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JuJuan Buford
Detroit, Michigan
Business Development, Entrepreneur, Sales Professional, Writer
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Posted by JuJuan Buford @JSBUFORD Video / Audio Version No one is immune to the stress and anxiety associated with entrepreneurship. We all get our turn with the bs.com: haters, negative environments, mishaps, death, disability, financial or experience deficits, etc., etc.,... Some of us are more adept at adapting to or managing stress than others. However, for those who are struggling with how to perform despite the inevitable duress we may find ourselves in, here are some tips. Be Mindful About Where You’re Focussing Your Attention Your attention is like the sun. Wherever it's focused, things tend to grow. Most studies concluded that the average person has about 12,000 to 60,000 thoughts per day. Of those thousands of thoughts, 80% were negative, and 95% were exactly the same repetitive thoughts as the day before. Gasp! How do you offset this unfortunate reality? Write down affirmations and keep them within arms reach at all times. When the self-defeating thoughts begin press pause, and read them aloud to yourself. Write and review your goals daily. Reset your day or evening by focusing on your destination rather than things that have happened already. You are your memories. Create new ones. Speak your affirmations and goals out loud regularly and imagine yourself showing up as your best self regularly. Have a learning itinerary. Entertain yourself with a good book or podcast that educates and equips you with new skill and knowledge sets. A bored or idle mind becomes the devil’s playground. Predictable Results (Income) is Found in Your Process. It’s How You Remove the Fog. The fog is the uncertainty and lack of clarity that entrepreneurs may experience. Operating in the fog creates stress and anxiety, similar to driving a car when visibility is extremely limited. If you can only see (predict) 3 feet... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2023 at CATCHJSBUFORD
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Posted by JuJuan Buford @JSBUFORD Video / Audio Episode A quick summary of the lessons I would impart to myself 20 years ago. **Hard Work Without Immediate Pay:** In the beginning stages of a business, you may have to put in a lot of work without seeing immediate financial rewards. This is normal and part of the journey. In other words, become OK as soon as possible with doing work you're not being paid for, to enjoy being paid for work you no longer have to do sooner rather than later. **Be Open-Minded:** Far too often, new entrepreneurs start with this idealized list of things they refuse to do. It's the kiss of death. Your success (especially financially) could care less about how you feel or what you want. Instead, focus on doing whatever is necessary to achieve success. BE WILLING. **Clarity of Mission:** It's crucial to be clear about your mission and what you want to accomplish in your business. Your mission should resonate with your values and guide your actions. It's your internal compass and will eventually serve as your company's North Star. **Build Resonance:** You should aim to build trust and resonance with your audience. Having people who like, know, and trust you is essential for long-term success. People don't care what your services are. They care why your services exist and what outcomes can you deliver to them. **Don't Over-Investigate:** Avoid spending excessive time investigating every aspect of your business or industry. If you're seeking perfection or the perfect time, you're not going to find it. Get into action and start building. Learn. Do. Evaluate. Reset. **Creating a List:** Create a list (physical list) of potential contacts, including friends, family, and even strangers, to introduce your products or services. It decreases psychological and operational lag. **Focus... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2023 at CATCHJSBUFORD
Posted by JuJuan Buford @JSBUFORD Important Questions Entrepreneurs Need to Be Able to Answer Every Year, Month, Week, & Day... Especially When Starting the Month! What is my Masterpiece Goal? The thing that will make the BIGGEST Difference? Me: Gold Executive Director. Because of the leader, it will force me to become. Because of the growth, it will force me to experience. Because of the resources it will put at my disposal to curate the life I desire. What skills or talents do I need to improve in order to achieve my Masterpiece Goal? Me: The art of promotion. Obscurity is my enemy. People need to know and SEE the progress, success stories, and growth of my cadre (teammates). What are the TOP 3 THINGS I will achieve to make September a Masterpiece? Me: #1. Promote the TeamNewHorizons Entrepreneur Boot Camp #2. Find an Entrepreneurial Organization or Network to Serve #3. Be in bed and asleep by 9PM est. (Wish me luck) #4. I'm cheating. Create some type of promotional content thrice a week to highlight our achievements. WHO's GOT NEXT? Do you have additional questions? Call 888.549.9689 x.101 or I invite you to visit my online calendar and schedule a virtual meet-up. And if you found this article and any of our content to be awesome, and you're feeling tipsy? Click this link 👉 Buy me a coffee! Join our email list to enjoy a more comprehensive, insightful experience 👉 JSB Business Solutions Email List #catchjsbuford #entrepreneurshipisempowerment #nextoppsocial #smallbizarchitecture #businessdevelopment #entrepreneurship #jsbbusinesssolutionsgroup #smallbizarchitect #jsbbusinesssolutionsgroup #businesssolutions JuJuan Buford, Managing Partner 888.549.9689 / [email protected] Website - https://thebufordco.com/ Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2023 at CATCHJSBUFORD
