Most small businesses fail. That is just the plain hard truth.
I have launched nearly a dozen businesses since I set out to be an entrepreneur 12 years ago. A couple of have failed, but for the most part I have been successful because I follow this simple rule… don’t put the cart in front of the horse.
It’s an old saying we have heard a million times, but what it means to me is that you need to plan before you leap. Now im not saying you have to over plan or be too cautious, being a business owner…
We are at an interesting crossroads with small business here in the U.S. and with virtual talent from the Philippines.
As the U.S. is seemingly starting to get a handle on COVID and is getting close to being back to normal, the Philippines is still stuck in lockdown with very limited access to vaccines.
The American economy is also on the cusp of a huge boom in spending from the government coupled with pent up demand for small business growth. Projections are we may very well be back to near full employment soon. …
I often get asked by entrepreneurs, “How important is it to make videos to help market my business?”
If you are an author, coach, speaker, trainer, etc. my answer is generally along these lines, “We live in the Netflix Age of content consumption. Videos are THE way to communicate with your audience.”
Even before the pandemic, the shift towards the consumption of entertainment content at the time and choosing of the consumer was well under way. Network television has been on the decline for decades. The movies, although propped up by huge Hollywood blockbusters like the Avengers, have been losing…
Monetize Your In Demand Skills By Building a Team Like You
If you, like me, have an in demand skill that you want to monetize, the best way to go is build a team who can do what you do so you can expand your influence and exponentially grow your profits.
Building teams is one of those skills that I have that is in demand. I have consistently enjoyed success in not only building my own businesses, but for dozens of my clients as well.
One of the best pieces of advice that I ever received, was from a mentor…
That is a question that many of us find ourselves asking ourselves on a daily basis.
For a lot of us, we are now close to six months into this work from home experience and we are starting to have enough data to understand the impact of this new work dynamic.
Research firm Humu, reported that across organizations, work has actually been more effective when employees were home one or two days a week as opposed to all at home or all at the office.
For me, I can work from home most days, but occasionally I need to get…
Most of our clients focus their social media marketing around Facebook and Instagram, which makes sense. But most also under value the power of LinkedIn.
When I talk about how to launch or scale a business using LinkedIn, there are some of the reason I suggest you go about it:
It amazes me how we focus so much on someone’s technical skills and past accomplishments and so little on what is, for my money, the most important set of skills needed by a successful employee… soft skills.
Soft skills are defiend any skill or quality that can be classified as a personality trait or habit. Interpersonal skills and communication skills are more specific categories of soft skills that many employers look for in job candidates. Unlike technical or “hard” skills, soft skills are not about the knowledge you possess but rather the behaviors you display in different situations.
Do It. Share It. Store It.
There are so many tools to choose from when you are working form home. For most home based workers the most commonly used tools are project management, messaging, and cloud storage tools.
Let me share with you the ones I use for the following tasks:
I use these tools everyday to run my business. …
“If work is something that we do, and not somewhere that we go, then that means we shouldn’t have the need to go somewhere to get the things we need, in order to do what we do” 1
This is what work will look like for a lot of us going forward.
Are you and your business ready for the New Normal? Here are 5 things to consider as you and your team return to work in the new normal:
1. Keep Working from Home
2. More Online Client Engagement
3. Using New Financial Models
4. Out with the Old…
This is how I did it.
Like most businesses, my first one started with a staff of one. Me.
Not long after putting my business idea into motion, it became pretty obvious that the amount of work required to launch a business is more than a one-person job.
However, to keep costs down I pretty much did everything myself. But even in those early days I had an eye on adding staff to take over some of the things that were important, but time consuming and not the best use of my time.
In my case this meant marketing. I’m…