Cash is the lifeblood of any business, and it must be managed strategically: Let’s talk about cash management. Whether you’re starting or running a business, you need to practice it because a primary cause for businesses failing is lack of money. But if they had better cash management practices they likely would have had a … Continue reading This Is the Secret to Surviving and Thriving When You Start a Business
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
Not money, fame, credentials, the school you graduated from, experience, reputation, nor even a beautiful coif of hair is the most critical piece to starting a business—no. It’s you. You are the most important piece of the puzzle in starting a business. Often we think something external will validate us or give us what we really … Continue reading You Are the Most Critical Piece to Starting a Business.
Learning to learn won't just help you start a business; it will make you unstoppable. It will unleash the potential in you to reach your dreams. It's one the greatest lessons any person can gain. This is deceptively simple; it's not easy to do. It’s far easier to act like you know everything. You know … Continue reading One of the Most Important Practices in Starting a Business
Often starting a business isn’t the hardest part; it’s stopping the self-doubt. That’s not a feeling you can just overpower. And it's not as simple as thinking your way out it. The answer isn’t found from within. You need to demystify the process of starting a business and see that it’s not some magical gift … Continue reading This Is How You Overcome Self-Doubt When Starting a Business
It took zero dollars to start my first successful business. And if I can do it, so can you. You don’t need to put money into a business to get it off of the ground. Seriously. When I started, I didn’t even have an LLC. And here’s what I learned. Starting a business is all … Continue reading This Is How You Start a Business Without Money
The best time to start a business is always right now. “Timing is everything!” we often hear people say. And the implication is that if you don’t time it just right, you will fail. But more often than not, timing is less important than we think it is. When I started my second company, it … Continue reading When is the best time to start a business?
Some people are just blessed with knowing exactly what type of business they should start. But I wasn't. Maybe you have no idea what you're doing and haven't the faintest idea where to start. That's where I was when I started my first business. What I did was this. I tried things. I had just … Continue reading What business should you start?
Fear isn't overcome; it's managed. I don't know anyone who's ever conquered fear and is a human. Gary Vaynerchuk says that he has, but he may not be fully human. I suspect that he's part machine. I mean, the man doesn't seem to sleep. Anyway, for us humans, fear is a reality. It's there. We hate … Continue reading How to deal with fear 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
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
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
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
Money, power, talent, smarts don’t start businesses. People do. Most of them are normal. But they all did one thing first. They made a decision. They decided to start a business or at least try to. In their minds and hearts, something happened. They said to themselves they were going to take the first step … Continue reading You can start a business by doing this
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
We built a product and spent real money on it, but we couldn’t keep it going without killing our primary business. So we quit. It sucked; it hurt; it killed a part of me. But it was the right thing to do. Maybe you have a business or are starting things, and you also hate … Continue reading Quitting can be the best thing you can do
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
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
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
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