It’s July already. Half the year has passed. But where has it gone? Your energy and possibility in the New Year inspired a list of dozens of things you wanted to accomplish this year. And how are those New Year’s goals coming along? Maybe the excitement wore off, and your vision for 2015 has either dimmed, or goals backburnered.
Are you suffering from marketing overload scrambling to get it all done? Not sure what marketing efforts are delivering new clients to your door (and which ones aren’t)? You’re definitely not alone! According to InfusionSoft, 55% of small business owners said
You’ve done it. You’ve decided to start your own business and quit your job. Congratulations! Even if you’re one of the lucky ones and have enough cash stockpiled for a decent “runway,” you probably still feel a twinge of fear and uncertainty around your decision despite your confidence in your obsessive work ethic and ability to focus.
The first weeks of life are truly magical. My daughter was born just a few weeks ago, and it’s amazing how much personality is already evident in a baby that would seem to do little more than sleep, eat, and poop. But no, the personality is definitely there, and every day I learn something new about her.
Do you wish you had more time? Or rather, do you wish you spent less time on mind-killing, boring stuff like managing emails? Staring at dozens, hundreds, or thousands (in some cases) of unread messages in your inbox, two things usually come to mind: A. “Please kill me now, I don’t want to deal with this”
As a small business owner, it’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day grind: deadlines, bills, maybe even another job. We focus only on the urgent tasks that are right in front of us and forget everything else. This is a huge mistake, especially if you are just starting out. As a business owner, your primary job is to see what could be (not just what is).
Does this sound familiar? A small business owner sells her products online and to a few select resellers. She manages all her sales and inventory in scattered spreadsheets, and laboriously creates custom invoicing with Word documents. She uses a basic email provider, and has a WordPress site to sell her products and represent her company.
Growing up, no one would have believed me if I told them that I would graduate from Georgia Tech and go on to manage $11 million in revenue as an associate product manager for my first job. In fact, the odds were always against me being born in the USA to a working-class immigrant family. After my father’s family business burned down, my grandfather decided to bring the family to the US from Korea.
We all know entrepreneurship has its ups and downs, and that’s putting it mildly. No doubt, you have days where you imagine ripping your laptop from its power source and throwing it through the window of your beautifully appointed downtown office the cheap café down the street. (However, if you actually did that, I’m not sure if this blog post will help you!)