Saturday, January 18, 2020

Email As a Productivity Tool

Email is simple.  Right?  It’s unified. It’s an open channel of communication that is used worldwide to maintain an open dialogue both inside and out of the workplace.

Learn how you can reinvent your email as a productivity tool. Start by getting back to basics and consolidating every type of correspondence – a way to increase your effectiveness overall.

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Are You a Badass Female Entrepreneur?

In the article, "The Badass 50 2020:  Meet the Women Who are Changing the World," they define a badass woman as someone who has proved she's not to be messed with.
... celebrating some of the greatest changemakers of our time, from all over the world. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi offers her thoughts on what it takes to be a badass, the Today Show’s first female co-anchors Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb get candid about the future for female journalists, editor and author Scarlett Curtis opens up about her mental health struggles, plus more inspiring stories from women who show up, speak up, and get things done.
Most of the women featured in the above article are celebrities and got me thinking, I am definitely a badass entrepreneur. Are you?

Saturday, January 04, 2020

Preparing for 2020 and a New Decade

I thought I'd share some of my past articles on entrepreneurship, business ownership and growth.  I hope these help you prepare your business for 2020 and the new decade.  Enjoy.  Happy learning.  Prosperous new year.

5 Actions for Double-Digit Business Growth

This article provides five action items to get you out of your “hold steady” mode and into high, predictable growth gear with your business.

11 Tips to Help You Thrive After Losing Your Biggest Client

Theresa just lost her biggest client, one who generates 80 percent of her company’s total revenue.  She’s been in the branding business for six years.  In response, she can hide in her office and wait for the phone to ring or she can take swift action.  Above are 11 tips that ought to help Theresa, or you, if you ever find yourself in a similar situation.

16 Ways to Dodge an Economic Crisis

Whether it is through client work at my own business, running a nonprofit organization, or serving as a facilitator for women presidents of multimillion dollar enterprises, here's what I've heard many entrepreneurs and small business owners saying repeatedly about what they are doing to dodge an economic crisis.  This article is still applicable to today's times.

From Cupcakes To Moneycakes: 3 Ways To Increase Sales And Profitability

Recently, I had a conversation with a woman business owner who claims her business in Chicago is drying up. She bakes cupcakes from scratch in every imaginable flavor and size from her small bakery, Think Sprinkles, eleven miles south of downtown Chicago. As a one-woman shop, how can she increase sales and profitability so her business doesn’t shrivel up? It starts with going back to the basics of good old-fashioned marketing.  Read on ... above.

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Bring on the Holiday Cheer for Women Entrepreneurs

At a loss for what to give the most amazing female entrepreneur(s) in your life?  We have some ideas! And many of these are from the creatives over at Etsy.  Have a look and see what you think.

And if you want to go beyond stuff, try these – equal parts fun and fulfilling.

Plenty of companies are also spreading holiday cheer by donating a portion of your shopping cart to worthy nonprofits, ranging from climate change organizations to those that support women in developing countries.


Saturday, December 07, 2019

A Business Carol by Laurel J. Delaney

I can't believe I wrote the article below a decade ago!  In the original story “A Christmas Carol,” (first edition 1843) Charles Dickens writes about an old and miserly Ebenezer Scrooge who undergoes a life-changing experience of redemption over the course of a Christmas Eve night.

In my article, I talk about how “A Christmas Carol” parallels much of what we do every day within our businesses.  This is done by providing three different perspectives, all with a common theme:  There is still time to make a difference in our world, to learn from your past yet choose to forget certain parts of it to remain relevant and to make improvements in your life and your business in preparation for a more vibrant future.

And remember, Charles Dickens himself was a struggling entrepreneurial author fretting over how he was going to pay off his debt when he penned “A Christmas Carol”  - all 18,000 pages - in just six short weeks.  But this is nothing new on genius spurts because many bright and creative folks produce some of their best ideas under duress.

Explore to read the full story.  I hope you enjoy.