First, let me start off by saying, welcome to Growing Your Biz!
My name is Susan Brown, and I’m the Head Honcho over here- yes, that’s with a capital “H,” “H” :). I’m also a serial entrepreneur and a micro-business owner (both online and off). My primary goal with this site is to help other self-employed professionals and new micro-business owners run successful, sustainable ventures in a brave new world where changes in communication and the technology that supports it, are fast approaching the speed of light.
So, now that we’ve gotten past the initial introduction, let me tell you a little more about myself:
I got my first taste of “business” when I was six. After rummaging through the dusty boxes one day in my basement with my three-year-old brother (and eventual co-founder), we decided to open a store. We had everything a new business could want: a sizable inventory (there were a lot of boxes), start-up capital (a few rolls of pennies), and a captive market (my parents). Within a few days we decided to expand operations to our block. We made a store front, signs, even a newsletter. We got out first (and last customer) two days later- a kind neighbor whose fifty cents totally made our day. (Bless her heart!)
Years later, after coming to the realization that the 9 to 5 working world was just not for me, I was bit by the entrepreneurial bug. I’ve since owned or co-owned several micro-businesses, including a landscaping company, a house painting service, and a dessert catering business.
About six years ago, I turned my attention to online business. In that time I’ve successfully built up and sold several online properties, including an authority small business blog and a language learning platform. More recently, I have been enjoying a career as a professional business and finance ghost blogger.
Why Did I Start Growing Your Biz?
In one sentence: I’ve learned a lot as a small business owner, and I want to help other self-employed professionals and micro-business owners come to the same understanding of what it truly takes today to build a healthy business that not only survives, but thrives.
I’ve watched many people with promising ideas and/or talents fail. While I firmly believe that not everyone is meant to run a business, often the difference between success and failure is very thin, indeed.
Where Should You Start?
If you are new to Growing Your Biz, be sure to check out the following:
- Learn how to promote your business blog profitably in my new 7,000+ word ebook. To download the book for FREE, go here.
- Download 60+ free business forms and templates for micro business owners.
- Ready to hire your first employee? Make sure you read the Growing Your Biz Hiring Guide and check out the growing list of sample job descriptions.
- If you are hiring your first freelance worker or virtual assistant, then check out the tips and resources in this comprehensive Guide to Hiring a Good Virtual Worker.
- Do you know where to go to get the best free or low-cost online courses and training? Here are over 50 online resources.
Now that you know a little bit about me and this site, welcome again. Take a look around. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please fill in the form below or send me an email. You can also find me on Google + and Twitter
Disclaimer: I’m not a certified legal or financial professional. Good business practice does not mean you skimp in those areas where a qualified professional, such as an attorney or CPA should be consulted. The small business tips, small business resources, and other information on this site are for educational purposes; they are meant to get you started in the right direction; but it’s up to you to do the appropriate research.