Whether you own a business, or are looking for a new job or next opportunity, networking is a must these days. But, networking functions aren’t for everyone. Many people aren’t keen on standing in a room filled with strangers, and feeling like you’re asking and answering the same questions with every conversation. If networking doesn’t come naturally to you, take heart. There are some simple steps you can take to improve this critical skill and make any networking event work for you: ...more
8 Ways Entrepreneurs Are Like the San Antonio SpursAre you a big basketball fan? I happen to be a Laker's fan (even though I have never lived in Los Angeles). My team is not in the NBA finals, but analysts have predicted that the Miami Heat will destroy the San Antonio Spurs in the final game (this is just a prediction). This gets me to my point of how you (as a business owner) should be like the San Antonio Spurs....more
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
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”?
You decided to be your own boss because you wanted freedom and flexibility. But, are you giving it to yourself?
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
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.
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.
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
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