15 Hours a Week + 10% Entrepreneur = A Sigh of Relief

Dan MillerFinding Passion, No More Mondays1 Comment

This is a guest post by Rachel Eubanks. She is a beginner, a struggler, a wannabe, a hard worker, but most of all a truth teller. She writes about the beauty and the ugliness of starting your own business as she experiences it each week. With a teaching background, she has no formal training in business so she surrounds herself with wise people and listens to podcasts such as ours. You can read her journal and posts at inspiretoengage.com and also follow her on Instagram. Have you ever been holding your breath and didn’t know it until you exhaled loudly? … Read More

Are entrepreneurs born or developed?

Dan MillerEntrepreneur15 Comments

Recently on  my podcast, listener Paul Vandermill asked, “Can becoming an entrepreneur be a progression rather than a predisposition?”  Really, are entrepreneurs born, or do those traits develop over time? I love that question.  Is a person just born an entrepreneur or can anyone learn to be successful on their own?  There is no “right” or “wrong” about being an entrepreneur.  But you need to ask yourself if it is a fit for you.  Here’s an overview. DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO BE AN ENTREPRENEUR? Do you have what it takes to do something on your own – … Read More

Can my wife and I really make money doing this?

Dan MillerBusiness Start-Up, Financial Freedom, No More Mondays, Wisdom meets Passion0 Comments

Joe from Pittsburg writes:  “My wife and I were married a year ago and we’re now expecting our first child! She would like to stay at home when the baby comes, but she’d like to do some part time work. We had a blast creating creative touches for our wedding and were wondering if there was a way to start a business from that. We created a logo using our initials in the shape of a heart. From there we made a custom cookie cutter, candy molds, labels for water bottles, stationery, aisle markers, etc.  Do you think is a viable … Read More

I only do business with people who love their work

Dan MillerBusiness Start-Up, Wisdom meets Passion6 Comments

I hope it’s clear that I’m doing work I love.  Obviously, I would never settle for less.  But you know what else I won’t settle for?  Doing business with someone who doesn’t like their work.  Do you think I want a mechanic working on my prized cars who hates what he’s doing?  Do you think I’d go to a dentist who despised her profession? (And yes, there are too many in this category.) No, I’ll go to extra lengths to make sure I’m doing business with people who have found their passion.  We’ve had the same guys doing our yard … Read More

Maybe you just need to work on that little idea

Dan MillerEntrepreneur, Inventions7 Comments

George Washington Carver was a devoutly spiritual man who looked to God for new innovation and insight.  During a boll weevil plague that consumed the farmer’s cotton crops, Mr. Carver encouraged the farmers to grow peanuts because the boll weevils don’t eat peanuts.  The resulting bumper crop of peanuts presented a new challenge.  There was an abundance of peanuts with very little known use except as livestock feed. Mr. Carver was severely criticized for preaching “the peanut gospel.”  In a time of searching for better solutions, he related this conversation with God. “Why did you make the universe?”  God responded, … Read More

Would you buy this t-shirt?

Dan MillerBusiness Start-Up6 Comments

Dan — My daughter and I are going to make a small run of t-shirts that she designed so she can make money to go to camp.  I found a great supplier who is very patient and willing to guide us. They can do a run of 50, white shirt, nice quality, various sizes for $7.75 a piece. If Vanessa wants to make $5 per shirt, would you be willing to pay $13? Or is that too much? What would be a good price?  Mom ****************************************************** Mom — Most t-shirts are going to sell for about $10, but if they … Read More

Don’t be a “Discouraged Worker”

Dan MillerFinding Passion, Interviewing, No More Mondays, Personal Development1 Comment

Every quarter the US Bureau of Labor Statistics compiles the employment figures.  One of those calculations is for what they actually call “discouraged workers.”  These are individuals who wanted and were available for work during the last 12 months.  But they are no longer counted as unemployed because they have not searched for work in the last 4 weeks.  According to the Bureau’s calculations, in December of 2010, there were 1.3 million “discouraged workers.” Here we are in February.  The official figures are pretty much the same.  “Discouraged workers” are not a true indication of the economy or of the … Read More

For-profit or non-profit?

Dan MillerBusiness Start-Up, Finding Passion, No More Mondays1 Comment

On December 3, 2009, the Philadelphia City Council voted unanimously to pass a bill that creates a new sustainable business tax credit of US$4,000 for B Corporations—certified socially responsible companies (1). The decision could be a sign of what’s to come: new legislation that provides incentives for businesses to operate in a socially beneficial manner. There are so many variations of us who are doing “ministry,” ethical capitalism, green, organic, fair-trade, eco-capitalism, humanitarian, social  entrepreneurship or just serving customers well.  I’m not sure how much benefit or restriction the legal structures provide – or inhibit. We’re seeing some new categories … Read More

Go Ahead — Make More Mistakes

Dan MillerBusiness Start-Up, Finding Passion7 Comments

I hear from so many people who regret decisions they have made, whether that is in choosing a career, buying a house they could not afford or investing in GM stock.  But what should we do with our “mistakes.”  Is there really any other way to learn how to do the right things and ultimately find the success we are seeking? Most of you want to be entrepreneurs.  Here’s what Robert Kiyosaki (Rich Dad Poor Dad) has to say about “bad luck.”  He says, “Making mistakes and becoming smarter is the job of an entrepreneur; not making mistakes is the … Read More