Category Archives: Business and Entrepreneurship

Peace ~ Love ~ Joy

During this holiday season – and on this important day for many who celebrate Christmas – I wish you and your loved ones peace, love, and joy. I am grateful for your support and friendship during 2015! My best wishes … Continue reading

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Components of a Business Plan: Competitive Analysis (Article 4 of Business Planning Series)

(This is Article 4 of a series in Business Planning. You can read the previous articles here: Article 1, Article 2, Article 3.) In the previous articles of this Business Planning Series, I focused on the general aspects of why a business needs a … Continue reading

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Components of a Business Plan: Market Analysis (Article 3 of Business Planning Series)

(This is Article 3 of a series in Business Planning. You can read the previous articles here: Article 1, Article 2). In my previous articles on the Business Planning Series, I focused on the general aspects of why a business needs … Continue reading

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Components of a Business Plan: Introduction, Vision, Mission, Products/Services (Article 2 of Business Planning Series)

(This article is part of a series on Business Planning. You can read Article 1 here.)  A business plan is generally composed of the following sections: Cover, Table of Contents, Introduction, Vision, Mission, Products and/or Services, Market Analysis, Competitive Analysis, Management … Continue reading

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The Importance of Developing a Business Plan and Marketing Plan (Article I of Business Planning Series)

Many business owners start with a particular idea in which they see an attractive opportunity to generate profit, or maybe they envision the realization of a life-long dream. Perhaps they also imagine the flexibility of not being subject to a … Continue reading

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On Pen Names

Writers often ponder over the decision of writing under their real name or adopt a pseudonym or pen name. Personally, I went through this process when I published my second book, Antonio’s Will, a historical novel. My first book was … Continue reading

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Author Q&A: Is it unethical to create a company or fictitious name to publish your own books?

Absolutely not! There is nothing illegal or unethical about obtaining a fictitious name or creating a separate legal entity to operate a business. This includes a business to publish your books. Writing and publishing books is a business like any other, … Continue reading

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Author Q&A: Should I incorporate or form an LLC if I am a self-published author?

This is a very common question, but there is no single answer to it. This decision depends largely on the personal preferences and goals of the author. I covered the topic of selecting a business legal entity on this blog … Continue reading

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A Thought on Piracy

I have published two books to date, releasing my third in the next month or so, and my fourth is in progress. For the past seven years, I have focused on writing (when I could), publishing, and marketing my books. … Continue reading

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Licenses and Permits

Every business owner must identify which licenses and permits are needed to operate the business legally. Many states in the U.S. require all enterprises to be licensed in order to legally operate a business, profession or occupation within the specific … Continue reading

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