5 most common business owner mistakes

business owner mistakes

Business owners often feel like they’re making mistakes left and right, especially when they first start their business. If you can relate, you’re not alone. We’re all in the same boat. But one of the differences between a growing business and a struggling business is that we learn from those mistakes and move forward. Jill and

Meet an EnMast Member: Jeff Fliegler, Founder of The Point Solutions

Jeff Friegler

It’s all in the family. Jeff Fliegler of The Point Solutions works with his dad to provide a range of consulting services to small business owners, although the focus for the first crop of clients has been on social media and content marketing. Their team consists of father, son and one sales rep. We’re thankful

Top 5 ways you can be a better leader

how to be a better leader

I don’t think any of us set out trying to be a bad leader, or ‘try’ to be a bad boss. To some of us, “leadership” doesn’t come as naturally. Or maybe it’s an area we want to get even better with. Jill and Brad talk about different ways you can be a better leader,

Millennial values: A business owner’s guide to managing Millennials

millennial values

You’ve read the studies about Gen Yers having different values than Gen X or Boomers. You’ve heard all about work/life balance and why us youngin’s really value it. But when it comes to the practical ways we want work/life balance or why it’s one of the core Millennial values, there’s not a whole lot of

Numbers every business owner needs to know about their business

business numbers

There’s a million numbers we can look at that tell us about how our business is performing. Income, account receivables, expenses, customer acquisition, and the list goes on. But which ones really matter? Jill and Brad share the top 5 numbers that really matter that you need to watch in order to grow your business.

Why I refuse to check my email after work hours

checking email after work

In college, I wanted a Blackberry. I wanted one badly. (Sad, I know.) Unfortunately, I had this EnV phone that was ‘cool’ for others my age (lame), but when I would text on it, it looked like I was playing a video game with the way it flipped up. I needed to look more ‘professional’

Cube vs. Corner: Millennial Leadership — what’s the deal?

millennial leadership

Cube vs. Corner is the place where Devan and Brad debate an issue from the boss’s perspective, and the employee’s perspective. This time we’re tackling Millennial leadership. Brad’s experience with Millennial employees and his client’s employees is that they don’t want to lead. Devan argues the opposite citing how several of her colleagues have left

Top 5 ways to make a great impression in the business world

how to make a great impression

This week on Breaking Down Your Business, Jill + Brad talk about how to make a great impression in business. From knowing when it’s time to calm down to becoming more memorable to sticking to your personal style to speaking up, there are so many ways to make a better impression in business. They also break

The 4 types of BAD leaders [Infographic]

Affective Business Leadership Styles

We’ve all had our fair share of bad managers. No matter how much we enjoy our work, a bad boss can make us truly miserable. You’ve heard the saying: “People don’t quit jobs, they quit bosses.” (Click to tweet) As leaders, managers, and/or business owners, we want to lead well. We want to be competent; and we

Small business owner’s favorite articles this month | April 2014

top small business podcast

Woo-HOO! It has been an exciting April! Besides the thrill of growing membership, Brad made it ICON14 this week! And our post about headphones at work stirred up some controversy on LinkedIn. (And you know how we looove to stir things up! ;)) But the icing on the cake is that our Breaking Down Your Business podcast with Jill

How business owners can achieve their dreams

dreams into realities

We all have dreams, especially when it comes to our business. We have visions and goals of what we want our business to be ideally, or eventually grow into being. And often times those dreams can seem so far away or we have a voice inside our head telling us we can’t do it. Jill

Does listening to music at work improve productivity? Here’s 8 compelling reasons why it does

music improves productivity

Brad and I wrote a little while back about wearing headphones at the office.  He noticed I was wearing them more often and we had some issues when he would try to get my attention. So we shared about it on LinkedIn, and it generated a storm of comments from people with polar opposite views — either they