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Moderation of Disputes Between Parties

A recent question was asked regarding a moderation policy on a user-generated-content site, where two people are in dispute regarding an event. Specifically, the site was devoted to reviewing service providers, and there is a possibility that customers who were dissatisfied with the service they recieved could use the site as a means to, unfactually, […]

Business and Lies

A question posed regarding how to discuss the size of your customer base when you have few, if any, customers, generated the following response: A recent consultant I worked with had a clever way of dealing with this… He claimed his clients were the Department of Defense, and the Homeland Security Department. Think anyone can […]

Solo in Business

This past weekend, I spoke at Freelance Camp TO, whose tagline was: Be in business for yourself, not by yourself. Perhaps one of the most difficult things for a solo business owner is the fact that while they know a lot about their own business, they have a limited perspective, that is, they are stuck […]

Time Management and Procrastination

This article is based on a presentation I gave at Freelance Camp TO on Sunday, October 3, 2010. Hi, my name is Elie Kochman, and for the last four years, I’ve been working as a freelancer. When Rachel asked me to present this session, I was amused. I had, after all, missed the deadline for […]

A Matter of Perspective

There is a known pair of sayings from Albert Einstein: No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it. We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them. This can be explained as once you see the solution to a problem, the […]

Personal Mannerisms and Business

In the workplace, whether large or small, the personalities of people in the environment are rapidly recognized by all. Whether it’s peers, supervisors, or subordinates, people understand how those around them will act in many scenarios, especially those common to the workplace. Failure to recognize this fact can have serious ramifications. Of course, most people […]

What You Can and Can’t Learn from Watching

When in university, I worked in a biology laboratory that followed a basic system of instructing members of the team in various techniques. One person would show another how to perform the technique, the student would perform the technique themselves under supervision, and then instruct the next student in line. In business, this is no […]

Looking for a Business Mentor

One of the best resources that a business owner can get is a mentor. I am not referring to a coach per se, but a mentor, and the distinction is important. A mentor can help a new business owner gain experience without the pain of making mistakes (or at least, reducing the pain and frequency […]