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27
Mar
Michael Barnes
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Can I Help Your Business?

Can I help your business? I am often asked, “As a business coach, what businesses can you help?”  The obvious answer is, any business.  This is a bold claim of course, but here’s the deal.  With my own life and business experience, the systems to which I have access, and the people I can talk […]

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26
Feb
Michael Barnes
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My Keys to Freedom

Several years ago, I found myself working 80-100 hours / week for months on end for someone else. I missed my kids’ events and missed being with them. I felt this was pointless and questioned what my life was all about. I was working in the corporate world and built essentially a division for my […]

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1
Dec
Michael Barnes
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What are you doing today to improve your business and your skills as a business owner?

It is important to always be learning and evolving as a business owner.  What are you doing today to improve your business and your skills as a business owner?

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29
Nov
Michael Barnes
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4 Steps to Create Systems for Your Business

So, who here wants to talk about systems?  Hands anyone?  Anyone want to watch paint dray?  Ahhhh, more hands went up there! What is a system?  They go by the names SOPs, standard operating procedures, processes or myriad other names. Most small business owners avoid systems like the plague.  In my experience, this is true […]

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15
Nov
Michael Barnes
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6 Networking Mistakes to Avoid

Do you network for your business? If not, this is a business development strategy to consider adding to your repertoire. While emails, social media, phone calls, and mails are useful, nothing can replace actually meeting people in person. Many people, however, avoid networking like the plague. This can be for many reasons, but here at […]

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31
Oct
Michael Barnes
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How Do You Start Your Business on a Shoestring Budget?

Small businesses start somewhere; this goes without saying. But how do all these entrepreneurs get started? For most small business owners, it is NOT with a fistful of cash or lots of backing. For most businesses starting out, money is an issue. What are some ways that you can get started and conserve your funds? […]

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24
Oct
Michael Barnes
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How do YOU Get a Project Going?

As a business owner, your main goal is to attract clients and provide them some sort of goods or services. If you do that job well, you will get paid and hopefully get additional referrals. Sometimes everything goes smoothly. Sometimes, not so much… A friend and colleague of mine, Mindy Richards, recently posted a story […]

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21
Oct
Michael Barnes
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How Can You Succeed As An Entrepreneur?

Entrepreneurship is the hardest job you’ll ever love (to steal a phrase). Entrepreneurs, the only people who will work 80 hours/week for themselves to avoid working 40 hours/week for someone else. Entrepreneurs put their blood, sweat, tears, and love into building a business. There are many reasons people become entrepreneurs. Some, to make more money. Some for freedom. Some […]

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1
Sep
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What is the one thing you will do toward your goal?

How many of us have days or weeks where we are “busy” the whole time, but at the end we know we are no closer to our goals than when we started?  How does it make you feel when you come to this realization?  When you feel this way, do you know what to change? […]

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29
Jul
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It’s time for a break!

Are you pushing yourself constantly and striving to do, have, and become more? Are you trying to do more without additional, or even dwindling resources? Do you feel you still can’t get ahead so you keep working harder and longer? This strong work ethic that is so admired in today’s society can come with a […]

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