how to start a business

The 10-year Challenge of Being a Small Business Owner

Many small business owners in the trucking and heavy-duty parts industry that I speak with are all dealing with the same type of issues. They started their business so that they could build a better life for themselves and their families but somehow they find themselves working longer hours and for less pay than when they worked for someone else.  keep reading »

Fear Robs Us of Greatness

Written by Jamie Irvine | 3-minute read

Fear is often referenced as the reason that a person did not take an entrepreneurial leap. With 80% of small businesses failing in the first 5 years and 96% of small businesses failing in the first 10 years I understand why people are hesitant to make the entrepreneurial leap. Michael Gerber author of the E-Myth – Revisited calls deciding to start your own business an “entrepreneurial seizure.”

Fear of failure is a powerful emotion that at times can be a positive reaction because it saves us from doing something foolish that will hurt us in the end. All too often fear of failure is used as an excuse to not take action and this kind of fear robs us of our potential. keep reading »

Count the Cost Before Starting a New Business

Written by Jamie Irvine | 4-minute read

They started to build a new commercial building but before they could finish they ran out of money. Now the building sits empty, partially completed, and what they invested is gone forever. They can neither go back nor go forward. In the end, they declare bankruptcy and walk away from the project.

How could this have been avoided and what does it have to do with starting a business? keep reading »

Interested in Starting Your Own Business

Written by Jamie Irvine | 5-minute read

Starting your own business is a noble goal as it provides you with the platform to create and accomplish amazing things. It is also a journey that is full of danger and adventure.

If you’re really serious about starting your own business then I invite you to allow me to be your guide on this journey. Let’s get started. keep reading »

Business For Sale

The Blueprint for Starting a Business You Can Sell (3-minute read)

You have made a big decision. You are going to start your own business!

There is a lot of attention given to the start-up phase of becoming an entrepreneur but I would like to provide you with lessons I learned after my business was successful and I wanted to sell my business. By applying these lessons now, while you are in the start-up phase, I hope you can benefit from my experience and save yourself a great deal of time and future frustration.

If I was to do it all over again this is how I would do it! keep reading »