How to Wean Your Clients From Wanting to Work Only with You

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+1 Tweet Share Pin Share StumbleShares 0So, you’ve worked hard to get a good reputation for your business, and your clients love you. They really respect your work and your advice, they bring all their projects to you, and they refer you to others. Fantastic! There’s just one teeny little problem: there’s only so much of you to go around. …

Do All the Monkeys End Up on Your Desk?

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+1 Tweet Share Pin Share StumbleShares 0I love monkeys, don’t you? My brother and I saw one in a Woolworth’s store (remember them?) many many years ago and I wanted to buy him so much. (I wasn’t allowed to have the monkey, but when I think that I was allowed to have the alligator, 2 ducks, 6 chicks, the mouse, …

Everyone Isn’t Like You: Entrepreneurs Are Different

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+1 Tweet Share Pin Share StumbleShares 0My dad always told me I could be whatever I wanted to be, but I’m not sure he realized how much I took his words to heart. Ahead of his time, Dad encouraged his daughters to seek careers that would allow them to support themselves — meaning, getting jobs in any field a man …

What Do You Need Most from Your Team?

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+1 Tweet Share Pin Share StumbleShares 0My granddaughter Sydney just started walking. She’s doing pretty well by herself, but every once in awhile she still needs a bit of support, something to hang on to. To get her balance. To be able to perform at her best. People around her can demonstrate all the skills and knowledge they have, but …

Hiring The Right Person: 8 Proven Strategies You Need to Know BEFORE Your Next Hire

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+1 Tweet Share Pin Share StumbleShares 0One of the top frustrations I hear from small business owners is about hiring correctly. They want to know how to find the right people: really good team members who will stay, people who will understand them, how they work, and match their personality. They want people who will fit in and support them …

Talking Turkey: 4 Ideas for Communicating to Your Staff in Uncertain Times

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+1 Tweet Share Pin Share StumbleShares 0Boy, these are tough days for businesses. One thing I’m certain of, though: even with the roller coaster the economy is putting business owners through, I’m so glad to own my own business, and am not at the mercy of some employer somewhere. As an entrepreneur, I have the security of knowing that no …

“The Boss Myth:” 3 Stories You Bought Into About Being Your Own (and Others’) Boss

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+1 Tweet Share Pin Share StumbleShares 0Okay, you’ve got your own business. You started it, like most entrepreneurs, so you could have more control over your own destiny, more freedom to do what you’re passionate about, and to “be your own boss.” Find out anything surprising about being your own boss? Or about being a boss out there on your …

How to Make Double the Money in Half the Time

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+1 Tweet Share Pin Share StumbleShares 0Why did you go into business for yourself? Was it because: you had an idea that you couldn’t stop thinking about, an idea that you wanted to bring into reality? you could do something really well, better than anyone else, and you wanted to do it all the time? you were tired of doing …

Make Your Team More Accountable: Get Them to Think and Act Like Owners

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+1 Tweet Share Pin Share StumbleShares 0Responsibility and accountability are aspects of ownership. Only those who feel a true sense of ownership in your company will be sincerely responsible to it and accountable for their own actions — isn’t that why you’re so responsible and accountable, because you own the place? In Jason Jenning’s book, Think Big, Act Small, the …

Is Managing Your Team Taking Up Too Much of Your Time (& Money)?

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+1 Tweet Share Pin Share StumbleShares 0I hear it all the time: “It takes too much time to manage people! It seems I’m always checking them and fixing the things they don’t do correctly, and getting them going in the right direction, and keeping them focused. They just don’t ‘get it.’ Why can’t I find people who can figure out …