Getting Started

Why You Should Share Your Business Idea

We often see new entrepreneurs hold on tight to their business ideas for fear that someone might steal them. This...

Business Planning

Common Business Plan Mistakes to Avoid

Writing a business plan is an important part of your entrepreneurial journey. In our experience, it’s also one of the...

Entrepreneurial Journey

A Business Love Story: Asara Tsehai, Ancient Treasure

This week, I had the pleasure of interviewing Asara Tsehai, founder of Ancient Treasure. Ancient Treasure is the all-in-one natural...

Business Planning

Do I Need a Business Plan as a Freelancer?

Like many self-employed people, I fell into freelancing. I stumbled through marketing to former colleagues, taking whatever interesting projects came...

Thinking Holistically

Are You Cut Out to Be an Entrepreneur?

Last week, I had a couple of different people in our classes ask me, “Do you think everyone is meant...

Funding a Business

What Funders Want to Fund

We often hear new entrepreneurs say, “I need to raise money so I can quit my job and work full-time...

Thinking Holistically

How to Prepare Your Business for Your Vacation

As a business owner, it’s hard to find the time to take a vacation. Even if you are able to...

Funding a Business

Are You Starving Your Business?

If you’re in the early stages of your business development, you’re probably very familiar with bootstrapping. That is, funding your...

Thinking Holistically

Managing Your Mental Health as a Business Owner

Last week, we looked at some warning signs that might indicate that your business might be affecting your mental health....

Thinking Holistically

Is Your Business Affecting Your Mental Health?

As we’ve written about in the past, starting and growing your own business is an emotional rollercoaster. Navigating those highs...

Getting Started

Know Your Ideal Freelance Client

As a freelancer, you have limited time and money to spend on marketing your business. So, before you begin marketing...

Freelancer

Is Being a Freelancer for Me?

Freelancing offers the opportunity to work with more flexibility and the freedom to create a desirable lifestyle. While becoming a...

Entrepreneurial Journey

A Modern Lemonade Stand: Vicktor Stevenson, Gourmonade

This week, I had the pleasure of interviewing Vicktor Stevenson, founder of Gourmonade. Gourmonade is a San Francisco-based gourmet lemonade...

Getting Started

What to Do If Your Business Idea Already Exists

You had an “a-ha” moment when you came up with an amazing idea for a business. You quickly looked it...

Business Planning

The Right Time to Write Your First Business Plan

Writing your first business plan is an important step in starting your business. Your business plan is your roadmap for...

Thinking Holistically

How to Prevent Decision Fatigue in Your Business

Last week, we discussed how decision fatigue can show up and affect your business. This week, we’re sharing some tips...

Thinking Holistically

Is Decision Fatigue Affecting Your Business?

After a long day, I was trying to decide what to write about in this blog post. Even though I...

Business Planning

What to Pay Myself as a Business Owner?

Over the last few weeks, we’ve been focusing on financial forecasting in a couple of our accelerator classes.  As we...

Getting Started

How to Prepare Your Personal Finances for Business Ownership

In last week’s blog post, we discussed the importance of preparing yourself financially for business ownership. This week we’re sharing...

Getting Started

Starting a Business?
Prepare Yourself Financially

You’re looking to start a business. You have a great idea. You are starting to evaluate the feasibility of your...

Entrepreneurial Journey

Creating Things for Everyday Use: Geana Sieburger, GDS Cloth Goods

This week, I had the pleasure of interviewing Geana Sieburger, founder of GDS Cloth Goods. GDS Cloth Goods is an...

Funding a Business

How to Create Your
Elevator Pitch

Last week, I had the opportunity to present a pitch workshop at a wonderful conference hosted by the Center for...

Building Capacity

Responding to a Client that Says You Charge Too Much

Last week, I was tabling at an event for entrepreneurs and organizations that serve entrepreneurs in our community. At these...

Thinking Holistically

Ways to Say “No” Without Hurting Your Business

In our previous blog post about setting boundaries in your business, we started the conversation about why it’s important to...

Thinking Holistically

Setting Boundaries in Your Business

As business owners, we often don’t set boundaries for fear of losing existing clients or not being able to find...

