Member stories articles https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/subject/04/Finding-Inspiration Member stories articles Fri, 18 Oct 2019 12:14:53 GMT Finding-Inspiration 2019-10-18T12:14:53Z Planning Inventory: How to Protect Your Small Business from the Unforeseen https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/planning-inventory-how-to-protect-your-small-business-from-the/05/320065 <P>“Someone's sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago”. This statement by Warren Buffett, one of the most successful investors in the world, is just the right metaphor describing a small business owner who prioritizes planning in inventory control. Playing by ear, going with your gut instinct or struggling to bring order into a scramble of documented transactions are weak efforts to plan replenishment ahead. A lack of inventory planning in an inventory-oriented business is a way to go down. Let me dwell on why and how you should bake a solid inventory planning process into your stock management.</P> Tue, 04 Jun 2019 14:37:10 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/planning-inventory-how-to-protect-your-small-business-from-the/05/320065 Anonymous 2019-06-04T14:37:10Z QuickBooks with Hosting and QuickBooks Online for inventory tracking: does your business need a third-party app to give their inventory features a boost? https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/quickbooks-with-hosting-and-quickbooks-online-for-inventory/05/279034 <P><SPAN>Small inventory-centric business at different stages of growth knows the value of well-aligned bookkeeping and inventory data. An integration of accounting software and an inventory control app is considered great as long as it streamlines operations, automates your workflows, eases the many pains of tax reporting and lets you run your business on the go. QuickBooks still being the choice of an overwhelming majority of small inventory-based businesses offers its hosted Desktop and Online versions to small companies with inventory management needs, but they do not address inventory-related problems to the same degree. From an inventory control standpoint, it sometimes becomes a real challenge for small companies to decide which version to go with, and if there is a need for a third-party app to augment QuickBooks’ inventory features. Let us bring more clarity into these questions.</SPAN></P> Wed, 03 Apr 2019 11:38:47 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/quickbooks-with-hosting-and-quickbooks-online-for-inventory/05/279034 Anonymous 2019-04-03T11:38:47Z The Costly Mistake to Avoid When Running Facebook Ads with a Messenger Bot Comment Growth Tool https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/the-costly-mistake-to-avoid-when-running-facebook-ads-with-a/05/235626 <P>If you're planning to run a Facebook engagement ad with a Messenger bot to teens 13-18, you need to read this or you could lose tons of money!</P> Sat, 02 Feb 2019 19:09:35 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/the-costly-mistake-to-avoid-when-running-facebook-ads-with-a/05/235626 CamilleKleinman 2019-02-02T19:09:35Z PROFILE: Grab Green’s Natural Homecare Products Are Kid-Safe, Pet-Safe and Suit Every Budget https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/profile-grab-green-s-natural-homecare-products-are-kid-safe-pet/05/195601 <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/8739i457CEF4396E5E6E3/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="QB_LA_18-10-05_GRAB-GREEN_0145_PORTRAIT-B-FULL-FRAME-NO-VIGNETTE.png" title="QB_LA_18-10-05_GRAB-GREEN_0145_PORTRAIT-B-FULL-FRAME-NO-VIGNETTE.png" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Name:</STRONG> Patricia Spencer</P> <P><STRONG>Business:</STRONG> <U><A href="https://grabgreenhome.com/">Grab Green</A></U></P> <P><STRONG>Location:</STRONG> Camarillo, CA</P> <P><STRONG>Launched:</STRONG> September 2009</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><EM>Back in 2006, Patricia Spencer was a soccer mom and a frustrated entrepreneur. Her plan to create and sell an all-in-one kitchen mixer had stalled out because everyone confused her product with a blender. Standing on the sidelines of a game one typical Saturday, Patricia explained her frustration to Michael Edell, a fellow soccer dad. When he asked about her plan B, Patricia mentioned an idea she’d had years before: She wanted to create an effective, non-toxic, eco-friendly laundry detergent. Michael was intrigued. The next day, Patricia arrived at his office with a presentation about the market potential of a natural, safe detergent. They soon decided to work together, and Patricia, a self-described “closet chemist,” set to work to create her dream product. After a year of nonstop testing, she hit on the formula for making the first pod-based detergent in the homecare industry. Grab Green had officially shifted from concept to company, and Patricia couldn’t wait to introduce the world to her new products. Patricia tells us about starting, running and growing Grab Green and explains why she’s passionate about making “clean” products available to everybody -- and their pets.</EM></P> Mon, 03 Dec 2018 18:04:27 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/profile-grab-green-s-natural-homecare-products-are-kid-safe-pet/05/195601 ssimhan 2018-12-03T18:04:27Z PROFILE: LeNique Dancewear Is a Bedazzling Business Success https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/profile-lenique-dancewear-is-a-bedazzling-business-success/05/195594 <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/8736i6CCD0EEFB667BBED/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="QB_LA_18-10-04_LENIQUE_0375_PORTRAIT-B-FULL-FRAME-NO-VIGNETTE.png" title="QB_LA_18-10-04_LENIQUE_0375_PORTRAIT-B-FULL-FRAME-NO-VIGNETTE.png" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;<STRONG><BR />Name:</STRONG> Nick and Lena Kosovich</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Business: </STRONG><U><A href="http://www.lenique.com/">LeNique Exclusive Designer Dancewear</A></U></P> <P><STRONG>Location:</STRONG> Los Angeles, CA</P> <P><STRONG>Launched:</STRONG> 1999</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><EM>Nick and Lena Kosovich have been dancing since they were kids growing up in Australia and Siberia respectively. After meeting on the dance circuit, the couple competed together for 15 years while also building their stellar reputation as competitive-dance instructors, choreographers, teacher-trainers and highly esteemed industry consultants. Nearly two decades ago, when Nick and Lena were living in New York, they started designing and selling one or two dance costumes a month to help pay for their travel expenses. Word spread about their custom-made, rhinestone-bedazzled dresses that were also highly functional and comfortable. Realizing there was great demand for their designs, Nick and Lena launched LeNique so competitive ballroom and Latin dancers, as well as ice-skaters and other performers, could look and feel great in the spotlight. When the couple relocated to California in 2005, it only took them a month to ramp up to their New York-level of sales. Now, LeNique has 24 full-time and part-time employees including sales reps on both coasts and a team of professional tailors and seamstresses who make up to 50 new costumes every week. We talked with Nick about the company’s shiny, sparkly success.</EM></P> Mon, 03 Dec 2018 18:05:12 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/profile-lenique-dancewear-is-a-bedazzling-business-success/05/195594 ssimhan 2018-12-03T18:05:12Z PROFILE: Scott Greenberg’s Water Rover Cleverly Keep Dogs Hydrated https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/profile-scott-greenberg-s-water-rover-cleverly-keep-dogs/05/190121 <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" style="width: 900px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/8214iB7DB87B6820D83A5/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="smaller.png" title="smaller.png" /></span></P> <P><STRONG>Name:</STRONG> Scott Greenberg</P> <P><STRONG>Business: </STRONG><U><A href="https://www.waterrover.com/">Water Rover</A></U></P> <P><STRONG>Location: </STRONG>Irvine, CA</P> <P><STRONG>Launched: </STRONG>1998<STRONG>&nbsp;</STRONG></P> <P><EM>Like so many great business ideas, the epiphany for Water Rover hit during a walk. Specifically, Stan and Ruth Greenberg were strolling one hot August evening in southern California with their dog, Black Bear. Along the way, they offered Black Bear water from a bottle, but he kept refusing to drink. By the time the pooch decided he was thirsty, Stan and Ruth had used up all the water. Stan, a retired engineer, decided there had to be a better way to keep dogs from dehydrating. He made some sketches for a bowl-and-bottle prototype and showed them to his son, Scott. Scott made a key suggestion – make the corners of the bowl round, not square! – and a product was born. For several years, Water Rover was manufactured in Thailand. Flash forward to today, when Scott is the now the proud owner of the company, and Water Rover is made in the United States. That’s just one more reason animal lovers rave about this clever invention which gives them a hands-free way to carry water for their furry companions and to pour unused water back into the bottle. Multiple problems solved!</EM></P> Mon, 03 Dec 2018 18:05:30 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/profile-scott-greenberg-s-water-rover-cleverly-keep-dogs/05/190121 ssimhan 2018-12-03T18:05:30Z Three D Traffic Works Is a Family Business Focused on Green Traffic-Safety Products https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/three-d-traffic-works-is-a-family-business-focused-on-green/05/190111 <P><STRONG><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" style="width: 720px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/8210i94D3498DB24FC69A/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="QB_LA_18-10-02_THREE-D_0036_LOC-A-FULL-FRAME-NO-VIGNETTE.png" title="QB_LA_18-10-02_THREE-D_0036_LOC-A-FULL-FRAME-NO-VIGNETTE.png" /></span></STRONG><STRONG>&nbsp;</STRONG></P> <P><STRONG>Name: </STRONG>The Dvoracek siblings: Kathy, Frank and Joe</P> <P><STRONG>Business:</STRONG> <U><A href="http://www.trafficwks.com/">Three D Traffic Works</A></U></P> <P><STRONG>Location:</STRONG> Burbank, CA</P> <P><STRONG>Launched:</STRONG> 1999</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><EM>It’s no exaggeration to say that Kathy (Dvoracek) Trumbo and her brothers, Frank and Joe, have been immersed in the injection molding business pretty much since birth. Their dad started his own custom molding company in his garage in the 60s, and Kathy and her siblings – also known as the “Three Ds” – earned pocket money by separating boxes of parts. (Fun fact: When the plastic skateboard craze hit its heyday in the 70s, the company made 30 million urethane wheels and 7 million boards!). As adults, Kathy, Frank and Joe decided to start their own injection molding company, just down the street from their dad’s operation. </EM></P> <P><EM>&nbsp;</EM></P> <P><EM>The Three Ds designed and produced everything from landscape drainage lines to a popular plastic folding sawhorse until forming the Three D Traffic Works division in 1999. Now, Kathy and the team create a proprietary line of traffic-safety products for the highway industry. They proudly use recycled materials and green manufacturing techniques. This approach, as well as an unwavering commitment to innovation and quality, has helped Three D Traffic Works survive industry and economic downturns. Today, with an impressive 55 employees, Three D is the go-to manufacturer for top-notch, eco-friendly traffic-safety products</EM>.</P> Wed, 07 Nov 2018 19:44:39 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/three-d-traffic-works-is-a-family-business-focused-on-green/05/190111 ssimhan 2018-11-07T19:44:39Z The Holiday Season Is Here. Plan, Produce and Don’t Panic! https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/the-holiday-season-is-here-plan-produce-and-don-t-panic/05/188221 <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/8122i29BDEA6D29190EBC/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="iStock-1018285984.jpg" title="iStock-1018285984.jpg" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>If your business booms during the holiday shopping season, you’ve no doubt been getting ready for your busiest months for weeks, if not longer. We asked eight hard-working entrepreneurs to tell us what they are doing right now to gear up for the holiday crush ahead. In a word: They’re on it!</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>(By the way, all of these business owners will be selling their wares at&nbsp;<U><A href="https://quickbooksconnect.com/?cid=dis_US_QBCommunityPage_QBConnectContent_organic_qbconnect">QB Connect 2018</A></U>&nbsp;in San Jose (November 5-7th). If you’re there, be sure to stop by and say hi! (Want to attend QB Connect but haven’t registered yet?&nbsp;<U><A href="https://quickbooksconnect.com/?cid=dis_US_QBCommunityPage_QBConnectContent_organic_qbconnect">Click here</A></U>.)</P> Wed, 31 Oct 2018 20:43:06 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/the-holiday-season-is-here-plan-produce-and-don-t-panic/05/188221 ssimhan 2018-10-31T20:43:06Z Meet the 16 Featured Vendor-Entrepreneurs Who Will Be at QB Connect in San Jose Nov 5-7 https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/meet-the-16-featured-vendor-entrepreneurs-who-will-be-at-qb/05/187057 <P><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">You probably know that QuickBooks Connect is an exciting, inspiring conference packed with entrepreneurs eager to learn about growing a successful business. And you know what makes QB Connect even better? All the amazing shopping opportunities that let you support small businesses -- and cross some items off you holiday gift list!</SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><A href="https://quickbooksconnect.com/"><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">QuickBooks Connect 2018</SPAN></A><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;"><SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN>in San Jose, CA (November 5-7) will play host to some superstar entrepreneurs at the Connect Bazaar. Stop by their booths and support your fellow small-business owners who will be selling their goods during the conference. Each of these smart, motivated entrepreneurs has a fascinating small business story to share. See for yourself in the profiles below.</SPAN></P> Fri, 26 Oct 2018 23:25:09 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/meet-the-16-featured-vendor-entrepreneurs-who-will-be-at-qb/05/187057 ssimhan 2018-10-26T23:25:09Z LISTEN: QB Community Conversations with Romy Taormina and Julie Gordon White: On Managing Cash Flow and Operations & Raising Your Prices https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/listen-qb-community-conversations-with-romy-taormina-and-julie/05/184297 <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 881px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7900i7A5ABCE346BF785A/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="Intuit_CommConv_Header_8.jpg" title="Intuit_CommConv_Header_8.jpg" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> Thu, 18 Oct 2018 18:21:13 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/listen-qb-community-conversations-with-romy-taormina-and-julie/05/184297 ShanaNiederman 2018-10-18T18:21:13Z Portland’s Little Boxes Gamifies Gifting While Supporting Small Businesses https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/portland-s-little-boxes-gamifies-gifting-while-supporting-small/05/184292 <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 591px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7899i74BD5817B25E1490/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="Screen Shot 2018-10-17 at 12.25.21 PM.png" title="Screen Shot 2018-10-17 at 12.25.21 PM.png" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><FONT size="4"><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">Built Oregon has shone the spotlight on many of Oregon’s small consumer-product businesses (think: chocolate, kombucha, beer, coffee, hot sauce, jewelry and more) by offering an accelerator program and an annual festival. Another key promotional event is Little Boxes, a three-day, post-Thanksgiving shopping scavenger hunt where shoppers collect codes by visiting and purchasing from participating (small, of course) retailers. Then they enter the codes in the Little Boxes app for a chance to win prizes.</SPAN></I></FONT></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><FONT size="4"><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">We spoke with Mitch Daugherty about why shopping local really matters and how he and Terry take an entrepreneurial approach to running their nonprofit: They learn what their target market wants and needs and then provide it.</SPAN></I></FONT></P> Thu, 18 Oct 2018 18:20:55 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/portland-s-little-boxes-gamifies-gifting-while-supporting-small/05/184292 SarahGonzales 2018-10-18T18:20:55Z LISTEN: QB Community Conversations with Michael Bush and Romy Taormina: On Hiring Right for Your Business (Not Just for the Job) https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/listen-qb-community-conversations-with-michael-bush-and-romy/05/184167 <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 881px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7874i8DE199427C81A0F7/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="Intuit_CommConv_Header_7.jpg" title="Intuit_CommConv_Header_7.jpg" /></span></P> Wed, 17 Oct 2018 23:53:23 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/listen-qb-community-conversations-with-michael-bush-and-romy/05/184167 ShanaNiederman 2018-10-17T23:53:23Z Give Great Customer Service Even After Your Product Has Shipped https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/give-great-customer-service-even-after-your-product-has-shipped/05/183982 <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7865i4C807E19F8983A16/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="shutterstock_250474048.jpg" title="shutterstock_250474048.jpg" /></span></P> <P><SPAN>At some point, small business owners will have to navigate a sticky customer service situation due to a missed delivery date, a broken item or some other shipping-related snafu. How you handle it can make or break your business reputation, especially during the high-pressure, high volume holiday shopping season.</SPAN>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> Wed, 17 Oct 2018 18:45:27 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/give-great-customer-service-even-after-your-product-has-shipped/05/183982 WillowOlder 2018-10-17T18:45:27Z Time for a Transition: A Word from QB Community Leader Leslie Barber https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/time-for-a-transition-a-word-from-qb-community-leader-leslie/05/181667 <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-left" style="width: 248px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7795i59729B43BD4BA4DB/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="Screen Shot 2018-10-15 at 10.29.27 AM.png" title="Screen Shot 2018-10-15 at 10.29.27 AM.png" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;Leslie Barber shares a message with the QB Community.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> Mon, 15 Oct 2018 21:14:28 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/time-for-a-transition-a-word-from-qb-community-leader-leslie/05/181667 WillowOlder 2018-10-15T21:14:28Z 4 Best Practices to Boost Your Cyber Security https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/4-best-practices-to-boost-your-cyber-security/05/181623 <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7787i7C414D87E939D735/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="shutterstock_103173644.jpg" title="shutterstock_103173644.jpg" /></span></P> <P>October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM).&nbsp; You may not be able to fend off technically savvy and extremely determined hackers, but you can certainly take small but meaningful steps to batten down all your cyber security hatches.</P> Mon, 15 Oct 2018 17:16:10 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/4-best-practices-to-boost-your-cyber-security/05/181623 WillowOlder 2018-10-15T17:16:10Z 5 Tips to Keep Your Business on Track (and Your Head on Straight) During the Holiday Crush https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/5-tips-to-keep-your-business-on-track-and-your-head-on-straight/05/180890 <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7688i9AD8294E7B684C9B/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="shutterstock_548638960.jpg" title="shutterstock_548638960.jpg" /></span></P> <P>During the crazy holiday season, it’s easy to prioritize your business over well, everything. We’re here to remind you that losing sleep, eating poorly, staying Superglued to a screen or otherwise connected to your work 24/7 is <EM>not</EM> in your best interest. Remember, when your mental, physical and emotional health suffers, so, too, does your business. &nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> Fri, 12 Oct 2018 18:00:00 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/5-tips-to-keep-your-business-on-track-and-your-head-on-straight/05/180890 WillowOlder 2018-10-12T18:00:00Z LISTEN: QB Community Conversations with Caroline McAbee and Julie Gordon White: On Building Trust & Talking Money With Kids https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/listen-qb-community-conversations-with-caroline-mcabee-and-julie/05/181194 <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-left" style="width: 881px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7725i8170C1B08CE9543A/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="Intuit_CommConv_Header_6.jpg" title="Intuit_CommConv_Header_6.jpg" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> Fri, 12 Oct 2018 17:40:00 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/listen-qb-community-conversations-with-caroline-mcabee-and-julie/05/181194 ShanaNiederman 2018-10-12T17:40:00Z LISTEN: QB Community Conversations with Adam Wegener and Romy Taormina: On Fundraising, Scaling and Learning by Listening https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/listen-qb-community-conversations-with-adam-wegener-and-romy/05/181184 <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 881px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7713i995686011E50F89E/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="Intuit_CommConv_Header_5.jpg" title="Intuit_CommConv_Header_5.jpg" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> Thu, 11 Oct 2018 17:46:33 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/listen-qb-community-conversations-with-adam-wegener-and-romy/05/181184 ShanaNiederman 2018-10-11T17:46:33Z Happy Do Something Nice Day! What Will You Do? https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/happy-do-something-nice-day-what-will-you-do/05/180394 <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 866px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7626i2EA0FBBA35FADED4/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="mangift.stocksy.jpg" title="mangift.stocksy.jpg" /></span></P> <P>What’s not to love about a national observance dedicated to making someone else feel good? It doesn’t take much to show your appreciation for another person, whether it’s a friend, a family member, a fellow entrepreneur or even a stranger.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> Fri, 05 Oct 2018 18:00:00 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/happy-do-something-nice-day-what-will-you-do/05/180394 WillowOlder 2018-10-05T18:00:00Z What do you do on your day off? https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/what-do-you-do-on-your-day-off/05/180141 <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-right" style="width: 400px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7591i12B9F4E892D9102C/image-size/medium?v=1.0&amp;px=400" alt="dayoff.shutterstock.jpg" title="dayoff.shutterstock.jpg" /></span></P> <P><SPAN>What do you do? Where do you go? How do you find that moment of restorative peace?</SPAN></P> Fri, 05 Oct 2018 17:00:00 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/what-do-you-do-on-your-day-off/05/180141 EmilyCowan 2018-10-05T17:00:00Z 12 Inspiring and Information-Packed Articles from September (In Case You Missed Them!) https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/12-inspiring-and-information-packed-articles-from-september-in/05/180370 <P><FONT size="5"><EM><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;"><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7621iFA68ADB039060BB0/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="12-september-articles.png" title="12-september-articles.png" /></span></SPAN></EM></FONT></P> <P><FONT size="5"><EM><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">In September we got inside your head! We explored how entrepreneurs, small business owners and freelance workers approach all things business, from creatively solving problems and staying motivated 24/7 to turning an epiphany into action and an idea into a product. Read on -- and be prepared to be impressed.</SPAN></EM></FONT></P> Thu, 04 Oct 2018 20:10:12 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/12-inspiring-and-information-packed-articles-from-september-in/05/180370 SarahGonzales 2018-10-04T20:10:12Z Meet 6 Entrepreneurs Gearing Up for a Busy Holiday Season https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/meet-6-entrepreneurs-gearing-up-for-a-busy-holiday-season/05/180055 <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7577iF8F4F1678816D969/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="shutterstock_511003840.jpg" title="shutterstock_511003840.jpg" /></span></P> <P>The leaves may be just starting to turn golden, but Halloween costumes, candy and decorations have been front and center on shelves and in storefronts for weeks now. It won’t be long before Thanksgiving décor is added to the seasonal display. With the holiday season racing our way, let’s find out how some entrepreneurs are prepping today for their busiest time of year. &nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> Wed, 03 Oct 2018 19:00:00 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/meet-6-entrepreneurs-gearing-up-for-a-busy-holiday-season/05/180055 WillowOlder 2018-10-03T19:00:00Z What's one new thing you've learned recently? https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/what-s-one-new-thing-you-ve-learned-recently/05/180134 <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-right" style="width: 400px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7589iA2651E960FD80578/image-size/medium?v=1.0&amp;px=400" alt="idea.shutterstock.jpg" title="idea.shutterstock.jpg" /></span></P> <P>Launching and running your own business requires continuous self-education, as&nbsp;rising challenges demand creative solutions that may&nbsp;bump up against the limits of your knowledge and expertise. What's one new thing you've learned recently that has helped you solve a thorny problem or take your business to the next level?</P> Wed, 03 Oct 2018 18:00:00 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/what-s-one-new-thing-you-ve-learned-recently/05/180134 EmilyCowan 2018-10-03T18:00:00Z It’s National Get Organized Week! https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/it-s-national-get-organized-week/05/180047 <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7573i55AFC9C01FA6C1B5/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="shutterstock_666666724.jpg" title="shutterstock_666666724.jpg" /></span></P> <P>Yep, National Get Organized Week really is a thing. If you’re feeling scattered, distracted or just tired of frantically juggling a million different tasks, maybe this is the perfect week to up your organizational game. &nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> Wed, 03 Oct 2018 17:00:00 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/it-s-national-get-organized-week/05/180047 WillowOlder 2018-10-03T17:00:00Z What's Your One-Word Theme for October? (Is "Holly-Jolly" One or Two?) https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/what-s-your-one-word-theme-for-october-is-holly-jolly-one-or-two/05/179930 <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-right" style="width: 400px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7555i94102790AF1BCD8E/image-size/medium?v=1.0&amp;px=400" alt="jollyholiday.png" title="jollyholiday.png" /></span>For many of us, 'tis the season to start thinking about holiday retail. And for others, 'tis the season to hire seasonal workers (or make more permanent hires before the holiday crazy), wrap up&nbsp;loose ends on&nbsp;projects (before the holiday crazy),&nbsp;or get busy making plans for&nbsp;workflow/inventory/purchasing/sales &amp; promotions/customer and client appreciation...before the holiday crazy. Am I sensing a theme here?</P> Tue, 02 Oct 2018 18:00:00 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/what-s-your-one-word-theme-for-october-is-holly-jolly-one-or-two/05/179930 EmilyCowan 2018-10-02T18:00:00Z LISTEN: QB Community Conversations with Michael Bush and Maxie McCoy: On Fairness at Work & Positive Thinking for Women Entrepreneurs https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/listen-qb-community-conversations-with-michael-bush-and-maxie/05/179844 <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-left" style="width: 881px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7547iCFF264DF26F9390F/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="Intuit_CommConv_Header_4.jpg" title="Intuit_CommConv_Header_4.jpg" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> Mon, 01 Oct 2018 17:40:38 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/listen-qb-community-conversations-with-michael-bush-and-maxie/05/179844 LeslieBarber 2018-10-01T17:40:38Z Epiphanies R Us! The Ah-Ha Moment Behind 8 Amazing Businesses https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/epiphanies-r-us-the-ah-ha-moment-behind-8-amazing-businesses/05/178022 <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7298iB33491E5AEA6B853/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="shutterstock_333005096.jpg" title="shutterstock_333005096.jpg" /></span></P> <P>Sometimes we think we should rename QB Community “Epiphanies R Us!” As countless community members have told us, you just never know when an idea will pop into your head and BOOM! A seed of an idea grows and blossoms into a successful business. Of course, that flash of inspiration is just the first tiny step on any entrepreneurial journey – but without it, you might not be taking a&nbsp;journey at all.</P> Wed, 03 Oct 2018 18:46:37 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/epiphanies-r-us-the-ah-ha-moment-behind-8-amazing-businesses/05/178022 WillowOlder 2018-10-03T18:46:37Z Do Entrepreneurs Think Differently Than 9-5ers? You Say, Yes! https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/do-entrepreneurs-think-differently-than-9-5ers-you-say-yes/05/178680 <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7386i6B083E81784D1374/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="shutterstock_639818752.jpg" title="shutterstock_639818752.jpg" /></span></P> <P><SPAN>We hear all the time in this community about the mindset that helps entrepreneurs succeed in business. One thing is clear: Working for yourself means thinking differently about every aspect of, well, “work” – what it means to you (everything), when you do it (always</SPAN>),<SPAN>&nbsp;when you put it aside (rarely). Below are some of the insights you’ve shared. Do you recognize yourself in any of these hard-working entrepreneurs? Of course, you do!