It boggles my mind when I read about an entrepreneur who is working on their 7th or 8th business. HOW do they just start a new business? They make it sound so easy, like it’s just another box to be checked on the task list for the day:
Then it occurred to me: Entrepreneurship is a type of culture! Much like being in a foreign country, there is a set of customs and…Continue
I think if you're an entrepreneur, you've got to dream big and then dream bigger. - Howard Schultz
I recently had several conversations with entrepreneurs and coaches who are just getting started in their businesses. The conversations were all unique but had…
Is this happening with you? This year I had three companies who did not send me 1099’s. This week I contacted all three. They all got back to me very quickly. Two of them are sending me the 1099’s so I can include the forms when I file. However, the third company while acknowledging that they paid me, is refusing to issue me a 1099. Fortunately I got that in an email so I can include that correspondence when I file. Even after…Continue
Finding, getting, and then keeping customers may be the three hardest jobs for any small, medium or large business.
If everyone agrees, I bet we can then say number four is managing cash. “What cash?” is not an appropriate come back. At least I hope it’s not.
Since managing cash is high on the list, I have worked many years on making this daunting task be as simple as possible through just a few simple hacks. These hacks are from real life examples with my own client base. And…Continue
For most business owners, getting paid quickly is critical. It can also be extremely difficult. We have all experienced the frustration of investing time, energy and funds into a client job only to be left spending more time which is your margin following up on collections!
Here are the things I…Continue
Are you one of the many small business owners who have not done his or her bookkeeping all year? If so, this tax season will unfortunately be a stressful time as you frantically scramble to pull together all your receipts, business expenses and trying to account for every single thing you did in 2015.
To help you through this period, here are three things you should do before you turn your books over to your…Continue
Entrepreneurs, by definition, are risk takers. They are not happy with sitting back and working the status quo. They, are, then, always looking for that next big thing. Challenges and risk are a big part of their everyday existence, and they are not truly happy unless they are taking on at…Continue
In a few weeks, we will be winding down another year and starting to think about how we want to begin the next one. Many people go into a new year with high expectations and goals; nothing wrong with that, but a study from Scranton University discovered that only about 8% of the population who make resolutions actually achieve the end product they wanted; JUST 8%!
There are many thoughts about why people are unsuccessful in keeping resolutions but regardless of the reason, the…Continue
Things are busy busy for yours truly during the holidays. Thanks to following the teachings of Dan Miller, I have so much work to accomplish before 2016 gets here that I almost forgot to post this poignant blog! And I love every minute of the work I'm doing. Hope you are the same...
I wanted to relay the story of a friend of mine who had been getting her daughter to do Christmas cards for her coworkers. Dan and Joanne just wrapped up their excellent "Raising Creative Kids"…
Added by Dawn Best on December 1, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments
A recent conversation brought to light an important point about follow-up. I was told this story by a colleague who said it happened to “a friend.” Hmmm. Whether it was actually a friend or not, here’s what he said:
His friend met a new prospect – no, a new HOT prospect and they swapped business cards. The prospect seemed really interested in him and his business so he suggested the prospect take a look at his website and visit him in social media. They make an appointment to meet the…Continue
This song by Bachman Turner Overdrive is the definitive song about entrepreneurship. It's about the lure of owning your own business, where you can “work at nothing all day.” For many, that lure means setting your own hours, only doing the things you enjoy doing and leaving the rest of the work behind.
How realistic is that though? If you're in business for yourself, you know (or should know) that the work involved in the daily ventures is…Continue
Added by Nancy Becher on September 27, 2015 at 1:28pm — No Comments
I've talked about ups and downs in business many times before, but it has never hit me more than it is right now. This is definitely not my normal rant or suggestions about what to do if you really want to grow your business. This is my heart breaking. And I hope that it gives you some encouragement as…Continue
1. a person who talks about organizing and managing enterprises, esp. businesses, usually with considerable initiative and risk, but never actually does it. He was a who liked to hang around with entrepreneurs but would never take the plunge.
Another term for this is hobbyist:…
Being an entrepreneur is hard work and if you want to be successful there are certain mindsets that you must have from the onset. Here are some attitudes that Barbara Corcoran has kept throughout her years in business and what you can learn from her to be a successful entrepreneur based on stories from her Shark Tales book.…Continue
Where would we be without entrepreneurs? What would the world be like? I don’t think we would be happy with the state of things.
Can everyone be entrepreneurial?
Obviously there are entreprenuers who are extraordinary. Exceptional. We should be thankful for…Continue
Added by Brian Del Turco on September 9, 2015 at 9:44am — No Comments
In response to a comment I received yesterday I put together this article about LinkedIn.
As a business owner, chances are you have heard of LinkedIn a number of times over the years. Over the past decade, in which the social media network has been active, it has amassed over 300 million users and is…
Added by Donna Reade on August 20, 2015 at 8:07am — No Comments
When there are situations that require some creative or (dare I say) even logical thinking, I am often perplexed when I hear the words “Well that is what the computer says.”
Here is why software alone does not…Continue