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  Elaine Pofeldt
Professional/Personal Overview
  After eight years at FORTUNE Small Business magazine, most recently as a senior editor, I went freelance in late 2007. At FSB, I was twice nominated for the National Magazine Award for my features and founded the magazine's business plan competition. My specialities: small business and careers. I write a column called David vs. Goliath for Fortune magazine and two columns on small business for Crain's New York Business.
I also do online editorial consulting. I ran FSB.com (part of CNNMoney.com) for four years, pushing its Google ranking for "small business" to #2, after the U.S. Small Business Administration. I do custom print and online publishing work, as well, and help clients write and edit blogs, business proposals, RFPs, white papers and books. I also do academic editing. References are available on request. For more info, please see elainepofeldt.com.
Work Info
Content Editor (online) 13 Years
Editor 18 Years
Writer 23 Years
Business (general) 18 Years
Entrepreneurship 18 Years
Careers 18 Years
Total Media Industry Experience
23 Years
Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
OPEN Forum (11+), Crain's New York Business (11+), Forbes (11+), Fortune.com (11+), Money magazine (6-10), Go (AirTran flight magazine) (6-10), CreditCards.com (6-10), CNBC (6-10), One + (for meetings profesionals) (6-10), TheAtlantic.com (6-10), RIABiz (3-5), BNET (3-5), CBS MoneyWatch.com (3-5), Good Housekeeping (3-5), Inc. (3-5), Investing Answers (3-5), Global Trade magazine (3-5), Newsweek.com (1-2), NYSE Magazine (1-2), Marie Claire (1-2), Minyanville (1-2), AOL Real Estate (1-2), Arrive (Amtrak magazine) (1-2), Registered Rep (1-2), Working Mother (1-2)
Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Time Inc. Content Solutions (online) (11+), Center for Small Business and the Environment (3-5), Rutgers University (1-2)
Computer Skills
Word, Excel, light HTML
Technical Skills
I am experienced in posting web copy using various online content tools and on WordPress and Moveable Type blogs.
I am always reachable on my iPhone and have an iPad.
Foreign Language Skills
Some Spanish and French
Available on request.
I was nominated for the National Magazine Award for feature writing and reporting for two stories I wrote while at FSB magazine.
I contributed a feature on income security to a CBS Moneywatch package that won two awards from the 2010 Society of Business Editors and Writers Awards. Article on entrepreneurs and debt won 2011 feature writing award from Society of Business Editors and Writers. Edited "Rebuilding NY" newsletter that won Gold Award from Alliance of Area Business Publications, 2013.
ASJA, Freelance Success
I have appeared many times as a guest on TV, video and radio programs related to small business, such as MSNBC's "Your Business." I enjoy public speaking and have moderated events such as a panel on freelance writing at the South Asian Journalists Association Convention in 2008 and a discussion on the next hot small business opportunities at New York Entrepreneurship Week in 2009. I appeared at the National Publicity Summit in 2009 and as a panelist on making the transition from print to online journalism at the American Society of Journalists and Authors conference in 2010.
Freelancer Availability
I freelance full-time. I live near New York, NY. I am willing to travel anywhere. I have a driver's license. I have access to a car.
Work Samples
Crain's New York Business  
(Crains New York Business, 8/9/2010)
Going after incentives and grants takes work, but payoffs can be big.
(Crain's New York Business, 5/12/2010)
These entrepreneurs built successful businesses in just a few hours a week.
(Crains NewYork Business, 4/16/2010)
Experts offer tips for getting the biggest bang for your trade show buck.
It's time to call your accountant for advice.
(Crains' New York, 3/5/2010)
Eatery owners, masters of speed and cash flow, serve up advice.
(Crain's New York Business, 2/5/2010)
In the new world of financing, it's all about who you know.
(Crain's New York Business, 1/15/2010)
A business consultant offers tips on how to cut costs without having to lay off more staff.
(Crain's New York Business, 1/13/2010)
Moonlighting as an entrepreneur can be rewarding - and exhausting.
