Business Review

Here’s Your Guide to a Smart Annual Small Business Review

Successful entrepreneurs do frequent reviews of their metrics, culture, wins, and shortcomings. This guide will make it easy for you. Entrepreneurs are more likely to plan the future than evaluate the past. But how can you fix something when you don’t know it’s broken? How will you celebrate achievements when you don’t realize how significant…

Startup Partership

Common Mistakes Co-Founders Must Avoid In Startup Phase

As I begin initial discussions for another startup involving a business partner, I’m reminded of the precarious balancing act between what’s fair, legal, and recommended by experts. Excitement and anticipation at these beginning stages, along with dreams of what’s to come, can easily disrupt any thoughts in the interest of practicality. Get grounded. What may…

Here’s What Happens When You Love the Competition. It’s a Good Thing.

When I owned my coffee house (2001 to 2004), people frequently asked me if I hated Starbucks. I didn’t. After all, Starbucks is responsible for re-introducing the culture of coffee in the United States and for establishing it in countries where the café culture never before existed. Starbucks put the romance into the coffee experience.…

This is For You Overwhelmed Control Freakazoids! The Art of Letting Go

Did I make that word up? Freak-a-zoid. OK, I did, but it seems fitting. I often hear overwhelmed entrepreneurs call themselves control freaks (as though that’s a good thing). They take pride in having their hand in everything, if not doing it all themselves. There are only two outcomes when a small business owner (I say…

5 Harmful Lies Entrepreneurs Tell Themselves (and how to stop doing it)

Stop the self-sabotage! Once you accept the truth behind the value and worth of your services, prospects will pay more–much more. You’re an expert. In the most rudimentary language, this means that you know more about your topic than the average person, especially your target market. It also means that the sharing of your expertise will help…