How to Make Your Business “Antifragile” (and Why You Must)

“Change is the only constant in life.” That’s what my mom has told me ever since I could remember. The longer I live, the more I see the truth in it. This goes for health, relationships, and especially business. As small business entrepreneurs, we have this stereotype that we’re fearless. That we aren’t satisfied unless we’re reaching out of our comfort zones every day or risking it all on a new venture. I think that …

Why Giving and Receiving Effective Feedback is So Hard, and How We Can Get it Right

I have a confession to make: I used to be an ardent supporter of feedback sandwiches. You know what I mean – it’s the conversation you have with your boss / partner / children / client where the criticism is sandwiched in between the “bread” of an introductory and concluding set of positive comments. However, when I began receiving feedback sandwiches instead of giving them, I became far less enthusiastic about this technique. I knew …

How to Market Online: The Worst Advice You’ll Hear About Starting an Online Business

You’ve done the research. You’ve read the blogs. You’re prepared. Now, it’s time to launch your business. But as you take this giant leap, you just might fall victim to a fatal piece of “how to market your business online” advice. You might make a mistake that could cost you a lot of time and money. And it wouldn’t be your fault. Because all you’d be doing is following a popular piece of advice that’s …

Project ABC: Self-Created Road Blocks on the Road to Success

Meet Carolynne Melnyk, our newest project ABC contributor. Carolynne’s going to give a back story on her journey to building an online business, and then we’ll get into how we create our own road blocks on the road to success, and how you can overcome your own procrastination roadblocks 🙂 10 years ago, most of my friends thought I had it all.  I was a teacher, mentor, counselor, adviser, coordinator and vice-principal. I lived, worked …

Is the Fear of Failure Keeping You From Starting Your Business?

Your job is sucking the life out of you. It’s Sunday evening and you have a knot in your stomach dreading the thought of facing another day at work. Despite the stress, you know that you can’t walk away because you have bills to pay and a family to support. You feel trapped. You search the want ads desperately hoping to find a solution. But those searches leave you feeling more depressed because there is …

Are Your Social Media Efforts Driven By Purpose, or By Fear?

Ten years ago, Rick Warren’s book The Purpose-Driven Life took bookstores by storm and sold more than 32 million copies in 10 years. It simultaneously held the number one spot on the four major bestseller lists, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Publishers Weekly. Rick’s message struck a nerve with millions of readers –  readers who discovered that living a life with purpose was more satisfying and rewarding than …

How Avon Uses the Economy to Grow (and How You Can Too)

Do you by any chance pull up your nose at the mention of Avon? The company is worth $70 billion, with sales last year of over $10 billion. How much did you sell last year? The secret to their success is surprisingly simple: in a recession, people get laid off. Those folks have time, and need money. That’s when outfits like Avon and Amway pounce. They offer the jobless masses a way to make money …

5 Steps to Learn ANYTHING Online

There is an immeasurable amount of information literally at our fingertips. We can learn anything online. I’ll say that again, because it’s hard to grasp the enormity of that concept. Seriously, right now, you can learn ANYTHING. Think of anything you wish you could do, and you can find a little to a lot of information about it online. Now more than ever before, we have an incredible opportunity to learn and grow in expansive …

What’s Your Business Plan for the Zombie Apocalypse?

You’ve barricaded the doors and windows, divvied up the emergency rations, and the secretary has even found a chainsaw in the supply cupboard. The undead are outside, beating at the doors and moaning incoherently as they try to find a way inside to feast on your glorious, entrepreneurial brain. Will your business survive the zombie apocalypse? Not without a plan. A disaster recovery plan is vital for any business While the above scenario is pretty …