(Crain's New York Business, 1/8/2010)
How to correctly close a business so you can get on with a new stage of your professional life.
(Crain's New York Business , 12/18/2009)
Starting a business at an age when most folks are thinking of retirement.
(Crain's New York Business, 11/15/2009)
The world's still turning and M&A's back; cash, creativity needed.
(Crain's New York Business, 8/27/2009)
Manage personal debt and build your business's rating to prepare for today's tightfisted lenders.
(Crain's New York Business, 8/5/2009)
Entrepreneurs are figuring out ways to keep smiling and show they're in business for the long haul.
(Crain's New York Business, 7/31/2009)
Patience, thriftiness prove to be virtues for co-owners of East Village cheese emporium, when it comes to getting financing.
(Crain's New York Business, 4/10/2009)
Entrepreneurs find affordable space and bring their business plans to life.
(Crain's New York Business, 3/8/2009)
Careful checks up front can stop problem accounts before they start.
(Crain's New York Business, 2/8/2009)
Low-cost mailings, no-frills help, networking sites get the word out.
(Crain's New York Business, 1/18/2009)
Smart valuations, clear communication, flexibility help in tough times.
(Crain's New York Business, 11/8/2008)
Angels, venture money, startups connect.
(Crain's New York Business, 11/8/2008)
South Bronx offers alphabet soup of aid.
(Crain's New York Business, 11/8/2008)
Revitalization creates a magnet for shops.
(Crain's New York Business, 8/25/2008)
More parents keep children away from shots.
(Crain's New York Business, 8/25/2008)
City needs to prevent episodes, handle treatment through pediatricians, clinics.
(Crain's New York Business, 8/25/2008)
New York City programs focus on behavioral change, physical activity.
(Crain's New York Business, 7/14/2008)
Businesses turn to microlenders as downturn deepens.
(Crain's New York Business, 4/21/2008)
Elite clients demand knockout service.
(Crain's New York Business, 3/10/2008)
Some businesses shift markets, tweak prices or products or simply thrive.
(Crain's New York Business, 2/25/2008)
A cluster of environmentally-friendly merchants draws legions of shoppers.
(Crain's New York Business, 12/8/2007)
Health efforts stress prevention, result in savings.
AOL Real Estate  
(Aol Real Estate, 5/14/2010)
A new study shows that single women outdistance their male counterparts in home buying.
(BNET, 4/8/2010)
An entrepreneur skips paying payroll taxes when money is tight - until he can get caught up. Big mistake.
(BNET, 4/7/2010)
When the government told one entrepreneur she owed several thousands in taxes, she proved an auditor wrong.
(BNET, 4/6/2010)
Our accountant's mistake almost ruined our business.
(BNET, 3/11/2010)
If the misjudgements you made as a new boss make you cringe, you're not alone.
(BNET, 3/10/2010)
The one big workplace lie that you should wise up to fast:"There are no office politics here."
GO Magazine  
(GO, 3/1/2010)
Creating a direct, powerful company mission statement can help your bottom line.
(Go, 2/1/2010)
There are times when borrowing can provide business opportunities that using cash can't.
(GO, 1/1/2010)
Protecting intellectual property rights can safeguard your company from copycats.
(GO, 11/1/2009)
How performance evaluations can help your bottom line.
(GO , 10/1/2009)
Want to get some publicity? Take this advice from the people who decide whether or not your story is worth telling.
(Minyanville.com, 1/12/2010)
Cut costs by running a more eco-friendly operation.
(Minyanville.com, 1/4/2010)
Tips from a veteran entrepreneur.
CBS Moneywatch.com  
(CBS Moneywatch.com, 12/22/2009)
In today's economy, working hard isn't enough.
(CBS Moneywatch.com, 9/17/2009)
Here's how to score.
(CBS Moneywatch.com, 7/23/2009)
Things you should never do on Twitter and Facebook.
(CBS Moneywatch.com, 7/16/2009)
The new rules of social networking
(CBS Moneywatch.com, 3/16/2009)
Tips on finding work from afar.
