small business owners

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 »

Pay Attention to the Details

 Contributed by Gerardo San Diego | Internet Architect

This is a picture of our lawn after not being mowed and edged for a little over a week because the gardener couldn’t get it done due to rain. I saw the lawn when I bent over to pick up the community newspaper and noticed how quickly the grass had grown and become unruly.

If I hadn’t seen it at that moment and instead looked at it next Thursday (when the gardener had returned and cut it), I would have assumed that the lawn had never changed, simply because I wasn’t paying attention.

It’s the same for a business. keep reading »

Finding Your Blueprint

Written by Jamie Irvine | 3-minute read

There is so much conflicting information and advice available that it can be very confusing. Some estimates for 2018 indicate that 50 GB are uploaded every second and over 90% of that data is opinion-based content, social media posts, and video.

How do you find YOUR blueprint for business success with so much information available? keep reading »

Talking to Potential Customers First

Written by Jamie Irvine | 4-minute read

Once you have established your over-arching life goals, designed a business model that will support your goals, and determined what differentiates your business from the competition it’s time to validate what you intend to sell to your customers.

This validation process should be done prior to starting a business but it can also be done after you have already launched your business. keep reading »