Brad Farris

As principal advisor of Anchor Advisors, Brad Farris has experience leading businesses & business owners into new levels of growth and success. Through his work with over 100 Chicago area small businesses he has experience in guiding founders and business owners through the pitfalls and joys of growing their business. Prior to joining Anchor Advisors, Brad spent over 10 years managing business units for a family-owned conglomerate with sales of $2 million to $25 million.
When not working Brad enjoys cycling, cooking and the NFL. He is married with 5 children and lives in Chicago, Illinois. Connect with him on Google+, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Thanks to my key business advisors who have helped me build my business

Key Business Advisors: They've got my back!

I’d like to thank my key advisors… In growing my business I have relied on the advice and wisdom of LOTS of other people. Some of those people are close to me, and they know the impact they’ve made. There are others whom I’ve never met, but their wisdom has nonetheless shaped the business owner

5 people to meet on your entrepreneurial journey

5 people to meet on your entrepreneurial journey.

No business owner walks alone. We all work inside an ecosystem, a community, that supports our efforts and enables us to turn our passion into entrepreneurial success. Here's 5 people that should be a part of that village. The customer, or client The only thing you need, to be “in business”,

Business owners can’t do it all on their own: 4 ways to build a business support system

how to build a business support system

In 2001, I went out on my own. (That’s what I called it; going “out on my own”). I set up an office in a spare bedroom with a computer and a phone and started to try to find business. On my own. I’m a pretty resilient person. When I set a goal, I do what it takes to get there. I can overcome a

How to boost your confidence when you feel out of your league

how to boost your confidence

You started this business because you knew a thing or two. Maybe you worked in a similar business for someone else, or it was something you did "on the side" and you finally decided to make it a "real thing"; but somehow you became good enough at it that people wanted to pay you for it. So you took

The one thing every business owner needs to do each day

practicing gratitude

This article originally appeared on Anchor Advisors. It only takes a minute each morning. Before I open my email, before I get started with my work, I stop and write down three (or more) things I'm thankful for. It's a simple thing. Just a brief pause in an other wise hectic day, but there's some

5 ways successful people act differently, and the trait that makes it possible

things successful people do

There's a common myths in the world of entrepreneurship that successful people were just "in the right place at the right time." That they were somehow luckier than others who were working hard on the same problems. As I think of the really successful entrepreneurs I've gotten to know over the

Business Owner Job Description: 5 Reasons You Need One

business owner job description

This article originally appeared on LinkedIn Pulse. As a business owner, you’re the boss. You’re the person people turn to when a question needs answered. You’re a counselor. You’re a mentor. You see the “big picture.” But while you’re busy wearing all of those different hats, have you ever

How to create an unstoppable business (by making an unstoppable you)

resilience quote

Today was one of those days everything went right! I got to the gym early and had a great workout, I hit all green lights on the way to the office, there was a nice referral lead in my inbox, I heard from a client that an employee situation we talked through worked out fine. I felt like Midas --

7 ways to be a more confident business owner

how to build your confidence

Confident business owners close more deals, get paid more for the deals they close, and get their work done more effectively. The confidence that you exude affects not just you, but your prospects, clients, and team members. I would argue that there's nothing more important than building your

Business Owner is a Title, Not a Job Description

Business Owner Job Description

While many business owners consider well-defined job descriptions crucial to their business, how many have actually taken the time to create a job description for themselves? Not many. But, a business owner needs a job description just as much as the rest of the team. In fact, a business owner may

Not driving enough traffic to your blog? You’re not doing these 6 things

how to drive more traffic to your website

So you've decided to start blogging. Great! Blogging is a great way for professionals to demonstrate their expertise, build trust, and cultivate leads and drive more traffic to your site. Your blog also provides great content for an email newsletter that can keep you and your business fresh in the

How to sell: How business owners can sell in this day and age

how to sell

Many of you might know that Tesla, a high-end luxury electric car company, has been in an ongoing battle in the news with car dealerships and lawmakers over their right to sell directly to consumers. But shouldn't we be able to sell cars online right now? For over a hundred years,