Category Archives: Business

10 Tips For Growing A Small Business & Making It More Profitable

For those of you working on growing small business, whether that’s a kids clothing shop like mine, a blog, or something totally different, we can all agree on one thing: growing small business is HARD. It’s a lot harder than you think it will be. And at the end of the day, what’s the point if you aren’t making any

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6 Tips to Brighten Your Day & Streamline Your Workflow

Entrepreneurs are a unique bunch. We wake up in the morning, go through our routine, and either head to an office or home workstation to start grinding away. Many of us didn’t know when we started our venture just how busy our lives would become — there may have been this notion that the people who work 8 to 5

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Staying Creatively Motivated, Original, and Inspired

 A little over a year ago, I was officially introduced into the “Creative Industry.” It’s a whole other world folks. These are the people that curate the Pinterest images that you pin, and where Instagram is filled with amazingly beautiful feeds of perfectly placed and intentionally colored items that come together to produce an image that the eye loves and

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Three Ways to Kick Fear of Failure to the Curb

My husband has a very different style of music that I do. He got the kids addicted to this song called “Stressed Out” by Twenty One Pilots. I sort of rolled with the break dancing and silliness until one day I actually heard them singing the lyrics. “I was told when I get older all my fears would shrink But

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How to have a professional website for your business, when you’re on a string-thin budget

Starting your own online business can be tricky when your bank account makes you want to cry; yet looking cheap is not an option. Services such as social media schedulers, email marketing and web hosting can be pretty affordable or, if you know where to look, even free! And your audience won’t be able to tell how much you’re paying

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The Neuroscience of Creativity

CREATIVITY, in brain-science speak, is “non-linear” thinking. This means there is no pre-existing or easy answer to what you are trying to solve or create. You are attempting to give rise to an idea for which, as far as your brain knows, no road-map or answer yet exists. Once you are able to reach an insight, a new mental map

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A few things we had to overcome before bringing our business on the road

It takes 18 hours to drive from Houston, Texas to Moab, Utah. I know this because my husband and I have done this drive 5 times in the past year. We spent almost two years with a home base in Texas, but our thoughts and dreams were always in the Moab desert, or Yosemite Valley, or seemingly anywhere but Houston.

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Act Like the Business You Strive to Be

I want to say I first heard this working for a startup company in the city of Chicago four years ago, “If you want to be a successful business someday, you have to start acting like one now.” At this month’s discussion on Productivity, a fellow Rising Tide member chimes in, “I have to be more like Apple, not an

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Creativity Is Calling

Edit your thoughts and ideas to what is acceptable. Make sure you won’t be judged. Copy what has already been done. Follow the rubric. Remember, you don’t want your fragile heart exposed. It is easier to follow the steps someone has assigned than to trust a God you can’t see. The excitement of uncertainty is immature; the thrill of risk

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5 Keys To Productivity As An Entrepreneur

As a small business owner, transitioning to a one-man show can be both eye opening and exhausting. Your business is your passion, and it’s incredibly easy to begin working 60-hour weeks without hesitation.  With your mind running a million miles a minute, being pulled in a hundred different directions—you’ll slowly begin to become disorganized, burnt out, and even less productive

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