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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 }

Your Business Needs a Support Network

by Jim Martin

Even a one person business needs a support network. Every business owner needs someone to talk to (or listen to) other than family members who have no clue as to what managing the business entails. You can’t just hang a sign in the window “confidant wanted.” But you don’t have… [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 }

Focus on Management Skills

by Jim Martin

Some new businesses soar. Others languish, crawling slowly forward until their founders’ money and patience are both exhausted, their deaths sadly marked by empty storefronts. Failure is not inevitable. If your product or service is marketable, you can avoid a going-out-of-business sale by honing four critical skills. In a sense,… [READ MORE]About { title }

A Simple Way to Understand Marketing

by Jim Martin

Small business owners usually know what accounting, production, quality control, customer service and most other functions of their businesses entail, but many, even the most experienced, ask “Just what is marketing really all about?” Your editor recently talked with Michael Olson, the General Manager of KSCO, and he gave… [READ MORE]About { title }

Good Managers Nurture Success

by Jim Martin

Some small business owners fail to get the best performance from their employees because of their management style. For the most part, they get their business decisions right, but they don’t understand the many factors that motivate (or fail to) employees. Consider these points in dealing with your employees and… [READ MORE]About { title }

The Payoff Principle—Three Ways To Get What You Want

by Jim Martin

Dr. Alan Zimmerman has helped over one million people over the last 25 years. His success is seen in the fact that 92% of his speeches result from referrals and repeat engagements. This recent interview provides some of his key thoughts.

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Three Ways to Hone Your Skills

by Jim Martin

Andy Nguyen, the founder of Honor Courage Commitment, offered three ways a business owner could hone his entrepreneur skills and elevate his competitive advantages, whether one was a “natural-born” entrepreneur or not.

Join the Marines. Yes, he’s serious. The Marine Corps instilled core values of honor, courage, and commitment… [READ MORE]About { title }