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At first, though, figuring out what to delegate and when was a bit overwhelming, so after getting a pretty good start, I thought I’d share how I did it and how it’s working out so far. Read more »

Do you ever get to a place in your life or business when you just need to clear the decks, start fresh, clean the slate?

Maybe it starts with the long-awaited end of a project, a move, or even the reorganizing of a close. Read more »

Productivity can seem so elusive at times. It can be hard to prioritize, manage the workload and stay focused, but with a few simple steps and a good dose of discipline, you can be on your way to more control over your days. Plan your exit. […] Read more »

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Making the choice between promoting your business using your own name or that of a company is a very personal decision that sometimes takes a lot of consideration. The most common option is to brand yourself under a company, which works well when your company name […] Read more »

Waiting to be discovered probably won’t get your business to the level of success you hope to achieve. You can’t wait for people to stumble on your site, thinking that that’s going to be enough. You have to be proactive. Here’s how. Read more »

When you’re trying to run your own business, you need time to experiment and try new methods and approaches to your systems and your work, but you also need time to reflect on what’s working so that you can modify your direction as you go. Read more »

Today I sent a note to a popular blogger; at the end of the message I thanked him for his passion and enthusiasm. After sending the message, I wondered if my note would be read, let alone matter to him, but that kind of thing does matter. Read more »

Have you ever heard of Raising Cane’s? It’s a fast-food restaurant that only serves chicken fingers. It started here in Louisiana, my home state, and now has nearly ninety locations around the U.S. Read more »

Last Friday I was scrambling. The first episode of my new radio show was due by 4 PM, I had company coming to my house for the weekend who were scheduled to arrive by 4:30 PM, and I had three conference calls that day to boot. Read more »

If you pay attention, you can find inspiration and lessons to apply to your business everywhere you look. I’m surprised how many lessons I’ve learned from some of my favorite celebrities. Read more »

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If there’s one thing I’m figuring out, especially lately, it’s that you have to be willing to make the approach. You have to be willing to ask for what you want. Ask the person to be a guest for your blog or podcast. Ask to be covered on another person’s site or radio show. Ask someone to join you for lunch or coffee. Just ask. Read more »

Yesterday, I recently shared four ways to market your business with content, after a reader asked for a more detailed list of specific things small businesses could do to have a continuous marketing/promotional program. You don’t have to limit your marketing and promotional efforts to content […] Read more »

Last week, I talked about three ingredients for business success, one being the need for systematic and consistent promotion and marketing. A reader asked for a more detailed list of specific things small businesses could do to have a continuous marketing/promotional program. Read more »

“You are in three businesses: the book business, the marketing business, and the people business.” — Michael Larson, as quoted in “Get Known Before the Book Deal“ It takes a while to appreciate the juggling you have to do as a business owner, but Larson’s quote […] Read more »

I’ve been complimented by several people recently about my work ethic, and while I appreciate those compliments, I’m still trying to figure out whether that work ethic is a blessing or a curse. Really, what is a good work ethic? I’ve heard a lot over the […] Read more »

Running a business is stressful, not just occasionally, but every day. There are so many balls to keep in the air at any given point, and at times like these, when holidays have passed and you’re trying to resume the rhythm of a routine, it’s a […] Read more »

A new year often starts with reflection and resolutions, looking back on where you’ve been and making wishes for where you hope to go. Just as important to your success, though, is what’s happening in each given moment. Here are a few things you’ll need with […] Read more »

OK, so it’s over one month later, and I finally got a car. I’m actually pleasantly surprised by my final day of car shopping. The first go-round was quite frustrating and ended with me giving up, but I’m happy to report these latest lessons in customer […] Read more »

Many readers expressed an interest in knowing more about my accountability partnership, so here’s a follow-up to my previous posts, answering the questions that were raised. Q: Is an accountability partner the same as a business coach? A: I don’t think so. While they have similarities, […] Read more »

