Brian Morris

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Brian Morris serves in various capacities as a freelance writer, content developer and public relations specialist for growing small businesses. When he’s not writing, he can be found on the racquetball court - usually getting his tail kicked by guys 20 years older.

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Thursday, June 25, 2009 - 02:06

Everyone has dreams. Most never realize them; not because they're impossible but because they're unwilling to put in the work. The wildest dreams do not necessarily take more work than the simplest, but they are prone to additional ridicule from naysayers. That's OK, because you can prove everyone wrong — if you're willing to put in the work. Working toward your dreams involves more than just saying “I can do it.” It means doing it, whatever “it” is. Don't be afraid to go out on a limb, and don't lose confidence simply because it takes time.

Thursday, June 25, 2009 - 02:04

To listen to some of the “old-timers,” we've got it pretty easy these days. You've probably heard them all: “Back in my day we used to... “... speak only when spoken to.” “... walk both ways in five-foot snow uphill.” “... get a nickel for a hard day's work and be happy with it.” But ask any parent what he or she wants for her children, and you'll get answers like: “An opportunity for a better life than I had,” or at least, “Access to the same opportunities I had.” The best thing you can do for your kids is to foster their growth, independence, creativity and voices.

Thursday, June 25, 2009 - 02:02

segwayYou know what's great about others' misfortune? We can learn from it. Dozens, if not hundreds or thousands, of blog posts touch on this topic.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009 - 00:16

golf-ball-rocketI know the feeling: You're out on the ninth hole with your dad and you start talking shop. You talk about cash flow, employee management, amusing anecdotes and other universal topics. Then, you start talking technology — and your dad is lost. You realize then that your parents don't understand your career path. Think back 75 years, when your great-grandparents were struggling to survive the Great Depression.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009 - 00:12

taking-risks-in-business-guy-on-diceThe larger the risk, the more lucrative the potential. This concept is a basic tenant of investing, but it is applicable to every facet of life from the schoolyard to the boardroom. Ever notice who gets ahead fastest?

Tuesday, June 23, 2009 - 23:27

old-time-downtown-sceneI was driving through my hometown the other day when a bit of nostalgia crept in. I remembered a downtown where families could spend a weekend afternoon window shopping the specialty shops and stop to enjoy a burger and milkshake at one of the local diners before enjoying nature's beauty in the local park. Now, the candy store is gone. The comics store ... what's that? And the diners ...

Monday, June 22, 2009 - 20:31

olympicsTime is of the essence, and nothing shapes your ability to earn money more than time. How long does it take to complete a project? Billable hours. How long does it take to bill a project? Unbillable hours. It's the accruing unbillable hours that threaten to destroy small businesses.

Monday, June 22, 2009 - 20:07

man-playing-guitarUntil about 18 months ago, I never played an instrument; and at no time have I ever considered myself a musician. Growing up, music was not important in my home — reading books was.

Monday, June 22, 2009 - 20:03

dollar-close-upYou're between projects or you're waiting on a client to respond before you begin a revision round. You hate sitting on your hands, but you don't want to get into a large project, because you have other project obligations in a couple of days. It's time to turn lemons to lemonade by making passive income from your downtime. The Internet presents plenty of opportunities to do this.

Monday, June 22, 2009 - 19:46

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Sunday, June 21, 2009 - 20:06

lightbulb-iconNearly every entrepreneur is always on the lookout for new marketing avenues, and 2009 has brought a slew of newcomers that create opportunities for you to increase business efficiency and spread the word about your products and services. Here are three innovative websites you can use to market your business: Power.com — If you're into social networking, this website lets you access mult

Sunday, June 21, 2009 - 19:56

web-hoboWhat a glorious time to be a hobo! I'm not talking about the historical train-jumping vagrants who slung sticks 'n sacks over their backs. Instead, I'm referring to web hobos — those among us with the enviable ability to be on permanent vacations through the power of connectivity.

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