Most People Start Businesses This “Backwards” Way (Here’s What To Do Instead)

When it comes to starting a business, there’s the simple, straightforward way that is more likely to succeed… and then there’s the way that most people do it. When I was a kid, I wanted to start a business. I thought about it constantly! And my thoughts always started in the same place: what should […]

Here’s what you should do if you want to start a business but are stuck in a job

A lot of people have a job but would rather start a business. Problem is, they feel stuck. … They feel stuck in their job because it pays them a predictable paycheck every week and they need to pay the mortgage and put food on the table rather than risk starting a business and not […]

Starting a business is the intersection between a solved problem and a business model

A relative was passing through town recently and he stopped in to chat. We had a great time catching up (since we haven’t seen each other in years). Eventually, the conversation turned to business — the businesses I run and some business ideas he had. He presented a couple of ideas and although they had […]

Starting a business? Start with a service.

I’m going to get into trouble writing this post. I think people might comment (in this post or privately by email) who will chastise me for suggesting this. I can predict the emails now. But I’m here to tell you that they are wrong. Regardless of what the experts tell you, start a business that […]

Why you should think twice before starting a business

“I’ve got a great idea for a book,” someone told me recently… and then went on to recount what is possibly the worst idea I’ve ever heard for a book. I wished them good luck and declined the “opportunity” to work on the book with them. I hear this fairly commonly: “I have a great […]