Today kicks off Small Business Week! I’m grateful to have opened my business nine years ago and have always looked back. It’s been an adventure of a lifetime! So, I’ve never understood the saying “and, I’ve never looked back” except to express that you jumped into something and just fully immersed yourself in the present.
As a small business owner, I always look back to grow, learn, tweak, evaluate and enjoy the journey and the challenge. It’s true that there’s “no net to catch you” as a small business owner yet there’s also “no ceiling to limit” you either. This sets a great stage for a great adventure.
Do you own your own business? If so, please say so here and then also please share why you decided to become a business owner. Did you become an owner on purpose or by accident?
Please comment below.
This last week provided some great insights that will help entrepreneurs and executives. We covered:
- Interview Branding – Four Words by Kevin Monahan
- How to Get Rid of The Golden Handcuffs? by Henrieta Riesco
- Why You Need a Recruiter to Feel You by Nance Rosen
- 5 Ways to Refresh Your Brand This Summer by Heather Huhman
- Your Business Tripod Steadily Grows Business by Elinor Stutz
- Do This, Not That: How to Make Your Resume More Effective by Glassdoor.com
- Why Your Job Search Needs a Targeted Employer List by Richard Kirby
- A Presentation that Reflects Positively on Your Personal Brand by Maria Elena Duron
- Don’t Pave the Cow Paths by Jeff Shuey
- How to Pose Interview Questions You Should Never Ask? by Beth Kuhel
- Use Humor Safely During Your Next Talk by Erik Deckers
- Personal Brand and the Baby Boom Generation by Marc Miller
- 10 Traits of Great Leadership Figures by Ken Sundheim
This next week be sure to comment on the upcoming topics:
- Hating people for being a personal brand.
- Heeding the action of others.
- Handling rejection during your job search.
- Visual marketing’s importance in your personal branding success.
- Storytelling during the interview process.
- Advertising your personal brand.
We look forward to your comments.
In the meantime, if you are a small business owner or are considering delving into owning your own business – the best advice I ever received was to learn from other people’s experience.
The most schedule friendly way to do that is through books. Here’s my compilation of my most highly recommended business books.
Please share what books or resources you would add to this list.
Maria Elena Duron, is managing editor of the Personal Branding Blog, CEO (chief engagement officer) of buzz2bucks– a word of mouth marketing firm, and a professional speaker and trainer on developing social networks that work. She provides workshops, webinars, seminars and direct services that help create conversation, connection, credibility, community and commerce around your brand. Maria Duron is founder and moderator of #brandchat - a weekly Twitter chat focused on every aspect of branding that is recognized by Mashable as one the 15 Essential Twitter Chats for Social Media Marketers.
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