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Alina Dizik

Alina Dizik is a freelance journalist and writer based in New York City. Her work has been published in The Wall Street Journal, iVillage, More magazine, The Knot, BusinessWeek and the Financial Times. She covers entrepreneurs, consumer trends, business education and careers.

20 Recent Stories

For a Better Black Friday, Know Your Most Challenging Customers

For a Better Black Friday, Know Your Most Challenging Customers

These five tips help your staff help harried shoppers on one of the busiest shopping days of the year.
November 20, 2013 in Go Forward
How to Transform Your Workspace With Color

How to Transform Your Workspace With Color

Consider these hues to change the mood in your business.
June 21, 2013 in Business Management
7 Ingredients to a Successful Business Dinner

7 Ingredients to a Successful Business Dinner

Wooing clients over dinner can help you build long-lasting relationships. Here's a guide to making the best possible impression.
May 30, 2013 in Networking
How to Manage Your Business Partner

How to Manage Your Business Partner

Disagreements and hurt feelings between co-founders can sink a company before it starts. Here are four strategies to set the relationship up for success.
May 27, 2013 in Startup Basics
10 Questions to Ask Before Expanding Overseas

10 Questions to Ask Before Expanding Overseas

If you're considering an international expansion of your brand, here's what you need to know to make sure you're fully prepared to make the decision.
April 30, 2013 in Growth Strategies
10 Questions to Ask Before Determining Your Target Market

10 Questions to Ask Before Determining Your Target Market

A guide to understanding your customers and how your product meets their needs.
April 15, 2013 in Finding Customers
3 Ethical Ways to Boost Positive Online Reviews

3 Ethical Ways to Boost Positive Online Reviews

A look at the strategies some entrepreneurs are using when generating and making the most of their customers' comments.
April 10, 2013 in Marketing Ideas
10 Questions to Ask Before Making Your First Hire

10 Questions to Ask Before Making Your First Hire

Before rushing to expand your business with that first employee, here are the most important things you need to consider first.
April 2, 2013 in Hiring Center
10 Questions to Ask Before Quitting Your Job to Start a Business

10 Questions to Ask Before Quitting Your Job to Start a Business

How do you know when the time is right to make the leap?
March 13, 2013 in Startup Basics
3 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Naming Your Business

3 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Naming Your Business

Here's a look at three entrepreneurs who have changed company names and the lessons they learned.
March 4, 2013 in Naming Your Business
Photographers Refocus on New Ventures

Photographers Refocus on New Ventures

The line has long blurred between the amateur and professional photographer. Here, three former pro photographers who saw the changes coming early on and reinvented themselves with successful startups
January 8, 2013 in Profiles
10 Things to Outsource to a Virtual Assistant

10 Things to Outsource to a Virtual Assistant

With the growth of virtual assistants, their expertise now runs the gamut -- from making vendor calls to sending out thank you cards to prospective clients. Here's how to make the most of virtual hel
December 27, 2012 in Management & Operations
3 Types of Rent-Free Workspaces for Entrepreneurs

3 Types of Rent-Free Workspaces for Entrepreneurs

Take advantage of these free workspaces offered by chambers of commerce, universities and the community-at-large.
December 13, 2012 in Starting a Business
8 Mistakes to Avoid When Starting a Business From Home

8 Mistakes to Avoid When Starting a Business From Home

Owners of home-based businesses often fail to establish proper boundaries between their work and personal lives. Here's how to get it right the first time.
November 5, 2012 in Home Based Business
5 Tips for Publishing Your Own Book

5 Tips for Publishing Your Own Book

Books can help small-business owners with brand awareness, as well as show their expertise. Here's how to get started, including self-publishing platforms to consider when you're ready.
October 16, 2012 in Branding
3 Teambuilding Exercises Tailored to Unique Business Challenges

3 Teambuilding Exercises Tailored to Unique Business Challenges

How three entrepreneurs designed effective--and fun--ways to strengthen their teams.
August 27, 2012 in Managing Employees
How Entrepreneurs are Successfully Tapping into the Healthy Spice Trend

How Entrepreneurs are Successfully Tapping into the Healthy Spice Trend

A look at business owners in the snack and beverage industries that are finding success and growing their companies, one herb at a time.
July 26, 2012 in Targeting Niche Markets
Bars Go Green

Bars Go Green

How eco-friendly practices are helping drinking establishments attract a loyal clientele.
May 23, 2012 in Going Green
Do's and Don'ts of Seeking Business Advice From a Spouse

Do's and Don'ts of Seeking Business Advice From a Spouse

Entrepreneurs' spouses can wear many hats, but small-business owners shouldn't rely on them too much.
February 28, 2012 in Work/Life Balance
Cooking Up New Business Ideas from Old-World Recipes

Cooking Up New Business Ideas from Old-World Recipes

How some entrepreneurs are drawing from the distant past to put a successful new spin on old ideas.
December 16, 2011 in Finding Ideas