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How Technology Changed Entrepreneurship
Business, Melanie Spring, Women In Business
How Technology Changed Entrepreneurship
7 October 2011

When I started Sisarina initially in January 2001, I used a paper ledger, a desktop computer with a CRT, and printed websites out to show clients in person. This was because many people still didn’t have email. Being at the forefront of building websites for small businesses has shown me just how far we’ve really come. Read more…

Hiring Well: Lessons Learned Part II
Capacity Building, Human resources for Small Business, Melanie Spring
Hiring Well: Lessons Learned Part II
9 June 2011

In my last post I talked about lessons learned the first time around I tried to hire. Back to the present, I had learned my first three lessons the hard way and slowly got over my fear as Sisarina’s client base grew and work became overwhelming. First, Teresa had so much on her plate that I ended up doing administrative work due to her lack of time. Read more…

Hiring Well: Lessons from the Scared and Scarred
Capacity Building, Human resources for Small Business, Melanie Spring
Hiring Well: Lessons from the Scared and Scarred
7 June 2011

Almost every new business starts out with the same goals: get clients, get busy, hire people, and make millions… right? The problem with growth is pain. Sisarina recently set out on a journey to find two new employees. Read more…

My Mom, the Entrepreneur
Entrepreneurship, Melanie Spring, Women In Business
My Mom, the Entrepreneur
6 May 2011

Entrepreneurs come from all sorts of circumstances. Some fall into it, plan for it or create it based on need. With practically every member of my immediate and extended family working for themselves, it’s not surprising that I chose to become an entrepreneur. Read more…

Standing Behind Your Staff
Leadership, Management, Melanie Spring
Standing Behind Your Staff
22 April 2011

Every entrepreneur dreams of the growth their business will take. You work alone in your bedroom for awhile, then start hiring people, get an office and everything goes smoothly. The company culture is fun and vibrant, you have the perfect staff that fits your overall vibe, your clients are incredible, nothing can go wrong… Read more…

How to Have a Work/Life Balance
Balancing Act, Melanie Spring, Women In Business
How to Have a Work/Life Balance
4 March 2011

Work/life balance has become a huge topic of discussion in recent years with Gen X and Gen Y moving in with the hardworking Boomers. Instead of working hard, we talk about working smart… As an entrepreneur working with non-profits, I see how non-profit professionals work just as hard as small business folks do. Read more…

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