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Dirty Secrets of Small Business

What Should I Do When Starting A Business?

So did you already start your business or are you still thinking about it?  If you’ve already started your business chances are you might be feeling a bit overwhelmed already.  If you haven’t already started, maybe you’re finding reasons not to start, like you’re waiting for the perfect time to launch.  Unfortunately there’s no such thing as you can always find reasons not to start your company.

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Dirty Secrets of Small Business

Anybody Can Be A Small Business Owner, But Should They?

There has never been an easier time than now to get into business for yourself.  With modern technology and the resulting connectivity you could literally have a worldwide business set up and running in a matter of days.  So depending on your view this could be an exciting opportunity or totally overwhelming.  But just because you can set up a business, does that mean you should?

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Dirty Secrets of Small Business

What Does Your Driving Style Say About Your Leadership Style?

Have you been on a road trip this summer? We are big fans of road trips, always have been. And now with all the craziness going on with airlines and constant cancellations and delays, not to mention all the hassles at the airport and potential loss of luggage, road trips have become even more appealing to most folks.

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Dirty Secrets of Small Business

How Do I Stay Focused?

Staying focused can be a problem in regular life, not to mention your business life.  One of the things we provide for our coaching clients is a framework to help them know “what” they should be focusing on which is our 7 Keys to Success.  But that doesn’t explain “how” they can stay focused.  After all, don’t we all battle some demons when it comes to staying focused?

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Dirty Secrets of Small Business

How Often Should The Boss Be In The Office?

This is one of those questions that circles around an owner’s mind quite often. Not only how often should I be in the office but for how long? Should the boss be the first in and last to leave? Or should the boss only show up whenever it’s convenient? Or somewhere in between? How about as little as possible? The short answer is, it depends!

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Dirty Secrets of Small Business

How Would I Act If Money Was No Object?

We recently met a husband and wife who have owned and worked together in a business for nearly three decades. They were exploring the possibility of selling their business and retiring. When we asked them what they were going to do after they sold the business they both had a sheepish grin and said they were going to “relax and enjoy life.” They want to do a little traveling and spend time with the grandkids, but the basic driver is to get relief from the day-to-day running of the business.

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Dirty Secrets of Small Business

How Do I Get Over Trying To Be In Control?

One of the things that folks in a leadership position wrestle with is the idea of being in control. We will often hear business owners talk about how they are accused of being micromanagers. This can result in team members not feeling confident or empowered to make many of the day-to-day decisions in running the business and instead will wait for the owner to step in to decide what to do. This can be one of the biggest limiting factors for you and your business’s success.