7 Steps to Setting Difficult Boundaries

If you’re reading this, most likely you’ve found yourself at one time or another feeling like a friend, family member, client, or student has stepped on your toes. Maybe a client is chronically late…
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A Year in Review: 7 Lessons Learned as a New Entrepreneur

Being able to accept failure and learn from setbacks allows you to grow. If you are not growing in your business, you are standing still. And if you are not failing now and then, you probably are not…
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Congratulations Beth Peterson!

We’re starting a new thing this year! We love our Fons Family members so much, we want the world to know it! So starting this month and each month in 2018 we’re drawing a name from among our top Fons…
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How Do I Keep My Bookkeeping Straight?

There is a dark cloud that hangs over the heads of small business owners that takes form in boxes of receipts, lengthy email chains, invoices unpaid, and unreturned emails from tax professionals. The…
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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 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 Get Started Teaching In A New City

A brand new city with new people and opportunities to explore is an invigorating experience for most people. However, a move will also mean you have to relocate your studio as well. The thought of…
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How to Gracefully Turn Away a Mismatched Client

Turning money away at the door doesn’t seem like great business advice, BUT IT IS! Growing pains within a client relationship are natural, but when that client starts to groan with those pains, it’s…
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Side-Hustling the Southern ‘60s

My dad is a serial entrepreneur. I grew up watching him start & operate many businesses. We had a swimming pool, so naturally, he started a pool business. He owned a software company when computers…
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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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The Five Levels of Freelancers

This is the tagline for Seth Godin’s online freelancer course. Godin is a bestselling author, entrepreneur, and thought leader on the post-industrial economy. His teaching has transformed my career…
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The Secret To Building The Right Team For Your Business

I am in awe of single-person-run businesses. Sara Blakely, the entrepreneur and former-CEO of Spanx, comes immediately to mind. Have you listened to the first episode of “How I Built This”? It is…
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What Does it Really Mean To “Make a Living”?

I have been teaching private guitar for around 12 years now. But I have only been teaching private guitar as my full time job for just over six months, at the time of writing this. After focusing my…
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