I’m a freelance writer and blogger for many websites and corporate blogs, covering various industries and topics ranging from finance and entrepreneurship to software & technology. I’ve written hundreds and hundreds of articles under my own byline over the years, but these are some of the articles that I’m most passionate about and proud to share with you.
I wrote articles for the PNC CFO blog about business management, human resources, marketing, small business finance, and more.
- Improving cash flow with better pricing strategies
High prices are a signaling mechanism to tell the market that your product is worth more than the competition.
- Why to start succession planning now: It’s important for your small business
If there’s no plan in place for who’s in charge of the company after you’re gone, your business might end up directionless and at risk for failure.
- Could firing the managers help motivate your employees?
Instead of a traditional hierarchy with many layers of management, many companies are creating a more egalitarian structure.
- How to boost your sales with content marketing
Use content marketing to boost your sales without being “salesy.”
- Getting your employees to feel engaged and motivated at work
Escape from the “Office Space” trap and create happier employees by focusing on their Four Core Needs.
- How small businesses can increase revenue with mobile advertising
Mobile ads represent more than 25% of all digital ad spending – but it’s not just for big brands!
- Is your bottom line ready for the worst? Disaster preparedness for your business
Prepare for the worst: 74% of small businesses have no disaster recovery plan.
Eaton – “The Plug” IT Blog
Eaton is an information technology company that provides power protection solutions for data centers network/IT closets and server rooms. I wrote articles for the company’s “The Plug” blog on information technology industry trends.
- What are the biggest drivers of innovation? Collaboration and diversity
Instead of “lone geniuses” and solitary Great Men, the biggest innovations often come from diverse teams.
- Why Silicon Valley is a must-see comedy for tech professionals
This show is a darkly hilarious portrayal of the tech world (in a way that still shows the warmth and humanity of some likable characters).
- It’s not too late: how technology can help stop climate change
Promising technologies can help reduce fossil fuel consumption and power a cleaner energy future for the world.
- Why mobile technology is “eating the world”
“A car is a smartphone with wheels” and other provocative ideas from Benedict Evans and venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz.
- Inspiring leadership and innovation lessons from Elon Musk
He’s not just a tech CEO, he’s a self-taught superhero trying to solve the world’s biggest problems and save humanity from existential threats.
- How technology companies can retain more female employees
Tech companies need to re-think the way they hire, recruit, retain and promote women to make sure talented people (women AND men) feel comfortable and valued.
- Is technology moving beyond the app?
The future of the mobile web is moving in complex, exciting new directions that might be signaling the end of the “app era.”
- What will be the biggest technology changes of the next 10 years?
We are on the cusp of fascinating, transformative changes like driverless cars and AI for health care – everyday life in 2025 might look very different from today.
Paste Magazine covers music, TV, movies, food, pop culture…and politics. During the 2016 election campaign, I was a national politics writer for Paste, writing essays on topics ranging from capital punishment to prison reform to economic development to foreign policy and more.
- Memory and atonement: Why America needs a Lynching Memorial
Bryan Stevenson and the Equal Justice Initiative are planning a new national memorial to the victims of racial terror lynching, which they hope will cause America to face and atone for its history of racist violence.
- Forty-five years after Attica: Questioning America’s broken prison system
Prison has become a big business. America’s prisons are a way of, as The Wire creator David Simon says, “monetizing the poor.”
- The world is NOT going to hell: Keep Calm and have historical perspective
Despite the problems and injustices and anxieties of the 21st century, the world has made massive progress toward becoming a more peaceful and abundant place.
- America kills lots of innocent people, but don’t worry, we’re “the good guys”
America’s drone strikes and accidental bombings of civilians have become a steady background noise…we’ve all silently decided that this is the price we’re willing to pay to feel “safe.”
- No, Stupid, Government should not be run like a business
Many government services are never going to be profitable and should never be run for profit.
- This Memorial Day, remember this: American war doesn’t work
Maybe the time has come to try more of an isolationist, pacifist foreign policy where war is the absolute last resort, instead of the most-used tool in the toolbox.
Kabbage is a financial services, technology and data platform that has extended more than $3 billion in small business working capital loan funding to over 100,000 small businesses. I wrote dozens of articles for the Kabbage blog on small business finance, fintech (financial technology), marketing, small business software and online tools, business technology trends, leadership inspiration, business management, interviews with business experts, and more.
