Inspiration

 

When you need a spark of hope or a nugget of inspirational gold, this collection of wisdom from Joel Weldon and our other writers will refresh your entrepreneurial spirit.

New Year, New Goals: Setting Resolutions for Your Business

New Year, New Goals: Setting Resolutions for Your Business

As the year comes to a close, many people are starting to think about their New Year's resolutions. For businesses, setting goals and making resolutions can be just as important as it is for individuals. Here are a few reasons why your business should consider making...

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Reputation Management 101: A Beginner’s Guide

Reputation Management 101: A Beginner’s Guide

Reputation management is becoming increasingly important for businesses in the digital age. With the proliferation of review sites and social media platforms, it's easier than ever for customers to leave feedback about their experiences with a company. And with more...

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The Power of a Fresh Start: Redesigning Your Business

The Power of a Fresh Start: Redesigning Your Business

Redesigning can be an effective way to improve your product or process and make it more efficient and effective. By taking the time to review and redesign your product or process, you can identify opportunities for improvement, implement changes, and ultimately...

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Earn Money As An Amazon Affiliate

Earn Money As An Amazon Affiliate

As the online marketing industry gains momentum, more and more consumers are looking in the direction of influencers before making purchases. People find it easier to trust the reviews and recommendations of like-minded individuals who are comparable to themselves....

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The Importance Of Networking For Small Business Owners

The Importance Of Networking For Small Business Owners

Networking is a valuable tool for business owners who are either in the infancy of starting a new business or for those who are hoping to grow their business. There are numerous benefits to gain from networking. Among them, I’ll fill you in with just some examples of...

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What Makes An Innovator Great?

What Makes An Innovator Great?

Innovation can be a game changer. It has allowed success to many people throughout history. But what has led some innovators to success when others have completely sunk? Well, first off, a great innovator needs to be able to stay current, understand what's going on in...

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The Key To Preparing In Any Economy

The Key To Preparing In Any Economy

Unlike typical weather forecasts the economy does not have a set trajectory or definitive fluctuation. Because of this the economy can grow and collapse in faster than usual shifts at potentially very rapid rates. Trusting instinct or news outlets to provide timely...

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What Makes A Leader Successful?

What Makes A Leader Successful?

Finding yourself in a management position doesn't necessarily that you will have skills necessary to lead a team. You may just see yourself as only being good at running the day-to-day operations, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to develop them over time. To...

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Team Building- How Will This Bring Success To Your Business?

Team Building- How Will This Bring Success To Your Business?

The goal of team building is to bring co-workers together and provide opportunities for them to build more meaningful relationships. People who include this into their business plan have found the results to be quite rewarding. Here are some reasons why you should...

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Gig Jobs With High Pay 

Gig Jobs With High Pay 

The gig economy has a reputation of short-term tasks done in volume to obtain the desired income of their worker. This, however, is not always the case as some gigs may break this stereotype with higher paying opportunities with comparable volume. The typical gig...

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What Is Digital Accessibility And Why It Matters

What Is Digital Accessibility And Why It Matters

The term digital accessibility is the practice of designing digital products and their environment so that they can be accessed by those living with various disabilities. Most of us are aware of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which mandates public spaces...

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Daily Habits of the Successful Entrepreneur

Daily Habits of the Successful Entrepreneur

Practically anyone can become an entrepreneur with the right mindset. It starts with an idea. After some hard work and dedication, that idea has become a reality. But what makes the successful ones stand out from the rest? Is it luck? Or are some just destined for...

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Are You Ready For The Shark Tank?

Are You Ready For The Shark Tank?

Shark Tank is one of the most popular TV shows in history, continuing to gather millions of viewers for each new season as companies of any size continue to give their pitches to the world. There have been a number a majorly successful businesses that grew soon after...

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How To Succeed In The Vacation Rental Business

How To Succeed In The Vacation Rental Business

There’s no doubt that getting into the vacation rental business can be a great way to earn some cash. And whether you’ve chosen to make this your side hustle or it’s going to be your main source of income, this market has proven to be a very competitive one. With new...

