What should I do before hiring my first employee?

Congratulations! You are at the tipping point of growth and success!  While this is an exciting time for you, it can also be stressful.  Up until now, you have been in control of every aspect of your business from how the phone is answered, to how the end product is delivered, but in order to […]

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Helping Maine Business Owners M.A.P. Out Their Plans

And having a blast doing it! I have to admit – sometimes, I have so much fun working with clients, I have to pinch myself.  I have been offering 2-hour business building sessions this summer, and I have to say – the transformations I have seen with these entrepreneurs is amazing! OK, maybe I’m a […]

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When it comes to hiring the right coach – Buyer, Be Aware

I’m inspired to write this post today because there are so many “coaches” out there today – more than willing to dole out “advice” for a price.   Every day, I come across another coach, who is writing a blog, running a Facebook group, or hosting a Periscope talk… and they are giving out BAD business […]

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Off the Clock – Well, That Didn’t Go As Planned..

Huh.  It’s October 31st, and while I had pledged to write every day in the month of October (to be clear, that would have been 31 posts on this topic) … I posted eight (well, nine – if you count today) times.   Reflecting on the month, and how swiftly it went by -I am not […]

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Masquerade – Who are You Showing Up As?

Halloween is a time when people can pretend to be someone else, something else, and perhaps even live out a fantasy for a day….  and it’s got me thinking… what masks do we commonly wear? While it’s fun wearing a mask on Halloween, to play a different character for a while, to live out a […]

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Off the Clock – SMART Guidelines to Put Your Side-Business into FOCUS

If you told me two years ago that by taking a full time job, my business would become more streamlined, organized, AND profitable – I would have asked you who bought my business?  But that is what became my reality.  Taking a full time job forced me to reanalyze and restructure my business.  I had […]

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Should I Join a Shared, Co-Working Office Space?

This post is coming to you directly from my new office space at Peloton Labs in Portland, Maine. It might sound odd to some people that I chose to join a shared office space – after all, I have private office space in South Portland – just a few miles from my house.  I can […]

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How to Prepare to Achieve a Goal

We are never prepared for what we expect. ~James A. Michener My Husband and I went and saw the movie “Wild” starring Reese Witherspoon, based on Cheryl Strayed’s novel.  The movie was exhilarating to me because I loved the book.  I will warn you, if you aren’t into colorful language and racy sex scenes – the […]

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Day 30 – Creating Your Motivational Action Plan – Signal for Help

I’ll never forget a camping trip I took with friends a few years back.  A group of us always got together for an annual camping trip, and we all rented sites close to each other, and set up one site in the middle as a “community kitchen.”  During the day we hiked, kayaked and fished, […]

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