I've been working with a client who will be opening a store in the spring. This is her first venture into retail, and she's working hard to do it right. We've been working on constructing a full merchandising plan by department and category, as well as a detailed cash flow plan. She's opening a teachers store, so we've been also discussing a range of strategies for connecting … [Read more...] about Your Competitive Edge: YOU!
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Have you sometimes been called a workaholic or a Type A character? If you have already been dubbed this more than one time, you may desire to do a cautious self analysis. This personality trait can ultimately be quite hazardous to your physical health and well being. Driven individuals are normally described as hot-tempered, feeling like there is not enough time, worried … [Read more...] about How to Know You are a Workaholic: 18 Signs
Why is it that some couples can work so well together while others do not? Having worked with my own husband for nearly 10 years, I can tell you that it does not always come as easy as people might think. The decision to work side by side will not always produce a healthier version of your marriage – in fact, it can often cause division. Mastering the art of communication takes … [Read more...] about Working with Your Spouse and the Role of Communication
A little while ago, in the process of preparing for a radio interview about my book, I was looking at the outline the radio network wanted me to follow when we discussed it on air. What I found particularly interesting about the outline was that it forced me to think again about why I had written the book in the first place -- what I wanted readers to take away from it, and … [Read more...] about A Business Basic – YOU
Working from home generally means juggling planning meetings and dinner plans, bottom lines and clothes on the line, client care, and childcare. When the holiday season rolls around, the multitasking multiplies even more as kids go on school break, houseguests arrive and event invitations flood the mailbox. Add in enticing distractions such as gingerbread houses and winter … [Read more...] about Working from Home During the Holidays
Too many entrepreneurs think that exercise and fitness means going to a gym, getting on the treadmill and lifting weights. While these forms of exercise do work- and I use them 4-5 times per week – they are NOT the only ways to get fit! I always advocate diversity and time-efficient workouts- especially if you are an entrepreneur! Your responsibilities are … [Read more...] about Health Tips for Busy Entrepreneurs
Who works from home these days? The short answer is: Anyone who wants to and can do it! In a reversal of the twentieth century migration to huge factories and office complexes, entrepreneurs and employees alike are rediscovering the benefits of working at home. The stressed-out corporate zombies are leaving behind time clocks, set routines, and impersonal work spaces of a … [Read more...] about Who Works from Home These Days?
OK, insane may be a bit strong, but considering the things an entrepreneur must face as they are going down the path of becoming a business owner makes you wonder if it doesn't help to be a bit crazy to even consider working for yourself. True, many people become entrepreneurs after they have been laid off or otherwise lost their job, but what about those that are gainfully … [Read more...] about Do You Have to be Insane to be an Entrepreneur?
Over the years, we the "hard-working salaried lot", complaining of "never making the ends meet" as far as our salaries are concerned, have searched and searched for ways to make extra income. A lot of us seek part-time employment, or get a second job, but very few leave the convenience of the workforce to set out on their own. For this reason, the companies and big corporations … [Read more...] about Why a Home-Based Business?
In 1998, Sue Schwaderer was making a six-figure salary working for Oracle Software, and her husband, Bill Lawrence, spent his days profitably managing three small apartment buildings they owned in Evanston, Ill. They enjoyed their friends and the attractions of nearby Chicago, but they didn't enjoy the rat race. "We were tired of never seeing each other and of too much business … [Read more...] about Home-Based Lifestyle Entrepreneur: Freedom, Not Money