</SPAN></P> Thu, 27 Sep 2018 18:00:00 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/do-entrepreneurs-think-differently-than-9-5ers-you-say-yes/05/178680 WillowOlder 2018-09-27T18:00:00Z LISTEN: QB Community Conversations with Kimberly Caccavo and Julie Gordon White: On Turning Grit Into Grace & Trusting Your Gut https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/listen-qb-community-conversations-with-kimberly-caccavo-and/05/178711 <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 881px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7391iC16AD94F3B316BAF/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="Intuit_CommConv_Header_3.jpg" title="Intuit_CommConv_Header_3.jpg" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> Mon, 24 Sep 2018 17:42:25 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/listen-qb-community-conversations-with-kimberly-caccavo-and/05/178711 LeslieBarber 2018-09-24T17:42:25Z A Small Business Approach to Research and Development https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/a-small-business-approach-to-research-and-development/05/178047 <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7302i45319478ED40E04A/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="Reserach Dev.jpg" title="Reserach Dev.jpg" /></span></P> <P>Technically speaking, doing research and development or R&amp;D means officially allocating time and resources to a team of inventors or product manufacturers who think of and develop product ideas. This crack team will make prototypes and conduct formal trials with prospective customers to see if a product will fly. If this sounds like it’s well beyond the scope of your budget and resources (both financial and human), you might be right. &nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> Mon, 24 Sep 2018 17:30:00 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/a-small-business-approach-to-research-and-development/05/178047 WillowOlder 2018-09-24T17:30:00Z Happy World Gratitude Day! Here's What the QB Community Team Is Grateful For https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/happy-world-gratitude-day-here-s-what-the-qb-community-team-is/05/178071 <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7305iFC778C8200659C88/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="use.jpg" title="use.jpg" /></span></P> <P>We'll kick off World Gratitude Day by telling you what we on this QB Community team are grateful for. Spoiler alert: We’re all pretty darn delighted to be working with entrepreneurs like you!</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> Fri, 21 Sep 2018 17:00:00 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/happy-world-gratitude-day-here-s-what-the-qb-community-team-is/05/178071 WillowOlder 2018-09-21T17:00:00Z You Asked & Community Answered: What Fees Should I Charge for Bookkeeping Services? https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/you-asked-community-answered-what-fees-should-i-charge-for/05/178492 <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 580px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7349i0620CCEB2370C20B/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="qbc_knows_What-fees-do-I-charge.gif" title="qbc_knows_What-fees-do-I-charge.gif" /></span>You Asked &amp; Community Answered: What Fees Should I Charge for Bookkeeping Services?</P> <P><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">You have questions about running a small business, and our QB Community members have answers! Everyone here knows the importance of building meaningful member-to-member relationships, and there’s no better way to learn, discover and get inspired as an entrepreneur. Best of all? When members share what they know, everyone benefits. Check out this recent QB Community conversation, and you’ll see what we mean! &nbsp;</SPAN></I></P> Thu, 20 Sep 2018 18:25:55 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/you-asked-community-answered-what-fees-should-i-charge-for/05/178492 SarahGonzales 2018-09-20T18:25:55Z How QB Community Entrepreneurs Turned an Idea Into a Product They Can Sell https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/how-qb-community-entrepreneurs-turned-an-idea-into-a-product/05/178016 <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7288i0ADE014E3F293052/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="How X Entrepreneurs ....jpg" title="How X Entrepreneurs ....jpg" /></span></P> <P>All small businesses have a couple of things in common. First, they’re run by a dedicated, determined, passionate entrepreneur. Second, each one of those inspiring self-employed folks had an idea for a product (or a service) and figured how to transform it into something they could sell. We know – and you do, too -- the process of turning an epiphany into a business is never easy. Here’s how some folks in QB Community have managed to do it.</P> Tue, 18 Sep 2018 19:51:46 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/how-qb-community-entrepreneurs-turned-an-idea-into-a-product/05/178016 WillowOlder 2018-09-18T19:51:46Z Can You Pinpoint the Mindset that Inspired You to Start a Business? https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/can-you-pinpoint-the-mindset-that-inspired-you-to-start-a/05/176323 <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7081i59D220E8BB9A0EA9/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="shutterstock_435449356.jpg" title="shutterstock_435449356.jpg" /></span></P> <P><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">Here’s a question you’ll get asked all the time as an entrepreneur: </SPAN><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">Why did you decide to start your own business?</SPAN></I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;"> (Thankfully, the other part of the question – </SPAN><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">what made you crazy enough to think you could start your own business?</SPAN></I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;"> – is usually just implied!) We’ll help you home in on your answer by sharing some of the top reasons folks in this awesome community have chosen to do their own business thing. Did we omit what motivates you to work for yourself? In the comments below, tell us what inspires you to take the entrepreneurial leap! </SPAN></P> Mon, 17 Sep 2018 22:52:26 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/can-you-pinpoint-the-mindset-that-inspired-you-to-start-a/05/176323 WillowOlder 2018-09-17T22:52:26Z How Erica Liu Williams Launched gr8nola in 5 (Not So) Simple Steps https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/how-erica-liu-williams-launched-gr8nola-in-5-not-so-simple-steps/05/177337 <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 497px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7172i56B9F8DE83839CA0/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="thumb_DSC_6753_1024 Cropped (1).jpg" title="thumb_DSC_6753_1024 Cropped (1).jpg" /></span></P> <P>When Erica decided to sell the&nbsp;<SPAN>“clean,” healthful&nbsp;</SPAN>granola she regularly baked for family and friends, she wasn’t planning to turn her side-hustle into a full-fledged business. But three months after attending her first farmer’s market, Erica was selected as a food vendor for Google. Suddenly, she needed to make gr8nola on a whole new scale.</P> Mon, 17 Sep 2018 18:00:00 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/how-erica-liu-williams-launched-gr8nola-in-5-not-so-simple-steps/05/177337 WillowOlder 2018-09-17T18:00:00Z LISTEN: QB Community Conversations with Julie Goldman and Julie Gordon White: On Believing in Your Business & the Value of High-Impact Pricing https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/listen-qb-community-conversations-with-julie-goldman-and-julie/05/177712 <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-left" style="width: 881px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7242i23053A8956E45559/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="Intuit_CommConv_Header_2.jpg" title="Intuit_CommConv_Header_2.jpg" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> Mon, 17 Sep 2018 19:52:41 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/listen-qb-community-conversations-with-julie-goldman-and-julie/05/177712 LeslieBarber 2018-09-17T19:52:41Z You Asked & Community Answered: Should I Change From Sole Proprietor to S Corporation? https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/you-asked-community-answered-should-i-change-from-sole/05/177668 <P><STRONG><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 580px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7215i74D0C80E76AC383C/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="qbc_knows_soleprop-or-scorp.gif" title="qbc_knows_soleprop-or-scorp.gif" /></span></STRONG></P> <P><A href="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/community/Starting-your-business/Sole-Prop-VS-S-Corp-Why-might-an-S-corp-would-be-beneficial-to/m-p/139045#M503"><STRONG>JTcarpentry asked:</STRONG></A><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;"><SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN>Hello, we are still a newer company but have been in business for 4 years, running as a sole proprietorship. Does anyone have some quick and simple advice as to why maybe an S corp would be beneficial to me?</SPAN></P> Fri, 14 Sep 2018 17:11:53 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/you-asked-community-answered-should-i-change-from-sole/05/177668 SarahGonzales 2018-09-14T17:11:53Z 6 Key Findings From Intuit’s Work/Life Balance Survey of Self-Employed Workers (With Graphs!) https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/6-key-findings-from-intuit-s-work-life-balance-survey-of-self/05/177457 <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7190i12DA50F2D79EF3A5/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="work life balance.jpg" title="work life balance.jpg" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">For an entrepreneur, the line between work and non-work (also known as “life”) is often quite blurry. Where does </SPAN><U><STRONG>work</STRONG></U><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;"> end when you are your own boss? And where does </SPAN><U><STRONG>life</STRONG></U><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;"> begin when you and your business are inextricably intertwined? When you work for yourself, finding a work/life balance that protects and preserves your financial health as well as your mental, physical and emotional health can be as tricky as staying upright on a tightrope. Yet, every day, countless people opt to work for themselves. When it comes to getting the most out of both work and life, do the benefits of entrepreneurship outweigh the drawbacks? Intuit decided to find out. </SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">The company recently conducted <A href="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/r/freelancer/self-employed-work-life-balance-survey/" target="_blank">a survey</A> of 1,000 self-employed people on the topic of work/life balance. Some of those surveyed (56%) were wholly self-employed, while the rest were&nbsp;also working either part- or full-time jobs in addition to being self-employed. Let’s find out what they had to say!</SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><EM><STRONG>Stop! Before you read any further, take a guess at the following question (we’ll reveal the answer shortly). Do you think:</STRONG></EM></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>A) entrepreneurs are happier than salaried workers even though they work long hours?</P> <P><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">B) entrepreneurs are less happy than salaried workers because they work long hours?</SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">You’ll find the answer in #3 below!</SPAN></I></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><FONT size="5"><U><STRONG>Key finding #1: For many, self-employment is good news for your work-life balance</STRONG></U></FONT></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><FONT size="5"><U><STRONG><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 600px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7188i8E49E3F5D1C56D1F/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="chart (7).png" title="chart (7).png" /></span></STRONG></U></FONT></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>One of the biggest benefits of being self-employed is the extra time you’ll have for yourself and your family. More than half (55%) of survey participants report having more time for the former, while 50% have more time for the latter. You’re also more likely than not to have more time to see friends, get some exercise and take vacations. That’s despite the fact that, as we’ll see, many entrepreneurs end up working longer hours.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><FONT size="5"><U><STRONG>Key finding #2: Despite longer hours for some, self-employment is generally good news for your health, happiness and income</STRONG></U></FONT></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><FONT size="5"><U><STRONG><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 600px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7191i7DE17B202C524D97/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="chart (8).png" title="chart (8).png" /></span></STRONG></U></FONT>What did you guess up above? A or B? If you chose A, you are correct! More than two-thirds of the respondents (70%) say they are happier being self-employed, and almost the same number (67%) say they feel more fulfilled. More than half (53%) are earning more money. The positive impact on people’s stress levels is more subtle, but 45% say they are under less stress than before. However, more than 1 in 4 (27%) say their stress levels have risen and a similar number (26%) say their income has dropped since they became self-employed.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H3><STRONG><FONT size="5"><U>Key finding #3: Working for yourself doesn’t necessarily mean longer hours</U></FONT></STRONG></H3> <H3><STRONG><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 600px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7186iE1E7C99C8AF3EFD7/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="chart (5).png" title="chart (5).png" /></span></STRONG></H3> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">Although roughly a third say they work longer hours than they did before they became self-employed, a slightly higher proportion (38%) say they actually work</SPAN><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;"> fewer</SPAN></I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;"> hours. </SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">People working longer hours also reported earning more income now than when they worked for someone else. They have a greater sense of fulfilment and lower levels of stress. On the other hand, people working shorter hours reported better personal relationships and higher levels of happiness.</SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H3><U><FONT size="5"><STRONG>Key finding #4: At the end of the day, work is still, well, work</STRONG></FONT></U></H3> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 600px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7181i683E8089171DF184/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="chart.png" title="chart.png" /></span></STRONG></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">Many people choose self-employment because it gives them more control over their daily schedule. That reason and many others -- passion, drive, family business, new opportunities and so on -- makes the idea of being your own boss incredibly appealing. However, as the chart above makes clear, the reality of working for yourself doesn’t always match your dream of what it’s like to be self employed. No wonder most entrepreneurs (69</SPAN><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">%</SPAN><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">) would ditch the “work” thing altogether if they could swing it financially. Hey, we get it -- self-employed folks are only human! &nbsp;</SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><U><FONT size="5"><STRONG>Key finding #5: You have to make personal sacrifices when you are self-employed</STRONG></FONT></U></P> <P>&nbsp;&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 600px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7184iFB41C0B97D77FAFC/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="chart (3).png" title="chart (3).png" /></span></STRONG></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;"><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 600px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7195i22E0D772A7030123/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="chart (4).png" title="chart (4).png" /></span></SPAN></P> <P><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">Almost two-thirds of respondents (62%) admit they have made personal sacrifices for their work, but most are happy to do so. In fact, despite making sacrifices, more than 61% do it because their work is fundamentally fulfilling.</SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><U><FONT size="5"><STRONG>Key finding #6: Self-employment is rewarding but may not last a lifetime</STRONG>&nbsp;</FONT></U></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 600px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7183i11F312B7F0517EDD/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="chart (2).png" title="chart (2).png" /></span></P> <P>When asked what they love most about being self-employed, it’s not surprising that the most popular answer was, “I love being my own boss.” The next-best reason? The ability to make your own hours. Being in charge of your own destiny ranked pretty high, too -- obviously, there’s a lot to love about being self-employed!</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">It’s worth acknowledging, however, that 70% of those surveyed said they would trade in all the perks of self-employment if it came down to making more money, getting a better job or making a change for family reasons. </SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>With that in mind, as well as all the other fascinating, obvious, surprising and occasionally contradictory findings in this new report, we feel compelled to say kudos, once again, to anyone who dares to work for themselves. No one ever said self-employment is easy, but, for countless dedicated, driven, passionate entrepreneurs, at the end of each and every long hard day, it’s worth it.</STRONG></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-left" style="width: 200px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7131i986E99A68AF202C1/image-size/small?v=1.0&amp;px=200" alt="Now it's your turn.jpg" title="Now it's your turn.jpg" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">QB Community members: Do these survey results resonate with you? How would you answer these questions?</SPAN></I></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">Want to weigh in but not yet a QB Community member? Click </SPAN></I><A href="https://qbcommunity.com/plugins/common/feature/saml/doauth/post?referer=https%3A%2F%2Fqbcommunity.com%2F&amp;cid=soc_qbcommunity_test_us_qbcom-sig_CTAbottom_link_050918-063018_community" target="_blank"><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">HERE</SPAN></I></A><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;"> to sign up in a flash!</SPAN></I></P> Thu, 13 Sep 2018 20:49:16 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/6-key-findings-from-intuit-s-work-life-balance-survey-of-self/05/177457 SarahGonzales 2018-09-13T20:49:16Z How Sharon Coleman Built Lemon and Honey Gifts in 5 (Not So) Simple Steps https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/how-sharon-coleman-built-lemon-and-honey-gifts-in-5-not-so/05/176896 <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 455px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7136i20418F4494E39015/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="IMG_5256.jpg" title="IMG_5256.jpg" /></span></P> <P>"As a two-time cancer survivor, I knew all-too-well going through chemo can be grueling and scary and lead to all sorts of unpleasant side-effects like nausea and mouth sores. I wanted to help others as they go through chemo by sharing carefully curated gift boxes lovingly packed with helpful, purposeful products."</P> Wed, 12 Sep 2018 21:57:58 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/how-sharon-coleman-built-lemon-and-honey-gifts-in-5-not-so/05/176896 WillowOlder 2018-09-12T21:57:58Z PROFILE: Photographer Meta Mesdag Fulfills Her Dream of Building a Family Oyster Farm https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/profile-photographer-meta-mesdag-fulfills-her-dream-of-building/05/177009 <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 900px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7148iC05C0274BBD9F5EC/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="mesdag_family.jpg" title="mesdag_family.jpg" /></span></P> <P>Meta Mesdag is a mom of three in Juneau, Alaska. Wanting to be available to her kids, Meta has opened two successful small businesses out of her home. Although both ventures have kept super busy, Meta decided earlier this year to start a family “mariculture” business -- an ocean farm where she, her husband and kids will grow (and then sell) oysters, clams, mussels and kelp.</P> Tue, 11 Sep 2018 16:53:33 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/profile-photographer-meta-mesdag-fulfills-her-dream-of-building/05/177009 SarahGonzales 2018-09-11T16:53:33Z 8 Entrepreneurial Personality Types: Which One Are You? https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/8-entrepreneurial-personality-types-which-one-are-you/05/176866 <P><FONT size="4"><STRONG><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7132i2F72A0FFE18B6AA0/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="8types-of-entrepreneurs-graphic.jpg" title="8types-of-entrepreneurs-graphic.jpg" /></span></STRONG></FONT></P> <P><FONT size="4"><STRONG>Each and every day, the inspiring self-employed folks in our QuickBooks Community remind us that entrepreneurs find their calling in their own unique way. Some can’t imagine ditching the security of a day job, while others give it up in a flash. We’ve met moms who tailor their career to fit their family life, friends who join forces to bring a business idea to life and sons and daughters who are carrying on family business traditions.</STRONG></FONT></P> <P><FONT size="4"><STRONG><I>If you recognize your own entrepreneurial personality among these eight, let us know. Are you a different type altogether? Tell us more!</I></STRONG></FONT></P> Tue, 25 Sep 2018 17:57:27 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/8-entrepreneurial-personality-types-which-one-are-you/05/176866 SarahGonzales 2018-09-25T17:57:27Z LISTEN: QB Community Conversations with Julie Gordon White and Romy Taormina: On Female Entrepreneurship & Telling a Great Story https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/listen-qb-community-conversations-with-julie-gordon-white-and/05/176847 <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" style="width: 881px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7130iE182B1E6370F9FCD/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="Intuit_CommConv_Header_1.jpg" title="Intuit_CommConv_Header_1.jpg" /></span></P> Mon, 17 Sep 2018 19:53:21 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/listen-qb-community-conversations-with-julie-gordon-white-and/05/176847 LeslieBarber 2018-09-17T19:53:21Z PROFILE: Sharon Coleman Survives Cancer (Twice) and Builds a Deeply "Purposeful" Business https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/profile-sharon-coleman-survives-cancer-twice-and-builds-a-deeply/05/176299 <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 267px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7133iF4D0F8304AE94DAB/image-size/medium?v=1.0&amp;px=400" alt="Headshot Final.jpg" title="Headshot Final.jpg" /></span></P> <P><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">Seven years ago, professional voice actor Sharon Coleman was diagnosed with colon cancer. Two years later, the cancer returned, and Sharon once again endured surgery, radiation and chemo. Thankfully, today Sharon is five years cancer-free. She’s also celebrating another significant milestone: This month, she launched an online business that’s directly inspired by her own harrowing experience with cancer. Sharon has founded Lemon and Honey Gifts which offers a carefully curated selection of gift boxes for men, women and kids going through chemo.</SPAN></I>&nbsp;</P> Mon, 10 Sep 2018 19:41:14 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/profile-sharon-coleman-survives-cancer-twice-and-builds-a-deeply/05/176299 WillowOlder 2018-09-10T19:41:14Z PROFILE: Two Friends on Two Continents Built a Business, Zuri, from Just One Dress https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/profile-two-friends-on-two-continents-built-a-business-zuri-from/05/176520 <P><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;"><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 900px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7096i9242367EEC704631/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="zuri_founders_top.jpg" title="zuri_founders_top.jpg" /></span></SPAN></I></P> <P><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">Sandra Zhao was running a bakery in Kenya when she met her future business partner Ashleigh Miller, a Persian rug dealer in New York City, at a wedding in Nairobi. Sandra was wearing a stunning dress she’d made from colorful handmade fabric. Her sartorial decision was fortuitous, to say the least: The dress became the inspiration behind Sandra and Ashleigh’s joint business venture, Zuri. Inspired by the bold and beautiful textile prints in western Africa, they set out to sell a single style of dress in an array of ever-changing patterns. The dresses are made at a sustainable, carbon-neutral<SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN></SPAN></I><A href="https://www.factory.wildlifeworks.com/"><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">factory</SPAN></I></A><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;"><SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN>in Kenya that supports wildlife conservation and provides jobs to the community. The dresses are exported to and sold in the U.S.</SPAN></I></P> Mon, 10 Sep 2018 16:35:15 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/profile-two-friends-on-two-continents-built-a-business-zuri-from/05/176520 SarahGonzales 2018-09-10T16:35:15Z You Asked & Community Answered: “Which Online Store Do You Prefer & Why?” https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/you-asked-community-answered-which-online-store-do-you-prefer/05/176115 <P><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;"><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 580px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7064iAED407AB16BB98DC/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="qbc_knows_Which-Online-Store.gif" title="qbc_knows_Which-Online-Store.gif" /></span></SPAN></I></P> <P><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">You have questions about running a small business, and our QB Community members have answers! Everyone here knows the importance of building meaningful member-to-member relationships, and there’s no better way to learn, discover and get inspired as an entrepreneur. Best of all? When members share what they know, everyone benefits. Check out this recent QB Community conversation, and you’ll see what we mean!&nbsp; Which online store do you prefer?</SPAN></I></P> Wed, 05 Sep 2018 19:35:14 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/you-asked-community-answered-which-online-store-do-you-prefer/05/176115 SarahGonzales 2018-09-05T19:35:14Z 8 Traits of Successful Entrepreneurs: Which Ones Do You Value the Most? https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/8-traits-of-successful-entrepreneurs-which-ones-do-you-value-the/05/176095 <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7061i0122F621030F17C8/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="shutterstock_289956929.jpg" title="shutterstock_289956929.jpg" /></span></P> <P><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">There are plenty of listicles floating around highlighting the traits successful entrepreneurs all seem to share. Based on what we’ve seen and heard from the intrepid small business owners and freelancers in our community, we’re sharing your spin on those all-important qualities – and we’re asking a burning question: </SPAN><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">Which of these qualities do you think help you the most when it comes to starting, running and growing a business?</SPAN></I></P> Wed, 05 Sep 2018 18:27:32 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/8-traits-of-successful-entrepreneurs-which-ones-do-you-value-the/05/176095 WillowOlder 2018-09-05T18:27:32Z What's Your One-Word Theme for September? https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/what-s-your-one-word-theme-for-september/05/176028 <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-right" style="width: 400px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7057iE6C6AD156D4ACBCA/image-size/medium?v=1.0&amp;px=400" alt="september.shutterstock.jpg" title="september.shutterstock.jpg" /></span></P> <P>Whether you're buckling down, ramping up, building out, or leaning in,&nbsp;September is often the&nbsp;month we begin to think about&nbsp;how we want to&nbsp;finish the year. Are you nearing your business goals for 2018 or do you still have a ways to go? What's the single word or phrase that's inspiring you this September?</P> Wed, 05 Sep 2018 14:45:51 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/what-s-your-one-word-theme-for-september/05/176028 EmilyCowan 2018-09-05T14:45:51Z Inside Your Head: 12 Successful Business Owners on How Much Mindset Matters https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/inside-your-head-12-successful-business-owners-on-how-much/05/175920 <P><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;"><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7032iA31DDC5CDE1EEB3A/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="enterpreneurs mindset.jpg" title="enterpreneurs mindset.jpg" /></span></SPAN></P> <P><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">Mind over matter, positive thinking, growth mindset, mental attitude -- these are all phrases we hear about as students, athletes and as business owners looking for a leg-up on the competition. What does having the right “mindset”<SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN></SPAN><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">truly</SPAN></I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;"><SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN>mean for entrepreneurs and what does it<SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN></SPAN><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">actually</SPAN></I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;"><SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN>look like in the real world? These 12 entrepreneurs tell us about the mindset that keeps them motivated and helps them muscle through the ups and downs of being self-employed.</SPAN></P> Tue, 04 Sep 2018 19:41:21 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/inside-your-head-12-successful-business-owners-on-how-much/05/175920 SarahGonzales 2018-09-04T19:41:21Z You Asked & Community Answered: “Which Version of QB Should I Use?” https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/you-asked-community-answered-which-version-of-qb-should-i-use/05/175551 <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><I><SPAN><STRONG><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 580px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/6995i8D696E1E8CA64D4E/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="qbc_knows_whichversion-WEBGIF.gif" title="qbc_knows_whichversion-WEBGIF.gif" /></span>You have questions about running a small business, and our QB Community members have answers! Everyone here knows the importance of building meaningful member-to-member relationships, and there’s no better way to learn, discover and get inspired as an entrepreneur. Best of all? When members share what they know, everyone benefits. Check out this recent QB Community conversation, and you’ll see what we mean!