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Five Lessons Learned from Starting a Business

January 22, 2020

As a financial advisor, I spend a lot of time working with small business owners. I am a small business owner myself. I purchased a meat processing business with my family in May of 2017 and then started my financial planning firm in September of 2018. Here are five lessons I have learned over the past several years. 1. Have ...

What a Sales Funnel is, and Why You Need One

December 18, 2019

Fact: Every business has a sales funnel. As a business owner, the more aware of it you are, the better your results will be. So, what is a sales funnel? Basically, it’s the overall path that a customer would follow from the point where they are learning of your product’s existence, ending to where they become your paying, returning customer. ...

Accelerate Your Career by Applying the Proven Leadership Traits and Actions of Every Great Leader

November 20, 2019

What is your vision for your future? How bad do you want it? How committed are you to achieving your dreams and goals? Are you willing to overcome your fears, take the leap, work hard, and learn from your mistakes? If so, you already have the core tenets to being a great leader. No matter what book you read or ...

5 Ways to Rule SEO with Your Business

October 23, 2019

It is common advice that your blog needs to be updated at least once a week to attract search engine visitors. However, many small business owners struggle to see a strong return on investment from their business blog and become disillusioned that search engine optimization is something they can actually accomplish. Over 2 million blog posts are created every single ...

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INSIGHTS

TECH REVEAL


GETTING REAL


THE DEAL


DATA DRIVEN

Entrepreneurship Rumors Dispelled
The U.S. Small Business Administration has established size standards for small businesses that vary by industry, based on the number of employees and average annual receipts. Small business = By definition, in manufacturing, fewer than 1,500 employees
Customer Demand
If you capture a million users, keep your mouth shut. Be silent and remain so until you are much larger. This increases the likelihood that a larger player in the industry will make an acquisition offer after you’ve demonstrated your success. You’ve successfully disrupted a market, which will attract capital to fuel your growth.*
Isn't There An App For That?
Here’s the plan: Develop a whip-smart mobile app, sell it, and get rich like Evan Spiegel with Snapchat. Statistically speaking, this plan may be ... a maybe.

WE’VE GOT ISSUES


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DO WHAT YOU LOVE!

Erin Strang
President + CEO, CMURC


When the alarm clock rings, what goes through your head? Are you excited to start your day? I’m not expecting your answer to be yes every morning, but ask yourself—and answer honestly—if you’re happy with what you do.

The reality is that you spend just as much time at work as you do at home. If you get up around 6 a.m. to be to work by 8 a.m., work until 5 p.m., and go to bed at 10 p.m., you would’ve been up for 16 hours—half of which you spent at work.

Life is short. You should look in the mirror and be able to tell yourself that you’re living your passion.

If you can’t, it’s never too late to reassess what you’re doing. Ask yourself if you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur, realize your dream, and make things happen. If the answers are yes, yes, and yes, there’s no better time to start.

Here in MUSE you’ll get the uncensored truth about being an entrepreneur. It’s information you need to know—but might not know to ask.

Use this information as a guide to do something to inspire us all.

Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk

Remember to always show people how and why you are different from the rest. Make sure you leave a positive, lasting impression in everything you do.

Method to Your Madness

Remember to always show people how and why you are different from the rest. Make sure you leave a positive, lasting impression in everything you do.

Diamond in the Rough

Remember to always show people how and why you are different from the rest. Make sure you leave a positive, lasting impression in everything you do.