Tag: Success

New to start-ups? Surprising facts you need to know

Business intelligence is really a vital resource for every entrepreneur, especially if you are starting out on a business and want to see it grow. Data from the US Business Dynamics Statistics of the Census Bureau revealed that 69% of US entrepreneurs started their business small, operated either out of a small office or at …

Create an Environment of Excellence

A good friend is having his knee surgically replaced, about four years after having his other knee replaced.  His first surgery relieved the constant pain he was experiencing and allowed him to maintain an active lifestyle.  By all accounts, it was a success. And yet, he has chosen a different surgeon to perform the second …

Do You Own a Business or a Job?

You have set up a corporation, designed a stunning logo, and registered your trade name.  You have opened a bank account in the name of your company, rented office space, and begun wooing clients.  You’re a business owner, right? Not necessarily. Many people — perhaps even most — who consider themselves business owners don’t really …

More Business Books You Need to Read

Your business will wither and die if you do not continuously add to your knowledge base. We’ve previously discussed three great business books — What Clients Love, World Wide Rave, and Made to Stick — that can help you change your way of thinking about how to do business.  Here are three more of my favorite business books. The New Rules of …

Business Books You Need to Read

You must constantly learn and change to stay ahead of your competition. Savvy business owners have a regular program to study and learn from the experts.  Many wonderful business books will teach you principles that can help your business prosper.  The books listed below — What Clients Love, World Wide Rave, and Made to Stick — are three of my favorites.  …

Avoid the Hidden Hazards and Lurking Liabilities

Your business is under attack from every side. Your “To Do” list is long and detailed. It includes hiring, training, and motivating employees. You must pay your vendors, collect your accounts receivable, and price your goods or services competitively and profitably. If you do not obsess about marketing and client service, your business cannot survive. …

Ten Fatal Mistakes Business Owners Make – No. 7: Failure to Create and Update an Estate Plan

You know the old saying is true:  Nothing is certain but death and taxes. While you may know when the tax man will come, no one knows when their time on earth is done.  That’s why you need an estate plan, particularly if you own a business. A few years ago, a young widow came to …

How to Work a Room

You know that networking is critical to growing your business.  If you are like most people, however, your networking efforts are largely ineffective.  Three key concepts can help you make networking events more productive: 1.    Get out of your comfort zone – Let’s be honest:  networking does not come easy for most people.  To one degree or another, we …

How Do You Eat An Elephant?

If you own a business, you are pulled in many directions every day: you must meet with customers, train employees, oversee quality control, pay vendors, promote your business, solve problems, and answer questions. And you might want to spend time with your family, too. The daily urgencies can be overwhelming. Not only can they be …

How to Succeed in Business

In times of economic distress, many people sit on the sidelines, worried about their future. You may be one of them. You may have heard the tales of woe emanating from the mainstream media and reasoned that failure is imminent. You may believe that lay-offs and foreclosures are legitimate excuses for pulling back on your …

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