</STRONG>&nbsp;&nbsp;</SPAN></I></P> Fri, 31 Aug 2018 19:48:24 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/you-asked-community-answered-which-version-of-qb-should-i-use/05/175551 SarahGonzales 2018-08-31T19:48:24Z The 10 Most Read Posts From August: Branding, Marketing and Balloon Animals! https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/the-10-most-read-posts-from-august-branding-marketing-and/05/175238 <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/6939i7C4E62CE3B72538D/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="top10.jpg" title="top10.jpg" /></span>The 10 most read posts this month in QuickBooks Community.&nbsp;</P> Wed, 29 Aug 2018 19:40:32 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/the-10-most-read-posts-from-august-branding-marketing-and/05/175238 SarahGonzales 2018-08-29T19:40:32Z Do Inspirational Quotes Motivate You ... or Do They Just Stress You Out? https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/do-inspirational-quotes-motivate-you-or-do-they-just-stress-you/05/174930 <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 500px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/6859i3AA3D6D43E405057/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="inspiration.shutterstock.jpg" title="inspiration.shutterstock.jpg" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>When coping with the many stresses&nbsp;of running a business, you have to take your motivation where you can find it.&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> Tue, 28 Aug 2018 18:01:28 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/do-inspirational-quotes-motivate-you-or-do-they-just-stress-you/05/174930 EmilyCowan 2018-08-28T18:01:28Z PROFILE: Roger and Caryn Hill Give Great Customer Service While Chasing Tornadoes and Setting World Records https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/profile-roger-and-caryn-hill-give-great-customer-service-while/05/174126 <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 960px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/6751i9E3CEAFF5535864C/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="Roger and Caryn.jpg" title="Roger and Caryn.jpg" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><EM>In 2000, Roger was hired as a guide for Silver Lining Tours, one of only two storm chasing companies in existence at the time. He loved the work and decided he wanted to do it full-time. When he gave notice at the engineering firm, his boss said, “If you can make a living doing something you enjoy, by all means, do it!”</EM></P> Tue, 21 Aug 2018 18:27:35 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/profile-roger-and-caryn-hill-give-great-customer-service-while/05/174126 WillowOlder 2018-08-21T18:27:35Z Natalie Cofield Taps Into the Entrepreneurial Potential of Multicultural Women https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/natalie-cofield-taps-into-the-entrepreneurial-potential-of/05/174061 <P><FONT size="4"><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;"><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/6736i0712A7DB48DB1318/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="20140609_NatalieCofield_003.jpg" title="20140609_NatalieCofield_003.jpg" /></span></SPAN></I></FONT></P> <P><FONT size="4"><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">Natalie Cofield founded Walker’s Legacy, a digital platform for young, multicultural women to find mentors and access the resources needed to help them succeed in business.</SPAN></I></FONT></P> Tue, 21 Aug 2018 18:10:20 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/natalie-cofield-taps-into-the-entrepreneurial-potential-of/05/174061 SarahGonzales 2018-08-21T18:10:20Z PROFILE: Caron White’s Coastal Home Decor Business Swelled After She Took it 100% Online https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/profile-caron-white-s-coastal-home-decor-business-swelled-after/05/173632 <P><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;"><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 864px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/6696i932CEE78C844EAED/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="caron on bike.jpg" title="caron on bike.jpg" /></span></SPAN></I></P> <P><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">We spoke with QB Community member<SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN><LI-USER uid="290352"></LI-USER>&nbsp;about how she attracts high-end customers at her coastal decor shop, competes with big box stores and why there’s no going back for her after going online with her business.</SPAN></I></P> Mon, 20 Aug 2018 20:35:37 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/profile-caron-white-s-coastal-home-decor-business-swelled-after/05/173632 SarahGonzales 2018-08-20T20:35:37Z That's Some Next Level Poetry: Sekou Andrews Will Make You Laugh ... and Think https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/that-s-some-next-level-poetry-sekou-andrews-will-make-you-laugh/05/173450 <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 627px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/6673iA6BE4FDBF11DDBCA/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="Screen Shot 2018-08-15 at 12.24.18 PM.png" title="Screen Shot 2018-08-15 at 12.24.18 PM.png" /></span></P> <P>A schoolteacher turned actor, musician, two-time national poetry slam champion, entrepreneur, and award-winning poetic voice, any given day may find<SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN><A href="http://sekouandrews.com/about-sekou/" target="_blank">Sekou Andrews</A><SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN>keynoting at a leadership conference, helping a Fortune 500 company with brand messaging, or even performing pieces for Barack Obama in Oprah’s backyard. Sekou is the creator of Poetic Voice, a new, cutting-edge speaking category that seamlessly fuses inspirational speaking with spoken word poetry to make messages more moving and memorable.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><EM><STRONG>Here's Sekou inspiring the attendees at 2014 QB Connect to take their business to the Next Level!</STRONG></EM></P> Mon, 20 Aug 2018 23:06:32 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/that-s-some-next-level-poetry-sekou-andrews-will-make-you-laugh/05/173450 SarahGonzales 2018-08-20T23:06:32Z PROFILE: Illusionist and Magic Designer Andrew Evans Builds a Spellbinding Brand https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/profile-illusionist-and-magic-designer-andrew-evans-builds-a/05/172759 <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/6515iE6071F7B6C5410DC/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="RingsCROP.jpg" title="RingsCROP.jpg" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;<I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">Andrew Evans officially became an entrepreneur when he was 12 years old. That’s when he performed a magic show at his sister’s best friend’s birthday party. Afterward, the friend’s dad slipped Andrew $20. “I thought, whoa,” recalls Andrew, who went on to perform throughout middle school and high school at parties, picnics and festivals. “Getting paid to do what I love was a really big moment.”</SPAN></I></P> Wed, 15 Aug 2018 18:00:00 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/profile-illusionist-and-magic-designer-andrew-evans-builds-a/05/172759 WillowOlder 2018-08-15T18:00:00Z PROFILE: The Hivery’s Grace Kraaijvanger on Facing Fear and Hanging with Marie Forleo https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/profile-the-hivery-s-grace-kraaijvanger-on-facing-fear-and/05/172757 <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/6584i71CA030C3E2128E9/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="Grace Kraaijvanger at The Hivery Horizontal.jpg" title="Grace Kraaijvanger at The Hivery Horizontal.jpg" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">Grace Kraaijvanger spent years juggling her passion – performing and choreographing ballet and modern dance – with her work as an independent marketing consultant. After having two kids and “accidentally retiring” as a professional dancer, Grace planned to build up her marketing business. Problem was, she says, “I’d already been part of a passionate, creative arts community. Now I was working at home and feeling very lonely. I missed being part of a supportive, like-minded community.”</SPAN></I></P> Mon, 13 Aug 2018 18:00:00 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/profile-the-hivery-s-grace-kraaijvanger-on-facing-fear-and/05/172757 WillowOlder 2018-08-13T18:00:00Z Fill in the Blank: You Know You're a Small Business Owner When _________________. https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/fill-in-the-blank-you-know-you-re-a-small-business-owner-when/05/172890 <P><FONT size="4"><EM><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 866px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/6617iF78C538CC7210FA9/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="Stocksy_txpf4500b16zOh100_Small_983652 (1).jpg" title="Stocksy_txpf4500b16zOh100_Small_983652 (1).jpg" /></span></EM></FONT></P> <P><FONT size="4"><EM>We posed this question to our<SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN><A href="https://www.facebook.com/QBCommunity/notifications/" target="_blank">Facebook</A><SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN>community and a clear theme emerged -- business owners are an exhausted, dedicated and busy group of individuals! What about you?</EM></FONT></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> Fri, 10 Aug 2018 20:05:45 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/fill-in-the-blank-you-know-you-re-a-small-business-owner-when/05/172890 SarahGonzales 2018-08-10T20:05:45Z PROFILE: Why Balloon Artist Veronica Champion Believes In Marketing Basics https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/profile-why-balloon-artist-veronica-champion-believes-in/05/171914 <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/6436i62B1D32010ABEC0B/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="Unknown-6.jpg" title="Unknown-6.jpg" /></span></P> <P><EM>More than 30 years ago, Veronica Champion left a career teaching competitive ice skating and&nbsp;set out to become a professional balloon artist. She tells us&nbsp;<SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">she loves most about her unusual business and what she finds most challenging – besides learning how to tie a balloon. </SPAN></EM></P> Thu, 09 Aug 2018 18:18:53 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/profile-why-balloon-artist-veronica-champion-believes-in/05/171914 WillowOlder 2018-08-09T18:18:53Z Celebrating Black Business Month: Meet 8 Awesome African-American Entrepreneurs in the QB Community! https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/celebrating-black-business-month-meet-8-awesome-african-american/05/172225 <P><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;"><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 454px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/6511i15350A2D839DC93A/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="kari.jpeg" title="kari.jpeg" /></span></SPAN></I></P> <P><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">Did you know that the number of African-American businesses is growing by leaps and bounds? Women are seriously leading the charge, with a<SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN></SPAN></I><A href="http://about.americanexpress.com/news/docs/2017-State-of-Women-Owned-Businesses-Report.pdf"><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">whopping 605%</SPAN></I></A><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;"><SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN>increase over the last two decades in businesses owned by black women. Wow! That amazing effort is of the reasons we are celebrating <A href="https://blackbusinessmonth.com/" target="_blank">Black Business Month</A> this August. Let’s meet some of the African-American entrepreneurs who are rocking it in our community -- and in the small business world!</SPAN></I></P> Mon, 06 Aug 2018 18:12:15 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/celebrating-black-business-month-meet-8-awesome-african-american/05/172225 SarahGonzales 2018-08-06T18:12:15Z PROFILE: Maxie McCoy Built a Global Brand By Balancing Community and Solitude https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/profile-maxie-mccoy-built-a-global-brand-by-balancing-community/05/171906 <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/6432i52F3F66015D4FE62/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="Maxie McCoy1.png" title="Maxie McCoy1.png" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">When you hear the name “Maxie McCoy,” words like “courageous,” “bold,” “motivating” and “inspiring” may come to mind. If they do, then Maxie is succeeding in her goal of turning her namesake business into a widely recognized brand. Three years ago, this award-winning author, speaker and coach set a lofty goal for herself: to help billions (with a b!) of women boost their productivity, turn their dreams into a reality and believe more deeply in themselves.</SPAN></I></P> Fri, 03 Aug 2018 18:00:00 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/profile-maxie-mccoy-built-a-global-brand-by-balancing-community/05/171906 WillowOlder 2018-08-03T18:00:00Z Bad Rhino Co-Founders Rich and Marty Talk Small-Biz Marketing in the Age of Social Media https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/bad-rhino-co-founders-rich-and-marty-talk-small-biz-marketing-in/05/171845 <P><FONT size="4"><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;"><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 792px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/6423i70879BE3FFA3F979/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="martyrich_pic.jpg" title="martyrich_pic.jpg" /></span></SPAN></I></FONT><FONT size="4"><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">Co-founders Marty McDonald and Rich DeMatteo of Bad Rhino, a social media marketing agency, saw the power of peer-to-peer connection long before Facebook and Instagram were household staples. In 2008, Rich leveraged social media to launch and grow an online career blog, Corn on the Job. Marty began dabbling in online marketing in 2002 as a side gig while working in staffing and talent acquisition.</SPAN></I></FONT></P> <P><FONT size="4"><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">The two brought their skills and passion for online marketing together in 2011 to form Bad Rhino, a small business helping other small businesses put their best marketing foot forward with savvy social media strategies. We spoke with Marty about the link between a killer social media presence and increased sales.</SPAN></I></FONT></P> Thu, 18 Oct 2018 04:00:27 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/bad-rhino-co-founders-rich-and-marty-talk-small-biz-marketing-in/05/171845 SarahGonzales 2018-10-18T04:00:27Z PROFILE: Julie Goldman Rolled Out the Original Runner Company to Instant Success https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/profile-julie-goldman-rolled-out-the-original-runner-company-to/05/171079 <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/6318i91B789EAAFE0267C/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="JulieGoldman.jpg" title="JulieGoldman.jpg" /></span></P> <P><EM>A couple decades ago, when Julie Goldman was planning her wedding, she wanted to walk down the aisle on a beautiful runner. She needed something that suited a Victorian mansion and complemented the autumnal colors she loved. Julie quickly discovered her only options were plastic tablecloths made for kids’ birthday parties or flimsy paper that could easily rip or wrinkle. So Julie made her own runner, painstakingly designing, painting, tea-staining and decorating every inch of it by hand. </EM></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> Tue, 31 Jul 2018 18:00:00 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/profile-julie-goldman-rolled-out-the-original-runner-company-to/05/171079 WillowOlder 2018-07-31T18:00:00Z I Attended a “Speaking Circle” to Improve My Public Speaking Skills. Here’s What I Learned https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/i-attended-a-speaking-circle-to-improve-my-public-speaking/05/171021 <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 866px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/6309i695DD4D2126C2FB0/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="Stocksy_txpf60ce4c4qz1200_Small_699230.jpg" title="Stocksy_txpf60ce4c4qz1200_Small_699230.jpg" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>My oratory muscle is soft and flabby.&nbsp;<SPAN>As the owner of my own editorial services business, I know I need to be able to share my expertise with existing or prospective clients without my voice quavering or my heart pounding.&nbsp;</SPAN>I decided a "Speaking Circle" was just the “workout” my public-speaking muscle needed.</P> Fri, 27 Jul 2018 18:21:24 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/i-attended-a-speaking-circle-to-improve-my-public-speaking/05/171021 WillowOlder 2018-07-27T18:21:24Z In It for Good: How Creating Cute Shoes Also Creates Fair Jobs https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/in-it-for-good-how-creating-cute-shoes-also-creates-fair-jobs/05/170822 <P><STRONG><I><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/6280i3DC21B4DC3DFD1A4/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="good_bethanytran.jpg" title="good_bethanytran.jpg" /><span class="lia-inline-image-caption" onclick="event.preventDefault();">Bethany and Otto in his workshop in Guatemala</span></span></I></STRONG><STRONG><I>After returning home from a trip to Guatemala where she witnessed extreme poverty, Bethany Tran couldn’t get the great people she’d met out of her mind. So she dreamed up a business model that created jobs for skilled Guatemalan workers and textile weavers manufacturing super cute shoes for women.</I></STRONG></P> Thu, 26 Jul 2018 17:13:15 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/in-it-for-good-how-creating-cute-shoes-also-creates-fair-jobs/05/170822 SarahGonzales 2018-07-26T17:13:15Z PROFILE: Lee Glickstein’s Speaking Circles Helps People Speak -- and Live -- with Confidence https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/profile-lee-glickstein-s-speaking-circles-helps-people-speak-and/05/170392 <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 180px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/6221i128C5225C23DB633/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="LeeHeadDebra-small.jpg" title="LeeHeadDebra-small.jpg" /></span></P> <P><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">Lee Glickstein has spent most of his life afflicted by extreme public speaking anxiety. He traced his own anxiety back to childhood when he felt judged, mocked or simply ignored by his family during their nightly dinner conversations.&nbsp;</SPAN></I><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">His desire to help others overcome stage fright and live a richer, more rewarding life as a result, inspired Lee to launch his own business called Speaking Circles International.&nbsp;</SPAN></I><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">Here, Lee explains the </SPAN></I><STRONG><I>Pleasure Principle of Public Speaking</I></STRONG><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;"> and his unique approach to helping people become confident on a stage, behind a podium or simply during a dinner-time discussion. </SPAN></I></P> Wed, 25 Jul 2018 19:09:26 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/profile-lee-glickstein-s-speaking-circles-helps-people-speak-and/05/170392 WillowOlder 2018-07-25T19:09:26Z PROFILE: Caroline McAbee Offers “Innovative” Financial Consulting Services to Help Her Clients Soar https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/profile-caroline-mcabee-offers-innovative-financial-consulting/05/170017 <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 576px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/6186i9B967F4DD5B06D6F/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="CarolineMcAbee.jpg" title="CarolineMcAbee.jpg" /></span></P> <P><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">Caroline McAbee was used to incredibly long days and a tedious a commute as director of operations in both the high-tech and non-profit industries. Eventually, she burned out. Caroline decided to quit her job and take the summer off. During that “wonderful” period, several different friends asked if Caroline would help them launch their new businesses. She did -- and realized financial and business consulting was her true calling.</SPAN></I></P> Fri, 20 Jul 2018 17:00:00 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/profile-caroline-mcabee-offers-innovative-financial-consulting/05/170017 WillowOlder 2018-07-20T17:00:00Z In It for Good: Repurposing Military Surplus for a Stylish Purpose https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/in-it-for-good-repurposing-military-surplus-for-a-stylish/05/169255 <P><EM><FONT size="4"><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/6110i55F5CF8492CF2F1B/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="SWORDANDPLOUGH_goodbadge.jpg" title="SWORDANDPLOUGH_goodbadge.jpg" /></span></FONT></EM></P> <P><EM><FONT size="4">When helping others is the&nbsp;inspiration&nbsp;for starting a business, the motivation to succeed is huge. Not only are these entrepreneurs in business for themselves, they're also<SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN><STRONG>In It for Good.</STRONG><SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN>In this series we'll meet social entrepreneurs, non-profit leaders and global thinkers who are working to make the world a better place.</FONT></EM><EM><FONT size="4">&nbsp;</FONT></EM></P> Wed, 18 Jul 2018 23:04:22 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/in-it-for-good-repurposing-military-surplus-for-a-stylish/05/169255 SarahGonzales 2018-07-18T23:04:22Z Profile: How American Expat Taughnee Golubović Lives the Self-Employed Dream in Croatia https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/profile-how-american-expat-taughnee-golubovi%C4%87-lives-the-self/05/168915 <P><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;"><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 960px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/6080i259CB3EE90509C6B/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="taughnee_square.jpg" title="taughnee_square.jpg" /></span></SPAN></I></P> <P><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">Like many web-based business owners, Taughnee loved the freedom to travel and work wherever she chose, so when she met the love of her life -- who happened to live in Croatia -- she took her biz overseas in 2015. We spoke with her about the reality versus the dream of working anywhere in the world and how she’s dealt with the global transition while also making her brand more relevant in today’s business landscape.</SPAN></I></P> Wed, 22 Aug 2018 18:46:14 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/profile-how-american-expat-taughnee-golubovi%C4%87-lives-the-self/05/168915 SarahGonzales 2018-08-22T18:46:14Z 10 Cool Marketing Ideas to Heat Up Summer Sales https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/10-cool-marketing-ideas-to-heat-up-summer-sales/05/168099 <P><EM><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 866px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/6003i42702200D91BB322/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="summermarketing.jpg" title="summermarketing.jpg" /></span></EM></P> <P><EM>As temperatures rise, so do opportunities for creative, summer-themed marketing. There are so many fun ways to celebrate the season by while also bringing in the cash. Here are some ideas that can help heat up your summer sales.</EM></P> Mon, 09 Jul 2018 20:36:19 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/10-cool-marketing-ideas-to-heat-up-summer-sales/05/168099 SarahGonzales 2018-07-09T20:36:19Z Profile: Meaghan Brophy of 'Independent Retailer' Shares the Latest Indie Trends https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/profile-meaghan-brophy-of-independent-retailer-shares-the-latest/05/168108 <P><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;"><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 852px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/6005i67D30C775A363D1A/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="brophy_headshot.jpg" title="brophy_headshot.jpg" /></span></SPAN></I></P> <P><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">As we join the celebration of July’s<SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN></SPAN></I><A href="https://www.indieretailermonth.com/"><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">National Independent Retailers Month</SPAN></I></A><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to speak with Meaghan Brophy, the editor of Independent Retailer (IR) magazine. Meaghan keeps indie retailers in the know about current market and demographic trends. She understands what matters to them because she’s often out and about on Main Street, U.S.A. talking to small store owners about their struggles and their wins.</SPAN></I></P> Tue, 03 Jul 2018 19:11:31 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/profile-meaghan-brophy-of-independent-retailer-shares-the-latest/05/168108 SarahGonzales 2018-07-03T19:11:31Z 10 podcasts that are worth their weight in mental gold https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/10-podcasts-that-are-worth-their-weight-in-mental-gold/05/167875 <P>Are you constantly growing?&nbsp; ( mentally)</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Your mind is your most important asset, by far -- inspiration comes from many fountains, inc. the world of podcasting, where many thought leaders share their accumulated, or in progress, stories, states, &amp; strategies!&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Here's the Top 10 that SBSL &amp; its founder, me ( SJ ) subscribe to &amp; learn from often.&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Feedback welcome -- what are yours?&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; And if you've not yet heard of any of these, thoughtful insights welcome on what you learned after doing so :)</P> Mon, 30 Jul 2018 14:19:11 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/10-podcasts-that-are-worth-their-weight-in-mental-gold/05/167875 SBSL-Founder-SJ 2018-07-30T14:19:11Z Weekend Beach Read: June’s Outdoorsy Profiles, Articles and More! https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/weekend-beach-read-june-s-outdoorsy-profiles-articles-and-more/05/167866 <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 822px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/5967iAC72F55F74F0EE1B/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="beachread.jpg" title="beachread.jpg" /><span class="lia-inline-image-caption" onclick="event.preventDefault();">Book, check. Sunglasses, check. Whole uncut pineapple, what?!</span></span><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">Here’s a roundup of all the great people we met and things we learned during June’s “outdoorsy” month. Check it out and then tell us: what are you doing outside this summer?</SPAN></I></P> Fri, 29 Jun 2018 18:09:01 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/weekend-beach-read-june-s-outdoorsy-profiles-articles-and-more/05/167866 SarahGonzales 2018-06-29T18:09:01Z Profile: How Matthew Jensen’s Electric Boat Company Stays Afloat Year-Round https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/profile-how-matthew-jensen-s-electric-boat-company-stays-afloat/05/167778 <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/5954iFAEAC93DC8AA5F52/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="1 final-hero[2].jpg" title="1 final-hero[2].jpg" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><EM>Meet Matthew Jensen, his family owns&nbsp;<SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">The Electric Boat Company, a thriving business in Seattle that lets customers toodle around Lake Union with a boatload of friends, family or with business colleagues.</SPAN></EM></P> Fri, 29 Jun 2018 18:06:24 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/profile-how-matthew-jensen-s-electric-boat-company-stays-afloat/05/167778 SarahGonzales 2018-06-29T18:06:24Z Fitness Trainer Tyra Lovato Trusted Her Gut to Create a Business She Loves https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/fitness-trainer-tyra-lovato-trusted-her-gut-to-create-a-business/05/165618 <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 323px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/5541i27FA94CFB40014DA/image-size/medium?v=1.0&amp;px=400" alt="1-Tyra Lovato.png" title="1-Tyra Lovato.png" /></span></P> <P><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">Some of Tyra Lovato’s clients know her as trusted, reliable, number-crunching accountant. Others know the New Orleans-native as the rockin’, shakin’ leader of dance classes like My People’s Cardio and the always-smiling Restorative Pilates instructor. No matter which “hat” Tyra is wearing, her desire to help people do better and live life to the fullest fuels her entrepreneurial drive. Motivated by a personal commitment to bring out the best in everyone she meets, Tyra is a certified fitness and nutrition coach who has built her business around an inclusive, holistic approach to wellness that’s energizing, inspiring – and incredibly fun.</SPAN></I></P> Wed, 20 Jun 2018 21:28:59 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/fitness-trainer-tyra-lovato-trusted-her-gut-to-create-a-business/05/165618 WillowOlder 2018-06-20T21:28:59Z VIDEO: Gloria Hwang of "Thousand" Solves for Safety and Style https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/video-gloria-hwang-of-thousand-solves-for-safety-and-style/05/166737 <P><SPAN>Longtime L.A. cyclist Gloria Hwang rarely used to wear a helmet, but she got her wake-up call when a close friend died in a cycling accident. Soon after she started Thousand,&nbsp;</SPAN><SPAN>maker of</SPAN><SPAN>&nbsp;sleek, stylish bicycle helmets that look cool enough for its fashionista founder to wear.