Business Planning: Getting Started

WHY WRITE A BUSINESS PLAN? Your business plan is the tool that forces you to think through every aspect of your new business. It’s also a communication tool that you can use to show: Bankers – if you plan to take out a loan. Potential investors and venture capitalists – if you want to attract […]

Setting Yourself Up for Success: Is this REALLY the Business for You?

Have you ever had a business idea you just can’t let go? You day-dream every spare minute of what it would be like to run that business. You picture yourself running that business on a daily basis. You talk to a few people who are in that business and ask them for advice. You finally […]

Balance: Set Expectations on How You Spend Your Time

Recently my friend, Rosanna, said something that caused me to examine how I set expectations with the people who are important to me on the limits of my time. She said, “There are people you’ll know for a reason, for a season, and for life.” Probably like you, I’d heard this before, but her interpretation […]

Retaining Your Clients, Customers, and Suppliers: Effectively Communicate Change

Recently, my Internet and cable provider sold the servicing of my account to another company. The new company sent me an EMAIL to advise me of this and included a link to another site where I could register. Given the abundance of security warnings about clicking on unsolicited links, I logged onto my current provider’s […]

Debunking the Myths: Myth #6: You Can’t Start a Business While Looking for a Job

Most of us have unexpectedly lost a job and subsequently thought about starting our own business; however, having little or no income while we launch a business and grow a customer base makes getting a job a necessity. You really can do both if you take an approach that reduces your financial risk and sets […]