Entrepreneurship

3 Things I am Thankful for as a Small Business Owner

Rachel Strella  -  Nov 23, 2014  -  , , ,  -  6 Comments
The challenges of a small business owner are abundant. We wear a lot of hats. Many of us are as they say “overworked and underpaid.” Yet, many of us wouldn’t trade our job for the world. Maybe we’re addicted to the craziness or maybe we’re glutton for punishment. I can

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Perfecting the Elevator Pitch

Rachel Strella  -  Oct 26, 2014  -  , , , , ,  -  No Comments
Most business professionals who attend networking events have to deliver the obligatory 30 second commercial or ‘elevator pitch.’  For many, it’s a mundane delivery of your name, your business and what you do for your clients or customers. But, it doesn’t have to be. As a first-time attendee of a

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Watch Out for Big Brother: Getty Images Strong Arms Unsuspecting Small Businesses

Rachel Strella  -  Sep 07, 2014  -  , , , , ,  -  24 Comments
Two weeks ago, one of our clients received a letter from Getty Images requesting $780 for an image used on their website. Getty Images claimed that my client did not purchase the license required for use of the image and thus they were in violation of copyright law. As a

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3 Challenging Small Business Truths

Rachel Strella  -  Aug 24, 2014  -  , , , ,  -  2 Comments
I love owning a business and wouldn’t trade it for a traditional 9-5 job no matter what the offer.   However, it’s not all roses. There are a few things that make it tough, especially for those just starting out. I’m wondering if you can relate to my top three. 1.

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Taking a Personal and Professional Leap of Faith

Rachel Strella  -  Apr 13, 2014  -  , , , ,  -  4 Comments
Risks mean different things to different people. An investor likely equates risk in terms of opportunity; a parent perhaps with danger.  As an entrepreneur, I consider risk compatible with the level of potential reward. As I said in a recent post, risks are tough because the outcome is uncertain.   But

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