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The Art of Negotiating

The Art of Negotiating

As a small business owner, building strong business relationships is a crucial component to the overall success of your company. Not only is developing connections with both your customers and employees important, it’s also just as important to have strong...

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Definition Of An Entrepreneur

Definition Of An Entrepreneur

Oxford Languages defines an entrepreneur as “a person who organizes and operates a business or businesses taking on greater than normal financial risks in order to do so”. Entrepreneurs are often seen as innovators. Risk takers. But not all entrepreneurs are the same....

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5 Easy Freelance From Home Gigs

5 Easy Freelance From Home Gigs

Freelancers can pretty much work on anything, and from anywhere. With the limit of restrictions a freelancer has it’s no wonder the popularity in this field has risen considerably. And finding work with little to no experience doesn’t have to prevent you. Here are 5...

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Entrepreneurship Can Start At Any Age

Entrepreneurship Can Start At Any Age

Close your eyes and think of the word “entrepreneur”. What image crosses your mind? More times than not, people will say a young millennial, someone in their early 20’s. Maybe someone who appears quick witted and intelligent? Someone who is tech savvy and trendy? But...

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Program in Arizona Helps Mexican Women Pursue Entrepreneurship

Program in Arizona Helps Mexican Women Pursue Entrepreneurship

For all you Hispanic women out there with wishes of owning your own business, here's some exciting news! El Consulado General de Mexico en Phoenix is kicking off their third annual Consular Entrepreneurship Program. This program was strictly designed for women, more...

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The Importance Of Having A Growth Track For Your Employees 

The Importance Of Having A Growth Track For Your Employees 

Although employees are merely a means for a business to accomplish a goal, they should never be devalued to appear as individuals without potential. Driven and passionate employees have made small companies massively successful without any extensive corporate...

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Advice For Cyber Monday – How To Plan Ahead 

Advice For Cyber Monday – How To Plan Ahead 

Cyber Monday is the biggest day for online sales out of the year. Amazing deals and focused marketing prove highly effective for businesses with both physical and digital products. Since most businesses have online platforms, Cyber Monday has only grown in popularity...

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How To Prepare Your E-Commerce Shop For The Holiday Season

How To Prepare Your E-Commerce Shop For The Holiday Season

The Christmas holiday season is notorious for having the highest rate of sales for most business practices out of the year. Optimizing your e-commerce shop can have exponentially positive benefits to not only beat your monthly averages but also encourage a substantial...

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How To Prepare For The Holiday Season As A Business Owner Now

How To Prepare For The Holiday Season As A Business Owner Now

There are only a few more months until the holiday season. Hopefully you have already begun preparing for this holiday rush but if not that's okay. I'll breakdown some ways you can prepare so that operations run as smoothly as possible during this time. Planning is...

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Tips For Family-Owned Businesses – How To Promote Yourself 

Tips For Family-Owned Businesses – How To Promote Yourself 

Family-owned businesses are ones that have a unique story and environment that no other business relationship can have. While being with its benefits it too can be a very difficult endeavor, especially when having to work with your relatives. The hardest thing these...

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Tips For Entrepreneurs Navigating The Recession

Tips For Entrepreneurs Navigating The Recession

As it becomes inevitable that we are heading towards a recession, if not already there, many worries are bound to flood in. Do I have enough money? Will I need more? Now can be a stressful time, especially for those entrepreneurs who are just starting out and trying...

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When Should You Sell Your Business?

When Should You Sell Your Business?

Starting a business is most entrepreneurs’ dream, however the pursuit of success requires practice and sacrifice. Therefore, by starting companies, businessmen must be conscious of when the right time to sell a company should be. There are several reasons as to why a...

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Five Skills All Entrepreneurs Need To Succeed

Five Skills All Entrepreneurs Need To Succeed

Entrepreneurship isn't always an easy route but can be extremely satisfying if taking the risk. Who wouldn’t want to work for themselves? Let's look at the top five skills needed for success. All of which can be practiced and learned if you don’t consider them to be a...

