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4 Steps To Helping Your Business Grow

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Design for Delight

Yesterday at our office was a great day. I was reminded once again just how much your team can help, and how much they want to help, if you involve them in the process.

Last month at the initial QuickBooks Connect Global Conference we were introduced to a new way of problem solving, Intuit call it “Design for Delight” and it is a very effective way of getting everyone on your team involved in helping to move your business forward.

The goal for our brainstorming session was to identify some of the common pain points our clients share and then to identify ways we can help to solve them. And, we all know if you can help to solve your client’s problems, success in your own business will be a natural end result. Read More

Personal Growth Starts With You

What Is Your Key To Personal Growth?

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Are you a life long student of personal growth?

I am, but I am far from being a perfect student. I try to eat healthy, get enough sleep, exercise, read positive books and articles and listen to motivational audio recordings. But, I do have a family with teenagers and grandkids, speaking engagements, a consulting business and two full time businesses for which I am responsible. So, as hard as I may try, I am not a perfect student because sometimes life just gets in the way.

Recently, I was thinking back and trying to remember, from the books I have read, seminars I have attended and audio recordings listened to, what one statement had the most profound impact on me in terms of motivating me to continue on my own journey of personal development? Read More

Tools for Finding Content

5 Useful Tools For Finding Your Content

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Content, content everywhere…..but where the heck do I find ideas for me?

Disclaimer. I am about to make a huge understatement. Content is important to your online marketing. Smiley Face I wasn’t kidding was I?

Today, how well you and your business do online is almost definitely dependent upon how well you find, curate and create content that is of value to your target audience. Period.

So, in this post I thought I would share some of the tools that are available to help you find that all important content. Read More

Steve Loates - Entrepreneur

What Is An Entrepreneur?

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Welcome to the first, of what I hope will be many, entertaining and informative blog posts for www.steveloates.com.

Although it may be obvious from the URL – my name is Steve Loates 🙂 And I am an Entrepreneur.

So, what is an entrepreneur? According to Google an entrepreneur is “a person who organizes and operates a business or businesses, taking on greater than normal financial risks in order to do so.” That’a not a bad general definition, but I don’t think it catches the true essence. I much prefer this one. Read More