Tag: strategic planning

How to build a business around what matters to you

*SMOOCH* That's my official goodbye kiss to the first quarter of the year. How'd it go for you? If you've been through my Dreamblazing program, you've probably already reviewed your milestones and re-assessed your targets for this quarter. Good on ya! Did some of your goals fall off the radar, or get completely kicked to the curb […]

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Is DIY Killing Your Business? 3 questions to ask yourself.

I don't know a single entrepreneur that didn't start their business with some type of do-it-yourself (DIY) approach. Most of us begin with more time than money, and it makes sense to capitalize on that resource. In fact, I tell would-be clients all the time that the less money you have, the more you need […]

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6 Big Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make With Their Income Plan

At this point in the new year, more than 25% of Americans have already given up on our New Year's resolutions -that is, if we even made them in the first place. By the end of the month, that number climbs to nearly 35% of Americans (more resolution-related stats here). Some folks (and businesses) are just getting […]

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12 crazy holiday marketing promotions + 1 heart-centered idea that works year round

Here in the U.S., it's almost Thanksgiving, which means, black friday, cyber monday, and a whole lot of campy, cheesy, in-your-face marketing to ply you into buying more "stuff" to make your holiday complete. Blech. It's one of the reasons I do an annual give-back campaign each November around the anniversary of my launch of The […]

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Feeling stuck? Free Next Step Sessions

Over the past couple of weeks, I've been offering up tools, ideas, and resources that I usually find helpful this time of year to help me get a jump start on the new year. From The Success Finder, to my new Dream Owner's Creed, and the Profit First Instant Assessment, each has been a part of what I use […]

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DUMB goals: How to achieve success in what really matters most

"Dreams without goals are just dreams that ultimately fuel disappointment." - Denzel Washington You know what SMART goals are, right? It's a helpful little acronym that breaks your goals into something that's: Specific Measurable Attainable Realistic Time-bound So many people use SMART goals - and for a lot of people that works. But not me. Not […]

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The Ground Floor

"Dirt and dust - that's where it all begins.  Digging in. Digging in. You've got to lay a strong foundation before you make it to the ground floor." - from "The Ground Floor" by Lisa Robbin Young   I'm writing lyrics again. It's been about

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BYOG Day 25 - Believe In You, No Matter What

For some of us, there comes a time in life when it feels like everyone has given up on you. You might even feel like giving up on yourself. Don't. As I write this, I've just returned from spending the day in the hospital with my oldest son. Suffice it to say he's on the […]

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BYOG Day 23 - Using Crowdfunding To Bring Your Dream to Life

by Erin Margolin [Editor's note: This is day 23 of the Be Your Own Guru series. Ever had a controversial project that you just KNEW would be amazing if you could get it in front of the right people? If you have ever wanted to rally a throng of people around your dream, if you've ever considered using […]

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BYOG Day 14 - So You Wanna Be Startin’ Something?

By Doug Knight [Editor's Note: This is Day 13 of the Be Your Own Guru series. Today, we roll into more of the "brass tacks" of building a Noble Empire. I met Doug at a local TEDx event, and was blown away not only by his passion for non-profit work, but also his ecclectic music […]

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