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Need Any Advice on Selling Jewelry? Well, Here is a Little …

One of the things I have learned over the last two years is that, when you first get into the jewelry making business you will spend your days making product. I, at the time, wanted to see my jewelry on people and in galleries badly enough  that I would sell for rock bottom price. I […]

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Selling alongside the foreign factories

The jewelry industry is estimated to make 230 billion dollars by the year 2015 growing 4.6% year over year, states the US department of commerce. Although this is unpredictable as we have been in a recession since the year 2008. This year the industry has grown 8% states Forbes.com.  I myself design and sell jewelry […]

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Apply For Jobs You Want

I entitled this article “Apply For Jobs You Want” because we find ourselves settling for jobs that pay little, make us unhappy and unhealthy, and teach us to bring home all our misery. However, for those of you who have no job at all, perhaps having a job you do not like so you can […]

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From Unemployed Orchestrator To Startup Founder, Part IV

(UPDATE: Check out the CBS feature on ForOrchestra.com’s tribute to Amy Winehouse). This series chronicles the experiences of Walt Ribeiro after he was laid off and started his new company, For Orchestra, while on unemployment (Prior installments: Part I; Part II; Part III). It’s funny how things are so much clearer the further down the road you go. […]

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Paul Aitken, Founder of borro: A New Way of Lending

Reading about the recent success of online pawn shop PawnGo brings back memories of the first year of my business, borro. The opportunity I founded borro, the UK’s leading online pawn shop, in 2008 and have never looked back! Traditionally, UK pawn shops had a similar set of negative connotations associated with them as they […]

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From Unemployed Orchestrator To Startup Founder, Part III

This series chronicles the experiences of Walt Ribeiro after he was laid off and started his new company, For Orchestra, while on unemployment (Prior installments: Part I; Part II). So I started working at the music awards company, which was great for me because my music lesson show slowly started to decline in sales and viewership.  As I […]

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Leslie Jacobs: Layoffs Be Damned — I Survived and YOU Will Too! – Part II

(This series chronicles the experiences of Leslie Jacobs, Founder of “Les Mess.”  You can find Part I of Leslie’s remarkable story here). Five months after being laid off I had my first job interview, I was not thrilled with the idea of having to dress up and drive 45 minutes to get to this job—so […]

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From Unemployed Orchestrator To Startup Founder, Part II

This series chronicles the experiences of Walt Ribeiro after he was laid off and started his new company, For Orchestra, while on unemployment.  You can read Part I here. I started my online music lesson school after my CD failed miserably. At the time, I still had no income and was not receiving unemployment because I was self-employed […]

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From Unemployed Orchestrator To Startup Founder, Part I

This series chronicles the experiences of Walt Ribeiro after he was laid off and started his new company, For Orchestra, while on unemployment. Some think of unemployment as a negative occurrence.  I used to think so too.  Sure, it’s never easy to experience change.  But, change is not only healthy, it’s a way of life. Change keeps us interesting, forces us […]

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