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Bye,Bye Column



Last Updated: Apr 23, 2014
For those of you who have been visitors to the Business Know-How web site for a while, Rob Spiegel should be a familiar name. We have been running his columns for quite a few years, but now he has decided to move on to other things and he will be sorely missed. Read Rob’s final column here.

This is my bye, bye column — after six years.

Most of my writer friends think it’s nuts to give up a column. The column is a plum among writers. This format gives you the chance to say things your way about a subject that feeds your passion.

But I’ve said enough, so I’m going to hang it up. I started writing about business in the early 1980s. In the mid-80s, I started my own business, which I ran for ten years. I sold it in the mid 90s to return to writing. And I wrote about business again.

In the past few years, though, I’ve drifted toward covering other subjects — environmental compliance, globalization, outsourcing, children’s fiction. So, it’s been a strain to get back to the subject of home business and Internet enterprises every two weeks. Plus, I think I’ve said all I can say on the subject.

Before I go, let’s look at the important points of home-based enterprises and Internet business.

That’s about it. I spent six years saying those same things over and over. Sometimes I’d throw in an anecdote about one of my kids or I’d reminisce about starting a publishing company and the horror of managing a staff. But mostly, I just tried to harp on the fact that “you can do it if you really try” and that it’s worth trying.

Thanks for reading. I’ve enjoyed the time we’ve spent together, hope you have as well. 

Rob Spiegel is the author of Net Strategy (Dearborn) and

The Shoestring Entrepreneur’s Guide to Internet Start-ups
(St. Martin’s Press). You can reach Rob at [email protected]

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