Entrepreneurship For Humans

Each week, Tara explores big questions about thriving in today’s economy with our humanity intact. If you’re curious about the practice of entrepreneurship without the same-old advice or gimmicks, What Works is for you.

Conversations with small business owners about what’s really working to build a humane business

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Refund Policies: What’s Fair and What’s Not For Online Businesses

Refund Policies: What’s Fair and What’s Not For Online Businesses

“If you don’t see results, you didn’t want it bad enough.” That’s become the prevailing narrative of the online business refund policy. Of course, it’s nearly impossible to guarantee results. And there are reasons to remind customers and clients that, no matter what...

Overdelivering Doesn’t Help Anyone (And Is Probably Causing Harm)

Overdelivering Doesn’t Help Anyone (And Is Probably Causing Harm)

Photo by Erda Estremera on Unsplash “Underpromise and overdeliver.” I'm sure you've heard that maxim before. But most of the time I spend money, I don't expect anyone to overdeliver. I expect to get what I paid for. That's really all I ever want. Sure, a little...

Why We Just Keep Squeezing More In

Why We Just Keep Squeezing More In

Photo by Ferenc Horvath on Unsplash Sometimes it feels like I just can't slow down. I rush all day while I work—and then I rush to fit in a walk, make dinner, fold the laundry, run to the store. My internal pace is frenetic—but so is my external pace. I'm speeding...

EP 378: How much time do you work? with Anne Ditmeyer (Time & Money 7)

EP 378: How much time do you work? with Anne Ditmeyer (Time & Money 7)

A lot of the work we do today doesn’t much look like “work.” The divide between work-life and life-life is flexible and porous. So what does that mean for the way we spend our time? Or how we earn a living? In this episode, I share designer, coach, and consultant Anne Ditmeyer’s story of rethinking how she works thanks to a big move to Paris. And, I argue that perhaps we need a radically different way of thinking about what work is—instead of a better “work-life balance.”

Emotional Labor, Entrepreneurship, and My Breakdown

Emotional Labor, Entrepreneurship, and My Breakdown

My mom was a seamstress while I was growing up. She started working at her sewing machine in the wee hours of the morning, paused to help my brother and me get ready for school, and then welcomed a steady stream of customers into the house for fittings and pickups....