Top 4 Ways to Stay in Business Long Enough to Succeed

By Bill Baren It took me more than 4 years and running through all my savings before I could earn enough from my business to afford to live a good and simple life. That’s a long time to be earning less than I need. I could have quit. I could have hedged my bets and […]

Know Your “Why”

By MaryEllen Tribby I’ve heard it too many times to count, that infamous sentence – Because that’s the way we have always done it! You see when I am hired by an organization to come in and turn a company from red to black, I ask a lot of questions. I ask questions about people, […]

The Day I Went to Court

By MaryEllen Tribby Have you ever been called to jury duty? If so, you may have reacted much in the same way I did when I first got my jury summons. In the 10 seconds after I opened the letter, I came up with a thousand excuses for not going. Later that evening, I complained […]

Lose the Lottery Mentality

By MaryEllen Tribby I think we can all agree, winning the lottery would be nice. But let me ask you a question. How much time do you spend thinking and wishing about winning? And how much time do you spend thinking how you would spend your lottery winnings? Sitting around thinking and wishing for these […]

Are You Being Duped by These 3 Pervasive Business Lies?

By MaryEllen Tribby “I was so inspired by your presentation! Now I finally understand what I need to do to start my own business,” Cynthia said. This was just one of many comments I heard after delivering my presentation at the Glazer/Kennedy Info Summit a while back. My presentation was called “Perception vs. Reality: Year […]

Burning Bridges is For Amateurs: Leaving Biz Right Helps You For Life

By MaryEllen Tribby I am fortunate. .  . I wake up every morning and look forward to interacting with my business team, to brainstorm content and marketing ideas, and discuss what kind of products will make the biggest impact on our community. But not everyone feels the way I do. And when they aren’t happy […]

Speaking For Dough

By MaryEllen Tribby I will never forget the first time I spoke on stage. I was so nervous. My biggest source of worry was “what will everyone think of me?” After all I was in my early 30’s and most of the folks in the audience had been in business far longer than I. This […]

Having a Mission is What Real Businesses Do

By MaryEllen Tribby Many entrepreneurs and small business owners make the mistake of not taking the time to craft a mission statement. They think it’s just fluff and a waste of time. Truth be told, it’s just easier to think that than put the effort into crafting one. Just think about it for a moment. […]

The Ten Deadly Mistakes that Entrepreneurs Make That Destroy Their Profits, Morale and Reputation

By MaryEllen Tribby I absolutely hate it when I see smart people do dumb things! Unfortunately, this happens all the time in business. For example, you see smart marketers who never leave enough time for a proper launch. Or content providers who continually blow all their money by building out a product without any research […]

It’s Time to McDonaldize, If You Want Your Business to Grow!

By MaryEllen Tribby So many entrepreneurs are confused as to why their business doesn’t grow. Especially since they spend relentless hours, coming up with great product ideas and marketing campaigns. They may have even hired great employees. Yet their business is not growing. In many cases it is shrinking in revenues and very sadly in […]