Small Business Doesn’t Have to Be Lonely

If you’re like most small business owners, from time to time you might feel like screaming out, wanting to get someone to notice the challenge you’re going through. Yet at the same time, you want to appear strong and in control of your business. Yep… Been there. Small Business Owners Unite! Let’s take a stand […]

Government Grants – Are They Worth the Effort?

The issue of Government Grants came up last August 20 when Jei Li’Rann posted in BSB this message: The thread is certainly interesting because of the lively discussion our members had about government grants and whether small business owners should use it to boost their businesses, or fully use their funds instead. On one side, […]

Purchase Your First Home Successfully with These Tips

Purchasing your first home is a huge milestone and cause for much-deserved celebration. To ensure that achieving this milestone is as smooth and enjoyable an experience as possible, here a few steps that need to be taken. 1. Prepare yourself for the commitment A mortgage is a long-term, ongoing commitment that should not be entered […]

Five Ways Your Ego is Costing You Customers and Success

It’s Not Your Ego; It’s your Pride Maybe a technicality, but for me, our ‘ego’ is what allows awareness of how we fit. Our Pride is what makes us want to fit. It’s our fragile pride that gets offended when others think differently or challenge us. Fear of Failure It’s the most overrated fear there […]

Getting Your Business Groove Back

Time is money… but us small business owners often found ourselves trapped in a paradox. Sure, we have a lot of things we need to accomplish, but more often than not, we spend a lot of our time looking blankly at a screen, not achieving anything important. Though we don’t really have enough time to […]

Confidence Always Comes First

All of us wear many hats. Parent, business owner, technician, leader, marketer, bookkeeper, sales person, administration etc. In some of them, we’re extremely confident and yet with others, we can feel lost, insecure… even invisible. Running a small business requires this… for us to have different roles to many people.  To our clients, we’re a […]

The Gift of Changes Beyond Our Control

A good mate of mine often talks about “gifts wrapped in shit”.  I gotta say, I’m experiencing that first hand right now. Recently, dislocating my elbow landed me in emergency and it left me largely inactive for the following two weeks.  Sure, there was a lot of pain, a lot of endone and a lot […]

Getting to Your Next Tipping Point

Coming out of a corporate environment, we often see the business plan as a heavy document that sits in the corner and bears no reflections what happens on a day-to-day basis.  With the world changing so rapidly, the concept of the business plan seems so last century. Most of us appreciate that, with a plan, […]