Planning & Advisors

I came across an old post by Roger Glovsky, the Virtual Lawyer, that asked the age-old question, “What do clients want?” (And no, almost surprisingly, “perfection” is not the answer) Seems, attorneys would do well to put the shoe on the other foot.  We’re so used to brandishing our exceptional intellectual prowess as a way […]

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There’s no use trying to find an accountant on April 14th and hoping that your issues will miraculously be resolved by tax deadline time. Like hiring other professionals and vendors for your business, you want to take your time to select them carefully. And you want to have them in place before you have an […]

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Post image for Basic Training:  Find a LOCAL Attorney!

Why won’t just any ol’ attorney do? This is the situation: Unlike many other careers/vocations, attorneys have to be specifically licensed to practice law.  Licenses are granted by a particular state.  That means that we have to take (and pass) an exam qualifying us to practice law because, as many of you may know, a […]

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Don’t ignore these 5 legal issues, or you might find yourself facing expensive, protracted litigation. It doesn’t take a genius to know that Grandma Sophie was right when she said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” You can see it easily when dealing with employees. According to a survey by Mercer, “The […]

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Post image for Interviewing Alicia Marie Fruin–Building a Business Worth Having

What struck me about my conversation with Alicia Marie Fruin, a national leader in coaching and training for small-business owners, and founder of PeopleBizInc.com, is that she so quickly zeroed in on where entrepreneurs get stuck. Stuck in doing everything ourselves because we can’t see a way for our company to expand past our limited skill sets. Stuck […]

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Entrepreneurs who want to raise capital from angel investors really need to consider the process from the angel’s point of view. Every audience you’re trying to sway needs to be able to see “what’s in it for them”.  I’ve heard people quip that the most popular radio station in the world is WIIFM–“What’s In It […]

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Post image for The Power of ‘One’ in Transforming Your Business

As I’ve learned in nearly 15 years in business (gulp! Has it been that long?), change doesn’t need to be–and usually isn’t–a complete and total metamorphosis in one go, like the makeover shows you see on reality TV. It’s a process that unfolds over time. Sometimes, all you need to get to someplace better is one […]

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A recent study has found that when companies are linked in a network of strategic alliance relationships with only a few degrees of separation, they are more innovative. Jointly conducted by the University of Washington and New York University, and as reported in Science Daily, the researchers examined the pattern or structure of strategic alliance […]

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I’ve written a lot about choosing the right business partner, but as I was trolling the Internet, perusing article on the numbers of people laid off and contemplating entrepreneurship (whether by choice or by default), the thought struck me: Your “home office” environment is a huge factor in the success (or failure) of your enterprise.  Melinda […]

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Post image for What Can You ‘Stop Doing’? The Superb Benefits of Strategic Planning

I had a stress meltdown recently. Not that this should have come as any surprise–after all, I run myself ragged; I spend way too many hours in front of the computer, the phone and other people, and not enough hours resting, exercising, trusting. Meltdowns for me feel like a mini-volcano: the anger, stress and frustration […]

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