Posted by JuJuan Buford @JSBUFORD In the ever-evolving landscape of business and professional relationships, one thing remains clear: valuable partnerships are the lifeblood of success. But how can you ensure that you attract the right partners when you need them? The answer lies in proactive recruitment and visionary networking. In this article, we will explore the art of building valuable partnerships by recruiting them before you even realize you need them. Continuous Talent Inventory: The Foundation of Proactive Recruitment The first step in attracting valuable partners is to build and maintain a continuous talent inventory. This means regularly taking stock of the talented individuals in your network and beyond. Here's how you can do it: **Frequent Evaluation**: Make it a habit to evaluate the people around you. Identify their strengths, skills, and potential contributions to your endeavors. **Understand Motivations**: Dive deeper into the motivations of those in your network. What drives them? What are their passions and aspirations? Understanding these factors will help you tailor your approach. **Long-term Goals**: Inquire about their long-term goals, specifically where they see themselves in 3-5 years. Aligning your vision with theirs can create powerful synergies. Weaving Vision and Impact into Conversations Your vision and the impact you want to make on the world should be at the core of every discussion you have. Here's how to incorporate them effectively: **Consistency**: Consistently communicate your vision and goals in all your interactions, whether they are professional meetings, casual conversations, or social gatherings. **Storytelling**: Use storytelling to paint a vivid picture of your vision and how it aligns with your potential partners' aspirations. Make it personal and relatable. **Passion and Authenticity**: Express your passion for what you do authentically. People are drawn to those who genuinely believe in their mission. Cultivating Happy Clients: The Referral Engine Happy... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2023 at CATCHJSBUFORD
Posted by JuJuan Buford @JSBUFORD Conflict is an inevitable part of life, especially in the world of business. However, what sets successful businesses and professionals apart is their ability to resolve conflicts effectively and, even better, to prevent them from arising in the first place. Through my years of experience in managing B2B relationships, I have come to understand that the key to conflict resolution lies in proactive measures. This article will explore two essential strategies I have found invaluable: clarifying expectations and utilizing Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs). Clarifying Expectations: The Foundation of Conflict Prevention The foundation of any successful business relationship is the clarity of expectations. Misunderstandings and miscommunications are often the root causes of conflicts. To minimize the likelihood of conflicts, it is imperative to clarify expectations from the outset. Here's how you can do it: A) Define Roles and Responsibilities: Clearly outline the roles and responsibilities of each party involved in the business relationship. This ensures that everyone understands their duties and how to be accountable. B) Establish Communication Protocols: Create a structured communication plan that includes regular check-ins, reporting mechanisms, and escalation paths. This prevents issues from festering due to lack of communication. C) Set Performance Metrics: Define key performance indicators (KPIs) and measurable goals that both parties agree to achieve. Regularly assess progress against these metrics to track the success of the relationship. D) Anticipate Challenges: Acknowledge potential challenges and risks upfront. Develop contingency plans and strategies to address these issues if they arise. Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs): Building Strong Foundations In the realm of B2B relationships, MOUs are powerful tools for conflict prevention and resolution. An MOU is a formal agreement that outlines the terms and conditions of the relationship between two parties. Here's why I'm a huge advocate for MOUs: A) Clarity of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2023 at CATCHJSBUFORD
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#thedirt #thework #catchjsbuford #teamnewhorizons #smallbizarchitect #entrepreneurship #entrepreneurshipisempowerment Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2023 at CATCHJSBUFORD
They say the fastest horses haven't hit the track yet. Interesting. These same people often try to dictate the pace. The how. The when. The why. They want to control everything. Ascribe terms like leadership to their favorites, Rather than celebrating exampleship. But that's not entrepreneurship. Perhaps, WE, don't want to run on your track. Perhaps, we aren't horses. And you can't recognize us. Maybe, we're wolves. And guess what, We're Here. #catchjsbuford #leadership #exampleship #businessdevelopment #salesmanagement #purpose #smallbizarchitect Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2023 at CATCHJSBUFORD