&nbsp;</SPAN><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 977px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/5841i508A7B7AD1A7DF8C/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="gloriahwang.png" title="gloriahwang.png" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> Tue, 19 Jun 2018 15:43:59 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/video-gloria-hwang-of-thousand-solves-for-safety-and-style/05/166737 EmilyCowan 2018-06-19T15:43:59Z Somatics and Fitness Instructor Kristin Jackson Says Her Business Is Her Calling https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/somatics-and-fitness-instructor-kristin-jackson-says-her/05/165612 <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 321px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/5539i20DEA3C56AC1725D/image-size/medium?v=1.0&amp;px=400" alt="1-Kristin Jackson-Somatics.png" title="1-Kristin Jackson-Somatics.png" /></span></P> <P><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">Personal trainer Kristin Jackson had spent more than two decades exploring and teaching different kinds of exercise including Pilates, yoga, water aerobics and even hula hoop. For herself and for her clients, Kristin focused on “typical” training goals like building a strong core, keeping shoulders back and maintaining excellent posture. But when she was hit by a car in 2011, Kristin discovered the muscles and muscle patterns she’d worked so hard for were hindering her recovery. In her quest for healing, Kristin turned to somatics, a gentle neuromuscular practice that helps people regain flexibility, get rid of pain and move with ease – and with joy. </SPAN></I>&nbsp;</P> Tue, 19 Jun 2018 10:16:56 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/somatics-and-fitness-instructor-kristin-jackson-says-her/05/165612 WillowOlder 2018-06-19T10:16:56Z Muriel Bartol Made an Unexpected “SWRVE” – and Co-Founded an Outdoor Apparel Business https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/muriel-bartol-made-an-unexpected-swrve-and-co-founded-an-outdoor/05/165608 <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 696px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/5535iBBEA0AE3FF5907C6/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="1-SWRVE.png" title="1-SWRVE.png" /></span></P> <P><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">Muriel Bartol and her husband, Matt Rolletta, have always loved biking for recreation, for transportation and to get to know their surroundings at a slower-than-a-car pace. But a few years back, Matt was struggling to find a single pair of pants that he could wear throughout his typically active day when he cycled to school, to work and out to meet friends. So Muriel and Matt designed a pair of functional, durable, stylish “knickers,” imagining they might one day sell a few pairs to friends. Instead, thanks to a mention in the New York Times, they were suddenly swamped with orders. Today, Muriel and Matt are still basking in the entrepreneurial glow of unexpectedly launching a successful outdoor apparel business.</SPAN></I>&nbsp;</P> Tue, 19 Jun 2018 19:51:09 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/muriel-bartol-made-an-unexpected-swrve-and-co-founded-an-outdoor/05/165608 WillowOlder 2018-06-19T19:51:09Z Kelly and Will Watters Elevate Outdoor Apparel with Western Rise https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/kelly-and-will-watters-elevate-outdoor-apparel-with-western-rise/05/165603 <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 399px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/5531i554A8D46A8A98293/image-size/medium?v=1.0&amp;px=400" alt="1-BW- Head Shot.jpg" title="1-BW- Head Shot.jpg" /></span></P> <P><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">Kelly Watters is a 4</SPAN></I><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">th</SPAN></I><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">-generation entrepreneur, and her husband, Will, comes from three generations of business self-starters. So when they decided to start a sustainable technical-apparel business together, Kelly and Will knew they’d be working long hours, juggling multiple roles and responsibilities, solving unexpected problems and trying to stay positive along the way. Turns out, everything they anticipated about launching, running and growing Western Rise has come true. Also true? Kelly and Will love building an outdoor-retailing business together. As Kelly explains, “I’m the CEO, CFO and COO. Will is the creative director, and he manages all the product and works directly with the marketing team. We get more efficient at what we do every year – so we just keep taking on more projects! We love building something we believe is amazing.”</SPAN></I></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> Tue, 19 Jun 2018 20:01:20 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/kelly-and-will-watters-elevate-outdoor-apparel-with-western-rise/05/165603 WillowOlder 2018-06-19T20:01:20Z Gwen Sullivan Built a Business Around Being a “Fitness Misfit” https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/gwen-sullivan-built-a-business-around-being-a-fitness-misfit/05/164799 <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/5344i1CC431C93250B79F/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="2-Dear-Gym-1-Alt.jpg" title="2-Dear-Gym-1-Alt.jpg" /></span></P> <P><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">Gwen Sullivan has spent years working in the sports and fitness industry, but she’s spent far longer feeling like she was a “fitness misfit.” As a kid, she played sports but always preferred the team element to the workout itself. Later, as a busy adult juggling working and parenting, fitness felt like a chore. When Gwen discovered she wasn’t the only one feeling resentful in the gym, she decided it was time to make a change. She’d stop focusing on reps and steps or minutes and miles and start finding activities that she simply enjoyed. This shift in thinking inspired Gwen to create Joyn, a website that curates community-oriented, inclusive group classes designed for fitness – but far more importantly, to promote movement and joy.</SPAN></I></P> Tue, 19 Jun 2018 19:35:53 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/gwen-sullivan-built-a-business-around-being-a-fitness-misfit/05/164799 WillowOlder 2018-06-19T19:35:53Z Ben Gucciardi’s Soccer Without Borders Helps Refugee Kids Adjust and Connect https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/ben-gucciardi-s-soccer-without-borders-helps-refugee-kids-adjust/05/164753 <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/5335iECBFC60CFB449F4F/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="1-bentackled.JPG" title="1-bentackled.JPG" /></span></P> <P><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">Ben Gucciardi was earning his M.A. in global educational leadership, working in youth development for underserved families and playing a lot of soccer when he had an idea. The California native realized soccer could be a tool to help struggling kids learn to better communicate, connect and collaborate with their peers, parents<SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN>and<SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN>teachers. Could he build a program around his favorite sport (at one point, Ben played soccer semi-pro) to help disadvantaged youth?</SPAN></I></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> Tue, 19 Jun 2018 20:14:38 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/ben-gucciardi-s-soccer-without-borders-helps-refugee-kids-adjust/05/164753 WillowOlder 2018-06-19T20:14:38Z PROFILE: How Michelle Kagarmanov’s Family Revved Up Business At Their Black Hills Off-Roading Resort https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/profile-how-michelle-kagarmanov-s-family-revved-up-business-at/05/164751 <P><FONT size="4"><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;"><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 320px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/5330i2929EB69FB272720/image-size/medium?v=1.0&amp;px=400" alt="23334291_1499576576777396_4910032689984013824_o.jpg" title="23334291_1499576576777396_4910032689984013824_o.jpg" /></span></SPAN></I></FONT></P> <P><FONT size="4"><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">Before Michelle Kagarmanov moved back to her home state of South Dakota, she was the program director of a non-profit working with refugee students in Minneapolis. She and her husband were ready to start a family of their own, so when her dad, aka “Pops”, called to ask if she’d run a newly purchased Black Hills RV resort with cabins, a restaurant/bar and off-road vehicle rentals she saw it as an opportunity to be near family, as well as to make her own schedule.</SPAN></I></FONT></P> <P><FONT size="4"><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">With motorized sports<SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN><A href="https://outdoorindustry.org/advocacy/" target="_self">ranking as the number one outdoor recreation activity<SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN></A>in the U.S., their Mystic Hills Hideaway caters to a year-round clientele of ATV, UTV and snowmobile enthusiasts who come for the 500 miles of US Forest Service trails directly accessible from the campground. We spoke with Michelle about how they balance the seasonality of running an outdoors-based business and how they’ve found ways to hire more staff so the family can enjoy a little recreation time, too.</SPAN></I></FONT></P> Thu, 04 Oct 2018 23:43:32 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/profile-how-michelle-kagarmanov-s-family-revved-up-business-at/05/164751 SarahGonzales 2018-10-04T23:43:32Z Diana Marie Estey Gets People Outside and Strengthens Their Mind, Body and Spirit https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/diana-marie-estey-gets-people-outside-and-strengthens-their-mind/05/164568 <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 942px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/5306i05C3554E8BF51AED/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="1-Diana-IMG_4133.jpg" title="1-Diana-IMG_4133.jpg" /></span></P> <P><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">Diana Marie Estey has long been an outdoor enthusiast and a health and wellness buff, and she’s always relished having the freedom and creativity to do her own thing, too. Years ago, when she was working as an outdoor educator in three different states, Diana started running her own weekend trips on the side. She loved offering clients thoughtfully planned excursions for cross-country skiing, kayaking, yoga and more. Eventually, Diana opened her own business, Alive Anew, offering instruction for individuals and groups in outdoor fitness, yoga, meditation and mindfulness. In addition, Diana began leading weekend retreats in New England and Northern California and longer hiking and yoga retreats in Baja and the mountains of Europe. </SPAN></I></P> Fri, 05 Oct 2018 21:33:44 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/diana-marie-estey-gets-people-outside-and-strengthens-their-mind/05/164568 WillowOlder 2018-10-05T21:33:44Z VIDEO: Photographer Lucas Zhao on Getting Inspired by Getting Outside https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/video-photographer-lucas-zhao-on-getting-inspired-by-getting/05/164539 <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 854px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/5303i9FA6EED2DF41A6F3/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="lucaszhao.png" title="lucaszhao.png" /></span></P> <P>Lucas Zhao skated into the photography business - literally. Inspired by the great outdoors and his love of skateboarding, he's turned his passion into his profession.</P> Tue, 05 Jun 2018 15:40:00 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/video-photographer-lucas-zhao-on-getting-inspired-by-getting/05/164539 EmilyCowan 2018-06-05T15:40:00Z Happy Trails to You: Ryan Loften Runs Summer Camps for Mountain-Biking Kids https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/happy-trails-to-you-ryan-loften-runs-summer-camps-for-mountain/05/163346 <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 432px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/5165i4E8E852187DC04B1/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="3-IMG_9096.jpg" title="3-IMG_9096.jpg" /></span></P> <P><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">In 2006, Ryan Loften was working as a bike mechanic, a waiter and a “manny.” Juggling all these roles wasn’t easy, but Ryan decided to add “entrepreneur” to the mix. Inspired by his year of mountain biking solo through Nepal, India and Southeast Asia, Ryan wanted to share his love of biking and exploring the great outdoors with kids in his own Northern California community. (Marin County’s Mount Tamalpais is the birthplace of mountain biking.) His plan? To run week-long summer mountain biking camps for kids ages 8-14. The first season, Ryan rode with 50 kids throughout the summer. Now he and his coaches ride the rocky trails with more than 300 sweaty, dusty, tired and very happy campers. </SPAN></I></P> Mon, 04 Jun 2018 20:55:38 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/happy-trails-to-you-ryan-loften-runs-summer-camps-for-mountain/05/163346 WillowOlder 2018-06-04T20:55:38Z QUESTION: What's Your One-Word Theme for June? https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/question-what-s-your-one-word-theme-for-june/05/164332 <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-right" style="width: 400px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/5284i3D68F62BB0E15DFB/image-size/medium?v=1.0&amp;px=400" alt="strawberrymarketheader.stocksy.jpg" title="strawberrymarketheader.stocksy.jpg" /></span></P> <P>For me, June is all about open-air markets - the perfect time for local farmers, artists, and artisans to get outside and meet their customers face to face.&nbsp;</P> Mon, 04 Jun 2018 15:00:00 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/question-what-s-your-one-word-theme-for-june/05/164332 EmilyCowan 2018-06-04T15:00:00Z PROFILE: Calligrapher Elisabeth Young Gets Real About Struggling With Anxiety and Depression In Her First Year of Business https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/profile-calligrapher-elisabeth-young-gets-real-about-struggling/05/163347 <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 400px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/5171iE310DA55F3690F1B/image-size/medium?v=1.0&amp;px=400" alt="elisabeth_headshotdesk.jpg" title="elisabeth_headshotdesk.jpg" /></span><I></I></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">Elisabeth opens up about her struggles with depression and anxiety during her first year of business and how she learned to cope and to heal. We appreciate her candid conversation about a sensitive topic. We hope others in our QB Community read this post and remember that they, like Elisabeth, are not alone in experiencing the ups and downs of running a business.</SPAN></I></P> Tue, 24 Jul 2018 21:57:13 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/profile-calligrapher-elisabeth-young-gets-real-about-struggling/05/163347 SarahGonzales 2018-07-24T21:57:13Z “Forest Bathing” and Beyond: Counselor Nani Waddoups Shares Tips for Self-Care https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/forest-bathing-and-beyond-counselor-nani-waddoups-shares-tips/05/163089 <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><EM><A href="https://qbcommunity.com/t5/Find-inspiration/Counselor-Nani-Waddoups-Says-Knowing-Her-Numbers-Boosts-Her/ba-p/163081" target="_self"><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 837px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/5132i80F61637D90B611B/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="Stocksy_txpbe95edb6zix100_Small_482094.jpg" title="Stocksy_txpbe95edb6zix100_Small_482094.jpg" /></span></A></EM><EM><A href="https://qbcommunity.com/t5/Find-inspiration/Counselor-Nani-Waddoups-Says-Knowing-Her-Numbers-Boosts-Her/ba-p/163081" target="_self">Nani Waddoups</A>&nbsp;has more than two-decades experience as an entrepreneur, and that doesn’t even include her past six years running a <SPAN><A href="http://www.naniwaddoups.com/Counseling_Site/Welcome.html">private therapy practice</A></SPAN> in Portland, OR. As a seasoned small business owner and a professional counselor, Nani is uniquely positioned to offer up self-care strategies for staying centered and grounded -- something particularly important for entrepreneurs working around the clock to build a successful business.</EM></P> Tue, 19 Jun 2018 19:44:20 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/forest-bathing-and-beyond-counselor-nani-waddoups-shares-tips/05/163089 WillowOlder 2018-06-19T19:44:20Z Counselor Nani Waddoups Says Knowing Her Numbers Boosts Her Creativity and Compassion https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/counselor-nani-waddoups-says-knowing-her-numbers-boosts-her/05/163081 <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 214px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/5129i17D37438C828423B/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="Unknown-2.jpeg" title="Unknown-2.jpeg" /></span></P> <P><EM>Nani Waddoups has a long and remarkably varied history as an entrepreneur. Although she went to college intending to become a psychologist, after graduation, Nani instead ended up working for herself in the design industry. For more than 20 years, she worked as a self-employed florist, importer, specialty contractor, interior designer, garden designer and house stager --&nbsp; the list goes on. In 2008, however, Nani realized she’d never forgotten her dream of becoming a professional counselor.</EM></P> Tue, 19 Jun 2018 20:16:34 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/counselor-nani-waddoups-says-knowing-her-numbers-boosts-her/05/163081 WillowOlder 2018-06-19T20:16:34Z Anna Matuszewski Danced Her Way Into a Job as Macklemore’s Choreographer https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/anna-matuszewski-danced-her-way-into-a-job-as-macklemore-s/05/163148 <P><FONT size="4"><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;"><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 510px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/5143iEEF1E2F22E1E9757/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="anna_fade_headshot.jpg" title="anna_fade_headshot.jpg" /></span></SPAN></I></FONT></P> <P><FONT size="4"><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">From the age of five until 17, Anna Matuszewski (mah-two-SHEV-skee) spent her childhood training for the Olympics in figure skating. When she injured her knee, the door to the Olympics closed. Happily, another opened, this one leading to a career as an independent ice skating coach and choreographer. Eventually, Anna’s passion for dance led her to start a “floor” choreography business with clients like Macklemore &amp; Ryan Lewis, Nordstrom, AT&amp;T and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.</SPAN></I></FONT></P> <P><FONT size="4">&nbsp;</FONT></P> <P><FONT size="4"><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">Since Anna’s parents and her three siblings all own and operate their own businesses, perhaps Anna was always destined to be an entrepreneur. We caught up with her in Seattle in between tour dates to talk about how she’s grown her business over two decades, how she balances single motherhood with worldwide performances and why she spends her free time making art films.</SPAN></I></FONT></P> Thu, 04 Oct 2018 23:39:09 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/anna-matuszewski-danced-her-way-into-a-job-as-macklemore-s/05/163148 SarahGonzales 2018-10-04T23:39:09Z From Farm to Smartphone to Table: What Entrepreneurs Can Learn From the Shifting Dining Industry https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/from-farm-to-smartphone-to-table-what-entrepreneurs-can-learn/05/162744 <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;"><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 866px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/5068iAE0595A41ED34CD2/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="dining_shifts.jpg" title="dining_shifts.jpg" /></span></SPAN></P> <P><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">We’re exploring&nbsp;shifts and trends in the culinary-industry that entrepreneurs like you can apply to your own small business. &nbsp;</SPAN></P> Tue, 22 May 2018 18:00:00 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/from-farm-to-smartphone-to-table-what-entrepreneurs-can-learn/05/162744 SarahGonzales 2018-05-22T18:00:00Z QUESTION: When Did You First Feel Like You Were Running a **Real** Business? https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/question-when-did-you-first-feel-like-you-were-running-a-real/05/162619 <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><SPAN><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-right" style="width: 400px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/5045i79B86183E7864624/image-size/medium?v=1.0&amp;px=400" alt="countingmoneyheader.stocksy.jpg" title="countingmoneyheader.stocksy.jpg" /></span>Maybe it was the day you ordered your first batch of business cards. Or the first referral you ever received.</SPAN></P> Mon, 21 May 2018 18:28:19 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/question-when-did-you-first-feel-like-you-were-running-a-real/05/162619 EmilyCowan 2018-05-21T18:28:19Z Meet 4 Entrepreneurs Running a Successful Seasonal Business https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/meet-4-entrepreneurs-running-a-successful-seasonal-business/05/162188 <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 866px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/4993iE71BBD1A5D03B797/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="Stocksy_txp40a8bdbd0Dx100_Small_712994.jpg" title="Stocksy_txp40a8bdbd0Dx100_Small_712994.jpg" /></span></P> <P><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">Have you checked the weather forecast today? Depending what product or service you offer, the weather – and, to put it more broadly, the seasons – may be a significant factor in your overall business strategy. </SPAN>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> Mon, 21 May 2018 21:22:39 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/meet-4-entrepreneurs-running-a-successful-seasonal-business/05/162188 WillowOlder 2018-05-21T21:22:39Z 6 Strategies Small Business Owners Can Take Away from the Rapidly Changing Clothing Industry https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/6-strategies-small-business-owners-can-take-away-from-the/05/162262 <P><SPAN><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 837px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/4998i8D3429458D1F509A/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="fashion_shifts.jpg" title="fashion_shifts.jpg" /></span></SPAN></P> <P><SPAN>In fashion, it’s not just the styles that are evolving -- the way we shop has fundamentally shifted, too.&nbsp;<SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">Let’s take a look at what’s hip</SPAN>&nbsp;<SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">for today’s mass consumer fashion industry and what the takeaway could be for the small business owner (SBO).</SPAN></SPAN></P> Wed, 20 Jun 2018 21:47:52 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/6-strategies-small-business-owners-can-take-away-from-the/05/162262 SarahGonzales 2018-06-20T21:47:52Z Doug Tarr Cracks the Code on Teaching Computer Programming to Kids https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/doug-tarr-cracks-the-code-on-teaching-computer-programming-to/05/161794 <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 600px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/4941i7AF25C352A9CB4F0/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="girl group 10.6 (1).jpg" title="girl group 10.6 (1).jpg" /></span></P> <P><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">Doug Tarr was a seasoned software developer who had spent many years working at startups and large companies, as well as co-founding a tech startup in Seattle called PayScale. After moving with his family to Mill Valley, CA, Doug was approached by some fellow parents who wondered if he’d be willing to teach their kids to code. Doug agreed, so he invited a dozen 4</SPAN></I><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">th</SPAN></I><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;"> graders to squeeze into his living room for a weekly coding session. Word spread about how much the kids were learning and how much they were enjoying it, too. Eventually, Doug decided to move his unofficial club into an official downtown location. Now MVCode had a name, an address and a mission: to create a sustainable, local community business that teaches 1</SPAN></I><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">st</SPAN></I><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;"> through 10</SPAN></I><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">th</SPAN></I><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;"> graders to master the basics -- and beyond -- of coding. &nbsp;</SPAN></I></P> Wed, 16 May 2018 18:00:00 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/doug-tarr-cracks-the-code-on-teaching-computer-programming-to/05/161794 WillowOlder 2018-05-16T18:00:00Z Commercial Fishing Boat Captain Megan Corazza Packs a Whole Year’s Work into Every Summer https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/commercial-fishing-boat-captain-megan-corazza-packs-a-whole-year/05/161943 <P><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;"><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 799px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/4952i6E3994B0B9F343D3/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="megan_headshot.jpg" title="megan_headshot.jpg" /><span class="lia-inline-image-caption" onclick="event.preventDefault();">Photo by Bill Day</span></span></SPAN></I><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">Captain Megan Corazza grew up commercial fishing with her parents out of their home port of Homer, Alaska. From a young age she learned firsthand about the high stakes and unpredictability of the fishing business, and she swore she’d never go down that path herself. In fact, she was on track to be a doctor when the fishing business beckoned her, and she decided to follow in her family’s footsteps.</SPAN></I></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">Today, Megan has owned her own commercial fishing operation for nearly 20 years. Each summer in the Land of the Midnight Sun Megan, along with her crew and her sons, catch millions of salmon to sell to canneries. The days are long and sleep is short, but this seasonal business allows Megan to pursue her other passions -- motherhood, writing and skiing -- during other eight months of the year.</SPAN></I></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">We caught up with Megan just before she headed out for a summer at sea to learn how she balances fish, family and finances from one unpredictable season to the next.</SPAN></I></P> Thu, 04 Oct 2018 23:32:30 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/commercial-fishing-boat-captain-megan-corazza-packs-a-whole-year/05/161943 SarahGonzales 2018-10-04T23:32:30Z VIDEO: Julie Gordon White Shares Her G.I.V.E Morning Ritual https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/video-julie-gordon-white-shares-her-g-i-v-e-morning-ritual/05/161646 <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 452px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/4929iD68CB05FB56F99AA/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="Screen Shot 2018-05-13 at 1.31.19 PM.png" title="Screen Shot 2018-05-13 at 1.31.19 PM.png" /></span></P> <P><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">Here in QB Community, we love learning from business coach </SPAN><A href="https://qbcommunity.com/t5/Momentum-to-1-Million/Welcome-to-Momentum-to-1-Million/gpm-p/155093"><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">Julie Gordon White</SPAN></A><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">. If you’ve spent any time with Julie, you’ll know one of her (many) superpowers is her ability to turn thoughts and ideas into actionable, step-by-step systems.</SPAN></P> Mon, 14 May 2018 18:00:00 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/video-julie-gordon-white-shares-her-g-i-v-e-morning-ritual/05/161646 WillowOlder 2018-05-14T18:00:00Z The Power of Two: The Dot Connectors Doubles in Size for Exponential Growth https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/the-power-of-two-the-dot-connectors-doubles-in-size-for/05/161259 <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 576px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/4869iDA631FC80EC8AF1A/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="GeneDiggiBoats_dot-IMG_7340.jpg" title="GeneDiggiBoats_dot-IMG_7340.jpg" /></span></P> <P><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">Diggi Thomson spent 15 successful years at corporate giant Unilever, working in both Europe and North American on leading brands including Axe deodorant. But in 2008, after some deep introspection, Diggi decided he was ready to strike out on his own. For nearly a decade, he single-handedly built and ran every aspect of his marketing and branding company. Eventually, however, he faced a challenge many entrepreneurs can relate to: Diggi wanted to grow The Dot Connectors, but he knew he couldn’t realize his vision alone. He decided it was time to bring in a business partner with a skill set that would complement his own. </SPAN></I>&nbsp;</P> Mon, 14 May 2018 19:03:34 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/the-power-of-two-the-dot-connectors-doubles-in-size-for/05/161259 WillowOlder 2018-05-14T19:03:34Z QUESTION: What’s Your Secret to Running a Successful *Seasonal* Business? https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/question-what-s-your-secret-to-running-a-successful-seasonal/05/160679 <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 866px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/4809i2C62F91E766DDB72/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="Stocksy_txpac508feeOMw100_Small_703664.jpg" title="Stocksy_txpac508feeOMw100_Small_703664.jpg" /></span></P> <P>Plenty of entrepreneurs have seasonal (and, hopefully, predictable) highs and lows throughout every business year. For example, if you own a construction, lawncare or landscaping business or you run a beachside restaurant, an ice cream shop or a summer camp for kids, the warm summer months are typically your busiest. When the weather cools down, so, too, does your revenue stream.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> Thu, 07 Jun 2018 16:40:23 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/question-what-s-your-secret-to-running-a-successful-seasonal/05/160679 WillowOlder 2018-06-07T16:40:23Z VIDEO: The QuickBooks Team Surprises Builder and Fire Survivor Chris Rhodes (Get Out Your Tissues!) https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/video-the-quickbooks-team-surprises-builder-and-fire-survivor/05/160684 <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 900px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/4811iF8A733B838ADE83C/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="video-05_QB_ChrisRhodes_1922.jpg" title="video-05_QB_ChrisRhodes_1922.jpg" /></span></P> <P><A href="https://qbcommunity.com/t5/Find-inspiration/Small-Business-Week-Chris-Rhodes-Lost-Everything-to-a-Wildfire/ba-p/160164">Chris Rhodes</A> has run his own <A href="http://www.chrisrhodesconstruction.com/">construction company</A> in Santa Rosa, CA, for more than 30 years. In October 2017, wildfires tore through Santa Rosa, destroying 5,000 homes. Chris lost both his home and his business, and more than half a dozen houses Chris had built over the years were burned to the ground.</P> Fri, 11 May 2018 01:00:17 GMT https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/video-the-quickbooks-team-surprises-builder-and-fire-survivor/05/160684 WillowOlder 2018-05-11T01:00:17Z
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Planning Inventory: How to Protect Your Small Business from the Unforeseen
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<P>“Someone's sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago”. This statement by Warren Buffett, one of the most successful investors in the world, is just the right metaphor describing a small business owner who prioritizes planning in inventory control. Playing by ear, going with your gut instinct or struggling to bring order into a scramble of documented transactions are weak efforts to plan replenishment ahead. A lack of inventory planning in an inventory-oriented business is a way to go down. Let me dwell on why and how you should bake a solid inventory planning process into your stock management.</P>
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QuickBooks with Hosting and QuickBooks Online for inventory tracking: does your business need a third-party app to give their inventory features a boost?
