"Inspiration" is a recurring section intended to spark ideas and motivation.
In celebration of Black History Month, we highlight the story of Madam C.J. Walker, the country's first African-American self-made millionaire business woman. The historians at the Smithsonian Channel produced a short film about Madam Walker, discussing her upbringing, the challenge that sparked her business idea, her intrepid approach to targeting her market, her business success and legacy. Click here to watch the video
Published February 19, 2018
The holiday season is in full swing, and with it comes added stresses. The to-do lists, the family visits, and the expectations we put on ourselves for a new year can take its toll. Studies show that creating a habit of gratitude can not only relieve stress, it can impact many aspects of life and wellbeing - and not just at the holidays, but throughout the year. Here is a simple article to get you into the mindset of creating a practice of gratitude and get you on the path to wellbeing.
Published December 11, 2017
Do you need to quit your day job to start a business? Or should you create a side hustle first? Author Chris Guillebeau's discusses these topics in his books The $100 Startup and the Happiness Pursuit, providing fodder for new business ideas or ways to add to an existing business. His Side Hustle School series of podcasts (click the Episodes link at the top) covers truly creative business ideas that are an inspiration in and of themselves. At this link, he discusses one woman's six-figure idea to fill a gap in Valentine's candies. And she didn't even quit her day job.
Published October 24, 2017
How do entrepreneurs generate creative ideas?
Writer Molly Reynolds interviewed 10 entrepreneurs to find out what they do to unlock their creative juices. The common thread involved physically moving around or doing something completely unrelated to the problem needing to be solved.
Read more to learn about the various strategies employed by some creative business owners.
Published August 16, 2017