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I have developed humility for sure. So many things don't work out like you planned when you have your own business. I always tell people that if you are afraid to look like a fool, just get over it - because you will at times!
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Why You Should Succeed at Failure
@Nick So glad I could amuse you, Nick :)
4 weeks, 1 day ago on How to Make Money Even If You Suck
@thompsonbizsolutions You are so right, Sarah. I had a great conversation with Jeff Moore today. I need to schedule in more social engagements virtually and in person!
1 month, 1 week ago on Can Social Media Save a Solopreneur’s Sanity?
@BerniXiong What a great share, @BerniXiong - thank you!
Maybe I will finally take the time to make the videos I have been meaning to make for my various service offerings! I definitely need something for my home page - and have for years....
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Think You Need to Hire a Salesperson? Leverage the Internet First.
Shout-out thanks to contributors @britter @loubortone @GallgherPOC @BiggSuccess @DawnMentzer
2 months, 1 week ago on Best of 2014: Ten Posts to Help Your Small Business
@FrankKing1 Frank, so many people have reached out to me thanking me for this post and for starting this discussion. So I thank you for your courage to do this amazing talk. I know for a fact that depression is something that needs to be managed by many - if not most - entrepreneurs. ~ Catherine
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Depression and the Small Business Owner
@SteveWoodruff You are so right, Steve. Many people have said that the cold and dark are a big problem. I spent a few winters in L.A. for just that reason. I have written posts about how you may be a solopreneur - but should not be alone. Thank you so much for your thoughts.
@blfarris You are so right, Brad. We are just people - with good days and bad days. Running your own business isn't just sunshine and puppy dogs. It's exciting, challenging, frustrating, scary, agonizing, and wonderful. Often all at once.
This post is a PSA. So many people struggle this time of year. It was an agonizing decision to post it publicly. The response so far has been amazing. Please start the discussion. We can all support each other.
@TheRelationshipInsider Excellent. Love that!
7 months, 3 weeks ago on The Paralysis of Freedom
@rgrush That's an interesting distinction. I read it more as the paradox of choice - when people have too many choices, people will often be overwhelmed not make a choice at all.
Fun fact: If I am cooking an elaborate lunch someone will walk in the kitchen and say, "Smells great! What are you avoiding doing?" Sometimes it IS avoidance, and sometimes it is part of my process. The trick is to know the difference.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on When Procrastination Isn’t or Respecting Your Process
@TheRelationshipInsider I couldn't agree more, Sheryl! Thank you so much for the heart-felt comment. @BerniXiong is amazing at articulating what so many of us are feeling.
9 months ago on A Candid Letter to Future Entrepreneurs
@hmotyka Yes, more interesting and more versatile. I think it can be a smart business decision to diversify your revenue streams, especially when you are starting out.
9 months, 1 week ago on The One-Word Secret to Small Business Success
@lauriemazz @PointA_PointB @Ali_Davies Thank you for sharing, Laurie. I know you have seen this type of thing with your clients as well.
10 months ago on The Silent Partner You Can’t Ignore
@Ali_Davies Thank you, Ali. I have been seeing this a lot lately.
@rosemaryoneill Very big difference! I probably should have added that one in. Thanks!
10 months, 1 week ago on Customer Service: ‘No Problem’ May BE Your Problem
@RachelClaret Thank you so much, Rachel! I always find examples helpful to model. So glad you enjoyed my post.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on The Correct Way to Make a Business Introduction
@Ali_Davies I love that, Ali! Very good advice.
1 year ago on A Trick for More Stable Cash Flow
@BerniXiong Thank you so much for sharing your story, Berni! Great to hear about your successes with this strategy.
1 year ago on Why Small Biz Owners Should Partner With Non-Profits
@DawnMentzer I agree, Dawn. Anyone who needs to be seen as a thought leader or innovator should consider blogging. It takes time but can definitely be worth it.
1 year, 3 months ago on Is Blogging a Good Idea for the Solopreneur?
I too loved this post from @TRU_Vitality so much @BerniXiong. It is such a dis-ease of our time that the first thing we tell people is how busy we are - like that is some kind of indication of self-worth or importance in the world.
1 year, 3 months ago on Delicious Idleness: Dolce far Niente
@NegroLandin So glad you got some value from the post. @loubortone is the best!
1 year, 3 months ago on Video Marketing Mistakes: 6 Rookie Missteps
Great article @swoodruff - I learned this lesson the hard way. I got absolutely killed by a client who was a bad fit, and now with this business, I am extremely careful about only working with the right clients. In fact, I stress this with my small biz clients and am constantly quoting Michael Port's Red Velvet Rope Policy to them.
