Carrie Myers Smith
One day, while stretching my client Jim, I was taken aback when I realized he wasn’t wearing underwear. His shorts were swim trunks with interior netting. I quickly looked away and continued to stretch him. This happened with Jim on several other occasions, but I never mentioned it because I wasn’t sure how to broach the matter. I also didn’t feel that he was doing this intentionally, nor did I believe he meant harm.Read More
One day, while stretching my client Jim, I was taken aback when I realized he wasn’t wearing underwear. His shorts were swim trunks with interior netting. I quickly looked away and continued to stretch him. This happened with Jim on several other occasions, but I never mentioned it because I wasn’t sure how to broach the matter. I also didn’t feel as if he was doing this intentionally, nor did I believe he meant harm.Read More
As a fitness entrepreneur, you know that the latest trends can suggest important—and lucrative—additions to your basic products and services. But as a fitness entrepreneur, is it a good idea to build your business around them?Read More
Are you tired of watching everyone else move forward in business and become successful? Even though you want to make more money and enjoy some level of financial freedom, do you keep hitting roadblocks? The obstacles that are stopping you from achieving what you want may surprise you—and your money mindset may be partly to blame.
What Is Money Mindset?Read More
Which sales pitch would pull you closer to buying a product or a service—in this case, an accountant to do your taxes?
“Let me tell you why you need to hire me to do your taxes. For starters, my rates are the least expensive around, and I’ve been a licensed CPA for 15 years“”Read More
Hello. My name is Carrie, and I’m a recovering perfectionist.
My business has suffered from my perfectionism. Before I release anything new, I need to make sure it’s “perfect”—whether it’s a business card, an article, my website or a video. Although intellectually I know that “perfect” is an unreachable ideal, I procrastinate because I fear failure; after all, nothing is good enough. So ultimately, I’m stuck and my business isn’t moving forward.
Can you relate to this scenario at all?
What Is Perfectionism?Read More
What feelings does that word conjure up? Do you get a knot in your stomach? Do you want to run away from the whole topic? Do you stick to things that are safe for you, so you can avoid failure?
The truth is that if you haven’t failed yet, you’re probably not taking risks. And while life without risks is comfortable, you’re not going to make your dreams come true by staying in your cushy comfort zone.Read More
When I opened my studio several years ago, I had very little credit available to purchase equipment. Okay, the truth was I was drowning in debt because of my divorce. There was no way a bank was going to lend me money, so on went the creative thinking cap.Read More
In the more than 25 years I’ve been in the health and fitness field, I’ve been very fortunate to have had some of the best clients and students a trainer could ask for—for the most part, anyway. I have worked with only a few clients whom I have had to approach regarding “bad behavior”—and I don’t mean eating a bag of Oreos.Read More
It takes more than burning passion to be a successful entrepreneur. Experts share the other necessary components of a strong business.Read More
Whether you run a large personal training facility or a one-person business, treating your customers well should be at the heart of everything you do.Read More
Bosses. We’ve all had them. Good, bad, indifferent. What sets the good ones apart from the rest?
If you have difficulty relating to or mobilizing your staff, perhaps it’s time to do a little self-assessment and determine what leadership qualities you may be lacking.
“My favorite project manager always had my back,” recalls Susan Wall, a freelance instructional designer from Lisbon, New Hampshire. “He also trusted me to do my job, and he challenged and encouraged me to step outside my comfort zone.”Read More
Are you stuck in a business rut? Perhaps it’s time to explore the world of strategic partnerships. Learn how to expand your market and reach new customers by working with other compatible companies.Read More
Many top business executives have shucked common practice and opened their books and boardroom doors to create greater company transparency. Can this emerging business standard really lead to greater financial success?Read More
As a business owner, you have a lot of responsibilities, with little time to waste. In addition to training clients and teaching classes, you have marketing, paperwork, financial records, website content, workshops “ and the list goes on. Such a busy schedule can make it difficult to boost business by developing new products and services. But what if I told you there’s a way to save time on your marketing efforts and make more money, by using what you’ve already got in new ways?Read More