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What to do when your entrepreneurial tank is just completely goddamn empty

What to do when your entrepreneurial tank is just completely goddamn empty

As small business owners, we understand the ups and downs. We get that there will be high highs and loooooow lows. There will be days when everything feels like ohmygodTHISiswhyIchosethislife! and there will be more than a few days when it’s more like DearGodPleaseLetMyDreamJobJustBeWaitingForMeOnCraigslist. But what do you do when the lows aren’t black and… more>>

The soul of sacrifice

The soul of sacrifice

Your business needs your soul. Like a partner. Like a child. Like the very breath from your chest needs the air it breathes. Honest soul is not simple though. It’s not inspirational memes or platitudes. Or one-line idioms. It’s sacrifice. It’s the simple question[s] of: What are you willing to give [and give up] of… more>>

If I waited until I felt like it, I wouldn’t have a business

If I waited until I felt like it, I wouldn’t have a business

I am TERRIBLE at accounting. Seriously, like awful at it. I learned this in my first semester of business school. I was taking basic accounting and the homework sent me spiraling into crocodile tears and teeth-clenched monosyllabic man-grunts. It was awful. I had never hit a wall like that before. I was always the kid… more>>

Your Business is a Love Story. Tell it well.

Your Business is a Love Story. Tell it well.

Today’s post is the very first offering from our very own Chief Story Maker, Miki DeVivo. Miki will be publishing here on the Makeness blog on the semi-regular from this point forward on all manner of topics relating the emotive stories of expressing your work in the world. Let’s give Miki our undivided attention… *********************************************************… more>>

FTW Wednesday: Marion Van Namen sings her heart out all the way to the bank

FTW Wednesday: Marion Van Namen sings her heart out all the way to the bank

This week’s for FTW [For The Win] Wednesday is a little different. I’m not featuring someone from the online business world, and am instead spotlighting a small local, brick and mortar business. It’s my belief that the lessons of business are true, no matter where or how you do what you do. And this week’s… more>>

The post in which Jen tells you that sometimes, Good Enough is in fact, Good Enough

The post in which Jen tells you that sometimes, Good Enough is in fact, Good Enough

Today’s post is a super-special response from devoted reader, [and wicked-smarty-pants] Jen Vertanen, to the post I wrote last week posing the question: What if ‘good enough’ is just not Good Enough? Jen emailed me after it went live, expressing that the post felt like it was missing some perspective. So, I asked her to… more>>

Winning Wednesday: Marie Poulin schools us on building a community that will pay top dollar for your work

Winning Wednesday: Marie Poulin schools us on building a community that will pay top dollar for your work

Welcome to the inaugural post of a brand new feature called “Winning Wednesdays”. Each week, we will be featuring an interview with a new entrepreneur from the greater Makeness community [so that means our clients, our readers, our colleagues, and members of the Makeness Insider community] who are doing one thing in their business really,… more>>

The post in which I break you open and poke at your tender bits with the business-end of a pointy stick

The post in which I break you open and poke at your tender bits with the business-end of a pointy stick

Settle in. Take a deep breath. This will only hurt for a second. Ready? Good. I am calling bullshit on half-assery. On half-way-ness. On excuses made to cover a lack of care and effort. Because half-way is useless. And prevalent. And toxic. And I’m done with it. There is no half-way. Doing something is not always better than doing… more>>

God is in the details

God is in the details

I have never written about God before. Quite honestly, belief and religion are so far removed from my daily life that I struggled with how to spell the very word religion just now. But this post is not about religion [ion/ eon??!]. It’s about reverence. It’s about prayer. It’s about passion. It’s about the center… more>>

A love letter to the broke and hopeless who feel like they can’t afford the business they are made for

A love letter to the broke and hopeless who feel like they can’t afford the business they are made for

“You have to have money to make money.” A truer statement about the free market has never been uttered. Money breeds money. Dolla dolla bills seem to just hump like bunnies when they are all in a pile together, and the pile seems to just grow and grow. In business, we call this puppy-pile of… more>>

Reactive vs. Proactive business: Which one are you?

Reactive vs. Proactive business: Which one are you?

Things Reactive business owners say: “I have no idea what I want to do.” “All my clients are crazy and I’m tired all the time.” “I’m always overwhelmed.” “_______________ is doing it so much better than me.” “I don’t know why my thing didn’t sell.” “Everyone else makes it look so easy. What’s wrong with… more>>

The coolest thing that has ever happened to my business just happened

The coolest thing that has ever happened to my business just happened

About six months ago, a reader of mine got in touch with me about a website. She had aspirations of becoming a professional speaker and needed a brand to support that. After chatting for about a half hour, the casually mentions that she was a participant in an internship program with Seth Godin and that… more>>

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