Features lifestyle writer specializing in self-help, health and wellness, spirituality, creativity, writing and small businesses for local, regional and national publications, online and in print.
John Spencer Ellis (pictured) is a best-selling author, speaker, filmmaker, and coach. He’s the CEO of the National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association, Spencer Institute for Life Coaching, International Triathlon Coaching Association, Mixed Martial Arts Conditioning Association, and Get America Fit Foundation. With Entrevo managing director Topher Morrison, Ellis recently published Collaboration Economy: Eliminate Competition by Creating Partnership Opportunities.
Valentine’s Day is a major spending holiday, second only to Christmas. In fact, consumers are expected to spend an average of $131 a person this year, with 51 percent of shoppers purchasing within a week of Feb. 14. Small businesses have a prime opportunity to benefit from Valentine’s Day sales.
Detox diets are popular among celebrities and the health conscious, especially after holiday binges. Can these periodic “cleanses” be beneficial for businesses, too?
Yes, mistakes are inevitable, and they can work to your benefit if you learn from them. But committing the same error repeatedly, to the point that it becomes a bad habit, can cost you.
Here are five bad small-business habits, plus some tips for breaking them, from marketing consultant Shawn Graham.
If the thought of marketing your small business makes you want to crawl under the nearest rock, you’re not alone. Traditional strategies like cold calling and networking can cause shy types to break out in a sweat. But marketing your business may be less overwhelming than you think.
Here are a few marketing tips for introverted entrepreneurs:
Whether you did well during the holidays or are still recovering from an unfavorable season, you’ll need to be aggressive if you want to succeed early in 2014.
As Black Friday fast approaches, U.S. retailers are preparing for their busiest time of the year. But huge holiday sales may not come easily: The National Retail Federation predicts marginal sales gains in November and December over the same months of 2012. What’s worse, the political climate and buyer confidence are also signaling a disappointing year.
Are you aware of the unconscious psychological forces that can improve or undermine your business?
We’re well into May — do you know where your desk is?
If you haven’t caught the spring cleaning bug, you aren’t alone. Whereas most small-business owners find it easy to be creative, they often lack the organizational skills (or desire) to streamline their offices. It’s common for entrepreneurs to need a little support.
Small-business owners, we have some news for you: You’re not being sabotaged by bad employees, clients, or competitors. The person getting in the way of your success is you.
You hear about it often in the media: New businesses seemingly transform into multimillion dollar companies overnight. Think Groupon, Pinterest, and Instagram. Yet most entrepreneurs put in serious time before they see their hard work materialize into a lucrative business.
Being a small-business owner can feel like a never-ending race. It takes stamina, discipline, and a surprising amount of work to succeed. Owning your own company isn’t just about fulfilling a passion; it’s about knocking down all the unexpected obstacles that come with the territory.