• Reluctant Entrepreneur Lori Greiner Drove QVC to Success
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    “I hated business. I didn’t really have any interest,” QVC queen Lori Greiner has confessed. “But that doesn’t mean you don’t have a knack for it.” In developing and marketing her first product, Lori Greiner found that she had not only a knack for business but an unexpected ability for entrepreneurship. The reluctant entrepreneur now owns more than 115 patents and is the undisputed wonder woman of the QVC home shopping network. Greiner is also one of the sharks on Shark Tank which recently started its fifth season on ABC. The show, which gives budding entrepreneurs a chance to break into the big time with

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  • Changing the Employment Paradigm
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    Changing the Employment Paradigm, the New Definition of Entrepreneur Since our country’s inception, American entrepreneurs have played a major role in driving U.S. economic growth and success. You have only to watch ABC’s reality show Shark Tank to realize that America’s entrepreneurial spirit is as strong today as ever. But as noted in our previous post, changes in the U.S. employment paradigm are about to swell the ranks of the country’s entrepreneurial community with a new class of entrepreneurs that are taking on the challenges and risks of managing their own business less by choice than by necessity. For these

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  • Entrepreneurs are Disrupting Unemployment






    A recent Forbes.com post offered the provocative thought that Entrepreneurs are Disrupting Unemployment. Co-written by LiveNinja founder Will Weinraub and marketing strategist Dorie Clark, a professor at the Duke University Fuqua School of Business and author of Reinventing You: Define Your Brand, Imagine Your Future, the article reinterprets unemployment data, suggesting that hidden beneath the statistics is the undocumented rise of a powerful entrepreneurial work force that is changing the focus of American business. As the authors note, instead of — and sometimes in addition to — shoveling out resumes and standing in never-ending job fair lines, an increasing number

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  • Unintentional Entrepreneurs Find Satisfaction in Self-Employment

    High unemployment rates have spurred the growth of unintentional entrepreneurs and Self-Employment. Frustrated by months of fruitless job hunting, people who lost their jobs during the recession have been reinventing themselves as self-employed entrepreneurs. For many, what started as an act of desperation has become a more enjoyable alternative to the corporate 9-to-5 rat race. Eric Ewald of Cary, North Carolina is an excellent example of these unintentional entrepreneurs. Profiled by Bridgette Lacy on NewsObserver.com, Ewald is a former environmental engineer for the petroleum industry who launched a pet sitting service and couldn’t be happier. “Self-Employment was a very organic transition,” Ewald

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  • Smart Tech Tools for Entrepreneurs






    To paraphrase the Ancient Greek mathematician Archimedes, with the right tool you can move the world. The concept is as true for entrepreneurs as it is for engineers. Having the right technology tools at your disposal can make it faster, easier and cheaper to launch and manage a business on Zoondy. In the final article of an excellent series on creative business solutions (find links onForbes.com), entrepreneur Patrick Hull shared his list of essential tech tools for budding entrepreneurs: Cloud Services: Working in the cloud offers the significant advantage of being able to access your entire business anytime, anywhere and

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  • More Time Management Tips for Self-Employed Workers






    Time is a precious commodity when you’re self-employed. Good time management skills can make the difference between success and failure when you operate a freelance, entrepreneurial or home-based business on Zoondy. As Robert Half International staffing experts noted on MSN.CareerBuilder.com (see our previous post), adopting a practical approach to time management can make you a more productive worker. Use these additional time management tips to maximize your productivity: Triage interruptions. While a major drain on productivity, interruptions are part of the normal workday. The trick is to differentiate between interruptions that require immediate attention and those that can be addressed at

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  • Practical Time Management Tips Boost Productivity






    Effective time management is one of the biggest challenges when operating your own business, especially if you are a freelancer or are a home-based entrepreneur on Zoondy. Learning to manage your time wisely in the real world isn’t about shaving seconds off your schedule but about learning to create a workable balance of discipline and flexibility. The global staffing gurus at Robert Half International recently posted “time-management tips for the real world” on MSN.CareerBuilder.com. If you’re starting a freelance, contract or entrepreneurial business on Zoondy, we think you’ll find their tips and a few nuggets gleaned from our own entrepreneurial experiences

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  • Non-Linear Career Paths Gaining Popularity and Acceptance






    Recent wrangling in Congress over student loan interest rates has focused the national spotlight on the financial burden of getting a college education. According to an analysis by the Huffington Post: “In 10 years, the average amount of debt college students leave school with will equal what the median graduate will earn in just a year. In 2012, the median income for all college graduates was $46,412 while average student loan debt was $28,720.” Debt + Unemployment = Financial Disaster Adding insult to injury, unemployment rates for recent college grads under age 25 is around 7%, according to CNN Money.

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  • Can Job Hopping Can Help Employment Opportunities?






    Ever since the demise of the 30-year career at a single company, job expectations have been in a state of flux. Today’s new employment reality is that workers can expect to not only work for several different companies during their lifetime; but they will most likely have careers in several completely different fields. Job security has become a rare and precious commodity; sought by all, achieved by few. As we noted in our previous post, job hopping is the new norm. Once considered a resume negative, the right kind of job hopping can actually improve your opportunities for employment, as Jennifer Merritt of

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  • Does Job Hopping Hurt Your Employment Chances?






    Frowned upon by HR departments, job-hopping has become common in today’s challenging employment environment. For many people, moving from one company to the next after only a year or two has become a matter of economic necessity rather than a sign of poor job or people skills. Many people aren’t job hopping because they want to but because they have too. Ever since the start of the recession, U.S. businesses have been engaging in onerous employment practices to save money that have undermined employee loyalty and caused more workers to look for greener pastures. At the height of the recession

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