Video from TEW Beyond the Book 1.0 – Chicago Edition!

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Entrepreneurs: Mastery in negotiations can lead your business to flourish

Entrepreneurs: Mastery in negotiations can lead your business to flourish

It is debatable whether anyone is born an entrepreneur. It is entirely possible to become one with careful planning and good routines. Being an acentrepreneur is not just about financial gain; a successful entrepreneur will want to influence and help their local community. Not everyone can become this sort of person; they need to be confident, bold and capable of taking risks when necessary. A true entrepreneur will be able to create their own success story even when starting with nothing. The following are essential steps that all budding entrepreneurs should follow:

You own way

To be successful it is essential to have a goal, something to aim for. A true entrepreneur will always keep this target in sight and will achieve it no matter what obstacles are placed in the way. It is essential to have self confidence and belief; to know that you will reach your target. One of the most important attributes to have to ensure this is possible is to not be afraid of failure but to embrace any setbacks and turn them into new projects and new ways of achieving the dream.

Beat the odds

It can be tough to make it in the world of business. There are a huge range of variables that can affect any business decision and change the course of a business at the drop of a hat. Careful planning will ensure that, no matter what the odds, you will be well prepared and should be able to take something good away from every encounter.

Be positive

To be an entrepreneur you will need to be self-motivating and have a high level of energy. This will be essential when dealing with the challenges of creating a successful business. A belief in yourself and in the product you are selling will enable you to lead by example and show the business world what you are capable of.


No matter how good you are as an entrepreneur there will come a point when you will need assistance. The right mixture of professional and enthusiastic people will enable you to build your business rapidly and successfully. No matter how confident and capable you are it sometimes helps to have someone else there who can assist when there are issues beyond your standard remit.


The most important sign that you are successful is that you have customers! No business can mange without customers and you need to keep them at the forefront of your mind every day. Your product needs to cater to their specific need and you should have a business plan confirming the target market and how you will sell to them.

Moral code

To be successful you will need to earn the respect of your peers and other businesses in the local community. The best way of achieving this is to have a strong code of ethics and morality and to make sure you always live by this code.

Attract your audience

The internet has opened up a global market place and many people will now look through the internet for the best deal. It is essential to know where your target audience is most likely to engage. Social media sites allow the option of reaching out to many people at once.

Be organized

It is impossible to achieve anything in business without organizing your finances, time and productivity.  Time management is exceptionally important and effective communication is vital to ensuring everyone knows what they are doing and when. If you are not organized then there will be many hours of productive time wasted.

Financial planning

Most entrepreneurs do not start with the sole goal of becoming rich. They create something because they have a love of the product or service and want to share it with others. Of course most start-up businesses have only limited funds and financial planning is essential to ensure the company has the funds to trade and become the success you dream of.

A competitive spirit is essential to stand a chance in the world of business. The ability to negotiate successfully will also be an additional skill which will be frequently utilized. There are many tricks to negotiating successfully but the most important one is to listen to the other party and try to help them achieve what they wanted. From this point you will be able to obtain what you need and the negotiation will be a win-win scenario.

By Davis Miller and!


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TEW2 Launch!

TEW2 Launch!

We are so excited to announce the TEW launch celebration!


– hope to see you there!


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Sharing…The Entrepreneur’s Essential Bookshelf

Sharing…The Entrepreneur’s Essential Bookshelf

We recently came across some great information via Software Advice COO Austin Merritt’s team (click here). So, I immediately started checking out some of the books on his shelf, being _MG_0271that our main purpose here at TEW is to inspire and encourage entrepreneurs to live their DREAMS! Knowing we cannot do it alone; sometimes we need to turn a few pages of a few great books.

Austin’s website states that as these four areas comprise material you don’t typically learn in school, this reading can help entrepreneurs at any experience level learn valuable skills needed to grow their company.

The four areas (which he describes in more detail here), include:

  • Business Strategy: These books cover the high-level, conceptual stuff that you may initially think is most important–though you’ll come to realize that the other categories are just as vital.

  • Sales Strategy: While a book can’t exactly teach you sales strategy, these books will at least familiarize you with lessons you’ll really learn when you get out there and start selling.

  • Hiring and Management: These books cover how to find and manage the right people, and how crucial this is to your company’s success:

  • Personal Development and Strategy: These cover how to develop personally in order to success as a professional.

I am currently making my way through GOOD to Great and Selling 101. Both are very inspiring, uplifting and very on point for what I am going through in my company right now (growth) and (elevation).

Hope you can take some time to check out Austin’s list! We really hope that one day, TEW will make it to that list 🙂


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Thank you to the Breezy Mama!

We were recently in touch with a divine blogger, the Breezy Mama. She gave a great review of TEW that we’d like to share here:


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Book Review: The Entrepreneur Within You by Julie M. Holloway

Written by Amy Boyington on November 14, 2013 Leave a Comment


The Entrepreneur Within You is an inspirational guide to harnessing your entrepreneurial skills and taking full advantage of them. Author and entrepreneur Julie M. Holloway is a designer and marketer who took it upon herself to quit her less-than-empowering job to become her own successful boss. The Entrepreneur Within You is full of business and practical advice to allow you to do the same.


Holloway begins the book by telling about her decision to quit her job and the inspirational conversations that followed her decision. As a full-time employee turned stay-at-home mom and blogger, I could completely relate to her story and a lot of what she said resonated with me. Every once in awhile, there comes a time when you just have to follow your gut and make the best decision for you. In doing so, Holloway discovered that she was ready to embark on a whole new chapter in her life: becoming her own boss and running a successful business she created.


Holloway reviews her own job performance as an entrepreneur on the 1st, 30th, 60th, and 90th days of her beginning her business. Her review of herself not only provides pointers to others who wish to become successful with their own businesses, but also provides inspiration – it really can be done! Other topics Holloway and her “TEW Crew” cover include:


The power struggle and defining yourself as “the boss”

Overcoming obstacles in entrepreneurship

The effects of procrastination on a successful business

…and more!


The Entrepreneur Within You is very comprehensive and organized well. I appreciate that it has the viewpoints of several entrepreneurs to make it a well-rounded, insightful, empowering book. You can purchase your own copy of The Entrepreneur Within You from for $16.



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