I talk to business owners all day everyday regarding “growth” in their business. From time to time, when I’m hit between the eyes with real life examples of true growth — as I was this morning, I’m astounded at how limited our thinking about our businesses really is.
Dan Kennedy used to say that you know the difference between a business owner and an entrepreneur by the fact that a business owner is in the same business today that they were in last year and the year before that. Yet, that’s a trap that even the most successful business owners fall into: thinking about incremental increase vs. monumental jumps…. small changes vs. total reinventions.
But not the folks at Duck Dynasty, who — regardless of where you’re from, what you believe, whether or… Continue reading →
This week– in particular– has been a bad week for business owners… at least in my humble opinion. I’ve seen actual doctors running solo-businesses begging for emotional support on facebook. I’ve seen a therapist post what can only be described as a violent tantrum on her blog. And I’ve seen another expert “hinting” about her 5th big “website reveal” with a “new hot secret” and a really cool new professional title for herself: ending in “ista” of course.
Can we still say gag me with a spoon?
Gag me with a friggin’ spoon!
Aside from my general disdain for constant whining and lamenting absent action, this “poor me” positioning will lead to a POOR YOU indeed. But that’s not what I came to talk about today. Today, I want to talk about… Continue reading →
It’s been too long since I went running on the farm roads behind my house. Way too long. Truthfully, I don’t remember why I started driving to a neighborhood down the street, parking my car, running and then driving back — when I have the beauty of dirt roads surrounded by fields and forest directly behind me. But, yesterday, I took my old running path.
I knew I was home the moment my shoes hit the dirt. My joints breathed a sigh of relief to be off the pavement. So did the arches of my feet. I ran faster and harder … and then I felt that familiar — but… Continue reading →
This article was originally posted in Inside Business (print) magazine and can also be found at insidebiz.com. But it was written by moi, so I’m reposting here. =)
It’s an interesting time to be a business owner. The Internet has erased many geographical boundaries that existed for our grand-parents and we’re swimming in a sea of always-increasing – many free – options to market business, thanks to social media. Yet, for many business owners, profits are down, clients and patients are being deliberately routed from our care and service by daily deal offers, and we’re starting to second guess what really works to get more of the right market through our door.
To their credit, many savvy business owners – even amid the near-deafening chants encouraging them to turn to free “social media” options – continue to turn… Continue reading →
As I write this, I am smack dab in the middle of a well-deserved, really exciting, and long-time-coming remodel of my home. This remodel is partly the welcome result of our recent decision to simplify our lives and move our kids schools and my office into North Carolina. (Previously, we’d lived in NC, but went to school and worked in VA and always considered moving to VA.)
Anywho, I’m posting the ONLY picture I’m bold enough to post, because this house is a MESS. =) You can’t really tell, but we’re incorporating a very neutral GRAY color throughout the main living area of our home — and as soon as I get a DECENT picture without my crap everywhere, I’ll post it. This here is our laundry room. =)
Back to business. In the midst… Continue reading →