We love you, Frank Blau!

My favorite place?  Seminarland!  I just returned from the Pumper & Cleaner Profit Series with Jeff Bruss in Orlando, Florida.  What a lovely group of contractors.  We laughed, we cried…and expanded business and personal success.  (Thanks, Jeff!  You are a super marketer and businessman, and put on a first class event.)

I love to hang out with folks after my […]

5 Tips for Getting Your Business Questions Answered

I opened this e-mail the other day,

“Hi Ellen!  Quick question.  I want to sell my business.  How much is it worth?”

A great question.  However, not a quick answer!  :)  And not one I could answer in an email.  My challenge is to start a meaningful conversation with someone who may need my help.  I aim to […]

How Much Business Help is Right for You?

Every day, I get lots of email invitations from all kinds of business experts.  They promise inspiration and ways to help me make more money.  Do you get them, too?  Some of the invitations in your inbox are probably from me!  I believe in offering help when I can, and accepting help when I need […]

Tips for Finding a Bossy Mentor

Note: I am blogging on behalf of Visa Business and received compensation for my time from Visa for sharing my views in this post, but the views expressed here are solely mine, not Visa’s. Visit http://facebook.com/visasmallbiz to take a look at the reinvented Facebook Page: Well Sourced by Visa Business. The Page serves as a space where small business owners can access educational resources, read success stories from other business owners, engage with peers, and find tips to help businesses run more efficiently. Every month, the Page will introduce a new theme that will focus on a topic important to a small business owner’s success. For additional tips and advice, and information about Visa’s small business solutions, follow @VisaSmallBiz and visit http://visa.com/business.
Recently the word “bossy” has come under fire (see www.banbossy.com). Is “boss” the better word? I’m not buying it. The campaign is well intentioned. The more important issue is that, if we are going to succeed in life and in business, we need to help each other out. We need mentors. I encourage you to find bossy ones.

As the Plumber’s Wife, I got sucked into the family business. I was in charge of the office, and my husband, Hotrod – The Plumber – turned the wrenches. It was miserable. We didn’t make any money. I started to network, to find others who were interested in building their businesses and increasing sales and profits. I felt a little lost, as I was one of very few women at the local association meetings. […]

Business Makeover Tip #2: Be Brave

I met a fellow named David recently.  He is working on an exciting business project.  There are a lot of unknowns with this project, and a significant financial investment.  As we were discussing the long list of things to do, I asked David, “The scope and risk of this business venture don’t seem to worry you.  How come?”

David replied, “A few years ago, I was working on a construction project.  We were laying out pipe for the plumbing system.  A couple of days later, most of the crew got really sick, me included.  We found out that the construction site was contaminated  […]