Goal Setting

10 Tips for Keeping Your Small Business New Year’s Resolutions

Although the top three New Year’s resolutions for 2015 were to become stress free, lose weight, and quit smoking, if you’re anything like me, your goals are more business related. No doubt you strive to be your best personally, but most entrepreneurs I know are more focused on their career, thus that’s where their priorities for the New Year tend to lie. That being said, one … [Read more...]

7 Steps to Making 2016 Your Best Business Year Yet

With 2015 rapidly coming to an end, most small business owners I know are thinking about what they can do to make 2016 their best year yet, intent on growing their companies to higher levels than they are today. Of course, if you’ve ever tried to do this, then you already know that it isn’t always an easy task. It’s like setting a New Year’s resolution to lose weight, quit … [Read more...]

What is a Vision Statement, and How is it Different Than a Mission Statement?

A vision statement, which is different from a mission statement, defines the purpose and objectives of a company for the future. A vision statement explains what the company hopes to do going forward, when does the company want to do it, and how does the company accomplish its future goals. Its focus is on future hope with a clear objective. The main purpose of a vision … [Read more...]

Why You Should Put Your Small Business Goals in Writing

I am a pretty fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants kind of business person. While I have some general idea of which way I want to go professionally and I continue to take steps to get there, I largely follow the flow of what feels right at the moment. For instance, when I first went into writing, I thought I wanted to write about health, fitness, and personal development. However, … [Read more...]

How to Reach Your Small Business Goals and Have Fun Too

Reaching higher levels of business success typically means making a lot of sacrifices to get there. If you’re like most small business owners, you know what it is like to give up time spent relaxing with family and friends because you’re putting in 10, 12, and 16 hour days. You also understand what it feels like to give up a little bit of your sanity as you wade through the … [Read more...]

Gearing up Your Small Business for Fall

We tend to think of New Year’s Eve as the time to ring out the old and bring in the new, but fall can be a new beginning for your small business. Many of us tend to shift into a lower gear during the summer, and that’s a good thing. We all need time to slow down. With the kids going back to school and the holiday season quickly approaching after that, however, now is the … [Read more...]

How to Develop the Mindset to Actually Reach Your Small Business Goals

This article is one in the multi-part series entitled The Entrepreneurial Mindset. When it comes to reaching your small business goals, a number of viable options exist. And most of them consist of some sort of step-by-step procedure that requires that you write your goals down in black and white and make a concrete and specific plan to reach them. While that is great and … [Read more...]

Should You Get a Small Business Coach?

When I first quit my government-paid job and began freelance writing, I connected with a woman who seemed to have her life almost exactly where I wanted mine to be. She worked solely for herself, had been featured by various different reputable entities, and even had her own television show. I didn’t really want a TV show of my own, but my goal was to be a motivational speaker, … [Read more...]

Dealing With Doubt

Whether or not we like to admit it, we all have a voice in the back of our heads. On some days, it’s an encouraging voice that pushes us forward and drives us to take risks. On other days, it’s a seemingly endless stream of negativity that tells us we should quit whatever we’re working on. As an entrepreneur, listening to that kind of doubt can be the beginning of the end. Once … [Read more...]