How to Find a Great Business Idea That You Love

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Raise your hand if you have ever come up with a product or service that you thought could be a great business idea. It could have been a mobile app idea, an invention, a service that you personally wish you could have – the list goes on. I bet yourRead More

5 Ways to Nurture Customer Relationships

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We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – no customers, no business! Customers involve relationships and relationships require work if they are to be developed and sustained. Just like your relationship with your significant other, family, or best friends, the more you put into it, the more youRead More

When It’s Okay to Turn Down Business

Many business owners can relate to having worked with a customer that seems like one big headache after another. Still, we’ve also been taught to not turn away business as the economic and competitive market can change on a dime (…and often does). However, when it comes to succeeding inRead More

Money & Business: How much, where, & why?

Businesses need money like people need water. Though over 80% of businesses start and grow without outside funding, just about everyone considers borrowing money at some point. As the adage goes, “You have to spend money to make money,” and if it’s someone else’s money that you’re spending, you wantRead More

5 Ways to Prepare Your Business for the Holidays

It’s that time of year again! Black Friday is right around the corner along with turkey dinners, spiked eggnog, holiday decorations, and sharing good cheer! As business owners, it also means planning for a multitude of differing seasonal activities. Before you break out the tinsel and twinkle lights, here areRead More

Do Your Really Need Business Insurance?

Chances are you have had a, “Thank goodness for insurance!” moment at some point in your life. A tree falls on your roof. You lose a tooth in a sporting injury. You rear-end someone at a red-light. There are many opportunities for understanding why having insurance in our personal livesRead More

6 Reasons Women Make Great Entrepreneurs

The 21st century shows women continually breaking through the glass ceiling at an incredible rate and taking control of their careers and futures. According to the 2016 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, women-owned businesses have increased by 45% since 2007 to an estimated 11.3 million. In comparison, there was justRead More

Women & Money: 4 Habits for Mastering the Game

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“I don’t need to make a lot of money – just enough to take care of my family.” “There’s no need to negotiate – I accept your offer.” “I don’t need to be greedy.” These are common things women say about money and, from the perspective of running a business,Read More

How to Make Your Home Office More Productive

Not surprisingly, home offices are very common among self-employed business owners. In fact, 59% of all U.S. entrepreneurs run their businesses from their home according to the 2012 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor Report. By working from home, you can save both time and money. This includes eliminating long commutes, rental fees, andRead More

3 “Clichés” That Are Actually Best Practices

A cliché is defined as “a phrase or opinion that is overused and betrays a lack of original thought.” This repetition and sometimes over-simplification of these phrases makes many people cringe – especially when used in relation to their careers or businesses. However, often they exist and are still usedRead More