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    Recommended as a Top Small Business Blog for 2016 


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    TOPsmbizSometimes your email brings you wonderful things. Today, I was notified that our blog was included in “Top Small Business Blogs To Follow in 2016” – a list created by Personal Income.

    If you look, you’ll see that we have some great company – Duct Tape Marketing and Brian Solis, to name two. Wow.

    I think I’d better start writing some future posts 🙂

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  • feedwordpress 16:27:22 on 2016/07/27 Permalink
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    In Praise of “Pearl Jobs” or the Value of Extreme Irritation 


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    out of the fireOften the work experiences that are the most frustrating and irritating yield the most value over the long term.

    While you’re in the thick of it, you may not be able to think about anything except your extreme aggravation, but I would like to suggest that you adopt a different perspective.

    My second job was a pearl job. I was the assistant to the managing partner of a technical analysis software boutique. We originally had a DOS-based product, and later one of the first Windows-based charting software products for traders, hedge funds, and money managers.

    This was bleeding-edge technology at the time, believe it or not. (And yes, I am that old.)

    This job stretched me in ways I couldn’t possibly imagine. I went from not being able to type at all (I paid a friend to type my college papers) and having never interacted with a PC to installing software, troubleshooting problems on the phone and at client sites, preparing for annual audits – and SO much more.

    My boss was a brilliant and occasionally difficult man. His business partner once looked at me and said, “You seem to do well with his hypoglycemic manic-depressive fits.”

    And I did. Mostly, we worked extremely well together.

    Almost 20 years later, I did a radio interview with him and he said he couldn’t have done it without me. He and his partner sold the tech startup to Reuters and made a tidy profit.

    This job was pivotal for me. I realized that I could do or learn anything. When my boss lost both of his parents within two weeks, I ran the day-to-day operations of the company for almost a month.

    I received inestimable value from this difficult job: An unshakable confidence in my abilities that has served me well for 25 years. Also, the understanding of what it takes to build something to sell, and the hands-on aspect of growing a startup.

    Last night, my mother was telling me a story about a young woman who is working on an amazing project to build a gorgeous mosaic wall in the middle of rural Mexico, depicting the history of the area. It is a labor of love that will make generations proud.

    In the middle of cat-herding volunteers and working within tight budgets, she is not seeing the value that this pearl job will have on every aspect of her life going forward. She will:

    • Have the experience of living in a foreign country as a local.
    • Build deep friendships that she will treasure for a lifetime.
    • Speak much better Spanish.
    • Know how to cook and appreciate some wonderful delicacies.
    • Understand how to motivate volunteers.
    • Be able to point to an amazing artistic accomplishment that she helped create.
    • Realize the true meaning of “It takes a village.”
    • Gain confidence that she can be successful in any situation.

    But, I am also sympathetic. In the middle of a pearl job, it’s not fun. You’re so deep in the mess that you can’t imagine what it will be like to look back on it one year, five years, or ten years out.

    Please remember: Pearls only develop as a result of the irritation of sand in the tenderest oyster flesh. It can be uncomfortable to create a treasure. 

    What do you think? Have you ever had a pearl job? How do you feel about it now? Was it worth it?

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  • feedwordpress 21:05:57 on 2016/07/05 Permalink
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    From CarolRoth.com – Good Boundaries Make Good Clients 


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    boundariesSometimes I really love having Carol Roth’s blog (and bigger platform) to publish a good old-fashioned rant.

    Normally, I am a very patient person. It takes a lot of effort to push my buttons – but once you do, that’s it.

    If you’re a consultant or coach, you need to read this post. You can check out Good Boundaries Make Good Clients here.

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  • feedwordpress 21:10:37 on 2016/06/21 Permalink
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    From CarolRoth.com – Clement Lim on Branding for Small Business 


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    ThunderbirdI was wowed by a post I read by Clement Lim on how to develop a compelling brand. I asked him to go deeper on what small businesses could – and should – do in this interview.

    Check out How to Build a Compelling Brand for Your Small Business here.

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  • feedwordpress 20:39:52 on 2016/05/11 Permalink
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    New eBook with Microsoft and Carol Roth 


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    80WaysEBookI am incredibly excited to share my latest project with Microsoft and Carol Roth, “80 Easy Ways to Supercharge Your Small Business Growth.

    Working with a global brand who is committed to the small business space through Microsoft Community Connections was a real honor.

    There are some great tips in here! We curated the best ideas from small business experts and support organizations across the country. (You can download it for free.)

