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Who’s Wearing the Pants in the Den?

When Carley Stenson came onto the Den with her business, she clearly indicated who was in charge. Her fiesty presentation for a business with a low barrier to entry turned away four of the Dragons, but garnered her a deal from the fifth. Siams Pants, a comfortable, one-size-fits-all Thailand Fisherman’s Pant, retail for $32, and […]

Sharp Reversals

In business, when progress seems to have embarked on a downward spiral, a sudden reversal can be key to survival. The ability to look at the business objectively, and see where the new opportunities lie, can spell the difference between the life and death of a company. However, when the spiral has existed from the […]

Bolster Credibility by Writing

At a marketing course on how to be asked to be a guest speaker at universities, an observation was made: If you want instant credibility, write a book. Interesting logic, considering that many writers are people I wouldn’t necessarily want speaking at an event, or even consider credible because of their writing. For some, writing […]

Small Business is NOT Like Big Business

There was something I discovered when I started working for myself about small business, and how it compares to larger businesses. Coming from a company with several hundred employees and many contract staff, I moved to a company that had exactly one employee – me. The difference was so fundamental, I wondered if any of […]

Question: Fake it Until You Break It?

There’s a saying commonly bandied about in relation to small businesses that you should “fake it until you make it” which is implying that you should act bigger or better than you might otherwise appear to be, until that becomes a reality. However, this can rapidly backfire as you promise the world, and are left […]

A Time for Coffee, A Time for Coke

Despite being attached to coffee to the point that I am highly unproductive without any coffee, and can increase my productivity relative to the amount of coffee I’ve drunk that day, I still refuse to drink it in the evening. Once dinner is over, if caffeine is required, coke will have to suffice. The reasoning […]

Persistence is Required

Looking at the website for a local fitness center, I noticed that they had 2 portions of their site devoted to news. One was a banner across the top of the site, posting information about changes to their schedule. The other was a Twitter feed. The banner seemed to contain fairly current information – it […]

Choosing to Outsource

I don’t do my own accounting for my business – I hire a professional firm to do that for me. I have a lawyer who deals with any contracts or legal issues that I encounter. For marketing, I go to a company that specializes in that. For business advice and software consulting, I hire myself. […]