ShawnHessinger commented on the following stories on BizSugar
Hi Shannon, Thanks for sharing Matt's post and I think most BizSugar contributors would agree that when a client facing mistake occurs -- for example one involving money -- transparency is the ONLY option. But I wonder if some entrepreneurs shoot themselves in the foot by pointing out mistakes to their customers and clients that no one would notice. For example, drawing attention to a video or blog post they are second guessing or agonizing in front of clients about something they forgot to mention in remarks delivered at a conference. In other words, there's a difference between mistakes that will cost a client and tarnish your reputation and efforts that no one has complained about but don't live up to your own expectations. And it's important to understand that difference. "
Hi David, As your team gets the hang of using digital tools -- especially in the cloud -- it becomes easier and easier to shed the habit of using paper in the office. That's been our experience at Small Business Trends, anyway. Going digital is not so hard. In fact, once you start using these tools, your team will never want to go back. "
Hi Ivan, As a small business owner and a journalist who has covered MORE than my share of business events, I can tell you it's HUGELY important to set up as many interviews ahead of time as possible. Don't assume you'll be able to set things up when you reach an event. Things will move fast. Certainly some of your meetings will fall through and you may find yourself unexpectedly face to face with that all important lead in the elevator. But leaving everything up to chance is a bad idea. And planning ahead increases your odds of success."
I guess I have the same question as Heather. And then I guess, on top of that my other question might be, how do tax returns compare to other factors -- amount being borrowed, collateral etc. How does it factor into the equation as far as importance?"
Hi Sian, The reason becoming an expert contributor has fallen out of fashion -- with Google et al -- is that it has been so terribly misused. So-called contributors are often simply out for themselves and not trying to add any value to the sites they shamelessly ask to promote them. Many have no business approaching website owners and asking them to publish their self-serving content. They are opportunists, not collaborators. Fortunately, for those interested in actually creating great content and working with other site owners instead of simply exploiting them, it will make you stand out and be asked back to help again and again. "
Hi Joel, Maybe a better question might be IS there a perfect franchise for you? I definitely don't believe anyone should jump into a business without a really good feeling that there is a chance for success. I guess, what I'm wondering is whether when we look for the perfect business we're setting ourselves up for disappointment. With any business, as with any job, there will be pros and cons -- things that you love about it and then things that aren't so great, but that you're willing to deal with. So my question is how to tell the difference between those things in a franchise or other business opportunity that aren't quite perfect and those things that really are deal breakers. "