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How To Create A Professional Online Presence

How To Create A Professional Online Presence

As technology has evolved, so has the use of the internet. It has defined the way of life. A recent survey concluded 97% of employers will go online to research you through various sites before determining you for a position. And 1 in every 4 people will use search...

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How To Reevaluate Your Business Structure

How To Reevaluate Your Business Structure

As a business owner, you will want to periodically reevaluate your business structure. Doing this can help maximize your businesses revenue. Let’s look at some of the ways you can do this. First, you will need to gather and review data from similar markets, including...

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How To Turn Your Side Job Into A Full-Time Business

How To Turn Your Side Job Into A Full-Time Business

As a gig worker or someone with a side job, the idea to make your gig a full-time business may be one with a lot of appeal. The ability to get a more consistent, higher-paying business is completely possible - especially when already having both income and clients....

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How to Help Your Child Become an Entrepreneur

How to Help Your Child Become an Entrepreneur

School's out and you might find your kids have a lot of extra time on their hands. Maybe you’ve even heard “I’m bored” a couple of times and it’s starting to drive you nuts. Help your kids channel that boredom into some money-making by helping them become an...

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5-Year Business Milestones To Keep Up With

5-Year Business Milestones To Keep Up With

Entrepreneurs can run into millions of different problems over thousands of different markets. These problems lead to failure, which may or may not deplete the entrepreneurial spirit in the once exploring adventurer. Though millions will succeed, tens of millions will...

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Small Business Owners Remaining Optimistic for Their Future

Small Business Owners Remaining Optimistic for Their Future

Covid-19 created an extremely difficult time for small business owners, but they now can see the light at the end of the tunnel and remain optimistic. A new survey came out conducted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Index saying that 77% of small...

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Social Media Trends For Business Owners in 2022

Social Media Trends For Business Owners in 2022

As the world’s technology progresses and more businesses are transitioning to internet-focused content, it is beneficial to recognize the newest social media trends and why they are so successful. Here are several trends that business owners have found useful in 2022:...

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Should I Go to College, or Start My Business?

Should I Go to College, or Start My Business?

While it is not essential to have a degree for entrepreneurship, it is very beneficial to go to college where you will be able to learn many of the soft skills it requires to create your own business. However, there are some advantages to forgoing college that should...

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How to Invest in Your Passion While Working a Full Time Job

How to Invest in Your Passion While Working a Full Time Job

Everyone has their own unique passions, but sometimes those passions will not provide enough money to live off. Sometimes it can be challenging to transform that fun side hustle into a sustainable profit. One way to continue to cultivate your passion is by planning...

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How to Support Continuing Education for your Employees

How to Support Continuing Education for your Employees

Developing an environment of continued education in the workplace can not only improve the quality of work being done, but also encourage the environment into one that finds satisfaction in the improvement ones’ self and their peers. Continued education can vary in...

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Office Supplies you Need to Stay Organized

Office Supplies you Need to Stay Organized

Moving back into offices from your work-from-home desk space? Or are you still working from home at your kitchen table or sharing an office with a spouse and two children? We get it. Here are some office supplies that will help you stay organized whether it’s at home,...

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Tips for Business Trips

Tips for Business Trips

It is inevitable as you grow into your entrepreneurial adventure, you will be traveling quite often. There are many roadblocks that come with traveling such as less time in the office, mobile contacting, and time may seem to slip away faster. Here are several ways to...

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Best Apps to Use for Social Media

Best Apps to Use for Social Media

It can be challenging to keep up with social media, the new trends, pop culture, and keep up with your posts while maintaining an aesthetically pleasing feed. Here are a few apps to help you. Adobe LightroomAdobe lightroom is a great photo editing software available...

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How To Show You Appreciate Your Employees

How To Show You Appreciate Your Employees

When you work for a company, it is easy for your employees to feel underappreciated and overworked. It is critical that you, as a business owner or a boss, are able to show your employees that they are appreciated. Here are some easy and simple things that you can do...

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How to Keep your Documents Safe

How to Keep your Documents Safe

We all have important files we want to keep safe, but one more password and infinite storage options in the 21st century can be a little overwhelming. Keep reading for some tips on how to keep your documents safe online and in your filing cabinet. If you have...

