Fear is one of the major reasons that Teachers don’t start a business.  They are afraid of a number of things.  This fear is natural.  I have experienced fear every time I have started a new business.  A little bit of fear can be healthy.  After all, fear can help us make responsible decisions and keep us from getting into dangerous situations.  Fear can also steal our dreams and keep us from living the kind of life we desire.  It is impossible to live without fear.  Fear can be managed and can be used as a motivator.  A little healthy [...]

TE Tips: Business Planning Overview

TE Tips: Business Planning Overview
This week we turn our attention from personal planning to business planning.  We have spent the last several weeks creating a plan for our ideal life.  Now it is time to think about creating a business that will help you achieve that ideal life.  Just as every great lesson starts with a lesson plan, every great business begins with a business plan.

This week we will have an overview of business planning.  The following weeks we will focus on one specific aspect of your business plan.  As we shift to business planning this week please keep the [...]

Make Your Dreams A Reality

Make Your Dreams A Reality
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.  That quote by Henry David Thoreau http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/278883-go-confidently-in-the-direction-of-your-dreams-live-the  is one of my favorites.  I have chosen to pursue my dreams.  I hope I can inspire you.  Through my own story and through the stories of all the Teacher Entrepreneurs across our country.  Eighteen months ago, TeacherEntrepreneur.com was just a dream.  Because I had the courage to act, it is now a reality. (If you want more info on how TeacherEntrepreneur.com began click on the following link http://teacherentrepreneur.com/how-teacherentrepreneur-com-began/). Every day I have the opportunity to speak with educators.  As I [...]

Teacher Entrepreneur Profile: Vince Beasley of Northern Lakes Realty

This week’s Teacher Entrepreneur profile is Vince Beasley of Northern Lakes Realty http://www.nlrealtyllc.com/home.html.  I met Vince when I started working at East Noble School Corporation.  Vince is a bright guy and very personable.  I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a lake property in the Syracuse, Indiana area.

CS:       What is the name of your business and where is it located?

VB:      Northern Lakes Realty LLC, Syracuse, IN

CS:       How long have you been an educator, and what positions have you held?

VB:      I have been in education for 13 years and I have taught elementary school, been a high [...]

TE Tips: Financial Planning

Financial Planning

Welcome to post two on financial planning.  This is the final post in the personal planning section of our plan.  Next time we will move on to the business planning section and move you one step closer to becoming a successful Teacher Entrepreneur.  This post,we will put into action the things that you began to consider last time.  Just to recap, last time I suggested you do the following four things:

Create a budget
Commit to an emergency/savings fund
Commit to investing for the future
Consider a plan

This time we will take the financial priorities we considered last post and develop a plan [...]

Washington Post “It’s a Mess in Indiana”

It’s a Mess in Indiana!  That is the headline of a recent article on the Washington Post’s blog.  Sadly, the mess they are referring to is the state of public education policy and policy makers in Indiana.  Today I am going to take a moment to shine a light on some of the issues in public education in my home state.  I believe this information is important to all and I will return my focus to Teacher Entrepreneurs next week.  My hope in sharing this information is that some of my colleagues and other stakeholders will be moved to action [...]

Teacher Entrepreneur Consulting Services

At the risk of sounding self serving, I want to share with you a service that I am offering through TeacherEntrepreneur.com.  I offer Consulting Services to help Teacher Entrepreneurs start or grow their business.  As I talk to Teachers and prospective Teacher Entrepreneurs they often have questions such as:

How do I get started?
What do I do first?
Do I need a business plan?
What kind of business should I start?

I am offering consulting services to try address this need.  I know that when you hear the word consultant your first thoughts is EXPENSIVE!  I assure you that my fees will be reasonable [...]

TE Tips: Financial Planning

TE Tips: Financial Planning

Few things have as much direct impact on your stress level as money.  In the next two tips I will show you how to create a plan that will dramatically reduce your stress from money.  If you have the courage to act, you can significantly improve your financial condition in a relatively short period of time.  There are Teacher Entrepreneurs all over the country that have taken control of their financial futures.  I can show you how to be one of them.

When I planned this series, I initially planned to spend one post on financial planning, but [...]

You Can Have It All!

You Can Have It All

As I talk to Teachers and Teacher Entrepreneurs, I find one significant difference…Belief!  Successful Teacher Entrepreneurs believe they can have it all.  They believe it because they have it!  They overcame their fears, started their own business, and now are enjoying the fruits of their labor.  Teachers who want to be Entrepreneurs are fearful.  They don’t believe they can do it.  They are filled with thoughts such as:

What if I fail?
I’m a teacher; I don’t have a business background.
I don’t know how to start a business.

I know these are their thoughts because they share them with [...]

Teacher Entrepreneur Profile: Zeb Welborn of Welborn Media

This week’s Teacher Entrepreneur profile is Zeb Welborn of Welborn Media in Chino Hills, California.

I first met Zeb through a contact I made online at Michael Hyatt’s Platform University.  He is the owner of Welborn Media, 19th Hole Media and The Tutoring Solution.  He is the host of the Defining Success Podcast and the author of The Social Golf Course.  Zeb is a former High School Social Studies Teacher who has a passion for helping others.  I recently had the chance to speak with Zeb via Skype.

CS:     What is the name of your business and where is it located?

ZW:     I have [...]