A Quick Guide to Hiring a Business Coach [And Tips to Get Most Out of Your Coach]

Do you feel stuck growing your business? Do you struggle to maintain a work-life balance? Or do you feel overwhelming to run day-to-day business operations? If your answer to these questions is YES, then my friend, you need a business coach. From product development to customer acquisition to financial planning, there are tons of tasks...

How One Entrepreneur Empowers Adults With Disabilities Through Art

This year at NetSuite's SuiteWorld, Ramon had a chance to sit down with a number of fascinating entrepreneurs. One of them was Ann Kappes. About Creativity Explored Creativity Explored gives artists the space to create, and a space to show off their work. This is a rarity, as many studios focus on just one of the...

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CRM: Your Small Biz Can’t Live Without It

Ramon Ray caught up with Melissa Shepard, Chief Architect, President and CEO at Lizzard Tech Consulting, a Salesforce silver consulting partner based in the USA at the Dell Women's Entrepreneur Network in Singapore. Melissa is a CRM and Salesforce expert with over 20 years of experience in CRM improvements and innovations. Melissa is passionate...

The Blowfish Effect: How to Make Your Small Business Look Like a Big One

The Blowfish Effect: How to Make Your Small Business Look Like a Big One

America loves small businesses. Research from Gallup confirms that Americans are three times as likely to express confidence in small business as they are in big business. Still, it can be difficult for smaller companies with less staff and more budget constraints to take on large, entrenched competitors and win. But all of that...

The Truth About Ramping Up (or Winding Down) Your Seasonal Small Business

The Truth About Ramping Up (or Winding Down) Your Seasonal Small Business

Seasons change and with them so do the cash flows of many small businesses. The “small business” designation is not one-size-fits-all. If you’re the local mom & pop hardware store, your spring and summer peak season is very different than the boutique retailer down the block who thrives during the holiday. Ensuring your business has the...

Procrastination - An Entrepreneurs Nemesis

Procrastination – An Entrepreneur’s Nemesis

Let’s be honest. Being an entrepreneur can be one of the most challenging things in the world. You’re a self-starter, with no one telling you what to do, when to do it and how to get it finished. You don’t have the security of being supervised by a manager or being accountable to a boss....

Insightly Twitter Chat - #LoveYourCRM on August 23

Insightly Twitter Chat: #LoveYourCRM on August 23

What are you doing Thursday, August 23 at 3pm EST? Hopefully, you can block an hour out on your calendar because the Smart Hustle Team would like to invite you to a fun Insightly Twitter Chat with special guest Ramon Ray (Smart Hustle Editor). We know you’re busy, so we’ll get right to the...

Small Business Revolution - Vote to Give One Small Town a $500,000 Main Street Makeover

Small Business Revolution: Vote to Give One Small Town a $500,000 Main Street Makeover

Big businesses and brands usually get all the spotlight, but small businesses are the true economic drivers of our country, creating about 65 percent of new jobs each year. Over the years, many events have been established to celebrate small businesses and encourage people to shop small. Small Business Week and Small Business Saturday are two well-known...