Posted by JuJuan Buford @JSBUFORD Ok. Time the expunge my rabbit, nerd thoughts. Things my entrepreneurial spirit desires to see... #1. It would be incredible to see cannabis dispensaries that look like a Microsoft or Apple stores. The market has shifted and the entrepreneurs in the industry have not. Professionals and older people want to feel comfortable, safe, responsible, and sophisticated about their cannabis consumption. The industry needs to grow and level up. It's not for the grimy any more. #2. African Americans will no longer be a significant (influence and power) voting bloc very soon. Instead the African Community will become the 3rd or 4th largest ethnic group in the United States in the near future. And it's not if significant ground was made up socio-economically as the 2nd largest ethnic group for centuries. Add to the aforementioned circumstances, it is projected that the African Diaspora in the United States will hit rock bottom in terms of network during our lifetimes. Any thinking person knows what that means. No agency. It's time to hit the resent button and start looking for fertile ground in Africa. I'd like to see and participate in more podcasts, interviews, documentaries, and initiatives that focus on how become investors, contributors, and positive actors in the continent. #3. I want to see think tanks and conferences that put entrepreneurs in the room together to solve access to healthcare, healthier food, transportation, and education regarding how to wield economic influence in politics in the city of Detroit. #4. I want to see affordable, accessible spaces 24/7 for content creation. #5. I want to see more initiatives that provide capital for micro-business owners to grow into employers (capital for the acquisition of and on-boarding of talent). It is the BIGGEST stumbling block for small business owners. #6.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2023 at CATCHJSBUFORD
Two Very Important Business Questions to Start the Day for the Rest of Your Life. What are the three tasks I will achieve to make Today a Masterpiece? Who are the top 5 people I need to speak with to make Today a Masterpiece? Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2023 at CATCHJSBUFORD
Most people have good work habits. But it's the poor thinking habits, or worse the lack there of that causes the most suffering. Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2023 at CATCHJSBUFORD
Not everyone is deserved of the destiny you're building towards. Not everyone is committed = Willing to follow through on the thing they've committed to verbally, after the excitement and convenience of the moment has evaporated. The scrutiny, accountability, and expectations become greater. The air becomes thinner, and the climb breaks them. Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2023 at CATCHJSBUFORD
I woke up this morning on 10, DIEZ, TEN this morning. I keep thinking about this upcoming recession and re-alignment that is occurring. So motivated to scale responsibly. So much opportunity to really scale impact and change people's lives. I want to build companies that build people. Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2023 at CATCHJSBUFORD
Posted by JuJuan Buford @JSBUFORD There are several relevant business credit bureaus that small business owners should be aware of. These bureaus collect and maintain information on the creditworthiness and payment history of businesses. Here are some of the key business credit bureaus: Dun & Bradstreet (D&B): Dun & Bradstreet is one of the most well-known and widely used business credit bureaus. They provide credit scores and ratings, business credit reports, and other credit-related services. D&B assigns a unique identification number called a D-U-N-S Number to businesses, which is often used by lenders and vendors to assess creditworthiness. Experian Business: Experian is a major credit reporting agency that also offers credit services for businesses. Experian Business provides credit reports, credit scores, and monitoring services specifically for businesses. They gather data from various sources, including trade vendors, public records, and financial institutions, to evaluate a business's creditworthiness. Equifax Business: Equifax is another prominent credit reporting agency that offers business credit services. Equifax Business provides credit reports, credit scores, and risk assessment tools for businesses. They compile information from various sources, such as public records, financial institutions, and trade references, to create comprehensive business credit reports. CreditSafe: CreditSafe is a global business credit reporting agency that provides credit information and risk management solutions for businesses. They offer credit reports, credit scores, and monitoring services to assess the creditworthiness and financial stability of companies. CreditSafe operates in multiple countries and can provide international credit information as well. Experian Commercial Credit Score: Experian Commercial Credit Score is a scoring model specifically designed to assess the credit risk of small businesses. It uses a variety of factors, including payment history, industry risk, public records, and company size, to generate a credit score that reflects a business's creditworthiness. FICO SBSS Score: FICO Small Business Scoring Service... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2023 at CATCHJSBUFORD
