Weekly Roundup: Mother’s Day, The Great Gatsby, Apps for Businesses & More!

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Busy keeping up with your business? Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered! Take a few minutes and catch up with happened this week in the world of self-employment.


Celebrate Mother’s Day
Mother’s Day is this weekend and as always the web has a plethora of ideas on how to celebrate. If your mom or wife is self-employed, spending a few minutes reading what parenting skills can make you better at running a business might interest them. For something a little more on the light-hearted side, they might also enjoy reading 17 Funny Moms on Twitter, a collection of of entertaining Twitter updates about being a mom.

Film & Entrepreneurship
The Great Gatsby, a story some consider an iconic tale of American entrepreneurialism, opens this weekend. Sometimes getting a glimpse into the life of even a fictional entrepreneur can provide informative insight. That’s the idea behind Entrepreneur’s recent article What You Can Learn From the Great Gatsby and 9 Other Fictional Entrepreneurs.

Business Plan Creation on Your Phone?
Think you have the next great startup idea? Or maybe you have so many ideas in your head, you can’t focus on just one. These are the thoughts that inspired a new app, Elevatr. The app breaks down the various components of a business plan and prompts you to condense your business ideas to under 140 characters. It includes all the standard elements of a traditional marketing plan, but in a simple fashion that lets you really flesh out your idea or concept.

Tools With “For Business” Versions
There are a lot of go-to tools that you may use throughout the day. If you’re working with a team, you may often wonder if there’s a better way to use those tools. Companies are starting to ask that same question and are launching “for business” versions of some of your favorite software. Here’s a brief list of some you might be interested in:

Tony Robbins: The Difference Between a Winner and a Loser


  • “Judge each day not by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant.” –Robert Louis Stevenson
  • “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” –Theodore Roosevelt
  • “It is by acts and not by ideas that people live.” –Harry Emerson Fosdick
  • “There is no man living that can not do more than he thinks he can.” –Henry Ford
  • “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” –Dr. Forrest C. Shaklee


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