When to fire a client

If you’ve been in business for a while, it’s likely that you’ve run across a client or two, (or possibly even more), that has caused you some pain. Engaging with them sucks your energy, your time, your wallet and can undermine your feeling of self worth. You may even find that you’re turning yourself inside [...]

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Solopreneur Advice: Think BIG!

When Joe called for some small business advice for his solo-preneur business, he laid out a familiar story. A seasoned professional, Joe started his handyman business after the company he worked for suffered massive lay-offs. With his years of experience and handyman work in constant demand, he was sure he could go out on his [...]

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Solopreneur Delegation Mistakes

Contrary to popular opinion (among soloprenuers), you can’t do everything yourself.  However, solopreneurs often run into business management issues because they just don’t understand the importance of delegation or how to use it to your best advantage. In a recent post, I outlined the benefits of effective delegation.  Today, I’m going to talk about common delegation [...]

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Delegation Skills: Being a Soloprenuer Doesn’t Mean You Do It All Yourself.

Sarah is a freelance writer. In addition to her writing projects, she also had to do the billing, marketing, website updating and business accounting. Sarah started her freelance writing business about five years ago, and worked on her own for the first three. As her business grew, she realized she needed help, so she hired [...]

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It can be overwhelming

Walter is a busy landscape designer in a large southern city. On the surface, Walter has a wildly successful business. His designs and installations have appeared in magazines ranging from Martha Stewart to Architectural Digest, he’s gotten all kinds of accolades and his services are in demand, but underneath things are a bit out of [...]

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The Missing Ingredient

Joanna inherited a real estate company from her father who passed away unexpectedly some years ago. She left behind a job she enjoyed, (working for a non-profit dedicated to helping low-income families find affordable housing), to take over running the small company; thinking that she could make a lot more money and feeling as though [...]

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It shouldn’t happen…

Emily, a talented graphic designer from the mid-west, meant well when she sat down to make a list of goals for her small firm last January. They seemed like just the right combination of stretch and achievability, and she had some good energy and excitement around them when she started work after her holiday break. [...]

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Is overwhelm preventing you from doing what matters?

Happy fall! Are the seasons changing in your neck of the woods? New York City is chilly and grey today. The beautiful weather we’ve been having may sadly be over as we rapidly approach Halloween. My neighborhood is already decked out in spiderwebs, ghosts and goblins. And as our thoughts turn to tricks and treats, [...]

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Are you sticking to your schedule?

Last month I introduced you to Jonathan, who runs a small design firm in Manhattan. Jonathan was often pulled off track by the myriad of distractions that happened along, and found himself having to stay late at the office to try to make up for the time he wasted during the day. It was taking [...]

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Your ideal day

Julie, a partner in a small law firm, found herself in the office way past dinner time, again. Most evenings, when the phones finally quieted down, she’d reflect on her day, realize that she hadn’t accomplished enough and try to make up for it by staying late, even though she was a morning person by [...]

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