Small businesses are critical to the success of our nation. So, I was THRILLED when I stumbled across a live video stream on Facebook from entrepreneur and media bad ass, Mario Armstrong. Yep, I said Facebook video streaming (à la Periscope); it’s only available for the ballers though-apparently. 🙂 (more…)
Have you ever had to submit a video recording of yourself, but struggled with remembering all the great things you wanted to say? If so, you probably ended up with a few dozen “takes” of the video because you stumbled over your words and kept forgetting stuff. Not to mention, because you were so worried about getting the words right, you probably didn’t come across as naturally as possible.
If any of this sounds familiar, I’ve got a great free tool for you that will surely help.
Everyone loves an underdog. Why? Because we secretly want them to become the top dog. This is true in business, too, which is why shows like Shark Tank and The Profit are so popular.
I’m excited to share with you a podcast interview I did with Nikki and Trey Lewis, the husband and wife duo behind the delicious treat company, The Mallow Bar, and the podcast Biz Underdog To Top Dog. Nikki and Trey interviewed me and we talked about entrepreneurship and hustling for PR to become top dog in business.
I mentioned The Profit earlier; here’s a sneak peek of a video interview Nikki did with Marcus Lemonis from The Profit, for Inc. Magazine: (more…)
Apologies in advance for this post; it’s not gonna be one of my usual upbeat, find-a-silver-lining-in-a-dark-cloud type of articles. It’s gonna be a bit of a rant about a topic that’s been boiling inside of me for a while now.
The topic is consumers and their attitude that they DESERVE discounts.
if you’re anything like me, you are constantly spit-balling ideas for your business. You want you’re business to grow and prosper. A friend recommended to me that I check out this Whitehat thing to help me with my business. But the truth is you have to always try new ideas to generate sales, build your brand, and increase awareness of your product.
I am a heavy-weight spit-ball champion! This week, my extra-large straw is loaded with so many spit balls it’s not even funny. My current target, affiliate marketing. I’m trying to leverage other people’s website traffic and relationships to drive traffic and sales for my business. I’m now learning and understanding marketing automation (learn more about this on the Salesforce website), and trying to combine a level of automation into my affiliate marketing.
Will it work? Maybe. Maybe not.
As entrepreneurs, we know we must always try to find creative ways to connect with new audiences. I’ve been fortunate enough to have a chance to do just that as a new contributor to GoDaddy.com’s popular blog for small businesses, The Garage.
And this article has been republished on The Garage for a new, larger audience to enjoy.
You can find the article here–>
Feature image credit: Sarah Marshall Wall Street Journal watermelon
If you’re an entrepreneur, you know the thrill of victory, and the agony of defeat! Ok, so I stole that line from the iconic, old school ABC Wide World of Sports intro:
But on the road to basking in your entrepreneurial victories and bouncing back from your agonizing defeats, there are lots of things you are doing for your business that you expect will have a positive impact on sales. It’s terrific when your strategies and tactics work, but how do you manage your mental health when things don’t go as planned? And if you’re anything like me, this happens a lot.
I started thinking about the psychology of expectations and stumbled across an interesting article by Tali Sharot, Ph.D., titled, Should You Manage Your Expectations?
I’d like to share a few interesting take aways from the article.
A few weeks ago, Jill Salzman, founder of The Founding Moms, asked me to write a guest blog post about the importance of a supportive spouse for entrepreneurs. Last week Jill and her partner, Brad, interviewed me for the podcast, Breaking Down Your Business, where they tackle the most complex small business questions of our day.
Jill and Brad are loud and nuts, so I was right at home on their show.
If you read this blog regularly, you know I’m always trying new things to get traction for my business. And if you’re an entrepreneur, you know if you try ten new things only one or two of them will work. So, I’m really excited my latest hair-brained scheme is actually working!
What’s my latest hair-brained scheme, you ask? Why, it’s a national Groupon campaign.
I am a dad of two and a half year-old twins. My kids are great. They’re super kewt, smart, and well, they’re my kids, so I love them.
But this Terrible 2 thing is giving me gray hair. Every time I mention the Terrible 2s to a parent, without fail, their reply is something like, “Oh you ain’t seen nothing yet. Wait ’till they turn three; it gets worse!”
In my mind I’m like, seriously?! OMG! What the hell am I gonna do?!
I posted the following comment on Facebook and the hilarity that ensued in the comments inspired this post:
Twitter is great for meeting dynamic, new people. While hustling on Twitter, I had the pleasure to meet one such person, Jill Salzman, CEO of The Founding Moms, the world’s first and only kid-friendly collective of monthly meetups for mom entrepreneurs, which was listed by Forbes as one of the ten best websites for women entrepreneurs.
If you’re an entrepreneur, feeling anxiety and fear is probably something you experience regularly. When I say regularly, I mean daily, in some cases.
Anxiety is caused by fear, and I think of it as fear’s younger, impetuous cousin.
For entrepreneurs, managing fear is the most important thing she/he has to learn to maintain her/his mental health, which matters because a positive frame of mind leads to better results for her/his business.
Conversely, a negative mindset, brought on by fear, keeps you from making connections you need for your business because successful people don’t want to associate with negative people. And a negative mindset often prohibits you from receiving the inspiration you need to move your business forward.