Starting a New Business: Part 2 – Are you ready?

photo credit: elbfoto Last time we talked briefly about things to consider in the early going of the business you just started. We talked a little about the product/service, but focused mostly on some basics about licenses/permits and getting supplies with a little taste of business model talk. The reality is that we shouldn’t have […]

One way to create sustainable jobs

photo credit: Bas Lammers Recently, the Flathead Beacon published a story about a global tech-oriented business that continues to grow right here in rural Montana. This business started from scratch and achieved critical mass… Without tax breaks that often encourage unsustainable business models. Without specially crafted laws that treat their industry or part of their […]

After The Honeymoon

photo credit: James Jordan Recently, I stopped into a niche retail business for the very first time. They’ve done a nice job with it. Haven’t been open long, so some of the obvious things I’d suggest to make the place a real customer magnet weren’t in place yet. I have a feeling they might get […]

On being your own boss

photo credit: :: De todos los Colores :: Startup wizard Paul Graham’s essays are so good, I give one of them to high school graduates as a gift to read. Today’s guest post is his essay about the naturalness of being your own boss and/or working in a startup. In my experience, the energy and […]

Scoble, Secretariat and Mister Ed

photo credit: Robert Scoble A while back, Robert Scoble wrote a terrific post on Scobleizer about the worst things that startups do. I suggest you hop over there and check it out even if you aren’t in the technology business. When you’re done, come back so we can apply Robert’s comments to your not-a-startup small business. […]

Shivering your business timbers

photo credit: juhansonin Today is Talk like a Pirate Day (TLAPD). In honor of such a fine day, a few thoughts, er I mean… Aye, what would a pirate do t’ strenghen your business today? A pence for an old man o’de sea? First, how about sliding over to Mashable and look at their tips for […]

The new economics of entrepreneurship

photo credit: C.P.Storm Today’s guest post from Guy Kawasaki talks briefly about the current state of the economy and more importantly about the economics of starting your own business these days. Guy’s post offers more reasons why I keep pestering local folks to start their own business – *especially* if they are currently laid off.

@GaryVee: Don’t be average, Average Joe

Normally, I hold guest posts till the weekend, but folks, that wouldn’t be fair to you. This video is a gift that keeps on giving and you need to see it now. Enjoy. Whether you run a specialty retailer in Billings, a publishing company in Winnipeg, an e-commerce store in Colorado Springs, a niche business services operation in San […]

Someone keyed my Karma

photo credit: jonmatthew photography Month before last during a coaching session, I had a pretty frank conversation with a client about freedom. Not the Constitutional kind of freedom, but freedom from the ball and chain that a business can become. I don’t mean that in a bad way, just that it can become a restriction […]