15 March

The Business Plan

I use my business plan every day.  It is a living document in my business.  It is a tool that helps me stay focused and make decisions, while considering the implications the decisions will have on other parts of the business.  A lot has changed since the first draft of my business plan, but it has remained a constant check and balance for me.  Read More

1 March

Leadership in Business

Leadership is at the heart of every successful business.  There is no doubt that every business will have its successes and failures.  Being someone who can stay focused on the vision and lead employees, customers, partners, vendors…whoever is on board, through the ups and downs is what differentiates a leader from a manager.  I knew I was a good manager before I started my own business.  I was organized, focused, hardworking, outspoken.  I knew how to get the job done.  Now that I’m an entrepreneur, that’s not enough.  I have to lead.  I have to see how all the pieces come together, put them in the right order and, most importantly, inspire people to join me.  A business plan will help you put and keep the pieces together, but your gut and willpower are the secret sauce.