Can Entrepreneurs Avoid Divorce?

Can Entrepreneurs Avoid Divorce?

You’ve probably heard about the common causes of divorce – adultery, money problems, addiction, or simply growing apart – all things that can happen in spades with founders, even the most successful ones.

According to Psychology Today, about 40 to 50 percent of married couples in the United States divorce. The divorce rate for subsequent marriages is even higher.” While we may have a tendency to assume that financial success will make our marriages divorce-proof, that’s hardly the case. Just ask any successful entrepreneur who is divorced.

Survival Checklist for Startup Founders

Survival Checklist for Startup Founders

Being a startup founder is anything but easy; it takes guts to take an idea and transform it into reality. For many entrepreneurs, it means they ignored the naysayers (which could be their closest friends and family) and found a way to support themselves while starting a business from scratch – not an easy task. It means they’ve pushed forward regardless of the numerous delays and setbacks they undoubtedly encountered along the way.

What sets successful business owners apart from those who fail? Often, it comes down to one thing: perseverance. We’re talking about the uncanny ability to bounce from one failure to the next with no loss of enthusiasm. Of course, you’re going to feel the “loss of enthusiasm” but you can’t let it affect you for more than 24 hours; you have to give the lows of business ownership a shelf life.

Former SWAT Member Brings Tactical Training to the Masses

Former SWAT Member Brings Tactical Training to the Masses

Forward Movement Training Center (FMT), located in Meridian, Idaho is an indoor training facility unlike anything you’ll see in the Western United States. It offers 30,000 square feet of space for civilians, law enforcement, and federal personnel to develop the skills and confidence necessary to defend themselves and their families in the event of a home invasion, burglary, carjacking, sexual assault, or other form of attack. In the wake of the recent Las Vegas tragedy among other random shootings and terrorist attacks, it seems the timing of FMT couldn’t be better.

I interviewed Matt Schneider, the owner of FMT, whose resume resembles something out of a blockbuster action movie. Schneider’s experience includes being a sworn deputy for the Ada County Sheriff’s Office, a detention deputy, a patrol deputy, an undercover narcotics detective, a task officer with the U.S. Marshals Violent Fugitive Task Force, and an entry team operator on the Ada Metro SWAT team. He also worked in the Street Crimes Unit, but what he was most interested in sharing was the “how and the why” behind FMT.

Why Healthy Workspaces Are All the Rage

Why Healthy Workspaces Are All the Rage

As a business owner, my guess is you spend 40 to 60 hours a week at the office. Your full-time employees probably spend about 40 hours a week alongside you. Considering how much time your team spends in the office, would you say you have developed a healthy workspace that promotes health and wellness? Or, does it (gulp) do the exact opposite?

The unhealthy workspace is the office environment we’re all accustomed to. It’s the office your parents and grandparents toiled in. Think fluorescent lighting, elevators, and desks where employees spend eight plus hours a day sitting. Then, there’s the vending machines. What would an office be without vending machines? The unhealthy office keeps its vending machines stocked with candies, sodas and cupcakes, and its cafeteria has few “fresh options.”

How a Lifelong Baseball Fan Became an Accidental Entrepreneur

How a Lifelong Baseball Fan Became an Accidental Entrepreneur

Adam Mendler, an avid baseball fan and son of a math teacher and tax lawyer describes himself as an accidental entrepreneur. Growing up in Tarzana, California, he dreamed about baseball and his childhood plan was to run a Major League Baseball team. After high school, the diehard Angels fan went on to attend and graduate from the University of Southern California and then earn his M.B.A. from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

 

By his late twenties Mendler built an impressive resume: he had the opportunity to intern at a sports agency and he worked dutifully in the finance and entertainment industries. After experiencing Corporate America, Mendler and his brother, Jordan Mendler, decided to go into business with each other. “My brother Jordan is very entrepreneurial. We always spoke about working together,” Mendler said.

 

Face the Music: Why Are Your Customers Leaving?

Face the Music: Why Are Your Customers Leaving?

When entrepreneurs launch a business, they’re focused on driving sales in the door. Their top priority is making ends meet and growing their company. As they scale, the business owner assembles a rock star team and works hard to get their name out there. In the early days, marketing usually translates into a killer website, hundreds of cold calls and pounding the pavement. Every business owner goes through his or her share of growing pains. There’s no candy-coating it; it’s humbling.

Suppose you’ve manage to build a thriving business. Maybe you have 10 employees. Perhaps you have a staff of 50 or 500. Regardless of your company size, you deserve a big congrats. Statistically, you beat the odds and now your focus has shifted from strictly “getting customers” to keeping the ones you have satisfied. While you’ll always be concerned with customer acquisition, customer retention is arguably, just as important, if not more so. So, let’s address the elephant in the room.

Creating a Kick-Ass Blog for Your Business

Creating a Kick-Ass Blog for Your Business

As a business owner, you’re laser-focused on driving traffic to your business because...traffic means sales.  Sales mean you can pay your bills. You can pay your employees. And – you can keep the doors open for business. But in order to drive traffic to your business, you need a good marketing strategy.

What’s it going to take to create marketing magic, especially if your business is new? You’re going to have to wing it – at least for now. You’re going to need to put together the best website you can afford and create social media accounts on platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google +. Lastly, you need to create a business blog.

Entrepreneurs: You're in the People Business

Entrepreneurs: You're in the People Business

For many aspiring entrepreneurs, they’re enticed by the idea of being their own boss, by making their own schedules, and by being in control of their financial destinies. They don’t have a clock to punch, nor do they have a boss to answer to. Since they’re going to be in charge, they can create whatever company culture they please. They have complete control.

When it comes to taking the leap from employee to entrepreneur, or even college student to entrepreneur, every entrepreneur gets a crash course in entrepreneurship. It doesn’t matter how many books a person reads or how many entrepreneurship courses he or she takes, nothing can prepare one for running a business like actually getting out there and doing it.

Overweight? You're Probably Addicted to This

Overweight? You're Probably Addicted to This

A few months back, I realized that I always felt tired, wiped out, and exhausted. For me, this is what “normal” felt like. As a mom of three beautiful girls, who is quickly approaching 40, I thought to myself, “Wow, so this is what being almost 40 feels like?” Ugh…I honestly felt like I had aged 10 years in the past 5 years, and I did not like it one bit.

Like millions of mothers (and dads putting on sympathy weight) my age, I seemed to put on the proverbial 10 pounds per a child, or so I thought. At the age of 31, one year after giving birth to my third daughter, I lost all of my baby weight. But, within 12 months, I found the 15 pounds that I lost, and they decided to park themselves on my hips for the next 7 years. In fact, no matter how much I dieted or exercised, the pounds kept finding me. I could run, but I couldn’t hide!

Cyber Security: A Top Priority for Small Businesses

Cyber Security: A Top Priority for Small Businesses

Each year, wireless technology makes great strides – it’s advancing at an unstoppable pace, whether it’s at home or in the workplace. Some experts believe that by the year 2020, there will be around 26 smart objects for each person who walks the Earth. A lot of people may think that smart devices are mostly in people’s homes, but in reality, most of them can be found in businesses, factories, and healthcare.

If you’re a business owner, you’ll utilize the vital data from smart objects for a broad range of day-to-day functions, such as automation, payroll, increasing productivity, handling machines, tracking inventory, reducing expenses, storing customer data, retaining customers’ financial account information, and much more.