When You’re at Your Best…Produce!

peak hoursWhen you’re at work, work. And when you’re at play, play. We’ve all heard that before right? But when is the best time to produce? You know, when should you start your work day? Or start writing that blog post? Or when should you edit your podcast? Well, if you’re an entrepreneur you really don’t have a 9-5 job. So the best time to produce is really up to you. Here’s what I mean. Work During Your Peak Hours I’m…

Networking for Introverts? Only If You Must

Networking For IntrovertsNetworking for introverts can be as painful as pulling teeth and as entertaining as watching the grass grow on a Tuesday afternoon in August. However, there are times as an entrepreneur that you may find yourself in a networking meeting or event rubbing elbows with people trying to collect leads so your business will grow. The purpose of this blog post is to give you three ways to not only survive a networking event, but actually enjoy them a little…

We Don’t Do Our Shoulds, But We Always Do Our Musts

My must list for 2016

shoulds vs mustsAs I’m writing this, I’m watching 2015 quickly fade away. I’ve given thanks, spent time with my family, ate more turkey than I care to think about and put up the Christmas tree as we prepare for another holiday in the Boyd house. So as I put Thanksgiving to bed, I realize it’s time to focus on my musts for 2016.   I’m not big on New Year’s resolutions, but I am an advocate of creating a must list. You…

How To Turn Your Customers Into Advocates

advocateMany times small business owners put 100% of their business building efforts into acquiring new customers. However, by doing so, business owners typically fail to talk to their current customers and use them as a business growth tool. What if every customer you had referred one customer to you a year. Your business would double, would it not? Sure it would. If you have 100 customers, they each refer 1 person each, that’s 100 new customers for a total of…

Lead Generation For Reclusive Entrepreneurs

lead generationA lot of people think entrepreneurs are naturally outgoing, gregarious and people friendly. However, that is not always the case. In fact, many times it’s just the opposite. Many entrepreneurs are only outgoing when they have to be, such as myself. I’m not outgoing. I’m not gregarious. And I prefer to be work alone. Yet, I can generate leads with ease, without having to approach strangers and without having to pick up the phone and cold call cold leads, only…

Fear-The Devil Made Me Do It

faith and fearAs a Christian business owner there may be obstacles in your path that scare you stiff. And when you’re scared stiff, you don’t move. And when you don’t move in business, you’re quickly replaced. And when you’re quickly replaced, that means your business is gone and so are your profits and hopes and dreams. That may be a little farfetched, but only a little. The truth is that fear prevents you from taking the necessary steps in your business to…

Marketing Is Not A Dirty Word

marketing is not a dirty wordIt’s sad, but many Christian business owners have the same negative neuro-association with the word “marketing” as many churches do. They think it’s a dirty word. They think that one who engages in marketing is slimy. And they generally believe that marketing somehow cheapens their faith. I couldn’t disagree more. Church Leaders Just Don’t Seem To Get It During my tenure as a church growth consultant for church leaders, I quickly realized that most (not all), but most church leaders…

The #1 Reason Christian Businesses Struggle or Fail

christian business ownersWhen it comes to business success, many Christian business owners seem to have something holding them back. There seems to be some dark force that always persists and gets in the way of a Christian business owner’s success and ultimately plots failure. It sounds counterintuitive. After all, wasn’t your business spirit driven? Aren’t working to help grow God’s kingdom? And don’t you read the Bible every day? So how could you, as a Christian business owner, fail? Well, my friend,…

You Have A Million-Dollar Gift. Now What?

your talentsHave you ever given somebody the perfect gift for Christmas only to witness them never use the darn thing? Or how about the time you gave your best friend the perfect gift for his birthday, only to see it thrown in the corner of his garage the next time you came to visit. How did that make you feel? If I had to guess, you were probably a little cheesed off, or maybe even hurt. Well, imagine how your creator…

What’s The Market Value Of Your College Education?

value of educationSometimes when I review my business financials, there are numbers that just seem to grab me by the throat and force me to pay attention. Almost like reading your credit card statement and realizing you were charged twice for something. Your face gets read, your stomach tightens up, your heart beats faster and you immediately get peeved. For me, this was one of those times. The other day I was going through my credit report to ensure there were no…