Browsing Archives

Browsing Articles

You are browsing the articles archive for Career.

Dealing with Customer Complaints – The ‘Act Now’ Policy

A business coach, when explaining to a group of entrepreneurs how to deal with a dissatisfied customer, asked how serious is the following customer complaint? (Add complaint here_________________.) Answers ranged from an easy fix to unrecoverable. The coach replied the actual seriousness can be immaterial; it depends on how long you wait to deal with [...]

Read More
iStock_000004868270XSmall

How To Be An Extra-Special Manager

Regardless of how “normal” you may regard your business and how you run it, you may have a unique set of traits that can set you apart as a manager. It may be the way you interact with others or your ability to sell anything to anyone. It may be a bit subtler than that. Bringing that little bit extra to managing a business can make a significant difference in how your company operates and how you are perceived as a manager and boss. Bringing something extra to the table can give you a hands down advantage.

Read More
923406_shirtpockettie

How To Be A Mid-Life Entrepreneur

Entrepreneurship is not something that belongs to the very young. In fact, they know very little. They often succeed by total fluke. Don’t be taken in by the endless hype that permeates almost anything written about business success. Nobody has the maturity and experience of someone over 50. Take that to the bank, and while you’re there, apply for a new business loan. Do it with confidence and even bravado.

Read More
1091624_success_succeed_business_money_sign

New Entrepreneur? What You Need To Know

Are you a new entrepreneur? Before you do anything, think about what you really want to do. If you have a dream, be sure it’s something that is realistic enough to turn into a business.

Read More
1139442_arrows_abstract_1

How to Re-Energize in a Slump

When things are going smoothly, it’s easy to stay focused and motivated. But slumps happen and when they do, one of the first things to take a hit is your drive and determination. You can stay focused and energize things by finding ways to re-awaken the spirit that got you to where you are in the first place.

Read More
887816_business_world_3

The Management Skills Entrepreneurs Need

Being a successful entrepreneur means knowing how to manage. This can be learned. Very few business people step up to the plate with a built-in set of management tools.

Read More
740210_buildings_nyc

Quit Your Day Job?

It’s very common for people to start small businesses while working for somebody else. The big question they all face is when to quit that day job.

Read More
1415060_business_graph

How to Ruin a Business

A few seemingly harmless things can contribute to undermining everything you’ve built in your business.

Read More
1188235_management_2

Get Real

When you first start out it’s natural to expect things to be challenging, but still within reach. In reality, the challenges are usually bigger.

Read More
652301_lyon_4

What Makes a Great Entrepreneur?

Much is written about the qualities that set a few entrepreneurs apart. Much has been written here, on our own pages about it, but in the end it all comes down to a few important traits that the good ones all seem to share. If you really want to know the secrets of highly successful people read on.
They Have a Plan

They understand the importance of having a plan in place for everything they do. This is probably an unconscious trait, but it is one that sets them apart from so many others. They think things out and come to decisions via a process. That process differs from one to the other, but be sure, great entrepreneurs are process driven.

Read More
1065245_handshake

How To Network With Important People

Networking is an essential part of running a business, but connecting with people of influence is the prize.

Read More
993860_celebration

How To Be Super-Productive

There are people who simply know how to get things done. Hard work is only part of the reason these people are productive.

Read More
1012552_business_world_4

How To Rank Yourself As An Entrepreneur

No two entrepreneurs are the same. Many are innovators of new products, others are natural born marketers who can get almost any kind of business off the ground. Some are people who believe they can introduce a business that will actually help people, that will perform a service. This only matters because knowing yourself is an important first step to launching a business. You can only know what to launch if you understand who you are.

Read More
1030721_people_5

Things To Consider Before Starting A Business

If you are working in a job you kind of like, but that itch to start a business is always there, remember that it isn’t easy to just pick up and leave.

Read More
1166938_cuban_cigar

How to Appear Successful

If you think it doesn’t matter, think again. How you look, how you come across, has a tremendous effect on how you are perceived and how successful you’ll be. Yes looks matter. Not drop dead movie star looks. Looking right. Looking like a person with success. This is what good looks in business are. That and a few other things can make you appear successful.

Read More
1032306_globetrotting_executive

Being Your Own Boss

If you want to be your own boss, then you have to start a business. Whatever you do, do something you know, or at least have reasonable connections to. No idea will flourish if you enter a world you know little or nothing about. Start by knowing that what you are about to do falls into a comfort zone that works. Think twice before jumping into something totally foreign.

Read More
1127694_woman_walking

What to Know About Yourself Before Starting A Business

If you’re thinking about starting a business, know yourself. Starting up is not easy. The challenges you will face from day one can seem insurmountable. They’re not, of course, but knowing yourself will make it all much easier.

Read More