Do You Need a Business Coach?

Do You Need a Business Coach?

Do You Need A Business Coach to Succeed?

It seems everyplace you look these days there are coaches for whatever goals you aspire to reach.  Business Coach, Finance Coach, Relationship Coach, and, and… How do you size up the right coach for you and your aspirations? Take the Business Coach for example, there are many things to think about before getting yourself involved with a self described business coach.  Not to mention, the questions needing answers to properly vet just the right business coach.  Before moving forward the very first thing will be to understand what your needs are.  What areas actually need coaching?  After figuring out what you may need, gaps to fill and shortcoming to get over, then there’s the coach.  Not to worry, there are videos and coaches that are glad to coach you on finding or becoming a coach.

-Miles.

 

Quitting Your Job and Doing You

Quitting Your Job and Doing You

Thinking about quitting your day job to be a Entrepreneur?

The Question Mark Guy

Before you go jump out of the window to start your own business, you might want to tie up some loose ends, and some ends not too tightly either. Quitting your job to do you can be a one of the most exciting moments in a Entrepreneur’s journey, however, your job should be a tool to help catapult you into that space.  Your job may not be what’s holding you back, but could be what’s setting you in position.  What are some of the very first things you should think about doing if you’re quitting your job and doing you?  This episode talks about getting set up before you quit, transitioning and not looking back.

-Miles.

Choosing a Business Partner

Choosing a Business Partner

“Big Paulie” isn’t a good choice as a business partner.

Big Paulie might not make the best choice as a business partner.
Big Paulie might not make the best choice as a business partner.

Going into business with a partner isn’t much different from choosing a partner in many other areas of life, including marriage.  Does your business partner have what it takes to succeed? Does your business partner have business savvy or are they  just trying to make a buck and say “look at me, I’m in business”?  It’s necessary to have some criteria for choosing a business partner before committing and starting a business, or you may have to see Big Paulie, and you know what that means…

-Miles.

Grow or Die. Small Business

Grow or Die. Small Business

Small Business. Grow or Die is the rule.

This week’s episode reviews how to grow your small business and not die while still being alive in business.  How would you die and still be in business?  When year over year and quarter over quarter results are the same, you might have hit a snag or flat spot in your business.   Get stuck in that flat spot repeatedly and you’re dead, rather, the living dead …figuratively speaking of course.

Be Prepared to grow or die a death of stagnation
Be Prepared to grow or die a death of stagnation

Point is, you have to grow your business once its off the ground and moving.  Now may be the time to make some big moves.  In this week’s episode I discuss 5 big moves that’s necessary to help fight off the rigor mortis that awaits if you don’t get to shaking and moving.  Using the strengths of a small business, pivot, pivot, pivot   ….Grow or Die.

The Question Mark Guy

 

-Miles

Taxes, last minute free filing and HELP

Taxes, last minute free filing and HELP

Some last minute tax ideas, local help and information.

Ariva Taxes!
Ariva Taxes!

(Apologize for the audio, street side interview with some serious wind noise)

Just happen to come across a New York State Tax assistance trailer that is set up on the Grand Concourse in The Bronx, NYC.  State reps were out and a local financial services business, ARIVA was onsite to assist also, they were offering to assist anyone interested in getting their taxes done by the deadline for FREE!  Of course there were details, but free is FREE…

I stopped to talk with them about what the free promotion.  Although the state employees were a bit shy, they were very nice.  In connjuction with NYS was a local business, Ariva Tax and Ceasar from Ariva was approachable and glad to take a quick minute where he explained some of the services offered to the local community by Ariva Tax.

-Miles.

 

 

Investment Clubs. Team Investing

Investment Clubs. Team Investing

Investing as a Group or Team.

Oddly enough, regardless of where you may fall on the economic ladder there are still opportunities to invest as and even become or start you own investment firm, investor club and kind of manage your own fund or basket of stocks.   You can learn the basics of selecting and investing in good solid companies and pool your monies with your family or group to make investing a unified effort.  You can focus on whatever sector or specific industry of the market you want or diversify yourself to no end.  Investment Clubs….. Groupus + Economicus= Prosperous!

-Miles.

The GiG Economy. Hustle Money.

The New GiG Economy. What was old is brand new, again.

GiGs were typically the label musicians and other pay to perform types of self directed workers put on their jobs. GiGs are temporary, task based, no ties, reputation dependent and required a specialist of sorts to get it done.  GiGs sometimes require a mercenary mindset with the drive of a hustler.  There are no allegiances, honorary commitments, no bonuses (most times), no overtime, profit sharing… simply no frills.  Just do this task well, get paid move on to the next.

