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Life is Like Underwear, Change is Good.

Sep 20, 2023

Let's face it: life can be a lot like underwear – it gets a bit uncomfortable when it stays the same for too long. And just like the undergarments we hope you swap out on a regular basis, change is not only good; it's essential, especially when it comes to your business. 

Whether it's a shift in market trends, new technology, economic fluctuations, or unforeseen challenges like the COVID-19 pandemic, small business owners must be prepared to adapt and evolve to thrive in an ever-changing landscape. 

Navigating change as a small business owner can be challenging, but with the right strategies, it can also be an opportunity for growth and innovation. Below are some key strategies for successfully navigating change as a small business owner.

 

1. Embrace a Growth Mindset

If you want to handle change like a boss, the first thing you need to do is adopt a growth mindset. Understand that change is a totally normal part of business and can actually be a great...

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The Rule of Thirds: A Blueprint for Success

Sep 12, 2023

Photographers and artists often use something called the Rule of Thirds in their work. They break the image into three sections (vertically and horizontally), and this compositional guideline serves almost like a cheat sheet to guarantee balanced and visually appealing images. 

This same principle can also be applied to the world of business. But rather than framing a perfect shot, it's a strategic approach to achieving balance and success in your entrepreneurial journey. From marketing to decision-making, following the rule of thirds can serve as your own blueprint.
 

 

Product Development

One of the primary applications of the Rule of Thirds in business is in product development. Here's how it works:

  1. Customer Needs (1/3): Allocate one-third of your product development efforts to understanding your customers' needs and preferences. Invest in market research, conduct surveys, and gather feedback to ensure your product addresses a genuine demand.
  2. Innovation (1/3):...
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The Four Types of Entrepreneurship: Finding Your Path to Success

Sep 05, 2023

Entrepreneurship is a multifaceted world, with diverse opportunities and avenues for those with the vision, drive, creativity, and determination to bring their ideas to life. It’s commonly broken down into four categories: small business, scalable startup,  large corporation, and social enterprise. Each type of entrepreneurship offers its own rewards, opportunities, and of course - challenges. 

So, how do you know which one is the right one for you? Let's dive deeper into each of these types of entrepreneurship to help you figure out which one might be the best fit for your unique skill set and goals. 
 

 

Small Businesses

Unless you’re new here, you already know how we feel about small businesses. (We like ‘em. A lot.) They’re an integral part of our economy, often characterized by their local or niche focus and a commitment to serving the needs of their immediate community. Small business owners typically have more control over their...

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10 Strategies for Diversifying Income Streams for Your Small Business.

Aug 08, 2023

For small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs, diversifying income streams is a key strategy to enhance stability and open up growth opportunities. You can be a Budgeting Boss or a P&L Pro, but if you don't have enough money coming IN, the rest of it really doesn't matter. That's why it's dangerous to put all your eggs in one basket. Having just one product or service can leave you vulnerable to changes in the market and industry disruptions. (Remember COVID?)

In this post, we're going to explore ten effective income stream diversification strategies that can provide your small business with increased financial security (and a bit more breathing room for you). They may not all be applicable to what you do, but even incorporating one or two can make the world of difference between omelets for breakfast…or egg on your face.

 

E-commerce and Online Sales

With everything going digital these days, establishing an e-commerce platform can significantly broaden your...

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Hyperlocal Marketing: How to Drive Local Customers to Your Small Business

Aug 01, 2023

In the digital transformation era, small business owners have a significant advantage when attracting local customers. Local SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and hyperlocal marketing are essential strategies to ensure your small business stands out from the competition and gets noticed by people nearby. In this post, we're exploring some tips and tricks to optimize your small business website and digital presence so you can boost your sales and get more foot traffic. 



Google My Business (GMB) Optimization

To attract more local customers, one of the most crucial steps is setting up and optimizing your Google My Business (GMB) profile. Claim your business listing and make sure all the info is accurate and up-to-date. This includes your address, phone number, operating hours, and a brief blurb about what your biz is all about. Remember to upload high-quality pics of your place and products to make a strong first impression on potential customers. (A picture is worth a thousand...

