How to Channel Your Inner Small Business Superhero

Small business owners and superheroes have much more in common than you think! With great power comes great responsibility, and entrepreneurs are responsible for so much on a daily basis that concerns their business, the staff employed there, and the customer base. Sometimes this much responsibility can seem overwhelming, but rather than give up or slack off, it’s a much better idea to channel your inner superhero and save the day for your small business!1) Stay flexible....more

Do You Give Yourself Enough Time & Space?

You promised yourself that you’d leave the office at a sane time for the upcoming weekend or that long-awaited vacation, but do you?  Or do you try to do “just one more thing”? Sound familiar? You decided to be your own boss because you wanted freedom and flexibility. But, are you giving it to yourself? ...more
It actually depends on what type of business that you are in. I have had multiple businesses ...more

Debt - Get a Healthy Attitude About It

It is thrilling to help your business by taking a healthy look at debt. Often entrepreneurs are afraid of debt. This fear of debt can prevent entrepreneurs from growing their businesses as they should. However, once an entrepreneur has a healthy understanding of debt and its place in business, there is opportunity for growth. It is important to understand that every business has debt....more

4 Ways to Grow Your List of Prospects

When you own your own business you must constantly be working to grow your list of prospects. It's called keeping your pipeline full. If you don't take consistent action your numbers will simply dwindle over time. In this post Linda Daley shows you 4 ways you can continuously and consistently grow your list. ...more

Success: It's Not About the Destination

We've all read the quote about how it's not about the destination, it's about the journey. Success is in the process, the road that leads to where we're going. Most of us nod our heads, agree, and then go about marching headstrong toward the destination without noticing much along the way. That's why I truly love this post from Denise Wakeman about success being a journey. Not only did she live this truth on a personal and visceral level, she is now bringing that same energy to her work. I had the pleasure of hearing her speak about her epic journey in person as part of a live conference a few weeks ago and truly wanted to share it with this community. ...more

Do "Nice" Girls Really Finish Last in Business? Yes or No

The old saying 'nice girls finish last' may be true when it comes to the world of entrepreneurs. According toEntrepreneur Magazine, Women own 10.6 million businesses in the United States. However, the rate of unincorporated self-employment among women was 5.6 percent compared to 8.3 percent among men. That basically means we are still playing catch up in business....more

Number One Reason Businesses Fail, Top Three Reasons Businesses Succeed

Nearly half of all small businesses fail within the first two years of operation. The number one reason for business failure is inadequate planning. The second reason is under-capitalization.So before you mortgage your house, or go into debt financing your business, you need to know if your business is going to do more than survive — you want to know if it’s good enough to thrive!Here are three things successful businesses that have stayed in business for five years or longer have in common:...more

When to Follow Your Calling vs What's Expected

When does it make sense to go with the flow and when does it make sense to break from the status quo and all comfort zones and enter a new turning point in your career? I personally have been fascinated by people's career journeys. As in "how did you end up where you are today?" It is very rarely a direct, logical path (you know, like they tell you it "should" be in college). This thoughtful and inspiring personal post from Lauren Bacon talks about her own turning points. ...more
Purpose drive career change via BlogHer: When to Follow Your Calling vs What's Expected ...more

How to Create Videos to Market Your Services

Video marketing is the next best thing to being there "live" with someone. It is a crucial tool for small business owners to market their services. Here is a great how-to from Karyn Greenstreet with 8 solid tips (born from the author's first great video adventure) to help you do it right. ...more
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Are You Diluting Your Message & Brand?

Many business owners sell more than one thing. It's one way to diversify a small service based business. Yet if you try to convey everything you sell to someone you sound like someone who offers financially planning, coaching, massage, ear candling, and basketweaving. Your brand and message is diluted at best and you appear untrustworthy and wacky at worst. What do you do? Read this post from Linda Daley at "Work Better, Not Harder" and see how not to dilute your message. ...more