Why I’m Quitting Done-for-You Business Plan Writing

That’s right. After August, I’ll no longer be offering done-for-you (DFY) services. Am I closing my business? Absolutely not. I’m choosing instead to focus on increasing enrolments in my flagship business plan writing program, Business Plan Bootcamp, and adding new features and improvements to the course to make it the best business plan creation course… Read More »

8 Business Planning Hacks other Consultants Won’t Tell You About

Think writing a business plan is hard? I sympathize – I promise. After writing hundreds of them over the years, I’ve developed a process to write them better and write them fast – and I’d like to share it with you. Why would I share the exact techniques I charge thousands of dollars to implement… Read More »

7 things to have set up before you hire your first employee or VA

A guest post by Kayla Curry If you’re a business owner and you’re just getting started, chances are you haven’t hired your first employee or virtual assistant yet. As your business grows, you’ll need to bring on more and more people to help you with the operations you’re currently running yourself. While the process of… Read More »

Are You Afraid of Succeeding in Business?

I’ve taken a pause from my weekly Starting a Small Business series to talk about something that’s been all over my emails and news feeds lately. It’s fear of success. Derek Halpern of Social Triggers fame sent an email about this on Monday – it was about a guy who wasn’t willing to invest a… Read More »

The ONE Big Priority that Will Make or Break You as an Entrepreneur

A guest post by Michael Knouse Every entrepreneur I know goes through the proverbial rough patch where their income hasn’t quite caught up with their six figure dreams. And throughout this two-year period (on average) where you’re giving it everything you’ve got, you begin to wonder if you’re going to make it. You’ve done everything you… Read More »

Starting a Small Business: Building a Web Site

When I talk to people who are just starting a small business one of their biggest hangups is around how to design and build a web site, and how much they should spend to do so. In fact just last week I had this question from one of my newsletter readers: I’ve been selling products by… Read More »

How To Set Payment Policies that Make Your Clients Love You More

Do you feel like you’re always chasing clients down for payment? Do you feel guilty asking for money up front before you start a new project? Do you start projects in good faith after being promised “the cheque is in the mail”…only to get halfway through the work without ever receiving a penny? In last… Read More »

Restaurant Suppliers- A Restaurant Owner’s Best Friend

Have you ever thought that you would like to open a restaurant? Who hasn’t! There is a certain romance inherent to the idea of making wonderful food and welcoming guests to your unique establishment, kind of like a permanent dinner party.  If you haven’t got good suppliers, this dream can become a nightmare. Here are… Read More »

Staffing for the Bootstrapping Entrepreneur: How and When to Hire

Staffing is a hard thing for the bootstrapping entrepreneur. On the one hand, you want to hire the best people to help you make a whole lot of money. On the other hand, you don’t want to hire too many people at the start of your business, in case you don’t make a whole lot… Read More »

The Cost of Indecision

Part of being an entrepreneur is making tough decisions about how you want to run your business. This can be very scary for some people. What if you make the wrong choice? What if you don’t have perfect information to help you make the decision? What if someone has lied to you? What if your… Read More »