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Finding the Sweet Spot: 7 Tips for Entrepreneurs to Grow Smart and Stay Strong

Jul 11, 2023

As business owners and entrepreneurs, we're always looking to take our biz to the next level. But we need to be smart about it. It's not just about growing as fast as possible - we need to make sure we're building something that'll last. Trying to grow too quickly could lead to some serious roadblocks. That's why we've got seven tips to help you keep your business on track and avoid burning out too soon.

 

1. Get Your Vision Straight:

If you want sustainable growth, it's important to know A) what you want to achieve and B) what you stand for. That means figuring out your purpose, values, and goals and making sure everyone on your team is on the same page. By doing this, you'll be able to make smarter decisions, keep everyone focused, and avoid deviating from your core values.

 

2. Build a Kickass Company Culture:

Don't underestimate the importance of a strong and positive company culture. That means encouraging open communication, collaboration, and innovation among your...

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Unveiling the Secrets of Consumer Learning: A Guide for Small Business Owners

Jun 22, 2023

In the ever-evolving world of consumer behavior, small business owners face a continuous challenge in understanding how consumers want to learn about products. In fact, research shows that almost 90% of consumers view the experience the company provides as JUST AS important as the product or service they’re selling. That’s huge. 

 

To thrive in a competitive market, it is vital for businesses to adapt and cater to the changing preferences of consumers. Here’s a look at some specific examples of how consumer learning has transformed, along with some actionable tips for small business owners to effectively promote their products or services with the customer experience in mind.

 

Embrace the Power of Digital Platforms:

This first point is hardly surprising (but still worth addressing), and that is the significant shift in consumer behavior towards digital platforms. Consumers now turn to websites, social media, online reviews, and search engines to...

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Thriving on the Edge: Why Smart Risk-Taking Sets Business Owners Apart

Jun 20, 2023

Being a business owner is like riding a roller coaster; there are plenty of exhilarating highs…and just as many stomach-churning lows. You’ll be having the time of your life one minute, and the next, you’ll think, WTF am I doing? You need a strong stomach, be willing to take risks, and accept that the whole thing might crash and burn. 

Of course, that’s easier said than done. Because it’s one thing to TALK about hypothetical dollars used, resources exhausted, hours spent, and all the what-ifs and maybes. 

It’s quite another thing to put all that talk into action. 

But that’s what separates the Greats from the Really Greats. You think Elon, Bezos, or Jobs achieved what they did from pure dumb luck? Hardly. They took calculated risks. They were willing to push boundaries and redefine what is possible. And while your plans might not be as ambitious as starting your own aerospace or logistics company, you can still take a page...

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The Art of Delegation

May 23, 2023

 In the bustling world of entrepreneurship, it's easy to fall into the trap of doing everything yourself. As a business owner, you may be stretched thin from wearing multiple hats, juggling tasks, and having a never-ending to-do list.  However, delegation is a powerful tool that can help you reclaim your time and sanity. By entrusting tasks to others, you can focus on your strengths and enhance your business skills. 

But sometimes that’s easier said than done.

Picture this: you're the proud owner of a small business, and you've poured your heart and soul into it. You've painstakingly built your empire, from late-night brainstorming sessions to caffeinated power hours. But the thought of delegating gives you an uncomfortable tingle down your spine, doesn't it? You're not alone. There are three primary reasons many business owners struggle with delegation.

 

1. "Nobody does it like I do" 

The classic perfectionist's dilemma. You've meticulously crafted...

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Beyond the Obvious: Unexpected Liabilities Every Small Business Owner Should Know

Apr 12, 2023

As a small business owner, you're (hopefully) well aware of the typical liabilities that come with the territory (rent, employee salaries, taxes, and so on). However, a few lesser-known liabilities can catch you off guard if you're unprepared - potentially leading to financial loss or legal disputes. Check out these six lesser-known liabilities you should be aware of to ensure your business remains protected.



Cybersecurity Breaches: In today's digital world, cybersecurity breaches are becoming as common as - well, the common cold - and small businesses are not immune to them. Cyber attacks, such as ransomware, data breaches, or phishing attacks, can mean significant financial losses, damage to your reputation, and legal liabilities. Unfortunately, small businesses are often targeted because they are less likely to have robust cybersecurity measures in place. As a business owner, it's crucial to invest in cybersecurity measures such as firewalls, antivirus software, regular data...

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