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How to Create and Manage a Team Bonding Event

How to Create and Manage a Team Bonding Event

Team building should be focused on enhancing professional relationships between members. Productivity and creativity will likely increase because the team is encouraged to work together to achieve a common goal by using out of the box thinking. The best way to find...

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How to Beat Procrastination and Make Deadlines

How to Beat Procrastination and Make Deadlines

You know how it goes: the list of things to do in your head gets longer and longer, priorities fall lower on your list as life gets in the way, and the end of the week leaves you stressed and scrambling to get it all done. If you’re a human being, you’ve likely found...

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Motivational Podcasts for Entrepreneurs

Motivational Podcasts for Entrepreneurs

Whether you need motivation to start your business, want to learn more about the process of entrepreneurship, or are just curious about successful stories, these podcasts are perfect for anyone.   Grow Now Movement with Justin Schenck This podcast was chosen as...

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Tips for Young Entrepreneurs Still in School

Tips for Young Entrepreneurs Still in School

As you know by now, being an entrepreneur is not just a career you ease into but an entire way of thinking that rewires your brain. Entrepreneurs are creative minds that pour into everything they do. And sometimes, that can be exhausting, especially if you are still...

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Tips on how to balance your work life and personal life

Tips on how to balance your work life and personal life

As an entrepreneur, you are naturally prone to think creatively at all hours of the day. After all, this innate creativity most likely drove you to become an entrepreneur. With that, your mind may tend to fall on work thoughts even outside “office hours”. David Brooks...

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Office Bag Essentials

Office Bag Essentials

Whether I am working at the office or my favorite coffee shop I try to stay prepared by having all the essentials in one bag. It becomes my portable office, so I have to keep it organized. Stationery and pensYou never know when you will need to write something down,...

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Successful Women In Business

Successful Women In Business

Women have come a long way since the 19th amendment. Women launch more than 1,200 new businesses every single day in the US, and own 36% of small businesses worldwide. Women currently hold 31 of the CEO positions at the S&P 500 companies. Thinking about where...

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How to Prepare for an Interview

How to Prepare for an Interview

There may be a few thoughts that run into your mind when you read “job interview.” Maybe your heart rate increases rapidly because of a fear of public speaking, or a fear of failure, desperation for a job, or excitement about a new opportunity. Whatever the feelings...

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Business Milestones to Hit in Your First 5 Years

Business Milestones to Hit in Your First 5 Years

Creating a successful business is a process and it is important to monitor your milestones to be sure you are on the right track. #1 Profitable Business ModelThe first major milestone is to create a business model that leads to profit and success. Include these 5...

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Top 10 Bloggers/Social Media Profiles To Keep You Motivated

Top 10 Bloggers/Social Media Profiles To Keep You Motivated

As an entrepreneur, PR professional or networking expert, there are many benefits to following other companies and professionals. Being connected with other entrepreneurs through social media and blogs allows you to stay in-the-know, inspired, and motivated. Their...

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Breakaway From Your Bad Habits To Improve Your Productivity

Breakaway From Your Bad Habits To Improve Your Productivity

A large part of the essence of a human is in our need to be in a routine. You’ve heard it before and this won’t be the last, but we are creatures of habit. Our day revolves around a clock that continually clicks. With every tick of the hand, our lives flow with it. We...

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Resources To Find The Right Mentor In Business

Resources To Find The Right Mentor In Business

Every businessman or businesswoman needs a mentor. A mentor is an experienced and trusted adviser, typically someone who is older than you and has more skill and expertise than you. The role of a mentor is for them to pass down their knowledge so you can be great like...

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How to Increase your Creativity Skills

How to Increase your Creativity Skills

Feel as if your creativity is lacking? Try these simple techniques to improve your creativity skills! Creativity is an essential part of anyone’s life! Having good creativity skills can motivate you in multiple aspects of your life from problem solving, relieving...

