Tag Archives: Irene Williams

Preparing Your Small Biz for the New Year

If you’re a business owner, it’s as important to review the year that’s ending as it is to prepare for the new year to come. For the last few weeks, I’ve been touching on some key activities to be sure … Continue reading

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Three Essential Truths for Independent Business Owners

I recently participated in REBarcamp, an intensive day of knowledge-sharing sessions for those in the real estate industry. Topics ranged from digital marketing and social media to HUD info and business development. As a sponsor of the event for my … Continue reading

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Don’t Baby Your Biz: Maintain Objectivity to Take Your Small Biz Big Time

When’s the last time you had to diaper your business? Rock it to sleep? Give it positive affirmations so it would grow up with healthy self esteem? Exactly. Your business is near and dear to you, yes. But it’s not … Continue reading

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What is a surety bond? Understanding the “bonded” in “licensed, bonded, insured”

“Licensed, bonded, insured.”  It’s a phrase I’ve heard throughout my life but have never fully understood. Since so many business owners are sure to state that their companies are “licensed, bonded, insured,” I’ve always presumed this trifecta was the standard, … Continue reading

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The “Getting Paid” Series: Smart Tips for Getting Paid

One reason I was hesitant to become my own business?  The uncertainties of getting paid. When you’re on your own, there’s no pay day, per se.  And if your business is your sole means of putting kibble in the bowls, … Continue reading

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Finding the Guts to Follow the Gut Instinct

I’ve found that my gut instinct is reliable.  In biz and life-in-general, I do well when I follow that internal radar that’s a blend of innate common sense, emotional intelligence and hard-earned life experience.  Thankfully, the gut instinct gets better … Continue reading

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In the Cow Pasture of Life, You’ve Got to Look A Step Ahead

“In the cow pasture of life, you’ve got to look a step ahead.” It’s not the most lovely of analogies, but it’s one I often udder…er, utter.  (Don’t worry, I won’t charge extra for the cow puns included in this … Continue reading

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