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Everybody wants the accouterments of success. They want the applause. The ceremonies. Speaking engagements. The bag. But........ What about the dirt? #businesstips #entrepreneur #entrepreneurshipisempowerment #catchjsbuford #smallbizarchitect #nextoppsocial #entrepreneurship #teamnewhorizons #thedirt Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2023 at Team New Horizons
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Everybody wants the accouterments of success. They want the applause. The ceremonies. Speaking engagements. The bag. But........ What about the dirt? #businesstips #entrepreneur #entrepreneurshipisempowerment #catchjsbuford #smallbizarchitect #nextoppsocial #entrepreneurship #teamnewhorizons #thedirt Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2023 at CATCHJSBUFORD
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How do you become unstuck? Or stop feeling like you're losing? If we're being honest as entrepreneurs we've all been there. I personally began to experience the doldrums a lot less when I accepted that things generally take longer than I want them to. And it's going to be harder than I anticipate...most of the time. It's the price of achieving at an elite level. #businesstips #smallbizarchitect #entrepreneurshipisempowerment #entrepreneurship #nextoppsocial #catchjsbuford Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2023 at CATCHJSBUFORD
Posted by JuJuan Buford @JSBUFORD Disclaimer: This content has been made available for informational and educational purposes only and is not meant to be a substitute for legal, accounting, or other professional advice. If you have specific questions about any legal matter, you should consult with an attorney or other professional services provider. Investing in an S Corporation (S Corp) can offer certain advantages over a Limited Liability Company (LLC) for individuals looking to work with investors. Here are some potential advantages of investing in an S Corp: Attracting Investors: S Corps may be more attractive to certain investors, such as venture capitalists or angel investors, as they are a more familiar and established business structure. Investors may perceive S Corps as having a higher level of credibility and transparency compared to LLCs, which can make it easier to secure investment funding. Ease of Capital Raising: S Corps have the ability to issue different classes of stock, such as common and preferred shares, which can facilitate capital raising. This flexibility allows you to structure equity ownership in a way that aligns with the preferences and needs of potential investors. Additionally, S Corps can have an unlimited number of shareholders, which can accommodate a larger investor base. Investor Protection: S Corps offer investors certain protections and rights. Shareholders of S Corps typically have limited liability for the company's debts and obligations, similar to the limited liability protection provided by LLCs. This can be an appealing feature for investors, as it helps safeguard their personal assets from the company's liabilities/ Pass-Through Taxation: Like LLCs, S Corps have pass-through taxation, meaning the company's profits and losses pass through to the shareholders' individual tax returns. This can be advantageous for investors because they can potentially offset their share of the company's losses against other... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2023 at CATCHJSBUFORD
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Are you concerned about whether your job or occupation will exist 5 years or a year from now? Are you concerned about whether your business will be viable 10 seconds from now? You should be. The digital /artificial revolution is going to change our economy much more rapidly than any of the previous economic revolutions. It's not going to take a generation or decades to become apparent. More like months. However, AI cannot replace your creativity and what makes you unique, because it can only look backward. It will create new problems and challenges, requiring new solutions. Don't be married to a particular product or service. Be enthralled with solving people's problems. Borders failed because it thought it was a bookstore. It was married to the books and the CDs. Rather than satisfying people's appetite for easily accessible, fun, expansive learning experiences. Look forward. Innovate to elevate. Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2023 at CATCHJSBUFORD
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Yesterday, a friend asked me, how have I been able to survive and thrive in the midst of trauma. And overcome circumstances and offenses that normally torpedo people's motivation and cripple the soul. Later on in the evening. I had a fascinating discussion with some members of the cadre regarding the importance of mental health and addressing trauma. I've always viewed life like one big fitness test. And admittedly I'm a fitness fanatic and have periodically indulged in intense fitness challenges over the last several years or so. I actively search for obstacles to overcome physically, mentally, spiritually, and otherwise. I prefer using the word fitness as opposed to health because I believe fitness is a verb. I'm a firm believer that you have to act and fine-tune yourself in all areas of your life. I expect difficulties to arise periodically. It's best to build and prepare for them in advance. Thoughts? Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2023 at CATCHJSBUFORD