Yesterday, I wrote about the value of having an accountability partner. This is the perfect time to set up a partnership with someone for the New Year. Here are a few tips to help you make the most of the relationship. Read more »

An accountability partner is someone who can help you stay on track toward reaching your goals and creating a life and business by design rather than default. January marks three years that my accountability partner and I have been meeting, and I cannot say enough about […] Read more »

They might seem a little old-fashioned, but newsletters can be a great way to stay in touch with customers and prospects, and increase revenue to your business. Read more »

As an entrepreneur, you have to be very intentional about how you approach your work. If you jump around from fire to fire, you’ll end up feeling spent and accomplishing nothing. Last weekend, I set out a few goals to help me get more done this […] Read more »

It’s easy to get trapped by our own limited thinking. One way small business owners do that is by believing that we have to be directly involved in everything that happens within our companies. This holds us back in a few ways. Read more »

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how people behave in different environments. It first crossed my mind a month or so ago, while out shopping with one of my sisters. She was driving, someone cut her off, and she commented on the person’s rude behavior. […] Read more »

I’ve spoken with a lot of entrepreneurs lately about how they’ve built successful businesses, and have also seen through my own experiences that success really comes down to two things — finding your sweet spot and doing a few core actions over and over. Read more »

When did Noah build the ark, Gladys? Before the rain. Before the rain. – Nathan Muir, Spy Game In recent months, I’ve become acutely aware of how life and business can easily conflict with each other. It seems that the work involved in creating a successful […] Read more »

When you think about growing a business, you think about how to attract customers. You might build a web site, create marketing materials, and look for ways to get your message to the masses, but have you ever considered ways to repel clients? Separating the wheat […] Read more »

“Know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em, know when to walk away, and know when to run.” – Kenny Rogers, “The Gambler” Our impulse is usually to try to do everything. Opportunities present themselves, and we think, “If I turn this away, I may […] Read more »

I’ve been talking with a lot of entrepreneurs lately, and one thing I can say for certain is that, as a group, they’re very eager to help each other. They get just as excited talking about the pursuits of others as they do talking about their […] Read more »

This week has been a bit of a challenge. I’ve been haggling with car dealerships over purchasing a new car. I’m sure I don’t need to explain how frustrating that process has been, but I will say that I’m surprised at the customer service lessons I’m […] Read more »

There are times when things are so hectic that 9 am becomes 5 pm, Monday becomes Friday, and the first day of the month becomes the last before you can even turn around. Read more »

In their book “The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing,” Al Ries and Jack Trout talk about the “Law of the Category,” which is that “if you can’t be the first in a category, set up a new category you can be first in.” I’m coming to […] Read more »

Building a business is no easy feat, but certain traits can help you on the path to success. Be goal-oriented, accountable and disciplined. Knowing where you’re going is the first step to achieving your dreams, and a clear vision and plan will help you reach them. Read more »

Yesterday, I sat down with pen and paper and tried to make a decision about the projects I was going to be working on over the coming months. I wrote down those projects that were currently under way, as well as those I was most interested […] Read more »

I just finished reading Twyla Tharp’s book “The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life.” Although it focuses more on creative types, much of the advice can be applied to solo entrepreneurs and small business owners. One helpful tip was her organizational system: a […] Read more »

We have a tendency to impose restrictions on our abilities and potential by creating glass ceilings for ourselves. It starts with arbitrary boundaries. In recent months, I’d been working toward a certain fixed, arbitrary goal, when it came to my business and my income. Read more »

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” — Confucius The bottom line for every business owner is this. If you can’t keep customers and clients, your business will fail. Ironically, we tend to forget this fact by getting caught up in the […] Read more »

On Friday, I wrote about the importance of routine for success in life and business. I’ve been thinking a lot about the topic lately, which made me wonder how to go about overcoming bad habits and routines to make way for new ones. Just because we […] Read more »

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