Accidental Business Success is No Accident

I know you have heard that many businesses started by someone making a mistake. While this is true the businesses in question did not start because of the mistake. The people involved saw the “mistake” as an opportunity. I offer the following by way of illustration: Bourbon Teflon Microwave Whiskey has been with civilized man for ages. The distillation process is basically the same for all grain … [Read more...]

Passion Makes the Business World Go Around

In all my years of business coaching, counseling, and ownership I have noticed one thing all businesses have in common. They are started from someone’s passion, and people’s passions are different for a very good reason. What resonates with one person is another person’s hell. My first experience with this was playing football in high school. We had guys on the team who were really good, and then … [Read more...]

Being a Mentor is not for Everyone

I have often been asked how I make my living and exactly what is it I do here at American Small Business Centers. My reply is often edited to the person or audience asking me the question. I even wrote a book about this called “Ladies, You Can Do This!” which gives basic down to earth business advice and also chronicles ordinary every day women who run extraordinary businesses. The truth is I am a … [Read more...]

The Magic of Marrying Video and Marketing

I am working with Stacey Sparks-Huff to market her new online wedding gown business, Belle Curvy Couture.  She specializes in plus size gowns, and has designed her own line of gowns that she is offering exclusively through her store and online company. One of the smart things we did was to hire digital marketing specialist, David Perleberg of Rep Empire, Inc.  He suggested we do a video of Stacey … [Read more...]

What I Learned About Business Watching Super Bowl LI

Super Bowl Fifty One is now in the record books and has been correctly labeled the most spectacular Super Bowl to date. 24 Super Bowl records broken, and seven more tied. While it was the best cliff hanger football I have ever seen, I was reminded about the business lessons we could all learn from watching and enjoying this game. Lesson #1 –. Possession pays off The Falcons came out guns blazing … [Read more...]

What is a Mentor?

I get asked this question a lot. The answer has not changed since the dawn of time. The basic answer to this question is one of the following: 1. Someone with more experience than you have in a particular field of subject. 2. Someone who teaches or trains you. 3. Someone who is a source of wisdom and support. Normally a mentor is not someone in your immediate family as family ties have a way … [Read more...]

How They Steal Your Money

It is a foregone conclusion that with all of the electronic means in existence to shop, pay bills, or even file your taxes that your information is going to get compromised and your money will be stolen.  How does this happen and what can you do about it? We are only going to talk about here ways your money can be stolen; People file false tax returns People use your credit card numbers Right on … [Read more...]

What would I do over again?

I am often asked with my years in business what, if anything, I would do different again if I was starting out in business.  The factual answer to that is probably nothing since I have taken all of my experience, both good and not so good, and have turned it into life’s lessons and business truths that I now use with all of my clients. However, when asked what I would do over, that is very easy.  … [Read more...]

Salary Negotiation Skills

In my blog post on Considerations and Observations regarding Women in Business I shared thoughts on salary negotiation skills, which is not taught very well to our young professionals.   Here are 3 strategies you can try: Most salary offers are within 5% of what the job will actually pay.  Never take the first amount offered.  Use the 10% rule.  If you are offered $40,000 a year, take 10% of … [Read more...]

Case Study – How to Communicate Effectively in Business

Situation: To say that business has changed in the last 10 years would be a wild understatement.  The internet is here to stay and so are all of the new devices, methods, and opportunities that come with it.  The biggest problem with all of the devices and capabilities is that they all combine to give instant access to anyone you want to reach, and it sets up the expectation of an instant … [Read more...]