I love the New Year for the same reason I love Mondays – heck, even mornings: They all offer a chance to start fresh with a blank slate. I know there are plenty of people who turn their noses up at New Year’s resolutions. They prefer “goals” … [Read more...] about 60 quick resolutions to get your new year off to a great start
Business tip: What are you going to kill today?
When I told a friend back in 2012 that I was quitting my day job to focus on building my own business, he gave me this advice: "Every day, when you get up, you have to ask yourself: 'What am I going to kill today?'" Seems like a pretty bloody way … [Read more...] about Business tip: What are you going to kill today?
Turning gloom and doom into business opportunities
“We were very fortunate. We lost everything in Hurricane Irma.” That’s not something you generally hear after a disaster, but one that smart business owners are adapting and adopting – adapting to changing conditions and adopting a great new … [Read more...] about Turning gloom and doom into business opportunities
Free marketing ideas that work
If you are one of the nearly 28 million small-business owners in the United States, you are probably trying to determine how to get the word out about your business without spending a lot of cash. Or any cash. But if you are looking for free, I have … [Read more...] about Free marketing ideas that work
How to stop bleeding customers
A tale of two stores Recently, I was on the hunt for a specialty item I didn't know much about, but had to buy. I walked into Store 1. It was dark, cramped and grubby. I stepped up to the counter and waited for assistance. And waited and waited and … [Read more...] about How to stop bleeding customers
The importance of flexibility in business
Are you a "yes, but" business owner? I was talking to a local shop owner the other day who was bemoaning the typical seasonal business slowdown. As one of his faithful customers, I asked if he had considered adding a couple of services that could … [Read more...] about The importance of flexibility in business