You don’t need every customer.
You don’t have to go after every single opportunity.
You don’t need to be bound by traditional metrics of success.
You can choose to be big enough.
On the autumn day in 1974 when my daughter set off for kindergarten, I set up a card table in my family room and started kindergarten, too. After becoming bored with three different jobs, I decided to take things into my own hands and start a business.
What I knew about running a business could have fit in a thimble. The existing information was not helpful at all since it assumed I had visions of a big operation with employees and pension plans. I just wanted to create something that would make let me experiment, try out ideas, figure it out as I went.
Quite simply, I wanted to continue making my business better, not bigger.
I set two goals for myself.
1 I decided I never wanted to have two years that were exactly the same.
2 I decided to treat my business as a laboratory where I was willing to experiment knowing that I’d have failures alongside successes.
(Note: this second goal really knocked out my fear of failure.)
For the first time, I’ve gathered my best
business building tools and am ready to share them in
Small, Sassy & Successful.
Think of this as a mini-retreat for expanding your curiosity, creativity, clarity, community and confidence.
Many people assume that running a business is all about bookkeeping, marketing and taking inventory. While these tasks are part of most businesses, they may very well be the least of what it takes to create a successful enterprise.
You’ll learn specific strategies for creating:
- the essential building blocks of an inspired business
- techniques for using your imagination more and your pocketbook less
- ways to make your business more fun and more profitable
- easy ways to become a client magnet
- the opportunity to connect with other inspired entrepreneurs
At its best, starting a business is about creating a vehicle to share your gifts with the world.
Whether it’s a one-person operation or a huge corporation, extraordinary businesses don’t just happen. They’re consciously created by people who understand that a satisfying business is one that honors ideas, information and inspiration. An inspired business enriches the lives of everyone who works in it and everyone who does business with it.
Although most businesses are born in a state of inspiration, the tricky part is to keep that enthusiasm and spirit going when business is booming—and when it’s not. Achieving such a business is what Small, Sassy & Successful is all about.
Starting with the premise that inspiration isn’t only for artists or mystics,
I’ll show you how inspired entrepreneurs create inspired businesses.
We’ll start off on Friday evening with an exploration of the superpower we all possess, but may have allowed to get rusty. This tool can turn an enterprise from gloomy to glorious. Best of all, the only investment it requires is a willingness to put it to work.
After a good night’s sleep, we’ll gather on Saturday morning and spend the day focused on the ways to keep making your business better. You’ll learn how to solve problems like Sherlock Holmes, how to uncover opportunities hiding in plain sight.
I’ll also show you a surefire way to diagnosis the problem if you get stuck so you can fix it quickly and be moving forward again.
You’ll also have opportunities to connect with your fellow explorers and share ideas. Feel free to come with questions and be prepared to leave with answers.
The best in business have
boundless curiosity and open minds.
- Robin S. Sharma
Since I’m big on smallness, enrollment is limited so everyone in attendance can have the fullest possible experience.
As of this writing, upcoming events are scheduled for Ajijic, Mexico, Houston, TX and Nashville, TN with other locations to be announced soon.
Is this for you?
Don’t think of yourself as sassy? That’s okay. What about unique? Determined? Confident?
- You know there’s more to learn, but don’t have time to do extensive research right now.
- You’ve got some profit centers up and running and it’s time to find another good idea.
- You still catch yourself stuck in employee thinking.
- You’re ready to regroup, restart, refocus.
- You’re willing to invest a little time to learn a lot
You can’t Google this experience.
Put yourself in the room where it’s happening, where ideas are zooming around,
where you’ll meet some kindred spirits and get practical power tools for building a better business.
Small, Sassy & Successful takes place on Friday evening 6:30-9:30
and all day Saturday 9:00-4:00 in the following places.
June 1 & 2
September 14 & 15
Early bird tuition is $199 (regular tuition is $249).
Space is limited so enroll as soon as possible.
Bonus: All participants will receive a one-year subscription to Winning Ways
newsletter to keep the ideas, information and inspiration coming.
Barbara Winter here.
There are two places that are natural habitats for me. One is my business, of course. Whether I’m writing my column for Incomes Abroad, putting together Winning Ways newsletter, consulting with an entrepreneur on Skype, interrogating entrepreneurs that I encounter out in the world, doing research or auditioning a new profit center, I love the diverse creative adventure.
Meeting rooms filled with other creative explorers is my other favorite habitat. Even though I’ve had the pleasure of spending time learning in places like Sedona, Arizona and the Lake District in England, Glasgow, Scotland and cities around the US and Canada, the locale isn’t nearly as exciting as watching seeds get planted, new ideas unfold and problems get solved. That’s precisely what will be happening when we gather for Small, Sassy & Successful.