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You, like most business owners, work hard to run your business. Maybe too hard, at times. Here are signs that you might need to step away from your business, even briefly, so that you come back refreshed and rejuvenated. 1. You’re Frustrated. Little things set you off, like a shipment being late, or a client’s tardiness in replying to your email. You spend more time being annoyed by the day-to-day intricacies of your business than being enamored by them. 2. The Magic is…

There is absolutely no point in having a website if it’s not generating leads for you. I don’t think anyone in business would argue that one. In fact these days it’s very common that a business will not launch until its website is ready. Delays with the website usually translate into delays with the business launch. That’s how important your website is. How do I know what I’m talking about? I’m drawing on a lot of my own recent experience for this post. We…

In the last few years, email has become the  boogie man of work efficiency. Executives everywhere are struggling to achieve the much coveted inbox zero, some companies are making attempts to stop after-hours emails, and others are trying to completely eradicate email from their organization. What was first hailed as a great communication source turned out to be the nightmare of many knowledge workers. So how did email turn out to be the bad guy? It’s not surprising when we take a look at…

Partnerships can be a great way for small businesses to increase visibility, reach new audiences and sell more products.  A business partnership has a lot of similarities to a romantic relationship and some of the same advice applies.  Trust your instincts, date before you commit and make sure you can really live together before getting married. But, just like with your personal relationships, the more involved you get with a business partner, the more important it is that you’re both…

Hands-up, how many times have you heard the following statements in a business context: ‘I didn’t know they did that?’, ‘Oh, I thought they offered that service!’… or ‘I didn’t know I was supposed to do that’, ‘wasn’t that your job?’… ‘we were never told that was the plan’. Now I ask you this: what is the central theme linking all of these statements?   Yes, you got it: communication. You see,…

One of the most exciting aspects of my management career has been building a team – awesome teams.  I’ve found that being able to do so helps make the execution of business plans much easier and much more effective over time. I hadn’t given much thought before to the building of these teams until I moved from active management and leadership positions to an executive leadership coaching practice. I knew how to build them and just did it. Now however, I need to break down the steps…

Tej Kohli knows a thing or two about being an entrepreneur. A successful international businessman and philanthropist, Kohli has established three thriving organizations: Grafix Softech, the Ozone Real Estate Group, and the Tej Kohli Foundation. Kohli has shown the world through these three businesses that the sky is the limit when it comes to personal aspiration and achievement. A man of humble beginnings, Kohli enrolled himself in the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology as a youngster.…

The Internet is a great tool for customers who want to know more about the products they’re buying. Unfortunately, they’ll do much of their product investigation while flying below your radar. For example, potential customers will land on your website and evaluate your products or services without contacting any salespeople. This is similar to a brick-and-mortar store where a visitor walks in and out without being offered any guidance or help. Unless you’re able to intervene in some way,…

Hiring virtual employees could be quite unfamiliar to some businesses, especially to those who have never tried this setup before. People often worry about how hard it is to monitor their overseas staff and they tend to think that a setup such as this is very strange compared to the usual where you have all your staff inside your office. Honestly, this setup isn’t too different from the usual office setup. The main difference is the medium of communication between you and your staff. Instead…

According to the research done by the US bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly 60 percent of all businesses fail within the first four years of operation. This is attributed to a wide variety of shortcomings, hardships and overall struggles faced by any new startup. Unfortunately, there is a great percentage of failure from businesses that had the potential to be successful but were poorly managed or just inexperienced. It is important whether you are a venture capitalist or have a company looking…