5 Ways to Create Multiple Online Streams of Income

By Jennie Lyon / March 31, 2020

Are you worried about your revenue stream? Right now, small business owners everywhere are wondering how they can increase their revenue (or hold it even) during the coronavirus crisis. We currently don’t know how long this period of social distancing will last or if things will get even worse. What we do know is that most physical locations are closed, meaning that many small businesses have needed to pivot to online only. Thankfully, there are some ways you can create multiple online streams of income. It might require you to go slightly out of your comfort zone, but these strategies…

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5 Ways to Protect Your Business During the Coronavirus

By Jennie Lyon / March 24, 2020
5 Ways to Protect Your Business During the Coronavirus

Are you currently worried about your small business’ future? The coronavirus outbreak has turned the entire world upside down. There are times when it feels almost like a movie; it’s surreal. Many Americans are locked down in their homes, watching the news, wondering what’s next. But small business owners have even more worries. With social distancing becoming the norm and mandatory closure of non-essential businesses, entrepreneurs are trying to figure out how they can protect their businesses until we get to the other side of the crisis. The government is even providing help to small businesses with funding, grands, and…

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Working From Home for the First Time? Look for the Helpers!

By Jennie Lyon / March 17, 2020
Working From Home for the First Time? Look for the Helpers!

Are you working from home for the first time? Back when I was working in the corporate world in my late 20s, I (like many Americans) occasionally dreamed of working from home. I had this romanticized image of slowly getting up in the morning, heading to my home office in my PJs, and taking some time off in the middle of the day to run errands or read a book. Then I started my own small business in my home and, BOY, was I in for a rude shock!  It turns out that working from home requires a specific kind…

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Binge-Worthy Content for Viral Success

By Jennie Lyon / February 11, 2020
Binge-Worthy Content for Viral Success

Do you love watching Netflix? How about Hulu? Or Amazon Prime? Do you know what all of these streaming services have in common? They offer binge-worthy content! Sometimes, there’s nothing better than sitting down with family or friends and binging a few episodes of your favorite tv show. Maybe it’s a classic, like The Office. Jayson, Eben and I have been binging it for a bit now. Or you might want to try something new, like the hit docuseries Cheer on Netflix. Either way, binging on TV can be a great way to unwind and relax after a hard day…

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Business Planning With Vision Board! Plus, a FREE Word of the Year Printable!

By Jennie Lyon / December 24, 2019

A lot of small business owners get stuck in the idea that all businesses should run the exact same way! No way!  Here’s the thing about small business owners: we are all different! Our reasons for becoming entrepreneurs vary from always wanting to run our own business to wanting to spend more time at home with our families (or both). But when it comes to things like business planning, most coaches and programs treat every small business owner the same. And if you don’t fit into that narrow preconception, you’re going to be out of luck. I’ll give you a…

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Do you Have an Entrepreneur Emergency Survival Kit?

By Jennie / December 3, 2019

Want to know the worst feeling in the world when you’re a small business owner?  It’s when you feel the first inklings that you’re getting sick. You know the signs. Sleep the night before may not happen. Your energy is running dry, or you get a tickle in the back of your throat. You think, “I’m getting sick. I can’t afford to get sick! I have too much to do this week!!!” As a small business owner, it’s not unusual that everything is on your shoulders. Your customer service, marketing, daily tasks, sales, EVERYTHING goes through you. And if you’re…

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Website Down? Never with Maintenance Help!

By Jennie Lyon / November 26, 2019

Here is the funny thing about technology. It works until it doesn’t. There are few things more frustrating than going on Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube, only to discover that you can’t reach the website. You wonder if the problem is with your internet connection or their servers. So, you unplug your router, trying to reset everything, and it inevitably doesn’t work. So, you’re left annoyed. And that’s all it is: annoying. But what if the thing that was down was an essential part of your business? When your website goes down, not only does it appear to send a terrible…

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Testimonials are So Important!

By Jennie Lyon / November 11, 2019
Why testimonials are so important

Do you know why testimonials are so important? Say, you’re walking down the street and a bus passes with an ad on the side promoting the “best coffee ever,” do you believe it? In all likelihood, you probably instantly think “Pfft. What a load of bull!” This is one of the biggest problems facing advertisers nowadays. Countless people are so instinctively distrustful of marketing that they dismiss any claims made in ads as exaggerations or outright fabrications. Even if the product is genuinely the “best coffee ever,” the average person probably isn’t going to believe it until they try it…

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How to Build a Brand from Scratch

By Jennie Lyon / October 29, 2019
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How exactly do you go about building a brand for your new business? Over the last few weeks, we’ve been taking a look at the various aspects of brand building. This included the basics of branding, graphic design, and how to rescue a struggling brand. But you might be wondering, but how do I start building a brand from scratch? Well, help is on the way! What is a Brand? As I’ve said before, a brand is like a container that holds all of the assets, both tangible and intangible, of your business. Everything from your logo and color scheme…

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How to Revive a Struggling Brand

By Jennie Lyon / October 22, 2019

What happens when a brand gets a “bad name?” I consider a brand to be a container that holds everything about a business, both tangible and intangible. From logo to customer service to reputation, your brand encompasses all of the qualities that your customers think when they see the name of your company.  The problem happens when some of those qualities are less than desirable. Maybe in the early days of your business, your customer service needed a little more work. Or that your prices were just a little too high. After enough time, many of those negative qualities got…

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