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Music to Keep You Going

Music to Keep You Going

Working on your computer all day long can be draining and exhausting, a way to solve this is by creating your own playlist to keep you motivated. Classical MusicClassical music has been shown to be one of the best genres to listen to when you need to be productive...

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3 Successful People You Did Not Know Failed In Business

3 Successful People You Did Not Know Failed In Business

Learning from failure is the key to success. Entrepreneurs often lose sight of their goals once they reach a major failure but it is important to remember that everyone fails, even the people that are well known for their incredible success. Elon Musk Forbes listed...

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3 Signs You’re an Entrepreneur at Heart

3 Signs You’re an Entrepreneur at Heart

These days, anyone can become an entrepreneur thanks to all the digital resources available at your fingertips. However, what many entrepreneurs soon learn after taking the leap into owning their own business is that it takes a special level of passion and drive to...

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Feeling Out of Touch With Your Inner Power Lately?

Feeling Out of Touch With Your Inner Power Lately?

In 2021, people are more politically and ideologically divided than ever. The world doesn’t want cold, unempathetic leaders. If you’re the present, heart-centered, and conscious leader that we’re all looking for, you likely agree with some of the following: • Pleasing...

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A New Way to Create Your Vision Board

A New Way to Create Your Vision Board

Maybe vision boards haven’t helped you in the past, or you’ve always assumed they’re just not your thing. That’s okay! Research shows there’s a reason to doubt vision boards. In the eyes of science, envisioning the results of your success versus your methods to become...

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Negotiation Techniques to Lower Your Rent

Negotiation Techniques to Lower Your Rent

During this time, as entrepreneurs, we need to creatively rethink our business models, which means looking past even our fixed costs. At the moment, you can increase your profit margins in various ways, including exploring how to lower your utilities, rent, or...

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Business Pivots That Count

Business Pivots That Count

Right now, some businesses are experiencing a slight shift in their demand while others are struggling to get by. Regardless of where you fall on that spectrum, there are ways to pivot your business model to ensure you’re ready to reenter your industry when our odd...

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3 Centuries of Black Entrepreneurs in America

3 Centuries of Black Entrepreneurs in America

February is Black History Month, and it turns out black entrepreneurs have been soundly kicking butt in business since the 1800s. Whether laundering clothes for goldminers, persisting to become the wealthiest African American alive, or making the right product for the...

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Three Inspirational Female Business Leaders

Three Inspirational Female Business Leaders

March is just around the corner, and it’s Women’s History Month. While women still only compose a tiny fraction of leaders at top companies in the US, that number is growing, and American girls have more and more female role models in business every year. Here are...

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Mental Health In the Workplace

Mental Health In the Workplace

Poor mental health can have a severe impact on your business. Even if you’re mentally well, your employees may be facing their own mental health struggles. Recent studies have shown that around 80% of adults with depression have difficulty with work, home, or social...

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How To Boost Employee Productivity During The Holidays

How To Boost Employee Productivity During The Holidays

Whether it’s your busiest time of year or your slowest, the holidays put a huge amount of stress on employees. These external factors can cause your employee’s productivity to plummet. Keeping employees engaged is daunting, but there are some unique ways to help your...

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Entrepreneurial Success Stories

Entrepreneurial Success Stories

Being an entrepreneur can have its setbacks and uncertainties. It's like running headfirst into a jungle with a vague map to your destination. You know where you want to go, but you're unsure what you will encounter along the way. If you're feeling lost about starting...

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The Personal Touch Management Style

The Personal Touch Management Style

In this era of business, the needs of the consumer, and your team members, are rapidly changing. To get the most out of your employees, you need to ensure they feel connected to the performance and success of the business. Here are some ways to break down the barriers...

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A Can of Success

A Can of Success

Motivation can be hard to come by in the entrepreneurial world. With everything else going on around us at break-neck speed, it can be difficult to find the drive to push yourself forward. That’s why we consult the professionals. We’ve spoken before about just how...

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The Inspiration Guru

The Inspiration Guru

There’s a reason why clients all over the country refer to Joel Weldon as the most prepared and useful speaker they’ve ever come across. It’s the same reason why we choose to feature him here at AFE: He’s simply the best. If you’re looking for presentations that cover...