- Supply chain management software for small businesses
Cloud-based software can make it easier and more affordable for small businesses to manage logistics, track shipments, optimize inventory, oversee supplier relationships, and handle other supply chain tasks.
- Financial management lessons from NBA Free Agency
If your company is recognized as a great place to work, you might get people to work for you for less money than they could make somewhere else.
- Lessons from marketing guru Seth Godin about building a brand
Brands are built on trust and respect. Keep showing your customers a sense of magic in a spirit of generosity, and they’ll keep buying from you.
- Small business inspiration from Houshi Ryokan – one of the world’s oldest small businesses
Houshi Ryokan is a traditional Japanese inn that has been owned by the same family for 1,300 years – 46 generations!
- Is your restaurant at risk for a Chipotle-scale outbreak?
How small independent restaurant owners can avoid foodborne illness without sabotaging their bottom line.
- What restaurant owners can learn from the Waffle House model
The Waffle House manager training program is an example of how to create a consistent company culture with a replicable standard of performance.
- 5 great financial management tools for small businesses
Managing money is the lifeblood of a small business, but many business owners are still trying to figure out the right financial management tools.
- 5 small business stories of businesses who started against all odds
Entrepreneurship rarely starts with a smooth takeoff – sometimes it’s abrupt, bumpy, and stressful, like an emergency medical evacuation helicopter struggling to take off from a combat zone.
- Best business owner stories from “Humans of New York”
Small business owners often have some of the most amazing stories of hard work, perseverance, triumph over adversity and all the excitement and passion that go with that.
InsuranceQuotes.com is part of the BankRate network of websites publishing consumer information on insurance and financial services. I wrote in-depth articles based on primary interviews with expert sources on a variety of topics related to life insurance, home insurance, and more.
- How life insurance helped a woman rebuild her life after her husband’s death
Melissa Wandall lost her husband under tragic circumstances – but because they had planned for the worst, she had financial security.
- Tips for picking the best home insurance company
How can consumers do their homework to get the best customer service and the best deals on home insurance?
- Lessons from a life insurance policyholder
We asked, “what would you do differently if you had to buy life insurance, knowing then what you know now?”
Personal finance articles:
- 5 personal finance lessons from the Rolling Stones
Even if we can’t dance like Mick or strum a guitar like Keith, we can live like rock stars in our own way.
- Money lessons from bankrupt pro athletes
78% of NFL players will go broke. Learn why – and learn how to avoid their predicament.
- Want to save money? Try saving time.
Why I’d rather pay a handyman $150 than waste five hours trying to fix a faucet.
- 4 risky money mistakes to avoid
Don’t flush your hard-earned money down the toilet with these costly, high-risk money moves.
- Everything you want to do with your money is wrong
John Bogle, founder of Vanguard Investments, said that when it comes to managing money, “Don’t just do something, stand there!”
- In defense of Christmas shopping
How this Christmas “Grinch” learned to make peace with the holiday shopping frenzy.
- Want to save money? Live like a college student.
If you want a financially secure adulthood, keep your lifestyle “student-sized” for as long as you can.
- How to have a healthy relationship with your spouse and money
Build a stronger financial foundation for your marriage by clarifying your money roles.
- 5 hidden risks of everyday life
Americans are more familiar than ever before with the concept of financial risk. But some of the most common (and costly) risks are often hiding in plain sight.
- Money lessons from “Til Debt Do Us Part”
90% of divorces result (at least in part) from money problems. Too many young married couples, even with healthy incomes, are deep in debt.
- 4 types of money personalities – which one are you?
Are you a Miser, a Spendthrift, a Speculator or an Avoider? Too much of any one personality can lead to unhappiness in your financial life.
- About to lose your job? Here’s what to do with your money
If you fear that a pink slip could be in your future, here are some essential financial moves to make RIGHT NOW.
Parenting and Money articles:
- How to support a family on one income
More Americans are learning to live on one income, either by choice or by necessity. Here’s how to trim your budget, boost your earnings and make ends meet.
- Is it becoming too expensive to be a parent?
Many parents struggle to make ends meet while raising kids. But as costs continue to rise, is parenting becoming “too expensive” for our societies to bear?
- 3 times in life when it’s okay NOT to save money.
Every time you save money, you’re sending money to your future self. Are you both happy with the deal?
Economic trend articles:
- What if the Consumer Economy never comes back?
Learn how to protect your family’s finances even if the economy doesn’t return to “normal” anytime soon.