Thinking Holistically

Fall in Love with Your Business…Again

It’s the week of Valentine’s Day, and I’ve been thinking about love and business. More specifically, falling in love with...

Entrepreneurial Journey

Building Family Teams: Joy Colino, Nannies Plus

This week, I had the honor of interviewing Joy Colino, founder of Nannies Plus. Nannies Plus creates authentic and impactful...

Building Capacity

How to Follow Up with Customer Leads

You’ve received the name and contact information of someone who could be a potential customer. Now, how do you begin...

Getting Started

How to Choose an Entrepreneurship Program

You recognize that you and your business could benefit from joining an entrepreneurship program. But, there are so many programs...

Getting Started

Should I Join an Entrepreneurship Program?

This is the year you’re ready to start your own business. And you’re trying to decide whether you should join...

Thinking Holistically

New Year’s Resolutions for Your Business

As a business owner, the beginning of the year is an exciting time. It brings an opportunity to reflect on...

Building Capacity

How to Measure the Success of Your Strategic Plan

Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve been writing about the benefits of having an annual strategic plan and how...

Building Capacity

How to Create an Annual Strategic Plan

It’s time to start thinking about how you will grow your business in the upcoming year. Last week, we discussed...

Building Capacity

Why Your Business Needs an Annual Strategic Plan

As the year draws to a close, there’s no better time to reflect on your business and consider your business...

Thinking Holistically

A Moment to Say Thank You
to Our Community

With Thanksgiving this week, I’m taking some time to reflect on my entrepreneurial journey and the many reasons I am...

Thinking Holistically

Where to Find Business Mentors

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about why entrepreneurs need mentors. From that post, several people contacted me asking...

Entrepreneurial Journey

Showing Off Oakland by Bike: Rehema Allen, This Is Oakland Bike Tours

This week, I had the honor of interviewing Rehema Allen, founder of This Is Oakland Bike Tours. This Is Oakland...

Thinking Holistically

Why Entrepreneurs Need Mentors

As a freelancer, small business owner, or startup founder, you may be the only person working on your business. And,...

Entrepreneurial Journey

Creating Her Own Pathway as a Musician: MJ Lee.

This week, I had the honor of interviewing MJ Lee., singer songwriter and freelance wedding violinist. In this interview, MJ...

Entrepreneurial Journey

Why We Are a Cooperative

Last week, I was invited to speak on a panel about ownership at the wonderful and inspiring CoCap conference in...

Business Planning

How to Set Your Freelancer Rates

When you are an employee, your employer tells you what your rate is through your salary. But as a freelancer,...

Getting Started

Guide to Getting Started as a Freelancer

Freelancing is on the rise. For individuals, freelancing offers a compelling way to work with more flexibility and the freedom...

Getting Started

Is Starting a Business Right for Me?

If you’ve ever considered starting your own business, you may have wondered if that’s the right thing for you to...

Getting Started

Is Your Business Idea the Right One?

As an entrepreneurial person, you probably have no shortage of business ideas.  It’s not difficult to come up with potentially...

Business Planning

Is a Business Plan Necessary?

It seems that every businessperson has an opinion on whether a small business or startup founder should write a business...

Thinking Holistically

Fighting Hate Through Business

In the wake of Charlottesville, many top business executives have begun to stand up and publicly condemn hate by resigning...

Entrepreneurial Journey

Supporting Black-Owned Businesses: YaVette Holts of BAOBOB

August is Black Business Month. And, this week we had the honor of interviewing YaVette Holts, founder of BAOBOB –...

Funding a Business

How Much Money Do I Need to Raise?

A couple weeks ago, we looked at how to assess whether you are ready to raise money for your business....

Funding a Business

Are You Ready to Raise Money for Your Business?

When we interview entrepreneurs for our accelerators, we ask them about their biggest challenge in starting their business.  The answer...

Building Capacity

Reduce Your Stress with These Tips for Managing Your Business’ Cash Flow

Last week, we shared how to analyze your business’ cash flow.  Since this is such an important topic for business...

Business Planning

Guide to Analyzing Your Business’ Cash Flow

When I was an investment banker, I went through extensive training on how to analyze the health of a business’...

