The Key to Starting a Business: Take the First Step

A failed attempt beats a non-attempt. Imperfection trumps inaction. Starting is always better than never trying at all. Starting a business is about taking the first step. If you have an idea for a business, learn or do something today that helps to make it a reality. Even if you don’t believe it will work, … Continue reading The Key to Starting a Business: Take the First Step

This is the smartest way to think when starting a business

To start a successful business, you don't need to be the smartest person in the room. You just need to be willing to put your ideas to the test. Starting a business isn't about getting good grades, pleasing a teacher, being perfect. Nah, it's about being willing to put yourself out there and try things … Continue reading This is the smartest way to think when starting a business

This is the number that every business needs

If you’re starting a business, you need to consider getting an Employer Identification Number or EIN. First, a disclaimer: I’m not a tax lawyer or accountant. Make sure to consult a tax professional. I’m just a business owner trying to help you start your business. Ok, let’s move on. In the US, a Tax Identification … Continue reading This is the number that every business needs

You need to know this to start a business

Most people starting a business have no idea what they are doing. You might be thinking, “I can’t start a business: I not an expert.” But when it comes to starting businesses, no one is. One of the most revered entrepreneurs is Steve Jobs. He’s amazing. He’s a genius. But when Jobs started, he was … Continue reading You need to know this to start a business

This is how you realize your dreams

One of the hardest things in starting a business is hearing “No.” But anyone can do that—anyone. You’ve heard “No” all of your life. Your parents, friends, neighbors, teachers have all denied you. So you know how it feels. The only thing holding you back is the fear of rejection. You’re avoiding that feeling. I … Continue reading This is how you realize your dreams

This is how you succeed in the face of fear

In small business, fear never entirely goes away. Even after you succeed, it's still there.  You can't eliminate it; the only thing you can do is manage it.  Losing money, losing customers, getting too many customers, managing people, managing people poorly, taxes, growth, hiring, firing, failure, and the list can go on for the things … Continue reading This is how you succeed in the face of fear

Six tips on how to have difficult conversations

Small business has big worries. And one of the biggest ones can be difficult conversations.  They are the ones that you recognize you should have with that vendor, employee, contractor, partner, client, or manufacturer. But instead you've been avoiding it for the past few days, weeks, months, maybe years. You know what I'm talking about. … Continue reading Six tips on how to have difficult conversations

The best thing you can do when it gets tough in small business

Have you ever felt like quitting your small business?  I have.  Sure, the hard work, long hours, and constant uncertainty are trying. But the one thing that can be the hardest to bear is the space and time to think. The time in between exciting events is where the real battle lies. It happens within … Continue reading The best thing you can do when it gets tough in small business

A simple little secret to winning pitches with new clients

Pitching a potential new client is always nerve-wracking. It's do or die. And winning new business is key to growing. So it’s critical to get any edge you can. There are a lot of tricks, tactics, and strategies you can practice. But there is one simple thing that has helped us immensely.  
It is this: … Continue reading A simple little secret to winning pitches with new clients

The one thing that can revolutionize your business

You've built a small business you're proud of, but it feels unsustainable. You don't make enough money. It’s not that you don’t work hard. You do, crazy hard. But you’re still just scraping by. And you know that you must be doing something wrong, but what? And you ask yourself, "Is this the way it's … Continue reading The one thing that can revolutionize your business