When SCORE recently asked me to become a regular blogger, I was flattered and excited, but when I was told that I would be the first man to blog regularly of the SCORE Women’s Success Blog, I actually wasn’t surprised. It made a lot of sense in my life. You see, I am completely surrounded by strong, powerful, opinionated, dynamic women. There is my lovey wife Maria of course, and my three beautiful daughters (two teens!) Vivian is my assistant extraordinaire, and even my agent is a woman. So this fits.
But it fits for another reason as well: I love SCORE. I think the work it does is necessary and vital. Whether it is blogs like this, or counseling online or in person, or its seminars, SCORE is one of the best friends a small business can have.
And in a sense, we are in the same business. I grew up in a small business household and always wanted to be my own boss. Even in law school, I found I was more interested in the business of law than the law of business, and so my first business was in fact my own law practice.
But maybe not surprisingly, these days I am a “recovering attorney.” Instead of litigating, I now spend my days helping entrepreneurs succeed. For the past dozen years, I have been the lead small business columnist at USATODAY.com, I have written 15 books (including my fourth child, The Small Business Bible), own a content-creation company now, and am fortunate enough to get to speak all over the world about the joys (and occasional sorrows) of small business.
Through all of these endeavors, I get to meet and hear from a lot of entrepreneurs. So what I hope to do here at the SCORE Women’s Success Blog every week is share the best tips, insights, and strategies I come across. As we say over at my website,
If I do my job right, yours just got easier!
Thanks for taking me along for the ride.
Herman Trend Alert, which spotlighted this company last week, notes that the 1990s saw huge growth in advisors of all types—from business advisors like consultants to personal advisors like life coaches and nutritionists.
Moving Forward expands on this idea. Founders Lori Sharton and Kathleen Buckley were both getting divorced and were sharing ideas for resources to help with their transition. They didn’t know where else to turn for help.
After their divorces, other friends in need started turning to them asking for referrals to lawyers, realtors and other professionals to help with their own transitions. Sharton and Buckley started thinking that they could help others, not only with the transition of divorce, but with other transitions as well.
So they launched Moving Forward, which helps with transitions ranging from layoffs and divorces, to the death of a spouse or moving a parent to a nursing facility, to moms re-entering the work force and empty nesters ready to downsize.
Sharton has a social work background so they can provide emotional counseling as well. “When friends or family may not identify with your situation, support your choices for change, or are too busy or far away to lend a hand, we can step in,” they say on their website. Already, they are getting lots of business from attorneys and CPAs and are even working on a manual that will help others become transition advisors.
Who couldn’t use a transition advisor these days? With our world and our economy in constant flux, many people are undergoing change and need help negotiating it. Sharton and Buckley are true entrepreneurs, seeing change not as something scary, but as opportunity.
Want your own advisor as you transition into starting your own business, or grow your existing business? Find a SCORE counselor near you at SCORE’s website.