GUEST: The New Landscape of Small Business Financing


Written by Ty Kiisel Any business owner who has researched small business financing recently has experienced the changes in business lending first hand. Local banks—the traditional sources of financing for many business owners—seem less likely to make a small business loan than they did pre-recession. Even if you feel like things are getting better, which I do, it’s hard … [Read more...]

Pause: An Opportunity to Reorient

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"A pause is an opportunity to reorient." - Dan Ward in The Simplicity Cycle. As I am reading Dan Ward's new book, The Simplicity Cycle, I'm getting more familiar with the diagram/map that the author helps us navigate. One of the keys is navigating the divergent paths of complexity and goodness. A step that stood out was the quote above about pausing, and the invitation to take … [Read more...]

You Must Go Through Ugly to Get to Pretty

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The first time can get pretty ugly: Walking Swimming Riding a bike Skateboarding Singing a solo Folding  your clothes Asking someone out for a date Driving a car Hitting a golf ball Cooking dinner Interviewing for a job Speaking in public Writing a blog post Recording a YouTube video This list will grow longer with time, hopefully. As new tools … [Read more...]

COOL TOOL: LG Tone Ultra HBS800 Wireless Headset

LG Tones Ultra HBS800 wireless headset

Hands-free driving? Check. Hands on the keyboard? Check. Time and attention can be fleeting. Tools and devices that help focus, produce, and maintain a good flow are valuable. One tool I use that covers each of these areas is the LG Tone Ultra HBS800 wireless headset, a near-permanent fixture while at work and rest. The sound quality is clear enough to conduct phone … [Read more...]

METHOD: Write in Slices

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I'm not a fan of peeling oranges, though I love eating them. Each morning, thanks to my wife, I find a peeled orange ready for me to eat. Eating the orange one slice or section at a time, I am glad I don't have to peel it or ask which section to eat first. Writing can be like eating an orange. You can start anywhere, writing one slice at a time. Planning is Like … [Read more...]

DEVOTIONAL: Worry Ends Where Faith Begins


Each Sunday afternoon on this site, we share a short devotional message.  If this kind of post is of no interest to you, feel free to skip it and return on Monday. As we pointed out earlier, our post will close with a hymn or spiritual. Worry Ends Where Faith Begins We all face peaks and valleys of various sorts and manner. Whenever I've hit a prolonged valley, though it may … [Read more...]

Week in Review: Posts and LIFT Shares, June 7 – 13, 2015

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Week in Review June 7 - 13, 2015: Posts and Podcasts from ConverStations, Armchair Articulations, and LIFT resources shared on Twitter (@mikesansone): This Week on ConverStations METHOD: Writing Email With Eye Rests WHY: You Should Subscribe to Your RSS Feeds THOUGHTography: Pivot to Avoid Pitfalls GUEST: How Manufacturers Should Do E-Commerce Right GUEST: 5 … [Read more...]

WATCH: Personas, Personalities, and Productivity – LIFT Clips 06/13/15

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We are always looking for ways to give small business owners a boost using the LIFT acronym. Here are a few videos that might help you in building a better business presence and a smoother work flow. LEARN - How To Create UX Personas IMPROVE - How To Feel Comfortable on Camera FIND FLOW … [Read more...]

GUEST: 5 Benefits of ERP Accounting Software

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Many of your daily tasks are repetitive and mundane. You receive little personal satisfaction from crossing them off your checklist, yet they are instrumental to your success as a businessperson. If you want to build a more satisfactory work schedule for yourself, you should consider enterprise resource planning (ERP) accounting software for the following reasons. Cheaper Is … [Read more...]

GUEST: How Manufacturers Should Do E-Commerce Right


Written by Simon Horton After the technology shift and the growth concentrated only in retail e-commerce in recessionary times, manufacturers are taking baby steps towards direct-selling to their customers. And this sector unquestionably holds strong potential to evolve even in coming times. Some manufacturers have already embarked on the opportunity by integrating … [Read more...]