Category: Business

Executors Guide to a Stress Free Administration

A couple of years ago I got a phone call while I was on vacation from the grandson of a family friend. He had bad news… his grandmother … and my friend… had passed away.  I suddenly realized why he was calling… a promise I had made years before to his grandmother to handle her estate. I was suddenly thrown into a role I didn’t understand or have experience – a manager of assets, real estate and financials with the responsibility of dissolving and distributing.  It was a tough job and there wasn’t an easy checklist to follow.  In many cases I was a detective trying to figure out where assets were or if they even existed.

Haunted By A Book Idea? Hiring a ghostwriter can bring it to life

I have a bunch of book ideas and not enough time or talent to get them to paper. I have pondered hiring a ghostwriter but needed to know more so I interviewed Courtney Kelly, an experienced ghostwriter. We went through the entire process… when to hire one, how to hire the best one and what it costs.

Developing Rates for Government Contracts, Part 2

For this post, we will delve into what makes up the “pools”, how they are approved by the government and how you use the pools to develop the price per hour you can charge to the government.

Developing Rates for Government Contracts, Part 1

This post give you the basics on how to create an indirect rate structure so you can bid on government contracts.

Proposal Writing: Understanding Benefits vs Features to answer “So What?”

Bottom line is that your client wants to know that your solution is going to benefit them and benefit them better than anyone else.

The Most Important Element of Success in Business… and its not Talent or Expertise

Action will get you further than talent or expertise and even hard work.

Electoral College: Does My Vote Matter?

Michael Maibach (Founder of Center For the Electoral College) recently explained to me the history of the Electoral College and how it works and if our vote really matters when using an electoral college system.

Core Values of Management – Discipline, Affirmation and Tools

Over the years of owning and managing my companies, I’ve narrowed the core values of management down to three main concepts. Discipline, Affirmation and Tools.

Angel Investing: What is it and Is it for Me?

Greg Cangialosi from the Baltimore Angels teaches us in this interview about angel investing, who makes a good angel investor and what types of companies make a good angel investment.

Rejection – The Kick in the Butt We All Need:

When I was in fifth grade, our class got to try out for the school chorus. All but three kids were selected. Yup. The three not chosen were myself and two boys who didn’t want to be in it anyway. It stung because I DID want to be in the choir. How bad could I be that I was the ONLY girl not chosen? I guess pretty bad.

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