3 Business Growing Pains I Didn’t Think I Would Have

When you first start a business, it’s certainly not all sunshine and rainbows. In fact, I’ve learned a lot in four and a half years in business…and growing pains are just one. If your business succeeds (and stands the test of time), once you hit a certain point of success, you may find growing pains….

Why I (Finally) Decided to Create a Home Office & 3 Tips for Making Your Own

Ever since I started working from home almost 6 years ago, I’ve had trouble acclimating to a desk. I had a desk at first, but when I used it more for storage than for sitting, I decided it wasn’t working out! Recently, I’ve felt the itch to have a change. I needed to do something…

3 Important Business Travel Lessons I Learned From My 8-Day Trip

I just finished up an 8-day business trip across New England. There was a bit of family/friend time mixed in, but it was primarily a trip devoted to a wonderful conference in Portland, Maine, speaking at my alma mater, and having meetings with new clients across New England. I travel quite a bit and, typically, there…

3 Career Tips for Successful Future Entrepreneurs

Becoming a successful future entrepreneur is no easy task. It takes hard work, diligence, and – let’s face it – a bit of natural entrepreneurial spirit. Regardless of whether you are just starting to dream of a potential business or have begun the process of starting your own company, there are a number of ways to…

5 Easy Ways to Market Your Business When You’re Busy

It’s easy to market yourself when things are a little slow around the office. You’ve got some extra time and energy that you can devote to your marketing efforts, plus there’s always the undeniable pressure of needing that next job in order to keep yourself (and your team) busy with work. But what about when…

Getting Down to Business (with Deborah Thompson and Keith Covington from #RYSseminar)

This post is apart of my live blog notes from the Raising Your Standards Entrepreneurs Seminar (#RYSseminar). This session was led by Deborah Thompson and Keith Covington. Different ways to set up your business Sole proprietorship Partnership Corporation In most cases, a sole proprietorship is a good choice. If you have 5 broke friends you hang…

Making Connections (with Elizabeth Pampalone from #RYSseminar)

This post is apart of my live blog notes from the Raising Your Standards Entrepreneurs Seminar (#RYSseminar). This session was led by Elizabeth Pampalone, Queen of Networking at Network in Jax. Myth #1: Networking is fake Many of us run into “fake” and unauthentic entrepreneurs. This makes networking feel fake. “Real”ationships: there’s nothing to fake about…

Protecting Your Ideas (with Camille Wilson & Fernando Dutra from #RYSseminar)

This post is apart of my live blog notes from the Raising Your Standards Entrepreneurs Seminar (#RYSseminar). This session was led by Camille Wilson and Fernando Dutra, Owners of Wilson Dutra, PLLC. Types of Intellectual Property Patents (inventions, methods of manufacturing, design) Trademarks (“TM”, puts the world on notice about your business): these are national through…

Entrepreneur Funding Opportunities (with Richard Cuff from #RYSseminar)

This post is apart of my live blog notes from the Raising Your Standards Entrepreneurs Seminar (#RYSseminar). This session was led by Richard Cuff, CEO of CTI Marketing. “Entrepreneurship is a spirit.” – Richard Cuff 7 Stage Development Process Visualize: anything goes, dream big in this stage Consultation: write down that vision and start talking to…

Finding Your Purpose (with Rod Moore from #RYSseminar)

This post is apart of my live blog notes from the Raising Your Standards Entrepreneurs Seminar (#RYSseminar). This session was led by Rod Moore, Owner of Valor 1228. Passion, Purpose, and Gift Purpose = why you’re here, why you were created, what you’re here to do Passion = what drives you Gift = given out voluntarily Passion…