Avoiding Stress and Burnout as an Entreprenuer

entreprenuer stress

Being an entrepreneur is many things. It’s challenging, exhilarating, discouraging and rewarding. Oh, and let’s not forget stressful.

Stress is very common among those starting their own business. You might be stressed because your business is booming and making lots of money, which is great, or you might be stressed because of the exact opposite. Either way, too much work related stress isn’t good for a small business owner, let alone anyone. (more…)

Best Small Business Blogs For Owners and Entrepreneurs

The Best Small Business Blogs

Working with small businesses on a daily basis, and being one ourselves, we spend a lot of time on small business blogs. In light of this we wanted to highlight what we believe are the best small business blogs on the web. Check out the blogs below, in no particular order, and read them regularly to get all the information you might need as an entrepreneur or small business owner looking for resources to grow your business. (more…)

Announcing the Signs.com Gives Back Program

Signs.com Gives Back

Starting a business is hard. Starting a business in a poverty-stricken country is harder. At Signs.com, we are blessed to be located in a country that fosters startup ambitions, but for some entrepreneurs in the African country of Kenya, just selling enough product to put food on their family’s tables is a daily struggle.

Today, we are happy to announce the start of the Signs.com Gives Back program (read the full press release here). The Gives Back program was created to help the budding business owners in Kenya market and grow their small businesses with a custom designed sign.

Our COO, Nelson James says, “Giving back is one of the core values of our company. We would love to give away thousands of signs through the Gives Back program and, hopefully, those signs will play a big role in helping business owners succeed and improve their lives.”

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Tiny Java and the Challenges of Entrepreneurship

Retail Insights with Harper Grey

This week the articles on the Signs.com blog have been all about home-based entrepreneurship. Brad Manuel’s guest article on Monday told us about Nothing Knew, the business he started from his home in order to keep track of his three busy teenagers. On Tuesday, our copywriter Catherine interviewed the owner of Pear Tree Preschool. Libby Monson’s in-home business allows her to spend the day with her four-year-old and be finished with work in time to care for her two school-aged boys. On Wednesday, Catherine shared seven of the traits she’s seen time and again while interviewing successful small business owners. (more…)

Stay at Home Dads: The New Business Model

Today’s post is brought to you courtesy of Brad Manuel. Brad is a consultant, serial entrepreneur and sports fanatic, who in 2008 decided to take the “road less traveled” and become a stay at home dad.

Stay at home dad's: The new business model

According to the US census bureau, the number of men who have left the workforce entirely to raise children has more than doubled, to 176,000. If you expand that search to include men who maintain freelance or have part-time jobs, but still serve as the primary caretaker of children under 15 while their wife works, the number is around 626,000. I’m one of those men and, while it’s tough to navigate sometimes, it’s one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done! Check out this New York Times article, titled “Just Wait Until Your Mother Gets Home“. (more…)

Rethinking Business Plans

 

Rethink Business Plans

At the Sandy Chamber of Commerce Women’s Business Conference last week, a panel of experts gave advice about how to get financing for a new business. The panelists (one venture capitalist, a representative from a bank, a representative from a credit union and the Deputy District Director of the Utah SBA) each came from different backgrounds, so each had slightly different perspectives. But they all agreed on one thing: the key to successful loan acquisition lies in your business plan. (more…)

5 Business Tips From The Soccer Field

 

Soccer

Ahhh . . . spring. The smell of freshly-mown grass and budding lilacs. Crisp blue skies, a few puffy white clouds drifting by on a gentle breeze. The sweet chirping of birds and the referee’s whistle as he calls an offside offense on our team . . . yes, it’s soccer season again. I’ve spent quite a few hours sitting on the sidelines lately, watching my daughter’s soccer team struggle, learn and even triumph. And I’ve picked up a few pointers along the way.

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