Start Small and Start Somewhere: Ideas to Inspire Action

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When it comes to starting a business, taking the first step is the hardest. Just the idea can be scary and there are a million “what ifs” that run through your head. But I’ve got an important piece of news for you, something that most people don’t think of, and when they do they place it on a shelve in the back of their mind and continue coming up with ideas and daydreaming their lives away. That news? If

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Career Confidential: Co-founders of SkinYoga

SYOwnersSo we have never done a Career Confidential like this, but there is a first time for everything. Today, we are featuring the co-founders of SkinYoga, a natural skincare brand out of India. The best part is that these three ladies happen to be sisters too! They each answered 5 questions from the Career Confidential Q&A.

Full name: Deepika Choudhary

Position / Job title: Co-founder at SkinYoga

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? :

I wanted

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5 Things to Know Before Starting A Fashion Line

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Creating your own fashion line from scratch is anything but easy or cheap. “Whether or not you went to school for fashion design, there are still many aspects of cultivating a concept into reality that can only be learned first hand,” states Jennifer Philbrook, Co-Founder of Stitch Method. “While my education has provided me with extensive insight, it was learning from my mistakes that helped me launch my own successful line.”

Stitch Method is Chicago’s

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Keep work stress out of your vacation with these easy tips

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As it’s mid-July and the summer is half over, this is the time to take a much needed break before the craziness of work picks up again in the fall. I know the idea of a week away can be scary when you own a business, especially if you charge hourly, but I’ve come to learn that time not working is just as important for your business as time working. It gives you the opportunity to completely

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Three Things I Wish I Had Known in My 20’s: Danielle Tate

DanielleTate_0150c-LWhen Danielle Tate got married in 2005, it took her 13 hours to change her name. Way too long! The experience prompted her to start MissNowMrs.com, so other brides wouldn’t have to suffer through the tedious process. To do this, Danielle researched name-changing laws and rules in all 50 states, and came up with her unique three-step, 30-minute online service.

Through the company’s unique service guides, brides answer a series of questions. Their answers are used to auto-populate all of their state and U.S. government name-change forms,

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Three Things I Wish I Had Known in My 20’s: Donna Novitsky

Donna Novitsky PhotoDonna Novitsky is no stranger to the world of Silicon Valley start-ups.

Depending on how you count them, Yiftee is Donna’s 3rd or 19th start-up. In addition to being CEO, she teaches marketing to engineers and entrepreneurs at Stanford University! Previously, she was a partner at a leading venture capital firm.

So what exactly is Yiftee? It is pretty cool! The app and website allow customers to purchase gifts for their friends and loved ones from the local shops and restaurants they love, whether they are

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Career Confidential: Gabrielle Cimon

3788Full name?: Gabrielle Cimon

Position / Job title?: Founder and Designer for Plumeria Swimwear

1. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to work in Fashion.

2. Fast-forward several years/decades. How did you land (or create) your current position? I had a passion for designing clothes and remember trying to make my own by sketching new ideas and shopping for fabric. I didn’t feel very fulfilled from my previous career, even though it was good experience for

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5 Tips for Managing a Healthy Work/Life Balance

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As someone who owns her own business I spend a lot of time working. It takes a great deal of time, energy and discipline to work for yourself, but over the years I’ve learned how to manage that time in a way that doesn’t eat into my social life.

I haven’t always been a master at this balancing act of work and life. When I first started doing PR I found I had little work to do, but

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Career Confidential: Emily Raleigh

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Full name?: Emily Raleigh

Position / Job title?: Founder & Smart Starter of The Smart Girls Group

1. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

President and a member of the New York City Ballet (simultaneously).

2. Fast-forward several years/decades. How did you land (or create) your current position?

I founded The Smart Girls Group, which provides products, resources, and opportunities that empower ambitious women and girls. The Smart Girls Group idea really started when I was

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Three Things I Wish I Had Known in My 20’s: Sandra Correia

Sandra new low-resI have always been a dreamer. As a teen, I dreamed of becoming a flight attendant, jetting around the world, discovering new places, and living what I imagined would be a glamorous life. Later I wanted to be a journalist, covering major stories across the globe. Ultimately, it was entrepreneurship that has taken me around the world – building my business, meeting new people and sharing experiences along the way.

I grew up in a small

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