Tag Archives: mentor

Why “I want a mentor” is the wrong question to build your business

Why "I want a mentor" is the wrong question to build your business

I overheard someone asking “Would you be my mentor?”  It’s such a tough question!! You are trying to grow your business and need help. But you know that your chances of getting “yes” are pretty slim. So how do you do it well? I participated in a small business mentoring roundtable this year.  Attendees asked […]

Black Panther – Why this movie could make you a BETTER entrepreneur

If you haven’t heard the buzz about Black Panther, you might be on a serious social media/news fast!  The movie is breaking all types of records and has generated a solid cult following.   As an small biz coach who wants to see more small businesses succeed by connecting the dots, I couldn’t resist.  There […]

Do you really need a business phone if you are 1 person service business?

Short answer:  You look professional and it’s a tax write off.  But you might want to dig deeper. How does this decision affect your business model, your brand, and your leadership style? I know you are probably thinking: “Malla, I’m just getting a phone.  It’s not that deep”. Yeaahhhhh.  It is.  Adding an additional expense […]

Let’s solve your Oct-Dec ’14 biz problems

Y’all I’m going renegade here. Send me your “stuff” and I’ll help you solve your business problems. Yup. Send me your 2014 business goals and the top problems you are dealing with. What amazing goodness do you get ?? I’ll help you put together the plan. The plan that will transform your business from a […]

Why every entrepreneur needs an inner coach

So after having access to all of the cash your business will ever need (I know, right?! lol) and the next hottest product that makes the next Apple release look like yesterday’s Cabbage Patch Kids, you need  the power of an inner coach. An inner coach?   It’s the internal voice that reminds you WHY […]

Are you REALLY ready to start a business?

One of the biggest mistakes I see entrepreneurs make during their startup….. Not assessing the skills they need to run a business. Yes, you need to figure if you’ll incorporate or not. Your office location is sorta important. And you’ll definitely need startup funds. (But has anyone heard of bootstrapping til you make it?) But […]

Start your business where your talents are

Is there something that you love to do?  A talent you have?  Something that you know you are good at? I remember the first time that I “found” one of my talents.  I had to teach a group of rowdy 6th graders in an afterschool program when the main instructor failed to show up.  I […]

Roasting turkeys and Business Planning

It’s only a few days before one of my favorite holidays.  I am dreaming of the sweet potato pies, the mac and cheese, the collard greens, the stuffing, the candied yams… But things are a hot mess right now with my schedule.  I’m working on figuring out who is cooking and what time are we […]

Are you listening to your business mentor?

I have found 10x more value from mentors who tell me what I don’t to hear rather than cheering for me when I do well. I love hearing applause as much as the next person.  But  where do I get the best results?  Listening to the advice  “I don’t want to hear”.    I’ll share a problem […]