- Fun Facts from the Money Chart
If you really want to “teach the world to sing,” like in the famous Coke commercial, it’s going to cost you $840 billion.
- How the top 1% got so rich.
The rich are getting richer because they own the biggest share of our economy’s recent productivity gains. Here’s how you can position your family for better financial success, even if you’re far from the top 1%.
- Can the Middle Class be saved?
America has become far less friendly to the middle class than most Americans realize.
- What are we really going to do about the National Debt?
Can the U.S. government navigate the challenges of maintaining big deficits without scaring the global bond markets, or are ordinary Americans going to feel the effects of a painful reckoning?
Mortgage and Housing articles:
- New realities of mortgage refinancing (Part 1)
An article based on an interview with Quicken Loans Vice President Stephen Luigi Piazza.
- New realities of mortgage refinancing (Part 2)
More tips and trends from a Quicken Loans VP on how people can make the most of their opportunities to refinance their mortgages in the “new normal” of the housing market.
- Are “tiny houses” the next big trend in homeownership?
As the housing boom turned to bust, Americans stopped “trading up” and started buying smaller houses. The most extreme end of this trend is the “tiny house,” with floor plans as small as 65 square feet.
Transportation and Auto articles:
- Rise of the hypermiler: How to save money on gas by changing the way you drive
What if you could save 30% on gas just by adjusting your habits behind the wheel?
- 3 reasons why your daily commute is making you poor.
Commuting by car is an expensive, time-wasting activity that too many of us take for granted as “just part of life.” It doesn’t have to be this way.
- Are you paying too much for your car?
Americans love cars, but our cars do not always love us back. The average total cost of car ownership is $9,500 per year, or 30% of the average American’s income.
CorpNet is an online business incorporation service based in Los Angeles that helps companies form an LLC, incorporate as a corporation and manage business filings. I wrote many articles for them on various topics related to small business management, entrepreneurship, starting a business, marketing, leadership, and more.
General Business articles:
- 5 entrepreneurship lessons from Ashton Kutcher
This sounds ridiculously lame, but it’s true: Ashton Kutcher can teach us a lot about how to start a business.
- What can small businesses learn from Louis C.K.
Comedian Louis C.K.’s online sales success can set an example for entrepreneurs.
- Small business inspiration from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Seeing these exemplars of human excellence always makes me want to get better at what I do for a living every day.
- Small business lessons from Japan
I lived in Japan from 2001-2002. Here are some of the most powerful impressions I took away from Japanese business culture.
- To succeed as an entrepreneur, “think like an immigrant”
Immigrants to the U.S. are 30% more likely to start businesses.
- Do you have a “business” or a “job?”
Building an entrepreneurial venture that can grow and sustain itself is different from doing a series of small “jobs.”
- “Don’t have time” to start a business? Think again.
Find ways to squeeze extra hours out of your day to devote to an entrepreneurial pursuit.
- Lessons for entrepreneurs: Be like a stunt dog
After seeing a high-flying stunt dog show at the state fair, I reflected on how entrepreneurs can learn from these canines’ “dogged” determination.
- Things I wish I’d learned in school about starting a business
Being an entrepreneur is a great life, but you can’t learn how to do it in school – it’s the ultimate journey of lifelong learning.
Marketing and Customer Service articles:
- The best small business marketing? Remarkable customer service
Instead of nickel-and-diming your customers, look for ways to surprise and delight them. Give them something extra. It will pay huge dividends for your company.
- Want more customers? Give them what they want
Marketing and customer service lessons from the movie “Big Night” with Stanley Tucci.
- Are you trying to be replaced by a machine?
How to make your business – and yourself – indispensable to your customers.
- Small business lessons from the British Airways TV ad: “To Fly. To Serve.”
British Airways’ new marketing campaign encourages people to rediscover the grandeur of flight. What are your customers taking for granted about your business?
- The most important pancakes in the world
A story from the day my grandfather was diagnosed with terminal cancer.
Economic/Business Trends articles:
- Job creation is a false idol. Start a business instead
In the past few years, young companies (5 years old or younger) have created all of America’s net job growth.
- How does the Euro crisis affect your small business?
If the Euro crisis doesn’t get resolved in an orderly fashion, global stock markets could plunge. How can you best manage your business in times of extreme uncertainty?
- Why the Penn State scandal should make you want to start a business
The Penn State sex abuse scandal is the latest in a series of failures at big, powerful American institutions. We can do better.