however, the sucky, pull-your-hair-out growth stage isn’t forever. In fact, the not-so-fun startup phase can provide you a lot of information about both your business and your market – what works and what doesn’t work – that will shape your company’s future. Being able to weather the startup storm, and respond to the growing pains of your baby biz can be a “make it or break it” phase of your entrepreneurial career.

Here are three tips for making the growth phase less “sucky”:

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Caregiving/Family/ Wellness

Be Vocal: Let’s Talk Mental Health

What do you think of when you hear the term “mental health”?

Do you have visions of barbaric psychiatric hospitals from America’s past?

Do you become uncomfortable, afraid someone will either start discussing something you don’t want to talk about, or fearful you’ll say something insensitive and stupid in response?

Do you avoid discussing mental health because it’s a topic that we’ve learned to avoid at all costs, in order to dodge unfortunate discrimination and social isolation?

Nearly 44 million American adults–1 in 5 Americans—are affected by a mental health condition in any given year; yet, as a society, we refuse to talk about it. 

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Career Advice/ Give Back

5 Resources for Millennials Interested in Serving on Nonprofit Boards

Millennials are all about giving back – we support socially conscious brands, practically invented crowdfunding, and are repeatedly reported to be one of the most financially generously generations in American history.

But what about giving back to our community?

What about giving back through our professional skill set?

What about serving on a nonprofit board?

Truth bomb: I didn’t have any interest in serving on a nonprofit board until I was invited. I assumed that was simply something retired professionals and politically-inclined individuals sitting on a cushy pension or salary used to fill their time; I had no idea it was even an option for young professionals like myself.

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Lifestyle/ Wellness

Best Time to Exercise: Before or After Clocking In?

Guest Post by Kelsey Morgan

When your alarm blares early in the morning hours, do you roll over with a smile on your face, ready to confront the day? Or do you snooze the sound over and over again until you have no choice but to get up, or else be late for work?

For those capable of getting up and ready early in the morning, the pre-dawn workout might not be such a big deal. But for the rest of us, the thought only makes us want to snuggle deeper down into our blankets and hide away from everything — sun and all.

There seems to be this pervasive opinion in the realm of health, though, that states working out in the mornings is better than in the evenings. How true is this statement, though? Does the time of day really matter to your metabolism? To the calories you intake? Last time I checked, neither of those things could tell time. Continue Reading…

Career Advice/ Caregiving/Family/ Higher Education/ Veteran/Military/ Wellness

3 Tips for Dealing with Major Life Transitions

Heraclitus, a Greek philosopher that lived a century before Plato, is credited with saying, “The only thing that is constant is change.”

Most of us have experienced tumultuous transition times during our lives.

Sometimes it’s for something exciting, like a new job, a new relationship, or even a new hobby.

Other times, the changes aren’t that awesome, such as the loss of a loved one, organizational downsizing, and moving into a crappy rental.

“Good” or “bad” changes, stress almost always accompanies major life transitions.

Are you nodding your head “Yes” right now? Have you recently experienced big changes in your life? Continue Reading…