Four Ways New Entrepreneurs Can Master the Morning

Guest Post Written by Alicia McKay of No Fear LLC

Today’s perspective comes from Alicia McKay, owner of No Fear LLC, an organization that designs custom courses, offers personal coaching for teens and adults, and provides editing and publishing services.

My son often wakes up in the morning with enthusiasm and vigor. After sitting down to watch a favorite cartoon, he has his morning milk, a bit of tablet time and then he expects someone to join him.

Even at 7am, he has been awake for a little more than an hour before everyone in the house, and he is eagerly looking for his next adventure.

He has accomplished more in that one hour of alone time, before breakfast, than many toddlers will accomplish in the entire morning, before lunch.

He doesn’t know it, but he already possesses a key to successful entrepreneurship: the mastery of the morning.

A few months ago, I read the book, “The Miracle Morning,” by Hal Elrod. This book outlines the key to success, which is to take control of your day by mastering a good morning routine. From that book, I developed my own strategy to master my morning and take control of my entrepreneurial lifestyle. Continue reading “Four Ways New Entrepreneurs Can Master the Morning”

10 Decisions You Should Make Before You Create Your Own Tutoring Business

Should you start an LLC right now?

If you’re hoping to earn extra income on the side, whether to supplement your existing salary or to completely replace your full-time earnings, creating a tutoring business may be appealing.

On the surface, it seems incredibly easy to start!

You make a flyer.

Post it.

Voila!

If you build it, they will come.

If you’re thinking of turning your part-time passion project into a full-fledged entrepreneurial endeavor, make these 10 decisions first.

ONE: Will you require prospective students to attend an introductory consultation before any sessions start?

Will it be free, and what will you go over?  

As uncomfortable as it may be, you need to decide whether you’ll take on anyone who wants to work with you, or whether you’ll screen prospective students based on your pre-determined criteria.

Which students will most benefit from your skill-set and current level of expertise?

If you encounter a family with unrealistic expectations, will you still take them on as students?

Or will you let them know, upfront, that it won’t be a good fit?

I’ve tutored off-and-on, on a part-time basis for almost 20 years.

I’ve worked mostly for schools, small companies, friends and family, and Wyzant, but very rarely have I sought out students completely on my own.

When I’ve worked for companies, I haven’t always been able to meet the families first.

Learn their goals, expectations, and prior experiences. Develop common ground and build rapport.  Continue reading “10 Decisions You Should Make Before You Create Your Own Tutoring Business”

5 Essential Money Management Tips for Small Business Owners

A business owner is only as good as the people he or she surrounds him or herself with.

Today’s expertise comes from Connecticut’s own Arciuolo’s Shoes.

When you start your own small business, there are a million different worries that always seem to be at the forefront of your mind. Staffing, building a consumer base, and establishing a brand are all essential elements to creating an effective business, but there’s one element that towers above the rest: money management.

Whether you’re an emerging entrepreneur or a longtime small business owner, properly managing your finances is arguably the most important factor in determining how successful you will  be.

Poor money management can capsize even the most established organizations. As a small business owner, I’ve spent years building my company and learning from my financial successes and, perhaps more importantly, my failures.  Continue reading “5 Essential Money Management Tips for Small Business Owners”