GREEN: Laying the Foundation

Sep 082016
 
CAUTION: Don't Be Another (Failure) Statistic

Did you know that 60% of small businesses go under within the first three years of business, with two-thirds failing within the first 10 years? Those grim failure statistics seem so overwhelming, that some might say you’d need to be an absolute fool to start a business today. But entrepreneurial dreams are hard things to neglect (thankfully). So many eager beavers take the leap from worker to entrepreneur, in spite of the odds. Businesses who succeed can expect to lose [read more…]

Aug 242016
 
[GREEN] TIP: Just Google It

If You’re Stuck, Just Google It. I can’t begin to tell you the number of times that customers, colleagues or friends have been stuck on something and don’t know what to do, so they’ve called and asked me. Do you know what I do if I don’t know?  I google it.  Sounds obvious, I know. But many times, the obvious is un-obvious. Yesterday, I had a customer ask me what to do because they got an error message when trying [read more…]

Oct 082015
 
[GREEN] TOOL: Freshbooks

Do you need a simple accounting software? If so, I highly recommend Freshbooks because of it is so easy to use. Freshbooks makes your accounting tasks easy, fast and secure — three descriptions that every entrepreneur desires. I have been a customer of Freshbooks for over two years now, and I can say that the service they provide constantly exceeds my expectations.  As a matter of fact, of all the software programs I use to run my businesses, Freshbooks is [read more…]

Aug 262012
 
[GREEN] TOOL: Todoist

Are you looking for a new “to-do”? There is one task manager tool that I use all the time. Not just every day, but every hour. It not only is one of my most used tools, but it’s also a huge help when it comes to keeping my work organized on my computer. Todoist helps you keep your desktop and your life organized. First, create a project. Then create tasks related to that project. You can add due dates and set up [read more…]

Feb 032012
 
[GREEN] TIP: 50 Tasks in 90 Days To Start Your Biz

Is it time you start turning your dreams into reality? Over the last three months, I’ve been working like a fiend trying to get my new brand building company off the ground. In addition to the Resort Lifestyle Network that I manage, I had been providing consulting services on the side to generate additional revenue.  However, with more business coming in than I could manage, I decided to turn my ‘side gig’ into something more. And thus my new online [read more…]

Feb 012012
 
[GREEN] TOOL: Lynda.com Online Training

What is it? Lynda.com is online software training videos that really work.  Really. They offer classes for the very basic beginner who’s clueless about software all the way through to the expert who needs to brush up on their skills. Whatever your line of business, you should get to know ‘Lynda.’ It’s no longer OK to get by in business life without knowing basic computer skills.  Actually, being naive about technology is ludicrous considering how much business is done online [read more…]

Oct 092011
 
CAUTION: Don't Hide Behind Your Computer

Are you launching an online business? Heed these warnings that will save you time and money. Tip: Don’t hire a website developer too soon. For most of this year, I’ve been hunkered down, hidden behind my Dell laptop screen. I’ve been working day and night in order to lay a solid foundation for my Resort Lifestyle Network business.  I’ve been building websites from scratch.  I’ve been doing lots of research. I’ve been writing a lot of content.  I’ve been playing around [read more…]

Sep 272011
 
[GREEN] TOOL: Instapaper URL Clipper

What is it? Instapaper is the best thing I’ve come across all year. It’s been around for quite some time, has 1 million registered users and was named “Best Publication App of 2010,” but I hadn’t heard about it.  So I figured it’s worth sharing just in case you missed it too. For quite some time now, I’ve been searching high and low for a simple tool that would do exactly what Instapaper does: save webpage urls. Instapaper allows you to easily [read more…]

Aug 292011
 
[GREEN] TIP: Do You Need a Founding Partner?

Don’t Go Solo Are you running your business all by yourself? There’s something to said about sole proprietors.  They get to call all the shots and make all the decisions. Entrepreneurs also get to carry all the burdens and work all the time.  Although it can be extremely exhilarating launching your dream solo, it’s an exhausting and isolating endeavor too. There’s a myth out there about the sole entrepreneur who has the idea, starts the company and gets rich.  While there might [read more…]

Aug 152011
 
CAUTION: Don't Be Domain Happy

Don’t do it. When I decided to branch out on my own, I spent an entire weekend brainstorming like a mad woman. They say when you lose track of time, you’re most certainly following your passions.  Clearly, I was on a roll and loving every minute of it, so I guess you can say it was a passion-filled weekend. One of the biggest brainstorms that came out of that weekend was the creation of Sharing Profiles, LLC and how my network of websites would work [read more…]

Aug 122011
 
CAUTION: Don't Hire A Developer...Too Soon

Don’t do it. When I started planning my first website, the first thing I did was call the smartest developer I knew and trusted.  Unfortunately, that should have been the last step in the startup process, not the first step. The truth is, I had no business going into an online business without doing my homework first. Keep the control. When you hire a developer without basic knowledge in place, you’ll soon realize that your hands are tied because you can’t make updates or even the [read more…]