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5 Lessons from 5 of the Best Business Leaders Today

As an entrepreneur and a business owner, it's important to keep your finger on the pulse of the business world. In a fast-paced age, driven by evolving tech and informed consumers, staying up-to-date is key for the success of any venture. One advantage of being plugged in? All of the…
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big businesses that started small

9 Big Businesses That Started Small

Many of the business you patronize every day came from humble beginnings. These big businesses that started small span many industries, which goes to show that any business can become a huge success. If you're in the early stages of developing your business or you're seeking to expand, look into…
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Abundance mentality

16 Abundance Mentality Quotes to Help You Cultivate a Life of Success

If you know me, you probably know that I'm a big fan of Stephen Covey. In 1988, Covey coined the term abundance mentality to define a concept in which a person believes that there are enough resources and successes to be shared with others. In contrast, the scarcity mentality states…
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Renew your trademark

When You Need to Renew Your Trademark (And How to Keep Yours Current)

It takes a lot of work, time, and money to register a trademark. After you've successfully completed this process, it's good to keep in mind when you need to renew your trademark. It's important to pay attention to renewal deadlines because if you fail to file these documents, you will…
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How to discover your minimum viable product

How To Discover Your Minimum Viable Product

Are you managing a startup or getting ready to release a product into the market? If so, learning how to discover your minimum viable product is a useful tool to develop the most successful product possible. What is Your Minimum Viable Product? At this point, you might be wondering what…
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Fostering Creativity in the Workplace

Fostering Creativity in the Workplace

I firmly believe that as an entrepreneur, it's important to grow your sense of curiosity and creativity. This principle applies to your employees as well.  When you're leading a business it's easy to make encouraging productivity among your employees your top priority.  But this shouldn't come at the cost of fostering creativity…
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Side hustle

How to Turn Your Side Hustle Into Your Full Time Job

Almost every entrepreneur has had a side hustle at some point in their career. An extra stream of income can be the difference between following your passions and staying in a dead-end job you just can't take anymore. In some cases, your side hustle could turn out to be where…
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Setting realistic goals

7 Tips for Setting Realistic Goals

I find that setting goals is one of the best ways to keep my days on track and my head in the game. That being said, setting realistic goals can be tricky. You may be wondering how to walk the line between pushing yourself and staying reasonable. Here are 7…
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Benefits of planning your day

Reap the Benefits of Planning Your Day (And Avoid the Mistake of Winging it)

Do you get up every day with no concrete idea of how you plan to spend your time? You're missing out on the benefits of planning your day. One of the most valuable things I do for my productivity every evening is go over my longterm goals and my plan…
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Increase productivity

How to Use Teamwork to Increase Productivity

I'm the type of entrepreneur who likes to do it all. I find it tempting to get involved with every project and deal with every problem personally. I have to curb this instinct, however, to avoid getting burned out and reap the benefits of having a competent team working with…
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Curiosity: A Secret of Entrepreneurship

Curiosity is part of what drives me every day. While it may be dangerous for mischievous felines--you know, because curiosity killed the cat--curiosity can be the key to being a great entrepreneur. Why is curiosity so important? Asking questions and being interested in the world around you can set you apart…
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Get motivated

10 Strategies to Help You Get Motivated

Are you starting a new business? Are you trying to getting more done at work or in your everyday life? Do you have new habits you're trying to form, or bad habits you'd like to break? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, there's a chance that you're…
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10 Ways to Know It’s Time to Let an Employee Go

Letting an employee go can be a long, expensive process. It's usually preferable to tell your employees what's not working, and expect them to correct their own behavior. However, certain warning signs can help indicate when terminating someone’s employment is the best option. 1. Refusing to make Changes Your first…
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How to Fire an Employee (Without Landing in Legal Hot Water)

A wrongful termination lawsuit is a nightmare for any employer. Worse, the law surrounding wrongful termination is vast, and can be hard to understand. Fortunately, there are a few steps you can take to protect yourself. While they won’t stop a determined employee from filing a lawsuit, these tips will…
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Vacations for small business owners

Vacations for Small Business Owners: How to Plan and Execute the Perfect Break

Small business owners often have “vacation anxiety." They fear that if they leave, everything will fall apart. Or they think that if they go away, they’ll be spending most of their vacation time on the phone. This means that vacations for small business owners don't happen nearly as often as…
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How to increase my productivity

30 Ways to Increase my Productivity

In my first few jobs, I worried constantly about how to increase my productivity. In the end, I found that the key was stepping outside my comfort zone. After making real changes in my daily habits, I got more work done and felt better doing it. I’ve listed some of…
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side hustle

12 Ideas For a Successful Side Hustle

When I was in law school, it was hard to find the time to do anything other than study, let alone start a side hustle. But, we had to make ends meet. My wife worked during my first year of law school, but we had decided to go ahead and…
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ace a job interview

How to Ace a Job Interview

Are you on the hunt for a new job? Your performance in a job interview is often where you make-or-break an opportunity for growing your career in a new position. Navigating the job market can be an intimidating undertaking, but with the right tools you can ace a job interview…
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abundant mindset

Cultivating an Abundant Mindset

I'm a lucky person. I've been blessed with a wonderful family, a growing business, and a strong community. Chances are, if you're reading this blog, you're lucky enough to have some of those things, too. No matter how lucky you are, however, it can be easy to get caught up…
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Quit your job

Is it Time to Quit Your Job? (And How You Can Quit Without Burning Bridges)

It can be hard to know when it's the right time to quit your job. Worse yet, it's easy to damage an otherwise great career by quitting without following the proper etiquette. Fortunately, there are a few simple steps that you can follow to help ensure you'll quit your job…
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How much does a trademark lawyer cost?

How Much Does a Trademark Lawyer Cost?

Planning to apply for a federal trademark for your business?  Most companies will hire a trademark lawyer.  But how much does a trademark lawyer cost?  Is a trademark lawyer worth the expense? Trademark lawyers often charge a flat rate for the basic trademark application services.  This could cover preparing the…
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Examples of Trademark Infringement

Examples of Trademark Infringement

If you own a business or create content, you probably come into contact with trademarks quite regularly. Whether you use them in your own line of work or deal with clients or competitors who do, it’s important to recognize and understand examples of trademark infringement. Recognizing trademark infringement not only…
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International Trademark Classes

Why You Need to Know About International Trademark Classes

An important part of protecting your business is protecting your intellectual property. When you decide to register a trademark, you need to make sure you know what you are applying to protect. The international trademark classes related to your good or service help clarify what trademark rights you are claiming.…
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Likelihood of Confusion

How You Can Avoid Creating a “Likelihood of Confusion”

There’s no doubt you have put a lot of effort into your business and your brand. If you've been following my blog and podcast, you'll know that you need to create a unique and distinctive brand to avoid creating a likelihood of confusion with other brands in your industry. When…
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After graduating from law school and passing the bar, I struggled to find work, pay my bills, and make ends meet. That's when I decided to take control of my future and start working for myself. Now, several years and a handful of companies later, I'm sharing how I launched a successful business, and how you can do it too.

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