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What Keeps You Going As An Entrepreneur?

What Keeps You Going As An Entrepreneur?

Entrepreneurship is a hard path to follow professionally. Sometimes you will experience the best day ever and feel like everything is going in the right way, but you might have the complete opposite feeling the day after. It is hard to see how things might not have...

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On the Trail to Getting Unstuck

On the Trail to Getting Unstuck

The amount of creativity and sheer willpower you’re forced to muster every single day as an entrepreneur makes it kind of inevitable that you’re going to hit a wall sometimes. You’re only human, and the important thing to keep in mind is that you will get out of that...

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Leadership Lessons to Learn From Dave Ramsey

Leadership Lessons to Learn From Dave Ramsey

There’s a reason why Dave Ramsey is a household name around the country, even the world. From business owners to stay-at-home parents, he has built an empire on his business savvy visible in all walks of life. Many times, his musings boil down to two things:...

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The Lack of Inspiration Behind Inspirational Quotes

The Lack of Inspiration Behind Inspirational Quotes

For decades now, ever since the “hang in there” poster and its famously compromised kitten dangling from a tree branch gained popularity, office morale has largely been equated with what images can be found on the motivational posters with inspirational quotes that...

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Inspiring Company Missions and Mantras

Inspiring Company Missions and Mantras

Believe it or not, not everybody is in it for the money. There are companies all over the world whose sole goal is to make positive changes in our day-to-day lives. While we all want to make a difference in our communities and the world at large, maybe we should start...

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The Art of Getting Your Progress Unstuck

The Art of Getting Your Progress Unstuck

The only certainty in business is that there are going to be stress and hurdles, and that you’ll thank yourself later for them. Every mental block is followed by a release, and every downswing is followed by a towering peak. There’s nothing to be ashamed of, it’s all...

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Find the Inspiration in Your Business

Find the Inspiration in Your Business

Inspiration can be hard to come by sometimes. As we age, flashes of brilliance may seem to strike more scarcely as other factors in our lives slowly crowd out our creative faculties. But we can all take solace in the fact that they will come back again: The fire will...

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You Need A Hoop!

You Need A Hoop!

Just before the game was to begin, the home team players formed a tight huddle around their coach. Who’s gonna win? he asked. “WE ARE!” they yelled. Then go to it! he screamed, and the starting five thundered onto the court.

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Writing Successful Business Plans For The New Year

Writing Successful Business Plans For The New Year

As 2018 has come to a close, we’ve done a ton to make the new year transition as smooth as possible. We’ve wrapped up 2018 and we’re ready to welcome 2019. But as the end of the year can be a crazy time for business owners, so too is the beginning of one. You’ve got...

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University of the Imagination

University of the Imagination

With his eyes closed, his concentration focused on the courses he’d played back home, he experienced every detail as if it were real. He could smell the freshly cut grass, feel his hands caressing the grip of his driver as he teed off, see the ball’s soaring trajectory against a vividly blue sky, and, later, see the ball falling gently into the cup.

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A Leading Question

A Leading Question

If you’re like most people, you enjoy doing things you’re good at. Ever notice that? What you like to do, you’re good at, and what you don’t like to do, you’re not good at. It’s the same with your employees and associates.

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One Moment In Time

One Moment In Time

Are you too tough on yourself? Did you ever mess up and keep re-living the mistake? Have you ever dropped the ball at a critical moment and never gotten over it? If you said “yes” to any of those three questions this true story might help you live your life from a...

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Attitude of Gratitude

Attitude of Gratitude

Joel, why are thank you notes so important? Thank you notes are one of the little things that so few people take the time to do! Their importance was made clear to me years ago when I received a letter from someone who had attended one of my seminars for Dean Witter,...

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4 Things To Add To Your End-of-Year Checklist

4 Things To Add To Your End-of-Year Checklist

The end of the year is the perfect time for business owners to reflect on the growth of their business in the last twelve months. It can help to shape the following months, as every experience in a new business can be a learning opportunity. We’ve discussed making new...

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