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Jane Porter

Jane Porter is a freelance writer and editor based in Brooklyn, NY. Her work has appeared in publications including BusinessWeek Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Men's Health and The Chronicle of Higher Education. She has a bachelor's degree in English from Brown University as well as a masters of fine arts in creative writing from Warren Wilson College in Asheville, N.C.

30 Recent Stories

Entrepreneurs Who Turned Hobbies into Million-Dollar Businesses

Entrepreneurs Who Turned Hobbies into Million-Dollar Businesses

These business owners started with an enjoyable pastime and learned marketing, finance and other business skills to find success doing what they love.
September 13, 2012 in Success Stories
Spotlight: Adafruit Industries' Limor Fried, Entrepreneur of 2012 Finalist

Spotlight: Adafruit Industries' Limor Fried, Entrepreneur of 2012 Finalist

Limor Fried created her open-source hardware and electronics company, Adafruit Industries, in her MIT dorm room. The story of how she grew her business makes her a finalist for Entrepreneur of 2012.
September 12, 2012 in Profiles
5 Ways to Rekindle the Passion for Your Business

5 Ways to Rekindle the Passion for Your Business

If you see signs of burnout, you can take steps to reinvigorate your business -- and yourself.
September 11, 2012 in Work/Life Balance
7 Low-Cost Design Ideas for Small Retail Spaces

7 Low-Cost Design Ideas for Small Retail Spaces

Consider these unique ways to design a compact store to look bigger and accommodate more merchandise.
September 4, 2012 in Management & Operations
7 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Now

7 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Now

Try these instant stress-busters to help take on even the toughest daily challenges with a clear, calm mindset.
August 20, 2012 in Health & Fitness
Creating Shops from Shipping Containers

Creating Shops from Shipping Containers

How small retailers are building new kinds of stores.
August 15, 2012 in Location
7 Ways You're Wasting Time and Don't Even Know It

7 Ways You're Wasting Time and Don't Even Know It

If you're working 24/7 and not getting much done, it may be time to work smarter instead of harder. Here's how.
July 31, 2012 in Productivity
5 Ways Store Colors Can Influence Shoppers

5 Ways Store Colors Can Influence Shoppers

A look at how color matters in your retail space. It can either help to sell your products -- or irritate customers. Choose wisely.
July 25, 2012 in Marketing Ideas
9 Routine Tasks You Should Eliminate From Your Workday

9 Routine Tasks You Should Eliminate From Your Workday

Entrepreneurs always seems to have more to do than time to do it. Something's got to give. Here's how to get rid of what's weighing your business down.
July 25, 2012 in Productivity
3 Personality Types That Can Harm Your Business

3 Personality Types That Can Harm Your Business

How to spot warning signs before hiring people who will be a bad fit for your company.
July 24, 2012 in Hiring Center
7 Retail Disaster Zones Every Storeowner Should Avoid

7 Retail Disaster Zones Every Storeowner Should Avoid

How to prevent common store design mistakes that can make your customers less likely to buy.
July 16, 2012 in Retail Center
Beauty Businesses on Wheels

Beauty Businesses on Wheels

Small beauty-product marketers are extending their reach by going mobile. Here, a look at the benefits and what you can learn from these four-wheeling entrepreneurs.
July 6, 2012 in Hot Trends
7 Tips to Create Winning Window Displays

7 Tips to Create Winning Window Displays

How to design windows that will command attention and lure shoppers into your store.
June 25, 2012 in Retail Center
5 Tips for Boomer-Friendly Retail Design

5 Tips for Boomer-Friendly Retail Design

Bring on the boomers. Consider this advice when designing a store where boomers are the customers.
May 9, 2012 in Retail Center
Lighting Up Your Store -- and Your Sales

Lighting Up Your Store -- and Your Sales

How to light your retail space to the best effect without breaking the bank.
March 23, 2012 in Retail Center
Six Design Mistakes to Avoid in Your Store

Six Design Mistakes to Avoid in Your Store

Careful planning can head off potential problems with your retail space before it's too late.
March 20, 2012 in Retail Center
Five Signs an E-tailer Is Ready to Open a Storefront

Five Signs an E-tailer Is Ready to Open a Storefront

Some retailers find they need a bricks-and-mortar store, not just an online site, to thrive.
March 12, 2012 in Retail Center
How to Make the Move From Big-Business Employee to Small-Business Owner

How to Make the Move From Big-Business Employee to Small-Business Owner

Follow these six steps to help make the transition from corporate employee to entrepreneur.
February 24, 2012 in Lifestyle
Six Strategies for Partnering with Big Brands

Six Strategies for Partnering with Big Brands

A must-follow checklist for small businesses looking to connect with powerhouse companies like Wal-Mart.
February 20, 2012 in Growth Strategies
How to Redefine Your Business in a New Market

How to Redefine Your Business in a New Market

Three ways entrepreneurs have refocused their companies for success by targeting a different audience -- and you can, too.
February 13, 2012 in Growth Strategies
Inside the Mind of Your Buyers

Inside the Mind of Your Buyers

A look at what motivates customers to buy -- and six ways to tailor your sales pitch.
February 1, 2012 in Sales Techniques
Time-Management Tips from Serial Entrepreneurs

Time-Management Tips from Serial Entrepreneurs

Five business owners offer their best advice for becoming more productive -- and finding the right work-life balance.
January 16, 2012 in Productivity
Six Mistakes to Avoid When Choosing Health-Care Coverage

Six Mistakes to Avoid When Choosing Health-Care Coverage

Health insurance is increasingly complicated and expensive, but small-business owners can better navigate the system by steering clear of these missteps.
January 13, 2012 in Compensation and Benefits
10 Tips to Kick-start Your Sales Skills

10 Tips to Kick-start Your Sales Skills

Learning to sell yourself, and your product or service, is one of the biggest challenges as a startup. Here's how to master the basics.
December 28, 2011 in Tips from Experts
Seven Rules for Coping with Sales Rejection

Seven Rules for Coping with Sales Rejection

From setting goals to developing routines and relationships, small business owners can overcome their fear of failure.
December 13, 2011 in Sales
Three Ways to Export into New Markets

Three Ways to Export into New Markets

How three entrepreneurs overcame challenges when exploring global markets, and what you can learn from them.
December 1, 2011 in Shipping Center
A Quick Resource Guide for Exporting

A Quick Resource Guide for Exporting

From avoiding corruption to navigating cultural differences, here are eight resources to help your small business go global.
December 1, 2011 in Shipping Center
Five Signs You're Losing a Sale -- And How to Save It

Five Signs You're Losing a Sale -- And How to Save It

When a deal is going sour, try these savvy strategies to turn it around.
November 21, 2011 in Sales
Are You Irreplaceable?

Are You Irreplaceable?

How to make sure your business can thrive without you, and five steps to get there.
November 2, 2011 in Leadership
How a Personal Health Crisis Led to Small-Business Success

How a Personal Health Crisis Led to Small-Business Success

A homegrown company called Two Moms in the Raw carved its own health-food niche.
September 15, 2011 in Profiles