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  • feedwordpress 13:24:17 on 2016/04/27 Permalink
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    SCORE and Sam’s Club Spring Training 2016 


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    SCORE and Sam's ClubIt was so fun to be part of the sales strategies for small business panel at the SCORE and Sam’s Club Spring Training event on April 26. I was thrilled to be able to address the issues of solo service professionals.

    About 250-300 attendees joined us at the conference center in Tinley Park. My colleague, Carol Roth, was the emcee and rocked the stage in a truly fabulous spring dress.

    Carol Roth at SCORE Spring Training

    The moderator of the sales strategies panel was my friend Mark E. Goodman of e-Conversation Solutions, who was able to talk to small and mid-sized businesses of various types.

    My fellow panelist was a concrete manufacturer who talked about owning trucks and pricing out concrete driveways. Surprisingly, he and I were completely in sync about sales and customer service best practices. We complemented each other perfectly.

    You’ll be proud to know that I avoided an obvious comment about cement shoes (which probably would have been well received in the Chicago area) as I was on my best behavior.

    It was a great time and the audience was very engaged, asking a lot of good questions.

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  • feedwordpress 13:24:17 on 2016/04/27 Permalink
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    SCORE and Sam’s Club Spring Training 2016 


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    SCORE and Sam's ClubIt was so fun to be part of the sales strategies for small business panel at the SCORE and Sam’s Club Spring Training event on April 26. I was thrilled to be able to address the issues of solo service professionals.

    About 250-300 attendees joined us at the conference center in Tinley Park. My colleague, Carol Roth, was the emcee and rocked the stage in a truly fabulous spring dress.

    Carol Roth at SCORE Spring Training

    The moderator of the sales strategies panel was my friend Mark E. Goodman of e-Conversation Solutions, who was able to talk to small and mid-sized businesses of various types.

    My fellow panelist was a concrete manufacturer who talked about owning trucks and pricing out concrete driveways. Surprisingly, he and I were completely in sync about sales and customer service best practices. We complemented each other perfectly.

    You’ll be proud to know that I avoided an obvious comment about cement shoes (which probably would have been well received in the Chicago area) as I was on my best behavior.

    It was a great time and the audience was very engaged, asking a lot of good questions.

    The post SCORE and Sam’s Club Spring Training 2016 appeared first on Point A to Point B Transitions.

     
  • feedwordpress 20:38:40 on 2016/02/03 Permalink
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    From Entrepreneur to Employee: Interviewed for Entrepreneur.com 


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    Catherine Morgan speakingCarol Roth interviewed me for Entrepreneur Magazine’s blog about how to transition from entrepreneur to employee. I have had a lot of success getting professionals back to corporate after being business owners. I’m getting great feedback on this article!

    You can check out “How to Transition Back to Employee After Being an Entrepreneur” here.

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  • feedwordpress 20:20:12 on 2016/01/29 Permalink
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    From CarolRoth.com – Does Your Pricing Reflect Your True Value 


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    Boosting Bottom LineMy recent post on Carol Roth’s blog, Business Unplugged, is on a subject near and dear to the hearts of most service providers – and something most of us struggle with – pricing. The question you want to ask yourself is, “How can I structure my pricing so that it accurately reflects the value I bring to my customers?” I begin:

    Bob Burg is a friend of Carol’s and mine. (He is the nicest guy you will ever meet.) There is a video of his that really hit home for me because I, like most service providers, struggle with pricing.

    When you start out, and especially if you have worked for a consulting firm previously, it’s tempting to price your services by the hour. For some types of projects or services, that makes sense. For something that can be completed in a single session, or a single session with a quick follow-up, it’s fine to price that way. My career envisioning and interview question coaching sessions are priced like that – and it works well.

    It’s no secret that I’ve struggled with how to price my career transition coaching. I was getting paid OK for my time – but it was not proportional to the value that I brought to my clients. They got a great new job and I got…well, not enough.”

    You can read the rest of the post here.

     

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  • feedwordpress 14:24:40 on 2015/11/25 Permalink
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    “Catherine Morgan” Named a Top 100 Champion Small Business Influencer 


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    "Catherine Morgan" Named A Top 100 Champion

    “Catherine Morgan” Named A Top 100 Champion

    I am SO excited to report that I was included in the list of Top 100 Small Business Influencers. It truly is an honor being on the same list with highly respected companies and small business experts. Woot!

    Can you hear me belting out, “We are the champions, my friends. And we’ll keep on fighting ’til the end…”? (Freddie Mercury did it better.)

    Here’s some information about the award:

    “The Awards, now in their fifth year and produced by Small Business Trends and Small Biz Technology, honor the companies, organizations, vendors, apps and people who have made a significant impact on the North American small business market.”

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