Archives for August 2012

Why You Should Join a Chamber of Commerce…Probably

Most everyone has heard of a Chamber of Commerce, but few people actually know what they do and why they should be involved. A Chamber can be incredibly valuable to a new business. Here is what you need to know.   The Basics: What They Do A Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization dedicated […]

Be Professional, Even Off the Clock

As a small business owner, you are the face of your company. While you may have separate branding and marketing efforts, the owner represents the business every day. It is important to put your best foot forward.  You Are Your Brand If you own a small business, you are linked to your brand whether you […]

How Long do You Give Away Your Services Before Charging?

I have three of my own small businesses. I have a blogging and online media business, a flash mob consulting business, and a DJ business. They are all making money now, but I had to start each of them with no revenue.   Why Work For Free In some industries, you should never start working […]

Key Success Motivators

Being motivated is the key to being successful.  However, early in your career, you may not be totally aware of what motivates you.  Or, you could think you’re motivated by one thing, say money, but in reality, you seek money because your true motivation is having free time. As a leader, if you want to […]

Best Practices to Grow Your Business by Word of Mouth

Selling to new customers can be hard. They know that you are in it to make money, and if you don’t have a good reputation or references, you might have a tough time. Rather than give new potential customers the hard sale, it could be best to build a strong word of mouth marketing approach […]