Habits for Rekindling the Lost Joy in Your Life

The world of business ownership is not all glamor and sunshine. Contrary to popular belief, owners of established and successful businesses do not always enjoy the kind of freedom and lifestyle that people may think. While it is true that working for yourself allows you more flexibility in a number of ways, that comes at […]

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Being in the Flow Versus Discipline

There is a fine balance between being inspired and exercising the discipline to maintain consistent habits. It’s easy to fall into a slump and do nothing, waiting for moments of inspiration to come on their own. On the other hand, it’s equally easy to fall into forced routines, where art begins to feel like a […]

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An Unorthodox Approach to Business Development for Your Small Business

I’ve worked for businesses of all sizes, ranging from “mom and pop” businesses to large organizations with tens of thousands of employees. There are a number of factors that change when you move into the larger scales, but some are exactly the same. One thing I’ve always found remarkable: when business starts to dry up, […]

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5 Habits for Staying Motivated When Money is Tight

One conundrum that every entrepreneur faces, sooner or later, is the constant battle between doing what we have to do, and doing what we want to do. It is important to do both every day, though not necessarily in equal amounts. We’re all artists. We have raw undeveloped talent inside of us. The development of […]

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The Key to Unlocking Creativity

I hear people say the phrase, “I’m not a creative person” all the time. The other variation I hear is “I don’t have a creative bone in my body” or “My sister got the creative genes in our family.” The misconception is that some people are born creative and some are not. The only difference […]

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Email Newsletters: Do They Still Work?

When clients and prospects ask me questions like this, my answer is a resounding “It depends.” I think of email automation software the same way I think of any tool, including the telephone. It’s only as good as your ability to use it correctly. Does the phone still work? It depends who you call and […]

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Business Spotlight: carolyncrowndesigns

Over the years, I’ve met a number of creative artists who fall into one of two traps: I think of them as the pride trap and the cynicism trap. Avoiding both of these traps is akin to walking on a balance beam. It requires a combination of disciplines that many fail to put in place. […]

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Building a Sales Team: Spotlight with Ashley Morrison of Abundant Marketing

When a business enters the growth phase, several critical tipping points can make or break the business. One common scenario often arises when the business outgrows a one-or two-person operation and emerges as a full-blown business: the owner can no longer do all of the selling. Hiring and retaining salespeople is complex and I’ve seen […]

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Do You Really Need that Software Tool?

I’ve heard the same story many times, and it goes something like this. “They told us we needed it, so we bought it. We paid an expert to set come in and set it up for us and train us. Here we are six months later, and we’re still not using it. We don’t even really […]

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