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Ace Your Next Group Interview: 7 Tips

Ace Your Next Group Interview: 7 Tips

By Ritika Trikha You got the call. They want you to come in for an interview. You're totally psyched, until you find out it's a group interview (cue the sad trombone). Group interviews are harder because you have to not only make a great impression, but you also have to stand out amongst a pack of cutthroat,... Read More »

How to Make Money Just by Being Someone's Friend

How to Make Money Just by Being Someone's Friend

How would you like to get paid to hang out with someone? To go to dinner, take a class, go shopping, to a sporting event -- in essence, doing all the things you normally do with your friends, and also have someone else pick up the tab? If this sounds like some too-good-to-be-true Internet scam, it's not.... Read More »

Publishing a Book is Easier Than You'd Think

Publishing a Book is Easier Than You'd Think

Layoffs and cutbacks have left a lot of us with more spare time on our hands than we ever expected, and as we glance over bestseller lists, so many can't help but think, "That's what I should do! I should write a book and get it published. Then my financial worries would be over!" Although this is an extremely... Read More »

Terracycle: 27-Year-Old Turns Stinky Trash into Serious Cash

Terracycle: 27-Year-Old Turns Stinky Trash into Serious Cash

There's an old saying that goes, "One man's trash is another man's treasure." Nobody has proved that more true than Tom Szaky. Szaky went from being a political refugee to a Princeton college student to the head of a rapidly growing company called TerraCycle, an "upcycling" company that turns garbage into new... Read More »

Second Career: From Supermarket Manager to Brewmaster

Second Career: From Supermarket Manager to Brewmaster

Mark Peffers started working part-time in a local supermarket in Westchester, N.Y., when he was 15 years old. When he got older, he was hired full time. He worked his way up to the manager of the frozen foods department and he has been with the supermarket chain for the past 24 years. About a year after he... Read More »

Interior Design Jobs: What it's Like to Design Bachelor Pads

Interior Design Jobs: What it's Like to Design Bachelor Pads

Why is it, that even five years out of college, some guys still can't shake the frat-boy act? You know the type: Seemingly grown men who still consider a cardboard box to be an appropriate substitute for a coffee table, believe the only decoration a room needs is a flat-screen TV, and -- instead of throwing them... Read More »

Family Business: It's a Pleasure Doing Business With You... Dad

Family Business: It's a Pleasure Doing Business With You... Dad

It works for The Jonas Brothers, but what about you and your brother? Would going into business with him be a good idea? Whatever the case, the family-business connotation in the mind of the consumer is usually a good one; so much so, that "sons," "brothers," and even aunts and uncles have all been getting in on... Read More »

Second Career: From Manufacturing Plant Worker to Entrepreneur

Second Career: From Manufacturing Plant Worker to Entrepreneur

After working for a major telecommunications company for 28 years, Toni Cory's position servicing chip-placement machines was outsourced to another country. Even though Cory could see it coming months before her position was eliminated, it didn't make the downsizing any easier to swallow. Cory had planned to... Read More »

Family Business Saved by the Blog

Family Business Saved by the Blog

April Morse was a young mother of two whose custom cabinet family business was floundering. The economy has been tough on the entire nation, but April's tiny Northern California community, Lodi, has been notorious for its lack of action ever since Credence Clearwater Revival sang, "Oh Lord, stuck in Lodi again!"... Read More »

The New Generation of Entrepreneurs

The New Generation of Entrepreneurs

Life has its share of both stormy and sunny moments. There are clouds (your car broke down) and then there are silver linings (but at least it's a nice day for a walk). While most of us would classify the recession as the mother of all clouds, it, too, has a silver lining. The current recession has sparked a big... Read More »

Dentist Fights Recession with Refreshments

Dentist Fights Recession with Refreshments

Dentists are usually the first health-care professionals to suffer during tough economic times. After all, a cavity isn't going to kill you, and many people consider regular six-month checkups a luxury they can do without. But Texas DDS Clint Herzog has yet to feel the bite of the recession; in fact, he's even... Read More »

Amateur Animal Trainer: Put Your Pet to Work in the Movies

Amateur Animal Trainer: Put Your Pet to Work in the Movies

Bette Midler plays Kitty Galore in the latest sequel to 'Cats & Dogs.' "Kitty Galore is a hairless cat," Midler said recently at the press conference for the film. "She's very cranky because she's been rejected by her beloved human family and she's determined to rule the world." Midler's counterpart was... Read More »

Do You Have The Pipes to Become a Voice Over Star?

Do You Have The Pipes to Become a Voice Over Star?

If you've been told you have a great voice and would like to explore how you could make thousands of dollars working a just few hours, a couple of days a week, in your pajamas -- join the club. Millions of people would like to be self-employed in the voice over industry doing just that, especially now that... Read More »

For The Love Of Water: A Real-Life Mermaid

For The Love Of Water: A Real-Life Mermaid

"The process of becoming a mermaid was quite indirect," says Linden Wolbert, a Los Angeles- based real-life mermaid. An avid swimmer since the age of 3, Wolbert fondly remembers the first time her parents enrolled her in a swimming class. " My first memories of water circulate around dreaming I was on the crew... Read More »

Jenette Goldstein Starting Over After 40: The Success Story of Jenette Bras

Jenette Goldstein Starting Over After 40: The Success Story of Jenette Bras

Being a card-carrying lifetime member of 'The Itty-Bitty-[you know what]-Committee', I've never had this problem, but apparently it's not all fun and flaunt for the genetically gifted woman: Having large breasts can not only be uncomfortable if the proper brassiere isn't fitted, but they don't always look right... Read More »

Radio Host Delilah: The Ultimate Work at Home Mom

Radio Host Delilah: The Ultimate Work at Home Mom

From 7PM to midnight in more than 200 cities, the velvety voice of the most-listened-to woman in America flows through radio speakers in cars, homes, and third-shift workplaces. Some tuning in and calling in are truckers driving through the night. Others are forlorn, hopeful, or reunited lovers, all looking to... Read More »

Pizza-a-Casa: Doing What You Love -- Pass it On

Pizza-a-Casa: Doing What You Love -- Pass it On

You can teach a man to fish and he'll eat for a lifetime, the saying goes. You can teach a man to make pizza and turn a profit, as New Yorker Mark Bello learned. Ninety-three percent of Americans eat at least one pizza per month, according to Bolla Wines. Bello knew he had a hungry demographic. He had a love of... Read More »

Hannah Altman: The 9-Year-Old CEO

Hannah Altman: The 9-Year-Old CEO

School's almost out for many children. For some enterprising kids, lemonade stands will start popping up around the country . But some children take a more serious approach when it comes to business. At their early ages, it's hard to predict whether they're going to give Warren Buffett a run for his money --... Read More »

The Science Behind Being A Baby Namer

The Science Behind Being A Baby Namer

Ever wondered who creates the yearly list of the most popular baby names? Or who helps celebrities come up with those wacky kids' names? Meet the baby name expert -- or baby namer -- whose job is to rank the year's most popular names; compile a list of baby names by gender and their meanings; and help guide... Read More »

Doritos Guys Make a Mark in the Business World

Doritos Guys Make a Mark in the Business World

With so many businesses going under in the economic downturn, it's rare to hear about a start-up business that is succeeding and growing. Especially when the guy who started it has no formal business education -- or even a college degree -- and is only 25 years old. Wes Phillips and his partner, Dale Backus, are... Read More »

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