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The Key to Better Communication Starts with Listening

A colleague was recently sharing with me a challenge that she was having with one of her clients. She felt that every time they talked, the conversation would go round and round without any productive conclusion. After listening to her for a few minutes, I introduced the following communication techniqueRead More

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New Year’s Resolutions: 5 Rules for Success

Like many of you, every year I make New Year’s resolutions. Some are lofty and ambitious. Others are simpler and easily attainable (if actually worked towards). However, I know I’m not alone when I say I can’t help but be a little disappointed when the year ends and not everythingRead More

Your Year-End Checklist for Business Owners

As if you didn’t have enough to do getting ready for the holidays, your business has its own checklist of to-dos that need to be addressed before the end of the year. Before you ring in the New Year, here are five year-end to-dos for your business that you definitelyRead More

How to End Your Year on a Positive Note

As 2017 comes to a close, many of us have begun reflecting on the past 12 months of our lives and our businesses. For some, it was our best year yet. For others, we may have struggled and faced many challenges. Whatever happened, it’s important that the year ends onRead More

4 Tips for Beating Productivity Killers in Your Business

Emails, messes, and Facebook – Oh my! It seems like it’s easier than ever to get distracted and derailed from our work, today. If you’re running a business, however, every minute counts. You can’t afford to let productivity drop, or else you and your business suffer for it. It’s upRead 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

Do You 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

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

Ownership, Accountability, & Success in Business

When you’re employed, there’s always the “they” to blame. When you’re self-employed “they” is you! There’s no one else to point your finger at but yourself. This means that you need to take ownership of your business in every way. Every accomplishment, every mistake, and every to-do on your to-doRead More