December 19

Find the Answers to Your Questions About Strategic Planning

Strategic planning may not be something that you have given much thought to, but if you are a business owner, it is time to start thinking. No matter the size of your company, it can definitely benefit from strategic planning. However, if you have never thought much about it, then you most likely have more…


November 24
melissa hughes

Your Branding Questions Answered

You own a business and someone mentions that you need to be branded. Instantly, thousands of questions begin to run through your mind. Whether or not you have even heard of branding, the thought of it is destined to drum up quite a few questions. When you run a small business, the questions become even more…


November 17
Understanding Your Business Accounting and Cash Flow Process

Understanding Your Business’ Accounting and Cash Flow Process

Consider the following scenario. You started a business. It is a small business, but it is selling the products that you love. Maybe it is even a specialty business, and you have had a great deal of success from your surrounding area. You are not very good with numbers, so you have made the decision to…


November 10
Love elevates you - It makes you lighter

Love elevates you. It makes you lighter.

When you accept the abundance of that love, you receive: • Joy • Lightness • Peace • Understanding • Knowing • A positive guiding presence When I was told to bring joy to people’s souls, it meant bringing them love—real love. A very powerful example of real love can be found in my sister’s story.…


November 4
I dreamed of being an artist and of living a big life

I dreamed of being an artist and of living a big life

I’m originally from Germany, but I’ve been living in the United States since the mid-’90s when I came here in pursuit of a spiritual calling. The first inkling I had of my life’s vision was around the age of six. I grew up in a small village in the Black Forest where life was rural, simple,…


October 20
customer value

The Lifetime Value of a Customer

Customers come and go. This is just one of the ups and downs of owning a business. You are aware that you may not always keep the same customers for years. However, as a small business, you will usually have a strong base of loyal customers who continue to visit your business for years. These people…


October 16
Play To Your Strengths

Play To Your Strengths

Isn’t it great when you can get paid for doing something you love?  I’ve heard people say they love their work so much, they would do it for nothing.  But let’s be realistic.  You may love to ski, but unless you’re amazingly talented – and daring – no one’s going to pay you to do it.  When you open…


September 18

The 3 Phases of a Business

Why should a customer choose your brand when they have practically unlimited choices at his disposal?  They need to know what’s so great about you, but you probably won’t have that answer right from Day 1 of launching your business.  Decide how you can best tweak your business so that it becomes superior.  The operative…


August 18

How To Give Your Customers Exactly What They Want

  One of the questions that I often get when I do my free Monthly Q&A calls or when I am laser coaching at a conference, is ‘How do I stand out from my competition?’ or ‘How do I distinguish myself from similar service providers in my niche’? I think this is such a great…


August 14
mission and vision of business

Your Small Business’ Vision and Mission Statement

Most likely, you have heard of many larger companies that employ both vision and mission statements. You have even seen these statements as framed prints, posted proudly on a company wall. However, as a small business owner, have you made the decision to create and follow the statements for your company? If not, you have most…