Small Biz Interviews: A Passion for Pencils

The archetype of a pencil is fairly standard in the American mind—yellow, with a dark pink eraser nub, number 2 (and often required for standardized...

Thinking of Starting a Business? Don’t Rely Too Much on the Advice of Others

Everyone has advice. Sometimes it is good advice, sometimes not so much. Advice can be a great thing in many aspects of life, including...

10 Obstacles to Product Adoption That Kill Businesses

When entrepreneurs introduce new products to the market, their passion and conviction often leads them to assume that every potential customer will see the...

Fundraising 101: 3 Typical Startup Funding Paths

In my previous post, “Should Your Startup Actually Be a Small Business?” I addressed what may be the most important differentiator between a startup and a...

Narrow Your Focus

As you begin to look to at your marketing plan for the coming year, I’d like to suggest you adopt a theme of “narrow and deep”...

How to Structure a Beneficial Commercial Real Estate Agent Relationship

Sitting down to the final contract signing with a franchisee marks an important moment in a franchisor’s path to growing their business. Despite the...

5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Starting a Home-Based Business

Entrepreneurs who work from a home office are caught in a funny place between personal and professional responsibility. On one hand, you are at...

7 Excuses We Use That Crush Our Dreams

The emergence of so much change has many of us scratching our heads and feeling a bit overwhelmed. Just yesterday we were all chatting about...

Half of New Businesses Don’t Survive the First 5 Years: Don’t Be One of...

At one time or another, most of us have thought about starting a business. The temptation of being your own boss, making your own...

3 Clever Ways to Attract New Clients

When running a business, repeat customers are one of your best assets. They provide a steady flow of income (most of the time), and...

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