You need to watch your own tail

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watch your tail freelanceOn Halloween night a few years back, a young girl dressed as a lion marched up to my wife on our front patio and said, “My mom says that you shouldn’t have candles in your pumpkin, because my tail is flammable.”

My wife replied, “Well, I guess you’re going to have to watch your own tail.”

This post isn’t about safety around open flames or teaching kids about manners. It is, however, about personal responsibility in freelancing. [Read more…]

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Why you need a go to hell fund

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A few years back, I wrote a Father’s Day musing — “Is entrepreneurship genetic?” — in an effort to assimilate some of the business lessons my dad taught me. In advance of the upcoming Father’s Day, I want to address one of his principles in more detail: specifically, the idea of having a go to hell fund.

Personal finance gurus will tell you that building up an emergency fund of 3 to 6 months should be a priority, and I agree. You never know what’s going to happen to you, and you need to be able to pay the bills. [Read more…]

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