TE Tips: An LLC is Easy To Form

TE Tips: An LLC is Easy To Form

Too many Teacher Entrepreneurs risk their personal assets by not forming a business entity.  A Limited Liability Company (LLC) is a great entity for most Teacher Owned Businesses and it takes only a few minutes and a little planning to form.   The info below is needed to form an LLC in Indiana.  I chose Indiana because it is my home state and I have been through the process several times.  The process is similar in most other states.  For more specific info on filing an LLC in your state, see your state’s Secretary [...]

TE Tips: Understand The Downside

TE Tips: Understand The Downside

Today I have the unenviable task of evicting a family from their home.  This is the downside of being in the rental business.  In any business, there will be tasks you don't want to do, but often your ability to perform those tasks will determine the success of your business.  I'm not looking forward to going to court this morning, but I entered into a contract with another party and I have fulfilled my obligations...they have not.  I could continue to allow them to live in our unit for free, but that would be counter-productive to [...]

TE Tips: Remember the Iceberg Principle

TE Tips: Remember the Iceberg Principle

Welcome to a new school year.  This summer I took a bit of a hiatus from my blog.  The truth is, I was getting a little frustrated with this blogging thing.  Sometimes I seems like I am just talking to myself.  I needed to be reminded about the Iceberg Principle.  My most loyal readers (okay, my mom) noticed that many of my posts this summer were actually re-posts of previous content.  In one of my last posts before my break I mentioned I was reading The Excellence Habit.  This is an excellent book and I [...]

TE Tips: Thank A Teacher!

Today's TE Tip is simple.  Thank a Teacher!  Some of you are excited to be back at school and some are not.  Either way, it is nice to be encouraged.  Today I encourage you to take a moment to encourage a colleague by thanking them for their contribution to the students, the building and the community.  Since I won't see you at school today, here is my thank you to you.
Thank You Teachers!
Thank you to all the teachers that go to school every day and make a difference in the lives of children!  Thank you for the countless hours you [...]

Teacher Entrepreneur Profile: Kyle Ganton of Reecer Properties

This week's Teacher Entrepreneur Profile is Kyle Ganton of Reecer Properties.  I first met Kyle several years ago when we played on the same church softball team.  Kyle is a great guy with a heart for service which is why he has found the same success in business that he has achieved in the classroom.  For more info you can check him out at http://reecerproperties.com/agents/kyle-ganton .

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

KG:      I am a real estate agent for Ft. Wayne based Reecer Properties.

CS:       How long have you been an educator, and what positions have [...]

TE Tips: Manage Energy Not Time

Manage Energy Not Time!

As I talk to Teachers and Teacher Entrepreneurs across the country they all seem to have the same struggle…there is not enough time in the day.  It seems that there is always more to do and not enough time to get it done.  Read on to find out how to end this struggle!

I have struggled for years to find the perfect time management strategy.  It turns out, I may have been fighting the wrong battle.  In their book The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy Not Time is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal authors [...]

Teacher Entrepreneur Profile: Lindsay Sloan of Stella & Dot Jewelry


Teacher Entrepreneur Profiles are always my favorite posts.  I just love meeting new Teacher Entrepreneurs and hearing about their journey.  I am especially excited today because this week's profile is my beautiful wife Lindsay.  I met Lindsay when we both held long-term sub positions at Huntington North High School.  We each knew a member of the Guidance Staff and they thought we would make a great couple so they introduced us.  Turns out they were right!  16 years and two beautiful children later we are still together!  Okay, enough of the mushy stuff.  Let's get on with the Teacher Entrepreneur [...]

TE Tips: My Gift To You

I want to use today’s TE Tips to give you a gift.  It's the gift of laughter to help get your Monday off to a good start.   I want to use my post today to share three cute stories that every teacher will appreciate!

My favorite came from child in my pre-first grade class. He’d been gone for several days because his grandfather had passed away. When he returned I told him we’d missed him. He told me, “I had to go to Iowa because my grandpa died and I had to be at the back and be a polar [...]

TE Tips: Have An Attitude Of Gratitude!

Happy 4th of July

Today's Tip is a collection of quotes on thankfulness and gratitude.  On this 4th of July I encourage you to take a moment and reflect on your freedom and all the things you have to be thankful for.  I hope these quotes help you reflect.

"Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses."  Alphonse Karr

"Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings." William Arthur Ward

"Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving." [...]

Teacher Entrepreneur Profile: Fred Fields of Coach’s Angle Charters

Teacher Entrepreneur Profile: Fred Fields of Coach's Angle Charters

This week’s Teacher Entrepreneur profile is Fred Fields of Coach’s Angle Charters www.coachscharters.com.  Fred was a career educator and outstanding basketball coach.  During his 10 year tenure at Huntington North High School in Huntington, IN he led the Lady Vikings to two State Championships, three State Finals appearances, six regional championships & 10 sectional championships!  He was inducted into Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011 for coaching.

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

FF:       My business is called Coach’s Angle Charters.  I’m a fishing guide in [...]