The American dream has become a nightmare. I don’t know about you, but sometimes it makes me scream. Technological advances over the last 40 years have put opportunities once reserved for large corporations and the rich into the hands of ordinary citizens. Small businesses and sole proprietorships have grown in direct proportion to these advances. The caveat: these same technological advances meant to liberate us have buried most of us.

Remember when we thought technology would do some of our work for us, allowing us more free time to live the “good life”? Consider recent technologies intended to speed up productivity and streamline business, such as e-mail, texting, Skype, and social media. ...

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