5 Surprising Business Lessons Learned From My First 5 Years in Business

It was a cold, dark night in 2013. I was sitting with my husband Greg on the couch, half asking him if, and half telling him that, it was time to start my own business.   We had 2- and a 4-year-old girls enrolled in daycare, three mortgages on two pieces of property and one…

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When did your small business change?

Let’s do something fun and engaging to celebrate small business owners during #nationalsmallbusinessweek (April 29-May 5). Small business owners like us are the backbone of our economy. So I’d love to hear your stories about the shifts and revelations that have most impacted your small business. The first time I remember my business significantly changing…

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How Business Owners Can Ask For Help Before a Personal Crisis Strikes

My sister in and I are in a dark ICU room. It’s 1 am New Year’s Day and we’ve been here since 1 pm the day before. Visitors have come and gone. I’ve made a series of calls to far off friends and family members. Our mother, who’s barely audible because of the bipap mask…

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Sick of Being Underpaid for Your Consulting Services? (Part 2)

As I mentioned in the previous post, getting paid $500 for $5000 worth of work stinks, especially when you’re a consultant or business owner with years of professional experience and top-notch expertise. In the end though, it’s really up to you to command what you’re worth.So if you’re a consultant who who’s ready to move from…

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Sick of Being Underpaid for Your Consulting Services? How to Fix It.

Part 1 of a two-part series Ever feel this way? The estimate I give doesn’t reflect the work I do. There’s nothing quite like getting paid $500 for $5000 worth of work to strip you of your confidence, make you resent the human race and drive you to do the unthinkable — looking for a…

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Client Kudos: How a Yoga Teacher is Making Mental Health Less Taboo

Mandy Given has one of those stories. Heart-wrenching. Courageous. Moving. Inspirational. TRANSFORMATIONAL. It’s no accident the fates brought us together. Mandy is a mom. She’s a business owner. And she’s a fearless messenger. When we met in the fall, she suspected that her story needed to be tightened up & positioned strategically. She also knew…

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Client Kudos: How One Interior Designer Uses Video Storytelling to Launch an Online Program (& You Can Too)

My client Peg Kusner created an incredible story video when she launched a new innovative interior design program last fall.  Play the video to see what I mean, then keep reading because I’m going to give you some tips on how you can do this too without going over the top with production (or your…

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Is your revenue model killing you?

When Elise Grice ended up in the hospital with the West Nile virus, she and her partner Scott were three years into growing their successful branding studio Hey Sweet Pea in Austin, TX. That’s when the couple and biz partners finally admitted that despite their growth and success, their dollars-for-hours revenue model was killing them…

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Successful Women Are Unlikable? Really?!

WARNING: Cuss words inside It’s high time we put the “bitch in the boardroom” stereotype to bed. According to many high-profile voices (Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Sheryl Sandberg & Hillary Clinton to name a few), if you’re a successful woman, people don’t like you. But if you’re a man, well, it’s game on. Look, I’m…

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Resist "The Drift" on Your Coaching or Consulting Business (Part 2)

As promised in my last post, here’s my guidance and an action plan to help you make 2017 your best year yet. It all starts with focusing on the next 90 days and applying these six steps so you can implement and get results quickly. Let’s do this! Decide what you want I know this sounds simple but it’s also a…

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