Entrepreneuring

Startup Business Ideas, Strategy and Planning

As an entrepreneur, you most likely wear many hats in your day-to-day work. Figuring out how to juggle all of the tasks you have to do, while still maintaining a life outside of work can be a challenge. Entrepreneuring articles focus on you, the entrepreneur, and how you can strengthen your areas of weakness when it comes to business and keeping a healthy work-life balance.

Are You in the Dark When it Comes to Workplace Lighting?

As a mother, I often find myself switching on a lamp when I see one of my kids reading in a dimly lit room. Most of us know that poor lighting can cause eyestrain and headaches. But did you know that improper lighting could impact your work productivity as well? Lighting not only affects how well we are able to see, but it also plays a role in our moods and behaviors, … [Read more...]

Don’t Judge a Book by Its Title

I’ve quite proudly passed on my love of reading to my three young sons. My oldest has recently purchased an Amazon Kindle Fire so he and his brothers can enjoy digital books. One day my middle son, who’s only six years old, with Kindle in hand, approached me and asked, “Dad, how do I spell diarrhea?” Of course, I immediately told him we were NOT doing a word search on the … [Read more...]

What to Do When Owning a Business Is Raising Your Blood Pressure

Although my personality is slightly Type A, always striving to do my best and getting impatient when I feel like I don’t have control, I had never had any health issues because of it—that is, until I became self-employed. Within a year and a half of leaving my job with county government and trekking out on my own as a freelance writer, I found myself sitting in the doctor’s … [Read more...]

Strengthen Your Character, Strengthen Your Small Business

This article is one in the multi-part series entitled The Entrepreneurial Mindset. In one of my very first trainings as a reserve deputy with our local police department, the commanding officer who was leading the meeting talked about the importance of character. For instance, he explained how, when responding to a non-emergency call, you should always use the sidewalk as … [Read more...]

4 Reasons Why an Employee May Require Too Much of Your Time

The goal is for employees to work independently and complete tasks. The opportunity to parallel task, using more people to get more done in less time, is one of the primary benefits to growing the team. For many small business owners, myself included, the idea of hiring first comes about when you simply need to multiply yourself. After all, there's only so much you can do in 24 … [Read more...]

3 Things Never to Say in Starbucks

Starbucks is the de facto office for many entrepreneurs, freelancers and small business owners. It is an ideal place to meet with clients and prospects and to talk shop with partners. As much as Starbucks is a comfortable place to get work done, and as common as it is to see someone set up a workstation for hours at a time, it essential to remember that Starbucks is public … [Read more...]

How to Be Your Personal Best

This article is one in the multi-part series entitled The Entrepreneurial Mindset. Owning and operating your own small business likely means that you spend a lot of time focused on the quality of your products and services. By listening to customer reviews and studying the market, you get a better understanding of what people want, putting you in a better position to give it … [Read more...]

Should You Hire a Summer Intern for Your Small Business?

I landed a dream internship at a city magazine the summer before my senior year of college. I proposed the internship, and I was the first intern the magazine had ever had. The editor and I hit it off in an interview, and I think she liked the idea of helping a journalism student. She hired me to work for 10 weeks three days a week as an editorial assistant. My pay? No … [Read more...]