Must You LOVE Your Business?

In previous conversations, I may have left you with a misunderstanding.  Allow me to clear it up. If there is something that you just must do, then you do it.  However, it does not have to make money. It may be that your art or gift or skill can be delivered in such a way [...]

Are You Teachable?

As a business expert, I am expected to offer advice.  The danger is that I become so committed to what I know works that I am no longer teachable.  Attending seminars and webinars, listening to great speakers, is one of the habits I have developed that helps me stay teachable.   Teachable means willing [...]

Is Your Business Killing You?

I got into the family plumbing business when my husband's partner died.  My husband, Hotrod, and his best friend, Richard Yox, started the company together.  They had been friends since they were 8 and 9 years old.  While Hotrod is a laid back guy, Yox could get wound up.  His health, while not great to [...]

Biz Kid o’ the Day!

Being an entrepreneur has many benefits.  You can achieve financial and lifestyle freedom.  You can be of service to others, while steering your own course.  Perhaps best of all, you can have a powerful, positive impact on your kids.  Entrepreneurs teach children this priceless lesson:  You can manufacture your own money. Emily Ridgeway has great mentors…her entrepreneurial parents.  Ed and Stacey Ridgeway own Mason’s Chimney Service Company.  We’ve worked together for a few years.  They have put their business plan together and participated in our Biz Plan Challenge program.  Along the way, their kids have picked up a thing or two about making money and living the dream.  Stacey sent me this email the other day.  It inspired me!  Hope it does you, too.  Here’s an excerpt… […]

5 Easy Ways to Rekindle the Passion for Your Business

Daylight Savings Time just ended. It’s 5 pm and dark outside.  All you want to do is go home and watch reruns of Modern Family.  I get it.  It takes energy and fizz and a sense of purpose to get up off the couch. It takes a passion for something bigger than eating mac ‘n cheese and searching for cat videos on YouTube. Sometimes business sucks the life out of you.  You started a business because you have a passion for something.  Maybe its the day-to-day craft.  Maybe its the lifestyle that having your own business creates.  Regardless, life happens and your business may lose the luster it once had.  The passion that once drove you fades.  So how do you rekindle the fire?  STOP. Take a deep breath and try these 5 easy ways to re-energize your passion for your business. […]