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Welcome to the Self Made. This is a blog focused primarily on the self-employed and micro-business and full of fantastic posts by not only our team of experts but by YOU!  We realize that there are many ways to help the small businesses out there which is why we invite other business minded individuals to post here and help the rest of the community as well.

How to Navigate the Early Days of Your New Small Business


COVID-19 Pandemic and Your Small Business

Business Person Wearing Mask The COVID19 crisis has severely impacted small businesses. Unfortunately, they overrepresent the hardest-hit sectors like retail, hotels, food services, entertainment services, and construction.

How Can a Kid Start a Small Business?

Lemonade Stand It's fun to set up a business when you're a kid or a teen! It brings the potential to gain childhood skills that will assist you in becoming a successful adult. Also, there's profit to be gained! But how do you create a business as a child or a teen? Regardless of age, you'll have to follow the same revenue rules as an adult when starting.

6 Legal Mistakes That Can Tank Your Small Business

Closed Business Hindsight is 20/20. But the last thing you want is to see where you went wrong in your business after it failed, especially if the mistakes could have been prevented. Sometimes, a legal oversight leads to a business's demise – something you forgot to do or didn't do correctly.

9 Tips For Starting A Small Business

Conference Space Starting a small business is a difficult path, the complexity of which does not depend on the number of funds invested. It requires knowledge, skills, and continuous learning. We do not frighten you and do not ask you to go astray, on the contrary, we sanctify the realities that you will have to face. It is enough for you to develop a plan, not be afraid of difficulties and be decisive, then your business will surely be successful. Today we'll share 9 tips for starting your own small business.

Authentic and Professional Branding Strategies for Your Business

As a self-employed professional, you want your brand to be a positive representation of who you are. But developing a brand image can be a long, arduous process, particularly for those who lack a marketing or design background.

Mitigating Burnout While Self Employed

Being self-employed is an adventure. Most of the time, that adventure is fun, filled with new experiences, and is deeply rewarding. The best part of all: you’re the one making it happen. But what happens when you don’t feel the urge to get up in the morning and start working? What if your day-to-day routine becomes stagnated and you feel constantly overwhelmed?

How Can Self-Employed Business Owners Join The Circular Economy

Many self-employed small business owners are beginning to appreciate the role of sustainability in their daily operations. This often comes in the form of what is known as a circular economy. A circular economic model intends to tackle pertinent issues such as climate change, pollution, and similar "green" notions.

Should You Remain a Sole Proprietor or Form a Company?

As a new entrepreneur, you may enjoy the ease and simplicity of operating as a sole proprietor, but there are several things to consider like the size of the business, the nature of the product or service that you provide, tax considerations, and more that should determine whether to continue running it as a sole proprietor or establish a formal company.

Ebbs and Flows: How to Prepare Your Business For Inconsistency

Charles Darwin wrote the quote above talking about animal evolution, but he may as well have been talking about business. The businesses that excel and thrive over time are not the strongest or smartest, but the most adaptable ones. Even if you’re not in a seasonal industry, you’ll face good years and bad years. Being prepared is essential. How can you keep things as stable as possible but still make your company resilient when it comes to ebbs and flows? Let’s take a look.

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