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<P><SPAN>Small inventory-centric business at different stages of growth knows the value of well-aligned bookkeeping and inventory data. An integration of accounting software and an inventory control app is considered great as long as it streamlines operations, automates your workflows, eases the many pains of tax reporting and lets you run your business on the go. QuickBooks still being the choice of an overwhelming majority of small inventory-based businesses offers its hosted Desktop and Online versions to small companies with inventory management needs, but they do not address inventory-related problems to the same degree. From an inventory control standpoint, it sometimes becomes a real challenge for small companies to decide which version to go with, and if there is a need for a third-party app to augment QuickBooks’ inventory features. Let us bring more clarity into these questions.</SPAN></P>
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The Costly Mistake to Avoid When Running Facebook Ads with a Messenger Bot Comment Growth Tool
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<P>If you're planning to run a Facebook engagement ad with a Messenger bot to teens 13-18, you need to read this or you could lose tons of money!</P>
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PROFILE: Grab Green’s Natural Homecare Products Are Kid-Safe, Pet-Safe and Suit Every Budget
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<P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/8739i457CEF4396E5E6E3/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="QB_LA_18-10-05_GRAB-GREEN_0145_PORTRAIT-B-FULL-FRAME-NO-VIGNETTE.png" title="QB_LA_18-10-05_GRAB-GREEN_0145_PORTRAIT-B-FULL-FRAME-NO-VIGNETTE.png" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Name:</STRONG> Patricia Spencer</P> <P><STRONG>Business:</STRONG> <U><A href="https://grabgreenhome.com/">Grab Green</A></U></P> <P><STRONG>Location:</STRONG> Camarillo, CA</P> <P><STRONG>Launched:</STRONG> September 2009</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><EM>Back in 2006, Patricia Spencer was a soccer mom and a frustrated entrepreneur. Her plan to create and sell an all-in-one kitchen mixer had stalled out because everyone confused her product with a blender. Standing on the sidelines of a game one typical Saturday, Patricia explained her frustration to Michael Edell, a fellow soccer dad. When he asked about her plan B, Patricia mentioned an idea she’d had years before: She wanted to create an effective, non-toxic, eco-friendly laundry detergent. Michael was intrigued. The next day, Patricia arrived at his office with a presentation about the market potential of a natural, safe detergent. They soon decided to work together, and Patricia, a self-described “closet chemist,” set to work to create her dream product. After a year of nonstop testing, she hit on the formula for making the first pod-based detergent in the homecare industry. Grab Green had officially shifted from concept to company, and Patricia couldn’t wait to introduce the world to her new products. Patricia tells us about starting, running and growing Grab Green and explains why she’s passionate about making “clean” products available to everybody -- and their pets.</EM></P>
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PROFILE: LeNique Dancewear Is a Bedazzling Business Success
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<P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/8736i6CCD0EEFB667BBED/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="QB_LA_18-10-04_LENIQUE_0375_PORTRAIT-B-FULL-FRAME-NO-VIGNETTE.png" title="QB_LA_18-10-04_LENIQUE_0375_PORTRAIT-B-FULL-FRAME-NO-VIGNETTE.png" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;<STRONG><BR />Name:</STRONG> Nick and Lena Kosovich</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Business: </STRONG><U><A href="http://www.lenique.com/">LeNique Exclusive Designer Dancewear</A></U></P> <P><STRONG>Location:</STRONG> Los Angeles, CA</P> <P><STRONG>Launched:</STRONG> 1999</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><EM>Nick and Lena Kosovich have been dancing since they were kids growing up in Australia and Siberia respectively. After meeting on the dance circuit, the couple competed together for 15 years while also building their stellar reputation as competitive-dance instructors, choreographers, teacher-trainers and highly esteemed industry consultants. Nearly two decades ago, when Nick and Lena were living in New York, they started designing and selling one or two dance costumes a month to help pay for their travel expenses. Word spread about their custom-made, rhinestone-bedazzled dresses that were also highly functional and comfortable. Realizing there was great demand for their designs, Nick and Lena launched LeNique so competitive ballroom and Latin dancers, as well as ice-skaters and other performers, could look and feel great in the spotlight. When the couple relocated to California in 2005, it only took them a month to ramp up to their New York-level of sales. Now, LeNique has 24 full-time and part-time employees including sales reps on both coasts and a team of professional tailors and seamstresses who make up to 50 new costumes every week. We talked with Nick about the company’s shiny, sparkly success.</EM></P>
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<pubDate>Mon, 03 Dec 2018 18:05:12 GMT</pubDate>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/profile-lenique-dancewear-is-a-bedazzling-business-success/05/195594
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<dc:date>2018-12-03T18:05:12Z</dc:date>
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PROFILE: Scott Greenberg’s Water Rover Cleverly Keep Dogs Hydrated
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/profile-scott-greenberg-s-water-rover-cleverly-keep-dogs/05/190121
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<P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" style="width: 900px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/8214iB7DB87B6820D83A5/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="smaller.png" title="smaller.png" /></span></P> <P><STRONG>Name:</STRONG> Scott Greenberg</P> <P><STRONG>Business: </STRONG><U><A href="https://www.waterrover.com/">Water Rover</A></U></P> <P><STRONG>Location: </STRONG>Irvine, CA</P> <P><STRONG>Launched: </STRONG>1998<STRONG>&nbsp;</STRONG></P> <P><EM>Like so many great business ideas, the epiphany for Water Rover hit during a walk. Specifically, Stan and Ruth Greenberg were strolling one hot August evening in southern California with their dog, Black Bear. Along the way, they offered Black Bear water from a bottle, but he kept refusing to drink. By the time the pooch decided he was thirsty, Stan and Ruth had used up all the water. Stan, a retired engineer, decided there had to be a better way to keep dogs from dehydrating. He made some sketches for a bowl-and-bottle prototype and showed them to his son, Scott. Scott made a key suggestion – make the corners of the bowl round, not square! – and a product was born. For several years, Water Rover was manufactured in Thailand. Flash forward to today, when Scott is the now the proud owner of the company, and Water Rover is made in the United States. That’s just one more reason animal lovers rave about this clever invention which gives them a hands-free way to carry water for their furry companions and to pour unused water back into the bottle. Multiple problems solved!</EM></P>
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<pubDate>Mon, 03 Dec 2018 18:05:30 GMT</pubDate>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/profile-scott-greenberg-s-water-rover-cleverly-keep-dogs/05/190121
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<dc:creator>ssimhan</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-12-03T18:05:30Z</dc:date>
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Three D Traffic Works Is a Family Business Focused on Green Traffic-Safety Products
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/three-d-traffic-works-is-a-family-business-focused-on-green/05/190111
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<P><STRONG><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" style="width: 720px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/8210i94D3498DB24FC69A/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="QB_LA_18-10-02_THREE-D_0036_LOC-A-FULL-FRAME-NO-VIGNETTE.png" title="QB_LA_18-10-02_THREE-D_0036_LOC-A-FULL-FRAME-NO-VIGNETTE.png" /></span></STRONG><STRONG>&nbsp;</STRONG></P> <P><STRONG>Name: </STRONG>The Dvoracek siblings: Kathy, Frank and Joe</P> <P><STRONG>Business:</STRONG> <U><A href="http://www.trafficwks.com/">Three D Traffic Works</A></U></P> <P><STRONG>Location:</STRONG> Burbank, CA</P> <P><STRONG>Launched:</STRONG> 1999</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><EM>It’s no exaggeration to say that Kathy (Dvoracek) Trumbo and her brothers, Frank and Joe, have been immersed in the injection molding business pretty much since birth. Their dad started his own custom molding company in his garage in the 60s, and Kathy and her siblings – also known as the “Three Ds” – earned pocket money by separating boxes of parts. (Fun fact: When the plastic skateboard craze hit its heyday in the 70s, the company made 30 million urethane wheels and 7 million boards!). As adults, Kathy, Frank and Joe decided to start their own injection molding company, just down the street from their dad’s operation. </EM></P> <P><EM>&nbsp;</EM></P> <P><EM>The Three Ds designed and produced everything from landscape drainage lines to a popular plastic folding sawhorse until forming the Three D Traffic Works division in 1999. Now, Kathy and the team create a proprietary line of traffic-safety products for the highway industry. They proudly use recycled materials and green manufacturing techniques. This approach, as well as an unwavering commitment to innovation and quality, has helped Three D Traffic Works survive industry and economic downturns. Today, with an impressive 55 employees, Three D is the go-to manufacturer for top-notch, eco-friendly traffic-safety products</EM>.</P>
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<pubDate>Wed, 07 Nov 2018 19:44:39 GMT</pubDate>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/three-d-traffic-works-is-a-family-business-focused-on-green/05/190111
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<dc:creator>ssimhan</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-11-07T19:44:39Z</dc:date>
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The Holiday Season Is Here. Plan, Produce and Don’t Panic!
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/the-holiday-season-is-here-plan-produce-and-don-t-panic/05/188221
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<P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/8122i29BDEA6D29190EBC/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="iStock-1018285984.jpg" title="iStock-1018285984.jpg" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>If your business booms during the holiday shopping season, you’ve no doubt been getting ready for your busiest months for weeks, if not longer. We asked eight hard-working entrepreneurs to tell us what they are doing right now to gear up for the holiday crush ahead. In a word: They’re on it!</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>(By the way, all of these business owners will be selling their wares at&nbsp;<U><A href="https://quickbooksconnect.com/?cid=dis_US_QBCommunityPage_QBConnectContent_organic_qbconnect">QB Connect 2018</A></U>&nbsp;in San Jose (November 5-7th). If you’re there, be sure to stop by and say hi! (Want to attend QB Connect but haven’t registered yet?&nbsp;<U><A href="https://quickbooksconnect.com/?cid=dis_US_QBCommunityPage_QBConnectContent_organic_qbconnect">Click here</A></U>.)</P>
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<pubDate>Wed, 31 Oct 2018 20:43:06 GMT</pubDate>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/the-holiday-season-is-here-plan-produce-and-don-t-panic/05/188221
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<dc:creator>ssimhan</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-10-31T20:43:06Z</dc:date>
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Meet the 16 Featured Vendor-Entrepreneurs Who Will Be at QB Connect in San Jose Nov 5-7
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/meet-the-16-featured-vendor-entrepreneurs-who-will-be-at-qb/05/187057
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<P><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">You probably know that QuickBooks Connect is an exciting, inspiring conference packed with entrepreneurs eager to learn about growing a successful business. And you know what makes QB Connect even better? All the amazing shopping opportunities that let you support small businesses -- and cross some items off you holiday gift list!</SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><A href="https://quickbooksconnect.com/"><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">QuickBooks Connect 2018</SPAN></A><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;"><SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN>in San Jose, CA (November 5-7) will play host to some superstar entrepreneurs at the Connect Bazaar. Stop by their booths and support your fellow small-business owners who will be selling their goods during the conference. Each of these smart, motivated entrepreneurs has a fascinating small business story to share. See for yourself in the profiles below.</SPAN></P>
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<pubDate>Fri, 26 Oct 2018 23:25:09 GMT</pubDate>
<guid>
https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/meet-the-16-featured-vendor-entrepreneurs-who-will-be-at-qb/05/187057
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<dc:creator>ssimhan</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-10-26T23:25:09Z</dc:date>
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LISTEN: QB Community Conversations with Romy Taormina and Julie Gordon White: On Managing Cash Flow and Operations & Raising Your Prices
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/listen-qb-community-conversations-with-romy-taormina-and-julie/05/184297
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<P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 881px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7900i7A5ABCE346BF785A/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="Intuit_CommConv_Header_8.jpg" title="Intuit_CommConv_Header_8.jpg" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P>
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<pubDate>Thu, 18 Oct 2018 18:21:13 GMT</pubDate>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/listen-qb-community-conversations-with-romy-taormina-and-julie/05/184297
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<dc:creator>ShanaNiederman</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-10-18T18:21:13Z</dc:date>
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Portland’s Little Boxes Gamifies Gifting While Supporting Small Businesses
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/portland-s-little-boxes-gamifies-gifting-while-supporting-small/05/184292
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<P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 591px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7899i74BD5817B25E1490/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="Screen Shot 2018-10-17 at 12.25.21 PM.png" title="Screen Shot 2018-10-17 at 12.25.21 PM.png" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><FONT size="4"><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">Built Oregon has shone the spotlight on many of Oregon’s small consumer-product businesses (think: chocolate, kombucha, beer, coffee, hot sauce, jewelry and more) by offering an accelerator program and an annual festival. Another key promotional event is Little Boxes, a three-day, post-Thanksgiving shopping scavenger hunt where shoppers collect codes by visiting and purchasing from participating (small, of course) retailers. Then they enter the codes in the Little Boxes app for a chance to win prizes.</SPAN></I></FONT></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><FONT size="4"><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">We spoke with Mitch Daugherty about why shopping local really matters and how he and Terry take an entrepreneurial approach to running their nonprofit: They learn what their target market wants and needs and then provide it.</SPAN></I></FONT></P>
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<pubDate>Thu, 18 Oct 2018 18:20:55 GMT</pubDate>
<guid>
https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/portland-s-little-boxes-gamifies-gifting-while-supporting-small/05/184292
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<dc:creator>SarahGonzales</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-10-18T18:20:55Z</dc:date>
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LISTEN: QB Community Conversations with Michael Bush and Romy Taormina: On Hiring Right for Your Business (Not Just for the Job)
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/listen-qb-community-conversations-with-michael-bush-and-romy/05/184167
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<P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 881px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7874i8DE199427C81A0F7/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="Intuit_CommConv_Header_7.jpg" title="Intuit_CommConv_Header_7.jpg" /></span></P>
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<pubDate>Wed, 17 Oct 2018 23:53:23 GMT</pubDate>
<guid>
https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/listen-qb-community-conversations-with-michael-bush-and-romy/05/184167
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<dc:creator>ShanaNiederman</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-10-17T23:53:23Z</dc:date>
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Give Great Customer Service Even After Your Product Has Shipped
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/give-great-customer-service-even-after-your-product-has-shipped/05/183982
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<P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7865i4C807E19F8983A16/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="shutterstock_250474048.jpg" title="shutterstock_250474048.jpg" /></span></P> <P><SPAN>At some point, small business owners will have to navigate a sticky customer service situation due to a missed delivery date, a broken item or some other shipping-related snafu. How you handle it can make or break your business reputation, especially during the high-pressure, high volume holiday shopping season.</SPAN>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P>
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<pubDate>Wed, 17 Oct 2018 18:45:27 GMT</pubDate>
<guid>
https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/give-great-customer-service-even-after-your-product-has-shipped/05/183982
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<dc:creator>WillowOlder</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-10-17T18:45:27Z</dc:date>
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Time for a Transition: A Word from QB Community Leader Leslie Barber
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/time-for-a-transition-a-word-from-qb-community-leader-leslie/05/181667
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<P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-left" style="width: 248px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7795i59729B43BD4BA4DB/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="Screen Shot 2018-10-15 at 10.29.27 AM.png" title="Screen Shot 2018-10-15 at 10.29.27 AM.png" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;Leslie Barber shares a message with the QB Community.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P>
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<pubDate>Mon, 15 Oct 2018 21:14:28 GMT</pubDate>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/time-for-a-transition-a-word-from-qb-community-leader-leslie/05/181667
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<dc:creator>WillowOlder</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-10-15T21:14:28Z</dc:date>
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<title>4 Best Practices to Boost Your Cyber Security</title>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/4-best-practices-to-boost-your-cyber-security/05/181623
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<P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7787i7C414D87E939D735/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="shutterstock_103173644.jpg" title="shutterstock_103173644.jpg" /></span></P> <P>October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM).&nbsp; You may not be able to fend off technically savvy and extremely determined hackers, but you can certainly take small but meaningful steps to batten down all your cyber security hatches.</P>
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<pubDate>Mon, 15 Oct 2018 17:16:10 GMT</pubDate>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/4-best-practices-to-boost-your-cyber-security/05/181623
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<dc:creator>WillowOlder</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-10-15T17:16:10Z</dc:date>
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5 Tips to Keep Your Business on Track (and Your Head on Straight) During the Holiday Crush
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/5-tips-to-keep-your-business-on-track-and-your-head-on-straight/05/180890
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<P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7688i9AD8294E7B684C9B/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="shutterstock_548638960.jpg" title="shutterstock_548638960.jpg" /></span></P> <P>During the crazy holiday season, it’s easy to prioritize your business over well, everything. We’re here to remind you that losing sleep, eating poorly, staying Superglued to a screen or otherwise connected to your work 24/7 is <EM>not</EM> in your best interest. Remember, when your mental, physical and emotional health suffers, so, too, does your business. &nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P>
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<pubDate>Fri, 12 Oct 2018 18:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/5-tips-to-keep-your-business-on-track-and-your-head-on-straight/05/180890
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<dc:creator>WillowOlder</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-10-12T18:00:00Z</dc:date>
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LISTEN: QB Community Conversations with Caroline McAbee and Julie Gordon White: On Building Trust & Talking Money With Kids
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/listen-qb-community-conversations-with-caroline-mcabee-and-julie/05/181194
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<P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-left" style="width: 881px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7725i8170C1B08CE9543A/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="Intuit_CommConv_Header_6.jpg" title="Intuit_CommConv_Header_6.jpg" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P>
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<pubDate>Fri, 12 Oct 2018 17:40:00 GMT</pubDate>
<guid>
https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/listen-qb-community-conversations-with-caroline-mcabee-and-julie/05/181194
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<dc:creator>ShanaNiederman</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-10-12T17:40:00Z</dc:date>
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LISTEN: QB Community Conversations with Adam Wegener and Romy Taormina: On Fundraising, Scaling and Learning by Listening
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/listen-qb-community-conversations-with-adam-wegener-and-romy/05/181184
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<P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 881px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7713i995686011E50F89E/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="Intuit_CommConv_Header_5.jpg" title="Intuit_CommConv_Header_5.jpg" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P>
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<pubDate>Thu, 11 Oct 2018 17:46:33 GMT</pubDate>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/listen-qb-community-conversations-with-adam-wegener-and-romy/05/181184
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<dc:creator>ShanaNiederman</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-10-11T17:46:33Z</dc:date>
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<title>Happy Do Something Nice Day! What Will You Do?</title>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/happy-do-something-nice-day-what-will-you-do/05/180394
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<P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 866px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7626i2EA0FBBA35FADED4/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="mangift.stocksy.jpg" title="mangift.stocksy.jpg" /></span></P> <P>What’s not to love about a national observance dedicated to making someone else feel good? It doesn’t take much to show your appreciation for another person, whether it’s a friend, a family member, a fellow entrepreneur or even a stranger.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P>
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<pubDate>Fri, 05 Oct 2018 18:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
<guid>
https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/happy-do-something-nice-day-what-will-you-do/05/180394
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<dc:creator>WillowOlder</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-10-05T18:00:00Z</dc:date>
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<title>What do you do on your day off?</title>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/what-do-you-do-on-your-day-off/05/180141
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<P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-right" style="width: 400px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7591i12B9F4E892D9102C/image-size/medium?v=1.0&amp;px=400" alt="dayoff.shutterstock.jpg" title="dayoff.shutterstock.jpg" /></span></P> <P><SPAN>What do you do? Where do you go? How do you find that moment of restorative peace?</SPAN></P>
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<pubDate>Fri, 05 Oct 2018 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
<guid>
https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/what-do-you-do-on-your-day-off/05/180141
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<dc:creator>EmilyCowan</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-10-05T17:00:00Z</dc:date>
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12 Inspiring and Information-Packed Articles from September (In Case You Missed Them!)
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/12-inspiring-and-information-packed-articles-from-september-in/05/180370
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<P><FONT size="5"><EM><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;"><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7621iFA68ADB039060BB0/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="12-september-articles.png" title="12-september-articles.png" /></span></SPAN></EM></FONT></P> <P><FONT size="5"><EM><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">In September we got inside your head! We explored how entrepreneurs, small business owners and freelance workers approach all things business, from creatively solving problems and staying motivated 24/7 to turning an epiphany into action and an idea into a product. Read on -- and be prepared to be impressed.</SPAN></EM></FONT></P>
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<pubDate>Thu, 04 Oct 2018 20:10:12 GMT</pubDate>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/12-inspiring-and-information-packed-articles-from-september-in/05/180370
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<dc:creator>SarahGonzales</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-10-04T20:10:12Z</dc:date>
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Meet 6 Entrepreneurs Gearing Up for a Busy Holiday Season
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/meet-6-entrepreneurs-gearing-up-for-a-busy-holiday-season/05/180055
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<P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7577iF8F4F1678816D969/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="shutterstock_511003840.jpg" title="shutterstock_511003840.jpg" /></span></P> <P>The leaves may be just starting to turn golden, but Halloween costumes, candy and decorations have been front and center on shelves and in storefronts for weeks now. It won’t be long before Thanksgiving décor is added to the seasonal display. With the holiday season racing our way, let’s find out how some entrepreneurs are prepping today for their busiest time of year. &nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P>
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<pubDate>Wed, 03 Oct 2018 19:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/meet-6-entrepreneurs-gearing-up-for-a-busy-holiday-season/05/180055
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<dc:creator>WillowOlder</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-10-03T19:00:00Z</dc:date>
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<title>What's one new thing you've learned recently?</title>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/what-s-one-new-thing-you-ve-learned-recently/05/180134
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<P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-right" style="width: 400px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7589iA2651E960FD80578/image-size/medium?v=1.0&amp;px=400" alt="idea.shutterstock.jpg" title="idea.shutterstock.jpg" /></span></P> <P>Launching and running your own business requires continuous self-education, as&nbsp;rising challenges demand creative solutions that may&nbsp;bump up against the limits of your knowledge and expertise. What's one new thing you've learned recently that has helped you solve a thorny problem or take your business to the next level?</P>
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<pubDate>Wed, 03 Oct 2018 18:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/what-s-one-new-thing-you-ve-learned-recently/05/180134
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<dc:creator>EmilyCowan</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-10-03T18:00:00Z</dc:date>
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<title>It’s National Get Organized Week!</title>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/it-s-national-get-organized-week/05/180047
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<P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7573i55AFC9C01FA6C1B5/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="shutterstock_666666724.jpg" title="shutterstock_666666724.jpg" /></span></P> <P>Yep, National Get Organized Week really is a thing. If you’re feeling scattered, distracted or just tired of frantically juggling a million different tasks, maybe this is the perfect week to up your organizational game. &nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P>
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<pubDate>Wed, 03 Oct 2018 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/it-s-national-get-organized-week/05/180047
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<dc:creator>WillowOlder</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-10-03T17:00:00Z</dc:date>
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What's Your One-Word Theme for October? (Is "Holly-Jolly" One or Two?)
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/what-s-your-one-word-theme-for-october-is-holly-jolly-one-or-two/05/179930
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<P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-right" style="width: 400px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7555i94102790AF1BCD8E/image-size/medium?v=1.0&amp;px=400" alt="jollyholiday.png" title="jollyholiday.png" /></span>For many of us, 'tis the season to start thinking about holiday retail. And for others, 'tis the season to hire seasonal workers (or make more permanent hires before the holiday crazy), wrap up&nbsp;loose ends on&nbsp;projects (before the holiday crazy),&nbsp;or get busy making plans for&nbsp;workflow/inventory/purchasing/sales &amp; promotions/customer and client appreciation...before the holiday crazy. Am I sensing a theme here?</P>
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<pubDate>Tue, 02 Oct 2018 18:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/what-s-your-one-word-theme-for-october-is-holly-jolly-one-or-two/05/179930
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<dc:creator>EmilyCowan</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-10-02T18:00:00Z</dc:date>
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LISTEN: QB Community Conversations with Michael Bush and Maxie McCoy: On Fairness at Work & Positive Thinking for Women Entrepreneurs
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/listen-qb-community-conversations-with-michael-bush-and-maxie/05/179844
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<P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-left" style="width: 881px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7547iCFF264DF26F9390F/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="Intuit_CommConv_Header_4.jpg" title="Intuit_CommConv_Header_4.jpg" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P>
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<pubDate>Mon, 01 Oct 2018 17:40:38 GMT</pubDate>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/listen-qb-community-conversations-with-michael-bush-and-maxie/05/179844
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<dc:creator>LeslieBarber</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-10-01T17:40:38Z</dc:date>
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Epiphanies R Us! The Ah-Ha Moment Behind 8 Amazing Businesses
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/epiphanies-r-us-the-ah-ha-moment-behind-8-amazing-businesses/05/178022
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<P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7298iB33491E5AEA6B853/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="shutterstock_333005096.jpg" title="shutterstock_333005096.jpg" /></span></P> <P>Sometimes we think we should rename QB Community “Epiphanies R Us!” As countless community members have told us, you just never know when an idea will pop into your head and BOOM! A seed of an idea grows and blossoms into a successful business. Of course, that flash of inspiration is just the first tiny step on any entrepreneurial journey – but without it, you might not be taking a&nbsp;journey at all.</P>
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<pubDate>Wed, 03 Oct 2018 18:46:37 GMT</pubDate>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/epiphanies-r-us-the-ah-ha-moment-behind-8-amazing-businesses/05/178022
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<dc:creator>WillowOlder</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-10-03T18:46:37Z</dc:date>
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Do Entrepreneurs Think Differently Than 9-5ers? You Say, Yes!
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/do-entrepreneurs-think-differently-than-9-5ers-you-say-yes/05/178680
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<P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7386i6B083E81784D1374/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="shutterstock_639818752.jpg" title="shutterstock_639818752.jpg" /></span></P> <P><SPAN>We hear all the time in this community about the mindset that helps entrepreneurs succeed in business. One thing is clear: Working for yourself means thinking differently about every aspect of, well, “work” – what it means to you (everything), when you do it (always</SPAN>),<SPAN>&nbsp;when you put it aside (rarely). Below are some of the insights you’ve shared. Do you recognize yourself in any of these hard-working entrepreneurs? Of course, you do!</SPAN></P>
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<pubDate>Thu, 27 Sep 2018 18:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/do-entrepreneurs-think-differently-than-9-5ers-you-say-yes/05/178680
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<dc:creator>WillowOlder</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-09-27T18:00:00Z</dc:date>
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LISTEN: QB Community Conversations with Kimberly Caccavo and Julie Gordon White: On Turning Grit Into Grace & Trusting Your Gut
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/listen-qb-community-conversations-with-kimberly-caccavo-and/05/178711
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<P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 881px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7391iC16AD94F3B316BAF/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="Intuit_CommConv_Header_3.jpg" title="Intuit_CommConv_Header_3.jpg" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P>
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<pubDate>Mon, 24 Sep 2018 17:42:25 GMT</pubDate>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/listen-qb-community-conversations-with-kimberly-caccavo-and/05/178711
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<dc:creator>LeslieBarber</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-09-24T17:42:25Z</dc:date>
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A Small Business Approach to Research and Development
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/a-small-business-approach-to-research-and-development/05/178047
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<P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7302i45319478ED40E04A/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="Reserach Dev.jpg" title="Reserach Dev.jpg" /></span></P> <P>Technically speaking, doing research and development or R&amp;D means officially allocating time and resources to a team of inventors or product manufacturers who think of and develop product ideas. This crack team will make prototypes and conduct formal trials with prospective customers to see if a product will fly. If this sounds like it’s well beyond the scope of your budget and resources (both financial and human), you might be right. &nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P>
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<pubDate>Mon, 24 Sep 2018 17:30:00 GMT</pubDate>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/a-small-business-approach-to-research-and-development/05/178047
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<dc:creator>WillowOlder</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-09-24T17:30:00Z</dc:date>
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Happy World Gratitude Day! Here's What the QB Community Team Is Grateful For
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/happy-world-gratitude-day-here-s-what-the-qb-community-team-is/05/178071
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<P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7305iFC778C8200659C88/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="use.jpg" title="use.jpg" /></span></P> <P>We'll kick off World Gratitude Day by telling you what we on this QB Community team are grateful for. Spoiler alert: We’re all pretty darn delighted to be working with entrepreneurs like you!</P> <P>&nbsp;</P>
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<pubDate>Fri, 21 Sep 2018 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/happy-world-gratitude-day-here-s-what-the-qb-community-team-is/05/178071
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<dc:creator>WillowOlder</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-09-21T17:00:00Z</dc:date>
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You Asked & Community Answered: What Fees Should I Charge for Bookkeeping Services?
