Think big. Focus. Never give up. That’s your mantra. Everything else will fall into place. – Rebecca Matthias Rebecca Matthias is CEO of Mothers Work (retail outlets include Mimi Maternity, Pea in the Pod, and Motherhood). This quote is from her book, Mothers Work, one of my favorite business books — an inspirational and informative [...]
It sounds like the set up to a joke (an accountant opens a doughnut shop…) but it’s actually a career change success story: Mark Prygocki went from Big Four accountant to President of a medical cosmetics company to franchisee owner of five Fractured Prune Doughnuts Arizona locations. After 21 years in corporate, Mark made the [...]
In the fall of 2010, just two years into our business, I took a comedy class, which became an unexpectedly powerful sales and marketing tool for our business. Comedy was unrelated to anything in our business plan (except for maybe helping support my writing and creativity). But, it turned out that my comedy shows were [...]
Rankings and lists can help you grow your business. For example, Payscale, the salary site, recently released a ranking of undergraduate colleges by 20-year ROI. I summarized four interesting findings from the Payscale College ROI report (party schools trump sober schools!) in my latest Forbes post. But fun facts aside, rankings and lists – Fortune [...]
In a recent Forbes post, I wrote about negotiation strategies for the underpaid employee. As an entrepreneur, you also negotiate – when you make a sale, when you decide on specifications or customizations on an offering, or when you change directions on a project. With all this negotiation practice, you would think it would get [...]
In my Forbes column on the hot job market, I wrote about retention strategies for employers to keep their best staff. This is not just a corporate issue. As business owners, we have staff, vendors, and partners, and we need to remember that when the market improves, they have options for where to work and [...]
My recent Forbes column was titled You Didn’t Get Promoted, Now What and covered how to get a promotion when you didn’t: 5 strategies to get back on track for the next promotion cycle. I just as well could have written, “you didn’t get promoted, SO WHAT” because that so-what, shrug-it-off feeling is a critical [...]
As is good small business marketing practice, I repurpose my content. I have started reposting my older posts onto the new LinkedIn blogging platform. A few weeks in, the below post hit 90,000+ hits in a few days, doubling our website traffic in one day from what we normally see over one MONTH! https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/article/20141115163923-942774-why-you-still-need-a-cover-letter-even-if-no-one-reads-it?trk=mp-reader-card You [...]
In today's video blog negotiation tip for entrepreneurs, consultants and freelancers, I share 3 strategies to get paid what you're worth: You can read about these 3 tips in my small business advice blog for Purple Clover: Stop Attracting Deadbeat Clients! You can read more negotiation tips in the [...]
In this career success video blog, I cover the 2 characteristics of the best networking ice breakers: Our July radio show was dedicated to questions about networking. You can hear the replay at Your Networking Questions Answered - Radio Show.
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