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Your business’ trade credit score isn’t any less important than your personal credit score. In fact, if you want your business to grow, you need to make sure you keep your personal credit separated from the business’ credit. Once you’ve established your business, focus on developing a solid credit track record so that investors and vendors will come to you with business offers and support. There are several things you can do that will help build your credit rating. The…

Think back to a time when you were really inspired. An idea triggered something in your brain that made you think, “That’s it. That’s the answer!” What follows inspiration is a passionate, dedicated approach to achieving a goal you believe in. How can you cultivate this attitude in your employees? How do you create an environment of inspiration? There’s a big difference between inspired employees and professionals just doing their jobs. Inspired people have unparalleled enthusiasm,…

Whether it’s a site you’ve carefully crafted over several years, or a quick niche site you built just to re-sell, you’ll want to get the best deal you can. You can increase your chances of making a good sale by following these tips.  # 1. Is it time to sell? Look at your website as a potential buyer would. Does it have a clear, profitable niche? Does it have good earning potential, and is it earning well now? Does it have excellent traffic numbers? Is it going to be easy to…

It is an undeniable fact that our past defines our current thinking. It dictates how we see the world around us. Each one of us looks at the world through lenses that blur curtain details while highlighting others. Even the most adventurous of us live by habits, clinging to what we know, and ignoring everything that does not fit into our worldview. We all relive moments of failure, wondering what we could have done differently. We also hold tight to our glorious moments, breathing them in and…

When trying to determine why some company directors are successful while others have a hard time living up to their own expectations, a common argument that you may encounter is that “some people are just not cut out for it.” The problem with that is, we all have a starting point from which we begin our endeavor into the business world, and most directors with more than a year’s experience can testify that they’ve learned a lot and have changed a lot since their…

Confession time: I’ve been known to zone out after a busy day by curling up in front of the television to watch something like Undercover Boss, Tabitha Takes Over or Restaurant Stakeout. All of these programs have two things in common. First, they take a candid look at what really happens in the day-to-day operations of a business. We see it all, the good and the bad, and more often than not there’s quite a lot of “bad” to be seen.  We’ll chalk that up to the fact…

Whether you’ve just opened your doors or you’ve been operating for years, it is up to you, the business owner, to make clear, effective decisions if your business is going to succeed. Let’s look at three questions that can make the difference between a wildly successful business and a smoldering hole in the ground. # 1. Does it fit my business Focus? It seems simple enough, “Does pulling the trigger on this decision fit with the overall focus of my business?” When…

Marketing brochures give clients and customers a way to learn about products and services at their own pace. Readers can focus on as much or as little information as they can process. Marketing brochures essentially are portable salespeople. They ride along in cars, purses, briefcases and so on to be referenced and shared with people along their travels. Each time they get pulled out they represent your brand and business. Therefore, you want to do a little research to discover marketing…

There has been a lot of discussion and debates on what motivates entrepreneurs. How do you know if you or someone else is an entrepreneur? Deeply embedded in the practice of entrepreneurship is passion.  Many startup executives have noted that having passion is one of the key drivers for entrepreneurial success.  Passion drives some entrepreneurs to assume high levels of risk taking that many may see as being unconventional and even crazy. After teaching entrepreneurship and mentoring…

Are you one of the forward-thinking employers or managers who loves to give workers incentives rather than be forced to hand out punishment? OSHA may have some harsh words for you: Stop it! As most of us in business already know, there are plenty of ways to tick off employees, and unfortunately many of those seem to come fairly naturally. It can be the proactive, positive reinforcement strategies that are more difficult to master, yet we know that motivation is a very powerful management…