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Not that women entrepreneurs are so different from men entrepreneurs, but there’s often a different sensibility toward how you handle matters when you become a business owner.  I had interviewed Alicia Marie Fruin on the subject of whether yours “is a business worth having” and in this podcast, Alicia Marie Fruin of Peoplebiz turns the […]

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Can you force someone to sign a confidentiality agreement after you’ve disclosed sensitive information? Or after they’ve already done the work for you? No. To use an old farm expression, that’s like “closing the barn door” after the horse is gone.” I discuss a colleague’s tale in the video, below. She was a subcontractor on […]

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I’m often asked, “Can I freely website content I see online? After all, it is free … and easily copied.” Tempting as it is to think that “freely available” equals “can use for free,” the short answer is … no. To play fair in the online world, you need to assume that if website content […]

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So you’re hot to trot with a strategic alliance.  You’ve chosen the alliance partner; you’ve decided what you want to do.  What can go wrong now?  How about looking at whether your employees are on board with the whole thing? For any of you who have ever golfed (or seen a golf course), the experience […]

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I’ve had a lot of experience with business partners.  Some I’ve chosen more consciously than others.  Like dating in college, some business partners you end up with because you weren’t thinking clearly (how much did I have to drink?); other business partners are divinely inspired choices. Listen in to my interview with Sam Liebowitz, “The […]

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I’m sure you’re thinking there no way on God’s green earth that building business systems = fun. That you’d rather have root canal than sped time considering efficiencies in your business.  Well, get ready to have your perceptions shattered! Paradoxically, the act of creating business systems IS a creative act, and there are ways to […]

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When you’re starting your business, partnership agreements can seem a tedious exercise.  Not only do they take time and careful planning, but also partnership agreements can feel like a bucket of cold water–a real reality dose on your starry-eyed beginnings. Listen in to my BlogTalkRadio interview with Wendy Hanson of The Sassy Ladies, where we cover […]

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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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Small business legal issues provide part of the foundation of your business. Many entrepreneurs don’t realize that there are two crucial components to any successful business: encouraging growth (that’s the fun part sales and marketing and revenues) and managing risk (that’s the un-fun part of HR, administration, accounting, and law). As someone who wants to […]

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Is there a possibility your business will be acquired? Bought out by another company?  If so, congratulations!  This is an exciting time for any entrepreneur—for many, it’s the end game that they had in mind when they started their business. Your hard work, sacrifice and dedication to long night can finally pay off. But there’s […]

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