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  • Cool Jobs on TV: Randy to the Rescue
    A woman's wedding day is supposed to be one of the happiest days of her life but the months leading up to that day can be the most stressful. Picking a date, sending out invitations, booking the venue, hiring a caterer; you could have a full-time staff and not get it all done. Then, there's the biggest decision of them all, choosing the right wedding dress.
  • 5 Lessons We Can Learn From Jack and Jasinda Wilder
    Desperate circumstances demanded that Jack and Jasinda Wilder find a way to make money to save the home they shared with their five children. Sometimes creativity and the will to attempt the impossible do pay off. We can all learn from their ingenuity.
  • Ed Hardy Says a Bad Celebrity Endorsement Cost Him His Business
    Branding and brand reputation is a huge part of any business, but it's even more important when your name is the brand. Take tattoo artist Ed Hardy, who in 2003 agreed to license a few of his designs to a t-shirt manufacturer. He had never thought of going into the fashion business, but the opportunity arose, so he thought, why not try it?
  • Will More Female Breadwinners Mean More Female Entrepreneurs?

    A recent Pew Center analysis found that 40 percent of households with children under the age of 18 have a female breadwinner, either as the sole salary earner or as the partner who earned more. Elaine Pofeldt of Forbes.com argues that this could create a boom in female entrepreneurship.

  • Tabatha Takes Over: YouTube is My Trainer
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  • 3 Practical Tips for Working Moms, From the Quora Question of the Week
    Going back to work after having a child is a difficult decision to make, especially when it entails leaving your children at home to be cared for by someone else. In a perfect world, everyone would work together to prepare meals, clean the house, and stay on schedule, and working women would find that blissful work-life balance. For most, though, this isn't the reality. Regardless of whether you work inside or outside the home, being a working mother is difficult. It's inevitable that priorities, finances, and sleep schedules will shift when we juggle work and children. We turned to the Quora community to see what practical tips its members have to share with other working moms.
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    There are TV competition shows that look for the next great dancer, baker, pop star and fashion designer. But the folks at Discovery Channel wanted to set their sights a little higher. They're looking for America's next great mind in the field of science, technology, engineering or math.
  • 4 Tips from Teen Moguls that the Rest of Us Could Learn From

    Gen Y is often unfairly characterized as a generation of lazy and spoiled young people who expect all things, including success, to be handed to them. However, as recently explored in PayScale’s Gen Y data, 15% of management positions are currently being filled by the Gen Y age group, with the average salary of $39,700 being earned. Additionally, Millennials have been inventing and becoming overnight millionaires almost regularly. Is it possible that we could learn more about business and success from this generation?

  • 5 TED Talks on Women and Leadership
    Powerful women have been in the news a lot recently, helping companies large and small reach their full potential, making tough decisions, and refusing to let gender bias get in the way of their goals. For women who are just beginning their careers, it helps to see female leaders paving the path and breaking through the "glass ceiling" once and for all. Here are five TED Talks from women who are true examples of what can be accomplished with a bit of tenacity and ability.
  • What's Trending on Twitter? - Interviewing, Health Datapalooza, and Lululemon
    In this week's Twitter trending recap, we will discover a new method candidates can use during interviews to land their dream jobs, check in to one of the biggest health and medical conventions to see how one woman entrepreneur is paving a new path for other females in her industry, and discuss how Lululemon's pants recall cost them mega-millions and left them feeling a bit ... exposed. Find out how these three trending topics touch on issues that can help improve your everyday work experience.
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    Last year, seven women started businesses for every ten men who did the same. So why, then, does the 2012 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) U.S. Report say that there's a "big confidence gap" between male and female entrepreneurs?

  • 3 Life Lessons Learned Watching
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  • 3 Tips from Entrepreneurs on Becoming

    Sometimes, we're our own worst enemies when it comes to career development. We lack the confidence to make big leaps, or we second-guess ourselves until opportunity stops knocking. A recent LearnVest article asked several prominent entrepreneurs to share their advice on beating fear and becoming a success.

  • Crowd Rules: Dealing with Debt
    According to Crowd Rules host Pat Kiernan, there are times when debt is good for business. That's kind of hard to believe. The only time debt may be a good thing is when it gets you a slot on Crowd Rules and a chance to win $50,000. Let's meet this week's business owners:
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  • Auto Detailing Jobs - Auto Detailing Business Owner Profile

    Job Title: Auto Detailing Business Owner
    Where: Bellevue, WA
    Years of Experience: 30
    Current Employer: Bradleys Detail of Bellevue
    Education: Bachelor of Arts, University of Washington
    Salary: Research median owner operator salaries and salaries for auto detailing jobs.

    Auto Detailing Jobs - Auto Detailing Business Owner Profile


    What is it like to run your own successful business? In this Salary Story, the owner of a luxury auto detailing business shares some of the challenges and rewards of owning a business. Information on starting a auto detailing business, managing auto detailing jobs, and the daily tasks of an owner operator are all included.

    PayScale: What is your owner operator job description?


    Owner operator of luxury auto detailing business. My job includes day-to-day operations of a company that specializes in polishing, waxing and shampooing of vehicles. I am responsible for the marketing, hiring, training and management of my workforce. I am also responsible for quality control.

  • Outside Sales Representative Job Description
    Name: Jason M.
    Job Title: Co-owner & main sales rep – ilocalonline.com
    Where: Black Diamond, WA
    Current Employer: iLocal Marketing, Inc.
    Years of Experience: 11 Years
    Other Relevant Work Experience: Numerous Sales Jobs, Print Advertising, Internet Marketing, Telecommunications, Telemarketing, Outside Sales
    Education: Green River Community College, AA Degree; Washington State University
    Salary: Use the PayScale Research Center to find the median outside sales representative salary.

    Outside Sales Representative Salary and Job Description


    Outside sales representatives, also simply known as sales reps, are professionals who commonly travel to businesses or other organizations in order to sell their firm’s products or services. Maintaining contact with current customers and attracting new ones, professional sales reps make presentations to buyers and management or may demonstrate items to production supervisors. Salaries are typically at least partly based on performance as outside sales workers frequently receive commissions on their sales. Although many sales workers receive a base salary in addition to commission, some receive compensation based solely on sales revenue.

    In this Salary Story, Jason outlines an outside sales representative job description, explains how he got into the field, and discusses the top challenges he faces as small business owner. In addition to describing his sales rep position, Jason also explains how he became co-owner of a small Seattle Advertising Agency. Although outside sales representative jobs are typically lucrative, Jason’s decision to go into business for himself could be a particularly wise move, based on the typical salary of a small business owner. Keep reading to get an insider's look at owning an advertising and website development business.