What Five Guys Taught Me About Business!

Five Guys
Hi ladies! I believe that this is the time where MANY kingdom businesses will emerge! Business is my heart and passion. I want to share with you two important keys concerning business that I simply observed from grabbing a simple burger and fries at Five Guys.


1. Quality over Quantity

I visited Five Guys in Jacksonville for the first time last year. I noticed a sign on the window that says the following: “Five Guys does two things exceptionally well: burgers and fries.” It didn’t say “Five Guys has everything that you could possibly want to eat.” That business is booming because they pinpointed their level of their expertise. No, they don’t have 100 things on their menu, but what they do have, has made them extremely successful. I’m convinced that you don’t need 10 different businesses and don’t need to be the “jack/jill” of all trades. If we can simply focus on MASTERY and excellence, the level of success would be unmatched!

Quality over Quantity!

Deliver a great service.  Really, entrepreneurship is simply the ability to solve a problem for a profit, and the thing is, you don’t have to solve multiple problems! In my business Etiquette Power, my focus is on “polishing the professional.” I offer services that cater to individuals, schools, businesses, and professionals who would like to enhance their professional, leadership, and communication skills. That is my level of expertise! I stay in my lane, and it has helped me connect with many individuals and businesses who have been looking for my services! Solve a problem! Focus on great quality!


2. Don’t just it, but do it well!

Five Guys packages its food in a paper bag…..Nothing fancy, nothing over the top, but I’ve never experienced a bad meal there. They do things well!

As you go about your business, know this: “You don’t have to be extravagant, but you NEED to be excellent!” Do the business, but do it well! Let’s visit one of my favorite scriptures concerning the story of Daniel in the Bible. (Daniel 6:3) “Daniel was preferred over the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm.

“He was preferred!

His spirit of excellence gave him access to favor! May our prayer today be  Lord, give us an excellent spirit!”

Always remember : “Excellence is a bridge to your future”-Mike Murdock


So while you’re starting your business, focus on these two keys

Some of you are waiting to get all of your ducks in the row, well then you may be waiting until the next 10 years from now. Grow as you go! It’s time to step out. Listen Lady, yes I’m talking to you. No more procrastination! No more doubting! God will be with you every step of the way!

What are you waiting on? Get moving!

One last thing, feel free to comment the area that you feel like God is calling you to step out in and I will be praying with you concerning them!

I could talk much more about this subject, but I’ll stop here. I will have to do a part two on this subject soon.

Also, I would love to meet you April 21-22, in Atlanta for Bootcamp Atlanta. I will be speaking and can’t wait to share what God is doing alongside my husband Jonathan Ferguson. ♥Amanda Ferguson♥ Wife. Mother. Author.

58 Comments

  1. Jonae Grinage on 23 Mar 2017 at 10:47 am

    Hi Amanda! This blog is SO on time. My husband is an artist and we are believing that this is the year that he will be able to use his gift to support our family. We’re taking things one step at a time and we’re excited about the creativity God has been bringing out of him. Thank you so much for your prayers!

    • amandafergusonblog on 23 Mar 2017 at 10:52 am

      Wonderful! you’re welcome!

    • Sherese on 23 Mar 2017 at 12:20 pm

      Yes it is. Amanda you are such an inspiration and I love your encouragement and advice you give to us all. I thank you for taking time to for teaching and biblically breaking down scriptures that explains your point. Blessings Sherese Robinson

  2. Betty Sayles on 23 Mar 2017 at 10:48 am

    Wow! All I can say now is that God continues to “confirm His WORD” to me. He will provide for every Business in line with His Desires. Thank you Amanda for sharing timely wisdom.

    • amandafergusonblog on 23 Mar 2017 at 10:53 am

      amen! welcome!

  3. Karen on 23 Mar 2017 at 10:51 am

    Amanda thank you for sharing . I totally agree with you on having a spirit of excellence . I will add integrity to the mix. That has been my motto operate with excellence and integrity . I am in the process of launching a new business and I have been procrastinating waiting for everything to with the startup ” to be perfect” before I go public. This morning when I woke up , I said Lord help me to step up and launch out . I just have to trust you lord . I did not see your message , so ,this is. Information for me to go forth and grow. Please pray in agreement for Koilia Planning & Design’s success and for our excellent service. Thank You

    • amandafergusonblog on 23 Mar 2017 at 10:54 am

      amen, praying for you! you’ve got this!

      • Karen on 23 Mar 2017 at 10:57 am

        Thank you

  4. DAudrea Smith on 23 Mar 2017 at 10:59 am

    I’m strongly leaning towards becoming a life coach. I already have two small businesses. Just unsure right now, praying for clarity.

    • amandafergusonblog on 23 Mar 2017 at 11:05 am

      Praying with you! God will give you clarity:)

  5. Nathalie on 23 Mar 2017 at 11:01 am

    Oh My Oh my, this message is for me, no one else, I’ve been praying, planing so long to start my daycare business , i always said next year when i get more saving i will start and that saving never come alone, its being five years now , but this year the Lord put it on my heart this is the year to start but still thinking about the starting expenses. I am going trust God and make the right move step out in and start my dream business. Thank you my sister for your blogs they really help, Pray for God favor to be upon me as step out in faith to follow my dream.

