December

How to Launch an Online Business

Work from home? Control your own schedule? Impact people across the world with your product or service? Internet marketing is on the rise for a reason. It gives you the ability to scale your business to a global level without forfeiting your personal freedom. Still, there’s one question that still prevents entrepreneurs from entering the online space: “Is it really possible to make a living off the internet?” Not only is it possible, it’s lucrative when done correctly. We live in the Golden Age of internet marketing. Thanks to social media, everyone can get in front of a camera and…

How to Successfully Lead Your Team When You’ve Never Been an Employee Yourself

Traditionally, to become CEO of a company, or even to rise through the ranks as a manager, you have to put in plenty of time working for others, building up a resume of leadership positions and a proven track record of managerial success. Yet, as technology advances, innovation is happening quicker and quicker — enabling entrepreneurs of all ages and backgrounds to strike out on their own, wherever and whenever they’d like. And that means, these days, we’re seeing more and more CEOs and team leaders without much experience in being employees themselves. As a serial CEO myself, I know…

Struggling Server Returns to Table and Stares at Huge Tip in Disbelief

About an hour before his shift started, Josh was having a horrible night. He almost didn’t come in for work, but was so glad he did. When Josh picked up the bill from the table where two students sat, he didn’t expect a big tip. Students usually don’t have a lot of money, but this time was different. At first he saw a $20 bill, but when he moved the bill, he immediately burst into tears. Most of his coworkers at the restaurant where he also works were sick and Josh had to replace them. He also worked in a…

When Confronting a Crisis, Look 3 Feet in Front of You

My wife and I like to joke about last year being our “year of trials.” We had downsized the prior year as we were becoming empty-nesters, and went through months of stressful renovations on our new place as a result. By January, our newly updated home had been broken into, suffered a ruptured sewer pipe and revealed a leaky basement. Add to this the fun of having our rental car broken into twice while on a trip to San Francisco that summer and my wife being diagnosed with early stage breast cancer right before the end of the year. All…

Why is it Important for Entrepreneurs to Build Trust?

What are the factors essential for an Entrepreneur to succeed? Great idea, product or a service, adequate funds, effective marketing strategy and a skilled team to deliver. However, while all those are critical, the most crucial and not often talked about factor is trust. Trust is the fabric that holds everything together. Today, when technology has made the world come closer and where commerce has crossed geographical boundaries and consumers will be dealing with people they’ll never meet in person, acquiring and sustaining the trust would become all the more critical. Today the wide amount of business (product/services) is conducted…