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Can You Turn Your Hobby into a Business?

by Jim Martin

You’d like to quit your fifty hour a week job and work for yourself, but you’re not sure what you want to do. Some answer this question by turning a hobby into a business. This can be a roaring success, or a very expensive failure. If you examine the key… [READ MORE]About { title }

Don’t Let Fear Limit Your Success

by Jim Martin

Don’t be afraid to take risks. You cannot succeed without taking risks. The simply act of opening a business is a risk. If you never take a risk, you will never offer anything that is not already available in the market. Being novel is a risk. If you interview a… [READ MORE]About { title }

Starting on the Wrong Foot in the Wrong Direction

by Jim Martin

At the latest startup conference the person on stage pitched his method which agreed with the last book you read. He swore that you can ride your idea to fame and wealth by starting your own business. Don’t drink the Kool-Aid, particularly if he says you can’t do it without… [READ MORE]About { title }

Creating Creative Employees

by Jim Martin

You wouldn’t be in business if you didn’t have some tendency toward innovation, but you can become even more successful if you encourage your employees to be creative as well. Innovators capitalize on new ideas, new technologies and new developments in the market place. Big changes are obvious, but small… [READ MORE]About { title }

Don’t Fail as a Leader

by Jim Martin

The late Steve Jobs was a great business leader. He had incredible vision and an ability to focus that vision on the production of innovative products. Great leadership requires more: it must avoid, as Jobs did, the pitfalls that often sink otherwise innovative entrepreneurs.

The first is vacillation. Nothing is… [READ MORE]About { title }

Workshop on March 9, 2017

by Jim Martin

On Thursday March 9, SCORE will offer a workshop entitled Protect Your Business: Understand Employment Law. The chief presenter will be Carmella Woll, a leading employment law attorney. The workshop will give attendees an overview of the legal issues involved in hiring and managing employees. Learn about employment law issues… [READ MORE]About { title }

How Not To Start a Start-up

by Jim Martin

When you get a great idea, everyone tells you to rush ahead. They tell you it will make you rich and famous, or at least rich. It’s great to hear that. It’s wrong to believe it prematurely. The truth is that, no matter how brilliant the idea, success falls to… [READ MORE]About { title }

Avoid 3 Critical Sales Mistakes

by Jim Martin

By Gregg Schwartz

They’re hard-working and creative, but small business owners are not natural sales people. As a result, they tend to be vulnerable to a few key mistakes in the sales process. Your business will do better if you think of yourself as “head salesperson” for your company.  That… [READ MORE]About { title }

Ensure Your Cybersecurity

by Jim Martin

Your computer database is one of your most valuable assets. It contains your financial records, your personnel records, your customer records and (quite often) all your business secrets (including all your intellectual properties. Given that, protecting your database must be (but seldom is) your most important job. If you accomplish… [READ MORE]About { title }

The Value of the Written Word

by Jim Martin

Put everything you do in writing.

Everyone seems to understand the importance of formal contracts with key suppliers and key volume customers. No one would expect to borrow or loan money without a fistful of paper. Everyone understands purchase orders and shipping documents. Other important parts of the paper trail… [READ MORE]About { title }