Advice

Where did the time go?

Where did the time go?

This is the question we all ask, and perhaps small business owners ask the most! Fresh Air’s Terry Gross recently interviewed Brigid Schulte, author of the book, Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play, When No One Has the Time. Schulte says…

A Birthday Reflection

A Birthday Reflection

No matter what we do, we get older every year! Our birthdays remind us of this fact and we can’t ignore it. It’s my birthday weekend so thinking about change is particularly on my mind. Early birthdays came with exciting…

Take a Break, Gain Perspective

Take a Break, Gain Perspective

Owning a small business requires all-consuming focus and it can be really hard to take a break. Yet it’s important for your health and the health of your business to un-plug and get away sometimes. Recently I traveled to the…

Planning for Business Success

Planning for Business Success

Some say that “real entrepreneurs don’t write business plans”. But I believe that when you create a dynamic document (that is current, accessible and appropriate for your business), you can reduce risks, stay attuned to industry trends and the competition, explore new directions and grow your business.

It takes a beginner’s mind

It takes a beginner’s mind

“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.” In Japan the phrase shoshin means “beginner’s mind”. According to Buddhist monk and teacher Suzuki Roshi, this is the goal of Zen meditation practice—to have…

In the Company of Others

In the Company of Others

A common assumption is that word-of-mouth promotion for small business means encouraging customers or clients to tell other people about your business, either directly or through online review tools like Yelp. This is important but another key part of word-of-mouth…

Testing the Waters

Testing the Waters

Before you start a new business or expand into a new marketplace, it’s always essential to “test the waters”.  This means doing some simple market research. The intent is to find out as much as possible about potential customers or…

Leading you in the Right Direction

Leading you in the Right Direction

  As business owners, we cannot do it all by ourselves. Small business specialists can help tackle problems in accounting, law, insurance, graphic design, marketing, management and other critical areas. I’ve found there are three primary reasons for a business…

Do you have what it takes?

Do you have what it takes?

Do you have what it takes to start your own small business?  There are so many things to address when you are thinking about starting a business for the first time.  You will be your own most important and first…

Are you all alone?

Are you all alone?

Being the owner of your own small business is a fantastic undertaking.  Here is where you prove your concept, sell your product for a profit and become a social entrepreneur, changing the world one transaction at a time.  Yet, being…