Don’t Build a Business Around Hate

Some entrepreneurs will build a business around something they hate.  They hate chopping onions, so they invent an automatic onion-chopping device.  They hate walking, so they invent a machine that…

Fear of Money and Wealth

One of my clients had a billing dispute with a service provider. The service provider said, “Oh, I don’t do it for the money.” Yet she charges for membership, and…

Debunking The First-To-Market Myth

Many people are afraid to startup a new business because they believe they need an original idea in order to get started.  They are discouraged by trite startup mantras like,…

Defining Web Presence for Clients

I recently met with a design client about building their brand online. The first question I asked them was, “What’s your current web presence.” Their answer, “Well, we have a…

A Side Hustle Provides Income Security

If you are completely bored or unhappy with your survival job, a side hustle might be the cure. A side hustle simply means you are making extra income on the…

Taking Care of Yourself Just As Important as Taking Care of Business

There have been numerous studies that state that not sleeping in, or brushing your teeth twice a day, or making your bed every morning can add years to your life….

Apple’s Business Unit Strategy

Admiring Apple for only its well-designed products and clever commercials is only scratching the surface. Apple is actually a great case study on brilliant business modeling. Apple treats every product…

Be an Indispensable Linchpin to the Right People

If you are reading this blog, you have probably at one point either heard of, or read Seth Godin‘s book, “Linchpin“. If you haven’t read it yet, here’s the highlight:…

Don’t Let the Recession Drive Your Prices Down

In a time of recession, there is a reluctant tendency to lower prices. Rather than targeting people who can’t afford your services, target the ones who can. Think of creative…

Building a Business Around Lazy Idiots

Although I know how to change the oil in my car, cook my own meals, and process my own photographs, I’d rather have someone else do it. That’s right, I’m…

Your Niche is Bigger Than You Think

The word “niche” evokes visions of some guy only collecting comic books that have monkeys in them, or a blogger who only writes about staplers, or an online store that…

Workshops Generate Repeat Customers for Small Businesses

I have a friend who runs a doggy daycare business.  Every once and a while, he’ll run a doggy obedience boot camp for his existing clients.  He encourages his clients…


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