Category Archives for "Business Models"

Feb 19

Just how crazy are entrepreneurs? Ask Queen Isabella

By Bruce Firestone | Business Coaching , Business Models , Entrepreneurship , Finance , Firestone Institute , Investing , Real Estate , Real Estate Investment Coaching , Sports & Entertainment

If you want to understand entrepreneurs, maybe you live with one or work with or for one, then read this excerpt (see below) from Don’t Back Down, the real story of the founding of the NHL’s Ottawa Senators and why big leagues matter, a book I wrote for the 25th anniversary of the founding of […]

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Feb 08

Elderly Couple Get an Income Boost

By Bruce Firestone | Architecture , Business Coaching , Business Models , Design , Entrepreneurship , Finance , Investing , Life Coaching , Real Estate , Real Estate Investment Coaching , Sales & Marketing , Urban Economics

As folks get older, they tend to earn less even before they officially retire. Many people will recall the “Freedom 55” slogan from an old advertising campaign. I tell young people I coach, “Don’t pay any attention to the idea of retiring any time soon… if ever.” Why? For two main reasons: I believe human […]

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Jan 30

What should your hourly billing rate be?

By Bruce Firestone | Business Coaching , Business Models , Entrepreneurship , Finance , Life Coaching , Real Estate Investment Coaching , Sales & Marketing

Whether you are a high-flying coach or consultant or a house cleaner, painter, handyman, what should your hourly billing rate be? I get asked that a lot. Here’s my answer: There has been a secular increase in costs in Ottawa and Ontario over the last few years. And not just in Ontario, but all across […]

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Jan 28

Overcoming resistance to change

By Bruce Firestone | Business Coaching , Business Models , Life Coaching , Real Estate Investment Coaching

The fear of loss in most people is greater than the desire for gain so anyone’s discomfort with change is quite understandable. In ancient times, when people went about gathering berries, they did so only during the day—nighttime was when bears, sabre-tooth tigers and other predators roamed and would attack you, so you went home […]

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Jan 19

The case of the rich dentist and his perpetual motion machine

By Bruce Firestone | Business Coaching , Business Models , Entrepreneurship , Finance , Investing , Real Estate , Real Estate Investment Coaching , Urban Economics

[This is an excerpt from an upcoming book I am working on called, Business Model Illustrations, Real Estate Investment and Personal Business for Life Mini Case Studies] David Leigh (not his real name) is a rich dentist, age 44 when he first comes to Firestone for coaching. He is a lean, polite married person with […]

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