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The hardest part of being an entrepreneur is the freedom to do whatever you want, whenever you want. You need to remember that with freedom comes responsibility. You need to be disciplined to be successful.

Let me recap a few conversations I had recently. I met with a new entrepreneur and he told me that he is struggling because he isn’t disciplined enough to get up every day and work on his business. He told me he often wastes time on social media and watching Netflix. So, we spoke about developing a list of three goals he wants to accomplish each day. This has helped him build a…

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Last night was my nephew’s 5th birthday, so I went over his house and had a few slices of cake with him. Now It would have been easy to skip the party because it was a weeknight, I had a bad day, and I still had plenty of work to do.

But he is my favorite nephew and I wouldn’t want to let him down. I loved watching his eyes bug out of his head when he unwrapped his gifts. Nothing I could have done last night would have been more important as that to me. I find that when I spend time with him it recharges my battery and makes me a better entrepreneur.

The challenge is we…

The simple answer to the question is to say no nicely.

Let me give you two examples. I reached out to a person to ask them if they were interested in attending business networking events and they responded NOPE!!!!!!!! Really, is that necessary? Did they really need to use that many exclamation points and all caps?

This morning I had a person respond by saying thank you for reaching out to me, but it’s not a match for my business at this time.

The answer is no in both scenarios, but the second person was polite and left the door open for us to do business in the future…

Last week I was viewing some social media profiles and I came across perhaps the angriest looking profile picture I have ever seen. Now this person would be perfect for my networking events, but I was hesitant to reach out to him because of his picture.

Now you might think that is silly, but as we all know, we tend to do business with people we know, like and trust. What does your profile picture say about you? Do you look likable? I know some people like to use a serious picture so that they come across as a professional, and I can respect that, but there is a fine line between…

We held a food drive this past Saturday the local food pantry and it did not go as well as I hoped. I found myself feeling disappointed until I thought about how I always tell people that every canned good or box of dry food does make a difference. This thought in turn made me think about how appreciative I was for the people that stopped by to say hello and drop off donations. I met some new people and we raised awareness of the pantry. Overall, I guess it was a great day.

Why is it so easy to see things as disappointments? Many of my friends tend to focus on their missed…

The first rule of Networking is to always return phone calls and emails. Plain and simple. I have said it before, we are all busy, but should never be too busy for business. I had a friend recently who needed a service urgently. They called their contact and never got a call back. The contact claimed they meant to call, and it fell through the cracks. Now that person is out a source of revenue & a referral source, thus hurting their business.

How long does it take to reply to a text? To an Email? 30 seconds maybe? Even if you are super busy, you have thirty seconds to respond to…

At Ardito, Toscano & McCollum P.C. C.P.A. they have built their success on one simple idea: Their clients deserve a rewarding relationship with their accounting firm.

"We believe that our success is due to our unique philosophy. We begin and end by treating each client as a unique relationship to be fostered with warmth, professionalism, and dedication. We have stayed true to our corporate methodology by focusing on small to medium sized businesses. Supporting our community by supporting our clientss has always been integral to our mission. As part of that support…

Do you remember this game as a child? Well, I am trying to stop playing now that I am an adult. I have people who reach out to me because they are interested in getting involved in my networking group. They will say can you call me on Tuesday at 2pm. Of course, when you call, they are not available. They will then ask you to call them on Friday at 10am and again they don’t answer.

When this happens, I send them my number and ask them to reach out to me when they have time. I have learned that when I must chase people, I am usually sad when I catch them because they end up being…