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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…

              Faith and Enthusiasm: Cornerstones of Entrepreneurship
              Community Building, Empowerment, Entrepreneurship
              Faith and Enthusiasm: Cornerstones of Entrepreneurship
              14 December 2010

              “It’s faith in something and enthusiasm for something that makes life worth living. Starting a business from scratch is no small task. You can take classes, workshops, talk to other business owners, and read every book you can get your hands on but nothing will prepare you for opening your own company. Read more…

                Five Tips To Build Your Business Smarts
                Entrepreneurship, Melanie Spring, Patricia Frame
                Five Tips To Build Your Business Smarts
                29 July 2010

                the young entrepreneur with the growing company and the old advisor with many entrepreneurs as clients came together to talk about building a business successfully. Here’s what you can learn from their mistakes. Whether you are an individual or run a company, you need expert advice early to set your business up successfully. Read more…

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