Hello again April Durrett,
The ACE, IDEA and PFP magazines, articles and books I read, from my certification courses to present, stress Scope of Practice; extremely important to be professional. ACE covers the basics of business for trainers.
Not to discount books; I love to read; but, what could be better than getting advice from like minded professionals who are successful? That is why I like this forum and attending seminars where questions are answered in detail.
Some of the best advice I have been given is:
1. nothing is written in stone (except ten commandments); if/when something needs changing, be it logo or otherwise, change it
2. not all business is good business
3. you decide the size of your company and speed of growth
4. prepare for the untimely death of a business partner
5. outsource the unfamiliar/overwhelming tasks
This impacts me tremendously; once again, taking the stress factor from very high to practically non existent. I updated my logo. I do not push my services on anyone, when someone decides to go elsewhere it is just fine. There is no stigma in being small and quaint: I am able to better serve those I have when the client base is manageable. The way I set up my business is decided by a potential, untimely business partner death and/or mine. Nipping something in the bud is much better in the long run than playing catch up and clean up. I do not fear thinking outside the box and doing things differently.
There, of course, is so much more advice, but, these are the ones that impact me the most. I have ACE, IDEA, www.score.org and the many professionals on this forum who help me.
Natalie aka NAPS 2 B Fit.