I get asked a lot by wannabe entrepreneurs: what business should I start? Often people really want to go into business, but they don’t know which direction to go. Some people want an instant formula for small business success, but the answer is: It depends. Entrepreneurship is as different as the people who run […]
Best of Melinda Emerson™’s #SmallBizChat Interviews in 2009
My interview with Sherri Garrity on how to quit a job to start a business: Sherri is the founder of Corporate Fugitive. Her company provides business coaching to aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners who want to go from overwhelmed to extraordinary. In 2007, she walked away from a successful marketing career to start her own […]
What if the Business you Love is Not Making Money?
A slowdown in your business is an opportunity to sharpen your knife and focus on working smarter not harder. Being a small business owner is an emotional experience that will stretch you in ways that you could not imagine. If you are really motivated and driven, you can turn things around. There are no limits to […]
Should I Put My Picture on My Business Card?
Ask @SmallBizLady: Should I put my picture on my business card? Every Friday, I answer your small business questions in a video blog segment called Ask Small Biz Lady. This week, we are taking on the question: “Should I put my picture on my business card?” Here’s the answer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKXIfQM-Kn4 If you are a solopreneur […]
Are You Ready for 2010?
The economy is on the rebound, but the nature of business has changed. Is your small business repositioned for 2010? October and November is the perfect time to start planning for how you will kickoff the New Year. It’s not about making it through the recession; it’s about coming out of this recession with a […]
#SmallBizChat Live Telesummit Recap (Part 1)
(Dear readers: this is the first part of a two part post about SmallBizChat Live Telesummit. Part two will post on Friday, November 13, 2009.) Every week as SmallBizLady, I conduct interviews with experts on my Twitter talk show #SmallBizChat. This past week, I presented the first annual #SmallBizChat Live Telesummit. The goal was to […]
#SmallBizChat Live Telesummit Recap (Part 2)
(Dear readers: this is the second part of a two part post. Click here to see part one.) Every week as SmallBizLady, I conduct interviews with experts on my Twitter talk show #SmallBizChat. This past week, I presented the first annual #SmallBizChat Live Telesummit. The goal was to give the audience the information to create […]
No Network, No Business
The following is an excerpt from my forthcoming book: Become Your Own Boss in 12 months; A Month-by-Month Guide to a Business that Works! Scheduled to be released by Adams Media in February 2010. In small business, your network is key is to your business success, but it is astonishing to me why people with […]
Smallbizladyâ€™s Reading List Part II
Reading is brain food for your business. To keep your thinking sharp it is always good to read about the latest techniques for running a successful small business. One of my favorite things to do is read books about business strategy, social media and leadership. Here’s Part II of a list of best books that […]
10 Things To Do Before 2010
The best way to start out the New Year is to close out the previous year with a plan to get your house in order. Don’t start January 1st in a panic. Use the down time of the last two weeks of the year to close out important administrative and marketing tasks. Here’s a list […]