Michelle V. Rafter
Michelle V. Rafter covers business and workplace issues for a variety of national publications. She is based in Portland, Ore.
13 Recent Stories
These well-known Americans overcame bad times in midlife to reach business fame and fortune.
Motivation and Retention
Social media-style programs give workers public kudos when they go above and beyond. Consider these employee rewards-and-recognition apps.
A new film about British expats in India inspires a contest awarding $150,000 and vacations to social entrepreneurs over 50.
In a constantly changing digital workplace, it pays to team up with younger colleagues to glean tips on social media, mobile apps and more.
Where to find step-by-step basics and inspiration if you're after a new gig, switching careers or thinking of starting a business
What you need to know about using the crowd-funding website to finance a creative project
Grow Your Business
Director Alexandra Kent shares some pointers for social entrepreneurs. The deadline is March 30.
News and Trends
Keep up with the ever changing American workplace with these 10 trends.
Because it's hard to stay off Facebook with willpower alone.
10 ways to live well while saving money in the new year.
Thinking about a new job or starting a business of your own? Here's how to jumpstart your encore career.
The star of a real-life rags-to-riches tale shares advice for people struggling through a midlife career transition.
Starting a Business
Entrepreneurs in their 50s and 60s are becoming business owners faster than any other group.