Bill Conerly is a veteran economist and consultant. He currently is a regular contributor for Forbes.

Bill Conerly is a veteran economist and consultant. He currently is a regular contributor for Forbes.

When you’re bullish about your company’s prospects, it’s natural to be optimistic. When the future is less certain, your plan is your best protection, CPA and financial advisor Scott Butterfield writes in a new column.

Bill Conerly is a veteran economist and consultant. He currently is a regular contributor for Forbes.

Bill Conerly is a veteran economist and consultant. He currently is a regular contributor for Forbes.

Amrita Lahiri, professor and researcher of strategic entrepreneurship and innovation at Carson College of Business at Washington State University, provides insight on strategies to form a successful startup.

Veteran real estate agent Rachel Adler was among the 14 Eastside experts in their respective fields that we trusted to proffer advice.

A co-worker I am friendly with recently sent me a request to connect on Facebook, but my page is private and I don’t usually add co-workers. I know she’s expecting me to approve the request. How do I let her down while keeping her as a work friend?

Etiquette expert Arden Clise is here to answer your awkward workplace questions. Q: My office has quarterly team-building retreats where some of my co-workers get super competitive. How can I get them to tone down their smack talk and loosen up a bit?

Build a portfolio of market-tracking index funds; in the next bull or bear market, remind yourself that getting “your fair share” is good enough for you.