Category Archives: Business Coaching

Use Your Story to Boost Sales

When people are researching a product or service, they don’t just want to know how much it costs. They want to know why it’s the best option and how it’s going to fit into their lives. People these days don’t shop from a catalog and take product descriptions as gospel. They are educated buyers, they do their research and they...

Crowdfunding – It Means More than Money

When entrepreneurs turn to crowdfunding to help them jumpstart their next venture, it’s usually because the need the capital to get their product, service or business off the ground. But by asking for people to support the development of your business, you’re also inadvertently asking them for feedback on your product or project. It’s a bit like market testing before...

Supporting Women in Business

Small business owners are the backbone of the American economy and, according to a report from the Institute of Women’s Policy Research, about 29 percent of those businesses are owned by women. That’s up from 26 percent in 1997, the report says. However, the increase in the number of businesses doesn’t inherently solve all the problems. A report from the...

Turning Happy Customers into New Business

When you’re building a business, happy customers are more than good business, they’re also great marketing. People in this ever increasingly social world are happy to spread the word about your business when they have a great experience, but you have to ask for their help. So, when was the last time you asked someone for a referral, review or...

Coaching is for Managers Too

If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a thousand times – a great business starts with having great people. You can have an amazing business concept, a full-octane marketing plan and a fool-proof manual, but if you don’t have a solid staff, you won’t have happy customers and you won’t grow your business in the long-run. Some of the...

The Power of Reviews in the Digital Age

Everyone looks at reviews. Whether we’re trying to find a new restaurant or we’re looking for a contractor for a major project, most of us don’t go out on a limb without doing some due diligence. So what is your business doing to (1) make sure your happy customers are leaving good reviews and (2) manage sub-par reviews online? When...

Bridging the Gap with Millennials

Whether you call them millennials or young professionals, the younger members of today’s workforce want different things from their careers than their parents or grandparents did. For many, work isn’t just about clocking in, clocking out and taking home a paycheck anymore. Sure, they need to make money, but they want jobs they enjoy at companies that are invested in...

Want to be Wealthy? Pick Up a Book.

  Successful and wealthy people come from all walks of life and their individual experiences have shaped who they are, what they do and how they do it. But most of them have something in common – they read. A lot. In Steve Siebold’s book How Rich People Think, he points out that a packed library is something many wealthy...

Want to be Wealthy? Pick Up a Book.

Successful and wealthy people come from all walks of life and their individual experiences have shaped who they are, what they do and how they do it. But most of them have something in common – they read. A lot. In Steve Siebold’s book How Rich People Think, he points out that a packed library is something many wealthy people...

Success Starts with Discomfort

Taking a chance is uncomfortable. Even if you think you’ve done all the research and you are confident about the destination, it takes guts to venture into the unknown. Just like with sailing… you know your boat, you have the skills to sail successfully and you’re prepared for a day out, but there’s always a chance of rain. But if...

Having a Successful Year Means Focusing on Your Commitments

January is tough. December is so busy with holiday festivities that, by the time you get to making those New Year’s Resolutions, what you really need is a BREAK. Maybe that’s why so many resolutions end up on the cutting room floor… So now that we’re into February, it’s time to take a step back and really think about the...

Love Your Business by Letting Go (a Little)

Is your business driving you crazy? It’s easy to get frustrated with your business – especially if being at work kept you from enjoying the holidays… But you don’t have to be a slave to your business! You can break free and learn to love your business again! It won’t be easy, but it all starts with learning to let...

Four 2017 Challenges from The Growth Coach

At The Growth Coach, we work with clients and companies to help them build stronger businesses and better lives throughout the year, but since January is a great time for resolutions, we thought it we’d come to you with a set of Growth Coach challenges to get 2017 off to a great start.   Resolve to Stick to Your Resolutions...

Five Last Minute Holiday Marketing Ideas

The holidays are a great time to grow your business, but it’s also hectic and easy to get lost in the shuffle of big box stores’ email campaigns and huge sales. Fortunately your focus on providing excellent customer service and a better shopping experience combined with the uniqueness of your small business is what will help you bring in those...

Drive Success by Driving Sales

Growth Coach Lisa Hudson Many entrepreneurs are leaders in ingenuity and innovation, but sometimes they forget about one crucial element of business – sales. Whether you’re a chief-everything-officer handling the entire business alone or a company leader looking to strengthen the numbers from within the ranks, sales is an essential component in businesses of all shapes and sizes. For this...

Business Owner Checklist: Your 2016 Goals

The stores are packed with Halloween decorations, some early shoppers are starting to check off that holiday list and the weather is turning colder… which means we’re into Q4! But don’t panic, we still have almost three months left in 2016, which means you still have time to work on your 2016 goals. We know, in January, many business owners...

Growth Coach Kim Ellet Takes On Leadership Role with Successful BNI Group & Discusses the Importance of Networks

Kim Ellet Kim Ellet has recognized the value of networks and working within groups for quite some time. As a member of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce and several smaller groups within that organization, Kim has grown her professional friendships and her business. Kim had visited a number of BNI groups over the years, too, but wasn’t sure BNI was...

Seven Business Books to Add to the Pages of Your Summer

Summer is a great time to schedule yourself some time off – even if it’s to catch up on industry news or read a new business book. Recharging your emotional battery and finding new inspiration is a great way to re-energize yourself to grow your business in the second half of the year. If your book list is empty or you...

Grow Your Business By Considering Your Exit Strategy

So many small businesses rely entirely on the owner – the family-recipe chocolate shop without a manual, the diner with all family employees, the bicycle repair company where the owner is doing the repairs… These businesses are part of Main Street in communities around the world, but without their owners, how can they survive? At The Growth Coach, we are...

Take Advantage of Summertime

It’s hard to stay focused during the summer – from vacations and pool-side Saturdays – and as a business leader, you can actually use that to your advantage. For this blog, we talked to Growth Coach Michael Neuendorff, who owns The Growth Coach franchise in San Mateo, California. Michael said that summer is definitely the season of relaxing and recharging...

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