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/you-asked-community-answered-what-fees-should-i-charge-for/05/178492
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<P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 580px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7349i0620CCEB2370C20B/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="qbc_knows_What-fees-do-I-charge.gif" title="qbc_knows_What-fees-do-I-charge.gif" /></span>You Asked &amp; Community Answered: What Fees Should I Charge for Bookkeeping Services?</P> <P><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">You have questions about running a small business, and our QB Community members have answers! Everyone here knows the importance of building meaningful member-to-member relationships, and there’s no better way to learn, discover and get inspired as an entrepreneur. Best of all? When members share what they know, everyone benefits. Check out this recent QB Community conversation, and you’ll see what we mean! &nbsp;</SPAN></I></P>
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<pubDate>Thu, 20 Sep 2018 18:25:55 GMT</pubDate>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/you-asked-community-answered-what-fees-should-i-charge-for/05/178492
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<dc:creator>SarahGonzales</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-09-20T18:25:55Z</dc:date>
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How QB Community Entrepreneurs Turned an Idea Into a Product They Can Sell
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/how-qb-community-entrepreneurs-turned-an-idea-into-a-product/05/178016
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<P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7288i0ADE014E3F293052/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="How X Entrepreneurs ....jpg" title="How X Entrepreneurs ....jpg" /></span></P> <P>All small businesses have a couple of things in common. First, they’re run by a dedicated, determined, passionate entrepreneur. Second, each one of those inspiring self-employed folks had an idea for a product (or a service) and figured how to transform it into something they could sell. We know – and you do, too -- the process of turning an epiphany into a business is never easy. Here’s how some folks in QB Community have managed to do it.</P>
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<pubDate>Tue, 18 Sep 2018 19:51:46 GMT</pubDate>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/how-qb-community-entrepreneurs-turned-an-idea-into-a-product/05/178016
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<dc:creator>WillowOlder</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-09-18T19:51:46Z</dc:date>
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Can You Pinpoint the Mindset that Inspired You to Start a Business?
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/can-you-pinpoint-the-mindset-that-inspired-you-to-start-a/05/176323
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<P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7081i59D220E8BB9A0EA9/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="shutterstock_435449356.jpg" title="shutterstock_435449356.jpg" /></span></P> <P><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">Here’s a question you’ll get asked all the time as an entrepreneur: </SPAN><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">Why did you decide to start your own business?</SPAN></I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;"> (Thankfully, the other part of the question – </SPAN><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">what made you crazy enough to think you could start your own business?</SPAN></I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;"> – is usually just implied!) We’ll help you home in on your answer by sharing some of the top reasons folks in this awesome community have chosen to do their own business thing. Did we omit what motivates you to work for yourself? In the comments below, tell us what inspires you to take the entrepreneurial leap! </SPAN></P>
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<pubDate>Mon, 17 Sep 2018 22:52:26 GMT</pubDate>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/can-you-pinpoint-the-mindset-that-inspired-you-to-start-a/05/176323
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<dc:creator>WillowOlder</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-09-17T22:52:26Z</dc:date>
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How Erica Liu Williams Launched gr8nola in 5 (Not So) Simple Steps
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/how-erica-liu-williams-launched-gr8nola-in-5-not-so-simple-steps/05/177337
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<P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 497px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7172i56B9F8DE83839CA0/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="thumb_DSC_6753_1024 Cropped (1).jpg" title="thumb_DSC_6753_1024 Cropped (1).jpg" /></span></P> <P>When Erica decided to sell the&nbsp;<SPAN>“clean,” healthful&nbsp;</SPAN>granola she regularly baked for family and friends, she wasn’t planning to turn her side-hustle into a full-fledged business. But three months after attending her first farmer’s market, Erica was selected as a food vendor for Google. Suddenly, she needed to make gr8nola on a whole new scale.</P>
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<pubDate>Mon, 17 Sep 2018 18:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/how-erica-liu-williams-launched-gr8nola-in-5-not-so-simple-steps/05/177337
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<dc:creator>WillowOlder</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-09-17T18:00:00Z</dc:date>
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LISTEN: QB Community Conversations with Julie Goldman and Julie Gordon White: On Believing in Your Business & the Value of High-Impact Pricing
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/listen-qb-community-conversations-with-julie-goldman-and-julie/05/177712
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<P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-left" style="width: 881px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7242i23053A8956E45559/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="Intuit_CommConv_Header_2.jpg" title="Intuit_CommConv_Header_2.jpg" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P>
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<pubDate>Mon, 17 Sep 2018 19:52:41 GMT</pubDate>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/listen-qb-community-conversations-with-julie-goldman-and-julie/05/177712
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<dc:creator>LeslieBarber</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-09-17T19:52:41Z</dc:date>
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You Asked & Community Answered: Should I Change From Sole Proprietor to S Corporation?
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/you-asked-community-answered-should-i-change-from-sole/05/177668
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<P><STRONG><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 580px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7215i74D0C80E76AC383C/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="qbc_knows_soleprop-or-scorp.gif" title="qbc_knows_soleprop-or-scorp.gif" /></span></STRONG></P> <P><A href="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/community/Starting-your-business/Sole-Prop-VS-S-Corp-Why-might-an-S-corp-would-be-beneficial-to/m-p/139045#M503"><STRONG>JTcarpentry asked:</STRONG></A><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;"><SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN>Hello, we are still a newer company but have been in business for 4 years, running as a sole proprietorship. Does anyone have some quick and simple advice as to why maybe an S corp would be beneficial to me?</SPAN></P>
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<pubDate>Fri, 14 Sep 2018 17:11:53 GMT</pubDate>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/you-asked-community-answered-should-i-change-from-sole/05/177668
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<dc:creator>SarahGonzales</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-09-14T17:11:53Z</dc:date>
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6 Key Findings From Intuit’s Work/Life Balance Survey of Self-Employed Workers (With Graphs!)
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/6-key-findings-from-intuit-s-work-life-balance-survey-of-self/05/177457
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<P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7190i12DA50F2D79EF3A5/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="work life balance.jpg" title="work life balance.jpg" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">For an entrepreneur, the line between work and non-work (also known as “life”) is often quite blurry. Where does </SPAN><U><STRONG>work</STRONG></U><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;"> end when you are your own boss? And where does </SPAN><U><STRONG>life</STRONG></U><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;"> begin when you and your business are inextricably intertwined? When you work for yourself, finding a work/life balance that protects and preserves your financial health as well as your mental, physical and emotional health can be as tricky as staying upright on a tightrope. Yet, every day, countless people opt to work for themselves. When it comes to getting the most out of both work and life, do the benefits of entrepreneurship outweigh the drawbacks? Intuit decided to find out. </SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">The company recently conducted <A href="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/r/freelancer/self-employed-work-life-balance-survey/" target="_blank">a survey</A> of 1,000 self-employed people on the topic of work/life balance. Some of those surveyed (56%) were wholly self-employed, while the rest were&nbsp;also working either part- or full-time jobs in addition to being self-employed. Let’s find out what they had to say!</SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><EM><STRONG>Stop! Before you read any further, take a guess at the following question (we’ll reveal the answer shortly). Do you think:</STRONG></EM></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>A) entrepreneurs are happier than salaried workers even though they work long hours?</P> <P><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">B) entrepreneurs are less happy than salaried workers because they work long hours?</SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">You’ll find the answer in #3 below!</SPAN></I></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><FONT size="5"><U><STRONG>Key finding #1: For many, self-employment is good news for your work-life balance</STRONG></U></FONT></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><FONT size="5"><U><STRONG><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 600px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7188i8E49E3F5D1C56D1F/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="chart (7).png" title="chart (7).png" /></span></STRONG></U></FONT></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>One of the biggest benefits of being self-employed is the extra time you’ll have for yourself and your family. More than half (55%) of survey participants report having more time for the former, while 50% have more time for the latter. You’re also more likely than not to have more time to see friends, get some exercise and take vacations. That’s despite the fact that, as we’ll see, many entrepreneurs end up working longer hours.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><FONT size="5"><U><STRONG>Key finding #2: Despite longer hours for some, self-employment is generally good news for your health, happiness and income</STRONG></U></FONT></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><FONT size="5"><U><STRONG><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 600px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7191i7DE17B202C524D97/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="chart (8).png" title="chart (8).png" /></span></STRONG></U></FONT>What did you guess up above? A or B? If you chose A, you are correct! More than two-thirds of the respondents (70%) say they are happier being self-employed, and almost the same number (67%) say they feel more fulfilled. More than half (53%) are earning more money. The positive impact on people’s stress levels is more subtle, but 45% say they are under less stress than before. However, more than 1 in 4 (27%) say their stress levels have risen and a similar number (26%) say their income has dropped since they became self-employed.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H3><STRONG><FONT size="5"><U>Key finding #3: Working for yourself doesn’t necessarily mean longer hours</U></FONT></STRONG></H3> <H3><STRONG><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 600px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7186iE1E7C99C8AF3EFD7/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="chart (5).png" title="chart (5).png" /></span></STRONG></H3> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">Although roughly a third say they work longer hours than they did before they became self-employed, a slightly higher proportion (38%) say they actually work</SPAN><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;"> fewer</SPAN></I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;"> hours. </SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">People working longer hours also reported earning more income now than when they worked for someone else. They have a greater sense of fulfilment and lower levels of stress. On the other hand, people working shorter hours reported better personal relationships and higher levels of happiness.</SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H3><U><FONT size="5"><STRONG>Key finding #4: At the end of the day, work is still, well, work</STRONG></FONT></U></H3> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 600px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7181i683E8089171DF184/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="chart.png" title="chart.png" /></span></STRONG></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">Many people choose self-employment because it gives them more control over their daily schedule. That reason and many others -- passion, drive, family business, new opportunities and so on -- makes the idea of being your own boss incredibly appealing. However, as the chart above makes clear, the reality of working for yourself doesn’t always match your dream of what it’s like to be self employed. No wonder most entrepreneurs (69</SPAN><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">%</SPAN><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">) would ditch the “work” thing altogether if they could swing it financially. Hey, we get it -- self-employed folks are only human! &nbsp;</SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><U><FONT size="5"><STRONG>Key finding #5: You have to make personal sacrifices when you are self-employed</STRONG></FONT></U></P> <P>&nbsp;&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 600px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7184iFB41C0B97D77FAFC/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="chart (3).png" title="chart (3).png" /></span></STRONG></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;"><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 600px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7195i22E0D772A7030123/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="chart (4).png" title="chart (4).png" /></span></SPAN></P> <P><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">Almost two-thirds of respondents (62%) admit they have made personal sacrifices for their work, but most are happy to do so. In fact, despite making sacrifices, more than 61% do it because their work is fundamentally fulfilling.</SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><U><FONT size="5"><STRONG>Key finding #6: Self-employment is rewarding but may not last a lifetime</STRONG>&nbsp;</FONT></U></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 600px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7183i11F312B7F0517EDD/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="chart (2).png" title="chart (2).png" /></span></P> <P>When asked what they love most about being self-employed, it’s not surprising that the most popular answer was, “I love being my own boss.” The next-best reason? The ability to make your own hours. Being in charge of your own destiny ranked pretty high, too -- obviously, there’s a lot to love about being self-employed!</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">It’s worth acknowledging, however, that 70% of those surveyed said they would trade in all the perks of self-employment if it came down to making more money, getting a better job or making a change for family reasons. </SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>With that in mind, as well as all the other fascinating, obvious, surprising and occasionally contradictory findings in this new report, we feel compelled to say kudos, once again, to anyone who dares to work for themselves. No one ever said self-employment is easy, but, for countless dedicated, driven, passionate entrepreneurs, at the end of each and every long hard day, it’s worth it.</STRONG></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-left" style="width: 200px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7131i986E99A68AF202C1/image-size/small?v=1.0&amp;px=200" alt="Now it's your turn.jpg" title="Now it's your turn.jpg" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">QB Community members: Do these survey results resonate with you? How would you answer these questions?</SPAN></I></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">Want to weigh in but not yet a QB Community member? Click </SPAN></I><A href="https://qbcommunity.com/plugins/common/feature/saml/doauth/post?referer=https%3A%2F%2Fqbcommunity.com%2F&amp;cid=soc_qbcommunity_test_us_qbcom-sig_CTAbottom_link_050918-063018_community" target="_blank"><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">HERE</SPAN></I></A><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;"> to sign up in a flash!</SPAN></I></P>
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<pubDate>Thu, 13 Sep 2018 20:49:16 GMT</pubDate>
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<dc:date>2018-09-13T20:49:16Z</dc:date>
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How Sharon Coleman Built Lemon and Honey Gifts in 5 (Not So) Simple Steps
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/how-sharon-coleman-built-lemon-and-honey-gifts-in-5-not-so/05/176896
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<P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 455px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7136i20418F4494E39015/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="IMG_5256.jpg" title="IMG_5256.jpg" /></span></P> <P>"As a two-time cancer survivor, I knew all-too-well going through chemo can be grueling and scary and lead to all sorts of unpleasant side-effects like nausea and mouth sores. I wanted to help others as they go through chemo by sharing carefully curated gift boxes lovingly packed with helpful, purposeful products."</P>
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<pubDate>Wed, 12 Sep 2018 21:57:58 GMT</pubDate>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/how-sharon-coleman-built-lemon-and-honey-gifts-in-5-not-so/05/176896
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<dc:creator>WillowOlder</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-09-12T21:57:58Z</dc:date>
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PROFILE: Photographer Meta Mesdag Fulfills Her Dream of Building a Family Oyster Farm
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/profile-photographer-meta-mesdag-fulfills-her-dream-of-building/05/177009
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<P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 900px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7148iC05C0274BBD9F5EC/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="mesdag_family.jpg" title="mesdag_family.jpg" /></span></P> <P>Meta Mesdag is a mom of three in Juneau, Alaska. Wanting to be available to her kids, Meta has opened two successful small businesses out of her home. Although both ventures have kept super busy, Meta decided earlier this year to start a family “mariculture” business -- an ocean farm where she, her husband and kids will grow (and then sell) oysters, clams, mussels and kelp.</P>
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<pubDate>Tue, 11 Sep 2018 16:53:33 GMT</pubDate>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/profile-photographer-meta-mesdag-fulfills-her-dream-of-building/05/177009
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<dc:creator>SarahGonzales</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-09-11T16:53:33Z</dc:date>
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8 Entrepreneurial Personality Types: Which One Are You?
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/8-entrepreneurial-personality-types-which-one-are-you/05/176866
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<P><FONT size="4"><STRONG><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7132i2F72A0FFE18B6AA0/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="8types-of-entrepreneurs-graphic.jpg" title="8types-of-entrepreneurs-graphic.jpg" /></span></STRONG></FONT></P> <P><FONT size="4"><STRONG>Each and every day, the inspiring self-employed folks in our QuickBooks Community remind us that entrepreneurs find their calling in their own unique way. Some can’t imagine ditching the security of a day job, while others give it up in a flash. We’ve met moms who tailor their career to fit their family life, friends who join forces to bring a business idea to life and sons and daughters who are carrying on family business traditions.</STRONG></FONT></P> <P><FONT size="4"><STRONG><I>If you recognize your own entrepreneurial personality among these eight, let us know. Are you a different type altogether? Tell us more!</I></STRONG></FONT></P>
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<pubDate>Tue, 25 Sep 2018 17:57:27 GMT</pubDate>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/8-entrepreneurial-personality-types-which-one-are-you/05/176866
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<dc:creator>SarahGonzales</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-09-25T17:57:27Z</dc:date>
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LISTEN: QB Community Conversations with Julie Gordon White and Romy Taormina: On Female Entrepreneurship & Telling a Great Story
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/listen-qb-community-conversations-with-julie-gordon-white-and/05/176847
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<P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" style="width: 881px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7130iE182B1E6370F9FCD/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="Intuit_CommConv_Header_1.jpg" title="Intuit_CommConv_Header_1.jpg" /></span></P>
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<pubDate>Mon, 17 Sep 2018 19:53:21 GMT</pubDate>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/listen-qb-community-conversations-with-julie-gordon-white-and/05/176847
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<dc:creator>LeslieBarber</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-09-17T19:53:21Z</dc:date>
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PROFILE: Sharon Coleman Survives Cancer (Twice) and Builds a Deeply "Purposeful" Business
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/profile-sharon-coleman-survives-cancer-twice-and-builds-a-deeply/05/176299
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<P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 267px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7133iF4D0F8304AE94DAB/image-size/medium?v=1.0&amp;px=400" alt="Headshot Final.jpg" title="Headshot Final.jpg" /></span></P> <P><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">Seven years ago, professional voice actor Sharon Coleman was diagnosed with colon cancer. Two years later, the cancer returned, and Sharon once again endured surgery, radiation and chemo. Thankfully, today Sharon is five years cancer-free. She’s also celebrating another significant milestone: This month, she launched an online business that’s directly inspired by her own harrowing experience with cancer. Sharon has founded Lemon and Honey Gifts which offers a carefully curated selection of gift boxes for men, women and kids going through chemo.</SPAN></I>&nbsp;</P>
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<pubDate>Mon, 10 Sep 2018 19:41:14 GMT</pubDate>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/profile-sharon-coleman-survives-cancer-twice-and-builds-a-deeply/05/176299
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<dc:creator>WillowOlder</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-09-10T19:41:14Z</dc:date>
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PROFILE: Two Friends on Two Continents Built a Business, Zuri, from Just One Dress
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/profile-two-friends-on-two-continents-built-a-business-zuri-from/05/176520
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<P><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;"><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 900px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7096i9242367EEC704631/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="zuri_founders_top.jpg" title="zuri_founders_top.jpg" /></span></SPAN></I></P> <P><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">Sandra Zhao was running a bakery in Kenya when she met her future business partner Ashleigh Miller, a Persian rug dealer in New York City, at a wedding in Nairobi. Sandra was wearing a stunning dress she’d made from colorful handmade fabric. Her sartorial decision was fortuitous, to say the least: The dress became the inspiration behind Sandra and Ashleigh’s joint business venture, Zuri. Inspired by the bold and beautiful textile prints in western Africa, they set out to sell a single style of dress in an array of ever-changing patterns. The dresses are made at a sustainable, carbon-neutral<SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN></SPAN></I><A href="https://www.factory.wildlifeworks.com/"><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">factory</SPAN></I></A><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;"><SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN>in Kenya that supports wildlife conservation and provides jobs to the community. The dresses are exported to and sold in the U.S.</SPAN></I></P>
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<pubDate>Mon, 10 Sep 2018 16:35:15 GMT</pubDate>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/profile-two-friends-on-two-continents-built-a-business-zuri-from/05/176520
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<dc:creator>SarahGonzales</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-09-10T16:35:15Z</dc:date>
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You Asked & Community Answered: “Which Online Store Do You Prefer & Why?”
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/you-asked-community-answered-which-online-store-do-you-prefer/05/176115
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<P><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;"><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 580px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7064iAED407AB16BB98DC/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="qbc_knows_Which-Online-Store.gif" title="qbc_knows_Which-Online-Store.gif" /></span></SPAN></I></P> <P><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">You have questions about running a small business, and our QB Community members have answers! Everyone here knows the importance of building meaningful member-to-member relationships, and there’s no better way to learn, discover and get inspired as an entrepreneur. Best of all? When members share what they know, everyone benefits. Check out this recent QB Community conversation, and you’ll see what we mean!&nbsp; Which online store do you prefer?</SPAN></I></P>
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<pubDate>Wed, 05 Sep 2018 19:35:14 GMT</pubDate>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/you-asked-community-answered-which-online-store-do-you-prefer/05/176115
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<dc:creator>SarahGonzales</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-09-05T19:35:14Z</dc:date>
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8 Traits of Successful Entrepreneurs: Which Ones Do You Value the Most?
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/8-traits-of-successful-entrepreneurs-which-ones-do-you-value-the/05/176095
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<P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7061i0122F621030F17C8/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="shutterstock_289956929.jpg" title="shutterstock_289956929.jpg" /></span></P> <P><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">There are plenty of listicles floating around highlighting the traits successful entrepreneurs all seem to share. Based on what we’ve seen and heard from the intrepid small business owners and freelancers in our community, we’re sharing your spin on those all-important qualities – and we’re asking a burning question: </SPAN><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">Which of these qualities do you think help you the most when it comes to starting, running and growing a business?</SPAN></I></P>
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<pubDate>Wed, 05 Sep 2018 18:27:32 GMT</pubDate>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/8-traits-of-successful-entrepreneurs-which-ones-do-you-value-the/05/176095
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<dc:creator>WillowOlder</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-09-05T18:27:32Z</dc:date>
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<title>What's Your One-Word Theme for September?</title>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/what-s-your-one-word-theme-for-september/05/176028
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<P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-right" style="width: 400px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7057iE6C6AD156D4ACBCA/image-size/medium?v=1.0&amp;px=400" alt="september.shutterstock.jpg" title="september.shutterstock.jpg" /></span></P> <P>Whether you're buckling down, ramping up, building out, or leaning in,&nbsp;September is often the&nbsp;month we begin to think about&nbsp;how we want to&nbsp;finish the year. Are you nearing your business goals for 2018 or do you still have a ways to go? What's the single word or phrase that's inspiring you this September?</P>
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<pubDate>Wed, 05 Sep 2018 14:45:51 GMT</pubDate>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/what-s-your-one-word-theme-for-september/05/176028
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<dc:creator>EmilyCowan</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-09-05T14:45:51Z</dc:date>
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Inside Your Head: 12 Successful Business Owners on How Much Mindset Matters
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/inside-your-head-12-successful-business-owners-on-how-much/05/175920
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<P><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;"><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/7032iA31DDC5CDE1EEB3A/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="enterpreneurs mindset.jpg" title="enterpreneurs mindset.jpg" /></span></SPAN></P> <P><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">Mind over matter, positive thinking, growth mindset, mental attitude -- these are all phrases we hear about as students, athletes and as business owners looking for a leg-up on the competition. What does having the right “mindset”<SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN></SPAN><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">truly</SPAN></I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;"><SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN>mean for entrepreneurs and what does it<SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN></SPAN><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">actually</SPAN></I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;"><SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN>look like in the real world? These 12 entrepreneurs tell us about the mindset that keeps them motivated and helps them muscle through the ups and downs of being self-employed.</SPAN></P>
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<pubDate>Tue, 04 Sep 2018 19:41:21 GMT</pubDate>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/inside-your-head-12-successful-business-owners-on-how-much/05/175920
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<dc:creator>SarahGonzales</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-09-04T19:41:21Z</dc:date>
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You Asked & Community Answered: “Which Version of QB Should I Use?”
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/you-asked-community-answered-which-version-of-qb-should-i-use/05/175551
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<P>&nbsp;</P> <P><I><SPAN><STRONG><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 580px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/6995i8D696E1E8CA64D4E/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="qbc_knows_whichversion-WEBGIF.gif" title="qbc_knows_whichversion-WEBGIF.gif" /></span>You have questions about running a small business, and our QB Community members have answers! Everyone here knows the importance of building meaningful member-to-member relationships, and there’s no better way to learn, discover and get inspired as an entrepreneur. Best of all? When members share what they know, everyone benefits. Check out this recent QB Community conversation, and you’ll see what we mean!</STRONG>&nbsp;&nbsp;</SPAN></I></P>
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<pubDate>Fri, 31 Aug 2018 19:48:24 GMT</pubDate>
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<dc:creator>SarahGonzales</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-08-31T19:48:24Z</dc:date>
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The 10 Most Read Posts From August: Branding, Marketing and Balloon Animals!
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/the-10-most-read-posts-from-august-branding-marketing-and/05/175238
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<P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/6939i7C4E62CE3B72538D/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="top10.jpg" title="top10.jpg" /></span>The 10 most read posts this month in QuickBooks Community.&nbsp;</P>
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<pubDate>Wed, 29 Aug 2018 19:40:32 GMT</pubDate>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/the-10-most-read-posts-from-august-branding-marketing-and/05/175238
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<dc:creator>SarahGonzales</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-08-29T19:40:32Z</dc:date>
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Do Inspirational Quotes Motivate You ... or Do They Just Stress You Out?
