Fix Your Business: Bring Back The Joy of Being Your Own Boss
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

Do you need to fix your business? Ask yourself the following: Has your dream of business ownership become a struggle—or worse, a nightmare? Are your relationships with your spouse, your children, and yourself suffering since you launched your business? Are you haunted by the feeling that something is wrong with your business, but you have no idea what it is? Are you (perhaps secretly) actually beginning to hate being your own boss?

If the answer to any of these questions is “Yes” (or even “maybe”), you need to get the latest book by Melinda F. Emerson, also known as Small Biz Lady: Fix Your Business—A 90 Day Plan To Get Back Your Life And Reduce Chaos In Your Business.

being your own bossBuilding on the success of Emerson’s now-classic book, Become Your Own Boss In 12 Months (still the best book about starting a business I’ve ever read), Fix Your Business is aimed at those who have already successfully launched their business—and may now be beginning to regret it. Getting a new business off the ground is tough. Keeping it running profitably, without sacrificing your relationships, finances, and sanity is even tougher. Emerson comes to the rescue with concrete advice to address the problem areas of running a small business, with solutions and actions steps at the end of each chapter.

As always, Emerson makes it clear that if becoming a business owner does not improve your life in the long run, you are doing something wrong. The worst thing you can do is to ignore the red flags and endure needless suffering. While many people fall in love with the idea of being their own boss, Emerson is always relentlessly candid about the challenges of entrepreneurship, both in her books and on her popular resource site SucceedAsYourOwnBoss.com. A well-run business can produce financial freedom, wealth, and a higher standard of living for its owners and their family. However, a poorly run company can end up being more burdensome, stressful, and damaging to the health and relationships of the owners than the hated job or unfulfilling career they left behind to become entrepreneurs in the first place.

In Fix Your Business, she provides a framework for you to identify and prioritize the problems hampering your operations, in the form of what she calls the “12 Ps of Running A Successful Business.” These range from Preparation and Purpose to Process and Productivity, with a chapter addressing each area and providing actionable solutions, tools, and resources. The result is a kind of small-business owner’s manual (not unlike what you’d keep in your car’s glove compartment) that provides a quick diagnostic guide to what could be impairing the smooth running of your enterprise.

If your goal is to run a profitable business while improving—or restoring—your overall quality of life, Business—A 90 Day Plan To Get Back Your Life And Reduce Chaos In Your Business is the book for you.

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Alfred Edmond, Jr.

Alfred Edmond Jr. is SVP/Editor-at-large of BLACK ENTERPRISE. He is a content leader, brand representative and expert resource for all media platforms under the BLACK ENTERPRISE brand, including the magazine, television shows, web site, social media and live networking events. From 2008 through 2010, Edmond was SVP/Editor-in-chief of BlackEnterprise.com, helping to lead the transition of BLACK ENTERPRISE from single-magazine publisher to digital-first multimedia company. From 1995 through 2008, Edmond was chief editor of BLACK ENTERPRISE magazine. He also hosts The Urban Business Roundtable on WVON-AM in Chicago and Money Matters, a syndicated radio feature of American Urban Radio Networks.


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