A Coach: The Difference Between Playing in the Minors VS. the Pros in Business

Laura Bedore Lerwill is a professional director, business coach, and entrepreneur. Her passion for theater and entrepreneurship has led her to various business opportunities, including her time as one the founding partners of Off Broadway Theater in Salt Lake City, and the host of Showtunes Saturday Night for 6 years on KOSY 106.5. Her current Read more about A Coach: The Difference Between Playing in the Minors VS. the Pros in Business[…]

To Partner or Not to Partner

  I just did something huge, ya’ll. I brought on a business partner, this late in the game. I have been thinking about it for a while, even reaching out to a few potential partners, but always got gun shy when the other party showed some interest. After weighing some pretty heavy cons, and some Read more about To Partner or Not to Partner[…]

Do Your Sales Conversations Go Like This?

  I woke up this morning with shoulders so sore I couldn’t hold a hairdryer. I had to lift up my arm, using the other arm, to brush my teeth. I am sore because I did six minutes of a squat/burpee sequence at a Crossfit gym yesterday and those six minutes kicked my butt. Six minutes. Read more about Do Your Sales Conversations Go Like This?[…]

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How to Work with Millennials

If you are watching a video of nerf gun wars, only one thing could be true. We are talking about millennials in the workplace. There is no escaping it. You will be hiring millennials whether you want to or not, and you will have some culture clash if you are a Gen-Xer or beyond. Actually, Read more about How to Work with Millennials[…]

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How to Solve Your Employee Problems with a Spreadsheet

Employee issues require soft skills, right? You need to have heart-to-hearts, bond as a group and create a winning culture. So what do spreadsheets have to do with employees? Everything, it turns out. What if your personnel issues require you to have the soft skills, but also manage it through spreadsheets? It is like Spock Read more about How to Solve Your Employee Problems with a Spreadsheet[…]

Why you DON’T want word of mouth marketing

  I would guess the answer of half the business owners coming through our doors would answer the question, “How do you get most of your clients?” in this way:  WORD OF MOUTH. Everyone thinks word of mouth is the holy grail of marketing. It means that you have done such an amazing job “getting your Read more about Why you DON’T want word of mouth marketing[…]

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Only Read this if you are STRUGGLING in Business

I know you.   I know you very well. I know you very well because I was you. I know you very well because I was you for SEVEN years.   When I started my first business, I was 23. I didn’t know what I was doing, I didn’t even have a business license. I Read more about Only Read this if you are STRUGGLING in Business[…]

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Hiring an employee and how it’s like adopting a dog

  I adopted a dog yesterday. I knew I wanted to adopt after doing one round of potty training with a puppy years ago and found out that puppies are actually harder than human babies. So I spent an entire day visiting every dog adoption center on Google, trying to find my perfect pet.   Read more about Hiring an employee and how it’s like adopting a dog[…]

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How to Know When You Have Hired the WRONG Person

I have been a business owner for seventeen years. You would think in seventeen years, after hiring and working with hundreds of employees in multiple businesses, that I would have it all figured out. Sometimes I get it right on the first try, and sometimes I get it miserably wrong. This is a story of Read more about How to Know When You Have Hired the WRONG Person[…]

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I hate the word Surrender

I am a fairly resilient person. I have grown and sold several businesses before Entrepreneur Simplified. I have managed hundreds of employees in my career. I have led my current company through years of 100% growth, growing my business into the multi-millions. I consider myself a tough cookie. A good friend of mine asked me Read more about I hate the word Surrender[…]