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/do-inspirational-quotes-motivate-you-or-do-they-just-stress-you/05/174930
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<P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 500px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/6859i3AA3D6D43E405057/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="inspiration.shutterstock.jpg" title="inspiration.shutterstock.jpg" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>When coping with the many stresses&nbsp;of running a business, you have to take your motivation where you can find it.&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P>
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<pubDate>Tue, 28 Aug 2018 18:01:28 GMT</pubDate>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/do-inspirational-quotes-motivate-you-or-do-they-just-stress-you/05/174930
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<dc:creator>EmilyCowan</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-08-28T18:01:28Z</dc:date>
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PROFILE: Roger and Caryn Hill Give Great Customer Service While Chasing Tornadoes and Setting World Records
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/profile-roger-and-caryn-hill-give-great-customer-service-while/05/174126
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<P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 960px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/6751i9E3CEAFF5535864C/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="Roger and Caryn.jpg" title="Roger and Caryn.jpg" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><EM>In 2000, Roger was hired as a guide for Silver Lining Tours, one of only two storm chasing companies in existence at the time. He loved the work and decided he wanted to do it full-time. When he gave notice at the engineering firm, his boss said, “If you can make a living doing something you enjoy, by all means, do it!”</EM></P>
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<pubDate>Tue, 21 Aug 2018 18:27:35 GMT</pubDate>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/profile-roger-and-caryn-hill-give-great-customer-service-while/05/174126
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<dc:creator>WillowOlder</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-08-21T18:27:35Z</dc:date>
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Natalie Cofield Taps Into the Entrepreneurial Potential of Multicultural Women
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/natalie-cofield-taps-into-the-entrepreneurial-potential-of/05/174061
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<P><FONT size="4"><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;"><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/6736i0712A7DB48DB1318/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="20140609_NatalieCofield_003.jpg" title="20140609_NatalieCofield_003.jpg" /></span></SPAN></I></FONT></P> <P><FONT size="4"><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">Natalie Cofield founded Walker’s Legacy, a digital platform for young, multicultural women to find mentors and access the resources needed to help them succeed in business.</SPAN></I></FONT></P>
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<pubDate>Tue, 21 Aug 2018 18:10:20 GMT</pubDate>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/natalie-cofield-taps-into-the-entrepreneurial-potential-of/05/174061
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<dc:creator>SarahGonzales</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-08-21T18:10:20Z</dc:date>
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PROFILE: Caron White’s Coastal Home Decor Business Swelled After She Took it 100% Online
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/profile-caron-white-s-coastal-home-decor-business-swelled-after/05/173632
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<P><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;"><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 864px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/6696i932CEE78C844EAED/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="caron on bike.jpg" title="caron on bike.jpg" /></span></SPAN></I></P> <P><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">We spoke with QB Community member<SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN><LI-USER uid="290352"></LI-USER>&nbsp;about how she attracts high-end customers at her coastal decor shop, competes with big box stores and why there’s no going back for her after going online with her business.</SPAN></I></P>
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<pubDate>Mon, 20 Aug 2018 20:35:37 GMT</pubDate>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/profile-caron-white-s-coastal-home-decor-business-swelled-after/05/173632
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<dc:creator>SarahGonzales</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-08-20T20:35:37Z</dc:date>
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That's Some Next Level Poetry: Sekou Andrews Will Make You Laugh ... and Think
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/that-s-some-next-level-poetry-sekou-andrews-will-make-you-laugh/05/173450
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<P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 627px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/6673iA6BE4FDBF11DDBCA/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="Screen Shot 2018-08-15 at 12.24.18 PM.png" title="Screen Shot 2018-08-15 at 12.24.18 PM.png" /></span></P> <P>A schoolteacher turned actor, musician, two-time national poetry slam champion, entrepreneur, and award-winning poetic voice, any given day may find<SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN><A href="http://sekouandrews.com/about-sekou/" target="_blank">Sekou Andrews</A><SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN>keynoting at a leadership conference, helping a Fortune 500 company with brand messaging, or even performing pieces for Barack Obama in Oprah’s backyard. Sekou is the creator of Poetic Voice, a new, cutting-edge speaking category that seamlessly fuses inspirational speaking with spoken word poetry to make messages more moving and memorable.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><EM><STRONG>Here's Sekou inspiring the attendees at 2014 QB Connect to take their business to the Next Level!</STRONG></EM></P>
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<pubDate>Mon, 20 Aug 2018 23:06:32 GMT</pubDate>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/that-s-some-next-level-poetry-sekou-andrews-will-make-you-laugh/05/173450
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<dc:creator>SarahGonzales</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-08-20T23:06:32Z</dc:date>
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PROFILE: Illusionist and Magic Designer Andrew Evans Builds a Spellbinding Brand
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/profile-illusionist-and-magic-designer-andrew-evans-builds-a/05/172759
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<P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/6515iE6071F7B6C5410DC/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="RingsCROP.jpg" title="RingsCROP.jpg" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;<I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">Andrew Evans officially became an entrepreneur when he was 12 years old. That’s when he performed a magic show at his sister’s best friend’s birthday party. Afterward, the friend’s dad slipped Andrew $20. “I thought, whoa,” recalls Andrew, who went on to perform throughout middle school and high school at parties, picnics and festivals. “Getting paid to do what I love was a really big moment.”</SPAN></I></P>
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<pubDate>Wed, 15 Aug 2018 18:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/profile-illusionist-and-magic-designer-andrew-evans-builds-a/05/172759
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<dc:creator>WillowOlder</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-08-15T18:00:00Z</dc:date>
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PROFILE: The Hivery’s Grace Kraaijvanger on Facing Fear and Hanging with Marie Forleo
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/profile-the-hivery-s-grace-kraaijvanger-on-facing-fear-and/05/172757
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<P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/6584i71CA030C3E2128E9/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="Grace Kraaijvanger at The Hivery Horizontal.jpg" title="Grace Kraaijvanger at The Hivery Horizontal.jpg" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">Grace Kraaijvanger spent years juggling her passion – performing and choreographing ballet and modern dance – with her work as an independent marketing consultant. After having two kids and “accidentally retiring” as a professional dancer, Grace planned to build up her marketing business. Problem was, she says, “I’d already been part of a passionate, creative arts community. Now I was working at home and feeling very lonely. I missed being part of a supportive, like-minded community.”</SPAN></I></P>
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<pubDate>Mon, 13 Aug 2018 18:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/profile-the-hivery-s-grace-kraaijvanger-on-facing-fear-and/05/172757
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<dc:creator>WillowOlder</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-08-13T18:00:00Z</dc:date>
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Fill in the Blank: You Know You're a Small Business Owner When _________________.
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/fill-in-the-blank-you-know-you-re-a-small-business-owner-when/05/172890
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<P><FONT size="4"><EM><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 866px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/6617iF78C538CC7210FA9/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="Stocksy_txpf4500b16zOh100_Small_983652 (1).jpg" title="Stocksy_txpf4500b16zOh100_Small_983652 (1).jpg" /></span></EM></FONT></P> <P><FONT size="4"><EM>We posed this question to our<SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN><A href="https://www.facebook.com/QBCommunity/notifications/" target="_blank">Facebook</A><SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN>community and a clear theme emerged -- business owners are an exhausted, dedicated and busy group of individuals! What about you?</EM></FONT></P> <P>&nbsp;</P>
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<pubDate>Fri, 10 Aug 2018 20:05:45 GMT</pubDate>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/fill-in-the-blank-you-know-you-re-a-small-business-owner-when/05/172890
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<dc:creator>SarahGonzales</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-08-10T20:05:45Z</dc:date>
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PROFILE: Why Balloon Artist Veronica Champion Believes In Marketing Basics
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/profile-why-balloon-artist-veronica-champion-believes-in/05/171914
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<P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/6436i62B1D32010ABEC0B/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="Unknown-6.jpg" title="Unknown-6.jpg" /></span></P> <P><EM>More than 30 years ago, Veronica Champion left a career teaching competitive ice skating and&nbsp;set out to become a professional balloon artist. She tells us&nbsp;<SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">she loves most about her unusual business and what she finds most challenging – besides learning how to tie a balloon. </SPAN></EM></P>
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<pubDate>Thu, 09 Aug 2018 18:18:53 GMT</pubDate>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/profile-why-balloon-artist-veronica-champion-believes-in/05/171914
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<dc:creator>WillowOlder</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-08-09T18:18:53Z</dc:date>
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Celebrating Black Business Month: Meet 8 Awesome African-American Entrepreneurs in the QB Community!
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/celebrating-black-business-month-meet-8-awesome-african-american/05/172225
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<P><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;"><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 454px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/6511i15350A2D839DC93A/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="kari.jpeg" title="kari.jpeg" /></span></SPAN></I></P> <P><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">Did you know that the number of African-American businesses is growing by leaps and bounds? Women are seriously leading the charge, with a<SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN></SPAN></I><A href="http://about.americanexpress.com/news/docs/2017-State-of-Women-Owned-Businesses-Report.pdf"><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">whopping 605%</SPAN></I></A><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;"><SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN>increase over the last two decades in businesses owned by black women. Wow! That amazing effort is of the reasons we are celebrating <A href="https://blackbusinessmonth.com/" target="_blank">Black Business Month</A> this August. Let’s meet some of the African-American entrepreneurs who are rocking it in our community -- and in the small business world!</SPAN></I></P>
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<pubDate>Mon, 06 Aug 2018 18:12:15 GMT</pubDate>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/celebrating-black-business-month-meet-8-awesome-african-american/05/172225
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<dc:creator>SarahGonzales</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-08-06T18:12:15Z</dc:date>
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PROFILE: Maxie McCoy Built a Global Brand By Balancing Community and Solitude
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/profile-maxie-mccoy-built-a-global-brand-by-balancing-community/05/171906
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<P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/6432i52F3F66015D4FE62/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="Maxie McCoy1.png" title="Maxie McCoy1.png" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">When you hear the name “Maxie McCoy,” words like “courageous,” “bold,” “motivating” and “inspiring” may come to mind. If they do, then Maxie is succeeding in her goal of turning her namesake business into a widely recognized brand. Three years ago, this award-winning author, speaker and coach set a lofty goal for herself: to help billions (with a b!) of women boost their productivity, turn their dreams into a reality and believe more deeply in themselves.</SPAN></I></P>
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<pubDate>Fri, 03 Aug 2018 18:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/profile-maxie-mccoy-built-a-global-brand-by-balancing-community/05/171906
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<dc:creator>WillowOlder</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-08-03T18:00:00Z</dc:date>
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Bad Rhino Co-Founders Rich and Marty Talk Small-Biz Marketing in the Age of Social Media
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/bad-rhino-co-founders-rich-and-marty-talk-small-biz-marketing-in/05/171845
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<P><FONT size="4"><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;"><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 792px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/6423i70879BE3FFA3F979/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="martyrich_pic.jpg" title="martyrich_pic.jpg" /></span></SPAN></I></FONT><FONT size="4"><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">Co-founders Marty McDonald and Rich DeMatteo of Bad Rhino, a social media marketing agency, saw the power of peer-to-peer connection long before Facebook and Instagram were household staples. In 2008, Rich leveraged social media to launch and grow an online career blog, Corn on the Job. Marty began dabbling in online marketing in 2002 as a side gig while working in staffing and talent acquisition.</SPAN></I></FONT></P> <P><FONT size="4"><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">The two brought their skills and passion for online marketing together in 2011 to form Bad Rhino, a small business helping other small businesses put their best marketing foot forward with savvy social media strategies. We spoke with Marty about the link between a killer social media presence and increased sales.</SPAN></I></FONT></P>
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<pubDate>Thu, 18 Oct 2018 04:00:27 GMT</pubDate>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/bad-rhino-co-founders-rich-and-marty-talk-small-biz-marketing-in/05/171845
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<dc:creator>SarahGonzales</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-10-18T04:00:27Z</dc:date>
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PROFILE: Julie Goldman Rolled Out the Original Runner Company to Instant Success
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/profile-julie-goldman-rolled-out-the-original-runner-company-to/05/171079
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<P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/6318i91B789EAAFE0267C/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="JulieGoldman.jpg" title="JulieGoldman.jpg" /></span></P> <P><EM>A couple decades ago, when Julie Goldman was planning her wedding, she wanted to walk down the aisle on a beautiful runner. She needed something that suited a Victorian mansion and complemented the autumnal colors she loved. Julie quickly discovered her only options were plastic tablecloths made for kids’ birthday parties or flimsy paper that could easily rip or wrinkle. So Julie made her own runner, painstakingly designing, painting, tea-staining and decorating every inch of it by hand. </EM></P> <P>&nbsp;</P>
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<pubDate>Tue, 31 Jul 2018 18:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/profile-julie-goldman-rolled-out-the-original-runner-company-to/05/171079
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<dc:creator>WillowOlder</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-07-31T18:00:00Z</dc:date>
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I Attended a “Speaking Circle” to Improve My Public Speaking Skills. Here’s What I Learned
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/i-attended-a-speaking-circle-to-improve-my-public-speaking/05/171021
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<P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 866px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/6309i695DD4D2126C2FB0/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="Stocksy_txpf60ce4c4qz1200_Small_699230.jpg" title="Stocksy_txpf60ce4c4qz1200_Small_699230.jpg" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>My oratory muscle is soft and flabby.&nbsp;<SPAN>As the owner of my own editorial services business, I know I need to be able to share my expertise with existing or prospective clients without my voice quavering or my heart pounding.&nbsp;</SPAN>I decided a "Speaking Circle" was just the “workout” my public-speaking muscle needed.</P>
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<pubDate>Fri, 27 Jul 2018 18:21:24 GMT</pubDate>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/i-attended-a-speaking-circle-to-improve-my-public-speaking/05/171021
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<dc:creator>WillowOlder</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-07-27T18:21:24Z</dc:date>
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In It for Good: How Creating Cute Shoes Also Creates Fair Jobs
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/in-it-for-good-how-creating-cute-shoes-also-creates-fair-jobs/05/170822
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<P><STRONG><I><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/6280i3DC21B4DC3DFD1A4/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="good_bethanytran.jpg" title="good_bethanytran.jpg" /><span class="lia-inline-image-caption" onclick="event.preventDefault();">Bethany and Otto in his workshop in Guatemala</span></span></I></STRONG><STRONG><I>After returning home from a trip to Guatemala where she witnessed extreme poverty, Bethany Tran couldn’t get the great people she’d met out of her mind. So she dreamed up a business model that created jobs for skilled Guatemalan workers and textile weavers manufacturing super cute shoes for women.</I></STRONG></P>
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<pubDate>Thu, 26 Jul 2018 17:13:15 GMT</pubDate>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/in-it-for-good-how-creating-cute-shoes-also-creates-fair-jobs/05/170822
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<dc:creator>SarahGonzales</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-07-26T17:13:15Z</dc:date>
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PROFILE: Lee Glickstein’s Speaking Circles Helps People Speak -- and Live -- with Confidence
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/profile-lee-glickstein-s-speaking-circles-helps-people-speak-and/05/170392
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<P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 180px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/6221i128C5225C23DB633/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="LeeHeadDebra-small.jpg" title="LeeHeadDebra-small.jpg" /></span></P> <P><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">Lee Glickstein has spent most of his life afflicted by extreme public speaking anxiety. He traced his own anxiety back to childhood when he felt judged, mocked or simply ignored by his family during their nightly dinner conversations.&nbsp;</SPAN></I><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">His desire to help others overcome stage fright and live a richer, more rewarding life as a result, inspired Lee to launch his own business called Speaking Circles International.&nbsp;</SPAN></I><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">Here, Lee explains the </SPAN></I><STRONG><I>Pleasure Principle of Public Speaking</I></STRONG><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;"> and his unique approach to helping people become confident on a stage, behind a podium or simply during a dinner-time discussion. </SPAN></I></P>
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<pubDate>Wed, 25 Jul 2018 19:09:26 GMT</pubDate>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/profile-lee-glickstein-s-speaking-circles-helps-people-speak-and/05/170392
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<dc:creator>WillowOlder</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-07-25T19:09:26Z</dc:date>
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PROFILE: Caroline McAbee Offers “Innovative” Financial Consulting Services to Help Her Clients Soar
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/profile-caroline-mcabee-offers-innovative-financial-consulting/05/170017
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<P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 576px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/6186i9B967F4DD5B06D6F/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="CarolineMcAbee.jpg" title="CarolineMcAbee.jpg" /></span></P> <P><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">Caroline McAbee was used to incredibly long days and a tedious a commute as director of operations in both the high-tech and non-profit industries. Eventually, she burned out. Caroline decided to quit her job and take the summer off. During that “wonderful” period, several different friends asked if Caroline would help them launch their new businesses. She did -- and realized financial and business consulting was her true calling.</SPAN></I></P>
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<pubDate>Fri, 20 Jul 2018 17:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/profile-caroline-mcabee-offers-innovative-financial-consulting/05/170017
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<dc:creator>WillowOlder</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-07-20T17:00:00Z</dc:date>
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In It for Good: Repurposing Military Surplus for a Stylish Purpose
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/in-it-for-good-repurposing-military-surplus-for-a-stylish/05/169255
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<P><EM><FONT size="4"><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/6110i55F5CF8492CF2F1B/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="SWORDANDPLOUGH_goodbadge.jpg" title="SWORDANDPLOUGH_goodbadge.jpg" /></span></FONT></EM></P> <P><EM><FONT size="4">When helping others is the&nbsp;inspiration&nbsp;for starting a business, the motivation to succeed is huge. Not only are these entrepreneurs in business for themselves, they're also<SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN><STRONG>In It for Good.</STRONG><SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN>In this series we'll meet social entrepreneurs, non-profit leaders and global thinkers who are working to make the world a better place.</FONT></EM><EM><FONT size="4">&nbsp;</FONT></EM></P>
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<pubDate>Wed, 18 Jul 2018 23:04:22 GMT</pubDate>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/in-it-for-good-repurposing-military-surplus-for-a-stylish/05/169255
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<dc:creator>SarahGonzales</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-07-18T23:04:22Z</dc:date>
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Profile: How American Expat Taughnee Golubović Lives the Self-Employed Dream in Croatia
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/profile-how-american-expat-taughnee-golubovi%C4%87-lives-the-self/05/168915
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<P><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;"><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 960px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/6080i259CB3EE90509C6B/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="taughnee_square.jpg" title="taughnee_square.jpg" /></span></SPAN></I></P> <P><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">Like many web-based business owners, Taughnee loved the freedom to travel and work wherever she chose, so when she met the love of her life -- who happened to live in Croatia -- she took her biz overseas in 2015. We spoke with her about the reality versus the dream of working anywhere in the world and how she’s dealt with the global transition while also making her brand more relevant in today’s business landscape.</SPAN></I></P>
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<pubDate>Wed, 22 Aug 2018 18:46:14 GMT</pubDate>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/profile-how-american-expat-taughnee-golubovi%C4%87-lives-the-self/05/168915
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<dc:creator>SarahGonzales</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-08-22T18:46:14Z</dc:date>
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<title>10 Cool Marketing Ideas to Heat Up Summer Sales</title>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/10-cool-marketing-ideas-to-heat-up-summer-sales/05/168099
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<P><EM><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 866px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/6003i42702200D91BB322/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="summermarketing.jpg" title="summermarketing.jpg" /></span></EM></P> <P><EM>As temperatures rise, so do opportunities for creative, summer-themed marketing. There are so many fun ways to celebrate the season by while also bringing in the cash. Here are some ideas that can help heat up your summer sales.</EM></P>
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<pubDate>Mon, 09 Jul 2018 20:36:19 GMT</pubDate>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/10-cool-marketing-ideas-to-heat-up-summer-sales/05/168099
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<dc:creator>SarahGonzales</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-07-09T20:36:19Z</dc:date>
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Profile: Meaghan Brophy of 'Independent Retailer' Shares the Latest Indie Trends
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/profile-meaghan-brophy-of-independent-retailer-shares-the-latest/05/168108
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<P><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;"><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 852px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/6005i67D30C775A363D1A/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="brophy_headshot.jpg" title="brophy_headshot.jpg" /></span></SPAN></I></P> <P><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">As we join the celebration of July’s<SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN></SPAN></I><A href="https://www.indieretailermonth.com/"><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">National Independent Retailers Month</SPAN></I></A><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to speak with Meaghan Brophy, the editor of Independent Retailer (IR) magazine. Meaghan keeps indie retailers in the know about current market and demographic trends. She understands what matters to them because she’s often out and about on Main Street, U.S.A. talking to small store owners about their struggles and their wins.</SPAN></I></P>
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<pubDate>Tue, 03 Jul 2018 19:11:31 GMT</pubDate>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/profile-meaghan-brophy-of-independent-retailer-shares-the-latest/05/168108
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<dc:creator>SarahGonzales</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-07-03T19:11:31Z</dc:date>
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10 podcasts that are worth their weight in mental gold
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/10-podcasts-that-are-worth-their-weight-in-mental-gold/05/167875
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<P>Are you constantly growing?&nbsp; ( mentally)</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Your mind is your most important asset, by far -- inspiration comes from many fountains, inc. the world of podcasting, where many thought leaders share their accumulated, or in progress, stories, states, &amp; strategies!&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Here's the Top 10 that SBSL &amp; its founder, me ( SJ ) subscribe to &amp; learn from often.&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Feedback welcome -- what are yours?&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; And if you've not yet heard of any of these, thoughtful insights welcome on what you learned after doing so :)</P>
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<pubDate>Mon, 30 Jul 2018 14:19:11 GMT</pubDate>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/10-podcasts-that-are-worth-their-weight-in-mental-gold/05/167875
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<dc:creator>SBSL-Founder-SJ</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-07-30T14:19:11Z</dc:date>
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Weekend Beach Read: June’s Outdoorsy Profiles, Articles and More!
