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Is There Light at the End of the Small Business Tunnel?

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Lost in the Darkness If you’ve ever struggled as a business owner, there may be days, weeks, months, or even years, where the future looks dark. Balancing the books is a form of torture. Hiring good employees is like pulling teeth. And you won’t even think about firing that bad apple–it might send all the good apples tumbling down behind it. Luckily, as all of the experts will tell you, there is a light at the end of the small business tunnel. Read More


Does It Really Matter How You Build Your Business?

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Making Business Choices that Matter When determining how to build your business, you might wonder if the order in which you do things really matters. Does it matter to do one thing before the other? Does it matter to hire a personal assistant before hiring an accountant? Does it matter to have a separate office space, or can you keep working from your house, apartment, or PO Box? Does it matter? Why Choices Matter From an outsiders perspective it does, absolutely, matter. Read More


Why Would a Franchise Need a Business Coach?

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Why Use a Franchise Business Coach Many entrepreneurs, especially franchisees, may not understand the benefits of having a franchise business coach. As long as they have the funds in their pocket and the right franchise guidelines, they believe they are practically guaranteed success in their ventures. In reality, there is far more to running a business than just having the means to occupy the business. A franchise owner must have the tools necessary to generate consistent sales and profits. The business Read More


Business Growth Coaching – Trends for 2016

Business Growth Coaching Each year brings new changes to businesses across all industries. The business owners who will succeed are the ones who understand that being flexible and willing to learn new trends and move along with the flow of new business practices. If you want your business endeavors to succeed in 2016 here are few business growth trends that you need to be aware of and open minded to. Freelance Explosion 2015 saw more and more businesses re-evaluating just Read More


Traits of Successful Business Owners

Business Coaching Services For centuries people have tried to develop a formula for business success. Whole businesses are founded on the idea that success can be quantified, packaged and resold to anyone willing to pay for it. The truth is, however, that success is a culmination of many things, sometimes including luck. There are, though, certain traits of highly successful people that others can observe. When these traits are consistently present in the lives and businesses of numerous individuals whom Read More


Here’s to 2016 – Your Best Year Ever

New Years is the perfect time to focus our energy on what it takes to be successful. As we do this, however, let’s be sure to take closer look at what’s driving us and our business. Is it Clarity, Confidence, and Cash Flow? Or is it Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt? C3 vs FUD Everyday I come in contact with two distinct types of business owners. C3s and FUDs. They could be you, they could be me, they may even be Read More


Understanding Success: The Importance of a Business Development Coach

Business Development Coach Operating a business is something that you can’t tackle all by yourself. Just like a basketball team requires five players to walk away with the win, running a business consists of teamwork with staff members, business partners, and many other entities. Fortunately, there are several ways to improve this teamwork, which leads to enhanced levels of productivity, and more importantly, it leads to refined and embellished customer service. One of these solutions involves incorporating a business coach into all operational processes. Read More


6 Things That Kill Companies and how a Small Business Coach can Help

Small Business Coach One of the few consistent aspects of business ownership is that most small businesses will fail. Not exactly encouraging news for entrepreneurs, but important information for those who are humble and brave enough to listen and learn. Why do so many small businesses fail? In most cases the blame falls on financial institutions, bad partnerships, or even the government. The blame game does not always provide us with real answers, though. According to New York Times business Read More


Does Your Business Need Vitamins or Aspirin?

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Every business could use a pain-pill here and there.  And, as the requirement for pain-reduction dissipates, the opportunity exists for the constant use of vitamins.  Here are a couple things to consider on when to use which. The most common areas that must be fixed in any business, are these areas where we must remove the pain (aka, Aspirin): Profits are low or non-existent.  No business will survive long if it operates at a loss.  Some may be willing to Read More


Accelerating Sales with the help of your Business Growth Coach

Business Growth Coach A Business Growth Coach can provide you with critical ideas on managing and growing your company. In these hard economic times business owners and managers often need the business expert’s ideas and perspective on ways to move their company from one economic growth stage to a higher level. One may be tempted to ask what a Business Growth Coach does and for that matter how could their company benefit from their services. We’ll address the purpose of a Read More


Adjusting Your Communication Skills

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Do you have good communication skills? The holidays can be a stressful time for business owners and employees. For one thing, business owners have to ensure that they are sending out a positive message to their clients as well as their employees. As a business owner, you’ll want to leave a lasting good impression, so that people think positively of you during their downtime. Employees tend to leave businesses where they feel undervalued and clients don’t return to companies where Read More


Team Compatibility

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Team compatibility can influence how well your team creatively solves problems and makes effective decisions. Nevertheless, getting dissimilar individuals to work together can be challenging, but worthwhile. Why? The more effectively your team can collaborate, the better they can meet the needs of your customers and create a delightful customer experience that accelerates your business past your competition. How can you cultivate team compatibility and collaboration? Create and support an environment that accepts new ideas. If you’re too focused on doing things Read More


Communicating Team Support

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Does your business cultivate a culture of compassion for your team? When business leaders show their team how much they care, their team feels more confident in following them. Teams need that sense of camaraderie to support the views and beliefs of the business owner/leader. In Jen Sincero’s You are a Badass, she states that “…giving is one of our greatest joys. It’s also one of the most powerful gestures there is.” After experiencing and seeing the effects of Hurricane Read More


Company Culture and Hiring

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When you consider hiring that new employee, it’s important to understand your company culture. Many organizations don’t pay attention to their culture, so it just develops over time. The problem is that the culture that develops may not be one that you, the owner, envisioned. So what can you do to ensure that your company culture is one that reflects your vision? The first step is to define your culture and make sure that you’re hiring individuals that fit the Read More


Creating Impactful Emails

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Did you know that 92% of adults still send emails? Email is not a dead medium. Moreover, email is 40 times more effective in acquiring new customers than social media platforms like Facebook or Twitter. Social media tends to be too broad because you’re trying to talk to the masses instead of creating a bond with just 1 person. With the built-in personalization of e-mail, the direct connection that you establish with the reader builds more impact and trust. You can also build Read More


Just Leave A Message

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Recently, I missed a call from a number that I had never seen before. I’m looking at my cell phone and it has that missed call red icon next to the number. That was it. You’re probably wondering what the big deal is about this situation. Well, it’s the fact that the person that called (whoever they were) didn’t leave a message. Of course, I figured it was a telemarketer, but that’s not the point. You have no idea how Read More


Cultural Diversity

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With roughly 1 in 4 individuals within Houston being foreign born, there’s likely to be cultural diversity issues within the workplace. For instance, there is a cowboy culture within Houston that is very unique. These cowboys tend to value hard work, which translates into waking up early and staying up late. Now what do you think would happen if someone from the cowboy culture happened to meet a millennial in the workplace? It’s likely that they’ll have differences in opinions Read More


Overcoming Your Fear

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Is fear standing in the way of your success? After attending the Houston Business Journal’s BizWomen Mentoring Monday event, I learned that sometimes you just have to do things afraid. One of the mentors, Karee Laing, stated that “nothing’s impossible if you try it [and] it isn’t failure if you learned something.” The key to being successful is to overcome your fear and take a leap of faith. To be honest, I fear networking events from time to time. Going Read More


Effective Communication and DISC

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Good teamwork tends to require not only effective communication skills, but also dedication to being a team player. Every person on the team needs to be committed to doing their part because that will impact how well the job gets done. My job is to play quarterback, and I’m going to do that the best way I know how, because I owe that to my teammates regardless of who is out there on the field with me. Tom Brady That’s Read More