Posts belonging to Category 6. Solo-preneurship

Lessons from the Blackberry Bush

Here in Oregon, blackberries are an invasive species that we spend a lot time trying to irradicate  – that is, when we’re not busy making jam and pies from the fruit.  The difference between pie and pest is the circumstance.  Find them along a hiking trail and they’re a treat.  In your backyard they are a […]

Delegating Clearly

As a solopreneur or small business owner, delegation can be a big challenge.  Whether it’s an employee, an independent contractor or a virtual assistant you have to turn over the reins enough for trust, comfort, and clear authority and that will vary for each task you delegate.  Take some of the pain and worry out of […]

It’s An Evolution

Three truths: It takes about seven years for every cell in your body to replace itself. So, basically every 7 years you are a whole new person. Each year you are in business, your skills are growing, your knowledge base is growing and you are learning more about your customers, what they really need and […]

Beyond Overwhelm

It’s pretty easy to feel overwhelmed these days as a business owner.  Ownership carries a lot of responsibilities and we are now under a lot of new pressures because of the rapidly changing world in which we operate. Advertising is becoming ubiquitous with the internet and social media and technology is bringing a basic shift of moving […]

Cleaning V.S. Organizing

I often hear people talk about how they organized their office but it didn’t stick – that a few months later is looked as bad or worse than before they did the organizing. It is not that the organizing didn’t stick.  It’s because they didn’t really get organized. They cleaned. Cleaning is a clearing process.  It […]

Walk Your Way to Ideas

Walking is not only good for your health, it’s good for your business. You probably know the human brain has two hemispheres.  The left side is linear and logical.  It controls language, likes order, and thinks 1,2,3.    The right side is random and creative.  It generates ideas – usually in picture that the left side has to […]

Finding Wrong or Finding Right?

Why is it so much easier to talk about what went wrong when so many more of them when right? Do something that creates a bad customer experience and the statistics are that one dissatisfied customer will tell 15 other people about their bad experience.  Create a great customer experience and they might tell 2 other […]

How Good a Plate Spinner Are You?

Ok, you love to __________  —- just fill in the blank – cook, organize, selling xyz product                    You decided to want to work for yourself—no boss to report to, you can schedule time as you want and make a fortune.  That’s the promise – that’s how owning a business for yourself is marketed. By now […]

Free Publicity Takes Planning – 3 Tips To Make it Work for You

I opened my Portland Business Journal one January day back in 1989 and I saw a headline about a National Clear Off Your Desk Day Contest. First I got upset that I didn’t know about the holiday and I missed that opportunity.  Then I got into action.  I found out the holdiay was posted in Chase’s […]

What Are You Paying Attention To?

So many people have taught me so many things over the years.  I am grateful to everyone of them for everything they have taught me.  One that has been on my mind a lot in this economy is something I first heard from then fellow organizer, now professional artist Gloria Ritter .  “What you pay attention to, you give energy […]