Business tips for small business owners: How to not go broke

business tips for small business owners how to not go broke

I know that training courses, conferences and industry groups can get expensive. But have you tried ignorance? That will make you broke!” – Brad Farris (Click to Tweet)

Signs of a Failing Business: The Indicators One Business Owner Missed

signs of a failing business

Seeing the signs of a failing business aren’t always easy. Especially when it’s your own. We set up shop in 3,000 square feet of sublet space with a toolbox and a computer. It took us almost three months to ship our first order of scaffolding, but the orders kept coming. With a lot of hard

Thinking about quitting? You need to do these 5 things NOW

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Every business goes through big highs and lows throughout their journey. And there are a LOT of times when we feel like quitting. Jill + Brad talk about how to make it through those rough times (they’ve been there, too). They also talk with AWESOME guest Alexandra Eidenberg, the founder of The Insurance People, and Mare Swallow, the founder

Meet an EnMast Member: Marie-Josée Porlier, Co-founder of Kohezion

EnMast Members

Marie-Josée Porlier is Sales Director at Kohezion –  an online tool you can use to design and build your own database applications without programming, focused for small businesses. After working for years as a Registered Nurse, Marie-Josée was feeling little tied down and looking for the kind of freedom that you can only get as

Employee retention: Skipping the counter offer

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Most of the time, when a resignation letter lands on your desk, it’s a surprise. You’ve worked hard to focus on employee retention and weren’t expecting one of your better employees  to quit (who you thought was happy and satisfied). Your mind starts to spin, and lots of questions start filling your head. Questions like:

Keep on Keepin’ on: How to persevere and get work done

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I’m a swimmer. Swimming laps is one of the few forms of exercise that I can sustain on a regular basis. But I have a slight problem with counting laps. I push a way from the wall and I think in my head one. I get to the next wall and I think two. A

The greatest lessons I learned from my mentors

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Everyone needs a mentor, especially business owners! And often times, we need several. They help shape us into the people that we are. They help us through challenges, give us resources when we need them, and come alongside us when we need it most. Jill and Brad talk about their top mentor lessons from their mentors

What to do when… You’re not sure you can keep going

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My business started off so strong. But the last year or so it’s been really rough. The clients are there, but they’re so much more demanding. I’ve lost a couple of key team members, and I just don’t know how many more weekends I can work. My family is angry (and they should be) and

Stop business owner burnout with better systems

business owner burnout

“I used to like my business, now I can’t stand it. It’s just  not the same anymore.” I have a unique business.  I run around in my pajamas and have fun for a living.  I am a martial arts instructor.  However, I know several “successful” school owners who no longer like their business.  I have

Every time you feel down about your business, remind yourself of these 6 things

the cost of success

The cost of success: Is it worth the price of admission? When we work on something truly great (you are working on something great aren’t you?), we will face adversity. There will be times when the whole world seems hell bent on putting brick walls in your path. But there’s only one way to respond

Quitting is for quitters: How to keep going when everything tells you to stop

persistence

In the beginning…. When I first started consulting, I closed my first 2 new business appointments. After that, I failed to close the next 27 in a row. I went 5 months hearing nothing but “No.” I was discouraged and frustrated. So I called my dad for advice. After hearing my story he said, “Brad,

Being a business owner is not always fun and games. Suck it up!

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As a business owner — entrepreneur, self-employed emperors-of-my-own-universe — I’m supposed to “follow my passion“. Figure out what floats my boat and focus on that. Make my dreams come true. Why is it that no one ever told me that “following my dreams” would mean when running a business I have to do a bunch