Entrepreneurial Journey

Creating Her Own Pathway as a Musician: MJ Lee.

This week, I had the honor of interviewing MJ Lee., singer songwriter and freelance wedding violinist. In this interview, MJ...

Entrepreneurial Journey

Why We Are a Cooperative

Last week, I was invited to speak on a panel about ownership at the wonderful and inspiring CoCap conference in...

Business Planning

How to Set Your Freelancer Rates

When you are an employee, your employer tells you what your rate is through your salary. But as a freelancer,...

Getting Started

Guide to Getting Started as a Freelancer

Freelancing is on the rise. For individuals, freelancing offers a compelling way to work with more flexibility and the freedom...

Getting Started

Is Starting a Business Right for Me?

If you’ve ever considered starting your own business, you may have wondered if that’s the right thing for you to...

Getting Started

Is Your Business Idea the Right One?

As an entrepreneurial person, you probably have no shortage of business ideas.  It’s not difficult to come up with potentially...

Business Planning

Is a Business Plan Necessary?

It seems that every businessperson has an opinion on whether a small business or startup founder should write a business...

Thinking Holistically

Fighting Hate Through Business

In the wake of Charlottesville, many top business executives have begun to stand up and publicly condemn hate by resigning...

Entrepreneurial Journey

Supporting Black-Owned Businesses: YaVette Holts of BAOBOB

August is Black Business Month. And, this week we had the honor of interviewing YaVette Holts, founder of BAOBOB –...

Funding a Business

How Much Money Do I Need to Raise?

A couple weeks ago, we looked at how to assess whether you are ready to raise money for your business....

Funding a Business

Are You Ready to Raise Money for Your Business?

When we interview entrepreneurs for our accelerators, we ask them about their biggest challenge in starting their business.  The answer...

Building Capacity

Reduce Your Stress with These Tips for Managing Your Business’ Cash Flow

Last week, we shared how to analyze your business’ cash flow.  Since this is such an important topic for business...

Business Planning

Guide to Analyzing Your Business’ Cash Flow

When I was an investment banker, I went through extensive training on how to analyze the health of a business’...

Entrepreneurial Journey

Healing Her Community: Daisy Ozim, Resilient Wellness

This week, I had the pleasure of interviewing Daisy Ozim, founder of Resilient Wellness, an innovative, cooperatively-owned healthcare system designed...

Business Planning

Tips for Pricing Your Product or Service

For many entrepreneurs, setting a price for your product or service can feel intimidating. Your ability to attract customers, generate...

Freelancing

Guide to Creating a
Self-Employed Budget

Being self-employed has its perks, including flexibility in your work schedule and the ability to work with the clients you...

Thinking Holistically

Manage Energy, Not Time

Late last week, I came down with a cold. For me, colds never come at the right time. It’s always...

Entrepreneurial Journey

Growing from Freelancer to Cooperative: Aaron Joseph, Identafire

This week, I had the pleasure of interviewing Aaron Joseph, freelance web designer and developer. In this interview, Aaron shares...

Thinking Holistically

Working for Yourself Doesn’t Have to be Lonely

You’re working for yourself.  You get to work from home. Work with clients you choose.  Work on projects you enjoy. ...

Entrepreneurial Journey

Delivering to Her Community, April Fenall of Piikup

This week, I had the pleasure of interviewing April Fenall, founder and CEO of Piikup, delivery services for businesses and...

Entrepreneurial Journey

Announcing Our San Francisco Business Accelerator

Uptima Business Bootcamp is proud to announce the opening of our second business accelerator. We have partnered with Impact HUB...

Entrepreneurial Journey

Supporting Local Bookstores: Hannah Onstad, H2O Content Strategy & LOAKL

This week, I had the pleasure of interviewing Hannah Onstad, freelance content strategist at H2O Content Strategy and founder of...

Getting Started

Guide to Exploring Your Business Idea

You have an idea for a business! You’re eager to dive in and turn that idea into an actual product...

Entrepreneurial Journey

Creating a Business on Holistic Principles: Nubian Flunder, The Healing Place Apothecary

This week, I had the pleasure of interviewing Nubian Flunder, founder & CEO of The Healing Place Apothecary, an Oakland-based...

Business Planning

Guide to Getting Started on Your Business’ Financial Forecast

Many entrepreneurs struggle to put together the numbers, or financial forecast, for their business. However, understanding your business’ financial outlook...

Entrepreneurial Journey

Creating a Business Out of Telling Stories: Jared Karol, Storytelling for Good

This week, I had the pleasure of interviewing Jared Karol to learn more about his story of becoming a freelancer...

Freelancing

How to Respond to “Can I Pick Your Brain?”

As a freelancer or business owner, you may have been asked on more than one occasion, “Can I pick your...

Entrepreneurial Journey

Following Her Passion: Ariana Marbley, Esscents of Flowers

This week, I’m excited to roll out a new feature on our blog. Every other week we will tell the...

Thinking Holistically

The Hidden Benefits of Asking for Support

Later this month, we will graduate another cohort of our funding a business class. Soon, they will go out and...

Thinking Holistically

Are You Ready to be CEO of Your Startup?

We were halfway through our business planning class last week – this is the point when we see many participants...

Thinking Holistically

Embrace Your Vulnerability as an Entrepreneur

Some years ago, I told a business partner that I didn’t want to be a CEO. I was terrified of...

Thinking Holistically

Create Relationships, Not Just Transactions

Since Valentine’s Day is this week, I’ve been thinking about love, relationships and business. You may ask “What do love...

Getting Started

The Power of Entrepreneurs Right Now

Anyone who has been keeping up with the news knows that we are living in a new era, where a...

Business Planning

Can’t I Just Hire Someone to Write My Business Plan?

This past weekend, we started another cohort of our business planning class, Module 2: Creating a Business Roadmap. Every time...

Getting Started

Laid Off? Try Freelancing

During the mortgage crisis of 2008, I was laid off from my job in investment banking. This was the second...

Getting Started

Don’t Quit Your Day Job… Yet

When I am interviewing aspiring entrepreneurs for our programs, I always ask about their short-term personal goals. In almost every...

General

Welcome to the Uptima Business Bootcamp Blog

When I started Uptima Business Bootcamp in 2014, I drew from my own experience as an investment banker, advising businesses...