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How to avoid burnout as a business owner

I could tell he didn’t want to sell his company. My client had supposedly called me to talk about selling. But right away, it was clear that something else was going on. You see, his business was doing great—it had grown bigger than he’d ever dreamed. The real problem was he was exhausted. I glanced over at his computer and peeked at his calendar. All-day, every day, he was booked in meetings! On a hunch, I asked him, “What got you into this business in the first place?” He got this far off stare and told me about his love for crafting narratives. That’s what his business does—they … Continue Reading »

How to hire a virtual assistant for your business

I clearly remember the moment I decided to hire a virtual assistant (VA). As my business started growing, I realized that more clients meant more work to get done! Pretty soon, I was so busy that I was missing emails and failing to get back to people because I just never had the time. I knew this couldn’t continue—so I tracked my time for a week or two, hoping to get some insight on where all my hours were going.  Looking at my time log, I discovered that I was spending eight hours a week just scheduling meetings with people. Worse, I hated it. All those back and forth emails. Then once I … Continue Reading »

7 Chicago Small Business Consulting Firms That Can Fuel Your Success

Running a business is so rewarding, but it can also be tremendously stressful and lonely. Business owners get so caught up in the day-to-day of the business that we struggle to see the big picture. We’re not sure why sales have stagnated, why we can’t seem to take a vacation, why we’re still second-guessing every decision, or why things just aren’t progressing as they should. That’s where getting some outside advice and input makes all the difference. Consultants can help you see what’s going right and what’s going wrong and give you personalized solutions to fix it.  But even once … Continue Reading »