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More Than Words: The Art of Balancing Mission and Margin in Social Enterprise

“Why books, Jodi?”  “Why not books, Ramon?” There is money to be made in books! Jodi Rosenbaum, Founder and Executive Director of More Than Words, says they are selling them to the tune of $3.7 million a year. She says every book that they receive is in the hands of young people that they’re giving jobs...

Should You Be In Business? Maybe You Should Get A Good Job.

One of the pleasures I have in traveling the country speaking to thousands of business owners is hearing many of their challenges. Of course the desire to get more customers and keep the ones they already having buy more is ONE big challenge. However, I also hear from business owners who are FRUSTRATED in growing their...

7 Straightforward Ways to Improve Your Small Business in 2019

Making improvements to better your business is vital toward its sustainability and success. Efforts like using social media to market your products and monitoring cash flow allow you to focus on improving the areas of your business that offer the greatest gain. Take a look at these 7 simple and straightforward ways you can...

4 Ways to Cut Business Expenses

Running a business is expensive – your insurance costs are always going up, your cost to travel via an airplane increases each year and your supplies costs always seem to rise. Small businesses are constantly being squeezed by increases in expenses, making controlling costs more important than ever. Take a look at these four...

3 Fears That Hold Entrepreneurs Back

A lot of people wish for the flexibility and potential financial freedom that come with owning a business of their own. Yet with the promises entrepreneurship holds, it’s still tough to take that leap of faith and commit to putting in the effort it takes to launch, grow and maintain a business. People often...

7 Tips For Getting Your Small Business Off The Ground

As you take your first steps towards getting your dream off the ground, there are several questions you should ask yourself. Is your idea easy to pitch with a clear way to show return on investment? Have you identified who will want to use your product or service? Is your solution innovative or a...

How Leaders Can Build a More Collaborative and Productive Virtual Team

How Leaders Can Build a More Collaborative and Productive Virtual Team

Virtual teams, or flexible work, is one of the biggest drivers of transformation in the workplace according to a forecast of employment trends by the World Economic Forum. Because of this, today’s leaders will need to figure out how to most effectively manage their remote teams to ensure that the level of productivity and...

Six Tips to Survive Your First Year in Business

Six Tips to Survive Your First Year in Business

If you’re in the pilot stage of small business ownership, you have heard the stories of one business failure after another. The naysayers will do their best to bring you down, so focus on the fact that 75% of new businesses make it through the first year and 50% make it to their fifth...

Why I Used Two Different Names When I Started My Business

Why I Used Two Different Names When I Started My Business

I was both Clyde and Devin in the early days—Clyde by day, and Devin by night—to keep my day and night worlds separate. As most entrepreneurs chasing their dreams experience, sometimes the “dream” doesn’t pay the bills right out of the gate. The small parcel shipping industry has very small margins, so when I was...