It’s Time To Manage Your Time!

Are you the kind of entrepreneur who really has great intentions about what you need to do each day, but for some reason, you never seem to get everything (or anything) done? Do you have difficulty prioritizing your time, setting boundaries and saying “no” to requests during the day? Do feelings of overwhelm, frustration and disorganization seem to be manifesting themselves on a regular basis in your life?

Time to Be a Success in Business and Life

How do you and time get along with each other? The meaning of this question is do you schedule your day around the projects, phone calls and appointments with time limits? Or do you just let your day run on its own?

Start-Up by Running a Public House or Bar – ‘Real Life’ Practical Advice Shared

Running a ‘pub’ – a public house – or a bar is a business that many feel is a wonderful way to combine a business with a great social life all in one. The realitiy is very different. This article will give you an snapshot of the hard work involved. If you’re still interested after reading this – then you may be cut out for this new way of life.

Making A Winning Home Business Partnership

Small online business owners typically opt for a sole proprietor structure in the beginning.  The road to entrepreneurship can be lonely.

What? Why Do I Need a Captain’s License?

There is a lot of confusion about when a Merchant Mariners (captains) license is required. The requirements for such a license is based on three simple conditions. 1. Are you using a power driven vessel? 2. Are you on federal waters? 3. Are you or the owner getting paid for passenger service?

You Can’t Succeed Unless You Do It Our Way – The Approved Way, They Say

One thing I learned as an entrepreneur in business is that for nearly anything you do in your business life, there seems to be an approved way to do almost everything. If you want to do something new which is between the law or no one has created all laws for it yet, things get very difficult for you. Since no laws exist or any regulations the bureaucrats and enforcement people wish to take their rules and regulations and push them onto your way of doing things. What they’d like to have you do is to do everything like everyone else, to make their job and paperwork easier.

Entrepreneurialism and Crony Capitalism – I’d Stay On This Side of The Line to Maintain Integrity

A couple of years ago I spent some time with a friend of mine, an entrepreneur, and we went to a party filled with business leaders, politicians, and an interesting list of names in the Washington DC book of Who’s Who. I found it interesting to see so many entrepreneurs that sold services or products to the government hobnobbing with politicians and bureaucrats. I was truly disgusted and almost sick to my stomach when I saw how the game was played in the real world.

Playing the Game At the End of the Bubble

A smart entrepreneur has to know when the game is getting too aggressive for their own good. I don’t mean the competition, or their marketing prowess, I mean that the industry is busy blowing up a bubble it has built and now it is ready to burst. For instance, recently there was just far too much money being thrown at the alternative energy sector, the money was going to businesses which were completely unviable with technology that wasn’t feasible, reliable, and therefore there was no profit in the future.

Battling the Good Ole’ Boy Networks and Local Protectionism

Over the years in franchising my company, and building the perfect business model so that it was franchise-able, I was often blown away by how entrenched the good old boy networks were in the various cities where we had franchised. If you didn’t get in with the group, your franchisee might not succeed. Many of those folks in a good old boy network made no bones about it, they were straightforward and explained how the city worked, and not to buck the system.

Start-Up Entrepreneurs and Industry Associations

Over the years, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been challenged by industry associations telling me to chill out, not rock the boat, and to bring myself aligned with their way of thinking. Of course, I knew if I did, I would be running redlined against the competition, doing everything by the approved method, the same methods that they created to put barriers to entry and blocks to newcomers coming into the sector. I’m not anyone’s lapdog, nor were our franchisees, you see, I’m a former franchisor founder. Now then, should you join an industry Association if you are a startup entrepreneur? Let’s talk.

Entrepreneurs Must Look In the Mirror – How Do Your Handle Absolute Power?

The other day, I was at Starbucks and I was talking to a fellow entrepreneur, he is the sole proprietor of his own company, and makes custom auto parts. He likes running his own show without anyone to tell him what to do, and he doesn’t want a bunch of employees or to build an assembly line or factory, he’d rather take small orders and do custom jobs. He likes this concept because he can do things his way, the way he believes the way they should be done. All power to the mighty entrepreneur in the free-market I say.

It’s Your Company, You Should Run It Your Way

One thing that has always bothered me as an entrepreneur is all the folks telling me how to run my business. If you go borrow money from a bank to create a startup company, the bank wants you to do things a certain way, keep certain accounting records, and keep them informed as you go. Consultants come into the picture and they want you to run things by industry standards, and the old way.

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