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5 Signs You're Standing In The Way of Your Own Business's Success

Nellie Akalp | Posted 08.05.2016 | Business
Nellie Akalp

As entrepreneurs, we face many challenges as we start and grow our businesses. Funding uncertainties, competitive pressures, economic downturns, and more put a multitude of obstacles in our paths. But sometimes, the most difficult roadblock hindering our success is ourselves. Could you be standing in the way of your business achieving its full potential? If you exhibit any of the below characteristics, you are likely thwarting your ability to improve and grow your business.

Set Business Boundaries for Success and Sanity

Christine Judd | Posted 05.04.2016 | Business
Christine Judd

It's easy to think you should be available 24/7 to your clients. Deep down you may fear that if you don't answer clients or prospects straight away, your business will fail. I can promise you now, it won't!

The Angry Bee: How to Handle Criticism in Your Life and Business

Maria Montgomery | Posted 02.23.2017 | Impact
Maria Montgomery

To quietly analyze our own actions and accept criticism where due, whilst simultaneously and kindly explaining where it is not, is an art. We want to feel good and when we are hit by something that doesn't make us feel good, like criticism, all defense mechanisms are turned up high.

The Changemaker's Guide to Managing

Alex Budak | Posted 02.02.2017 | Impact
Alex Budak

From my experience advising social entrepreneurs at every stage of their journey, I've learned three simple things changemakers like you can start doing right now to make managing people a responsibility that empowers, rather than a chore.

5 Real Truths You Should Know About Starting a Business

Nellie Akalp | Posted 12.03.2016 | Business
Nellie Akalp

If you had told me 20 years ago that I would be a successful business owner with my husband, Phil, I wouldn't have believed you. I had every intention of becoming a lawyer, but then I got bitten by the entrepreneurial bug.

The 9 Best Mobile Apps for Running Your Business

Jared Hecht | Posted 07.15.2016 | Business
Jared Hecht

If you're like many small business owners, you rely on your smartphone even more than your desktop or laptop. To ensure they don't miss a beat whether at home, in the car or at a client's office, what smartphone apps do successful entrepreneurs owners rely on?

Why Building A Community Around Your Business Is The Key To Success

Posted 03.17.2015 | Business

Williamsburg is often associated with hipsters, HBO’s "Girls" and long rides on the L train. But after finding initial success at their flagship ...

Company Owners Don't Know It All. Seek Out Renegades.

Robert Jordan | Posted 03.24.2015 | Business
Robert Jordan

This weekend I was talking to my mother-in-law and looked up from where she was sitting to see our attic door dangling from its hinges ready to fall and clock her in the head (not a way to get bonus points with the in-laws).

Sir Richard Branson Named Mentor in Shopify's Entrepreneurship Competition

Courtney Symons | Posted 11.21.2014 | Business
Courtney Symons

Sir Richard Branson is opening up his private island to five intrepid entrepreneurs as part of the Build A Business Competition. Five winners will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Necker Island, the home of Virgin Group's Sir Richard Branson.

How to Run Over Fear and Take Action: Advice From Dean Karnazes

Cortney McDermott | Posted 02.01.2014 | Business
Cortney McDermott

One of the fittest men on the planet and New York Times bestselling author, Dean Karnazes reveals the secrets behind going the distance on the pavement or the project plan.

The Pros and Cons of Hiring Consultants

Kate Gale | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
Kate Gale

In an ideal world, a consultant would work like a running coach or a marriage therapist. There are good consultants and bad ones, but the important idea to start with is: Are you ready for a consultant?

Can CEOs Afford to Be Angry?

Deborah Sweeney | Posted 11.27.2013 | Business
Deborah Sweeney

Trust me -- these issues are minuscule compared to the ones just over the horizon. You have to learn not to get tripped up by every roadblock; otherwise you'll be a hot mess 24/7.

How to Take Control of a Failing Business

Deborah Sweeney | Posted 08.28.2013 | Small Business
Deborah Sweeney

The reality, unfortunately, is that businesses fail and learning how to handle a failing business is as important as knowing how to run a successful one. With that in mind, if you do find yourself at the helm of a sinking ship, there are a few things you should do.

How Planning A Wedding Is Like Running A Company | Posted 05.29.2013 | Weddings

Planning a wedding is like being on a roller coaster. It’s the most wonderful and memorable times in our lives, but it can be demanding too…...

The Penn Relays, the Boston Marathon and Having the Courage to Run Through Terror

Charles Howard | Posted 06.25.2013 | Sports
Charles Howard

Running through terror takes courage. It takes teammates who will run along side of you. It takes an awareness of the great cloud of witnesses who are cheering us along. And it takes a runner who will keep running even after they fall.

Finding the Right Health and Wellness Programs For Corporate America (PART 3)

Melissa Nordin | Posted 05.01.2013 | Business
Melissa Nordin

Corporate America has begun to realize just how much of an impact the health and wellness of their employees has on the overall costs of running a business.

6 Surprising Social Media Tactics to Help You Get Noticed Now

Women & Co | Posted 03.19.2013 | Small Business
Women & Co

For Women & Co. by Suzanne Rust, Are you using social media effectively to market yourself or your business? Based on findings fr...

Becoming a Boss

Fred Wilson | Posted 03.17.2013 | Small Business
Fred Wilson

There are a number of ways to handle this conflict that arises between the maker in you and the manager in you.

NYC Running on Empty..The Best 'INGs' in Life

Randee Mia Berman | Posted 01.07.2013 | New York
Randee Mia Berman

New Yorkers have made an art out of running. From running up bar tabs to running down pedestrians; from running into ex-boyfriends to running out of patience. But the decision to run or not to run the Marathon -- that was the question.

Self-Employed? Give Yourself an Annual Review

Women & Co | Posted 12.17.2012 | Small Business
Women & Co

I may no longer work in an office full of people and the resulting social politics, but I still have contacts and clients who play an important role in my self-employed work, even if I don't see them every day like I would see coworkers in previous jobs.

You're in Control: Three Ways to Start Taking Personal Responsibility in Your Business

Fabienne Fredrickson | Posted 11.21.2012 | Small Business
Fabienne Fredrickson

Taking personal responsibility by being willing, eliminating excuses and taking decisive action when presented with an opportunity isn't always easy but I know I don't get out of bed every morning just to be average. I'm betting you don't either.

10 Tips for Running a Successful Non-Profit Organization

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi | Posted 08.27.2012 | Impact
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

When championing the causes you care about, you have have to ensure that your non-profit organization is effective, efficient and achieves its goals. Here are ten tips to making that happen.

Why Now Is the Best Time to Be a Female Entrepreneur

Claire Broadley | Posted 08.26.2012 | Small Business
Claire Broadley

I've always worked in male-dominated industries, so that aspect of becoming an entrepreneur never bothered me at all. The real challenges were juggling family life with work commitments and having the motivation to keep all the plates spinning when the business took off.

5 Financial Metrics Every Business Owner Should Know

Mary Ellen Biery | Posted 08.06.2012 | Small Business
Mary Ellen Biery

If you're like most business owners, your days are filled by efforts to make your company successful. And you might be great at those things. But how good are you at making money and managing your resources?

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Laundromat (VIDEO)

Mike Sternoff | Posted 07.31.2012 | Chicago
Mike Sternoff

Every layoff is accompanied with a tough call home. Every new hire, a dinner to celebrate. This video is the story of Joseph. Like many other Americans he was laid off during the height of the recession. He then took a risk and opened a business.