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Can I ask you a question? When you think of the word professional, what comes to mind? Is it a suitcase caring, suit-wearing, office in a cooperate office type of individual? I’ve been seriously contemplating this question because when do we, small business owners, scrappy, creative, innovative individuals know when we reached professionalism? I know […]

I first want to start this by saying that I am no financial guru. However, I’ve realized that implementing what we learn can make an impact on our growth. The truth is, we all need help. A strength of entrepreneurs is knowing when to delegate and finding others with skills that you need to develop […]

Calling all small business owners in the Capitol Region of NY. I got a couple questions for ya: Are you launching a new product or service? When was the last time you updated your profile image?  Do you have a boss bio that provides your ideal client a clear message of who you are, what […]

Checking in. How are you dreamer, action taker, industrious entrepreneur? The conclusion of 2021’s first quarter is here. Did you meet the goals you wanted to hit these past 3 months? What lessons did you learn? Any breakthroughs or special moments? I personally like to reflect on those questions at the end of each month. […]

As a business owner you have two choices when it comes to dealing with your peers. You can compete, or you can collaborate. I say take the higher road and build a community. What does that look like? Good question. I have fellow photographer friends who shoot weddings. They have built a strong sense of […]

You look around and have a great idea. There is something inside you that ignites when you think about opening up your own business in ________________(fill in the blank) field. But then you google how many businesses already exist in this field. Then your stomach starts to sink. Self-doubt starts to stifle the flames that […]

So you are thinking about opening your own business? But you’re hesitant. The thought of owning your own business is exciting but then the wave of negative thoughts start to kick in. They sound something like this: Where do I even begin? Am I too old to start from scratch? Shouldn’t I just get something […]

Did you know that as of August 2020, there are 30.7 million businesses in United States? These small businesses end up building communities by providing jobs, adding character & value to your town and providing top notch service. Some of my favorite local businesses have given me a space to create fun and lasting memories. […]

Branding is quite the learning curve — at least it was for me. As a business owner you wear all the hats … and as a marketer you need to advertise your brand. In the beginning I was apprehensive because we’ve all had that “sleazy car-sales-man” experience. (PS: I’m not saying all car salesmen operate […]

A moment of total transparency. I’m nervous. A good nervous, but nervous all the same. You see, I’m the kind of girl who loves the idea of punching in and out. I took a class with my mom regarding business in the summer of 2016 and one of the instructors opened the class by saying […]