(One+, 12/1/2009)
There's a whiff of optimism in the air, with many meeting professionals predicting that the first shoots of recovery in the industry are starting to sprout.
(One+, 7/1/2009)
Preparing for the inevitable economic upswing.
(One+, 2/1/2009)
The reality vs. virtual reality hybridization in social networking sites presents challenges and opportunities.
(One+, 9/1/2008)
How to win the war for talent.
Registered Rep  
(Registered Rep, 7/1/2009)
Social networking sites like LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter can be great business builders. You just have to be smart about it.
(Registered Rep, 5/1/2009)
Having a website is a great way to win new business - and you don't have to spend a fortune to get it right.
Good Housekeeping  
(Good Housekeeping, 6/1/2009)
Faced with tough economic times, these three savvy women chose to follow their dreams and created smart, profitable businesses.
(Good Housekeeping, 8/1/2008)
These determined moms found flexible schedules without sacrificing their family finances. You can, too!
(Good Housekeeping, 4/1/2008)
More and more parents are asking kids to earn their allowances. Here, three families share their systems - and the lessons they teach.
Merchant Account Guide  
(Merchant Account Guide, 5/1/2009)
It pays to shop around.
(Merchant Account Guide, 5/1/2009)
Even paying credit cards 30 days late can chip away at your credit score.
Working Mother  
(Working Mother, 4/1/2009)
Always dreamed of working for yourself? Now it's possible to go green as you earn green.
(Inc., 7/1/2008)
Are they worth the price?
(Inc., 5/1/2008)
How to handle a hiring freeze.
Marie Claire  
(Marie Claire, 4/1/2008)
Welling up in the office: Career suicide or the new way to get ahead? Real women weigh in.
(FORTUNE, 12/3/2012)
Sure, the likes of Staples, BET, and Amazon dominate their markets. But as these three businesses show, there is always room for more.
(RVC, 1-888-WOW-1Day Painting, Xero , 9/12/2012)
Campsites, house painting, and accounting software: Here are some new ways to sell old ideas.
(FORTUNE, 7/12/2012)
Who's afraid of Mr. Softee? One of the world's largest clothing chains? A day-care-center giant? Not one of these three entrepreneurs.
(FORTUNE, 3/12/2012)
How do you take on the established giants? Here are three small businesses that found their niche.
(FORTUNE, 2/12/2012)
Better temps. Friendly PDFs. Yummy baby food. How three small businesses are going head to head with corporate contenders.
(FORTUNE, 11/12/2011)
The secrets of success in business, from leopard-print ballet flats to freelance designing to the back office
(FORTUNE, 11/9/2011)
Wall Street is buzzing about LinkedIn's hot IPO and anticipating Groupon's and Zynga's. But what about those small, innovative companies looking to cash in? Fortune spotlights ones that show lots of promise.
(FORTUNE, 11/9/2011)
Here are 3 small businesses that have thrived in troubled times by focusing on quality and a few good niches.
(FORTUNE, 11/6/2011)
For the customers of these three small companies, the combination of service and quality is hard to resist.
(FORTUNE, 11/5/2011)
For the customers of these three small companies, the combination of service and quality is hard to resist.
(FORTUNE, 10/20/2006)
Meet three entrepreneurs who go the extra mile to attract and motivate first-rate employees.
FORTUNE Small Business  
(FORTUNE Small Business, 6/14/2006)
A new auction site helps companies sell damaged goods.
(FORTUNE Small Business, 11/1/2005)
A private eye has found a lucrative niche helping entrepreneurs protect secrets, bust embezzles and keep scandals out of the press.
(FORTUNE Small Business, 12/1/2004)
Daniel Lubetzky wants to promote ethnic harmony, one business deal at a time.
(FORTUNE Small Business, 10/1/2003)
Passed over to run the family business, a black-sheep son became the prime suspect in his parents' brutal murder -- then killed himself as the cops were closing in. Now his brother is trying to make sense of it all and keep the company on track.