How to be a Successful Business Owner

successful business owner


I’ve talked about the subject before on how to be a successful business owner when you never seem quite ready to implement the winning strategy.  There always seems to be a reason why you can’t take your business to the next level.  T. Harv Eker would say “You either have reasons or results”. Reasons are no more than fear disguising itself as excuses.


I see business owners all the time who get stuck in thinking they need to learn just a little more before they implement action even though they already know enough to become a successful business owner. The majority of business owners get stuck because of their fears. (more…)

By | 2017-03-31T11:23:20+00:00 March 31st, 2017|Business Ownership|0 Comments

Planning For 2017

Planning for 2017


If you’re not planning for 2017, you’re planning for failure.  The new year is a good time to take a look at your wins from the prior year and your list of things you need to change or work on in the coming year.


If things aren’t going as well as you would like in your business, don’t bury your head in the sand and hope for the best or you’ll end up like K-Mart, Blockbuster, Polaroid and many more who are disappearing. (more…)

By | 2017-01-12T17:46:15+00:00 January 11th, 2017|Business Strategy, Marketing Strategy|0 Comments

Five Tactics to Handling Confrontation



Handling confrontation isn’t something most people dream about doing in their business, but the longer you’re an owner, the more likely it is that you’ll strongly disagree with a vendor, employee, client, or competitor.


Avoiding the issue seldom works as a strategy. Second-guessing someone else’s motives also rarely works. And taking the “my way or the highway” approach typically only makes things worse.


Dealing successfully with disagreements can make your business run smoother and your life more peaceful and enjoyable. So, ideally, you want to resolve the situation in as healthy, productive, and effective manner as possible.



By | 2017-01-05T14:00:39+00:00 December 14th, 2016|Relationship Building|0 Comments

Face Your Fear and be a Successful Entrepreneur

Successful Entrepreneur

I have a confession: There are aspects of being a successful entrepreneur that I felt completely unprepared for when I started this journey.


Blogging was one of those things.


In ninth grade, I came a mere five points from failing my English class. I hated everything about grammar and sentence structure, and even after earning a bachelor’s degree, I still fought the need to write. (more…)

By | 2017-01-05T14:00:39+00:00 July 6th, 2016|Business Strategy|0 Comments

Standing Out As A Small Business

Small Business

Can a small business compete with a larger, more established business?

If you’re new to business or a small business with an online presence that isn’t getting much attention, you may be wondering if it’s even possible to show up on the first page of a search or get any media attention.

I’ve got good news for you. It’s possible.

My client, Cold Country Vines & Wines, had press coverage that led to people driving over two hours to attend their grand opening. Others, like Erik Robertson, increased the effectiveness of their online presence. (more…)

By | 2017-01-05T14:00:39+00:00 June 1st, 2016|Small Business Owners|0 Comments

Using Your Competition To Get Better


The word “competitor” often conjures up images of lost business. But the reality is that your competitors can help you be a more successful entrepreneur.

Here’s how to use your competition:

  • competitionStudy your competition so that you know their positive and negative features
  • Compare your products and services to theirs and note how you’re different
  • Compare your customer service to theirs and consider where you can improve and where you want to continue to focus
  • Compare your personalities so you understand why you might attract specific customers more than others
  • Learn what makes you different, because successful marketing lies in knowing what makes you unique
  • Find what makes you better for your ideal client and understand why
  • Take everything you learned above and use it on your website and in your marketing

Watch out for this mistake: (more…)

By | 2017-01-05T14:00:39+00:00 May 11th, 2016|Business Strategy|0 Comments