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One of the most draining and distracting challenges most small business owners have is managing staff. This stress leads to anger, resentment, and overall disharmony creating an unfun (I didn't know it was really a word) environment to work in. I observed a long time ago that most Starbucks cafes I've frequented typically have 10-12 people on staff, to fill 3-4 positions. Yet, I'd observed the store manager interviewing people at a frenetic pace just about every time I walked in through the door. What kind of message do you think it indirectly sends when they know their replacement is sitting at a table observing them? Never stop looking for talent. #smallbizarchitect #salesmanagement #nextoppsocial #businesstips #catchjsbuford Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2023 at CATCHJSBUFORD
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You're not going to wake up and feel like it every day. What you see 99.9% of the time is a snapshot of people's best moments. Sometimes, the best remedy is to simply get up, get moving, get out, and go get some. Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2023 at CATCHJSBUFORD
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Time. Love. Entrepreneurship. How are they related? Good things come to those who wait, but only the things left behind by those who hustle. (paraphrase of Abraham Lincoln quote). #entrepreneurship #entrepreneurshipisempowerment #timing #growthmindset #entrepreneur #love Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2023 at CATCHJSBUFORD
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There are more #plumbers who are #millionaires than #socialmedia millionaires. #catchjsbuford #entrepreneurship #businesstips #nextoppsocial #smallbizarchitect #entrepreneurshipisempowerment Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2023 at CATCHJSBUFORD
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Posted by JuJuan Buford @JSBUFORD Recruit the talent before you need it. When you meet talented people with great work ethics, inventory what they are passionate about, what they are highly effective at, and where they want to be 1, 3, or 5 years from now. There are a lot of people who start out believing they are leaders or CEOs, but soon discover after experiencing trials and tribulations that they are better suited to be intrapreneurs as opposed to entrepreneurs…and there is nothing wrong with that. Leadership is skilled trade. Mission casting is skilled trade. Empathizing and simultaneously demanding accountability is skilled trade. Inspiring people is skilled trade. Some people have all the know-how in the world, but lack the temperament and desire required to take on the risks and rigors of being a visionary leader. Know what questions to ask on the first, second, and third dates. How do you know if someone is going to be a good fit long-term? Do they get (resonate) with your vision and or mission? If they believe in what you're doing, they'll go the extra mile because they've adopted and internalized your goals as their own. Do they want to be accountable? Are they the type of person that arrives early or late? Do they exercise ultimate accountability or do they pass the buck? People can respect and even admire what it is you’re taking aim at, but that doesn’t mean they want to pay the price required to accompany you there. Do they have the skills (demonstrable) to pay the bills? Hopes, dreams, aspirations, and potential are nice things, but the most successful organizations regardless of industry tend to attract and retain the most talented people. If you are a real estate broker and you're looking for a broker assistant.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2023 at CATCHJSBUFORD
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Posted by JuJuan Buford @JSBUFORD I'm not an oracle. And I'm acutely aware that I don't have all the answers. However, after decades of starts and stops and peaks and valleys, I've learned some things. One of the most valuable lessons. You can choose whether to go through things. Or grow through them. 2000: I didn't know what was going on. I felt very stressed and alienated. I just knew one thing...continue making dials and keep setting appointments. I was in straight-up survival mode, but I took solace in something an older real estate investor who was easily 50 years my senior shared with me. Keep working and helping people. The universe will conspire in your favor. I don't know if I believed him, but I trusted his belief in me. 2008: I watched almost a decade of blood sweat, and tears disappear on paper. My personal life was in shambles, and I was dealing with a most heinous opponent and personal affronts to me were incessant. I searched for a change in environment and leadership. Began pivoting into segments, industries, and markets that were in alignment with my passion and interests. I learned that you never truly know it all. Entrepreneurs don't know it all, we simply tend to see things first. I stopped being afraid of experimentation and began failing super fast. 2019: I watched others run for the hills or become enamored with the idea of the month phenomena. I simply doubled down and business was very productive. I was experiencing some huge personal life earthquakes, but I never felt like I wasn't standing on solid ground. I trusted the process and allowed things to flow like water, and additional verticals sprouted. I spent an inordinate amount of time studying leadership and became at peace with who... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2023 at CATCHJSBUFORD