Business Ideas

  • 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,... Continue Reading

  • 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.... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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!"... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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 --... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • Second Career: From Management Consultant to Travel Writer

    Second Career: From Management Consultant to Travel Writer

    The travel bug bit Craig Zabransky early in life, and bit deep. In fact, his interest in travel has influenced every career move he's ever made. He accepted his first job because it included two weeks of training in London. Later, he became a global management consultant because it allowed him to live and work... Continue Reading

  • The Lemonade Stand: A Savvy Auntie is Not Your Old Aunt Sadie

    The Lemonade Stand: A Savvy Auntie is Not Your Old Aunt Sadie

    Life is clique-y. We all belong to one affinity group or another. Maybe it's the office softball team, a spinning class you attend with 20 others, or perhaps a weekly play group with your kids. But did you ever feel like everyone around you is part of a particular group and you're just not in it? That's what... Continue Reading