Posts Tagged "small business"

Freedom In Business: Path From Infantry Marine To Gruntrepreneur

Our entire lives, we are told what to do by other people. As a kid, you answer to parents, teachers, and principals. While many go off to college at 18 and experience quite a bit of freedom, others decide military service is the path to go. Bootcamp isn’t an easy adjustment, and I’d argue that the Marine Corps’ is the hardest, no contest. Upon deciding on the branch of service, some decide to go into the infantry… the grunts. Oftentimes, the infantry feels like an endless bootcamp. Adherence to “instant willingness and obedience to orders” is paramount in combat, so it...

Step Up Your Game – Get Involved In Your Community!

What are you doing to hold your business to a higher standard? It’s great if you’ve got your local booster club’s sticker in your front shop window, but what are you really doing as a business to stand out? Besides mailing in a check every high school football season, what actions are you taking to define your company as one that truly cares about its customers and community? If you ‘d be nervous answering these questions in front of a board of investors, it’s time you take a look at your mission statement and the social or community section of your...

7 Small Town, Small Business Mistakes

7 Deadly Sins, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, 7 Dwarves, 7-Eleven, and now… 7 Small Town, Small Business Mistakes you don’t want to make. 1. Jumping on the bandwagon 2. Being too casual 3. Taking criticism personally 4. Failing to shop around for vendors 5. Sticking to local customer markets 6. Making competition personal 7. Not taking advantage of the local Chamber Jumping on the bandwagon. One of our biggest pet peeves is finding businesses and organizations using Facebook profiles instead of pages. Small towns break this “silly rule” all the time. (See Terms of Service and the definition...