Traditional Underground GiG Economy.

GiG’s that have been around and will be around millenia after millenia…  DJ’s and Emcees, Catering, Personal Anything, Movers, Musicians, Dressmaking, Construction, Mechanics, Taxis, Painter, Artwork and the list goes on.  Now today we have Personal Coaches, SEO Marketers, Videographers, Web Designers, Publicists, Application Developers, Design Engineers, Uber Drivers and more.

As of late, the internet and apps have taken to breaking down old, established standards and filling gaps of up to date needs.  With access to online and the availability to create apps, the ability to teach yourself something new, adapt and offer a service regardless of how whether or not the old standards are met. The newest thing in the economy is the oldest thing, and that is the hustle mentality.  Taking on task based assignments for a fee. Clean, efficient and straightforward.  Best of all, how much success you have or money you make depends on how much hustle you have even more than ever before.  There are some caveats, taxes, insurance, and the investment of time and money.  Then there’s the regulators of course, better make sure you’re registered, licensed and so on where applicable.   Extras aside, people are making money in this GiG Economy, many out of losing their traditional jobs and now many that won’t go back to traditional work of trading hours for dollars.

-Miles.

 

 

Top Ten Small Business Rules

Top Ten Small Business Rules

Small Business Rules… Top Ten.

The Lost Episode. Episode 2.  Long winded -but good.

Top Ten Small Business Start-up Rules
Top Ten Small Business Start-up Rules

Top Ten Small Business Rules compiled from some successes, (I’ve had a few) some failures, (a few more of those) some consulting and watching others walk over a cliff.

If you’re thinking about getting into a small business or taking your side hustle to the next level, learn the rules of the game. Besides the ultra optimistic, deep seated confidence it’s going to take to get past the detractors and haters you’re going to need to keep it real with yourself.  These Top Ten Small Business Rules will help you focus on the important things that are easily overlooked when visionary ideas set in.

Smiles can't get bright enough when you open your own business
Smiles can’t get bright enough when you open your own business

As fate would have it of course, Stitcher was down for the next three to four days! this was damn near unheard of, I could just send the link to the blog page and that’s when I realized I was referencing a Podcast that had been recorded, published and never posted.  This top ten list is and essential list for anyone even considering going into small business.  At least five to seven of these things come up in every conversation I have with someone about getting started in small business.  I searched the web blog and the Stitcher page thoroughly more than once, and it wasn’t posted anywhere.  I can’t explain the amount of second guessing that came out of this. So even after the Stitcher site came back up… still no link to send. Dang.  Stayed up late to record this episode!

I didn't know what happened to this episode?
I didn’t know what happened to this episode?

Okay, here listed are the Top Ten Small Business Rules (and yes it’s actually episode 2).  If you aren’t focused on these, not to say you will fail, but you may damn sure have some serious bumps along the way.

Or, maybe I should put it this way, you don’t learn how to fight by taking punches to the face.

-Miles.

2016 From a Hustle to Small Business

2016 From a Hustle to Small Business

Take your hustle to the next level
Take your hustle to the next level

From Hustle to Small Business. Get Going in 2016

So, the new year is fully under way and you might have decided to make this “Your Year”.  This is your year to move from “Side Hustle” to a “Small Business”.  If that’s the case, just know that NOW is always the time to make things happen.  Once you get going with your small business you’ll figure that out right away.  On this episode I touch on few key things to keep in mind for taking the leap.  It takes some serious bravery and courage to come to the decision that you can make things happen yourself when everyone else is playing follow the leader.  Born leaders find they fit into these shoes quite comfortably, regardless of how many people warn them of how big and heavy these shoes are.

Beast Mode the Hustle
Beast Mode the Hustle

However, be not blinded by your own fervor or monies, due diligence is still a requisite practice as it relates to getting your finances in order, credentials and meeting regulatory mandates.  Don’t skip the business plan either no matter how difficult, no need in taking a long trip with no road map.  The more planning the better the possible outcome, and you understand possibilities over guarantees because that’s the nature of business.  Many folks are stuck on the fence and forever will be as they are waiting for some magical unicorn with a flashing sign stating “Guaranteed Success” before reaching out on their own, watch out for them, they’re a bit contagious.  A true entrepreneur probably won’t get caught in this pipe dream, especially one that has primed the market as a side hustle all along before leaping.

 

-Miles