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Building a Million-Dollar Business? Ditch The Plan!

Conventional wisdom says you need to prepare a business plan when you start a business. Especially if you expect to reach the level of a million-dollar business. Not so, say three women who’ve created million-dollar-plus empires for themselves. The three: Lisa Walker, now a business coach for ActionCoach; Laurie Resnick of Associated Group; and Suzanne…

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10 Minutes to Better Time Management

Time management is more important than anything else you do in business. So says Kim Shepherd, the award-winning CEO of Decision Toolbox, a recruitment products and services company. She was speaking to members of the Orange County chapter of the National Association for Women Business Owners (NAWBO-OC) at a recent mentor/mentee gathering. Shepherd — the…

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T is for Time … or, I’m Running as Fast as I Can

Life, it turns out, is a juggling act – there’s never enough time to get all of the “to-do’s” crossed off your list(s). I’m single, which means I don’t have children or a husband to distract me. Yet, getting it all done is like climbing a never-ending mountain. Weekends are meant for all those things…

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S is for Story

What’s your story? Whether you’re a Realtor, financial planner, web designer or widget maker, you need to separate yourself from others in your line of work. You might think you don’t have any competition – but the truth is, you’re always competing for a share of your client’s available dollars. Without a compelling story, your…

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R is for Referrals

Referrals. They’re the lifeblood of any business. So how do you get them? It isn’t magic. It doesn’t happen just because you’ve handed someone a business card (although occasionally, it does work out that way). If you want consistent referrals filling your marketing pipeline, you’ll have to put in some effort – and the effort…

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Q is for Quotations

I’m astonished that so many people get this one, simple rule wrong: Periods and commas always go inside quotation marks in American English. That bears repeating: Periods and commas always go inside quotation marks in English. Here’s one example: “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough,” Mae West said….

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Mastering the Money Maze

It’s not a myth. The playing field isn’t level when it comes to finding financing for your woman-owned business. Women win 20 percent fewer loan approvals than men do, Diane Weklar observed during a presentation to the Orange County chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO). In addition, Weklar told the 100…

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P is for Parallel Construction

Today we’re going to talk about parallel construction. “What’s that?” you say. I’m glad you asked. A sentence that is parallel uses similar patterns of words that create rhythm and balance. For example: She likes to hike, jog and read. But this sentence isn’t parallel: She likes hiking, jogging, and to read a book. As…

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O is for Object (of a Sentence)

“This song was written by Dan and I.” That sentence grated on me when I heard it. The speaker didn’t hear me correct her under my breath: “This song was written by Dan and me.” Of course, the speaker could have avoided the whole problem by saying “Dan and I wrote the song” – that…

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N is for Networking

Fast-food franchises and retail stores may not have to do any business networking. But in most cases, you have to leave your office and connect with real people to create relationships and reap the benefits of word-of-mouth and referrals. There are books about business networking, blogs about networking, and myriad networking groups you can join…

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