I’m not the first person to have an opinion about multi-level marketing (MLM.) The duplicitous sales techniques are easy to pick on and poke fun at. The question of “is it a pyramid scheme?” can be debated but often gets nowhere. You’re familiar with these complaints, so I’m not going…


When we’re self-employed it can feel like your business is “just me,” and in many ways it is. However, it is also its own entity. Supreme court rulings aside, it’s vital for all businesses to recognize themselves as larger than just a single owner. Let’s dig into this.

How is your business bigger than yourself?

Your business…


Frequently, aspiring self-employed business owners ask me if their business idea is possible. But when I answer that question, they’re typically not satisfied because that’s not the actual issue. So today I’m going to tell you the truth about that question. You will likely feel unsatisfied (but hopefully a smidge…


Navigating decisions is difficult at the best of times, but I notice it’s stepped up a notch for those of us who are alone in business. Not having a team to help weigh decisions with is a challenge unique to us self-employed people. Added to this, self-employment can feel risky…


Recently I attended an anti-racist community event at which the question was posed: What moves us to do this work? While another participant shared their vision for a future without the harms of oppression, I looked inward. The future seems too far off. In this moment, the future is a…


Image shows a man happily fanning many $100 dollar bills.

Self-employment has a variable income stream. This is intimidating for most, and that’s understandable. If managing your money with a steady paycheck is like standing on one foot, then self-employment is standing on one foot on the back of a galloping horse. By no means is that impossible… it’s just…


When I was a child, I wanted to keep my training wheels on my bike for… well, for always! I was completely capable of riding without them, but I wanted the security blanket of having them. This meant that as I turned corners, I’d lean into the curve as appropriate…


One of the scariest questions aspiring business owners have is “How do I get clients?” This is a make-it-or-break-it question for any business. If you can’t get clients (or enough clients) then you won’t have a business. It’s also something most aspiring self-employed people don’t have any prior experience with…


When we become self-employed, our success becomes contingent on some level of salesmanship. You’re passionate about your work. So you’ve probably learned far more about serving clients than landing them. Sales trainings that could help you land clients are often designed for career sales-people. But you don’t need to be…


IMAGE IS OF A PERSON WITH A SUITCASE WAKING OUT INTO THE OUTDOORS WITH A BEAUTIFUL SKYSCAPE IN FRONT OF THEM.

I cultivate a strong boundary between work and not-work. So when a client introduced me to the concept of an email sabbatical, it felt superfluous. It seemed like overkill. And, as a point of pride, I had to take on the challenge! As I prepared for a trip in late…

Maggie Karshner

Maggie is a business coach who helps launch and grow self-employed businesses. Learn how she could help you at https://www.maggiekarshner.com/

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