31 Ways to Know if You’re Getting the Right Support in Your Business

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+1 Tweet Share Pin Share StumbleShares 0You run a small creative firm. Things are crazy hectic all the time. Client demands. Impossible deadlines. Creative pressure. Technical glitches. Financial uncertainty. Finding new clients. Keeping old ones happy. Staying sharp. Being the best. Maybe you have a small team — a few people who help you — or maybe you’re just thinking …

The Three Phases of a Small Business Person: Which Phase are You In?

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+1 Tweet Share Pin Share StumbleShares 0You know that in life, you go through phases. You start out as an infant, totally dependent on others for what you need. You’re not aware, you don’t have a sense of what’s going on around you, and you scream loudly to get your selfish needs met. It’s all about you — and you …

Small Business Strategy 101: Believe You Can Do It

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+1 Tweet Share Pin Share StumbleShares 0When I first started my marketing communications firm in 1984, I didn’t think about whether I could do it or not, I just knew the wolf was at my door. The large corporation I worked for was leaving town and I wasn’t going with it. I needed work and I needed it fast, so …

Are You a Good Leader? A Leadership Quiz Part 2

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+1 Tweet Share Pin Share StumbleShares 0“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.” — John Quincy Adams Are you a leader? Just because you own a business or have a team doesn’t necessarily mean you’re a leader. All of us have known someone in a leadership position who wasn’t …

Being a Good Leader: What Does That Mean? Part 1

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+1 Tweet Share Pin Share StumbleShares 0“Leaders aren’t born, they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that’s the price we’ll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal.” — Vince Lombardi So what does it mean to be a leader? What does it take, and do you have what it …

You Have to Be Crazy

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+1 Tweet Share Pin Share StumbleShares 0For 18 years I thought I was crazy. I owned my own business and there wasn’t anything in the world I wanted to do more, but I thought I was crazy to do it. And I thought it was crazy they let me do it. All I knew was that it kinda felt like …

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 …

“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 …