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  • What Contingency Plans Have You Made for Your Business?

    When the unexpected happens to your small business, are you prepared? o  If payroll hits and there is not enough money in your business checking account, do you have a credit line with your bank? Will it be triggered automatically, or do you need to take action? o  Is electricity essential to the business? If ...

    Posted at June 10, 2015 | By : | Categories : Our Work,Plan | 0 Comment
  • What Part of Your Life Needs New Landscaping?

    Good landscaping invites, enhances and complements. Recently, the grounds committee at my church decided that the property could use a fresh look. The landscaper got to work, and now the facilities are verdant and inviting. Change is not only necessary – it is often healthy. A new room color, with furniture rearranged, can add visual appeal and improved comfort. An updated hairstyle or clothing can increase ...

    Posted at June 6, 2015 | By : | Categories : Mind,Our Lives | 0 Comment
  • Writing a Book is Eerily Similar to Starting a Business

    At long last, my first book has been published! (More on that later.) I have always viewed authors as small business owners. Now I can attest that the process of writing, publishing and marketing a book is eerily similar to starting a small business: o   We must start with an idea. Then we must grow it, focusing and refining ...

    Posted at June 3, 2015 | By : | Categories : Analyze,Market,Our Work,Plan,Produce,Uncategorized | 0 Comment
  • Blogging Sabbatical

    Last fall, I decided to take a sabbatical from blogging for The Entrepreneur's Friend ®. Why?  I am using the time to focus on books that will be introduced via Amazon -- hopefully by May 1, 2015! In the meantime, check out the category "cloud" on the right of each web page.  It will lead you to over 180 blogs related to: Our Work - Plan, Produce, ...

    Posted at September 27, 2014 | By : | Categories : Our Lives,Our Work | 0 Comment
  • Step Up to the Plate

    We are all familiar with the Scout motto:  Be Prepared!  All aspects of life benefit from preparation.  But, we need to be able to go beyond preparation and have the willingness to take action when action is required. It is much easier to take action when we expect the need to arise.  But, sometimes we are taken off guard. When my daughter was in the seventh grade, I volunteered to chaperone at the middle school’s eighth grade ...

    Posted at August 29, 2014 | By : | Categories : Mind,Our Lives,Relationships,Spirit | 1 Comment
  • Words Matter: How Do You Encourage Your Team?

    Whether your small business “team” consists of paid employees or outside contractors, the verbal messages they are given matter.  This was reinforced to me this week as I observed communication and teamwork at its best. My husband and I have been sprucing up our home a bit.  After seventeen years, it was in need of a minor facelift, and part of that ...

    Posted at August 27, 2014 | By : | Categories : Our Work,Produce | 0 Comment
  • Contingency Planning for Life

    I probably do not have to convince you that life is full of surprises – some good and some bad.  Thus, the Scout motto, “Be Prepared,” is appropriate for both work and life. Planning is an important aspect of being prepared.  Some of us love to plan in great detail.  ...

    Posted at August 22, 2014 | By : | Categories : Body,Mind,Our Lives,Uncategorized | 0 Comment
  • A New Take on Sampling

    When we produce a good product or service, and repeat purchases make sense, it helps if we can provide samples for our target audience.  If they try it and like it – and it is well-priced – they will likely buy again. Sampling includes these examples and more: o  A free packet of laundry detergent in the mail. o  A bite of food on a toothpick ...

    Posted at August 20, 2014 | By : | Categories : Market,Our Work,Plan | 0 Comment
  • Outsource Personal Projects

    When we are self-employed, it can be tempting to tackle home projects on our own – such as painting and landscaping.  However, doing it ourselves may not be the wisest use ...

    Posted at August 19, 2014 | By : | Categories : Body,Mind,Our Lives,Relationships | 2 Comments
  • Opportunities Taken

    Recently, we looked at several ways to identify needs that could become opportunities for your business.  Soon after writing those words, I boarded a plane for two weeks of touring in Alaska.  Examples of “opportunities taken” were everywhere – far too many to share them all.  Here are a few:   Vendors at the Dallas Airport has both expected and unexpected products for travelers.   Of course, there were products that ...

    Posted at August 13, 2014 | By : | Categories : Analyze,Market,Our Work,Plan,Produce | 0 Comment