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Five Personality Traits for Small Business Success

Five Personality Traits for Small Business SuccessBy Dawn Berryman

It’s a given that business owners and employees alike should act in a professional manner. What constitutes professionalism? To a degree, it can be interpreted in different ways. When you own your own business this becomes even more important to be professional and be conscientious of how others view you.

Professionalism directly relates to customer service. And, strong customer service is essential to a successful business. It’s not only important to be professional when it comes to customers, but also when talking with colleagues, business partners, and vendors. Your image and reputation is everything.

Let’s be honest, many of us don’t have a large marketing budget. But, being professional is one free way we can increase our word-of-mouth exposure. On the flip side, if you act in an unprofessional manner, there can be severe consequences. It’s not always true that any publicity is good publicity. If word gets out about a poor interaction it can really harm your business, even for weeks and months to come. (more…)

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Anatomy of an Ecourse That Yields 50K+ Per Launch

Anatomy of an Ecourse That Yields 50K+ Per LaunchBy Helene Caura

Nikki Elledge Brown was a Park Ranger in Hawaii. She was good at communicating clearly to an audience. She decided to make an online course about it, and targeted website creators. She sold 1,000 of her $300 course during her very first launch.

Nick Stephenson teaches authors how to improve their marketing efforts and build their platform, and made $130,208 with his first launch, in one week.

In my first article, I researched why more and more coaches and experts are excited about creating e-courses. Kathryn Hocking, an Australian ecourse expert and launch strategist, sums it up very well: “It is a leveraged way to share your gifts with your ideal clients and make a greater global impact than 1:1 work alone, and it can allow you greater flexibility and freedom in your coaching business.

If you’re interested in learning how to design and develop your own online course, in today’s article, I’d like to:

  • Show you 5 things that happen behind the scenes that make successful courses.
  • Share with you objections I generally hear from experts who are interested in creating their first ecourse, but can’t get started.
  • Give you with tips and suggestions on how to overcome your invisible scripts, so you can launch your ecourse.


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How Businesses Should Approach the End of The Year

How Businesses Should Approach the End of The Year By Deborah Sweeney

According to the Kauffman Foundation, after falling for five years, the amount of new entrepreneurs as a percentage of the population finally picked back up. That means, for many, we aren’t just approaching the end of the year – we’re also approaching the end of their first year of business. And as exciting as that is, a lot of new entrepreneurs aren’t quite sure what they should be doing to prepare for the new year. Sure, most know they have to get their books in order for tax season, but many are still asking “what else?” Honestly, the answer varies from business to business, but there are a few, generic end-of-the-year tasks that can help nearly any new company heading into 2016.

Review Your Company’s Staffing Needs

The vast majority of small businesses do not have any employees – 79% of all small firms are non-employers, according to the Small Business Administration. So you shouldn’t feel like you need to hire someone in 2016. (more…)

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Let Her Corner Help You Grow Your Woman-Owned Business

Let Her Corner Help You Grow Your Woman-Owned BusinessBy Kimi Clark

If you’re a woman entrepreneur and small business owner, you don’t have to go it alone – let Her Corner help you grow your woman-owned business.

Owning and operating a business is hard work and can be filled with uncertainty,  unanswered questions, and lack of support

(especially if you’re a one-woman show). Wouldn’t it be nice if there were a place to go and meet likeminded women who are going through (or have been through) many of the same experiences that you are?

That’s where Her Corner comes in!

What is Her Corner?

Her Corner is a community of women entrepreneurs who collaborate, network, and leverage one another’s expertise via a peer group model to grow their businesses. It was founded in 2011 in Washington, D.C., which is one of the fastest-growing markets for women-owned business owners in the U.S., and currently has members across 34 states.

They offer in person meetings where members can network with each other and offer support, advice, experience, and camaraderie. Her Corner has been featured on The Washington Post,, and SmallBizDaily.  (more…)

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Love Him or Hate Him … 5 Things Every Entrepreneur Can Learn from Donald Trump

Love Him or Hate Him … 5 Things Every Entrepreneur Can Learn from Donald TrumpBy Jan Pinnington

Love him or hate him, Donald Trump, our nation’s wacky outspoken real estate investor, TV personality, business author, and now presidential candidate (with really bad hair), has some words of wisdom that every entrepreneur can learn from.

Expectantly, when someone is a billionaire, (that’s billion with a “b” and 9 zeros behind it), they must be doing something right.

Before we dig deeper into some of Mr. Trump’s famous words of wisdom, let’s first set the stage for some fun facts about millionaires and billionaires provided by

  • According to the book The Millionaire Next Door, only 20% of millionaires inherited their wealth. The other 80% earned their cash on their own.
  • Half of all millionaires are self-employed or own a business.
  • Most American millionaires are manager-owners of businesses.
  • Four of the youngest billionaires in the world are connected to Facebook (Mark Zuckerberg, Sean Parker, Eduardo Severin, and Dustin Moskovitz.
  • The first African American woman to make it onto billionaire lists is Oprah Winfrey, who is worth approximately $2.7 billion.
  • The average millionaire will claim bankruptcy an average of 3.5 times in his or her lifetime.
  • 7% of U.S. households are millionaire households.

As you can see, many of the wealthiest people in the U.S. earned their wealth themselves, and according to statistics, at least half of them were self-employed entrepreneurs. (more…)

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