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My name is Natalie Peace, and I believe the world needs more entrepreneurs who measure success on multiple bottom lines. I believe you can create powerful, positive change in the world when you use your values to build a wildly profitable business, even if you're just starting out at your kitchen table. Sign up on the right side of the page here, to make sure you get all my best tips and tools for business success.Learn More About My Business Philosophy »

Your 6 Most Important Things

There are about 5 kajillion different methods and systems for improving productivity. My favourite? It takes about 5 minutes, and the ability to write or type a list. Oh, and it will literally CHANGE YOUR LIFE. I apologize for the all caps there–I don’t want to shout at you, but I cannot overstate the magnificent,…

Innovation Vs. Systems: Seth Godin’s Linchpin & Michael Gerber’s E-Myth

Two fantastic books, two very divergent views. And I believe the key to massive success is to apply them both. Gerber’s approach has revolutionized many a business in the past couple of decades, encouraging entrepreneurs to think big, create businesses they can grow and scale easily. It’s the McDonald-ization effect, creating operations that provide adequate–not…

“Insert Smile Here” Vs. Making a Genuine Connection

I will never, ever tell my staff to follow the ‘insert smile here’ model of customer service. You know, like the kind of scripted dialogue you get at McDonalds. Or the automatic “hello” you get upon walking into WalMart. Some people might appreciate that kind of mindless interaction, but I don’t. And I’m sure my…

Are Men Better at Business?

The sad fact is, there are still a lot of misogynistic jerks out there who think women aren’t cut out to be really successful in business. Sadder still, is that a lot of women agree with that sentiment, and they run and hide from opportunities to shine as an entrepreneur. And then you have other…

Should You Leave Your Business?

Why would any sane person give up a thriving business? If I had a nickel for every time I’d been asked this question, I’d have at least enough change to buy a few lattes… or one really good glass of celebratory wine. And trust me, I did a lot of celebrating when I sold a…

Why You Need to Be Doing Exit Interviews

How many jobs have you quit over your lifetime? What would you have said if you had been asked about your reasons for leaving? Chances are, you had lots of valuable insight that could have helped your former employer, if they cared to ask. The brave ones always ask, because they know how much they…

Do You Have a Business or a Hobby?

  There’s been a major increase in the number of people creating their own businesses these days, as independent consultants, service providers, and online affiliate marketers, to name a few. This is fantastic news, because it means more people are taking control of their own destinies, and the Internet is making it easier than ever…

Striving for an Ego-free Business

Your ego is bad for business. So is mine… and quite frankly, it’s tough to keep a handle on it. We all have our struggles in this area (with the exception of the Dalai Lama, perhaps) so it has become the norm for egos to run rampant in our businesses and it’s easy to just…

Are You Qualified to Start a Business?

One of the most common reasons people tell me that is holding them back from pursuing their dreams, is that they don’t feel qualified. They’re waiting for someone to hand them a piece of paper that says they are 100% qualified for the task at hand. Some people think this has to be in the…

Being Your Own Boss Kicks Ass – What Entrepreneurship Gives You that a Job Can’t

I’ve taken multiple holidays this year. I’ve built this website. I’m writing a book, and collaborating with other entrepreneurs on multiple projects…. And I’ve done all this while my business continues to thrive and earn me an income. There are some awesome jobs out there, and many happy employees who would much rather get their…

What a Mission Statement Really Is

Does your business have a mission statement? Do you know what it is, right now, without looking it up? If so, I congratulate you. Very impressive! Truly, I don’t think most people could pass this test. Certainly, most employees would not be able to remember the mission statement of the companies they work for, and…

5 Fear-Busting Techniques

If I ask you why you haven’t started that business you keep dreaming about, what will you tell me? You could tell me it’s because the timing isn’t right. You don’t have your business degree yet. You don’t have enough money. The economy is too unstable. The stars aren’t aligned. In a word, you’re AFRAID….

The Secret to a Ten-Hour Work Week

Let me make something clear. I work more than ten hours in a week. It often looks more like ten hours in a day. However, I invest an average of ten hours working on one of my businesses, and the return on that time is a fantastic income. This is not counting the time I…

How to Promote Your Business With Social Media

If you aren’t using social media at all to promote your business, you’re missing a huge opportunity to get free promotion. Make it easy for people who like your business to tell their friends about it, and leverage the reach of the internet with the power of word-of-mouth advertising. Blogs, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and now…

How to Build a Great Marketing Plan

When I say you need a marketing plan for your business, do you feel immediately overwhelmed? Or do you roll your eyes in disgust, imagining sleazy marketing executives trying to manipulate people to spend their hard-earned dollars on stuff they don’t need? I hear you. There are millions of examples of shady marketing tactics, and…