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By Pat Hammond

Do you spend so many hours at Starbucks people think you work there?

Do you know the wifi password for every coffee shop in town?

Have you ever been passed over for a contract because you're "just a freelancer?" (Didn't expect that question, did you?)

If you said yes to any of those questions it might be time to rethink your workspace.

Working from home may be the cube dwellers dream, but it's not always a good fit for every business.

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By Pat Hammond

Become superhuman with one 30-minute workout a week - That's all it takes to achieve and maintain a healthy body.

The first thing Body Fusion FitClub owner John Hardwick will tell you is "30-Minutes once a week is all the work-out you need" to achieve optimal health.

It's a heck of a statement from a man with bulging biceps, but he's serious. So serious he's built an entire business around the concept.

Tucked into 2000 square feet of prime mill space, Body Fusion FitClub does not feel like any gym I've ever been to.

The focus of this boutique fitness club is training, recovery, and healing. And the overall feel of the room is relaxation.

On the day of my visit, filtered sunlight reflects a mellow glow off of the old brick walls as a handful of people sneak in a mid-day workout.

There's no loud music, no ker-thunking of weights, they don't have rows of treadmills or spin bikes and there is no sense of competition.

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By Pat Hammond

Are you dreaming about starting a business? Do have a business problem with your existing business? Or maybe things are going great and you're thinking about breaking into new markets and expanding your business. The good folks at Merrimack Valley SCORE want you to know that no matter where you are on your business journey they are here to help.

For anyone who isn't familiar with SCORE, it is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to "Foster vibrant small business communities through mentoring and education." [1]

It is also one of the oldest partner programs under the Small Business Administration (SBA) umbrella, and probably the most misunderstood, so I thought I'd take a minute and share a few things you should know about this fabulous, underused resource.

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By Pat Hammond

A Sneak Peek at SCORE's Fall Workshops!

This week's sneak peek comes from the Merrimack Valley Chapter of SCORE.

We may be in the lazy, hazy, days of summer, but the folks at the Merrimack Valley Chapter of SCORE are working hard to put together a full lineup of Fall workshops to help you start and grow your NH business. 

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By Pat Hammond

It's Time to Get Serious

Have you ever tried to find a business partner? Someone who shared your vision, had a similar work ethic, and the skills you needed to take your great idea from the back of a cocktail napkin to fruition?

I'll give you a hint, it's harder to find a business partner than it is to find a New Year's Eve date.

You might even say it's virtually impossible.

Networking events are a meat market. The people who aren't trying to get you to join their network marketing/MLM scheme are either selling insurance or looking for a job. Even if you luck into a carefully curated B2B event, there is almost no chance to find other business people looking for a partner or new business opportunity. Which is why I started the NH Business Partner Finder Group.

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By Pat Hammond

Success Starts Here

Do you know the difference between people who fail and people who succeed?

It's mental fortitude.

The fast track to success starts with a can-do attitude coupled with a strong work ethic. That means no excuses and no putting things off until next week so you can lay on the couch and binge watch Game of Thrones.

The new year is traditionally a time for new beginnings and I am launching the new NH Business Partner Finder group on Monday, January 2nd, the first business day of the new year.

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By Pat Hammond

The Exciting Life of an Entrepreneur

Being your own boss can be a great option in today's unreliable job market, but it's not for everyone.

On top of the challenge of finding clients, paying bills and taking on all those pesky chores that your former co-workers used to do, like billing, accounts receivable and marketing, you still have to find a way to service your customers and mix in enough down time so that you don't get burned out.

Join me for this week's edition of Live from the Hive as David Barron from New Hampshire Hypnosis and I compare notes and discuss the ups and downs of being self-employed.

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