7 Things You Need to do as You Start Your New Business

Starting a business can be one of the most stressful things you'll ever do. In the very beginning, and maybe well into the process, your new business will become your life. But what's important to remember when you start to feel overwhelmed, is  to keep a cool head, remembering to enjoy yourself along the way, and to keep organized.Here's a list of 10 things every business owner should keep in mind before they tackle their very first start up:Have a business plan....more

Back to School: 5 Tips for Self-Employed Moms

Summer is a time of schedule adjustment for any working parent. For self-employed Mom's, the impact is even greater as the workplace becomes inhabited by kids that are home during the day. Now that it's back to school time, the time is ripe to refocus your efforts in your business and recalibrate the rhythms of your day to accommodate the transition. ...more
 @Laine Griffin Good for you taking some time to create SPACE in which to revisit and adjust.  ...more

Top 10 Tips for Entrepreneurs Attending BlogHer '12

It's less than a week away... BlogHer'12 hits New York City once again. If you're a small business owner attending the conference now is the time to prepare to make the most of your time there. You could invest your time and marketing dollars anywhere, but you chose to do so by being a part of the high-energy, high-content land of diverse voices known as BlogHer (and we're glad you did!). So let's get down to what you can do right now and after you step foot in NYC to have a great time and build your business. Set Your Intentions ...more

Review & Reinvent Regularly

Running a business is not a wash - rinse - repeat thing. Sure, systems and procedures allow you to leverage your efforts, but being an entrepreneur means you never get to go on auto-pilot. Even the best laid business and marketing plans need to be reviewed regularly. The most successful businesses know how to keep things fresh and respond to the ever-changing business climates and customer behavior. ...more

Find Your Rhythm

Being self-employed is a distance run, not a sprint.  It doesn’t “end”.  Therefore the habits you put into place at the start of your business need to be sustainable.  Some might say achieving balance is impossible, and they are right. But, not in the way you think they are… I believe balance is an elusive and unattainable goal.  More stress is created in people today because of their quest to achieve balance than in simply creating a rhythm to life that works for you regardless of whether that meets some nebulous balance criteria. ...more
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How to Keep Going When You're Growing a Business

Last night I was having a conversation with my financial advisor when we started talking about perseverance and what it REALLY takes to build a business. I was fairly amazed at how different her perspective was after a decade in her own company than mine was after a little over four years full-time. ...more

Blend the Power of Making Personal Connections Online and in-Person

We continue our six part series on Brand Power.  Are you building it! What’s your X, It, Wow.  How do you define your brand and what are and all the things that you do, the branding, to put yourself out there to get noticed, stand out and engage business.Here is part one, “3 Keys to A Brand That Stands Out” and part two, “Your Brand is You, Your Branding is You in Action”.   ...more

Your Brand is YOU; Your Branding is YOU in Action

Your Brand is YOU, Your Branding is YOU in Action In the first part of our five part brand power series, 3 Keys to a Brand That Stands Out, we established the overall idea that “you make a stand with your brand, when you put your stake in the space and build out your tribe and community”.  ...more
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How to Choose What Networking Events to Attend

Right now as I type BlogHer '11 is in full swing in San Diego. While I am bummed that I am not there -- what's not to like - great conference, great people, and a great city - as I mapped out my travel schedule for the year, it wasn't meant to be this year. So I'm counting on a wonderful team of contributors and members to capture and share the magic so I can feature it here in the coming week. Whether it is a big conference or your local business networking group - how do you choose which to attend? Let me share with you my advice. ...more
I love this topic, thanks so much for sharing.more

Bloggers Who Can Help You Go from Corporate to Solo

The transition from corporate to entrepreneur is a big leap of faith and making it successful requires support and knowledge on everything from sales to mindset. Where in the blogosphere can you turn for trustworthy advice, inspiration, and success stories from those who have walked the path before you? ...more

Hi Cora,
First, so very sorry to hear about the loss of your grandfather. I lost my mother a ...more