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  • Wednesday, October 19, 2022 4:06 AM | Susan Miller (Administrator)
    If it doesn't challenge you, then it won't change you. The change will make you a stronger entrepreneur.



    The success of your business will come from how sharp and current you are within your business. Business trends and technology constantly change. So it is important to stay consistent with the changes within your industry by staying active in your business, mentally fit, and current.

    When you do these things, it will help to challenge you and keep you competitive. If you become comfortable within your business, then you will lose your competitive edge. If you lose your competitive edge, then your competitors will pass right by you and your customers may follow!

    Here are some techniques I use to challenge myself:

    1. Hang out with the old and the young. I love learning things from seasoned entrepreneurs because they have made mistakes already! And if they share their experiences with you, then you are receiving a gift that will streamline your efforts! If you hang out with the young, then you will get insight on the newest trends and the newest technology that can help your business. This insight will keep you fresh and new!

    2. READ and RESEARCH! Always keep in mind that trends and technology will forever change within your industry. So make time to read from experts within your industry and research the internet for new information in other areas and cities. Being aware of the changes will validate your expertise within your industry, and it will reassure your customers that your business is worth investing in.

    3. Ask your customers. Your business was based on the needs of your customers. Have their needs changed? Have you taken the time to ask them? If they appreciate your business, then they will tell you what their consumer needs are.

    4. Hire people smarter than you. This will open your eyes to products and services that you may not be offering. We like to think we know it all, but in reality, we do not. Don't be afraid to admit to that, and open yourself to new information and ideas!

    Challenging yourself will sharpen your entrepreneurial skills, and strengthen your business. You are the driving force behind your business, and success will come if you continue to challenge yourself.

    Be sure to visit "Ramblings of an entrepreneur" to read additional articles.



    Susan Miller is a Serial Entrepreneur that uses her experience and skills to help others launch and take their business to the next level thorough the resources she developed. 


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  • Tuesday, October 04, 2022 10:08 AM | Susan Miller (Administrator)

    There is a difference between small business owners and entrepreneurs.

    Small business owners can successfully run a business and make it profitable.

    But an entrepreneur will jump in, develop the business, take a small business to the next level, or restructure the business during adverse times.

    I believe that if you don't have the "Eye of an Entrepreneur", then you may not have what it takes to be an entrepreneur. Having the "Eye of an Entrepreneur" means being able to see opportunities, even when they may not be right in front of you.

    I have always said to my colleagues, "I see opportunities EVERYWHERE!" 


    I was an entrepreneur at the young age of 8. My need to "EAT" pushed me to find a solution. I was hungry, and I needed to find a way to make money to buy food. So my first business venture was selling fruit at the entrance of our neighborhood community, in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

    A small business owner would buy fruit wholesale, mark up the price of the fruit, and then sell it. Quality fruit, good customer service, and competitive pricing would make this a successful business.

    I had no money to buy fruit to resell. So how do I sell fruit with no start up money?

    It was not uncommon for residents to have fruit trees growing in their yards in South Florida. I started to take notice to the types of fruit trees growing in my neighbor's yards. I noticed they had: mango, papaya, oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, and avocados. I also paid attention to how often the fruit would drop from the tree(s). It was not uncommon for a neighbor to have more than one fruit tree in their yard. Anyone that had fruit tree(s) growing, then had the task of picking up the fruit that had fallen from the tree(s). This became a bigger task if a resident had more than one tree. Rotting fruit in the hot Florida sun is something most people do not want in their yard. I then talked to these neighbors, and offered them the service of "picking up the fallen fruit". I offered this service and tipping was ALWAYS appreciated. The tips I received usually grossed more than minimum wage. This service that I now offered, then provided me with the fruit I needed to sell. My service was offered daily, so I always had fresh, ripe fruit to sell.



    So here is an overview of my strategy.

    - I offer a daily service of picking up the fallen fruit.
    - Receiving tips paid me for this service, and I was fulfilling the need of my neighbors.
    - Selling fresh fruit at the entrance of my neighborhood community, then fulfilled the need of my customers, by providing them with convenience and affordable pricing.

    Tips + Fruit sales (- cost to operate which was $0) = pure profit

    My "eye of an entrepreneur" saw an opportunity to make money, and it addressed the needs of others.

    Be sure to visit "Ramblings of an entrepreneur" to read additional articles.



    Susan Miller is a Serial Entrepreneur that uses her experience and skills to help others launch and take their business to the next level thorough the resources she developed. 


    STEER business coaching and consulting.
    Schedule your complimentary discovery call today !



    Get your free business coaching with a WSBA membership today!

  • Wednesday, March 11, 2015 8:33 AM | Anonymous

    Using the blog gadget, you can add a blog to your Wild Apricot site to provide timely updates and information to your membership.

    By using Recent blog posts, you can display a list of the most recent blog posts, with links to the full posts. The list will include the date of each post and the name of the poster – with the name linking to their profile if available.

    For instructions on inserting, moving, and deleting gadgets, see Gadgets.

  • Wednesday, March 11, 2015 7:36 AM | Anonymous

    You can create as many different blogs as you wish. You can limit access to a blog by placing it on a restricted page. If you make the page public, you can still use the blog gadget settings to control functionality for visitors and members.

    You can read more about setting up blogs on our Blog help page.

    If you are looking on more information on how to use a blog, you can find it here.

  • Wednesday, March 11, 2015 6:37 AM | Anonymous

    This is another sample blog entry. Depending on your readers' access permissions, they can comment on your posts, and reply to comments.

    You can learn more about setting up blog pages on our Blog help page.

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