Why I Never Thought I’d Be an Entrepreneur

Why I Never Thought I'd Be an Entrepreneur

I recently had the pleasure of being a guest on Christy Haussler’s excellent podcast Brick and Mortar Reporter to talk about my work at Urban Martial Arts.

Listen to the episode here

In the interview, we talk about:

  • Why I never thought I’d be an entrepreneur
  • Why sometimes you should NOT listen to your customers
  • Why the best marketing in the world won’t help if your product sucks
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How to Use Craigslist to Hire an Employee for Your Local Business

The Right Way to Hire Employees From Craigslist

If you’re a local business owner with a job opening to fill, nothing beats Craigslist in terms of getting your ad in front of as many people as possible.

But how do you sift through all the crappy applicants to find the hidden gems?

And how can you streamline the recruiting process so you don’t take valuable time away from running your business?

In this video, I share with you my step-by-step guide on how to hire an employee from Craigslist for your local business.

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What tips do you have when it comes to hiring new employees?

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3 Tools to Boost Your Business and Productivity

Three Tool To Boost Your Business and Productivity

Wish you could convert more leads into customers?

Wish you could get more done each and every day?

In this video, I introduce you to 3 tools I’ve discovered recently that will boost your business and your productivity.

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3 Disastrous Hiring Mistakes You Don’t Know You’re Making

This is a guest post from Kelly Azevedo. I first discovered Kelly when she was interviewed on the web show Mixergy. I love finding ways to streamline processes and make things more efficient, so when I found out that Kelly was a systems engineer who specialized in helping small business owners improve their operations, I was immediately hooked!

In this post, Kelly shares her tips for making the hiring process easier. If you find this info useful, be sure to check out her new video series 5 Days to Finding Fabulous Help for Your Online Business. Though the series focuses on online business, many of the tips she shares apply to bricks-and-mortar businesses as well. ~Carmen

Small business owners struggle with many issues, but one of the biggest challenges is finding help (even in a down economy) that is reliable and trustworthy.

In my experience working with successful entrepreneurs, problems in hiring nearly always come down to one common source which is both easy to identify and difficult to fix… it’s you!

Not to worry, it’s me as well.

Most owners are unprepared to be the manager and fall into the role suddenly when the business becomes too much to manage alone.

This pressure, combined with a lack of experience, can lead to disastrous hiring decisions.

Let’s cover the three most common problems in hiring, along with some strategies for overcoming them so you can hire the support your business needs this week.

Mistake 1: Not Thinking Through the Needs of the Business First.

It’s very common for business owners to think in terms of who is “out there” needing a job. For example, the stay-at-home mom who could do projects during nap time. Or the college student who is online between 10 pm and 2 am and knows some Photoshop. [Read more…]

Fire Your Customer!

Why You Should FIre Your Customer

Do you have a customer who drives you crazy?

If so, have you ever thought of firing them?

In this video, I explain why firing customers is sometimes necessary, and how to tell whether you should just suck it up or get rid of a bad customer altogether.

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Have you ever fired a customer? How did it turn out?

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