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/weekend-beach-read-june-s-outdoorsy-profiles-articles-and-more/05/167866
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<P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 822px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/5967iAC72F55F74F0EE1B/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="beachread.jpg" title="beachread.jpg" /><span class="lia-inline-image-caption" onclick="event.preventDefault();">Book, check. Sunglasses, check. Whole uncut pineapple, what?!</span></span><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">Here’s a roundup of all the great people we met and things we learned during June’s “outdoorsy” month. Check it out and then tell us: what are you doing outside this summer?</SPAN></I></P>
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<pubDate>Fri, 29 Jun 2018 18:09:01 GMT</pubDate>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/weekend-beach-read-june-s-outdoorsy-profiles-articles-and-more/05/167866
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<dc:creator>SarahGonzales</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-06-29T18:09:01Z</dc:date>
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Profile: How Matthew Jensen’s Electric Boat Company Stays Afloat Year-Round
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/profile-how-matthew-jensen-s-electric-boat-company-stays-afloat/05/167778
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<P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/5954iFAEAC93DC8AA5F52/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="1 final-hero[2].jpg" title="1 final-hero[2].jpg" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><EM>Meet Matthew Jensen, his family owns&nbsp;<SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">The Electric Boat Company, a thriving business in Seattle that lets customers toodle around Lake Union with a boatload of friends, family or with business colleagues.</SPAN></EM></P>
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<pubDate>Fri, 29 Jun 2018 18:06:24 GMT</pubDate>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/profile-how-matthew-jensen-s-electric-boat-company-stays-afloat/05/167778
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<dc:creator>SarahGonzales</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-06-29T18:06:24Z</dc:date>
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Fitness Trainer Tyra Lovato Trusted Her Gut to Create a Business She Loves
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/fitness-trainer-tyra-lovato-trusted-her-gut-to-create-a-business/05/165618
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<P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 323px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/5541i27FA94CFB40014DA/image-size/medium?v=1.0&amp;px=400" alt="1-Tyra Lovato.png" title="1-Tyra Lovato.png" /></span></P> <P><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">Some of Tyra Lovato’s clients know her as trusted, reliable, number-crunching accountant. Others know the New Orleans-native as the rockin’, shakin’ leader of dance classes like My People’s Cardio and the always-smiling Restorative Pilates instructor. No matter which “hat” Tyra is wearing, her desire to help people do better and live life to the fullest fuels her entrepreneurial drive. Motivated by a personal commitment to bring out the best in everyone she meets, Tyra is a certified fitness and nutrition coach who has built her business around an inclusive, holistic approach to wellness that’s energizing, inspiring – and incredibly fun.</SPAN></I></P>
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<pubDate>Wed, 20 Jun 2018 21:28:59 GMT</pubDate>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/fitness-trainer-tyra-lovato-trusted-her-gut-to-create-a-business/05/165618
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<dc:creator>WillowOlder</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-06-20T21:28:59Z</dc:date>
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VIDEO: Gloria Hwang of "Thousand" Solves for Safety and Style
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/video-gloria-hwang-of-thousand-solves-for-safety-and-style/05/166737
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<P><SPAN>Longtime L.A. cyclist Gloria Hwang rarely used to wear a helmet, but she got her wake-up call when a close friend died in a cycling accident. Soon after she started Thousand,&nbsp;</SPAN><SPAN>maker of</SPAN><SPAN>&nbsp;sleek, stylish bicycle helmets that look cool enough for its fashionista founder to wear.&nbsp;</SPAN><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 977px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/5841i508A7B7AD1A7DF8C/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="gloriahwang.png" title="gloriahwang.png" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P>
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<pubDate>Tue, 19 Jun 2018 15:43:59 GMT</pubDate>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/video-gloria-hwang-of-thousand-solves-for-safety-and-style/05/166737
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<dc:creator>EmilyCowan</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-06-19T15:43:59Z</dc:date>
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Somatics and Fitness Instructor Kristin Jackson Says Her Business Is Her Calling
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/somatics-and-fitness-instructor-kristin-jackson-says-her/05/165612
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<P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 321px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/5539i20DEA3C56AC1725D/image-size/medium?v=1.0&amp;px=400" alt="1-Kristin Jackson-Somatics.png" title="1-Kristin Jackson-Somatics.png" /></span></P> <P><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">Personal trainer Kristin Jackson had spent more than two decades exploring and teaching different kinds of exercise including Pilates, yoga, water aerobics and even hula hoop. For herself and for her clients, Kristin focused on “typical” training goals like building a strong core, keeping shoulders back and maintaining excellent posture. But when she was hit by a car in 2011, Kristin discovered the muscles and muscle patterns she’d worked so hard for were hindering her recovery. In her quest for healing, Kristin turned to somatics, a gentle neuromuscular practice that helps people regain flexibility, get rid of pain and move with ease – and with joy. </SPAN></I>&nbsp;</P>
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<pubDate>Tue, 19 Jun 2018 10:16:56 GMT</pubDate>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/somatics-and-fitness-instructor-kristin-jackson-says-her/05/165612
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<dc:creator>WillowOlder</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-06-19T10:16:56Z</dc:date>
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Muriel Bartol Made an Unexpected “SWRVE” – and Co-Founded an Outdoor Apparel Business
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/muriel-bartol-made-an-unexpected-swrve-and-co-founded-an-outdoor/05/165608
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<P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 696px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/5535iBBEA0AE3FF5907C6/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="1-SWRVE.png" title="1-SWRVE.png" /></span></P> <P><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">Muriel Bartol and her husband, Matt Rolletta, have always loved biking for recreation, for transportation and to get to know their surroundings at a slower-than-a-car pace. But a few years back, Matt was struggling to find a single pair of pants that he could wear throughout his typically active day when he cycled to school, to work and out to meet friends. So Muriel and Matt designed a pair of functional, durable, stylish “knickers,” imagining they might one day sell a few pairs to friends. Instead, thanks to a mention in the New York Times, they were suddenly swamped with orders. Today, Muriel and Matt are still basking in the entrepreneurial glow of unexpectedly launching a successful outdoor apparel business.</SPAN></I>&nbsp;</P>
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<pubDate>Tue, 19 Jun 2018 19:51:09 GMT</pubDate>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/muriel-bartol-made-an-unexpected-swrve-and-co-founded-an-outdoor/05/165608
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<dc:creator>WillowOlder</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-06-19T19:51:09Z</dc:date>
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Kelly and Will Watters Elevate Outdoor Apparel with Western Rise
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/kelly-and-will-watters-elevate-outdoor-apparel-with-western-rise/05/165603
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<P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 399px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/5531i554A8D46A8A98293/image-size/medium?v=1.0&amp;px=400" alt="1-BW- Head Shot.jpg" title="1-BW- Head Shot.jpg" /></span></P> <P><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">Kelly Watters is a 4</SPAN></I><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">th</SPAN></I><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">-generation entrepreneur, and her husband, Will, comes from three generations of business self-starters. So when they decided to start a sustainable technical-apparel business together, Kelly and Will knew they’d be working long hours, juggling multiple roles and responsibilities, solving unexpected problems and trying to stay positive along the way. Turns out, everything they anticipated about launching, running and growing Western Rise has come true. Also true? Kelly and Will love building an outdoor-retailing business together. As Kelly explains, “I’m the CEO, CFO and COO. Will is the creative director, and he manages all the product and works directly with the marketing team. We get more efficient at what we do every year – so we just keep taking on more projects! We love building something we believe is amazing.”</SPAN></I></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P>
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<pubDate>Tue, 19 Jun 2018 20:01:20 GMT</pubDate>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/kelly-and-will-watters-elevate-outdoor-apparel-with-western-rise/05/165603
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<dc:creator>WillowOlder</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-06-19T20:01:20Z</dc:date>
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Gwen Sullivan Built a Business Around Being a “Fitness Misfit”
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/gwen-sullivan-built-a-business-around-being-a-fitness-misfit/05/164799
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<P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/5344i1CC431C93250B79F/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="2-Dear-Gym-1-Alt.jpg" title="2-Dear-Gym-1-Alt.jpg" /></span></P> <P><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">Gwen Sullivan has spent years working in the sports and fitness industry, but she’s spent far longer feeling like she was a “fitness misfit.” As a kid, she played sports but always preferred the team element to the workout itself. Later, as a busy adult juggling working and parenting, fitness felt like a chore. When Gwen discovered she wasn’t the only one feeling resentful in the gym, she decided it was time to make a change. She’d stop focusing on reps and steps or minutes and miles and start finding activities that she simply enjoyed. This shift in thinking inspired Gwen to create Joyn, a website that curates community-oriented, inclusive group classes designed for fitness – but far more importantly, to promote movement and joy.</SPAN></I></P>
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<pubDate>Tue, 19 Jun 2018 19:35:53 GMT</pubDate>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/gwen-sullivan-built-a-business-around-being-a-fitness-misfit/05/164799
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<dc:creator>WillowOlder</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-06-19T19:35:53Z</dc:date>
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Ben Gucciardi’s Soccer Without Borders Helps Refugee Kids Adjust and Connect
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/ben-gucciardi-s-soccer-without-borders-helps-refugee-kids-adjust/05/164753
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<P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/5335iECBFC60CFB449F4F/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="1-bentackled.JPG" title="1-bentackled.JPG" /></span></P> <P><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">Ben Gucciardi was earning his M.A. in global educational leadership, working in youth development for underserved families and playing a lot of soccer when he had an idea. The California native realized soccer could be a tool to help struggling kids learn to better communicate, connect and collaborate with their peers, parents<SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN>and<SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN>teachers. Could he build a program around his favorite sport (at one point, Ben played soccer semi-pro) to help disadvantaged youth?</SPAN></I></P> <P>&nbsp;</P>
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<pubDate>Tue, 19 Jun 2018 20:14:38 GMT</pubDate>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/ben-gucciardi-s-soccer-without-borders-helps-refugee-kids-adjust/05/164753
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<dc:creator>WillowOlder</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-06-19T20:14:38Z</dc:date>
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PROFILE: How Michelle Kagarmanov’s Family Revved Up Business At Their Black Hills Off-Roading Resort
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/profile-how-michelle-kagarmanov-s-family-revved-up-business-at/05/164751
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<P><FONT size="4"><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;"><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 320px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/5330i2929EB69FB272720/image-size/medium?v=1.0&amp;px=400" alt="23334291_1499576576777396_4910032689984013824_o.jpg" title="23334291_1499576576777396_4910032689984013824_o.jpg" /></span></SPAN></I></FONT></P> <P><FONT size="4"><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">Before Michelle Kagarmanov moved back to her home state of South Dakota, she was the program director of a non-profit working with refugee students in Minneapolis. She and her husband were ready to start a family of their own, so when her dad, aka “Pops”, called to ask if she’d run a newly purchased Black Hills RV resort with cabins, a restaurant/bar and off-road vehicle rentals she saw it as an opportunity to be near family, as well as to make her own schedule.</SPAN></I></FONT></P> <P><FONT size="4"><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">With motorized sports<SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN><A href="https://outdoorindustry.org/advocacy/" target="_self">ranking as the number one outdoor recreation activity<SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN></A>in the U.S., their Mystic Hills Hideaway caters to a year-round clientele of ATV, UTV and snowmobile enthusiasts who come for the 500 miles of US Forest Service trails directly accessible from the campground. We spoke with Michelle about how they balance the seasonality of running an outdoors-based business and how they’ve found ways to hire more staff so the family can enjoy a little recreation time, too.</SPAN></I></FONT></P>
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<pubDate>Thu, 04 Oct 2018 23:43:32 GMT</pubDate>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/profile-how-michelle-kagarmanov-s-family-revved-up-business-at/05/164751
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<dc:creator>SarahGonzales</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-10-04T23:43:32Z</dc:date>
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Diana Marie Estey Gets People Outside and Strengthens Their Mind, Body and Spirit
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/diana-marie-estey-gets-people-outside-and-strengthens-their-mind/05/164568
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<P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 942px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/5306i05C3554E8BF51AED/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="1-Diana-IMG_4133.jpg" title="1-Diana-IMG_4133.jpg" /></span></P> <P><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">Diana Marie Estey has long been an outdoor enthusiast and a health and wellness buff, and she’s always relished having the freedom and creativity to do her own thing, too. Years ago, when she was working as an outdoor educator in three different states, Diana started running her own weekend trips on the side. She loved offering clients thoughtfully planned excursions for cross-country skiing, kayaking, yoga and more. Eventually, Diana opened her own business, Alive Anew, offering instruction for individuals and groups in outdoor fitness, yoga, meditation and mindfulness. In addition, Diana began leading weekend retreats in New England and Northern California and longer hiking and yoga retreats in Baja and the mountains of Europe. </SPAN></I></P>
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<pubDate>Fri, 05 Oct 2018 21:33:44 GMT</pubDate>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/diana-marie-estey-gets-people-outside-and-strengthens-their-mind/05/164568
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<dc:creator>WillowOlder</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-10-05T21:33:44Z</dc:date>
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VIDEO: Photographer Lucas Zhao on Getting Inspired by Getting Outside
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/video-photographer-lucas-zhao-on-getting-inspired-by-getting/05/164539
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<P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 854px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/5303i9FA6EED2DF41A6F3/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="lucaszhao.png" title="lucaszhao.png" /></span></P> <P>Lucas Zhao skated into the photography business - literally. Inspired by the great outdoors and his love of skateboarding, he's turned his passion into his profession.</P>
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<pubDate>Tue, 05 Jun 2018 15:40:00 GMT</pubDate>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/video-photographer-lucas-zhao-on-getting-inspired-by-getting/05/164539
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<dc:creator>EmilyCowan</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-06-05T15:40:00Z</dc:date>
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Happy Trails to You: Ryan Loften Runs Summer Camps for Mountain-Biking Kids
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/happy-trails-to-you-ryan-loften-runs-summer-camps-for-mountain/05/163346
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<P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 432px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/5165i4E8E852187DC04B1/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="3-IMG_9096.jpg" title="3-IMG_9096.jpg" /></span></P> <P><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">In 2006, Ryan Loften was working as a bike mechanic, a waiter and a “manny.” Juggling all these roles wasn’t easy, but Ryan decided to add “entrepreneur” to the mix. Inspired by his year of mountain biking solo through Nepal, India and Southeast Asia, Ryan wanted to share his love of biking and exploring the great outdoors with kids in his own Northern California community. (Marin County’s Mount Tamalpais is the birthplace of mountain biking.) His plan? To run week-long summer mountain biking camps for kids ages 8-14. The first season, Ryan rode with 50 kids throughout the summer. Now he and his coaches ride the rocky trails with more than 300 sweaty, dusty, tired and very happy campers. </SPAN></I></P>
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<pubDate>Mon, 04 Jun 2018 20:55:38 GMT</pubDate>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/happy-trails-to-you-ryan-loften-runs-summer-camps-for-mountain/05/163346
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<dc:creator>WillowOlder</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-06-04T20:55:38Z</dc:date>
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<title>QUESTION: What's Your One-Word Theme for June?</title>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/question-what-s-your-one-word-theme-for-june/05/164332
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<P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-right" style="width: 400px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/5284i3D68F62BB0E15DFB/image-size/medium?v=1.0&amp;px=400" alt="strawberrymarketheader.stocksy.jpg" title="strawberrymarketheader.stocksy.jpg" /></span></P> <P>For me, June is all about open-air markets - the perfect time for local farmers, artists, and artisans to get outside and meet their customers face to face.&nbsp;</P>
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<pubDate>Mon, 04 Jun 2018 15:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/question-what-s-your-one-word-theme-for-june/05/164332
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<dc:creator>EmilyCowan</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-06-04T15:00:00Z</dc:date>
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PROFILE: Calligrapher Elisabeth Young Gets Real About Struggling With Anxiety and Depression In Her First Year of Business
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/profile-calligrapher-elisabeth-young-gets-real-about-struggling/05/163347
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<P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 400px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/5171iE310DA55F3690F1B/image-size/medium?v=1.0&amp;px=400" alt="elisabeth_headshotdesk.jpg" title="elisabeth_headshotdesk.jpg" /></span><I></I></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">Elisabeth opens up about her struggles with depression and anxiety during her first year of business and how she learned to cope and to heal. We appreciate her candid conversation about a sensitive topic. We hope others in our QB Community read this post and remember that they, like Elisabeth, are not alone in experiencing the ups and downs of running a business.</SPAN></I></P>
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<pubDate>Tue, 24 Jul 2018 21:57:13 GMT</pubDate>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/profile-calligrapher-elisabeth-young-gets-real-about-struggling/05/163347
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<dc:creator>SarahGonzales</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-07-24T21:57:13Z</dc:date>
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“Forest Bathing” and Beyond: Counselor Nani Waddoups Shares Tips for Self-Care
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/forest-bathing-and-beyond-counselor-nani-waddoups-shares-tips/05/163089
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<P>&nbsp;</P> <P><EM><A href="https://qbcommunity.com/t5/Find-inspiration/Counselor-Nani-Waddoups-Says-Knowing-Her-Numbers-Boosts-Her/ba-p/163081" target="_self"><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 837px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/5132i80F61637D90B611B/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="Stocksy_txpbe95edb6zix100_Small_482094.jpg" title="Stocksy_txpbe95edb6zix100_Small_482094.jpg" /></span></A></EM><EM><A href="https://qbcommunity.com/t5/Find-inspiration/Counselor-Nani-Waddoups-Says-Knowing-Her-Numbers-Boosts-Her/ba-p/163081" target="_self">Nani Waddoups</A>&nbsp;has more than two-decades experience as an entrepreneur, and that doesn’t even include her past six years running a <SPAN><A href="http://www.naniwaddoups.com/Counseling_Site/Welcome.html">private therapy practice</A></SPAN> in Portland, OR. As a seasoned small business owner and a professional counselor, Nani is uniquely positioned to offer up self-care strategies for staying centered and grounded -- something particularly important for entrepreneurs working around the clock to build a successful business.</EM></P>
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<pubDate>Tue, 19 Jun 2018 19:44:20 GMT</pubDate>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/forest-bathing-and-beyond-counselor-nani-waddoups-shares-tips/05/163089
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<dc:creator>WillowOlder</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-06-19T19:44:20Z</dc:date>
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Counselor Nani Waddoups Says Knowing Her Numbers Boosts Her Creativity and Compassion
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/counselor-nani-waddoups-says-knowing-her-numbers-boosts-her/05/163081
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<P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 214px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/5129i17D37438C828423B/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="Unknown-2.jpeg" title="Unknown-2.jpeg" /></span></P> <P><EM>Nani Waddoups has a long and remarkably varied history as an entrepreneur. Although she went to college intending to become a psychologist, after graduation, Nani instead ended up working for herself in the design industry. For more than 20 years, she worked as a self-employed florist, importer, specialty contractor, interior designer, garden designer and house stager --&nbsp; the list goes on. In 2008, however, Nani realized she’d never forgotten her dream of becoming a professional counselor.</EM></P>
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<pubDate>Tue, 19 Jun 2018 20:16:34 GMT</pubDate>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/counselor-nani-waddoups-says-knowing-her-numbers-boosts-her/05/163081
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<dc:creator>WillowOlder</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-06-19T20:16:34Z</dc:date>
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Anna Matuszewski Danced Her Way Into a Job as Macklemore’s Choreographer
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/anna-matuszewski-danced-her-way-into-a-job-as-macklemore-s/05/163148
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<P><FONT size="4"><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;"><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 510px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/5143iEEF1E2F22E1E9757/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="anna_fade_headshot.jpg" title="anna_fade_headshot.jpg" /></span></SPAN></I></FONT></P> <P><FONT size="4"><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">From the age of five until 17, Anna Matuszewski (mah-two-SHEV-skee) spent her childhood training for the Olympics in figure skating. When she injured her knee, the door to the Olympics closed. Happily, another opened, this one leading to a career as an independent ice skating coach and choreographer. Eventually, Anna’s passion for dance led her to start a “floor” choreography business with clients like Macklemore &amp; Ryan Lewis, Nordstrom, AT&amp;T and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.</SPAN></I></FONT></P> <P><FONT size="4">&nbsp;</FONT></P> <P><FONT size="4"><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">Since Anna’s parents and her three siblings all own and operate their own businesses, perhaps Anna was always destined to be an entrepreneur. We caught up with her in Seattle in between tour dates to talk about how she’s grown her business over two decades, how she balances single motherhood with worldwide performances and why she spends her free time making art films.</SPAN></I></FONT></P>
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<pubDate>Thu, 04 Oct 2018 23:39:09 GMT</pubDate>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/anna-matuszewski-danced-her-way-into-a-job-as-macklemore-s/05/163148
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<dc:creator>SarahGonzales</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-10-04T23:39:09Z</dc:date>
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From Farm to Smartphone to Table: What Entrepreneurs Can Learn From the Shifting Dining Industry
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/from-farm-to-smartphone-to-table-what-entrepreneurs-can-learn/05/162744
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<P>&nbsp;</P> <P><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;"><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 866px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/5068iAE0595A41ED34CD2/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="dining_shifts.jpg" title="dining_shifts.jpg" /></span></SPAN></P> <P><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">We’re exploring&nbsp;shifts and trends in the culinary-industry that entrepreneurs like you can apply to your own small business. &nbsp;</SPAN></P>
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<pubDate>Tue, 22 May 2018 18:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/from-farm-to-smartphone-to-table-what-entrepreneurs-can-learn/05/162744
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<dc:creator>SarahGonzales</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-05-22T18:00:00Z</dc:date>
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QUESTION: When Did You First Feel Like You Were Running a **Real** Business?
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/question-when-did-you-first-feel-like-you-were-running-a-real/05/162619
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<P>&nbsp;</P> <P><SPAN><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-right" style="width: 400px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/5045i79B86183E7864624/image-size/medium?v=1.0&amp;px=400" alt="countingmoneyheader.stocksy.jpg" title="countingmoneyheader.stocksy.jpg" /></span>Maybe it was the day you ordered your first batch of business cards. Or the first referral you ever received.</SPAN></P>
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<pubDate>Mon, 21 May 2018 18:28:19 GMT</pubDate>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/question-when-did-you-first-feel-like-you-were-running-a-real/05/162619
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<dc:creator>EmilyCowan</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-05-21T18:28:19Z</dc:date>
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Meet 4 Entrepreneurs Running a Successful Seasonal Business
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/meet-4-entrepreneurs-running-a-successful-seasonal-business/05/162188
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<P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 866px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/4993iE71BBD1A5D03B797/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="Stocksy_txp40a8bdbd0Dx100_Small_712994.jpg" title="Stocksy_txp40a8bdbd0Dx100_Small_712994.jpg" /></span></P> <P><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">Have you checked the weather forecast today? Depending what product or service you offer, the weather – and, to put it more broadly, the seasons – may be a significant factor in your overall business strategy. </SPAN>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P>
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<pubDate>Mon, 21 May 2018 21:22:39 GMT</pubDate>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/meet-4-entrepreneurs-running-a-successful-seasonal-business/05/162188
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<dc:creator>WillowOlder</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-05-21T21:22:39Z</dc:date>
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6 Strategies Small Business Owners Can Take Away from the Rapidly Changing Clothing Industry
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/6-strategies-small-business-owners-can-take-away-from-the/05/162262
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<P><SPAN><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 837px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/4998i8D3429458D1F509A/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="fashion_shifts.jpg" title="fashion_shifts.jpg" /></span></SPAN></P> <P><SPAN>In fashion, it’s not just the styles that are evolving -- the way we shop has fundamentally shifted, too.&nbsp;<SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">Let’s take a look at what’s hip</SPAN>&nbsp;<SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">for today’s mass consumer fashion industry and what the takeaway could be for the small business owner (SBO).</SPAN></SPAN></P>
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<pubDate>Wed, 20 Jun 2018 21:47:52 GMT</pubDate>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/6-strategies-small-business-owners-can-take-away-from-the/05/162262
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<dc:creator>SarahGonzales</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-06-20T21:47:52Z</dc:date>
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Doug Tarr Cracks the Code on Teaching Computer Programming to Kids
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/doug-tarr-cracks-the-code-on-teaching-computer-programming-to/05/161794
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<P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 600px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/4941i7AF25C352A9CB4F0/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="girl group 10.6 (1).jpg" title="girl group 10.6 (1).jpg" /></span></P> <P><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">Doug Tarr was a seasoned software developer who had spent many years working at startups and large companies, as well as co-founding a tech startup in Seattle called PayScale. After moving with his family to Mill Valley, CA, Doug was approached by some fellow parents who wondered if he’d be willing to teach their kids to code. Doug agreed, so he invited a dozen 4</SPAN></I><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">th</SPAN></I><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;"> graders to squeeze into his living room for a weekly coding session. Word spread about how much the kids were learning and how much they were enjoying it, too. Eventually, Doug decided to move his unofficial club into an official downtown location. Now MVCode had a name, an address and a mission: to create a sustainable, local community business that teaches 1</SPAN></I><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">st</SPAN></I><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;"> through 10</SPAN></I><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">th</SPAN></I><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;"> graders to master the basics -- and beyond -- of coding. &nbsp;</SPAN></I></P>
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<pubDate>Wed, 16 May 2018 18:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/doug-tarr-cracks-the-code-on-teaching-computer-programming-to/05/161794
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<dc:creator>WillowOlder</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-05-16T18:00:00Z</dc:date>
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Commercial Fishing Boat Captain Megan Corazza Packs a Whole Year’s Work into Every Summer
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/commercial-fishing-boat-captain-megan-corazza-packs-a-whole-year/05/161943
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<P><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;"><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 799px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/4952i6E3994B0B9F343D3/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="megan_headshot.jpg" title="megan_headshot.jpg" /><span class="lia-inline-image-caption" onclick="event.preventDefault();">Photo by Bill Day</span></span></SPAN></I><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">Captain Megan Corazza grew up commercial fishing with her parents out of their home port of Homer, Alaska. From a young age she learned firsthand about the high stakes and unpredictability of the fishing business, and she swore she’d never go down that path herself. In fact, she was on track to be a doctor when the fishing business beckoned her, and she decided to follow in her family’s footsteps.</SPAN></I></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">Today, Megan has owned her own commercial fishing operation for nearly 20 years. Each summer in the Land of the Midnight Sun Megan, along with her crew and her sons, catch millions of salmon to sell to canneries. The days are long and sleep is short, but this seasonal business allows Megan to pursue her other passions -- motherhood, writing and skiing -- during other eight months of the year.</SPAN></I></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">We caught up with Megan just before she headed out for a summer at sea to learn how she balances fish, family and finances from one unpredictable season to the next.</SPAN></I></P>
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<pubDate>Thu, 04 Oct 2018 23:32:30 GMT</pubDate>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/commercial-fishing-boat-captain-megan-corazza-packs-a-whole-year/05/161943
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<dc:creator>SarahGonzales</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-10-04T23:32:30Z</dc:date>
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VIDEO: Julie Gordon White Shares Her G.I.V.E Morning Ritual
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/video-julie-gordon-white-shares-her-g-i-v-e-morning-ritual/05/161646
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<P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 452px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/4929iD68CB05FB56F99AA/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="Screen Shot 2018-05-13 at 1.31.19 PM.png" title="Screen Shot 2018-05-13 at 1.31.19 PM.png" /></span></P> <P><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">Here in QB Community, we love learning from business coach </SPAN><A href="https://qbcommunity.com/t5/Momentum-to-1-Million/Welcome-to-Momentum-to-1-Million/gpm-p/155093"><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">Julie Gordon White</SPAN></A><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">. If you’ve spent any time with Julie, you’ll know one of her (many) superpowers is her ability to turn thoughts and ideas into actionable, step-by-step systems.</SPAN></P>
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<pubDate>Mon, 14 May 2018 18:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
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<dc:date>2018-05-14T18:00:00Z</dc:date>
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The Power of Two: The Dot Connectors Doubles in Size for Exponential Growth
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/the-power-of-two-the-dot-connectors-doubles-in-size-for/05/161259
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<P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 576px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/4869iDA631FC80EC8AF1A/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="GeneDiggiBoats_dot-IMG_7340.jpg" title="GeneDiggiBoats_dot-IMG_7340.jpg" /></span></P> <P><I><SPAN style="font-weight: 400;">Diggi Thomson spent 15 successful years at corporate giant Unilever, working in both Europe and North American on leading brands including Axe deodorant. But in 2008, after some deep introspection, Diggi decided he was ready to strike out on his own. For nearly a decade, he single-handedly built and ran every aspect of his marketing and branding company. Eventually, however, he faced a challenge many entrepreneurs can relate to: Diggi wanted to grow The Dot Connectors, but he knew he couldn’t realize his vision alone. He decided it was time to bring in a business partner with a skill set that would complement his own. </SPAN></I>&nbsp;</P>
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<pubDate>Mon, 14 May 2018 19:03:34 GMT</pubDate>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/the-power-of-two-the-dot-connectors-doubles-in-size-for/05/161259
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<dc:creator>WillowOlder</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-05-14T19:03:34Z</dc:date>
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QUESTION: What’s Your Secret to Running a Successful *Seasonal* Business?
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/question-what-s-your-secret-to-running-a-successful-seasonal/05/160679
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<P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 866px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/4809i2C62F91E766DDB72/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="Stocksy_txpac508feeOMw100_Small_703664.jpg" title="Stocksy_txpac508feeOMw100_Small_703664.jpg" /></span></P> <P>Plenty of entrepreneurs have seasonal (and, hopefully, predictable) highs and lows throughout every business year. For example, if you own a construction, lawncare or landscaping business or you run a beachside restaurant, an ice cream shop or a summer camp for kids, the warm summer months are typically your busiest. When the weather cools down, so, too, does your revenue stream.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P>
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<pubDate>Thu, 07 Jun 2018 16:40:23 GMT</pubDate>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/question-what-s-your-secret-to-running-a-successful-seasonal/05/160679
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<dc:creator>WillowOlder</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-06-07T16:40:23Z</dc:date>
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VIDEO: The QuickBooks Team Surprises Builder and Fire Survivor Chris Rhodes (Get Out Your Tissues!)
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/video-the-quickbooks-team-surprises-builder-and-fire-survivor/05/160684
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<P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" style="width: 900px;"><img src="https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/image/serverpage/image-id/4811iF8A733B838ADE83C/image-size/large?v=1.0&amp;px=999" alt="video-05_QB_ChrisRhodes_1922.jpg" title="video-05_QB_ChrisRhodes_1922.jpg" /></span></P> <P><A href="https://qbcommunity.com/t5/Find-inspiration/Small-Business-Week-Chris-Rhodes-Lost-Everything-to-a-Wildfire/ba-p/160164">Chris Rhodes</A> has run his own <A href="http://www.chrisrhodesconstruction.com/">construction company</A> in Santa Rosa, CA, for more than 30 years. In October 2017, wildfires tore through Santa Rosa, destroying 5,000 homes. Chris lost both his home and his business, and more than half a dozen houses Chris had built over the years were burned to the ground.</P>
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<pubDate>Fri, 11 May 2018 01:00:17 GMT</pubDate>
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https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/articles/member-stories/video-the-quickbooks-team-surprises-builder-and-fire-survivor/05/160684
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<dc:creator>WillowOlder</dc:creator>
<dc:date>2018-05-11T01:00:17Z</dc:date>
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