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How Big Is Your Really Big Idea, Really?

Tim Knox Small Business Advice

One of my coaching clients stopped by the other day to tell me that they had a great idea for what she called “an amazing new product”. She went on to say, “There is nothing like it on the market and no competition that I can find. It’s a can’t miss, slam dunk, absolutely no doubt about it winner!” I Read more

What’s Stopping You From Starting Your Own Small Business?

Tim Knox Entrepreneur Code

I’ve never been one to push people in a direction I didn’t think they were meant to go.  I’m not so egotistical that I think I know what’s best for anyone other than myself. On the other hand, I counsel with many new and old entrepreneurs and if I feel they are on the wrong Read more

Do You Want Fries With That Management Style?

Tim Knox Small Business Advice For entrepreneurs

I’ve written many times about my vast experience in the fast food industry, not as a worker, but as an often mistreated customer. Each story typically involved bad food, apathetic employees, horrible customer service, and a vow never to return. That vow usually ended up in the dumpster when my craving for a chicken burrito Read more

Are You A Crappy Boss?

Tim Knox Small Business Advice

Have you ever had a crappy boss? A boss that managed through terrorism, intimidation, ego, and anger? A boss that blamed employees for his or her mistakes and took all the credit that was not theirs to claim? Now the really important question. Are you a crappy boss? Do you lead by example or manage by force? Read more

Free WordPress Course Now Available

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My brand new video course “How To Create Your Blog or Website With WordPress” is now available for you and it’s absolutely free! If you’re an entrepreneur, author, publisher, speaker, or someone who simply wants to create a blog, this course will literally walk you through the process from A to Z. It’s specifically designed Read more

The Entrepreneur’s Checklist

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I was asked for the millionth time the other day what personality traits I thought were most important to entrepreneurial success. I immediately gave my now-automatic reply about passion and dedication and hard work and blah, blah, blah… Later, after taking some time to ponder the question a little deeply (I normally operate in shallow waters), Read more

How To Choose The Best Name For Your Small Business

Tim Knox How To Choose The Best Name For Your Business

How important is the name of a business? Should the name of your business reflect what the business does or is it better to come up with something catchy and easy to remember? What’s in a name? When it comes to your business, a lot more than you might think. In fact, deciding on the perfect name Read more

Should You Focus On A Niche?

Tim Knox Entrepreneur Code

In this episode of the Entrepreneur Code Videocast I address the question: should you focus on a specific niche or try to sell to a broader market? Many entrepreneurs think that the more products they carry or the more services they offer, the more sales they will make. It’s been my experience that the exact opposite is Read more

What Are You Willing To Do To Succeed In Business?

How Far Are You Willing To Go To Achieve Business Success?

Why do some entrepreneurs achieve stellar small business success, while others achieve only moderate success, while still others achieve no success at all? There is a wide range of factors that determine a venture’s success: the ability of the entrepreneur to successfully execute the startup plan, then manage the evolution and growth of the business the team of investors, Read more

Why The Customer Is Not Always Right

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There’s an old adage in business that says: The customer is always right. After dealing with thousands of customers over the last two decades, both online and off, I believe it would be more accurate to say that the customer is always right — until they are not. It all comes down to what I call, “The law of Read more

Don’t Worry Yourself Out Of Business

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This is a quote from an email I received this week from a frustrated entrepreneur who asked to remain nameless. “Tim, I never get ANYTHING done because I can’t stop worrying about EVERYTHING!!!!” For the sake of wear and tear on my keyboard I left out a dozen or so exclamation points, but I think you get Read more

Don’t Be A “Do I Really Have To” Entrepreneur

Don't Be A "Do I Really Have to" Entrepreneuer

I’m often contacted by home-based and e-business owners who seem to think that just because their business is conducted from the comfort of home, the rules and regulations that govern brick and mortar enterprises do not apply to them. I call these folks the “Do I Really Have To” Entrepreneurs based on the questions they ask. Read the following Read more

Entrepreneurs Are Often Judged By Their Covers

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Raise your hand if you’ve heard these snippets of wisdom before: you should always dress for success; you only get one chance to make a first impression; and of course the ever-popular: you can’t judge a book by its cover. These old analogies came to mind recently when Megan Williams, North Alabama Director of Business Read more

How Sharp Are Your Entrepreneurial Skills?

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There are a variety of skills you’ll need to succeed as an entrepreneur and chances are you do not possess them all. One of the great things about being an entrepreneur is that if you lack certain skills you can always hire people with those skills to help round out your entrepreneurial skill set. Here are Read more

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