When Can We Change It?

When Can We Change It?

Jeremiah had a great post last week about the importance of stepping back and making sure your business is still on track; but what if you're one of the many business owners that are blessed with a healthy dose of idealism? You're always trying to make reality match your vision. While this is a strength, it can also be what ends up killing your business. When you're always re-evaluating, adding in, taking out, or completely overhauling your current efforts (which are most likely overhauls of previous efforts) you're setting yourself up for failure because nothing you start is given enough time to actually work.  ..

Take a Step Back

Take a Step Back

Throughout his lifetime, my father has walked farther than any man I know. He's not obsessed with fitness, has never run a marathon, and he's never set foot in a gym, but his steps continue to mount year after year. My father is a professional fine artist. ..

Too Much of a Good Thing

Too Much of a Good Thing

Out of seven children, I have 6 who love to spend time baking in the kitchen. The problem is that, if one of them decides they want to bake, they will have five of their siblings wanting to "help" -- which can mean anything from eating powdered sugar off the table to trying to take over the entire project. Inevitably, an otherwise quiet and constructive activity turns into chaos or at least a multi-age litany of "get out of the kitchen!" ..

Fear of the Unknown

Fear of the Unknown

Hi. My name is Jeremiah and I'm a Control Freak. ..

When Your Business Can't Survive Without You

When Your Business Can't Survive Without You

A few years ago Jeremiah went temporarily blind. It was a reaction to a medication he was on and until they could do surgery to relieve the pressure in his eyes, he couldn't see anything further than an inch away. Thankfully, he recovered completely, but what if he hadn't? Except for occasional copywriting/consulting, I was focused on raising our children; I wasn't up on the latest software and didn't have time to finish learning coding. If Jeremiah's sight hadn't returned, our business would have been over.  ..

Killing Dandelions

Killing Dandelions

This past week, Spring finally arrived here in Northwest Indiana. With spring comes one of my most favorite things: green grass. There’s nothing quite like a lush, green lawn. But spring also rekindles an annual battle in my front yard. Tut vs. Dandelion. They show their yellow flowers so pretty in my yard but then, overnight, turn into white puffball menaces, just waiting for a chubby-handed two year old to pluck them up and scatter their seeds all over my neatly manicured lawn. As I prepare again for this yearly battle, spring is also offering a refreshed view of life. It’s a great opportunity to not only clean off the cobwebs in the gardening shed, but to take a look at what may need to change in your business. ..

When Time Gets in Your Way

When Time Gets in Your Way

Last week I was helping a client with her business plan and noticed that, although she had most of the needed background information, she was still having problems with time management. Like most business owners, she devoted over 40 hours a week to her business but she wasn't sure where all of her time was going -- she only knew that she didn't have enough of it. Because of this, she had no way of knowing how many clients she could realistically take on at any given time and that missing information made it impossible to predict her future sales and cash flow. ..

Say What? Finding the Right Voice for Your Business

Say What? Finding the Right Voice for Your Business

Think about the last time you called a close friend and, when they answered, you immediately knew they had the flu or a head cold.
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The Smart Way to Market a Business

The Smart Way to Market a Business
I'm always amazed at the insights I gain when writing a marketing strategy. As I updated our own strategy recently, I found new ways of connecting and combining the individual pieces and became aware of extra details that I would have forgotten in the middle of running the day to day of our business.

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Pricing a Service? Here's the Strategy You've Never Thought Of

Pricing a Service? Here's the Strategy You've Never Thought Of
In the ten years we've been in business, I can't tell you how many times I've searched online for "how do I set prices"? Judging by the results, I'm not the only one asking this. It's one of the most common questions asked by service providers and it doesn't seem to have a standard answer -- especially not in the design world.  ..