A Year In Review: The Best Advice For Small Business Owners To Take Forward

OK, this is a tough post to write. Working as the editor on Fons Amplify this year has been a huge privilege. I’ve worked with some fantastic business owners who write kick-ass copy. Choosing my…
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How I Minimized My “Admin Hours” To Almost Nothing

Are you spending an exorbitant amount of time working on things to keep your business going, without ever actually touching on your favorite parts of WHY you started your business in the first place…
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How Mindfulness Can Inspire Your Business

Running a business is hard. You need so much more than a college or university degree, a heap of industry experience, or being a marketing whizz to survive and thrive. You need resiliency…
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How to Balance Daily Profits and High Quality Projects

Are you trying to find a balance between paying the bills and following your dreams? Are you spending too much time managing small details, and not enough time working on bigger picture projects? As…
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How To Balance Your Business Time AND Keep Learning

As an entrepreneur, you may feel overwhelmed and overstretched when it comes to running your business. The demands of work and home life can mean you take less (or no) time off and end up working…
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How to Completely Change Your Business Over The Next Year

As the year comes to a close, you may start to plan your New Year’s resolutions. This year, you may just be able to stick to them. While commitment to goals is easier said than done, it’s smart for…
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How to Encourage Your Students And Clients, Without Giving Up Your Social Life

There are serious life lessons held within the weekly meetings I schedule for both my entrepreneurial clients and music students. I know this: if I’m doing it right, that weekly meeting alone can be…
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How To Get Paid For Every Minute

I’m a productivity junkie. I really get a kick out of knowing that I’m not wasting time. I do this almost to a fault: making a list of errands in order of geographical convenience and logic is…
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How to Properly Manage Stress During Your Most Chaotic Work Days

Stress is a part of your life, whether you like it or not. If you aren’t careful about how you manage it, stress can cause serious health issues down the road. That’s why it’s important to identify…
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How to Stop Putting Out Fires: Time Blocking 101

So there you are: It’s the end of your week, the end of your day and for the life of you, you canNOT remember what you actually accomplished and worse IF you actually accomplished anything at all…
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How To Use Your Clients’ Best Tool: A Plain Old Notebook

Every business owner has a preferred way of helping their clients stay organized and keep track of notes and assignments. Mine is a plain old 8.5 x 11 inch spiral bound notebook. As a music teacher…
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Procrastination: Tips to Obliterate it!

by Beth Peterson. Writing about procrastination is kind of tough because there’s not a one-size-fits-all solution. We try to not procrastinate, we fail, we feel guilty and then we go eat chocolate…
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Seven Tips To Maximize Your Teaching Time

By Doug Hanvey. In our crazy world, it’s more important than ever for private teachers to maximize the time they spend teaching (and not marketing or bookkeeping). You know, the time you spend on the…
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Sink or Swim: Here’s How You’ll Know When It’s Time To Jump Into Self-Employment

Working for a studio, company or school in a job you mostly love is mostly good, right? I mean, if you enjoy the arena you’re in, you’re pretty good at what you do, and you get paid almost enough to…
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You are Valuable! Learning to Value Your Time and Work

How much is your time worth? Do you charge enough for your services? How much is “enough”, and how do you decide? It’s important to think about everything — tangible and intangible — that goes into…
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