mentoring is free consulting

Hire a Business Consultant..For Free

What do Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Oprah Winfrey, and Mark Zuckerberg have in common? Each has been extraordinarily successful. And, each had a mentor. Whether you call them a business consultant, a Coach, or a Mentor, you need one. Running a business is difficult. You’re more likely to be successful if you have someone to rely on for advice.

The Value of Education in Entrepreneurship

Do you, as an entrepreneur, need a college degree to succeed? Everyone knows Bill Gates and Steve Jobs and Michael Dell found entrepreneurial success in spite of not having a college degree. Lots of entrepreneurs without a college degree have found success. A 2013 study of entrepreneurs found nearly 40% of them said you can succeed in business without a college degree (i.e., at least a Bachelor’s degree). You don’t…

Business Owners Must Get A Good Night’s Sleep To Perform At Their Best

Stop working nights and weekends. It’s easy to forgo sleep when you’re running a business because you’re doing everything. Balancing the ledger. Creating advertisements. Making sales pitches. Talking to customers. And in the meantime, you’re producing your product or providing your service. With so much to do, you fall into bed around midnight and roll out at 6 a.m. You start each day the way you ended the previous one:…

Business Owners Must Track Their Data to Succeed

“How’s business?” When I ask that question, I must admit: I have an ulterior motive. What I really want to know is, How well do you know your business? “Business is good, Marvin. Sales are up.” When I get that answer — and I often get that answer — I suspect they don’t know their business very well. If you’re not tracking data, and most small-business owners that I know…

Business Owners Must Keep Pace with Technology to Succeed

You’ve heard it: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” It sounds like ancient wisdom, but it isn’t. A government official, T. Bert Lance, is credited with popularizing it in 1977. As a small-business owner, if you want to stay ahead of the competition — or even keep pace — you must find ways to operate more effectively and more efficiently. Technology helps do both. Brian Moran, a small-business expert,…