Separating truth from emotion

When encountering difficult situations, separating truth from emotion and adopting a successful business mindset can make a huge difference in both the outcome and the way you feel about it. Kenneth had an unpleasant encounter with a client and couldn’t stop replaying the events of the day in his head, so much so that he [...]

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What really motivates small business owners?

Entrepreneurs, small business owners and self employed folks often have a whole list of entrepreneurial qualities and characteristics in common, some that motivate us and others that, well, sometimes get us into trouble. Today, I’d like to focus on what really motivates us to stay consistently stimulated, enthusiastic and compelled to keep working towards our [...]

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Turning “I can’t” into “I CAN”

“I’ll never be able to do THAT…”, “forget it, it’s too hard…” “I’m not good at…” Many of us engage in some negative self talk or have an inner critic that rears it’s ugly little head from time to time. And although it’s a common human trait, if you run a business or work for [...]

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Getting Unstuck

When you run a business or work for yourself, the success of the business is dependent upon your ability to stay focused and move forward consistently. Unfortunately, with so much resting on one’s own ability to make business progress, small business owners may find themselves stuck in a rut and unable to break through it [...]

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When big picture thinking backfires

I often talk about how important creating a vision of your company’s future is to achieving your long term goals. But as motivating and inspiring as big picture thinking can be, the reality is that it can also be a bit overwhelming when you realize how much work it can be to achieve that long [...]

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Struggling to make real progress in your business?

Business owners today are inundated with a myriad of tasks, responsibilities and opportunities, and suffer from information and communication overload. With so much to juggle, it feels almost impossible to make headway.  And it’s enough to drive anyone nuts. If you find yourself being pulled in a million different directions and are not making the [...]

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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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