You’re passionate about your hobby, whether that’s hand sewing baby clothes or creating terrariums. And maybe you’ve started to make a little money selling these items. So when should you take your hobby to the next level and build a real business? Here are five signs that it’s time to take your hobby up a notch.
With holiday parties and vacation days looming in the coming weeks, it’s easy to forget about those important details that need to be taken care of in your business. But the end of year marks a deadline for many important tasks related to corporate compliance. Put these to-dos on your task list and make sure to check them off before December 31.
In honor of Thanksgiving this month, I wanted to share the marketing tools I'm loving right now. These are tools that you should check out, since they're free or extremely affordable, and help you do more in less time.
Even if you’ve long dreamed of starting your own business, it’s a wise idea to think about whether this is the perfect time in your life to jump in with both feet, or whether you should ease into it. There are certain situations — like the following examples — when it’s better to start a business alongside whatever else you’ve got going on. Then, when you’re raking in the profits, you can make it a full-time endeavor. Scenario 1: You’re in College
There I was, stopped at the intersection outside my office's parking lot. I had been at this very spot hundreds of times before, but this time, my body shut down. I couldn't breathe, my heart raced, the walls of the car were closing in on me, and I couldn't move a muscle. I truly, honestly felt that I might die.
Frustrated because you haven’t accomplished what you wanted to with your business? Instead of pointing the finger at everything from the economy to your lackluster clients, you might need to turn that finger around and point to yourself. As the owner of your business, you’re the one responsible for making your goals a reality. If that’s not happening, it might be due to one of these reasons.
October is the season when we celebrate fear. Fear in the form of ghouls and vampires. But not fear of starting a business! If you’ve long told yourself you wanted to start a business but haven’t done it yet, I’m betting one or more of these fears is holding you back:
When I Google my name, I’m always surprised at how many channels I’m a published blogger on. Forbes, AllBusiness, Mashable…there’s a long list of places I write content, and let me tell you: it’s all part of my strategy.
Let’s face it: not every company risks being sued. For most solopreneurs, say marketing consultants or designers, operating as a sole proprietor will suit them just fine. But then you have higher risk industries, like technology. What happens if another company sues you, claiming you stole their idea? Are you prepared to risk your personal assets to cover court costs?
This is a great time of year to take a look at the latest and greatest technology tools and apps that will take your business to the next level. Here are some of my favorites. 1. Social Media Management Dashboard If you’re still using individual websites to manage each of your social profiles, you’ll be amazed at how much more efficiently you can connect with others and schedule updates. Here are some dashboards to consider:
For most business owners, traveling can really throw us off our routines. We may try to work while we’re out, but we still end up back in the office with a pile of emails to sort through, and plenty of things that slipped through the cracks.
In my line of business, I read a ton of content online about marketing. But you probably don't. So let me share five of what are, in my mind, the best places to get fresh content marketing and social media ideas for small business.
While every entrepreneur is as unique as a snowflake, we all do seem to share certain characteristics. In the spirit of the old Jeff Foxworthy joke, “you might be a redneck if…” let’s look at the signs “you might be an entrepreneur if:”