Life is Short

Life is short. If there was ever a moment to follow your passion and do something that matters to you, that moment is now.

This week officially begins a new chapter for me.Life is Short

Just a little over two years ago, I sat down to write a novel, something I’d been wanting to do for a long while. It got off to a rocky start; I ended up with three distinct beginnings to three very different stories, and there I sat: stuck. So I signed up to work with an accomplished writer and editor for eight weeks and received the kind of guidance and feedback that helped me push through. I found my story. I figured out who my main character really is, what she wants, and what she doesn’t even know she wants. I was on my way. What a relief!

However, right around that same time, (more…)

Your Business Model – B2B, B2C, or…

P2P BusinessSo … what kind of business are you in?

For most business owners, the question of business model is fairly straightforward. You are either serving other businesses (B2B) or you are serving consumers (B2C). As a business consultant as well as co-owner of a fine art photography business with my husband, I thought I had this all figured out. I knew where each of my business interests was focused.

What IS the difference between B2B and B2C?

As it turns out, surprisingly little. As I bounced back and forth between the two, I began to realize that there was not much difference between the way I connect with my business clients and the way I connect with those interested in our photography. But everything I read told me there ought to be. Dear Marketing Experts / Gurus / Mavens / Ninjas: I respectfully disagree.

What became crystal clear to me is that (more…)

Women Entrepreneurs: From Ideas to Independence

The last century of women’s entrepreneurship is not simply a tale of triumph or of an incomplete revolution. It is a story of risks and rewards, of women who had an idea and so believed in the possibilities that they battled obstacles and gender bias and forged networks to make it a reality.

~National Women’s History Museum

You will love this celebration of women entrepreneurs! Truly inspiring!

I am Learning How to Sail My ShipFrom Ideas to Independence: A Century of Entrepreneurial Women | National Womens’ History Museum

Election’s Over. Now What?

When I woke up Tuesday morning …

  • Gas was flirting with $4.00 a gallon
  • The “official” unemployment rate (a/k/a the U-3) was hovering near 8%, representing about 13 million of my fellow Americans
  • The U-6 unemployment rate (including the “officially” unemployed, those underemployed not by choice, and those who’d like to be working but have given up looking) was nearly 15% – over 23 million people
  • A record number of people – over 46 million – were receiving food stamps
  • The homebuilding industry was struggling to get a foothold
  • The U.S. was facing a “fiscal cliff” as we enter 2013 that will increase taxes on every taxpayer in the nation
  • The specter of the so-called Affordable Healthcare Act was hanging over the country, causing uncertainty and stifling business planning and hiring
  • Washington, DC was basically deadlocked, with a Democrat in the White House, a Democrat-controlled Senate, and a Republican-controlled House that can’t seem to agree on anything, and often don’t even try

I woke up this morning, after yesterday’s election, and …  (more…)

An Attitude of Gratitude

Wow! Since my last blog post on Thursday, I have been so humbled by the number of people who have chosen to share their own stories of stepping into their full potential by starting a business! (I’ll be sharing these inspiring stories in the days and weeks to come, so stay tuned…)

Many of you have also participated in my online survey, the responses to which are helping me to design and develop entrepreneurial training and masterminding that is relevant, meaningful and uplifting, and for this I say THANK YOU! Thank you for making my task easier 🙂 but more so for playing a valuable role in helping aspiring, new and even established entrepreneurs on the journey that is business ownership. It’s going to be so much more fun taking that journey together, by virtue of the programs I’m developing with your help!

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Why I’m Celebrating 10 Years of Unemployment

Entrepreneur JourneyI’m going to get a little personal here today, I hope you don’t mind. But I’m celebrating a rather unusual milestone, and I’d like to share it with you, in the hopes that it will inspire you during these still uncertain times.

Ten years ago today, I fled corporate life for the last time.

Oh, I had been an entrepreneur off-and-on since before I was old enough to order an adult beverage, but somehow every so often I’d get lured back in to other people’s companies with promises of “opportunity,” titles, and, yes, a steady (and healthy) paycheck. I can assure you that none of the three was worth the price of my soul, which is pretty much what I had to give up each time I allowed myself to be persuaded to leave my happy little cocoon of entrepreneurship.

But on September 27, 2002, I left and never looked back. (more…)