1 year, 5 months ago on Not All Business is Good Business
@CassieRandall I totally agree, Cassie. I think every entrepreneur goes through a period where they have to get distance from the people who don't support them personally or their professional goals. It can be quite a shock that sometimes close friends and family members may be some of the people you need to define boundaries with.
Do you agree @TRU_Vitality ?
1 year, 6 months ago on 4 Quick and Dirty Entrepreneurial Lessons
@TheRelationshipInsider Awesome! You are exactly right.
1 year, 7 months ago on 35 Business Phrases that You Wish Would Go Away
@Ali_Davies Good one, Ali! Even people who are called gurus sometimes really hate that term.
@RobBiesenbach Nice. I like the stools idea. You make a good point.
1 year, 8 months ago on How to Make Sure That Your Event Panel Doesn’t Suck
@KarrieLandsverk LOVE it, Karrie! Thanks for sharing. What do you think about that @caroljsroth ?
1 year, 8 months ago on Why I Hate the Phrase Small Business
@TheRelationshipInsider Yep. Drawing a blank too. And I really enjoy a good word game. Darn....
@rosemaryoneill HA! Love that!
@Adam Drake CFA Better than what I am coming up with. Thanks!
@jbrosky That is lovely, Judy. Thank you so much for sharing!
1 year, 8 months ago on What Would Dad Do? 7 Simple Lessons for Better Business
@Ali_Davies All great points, Ali. I think I sell "possibility." It took me years to did deep enough to find that. Thanks @BiggSuccess for the great post!
1 year, 8 months ago on What Do You Really Sell?
@Carmen Rane Hudson Carmen, I am afraid I have to disagree with you on that. Please see my interview with Michael Port about the Red Velvet Rope Policy. http://www.carolroth.com/blog/michael-port-red-velvet-rope-policy/
1 year, 9 months ago on All Things to All People Marketing
@marylynn3 I agree! Excellent tips and techniques here. I hope they will contribute again.
1 year, 9 months ago on When No Doesn’t Mean No
@SteveWoodruff I think the people who are the most afraid are new service providers who think working with anyone with a "pulse and a checkbook" (as Michael Port says) is the way to go. It isn't. It makes you exhausted from spreading yourself too thin, and it makes you irrelevant. Loved the post @bradshorr
@Britt Raybould Brilliant! Love that, Britt.
1 year, 9 months ago on The Power of Persistence
@sharonoday Me too, Sharon! I thought my initial projections for my business were low. I tried to be very conservative. And yet, they still proved wildly optimistic. But would anyone leap off the cliff into the unknown without that entrepreneurial optimism? Maybe not....
@aceSpec We strive to provide our community the best stuff! Glad you found it useful. ~ Catherine, community manager for Business Unplugged
1 year, 9 months ago on Do You Overshare Online?
@BradShorr I think you are spot on, Brad. Everybody seems to think they can just jump in without much knowledge. I see worst practices every day. I am sure that you do as well.
@Lena_M You said that beautifully, Lena. I couldn't agree more.
1 year, 9 months ago on Being Rich Isn’t All About Money
@BradShorr Great idea, Brad! I agree that there should at least be some basic training around social media etiquette in corporate. I have remarked more than once that common courtesy is, in fact, uncommon. That goes double for common sense.
@TheRelationshipInsider Hi Sheryl, there is. Let me get back to you personally with the information. Thank you!
@sharonoday The first time I listened to it I was so touched, Sharon. The second time was after he passed and I just started crying because I was so happy that she got to say it and he got to hear it. What a blessing for both of them to have nothing left unsaid.
This is brilliant, Rich! So many companies piss off their customers when they should be trying to help. I was laughing as I read this. Thank you so much for calling out these #worstpractice responses.
1 year, 9 months ago on How Not to Apologize
@Seth Sklar Bravo, Seth! Well said. Agree to some extent on the popularity game. Women might not get listed at all if there weren't separate lists - but I kind of hate them too. In a perfect world I would love to see more diverse list as well.
1 year, 9 months ago on Is Social Media Really Homogeneous White Milk?
@DrewCM @margieclayman Your business hours point is a strong one, Drew. But that doesn't completely explain the skew toward white men. Presumably, in a country as diverse as the United States, we have plenty of Hispanic, Asian, etc. professionals who should be on our radar as they share the same time zones.
@Danny Brown @thebrandbuilder Hi Danny, as keeper of the keys for the blog, relevant links that add to the discussion are just fine with us. Thank you so much for your comments.