Business development

Launch Wisdom: Productize Your Services

Helm station

Like a ship’s captain, you must plot your route, meticulously considering the changing currents, shoals and tides.

There are many approaches to entrepreneurship — purchasing a franchise, acquiring an established company, freelancing as an independent contractor or starting a brand new venture of your own. Each model has its own unique set of benefits and challenges. It’s a big step to migrate from being part of a crew to captaining the ship.

It can be lonely at the helm

I’ve helped a number of clients navigate the transition from a corporate career to entrepreneurship. In fact, I did the same myself back in 2010.

Buoyed by creative energy and enthusiasm, it’s common to plunge in without cognizance of the enormity of going it alone — at least initially, when everything from business development and managing the books to providing the actual service of your business falls directly in your lap. Even for those who instigate the change thoughtfully and deliberately, the scale and scope of launching a business are surprisingly complex. (more…)

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Time To Stop Reinventing The Wheel

Reinvent the wheel

“It’s easier to just do it myself”

How often have you said those words? Explaining the required steps to complete a task can seem more cumbersome than just handling it — especially when you include a quality-check, fix any errors and provide feedback. And (even if we don’t like to admit it), many of us like handling those easy tasks because they produce a sense of accomplishment — even if they’re not the pressing items we should be focused on.

The ugly truth: Doing everything yourself will ensure that your business won’t scale to the next level.

How did I do that again?

The words above are another common refrain for many of us. When a task is simple, you are certain you’ll remember how to do it the next time. If something is an absolute bear to figure out, you figure there’s no way you’ll ever forget. But our brains are deluged with input and can actually become overloaded, making seemingly basic tasks not just complicated, but frustrating and overwhelming. (more…)

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Not Mobile-Ready? Google Says It’s Time

mobile-ready? racecar and old truck

Are you keeping up with technology changes?

If your website isn’t yet mobile-responsive, it’s time to act.

As a business owner, we understand firsthand that staying on top of everything is a daily challenge. And the rapid speed of technology changes doesn’t help.

But of all of the business initiatives to choose from, your website isn’t one that should be deferred to tackle later. As the centerpiece of your online presence, it merits your attention as a top priority. (more…)

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The Power Of Your Inner Circle

Business owners wear many hats. Particularly in the first several years, your business may be a one-person show, where you are personally handling everything from managing client contact information to invoicing and shopping for printer paper. It’s common to feel isolated or overwhelmed if you don’t seek support systems.

inner circle dogsWhile a spouse or friend can offer valuable encouragement, other entrepreneurs serve as a source of proven advice and solutions. (more…)

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