5 Scary Mistakes Made by Small Businesses (Halloween Theme)

People make mistakes. Small business owners are no exception. There is no doubt that you will make a few errors in judgement and strategic mistakes as you grow your business. It’s part of the process. The key is to keep the big mistakes to a minimum and learn from them.

How to Transition from Employee to Independent Consultant

Becoming an independent consultant is a career goal for many professionals. Once you get your degree and work for a number of years in your field, there comes a time when you have the experience, skills, and network to do things on your own terms.

However, making the transition requires careful planning and consideration. As we have discussed previously in When Is the Time Right to Quit Your Full Time Job?:

“Working on a business part time is one thing, but actually making the leap to running a business full time without the safety net of your full time job is a HUGE step to take. It’s not a decision you should make lightly, and there are a number of important considerations you need to take into account.”

Making the transition from employee to independent consultant is very similar.



6 Ways to Add Credibility to Your Consulting Business Website

If you want to be successful as a consultant, you need to establish yourself as an expert in your industry. Your clients hire you not because you’re a consultant, but because you are an expert in an area they need help with in their business.

To compete in your industry, whether it’s marketing, finance, law, or any other, you need to have CREDIBILITY. Without credibility, people won’t trust your expertise and they won’t call upon your consulting services. Today, this starts with a solid website and online presence.

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Why a Trustworthy Website Matters

The first thing a potential client is going to do when they are looking to hire a consultant is check them out online. Therefore, if you’re not online, you are already out of the running. If a potential client does visit your website,

4 Vital Components That Lead to Start-up Success

Dream of being your own boss? Have a great business idea but not sure where to begin? Getting off to a good start and doing things the right way is essential. With the excitement of starting a new business venture, many have a tendency to rush the process. You want to open your doors and start serving your customers. We get this! But taking a little extra time, being a little more thorough, and not letting your drive and excitement get the best of you will pay off in the long term.

Here are four vital components that lead to start-up success:

1. Be passionate about your business idea
Most great business ideas are rooted in passion. Passion is contagious, and it is one of the key things that will not only help you sell your products/services and connect with your customers,

Six Common Mistakes Made by Start-ups

We all make mistakes. All businesses make mistakes. Whether you are a national company, local franchise, or a start-up, you are bound to make a few mistakes as you grow your business. The key is to minimize these mistakes and limit them to small and less impactful errors rather than huge oversights that could put your business in jeopardy.

“There are many elements that make a good business plan.  It often takes time, patience and many revisions before you get it right. Unfortunately, when rushing to get your funding in place and launch your business, your plan can get neglected,” says Rab Kooner on Small Business BC.

Here’s a list of six common mistakes made by new businesses, and some tips for avoiding them:

1. Unrealistic Financial Projections
While most small business owners dream of hitting it big with a product or being a go-to spot in their city,