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Michelle Goodman

Michelle Goodman is a Seattle-based freelance journalist and author of The Anti 9-to-5 Guide.

30 Recent Stories

Crash Course in Business Plan Competitions

Crash Course in Business Plan Competitions

Business-plan competitions can yield more than seed money for your bright idea -- they can also connect you with mentors, collaborators and investors.
January 16, 2013 in Your Business Plan
Franchisors Offer Their Own Financing Programs

Franchisors Offer Their Own Financing Programs

Savvy systems offer financial help to their franchisees.
January 14, 2013 in Franchises
Anonymous Investors Offer a Lending Alternative

Anonymous Investors Offer a Lending Alternative

On peer-to-peer lending website Prosper, anonymous users raise money from anonymous investors, Kickstarter-style.
January 7, 2013 in Financing
CrowdCheck Helps Startups Navigate Crowdfunding Laws

CrowdCheck Helps Startups Navigate Crowdfunding Laws

Companies are lining up to help 'treps navigate new crowdfunding laws. Here's one to watch.
December 17, 2012 in Startup Financing
How to Determine Which Eco-Friendly Changes Your Business Should Make

How to Determine Which Eco-Friendly Changes Your Business Should Make

Some green improvements may not be worth the trouble or expense. Here's how to determine which changes will provide the greatest return on investment for your company.
December 12, 2012 in Growth Strategies
7 Eco-Friendly Actions Will Save Your Business Money

7 Eco-Friendly Actions Will Save Your Business Money

Tips from the Green Business Bureau on saving the planet and your bottom line.
December 12, 2012 in New Ideas
The Advantages of Seller Financing For Startups

The Advantages of Seller Financing For Startups

Seller financing has advantages for both sides of a deal.
November 12, 2012 in Startup Financing
How to Persuade Your Boss to Fund Your Business Idea

How to Persuade Your Boss to Fund Your Business Idea

Intrapreneurs are launching businesses within -- and with the help of -- their places of employment.
September 26, 2012 in Startup Basics
How to Jump-Start Your Business With an Accelerator Program

How to Jump-Start Your Business With an Accelerator Program

Two entrepreneurs fast-tracked their startup with help form Launchpad LA.
August 30, 2012 in Startup Financing
Two Young Entrepreneurs Get Their Hands Dirty With Urban Farming

Two Young Entrepreneurs Get Their Hands Dirty With Urban Farming

An urban byproduct plants the seed for a big business.
August 28, 2012 in Young Entrepreneurs
Small Business Strategies for Managing Rising Health-Care Costs

Small Business Strategies for Managing Rising Health-Care Costs

Ballooning premiums and shifting government regulations can make dealing with employee health insurance a nightmare, here's how to cope.
August 27, 2012 in Compensation and Benefits
How Podio Brought in Revenue Before Even Finalizing its Product

How Podio Brought in Revenue Before Even Finalizing its Product

Selling subscriptions during the development phase allowed the company to pay the rent, and what you can learn from it.
July 12, 2012 in Startup Financing
The Outlook for SBA Franchise Loans

The Outlook for SBA Franchise Loans

While it's still a challenging environment to secure financing, it's not all doom and gloom. Here are tips for franchisees trying to land a loan.
June 21, 2012 in Magazine
Case Study: How a Merchant Cash Advance Worked in a Pinch

Case Study: How a Merchant Cash Advance Worked in a Pinch

A last-minute shortfall led a restaurateur to a speedy merchant cash advance in exchange for a cut of future sales.
June 11, 2012 in Managing Cash Flow
Microloans Make a Macro Difference

Microloans Make a Macro Difference

A Texas businesswoman fetched the amount she needed to open an eco-friendly pet store
April 19, 2012 in Bank Loans and Microloans
Paying for Tech Help With Future Royalties

Paying for Tech Help With Future Royalties

An entrepreneur sees the funding light when she agrees to pay her engineer in royalties based on future sales.
March 5, 2012 in Cash Flow & Money Management
How Living Lean Helped One Startup Get Off the Ground

How Living Lean Helped One Startup Get Off the Ground

To save the cash she needed to launch her new beauty product, Brandy Jans traded her pricey Manhattan digs for room and board with Mom and Dad.
February 18, 2012 in Money Basics
A Starbucks Initiative to Brew Up U.S. Jobs

A Starbucks Initiative to Brew Up U.S. Jobs

An initiative by Starbucks and Opportunity Finance Network is pouring small-business funding into private lending institutions
January 24, 2012 in Financing
Using Barter to Help a Business Succeed

Using Barter to Help a Business Succeed

Fish vendor Mack Chaffin joined a bartering group to subsidize the marketing services he needed to grow his business.
January 18, 2012 in Growth Strategies
Tips for Finding a Franchise Loan

Tips for Finding a Franchise Loan

SBA franchise loans are on the rise, but you still need seed money and a carefully honed business plan. The SBA's Steve Smits provides advice.
December 15, 2011 in Franchise 500
Starting a Business to Fund Your Startup Idea

Starting a Business to Fund Your Startup Idea

With their dream venture as motivation, Nate Casey and his partners opened a web-consulting firm to raise capital.
November 28, 2011 in Self-Financing Your Startup
How to Bootstrap Your Business

How to Bootstrap Your Business

Starting up a business is a full-time job. So how do you manage it when you already have a full-time job? Here's how a few entrepreneurs juggled both to payoff.
November 22, 2011 in Startup Basics
How Winning Contests Helped a Startup Beyond the Launch

How Winning Contests Helped a Startup Beyond the Launch

Kris Appel launched and developed her medical device company using the cash and services she won in business plan competitions
November 10, 2011 in Your Business Plan
Financing a Second Startup on Cash Flow of Your First

Financing a Second Startup on Cash Flow of Your First

With the success of one startup, Kiha Lee financed another.
October 10, 2011 in Financing
Crowdfunding Case Study: How appbackr Worked for Popvox

Crowdfunding Case Study: How appbackr Worked for Popvox

Within two months of posting their app in the appbackr marketplace, Popvox had raised the five figures needed to get its mobile project off the ground.
September 13, 2011 in Financing
Digital Agency Launches its Own Successful Mobile App

Digital Agency Launches its Own Successful Mobile App

Two co-workers convinced their boss to nurture a location-based app in-house.
July 26, 2011 in Success Stories
Go Union: How I Got My Funding

Go Union: How I Got My Funding

Gary Hicks, president and CEO of SkillSniper.com, describes how he secured financing from a credit union to launch his job-hunting site.
June 21, 2011 in Magazine
Direct Sales: Golden Opportunity or Hype?

Direct Sales: Golden Opportunity or Hype?

Selling door-to-door can be big business. We explore the pros and cons.
December 22, 2010 in Business Ideas
How to Launch a Business Abroad

How to Launch a Business Abroad

Thinking of becoming an entrepreneurial expat? Here's what you need to know.
July 14, 2010 in Location
Crowdsourcing: Opportunity or Time Suck?

Crowdsourcing: Opportunity or Time Suck?

As the trend continues to gain momentum, some entrepreneurial freelancers have learned to stand out.
April 9, 2010 in Business Ideas