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Become a Highly Successful Entrepreneur

You know it is important to keep looking for new ideas and better practices…we all do. The hard part is making time to do it. One of my favorite sources of inspiration and information is Entrepreneur. Last month I found an article there that really got me thinking. “Secrets to Lasting Success as an Entrepreneur”…

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I’ve Got a Professional Crush on Yoda

Do or do not, there is no try. – Yoda Yoda as business leadership inspiration? Yes. I love Yoda. All that courage, wisdom, will, and power tucked into that small, frail-looking character just grabs me. The scene where he is teaching his student to do more than he believes he can do, inspires me. Don’t…

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Screw Business As Usual

I want to introduce you to a 2011 book, Screw Business As Usual by Richard Branson, the entrepreneur behind Virgin Atlantic Records, Virgin Airlines, etc. This book is a great read for inspiration on running a business with thoughtful stewardship. Not just of giving good customer service and taking care of your employees, but being…

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So what exactly is an Entrepreneur

I have been wondering for years now, what exactly is an entrepreneur. On one side, you have those that give you that label simply because you own your own business. On the other side you hear that word when names like Bill Gates, Walt Disney, Richard Branson, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, Oprah, etc. are mentioned.…

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Winter is Here!

Winter is here! The leaves have gone, the weather has turned, and the December holidays are right around the corner. The business season has changed, too. For entrepreneurs, this time of year brings its own challenges. This is a great time to take a moment, get a cup of coffee, catch your breath and ask:…

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Can you Vacation?

One of the greatest joys of owning your own business and working for yourself is the freedom to schedule work around your family, spouse, and life. Or, at least, that’s what we tell ourselves as we file for our Tax ID and begin pouring our energy, effort and time into growing this new project we…

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Empowering Your Team

“Empowering employees so that they can make good decisions is one of an entrepreneur’s most important tasks.” – from Like a Virgin: Secrets They Won’t Teach You at Business School by Richard Branson I agree with Richard Branson. Empowering your employees, contractors, and team members of any flavor so they can make good decisions on…

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Systems and Processes Aren’t Just Big Business Tools

I recently came across an article on Entrepreneur.com that caught my eye. You have Good Ideas–Don’t Let Them Disappear by Matt Mayberry made a point that I try to make with my own clients. Systems and processes aren’t just for big business! Automating even small tasks can make a business run smoother, and even a…

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Entrepreneurs, are you overwhelmed and considering trading your business for a day job?

Take a deep breath, we’ve all been there. You certainly aren’t alone in feeling this way. While working for someone else may be the right choice for you, there are some things to do and to think about that may make all the difference for many overwhelmed entrepreneurs. Before throwing in the towel or deferring…

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