Young entrepreneur creates thriving business


When his parents suggested that he start his own lawn-mowing business to raise money for a new scooter, 10-year-old Ashton Ray decided that he was up for the challenge. “My mom and Eric said, sarcastically, ‘If you want money, start a lawn business,’” Ashton said, “so I did.” The young entrepreneur, who lives in the Fryelands area of Monroe with his parents, Eric and Jennifer ... [Continue Reading]

3 reasons you shouldn’t outsource your startup, and what to do instead


One of my favorite things to do is to help others who are at an earlier stage of the startup journey. I had a lot of false starts before Buffer. I enjoy sharing my lessons from those failed attempts, and I also enjoy getting my mind back into those early days challenges, now that Buffer is almost 5 years old. In the last week, I’ve had 5 sessions (typically around 30 ... [Continue Reading]

Attack Of The Angry Support Staff


I’ve had occasion over the last year to write about digital supply chain security more than a few times (1, 2, 3). There are the aspects of outsourcing helpdesk functions, code development, millions of interconnects with partners. There is no shortage to how wide the attack surface for your organization can spread in short order if not properly protected. Case in point, ... [Continue Reading]

This Small Change to Your Work Routine Will Make You Happier


A simple switch of location can significantly boost happiness at work, according to a new survey. Everyone wants to be happier, and there are plenty of ways to accomplish that goal, from spending some serious time with a shrink to a five-minute meditation practice. But perhaps the simplest way to enhance your happiness at work is simply to change where you work. That's ... [Continue Reading]

How To Make Your Business Sound Unique


“Wow. Everybody and their sister seems to be a ________ these days.” (Fill in the blank with life or health coach, marketing expert, blogger, etc.) The moment we dive into a new field or industry and get to know the competitive landscape, it’s almost inevitable that we have these kinds of thoughts. Doubt and fear quickly follow as we wonder, “How on earth am I going to ... [Continue Reading]