Mar
30
2011

10 Q’s With Carmen Cay Photography

Carmen M is an introvert. She’s also the owner/operator of her photography business: Carmen Cay Photography – which is based in Jacksonville, FL. All bias aside, her photographs are AMAZING! Check ’em out – you’ll agree. Carmen’s charming story – coming out of her shell to build a socially present and successful business – is why we’re glad to be featuring her in this weeks: “10 Q’s With…”; our question and answer series that’s aimed […]

Mar
25
2012

Good Stress Motivates

…Bad Stress Kills Stress is powerful.  You’ve probably heard of the insane, super-strength that humans are able to exhibit during times of heightened stress.  For example, there is the age-old story of the frightened Mother who lifts a car off her trapped baby.  A simple Google search will yield dozens of these types of stories.  The fact is that stress releases certain pro-hormones into our body, which makes it possible to achieve that which we […]

Nov
2
2011

The Creative Resurrection Of The Recording Industry With Jack Conte Of Pomplamoose

Over the past decade, we have seen some drastic changes in the music industry.  Thanks to mp3’s and file sharing websites, it has never been easier to obtain a free “copy” of a recording.  Sales of recorded music have dropped more than 25% since the turn of the century.  Record stores have shut down; record labels are struggling to keep afloat.  Musicians make most of their money from live shows and merchandise.  It would seem […]

Mar
18
2011

The DNA Of Customer Service: Part First

Why is it that the Ritz Carlton gives every employee the option to spend up to $2,000 to solve a customers problem? Why is it that Nordstrom will take back an item (like a spare tire!) that their store never sold? Why is it that Zappos will stay on the phone with a customer, as long as necessary, to resolve any problem? For example, you can call Zappos and tell them you need help with […]

Mar
21
2011

The Genius Of Human Billboards With Jason Sadler Of iwearyourshirt.com

Social Media is a beast and it’s obviously here to stay. Some feel that its bombarding effects are diluting the effectiveness of marketing/advertising on the internet. Some feel that Social Media IS marketing/advertising on the net. In any case, those who refuse to embrace it as a necessary tool in business will undoubtedly suffer the consequences and surely be left in the dust. One company that appreciates and runs with this newer idea of social […]

Feb
18
2011

The 5-10-8-3 Principle

Are you using the 5-10-8-3 principle to help run your business? Wow – is it just me or have you noticed how advice is flying at us in the form of  “5 easy steps”, “10 must-do practices”, “8 mistakes you can’t afford to make”, and “3 ways to get rich quick”….. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not suggesting this form of advice is bad. In many instances, the recommendations might prove rather helpful. For example, […]

Jun
8
2011

Office Space: Effective & Cheap

If you’re a freelancer or one-man business then it’s highly probable that you have no intention of even considering a desk space rental option. After all, many people who work on their own and for themselves are perfectly happy to do it in the confines of a home-based situation. If you’ve got a spare bedroom, study or even a garage space that can act as your office then it does make sound financial sense to […]

May
3
2011

Finding Raving Customers For Your New Online Business

Welcome to the 3rd and final part in this quick 3 part series on getting your first online business up and running as quickly as possible to make your first dollar online. At this point you should have your online business model nailed down and also have your website up and running on WordPress. If you have made it to this point, congratulations. Most people never make it this far, they just continue dreaming and waiting […]

Aug
21
2012

Living As An Entrepreneur: A Tale Of Caution

If someone asked you what it was like to live as an entrepreneur, what would be your response? As you think about the dream of becoming your own boss, what do you imagine it would be like in the beginning? How would you live? How do you think those who have succeeded at starting a business live in the beginning? These are important questions if you want to be realistic about your goals. In my […]

Mar
4
2011

5 Simple Steps In Gaining Value From Mistakes

It’s important to focus on success and to keep your energy driven in an optimistic direction. There’s also value in seeking out the wisdom of others; specifically in the area of MISTAKES! Think about it – why would you make the exact same mistake someone else just made?? Kinda insane… How much time do you spend assessing the mistakes of others and keeping that information in your entrepreneurial toolbox? There’s a mound of information out […]

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