Saturday dawns. The temperature outside is hovering around 20 degrees, and I hear the wind rattling the window panes in our old Victorian as I head downstairs to put the coffee on. My first cup in hand, I settle into the couch in front of the big wood stove that’s been beaming heat into the living room all night. A novel I’ve been meaning to finish reading sits waiting for me, as do a few precious hours of quiet time. Now, if I could only find my glasses?
When entrepreneurial women get together to share their stories of business ownership, you can almost guarantee the room will be a-buzz with positive energy. And that’s exactly what happened when I had the privilege of joining two fellow business owners behind the podium at a recent Chamber Collaborative of Greater Portsmouth breakfast event.
It’s human nature to seek out comfortable grooves and settle into them. Routines, schedules, relationships, habits (even unhealthy ones) tend to stick to us and can be difficult to alter. Most people resist upsetting the delicate balance of things, especially if there’s nothing wrong with the status quo.
Suffice it to say, change can be frightening.
There are five universal truths to establishing and holding onto successful business partnerships:
What does it mean to be fearless? This question can be answered in so many different ways. After all, fears come in all shapes and sizes. What’s scary to one person is no big deal to another. Being fearless doesn’t necessarily mean you are never afraid. I would argue that fearlessness simply implies a willingness to face one’s challenges head-on.
It’s that time of year again!
Cards, gifts, late nights, cocktails, a few too many sweets, and, here in New England, add the requisite snowfall. At Richardson Media Group, we’ve willingly embraced all that the season brings, but the reality is that the holidays can put extra stress on small businesses like ours.
Anne Richardson, the founder of Richardson Media Group, was recently profiled by BostonVoyager, an online magazine that celebrates small businesses, independent artists and local institutions. The in-depth interview covers Anne's career in media planning and buying and takes a look at where the industry is headed in the next few years. The interview, which originally appeared on BostonVoyager, is reproduced below.
I am a planner. I love task lists, spreadsheets, schedules and budgets. Creating a strong plan is like putting together a giant jigsaw puzzle, and it is every bit as satisfying. As each piece snaps into place, the outcome becomes clearer and more obtainable.
That’s the theory, anyway.
At a certain point, every business owner will see his or her share of trouble. Trouble, like a color-morphing chameleon, takes many forms: a severed relationship, a project misstep, or a new business loss, among other things. Some of these challenges have the potential for wholesale destruction, putting the entire business at risk. Other situations will be less devastating. Looking back, Perhaps it is the way we choose to handle these difficult situations that gives us control over them.
It’s 6am on a typical weekday morning. I’m downstairs in the kitchen savoring my first cup of coffee while catching the headlines on television. It’s been a few weeks since Hurricane Irma decimated Florida along with many islands in the Caribbean. Puerto Rico has been hit with a Category 5 storm and the island is struggling to recover with limited food, water, fuel and power. A terrible earthquake hit Mexico City and sports has collided with politics over players' decisions to "take a knee" during the national anthem. So many grim reports. I sip my caffeine while the news runs in the background and I contemplate a busy day ahead.