Entrepreneurial Journey

Healing Her Community: Daisy Ozim, Resilient Wellness

This week, I had the pleasure of interviewing Daisy Ozim, founder of Resilient Wellness, an innovative, cooperatively-owned healthcare system designed...

Business Planning

Tips for Pricing Your Product or Service

For many entrepreneurs, setting a price for your product or service can feel intimidating. Your ability to attract customers, generate...

Freelancing

Guide to Creating a
Self-Employed Budget

Being self-employed has its perks, including flexibility in your work schedule and the ability to work with the clients you...

Thinking Holistically

Manage Energy, Not Time

Late last week, I came down with a cold. For me, colds never come at the right time. It’s always...

Entrepreneurial Journey

Growing from Freelancer to Cooperative: Aaron Joseph, Identafire

This week, I had the pleasure of interviewing Aaron Joseph, freelance web designer and developer. In this interview, Aaron shares...

Thinking Holistically

Working for Yourself Doesn’t Have to be Lonely

You’re working for yourself.  You get to work from home. Work with clients you choose.  Work on projects you enjoy. ...

Entrepreneurial Journey

Delivering to Her Community, April Fenall of Piikup

This week, I had the pleasure of interviewing April Fenall, founder and CEO of Piikup, delivery services for businesses and...

Entrepreneurial Journey

Announcing Our San Francisco Business Accelerator

Uptima Business Bootcamp is proud to announce the opening of our second business accelerator. We have partnered with Impact HUB...

Entrepreneurial Journey

Supporting Local Bookstores: Hannah Onstad, H2O Content Strategy & LOAKL

This week, I had the pleasure of interviewing Hannah Onstad, freelance content strategist at H2O Content Strategy and founder of...

Getting Started

Guide to Exploring Your Business Idea

You have an idea for a business! You’re eager to dive in and turn that idea into an actual product...

Entrepreneurial Journey

Creating a Business on Holistic Principles: Nubian Flunder, The Healing Place Apothecary

This week, I had the pleasure of interviewing Nubian Flunder, founder & CEO of The Healing Place Apothecary, an Oakland-based...

Business Planning

Guide to Getting Started on Your Business’ Financial Forecast

Many entrepreneurs struggle to put together the numbers, or financial forecast, for their business. However, understanding your business’ financial outlook...

Entrepreneurial Journey

Creating a Business Out of Telling Stories: Jared Karol, Storytelling for Good

This week, I had the pleasure of interviewing Jared Karol to learn more about his story of becoming a freelancer...

Freelancing

How to Respond to “Can I Pick Your Brain?”

As a freelancer or business owner, you may have been asked on more than one occasion, “Can I pick your...

Entrepreneurial Journey

Following Her Passion: Ariana Marbley, Esscents of Flowers

This week, I’m excited to roll out a new feature on our blog. Every other week we will tell the...

Thinking Holistically

The Hidden Benefits of Asking for Support

Later this month, we will graduate another cohort of our funding a business class. Soon, they will go out and...

Thinking Holistically

Are You Ready to be CEO of Your Startup?

We were halfway through our business planning class last week – this is the point when we see many participants...

Thinking Holistically

Embrace Your Vulnerability as an Entrepreneur

Some years ago, I told a business partner that I didn’t want to be a CEO. I was terrified of...

Thinking Holistically

Create Relationships, Not Just Transactions

Since Valentine’s Day is this week, I’ve been thinking about love, relationships and business. You may ask “What do love...

Getting Started

The Power of Entrepreneurs Right Now

Anyone who has been keeping up with the news knows that we are living in a new era, where a...

Business Planning

Can’t I Just Hire Someone to Write My Business Plan?

This past weekend, we started another cohort of our business planning class, Module 2: Creating a Business Roadmap. Every time...

Getting Started

Laid Off? Try Freelancing

During the mortgage crisis of 2008, I was laid off from my job in investment banking. This was the second...

Getting Started

Don’t Quit Your Day Job… Yet

When I am interviewing aspiring entrepreneurs for our programs, I always ask about their short-term personal goals. In almost every...

General

Welcome to the Uptima Business Bootcamp Blog

When I started Uptima Business Bootcamp in 2014, I drew from my own experience as an investment banker, advising businesses...