    • amandafergusonblog on 23 Mar 2017 at 11:05 am

      Amen, praying with you! Great daycares are much needed and will always be in high demand. Go for it!

  6. Desirae Williams on 23 Mar 2017 at 11:03 am

    Thank you I needed this… I have been slowly working on an inspirational quote book to help inspire others.. The Lord has given me the gift of encouragement and He gives me quotes literally from His throne.. Thank you for the push!!!!

    • amandafergusonblog on 23 Mar 2017 at 11:06 am

      Amen, People need inspiration. Help to fill that void! Welcome!

  7. Jordan on 23 Mar 2017 at 11:09 am

    Amazing blog once again Mrs. Ferguson!! Such a word for me for this week, and not even concerning business. Many times in my life I feel like we, and deff I, try to be perfect. You try and make every move, every decision, every everything perfect so that you don’t “mess up ” or “mess up” what God wants to give you. God dealt with me this week about that, and again is confirming his word through your blog by just how you said, “you don’t need to be extravagant, but you need to be excellent.” Being excellent and then to keep walking by faith, you can never go wrong. Thank you so much!!!

    • amandafergusonblog on 23 Mar 2017 at 11:11 am

      Amen great insight! Glad it confirmed some things for you:)

  8. La Tisha on 23 Mar 2017 at 11:10 am

    Amazing! God bless you Amanda for being the light I needed to shine on my current business plan. I’ve stayed in the desert long enough, grew strong in the Spirit and waxed and now it’s time for my shewing! What an awesome word Daniel 6:3! I’m literally writing out my business plan and happen to see this post! Wishing you joy, prosperity and abundance all the days of your life.

    Love you to life, see you in Atlanta!

    • amandafergusonblog on 23 Mar 2017 at 11:12 am

      awww I’m so glad to hear that! love you too and yes! See you next month:)

  9. Monica Gary on 23 Mar 2017 at 11:25 am

    Hey Mrs. Amanda!! You are absolutely correct!! I have stepped out on some things over last couple of years and God is faithful!!! 😊😊 I hope to see you all in Atlanta!!

    • amandafergusonblog on 23 Mar 2017 at 11:31 am

      awesome! hope to see you there!

  10. Amberly on 23 Mar 2017 at 11:32 am

    God thank you for giving me just what I need when I need it. Thanks Amanda for your Godly counsel.

    • amandafergusonblog on 23 Mar 2017 at 11:36 am

      welcome:)

  11. Natasha Rose on 23 Mar 2017 at 11:34 am

    Yes Mrs Amanda!! This is such a powerful blog! I truly desire to walk in authorship and business consulting!! So this blog has truly allowed me to examine what I need to focus on and that is to JUST DO IT! It also allows me to pull out the scripture of where your treasure is your heart will be also, so I thank you for writting such an insightful post! Many blessings to you!

    • amandafergusonblog on 23 Mar 2017 at 11:37 am

      love it! thank you and blessings to you as well:)

  12. Elizabeth on 23 Mar 2017 at 11:46 am

    Awesome blog Amanda! Yes please pray for me as I am an emerging entrepreneur. I currently have a spiritual empowerment blog, http://www.elizabethastrickland.com and believe that God has called me to be an empowerment speaker to push people to draw closer to God. seek Him for their purpose and help them realize and maximize their potential to achieve their purpose. God has also given me a non-profit organization to start, focusing on women and leadership in the kingdom God and need wisdom on how to get started.

    • amandafergusonblog on 23 Mar 2017 at 12:06 pm

      amazing! praying for you!

  13. Tiffany Alana on 23 Mar 2017 at 11:59 am

    You never cease to amaze me Lady Amanda. Thank you again for staying consistent and sensitive. This was confirmation, encouraging and simply…On Time! I, alongside my business partner, am launching my business on April 1st. It was funny you said 10 years, because after waiting 10 years for this moment to finally be happening in my life, it has such an incredible feeling. I believe in excellence…doing everything with great moral and high standard beyond compare. As you stated, to Master the art of my craft. This is a push forward as we continue on this journey. Keep us in prayer…God is doing some amazing things even before we’ve launched. Divine connections…I want to make the Lord proud and represent His kingdom well. Tiffany and Nicole Creations/Designs By Tiffany and Nicole. That’s us…Thanks again!

    • amandafergusonblog on 23 Mar 2017 at 12:07 pm

      amazing! I can’t wait to see it unfold! praying for you both:)

  14. Kiki on 23 Mar 2017 at 12:09 pm

    I had a business called kiki beauty supply &salon, I loved it!. the Lord was using me to minister to people, miracles was manifesting, break thru was manifesting😊 believing God to open that door up for me again.

    • amandafergusonblog on 23 Mar 2017 at 12:11 pm

      believing God with you! Sounds great!

  15. Lisa Tucker on 23 Mar 2017 at 1:12 pm

    Thank you Amanda for sharing. I would like to schedule a meeting with you some day. Maybe you could give me some advice for my business. Its a Virtual Assistant business. Bless you.

  16. Mimi on 23 Mar 2017 at 1:14 pm

    I know that God is calling me to advocacy, entrepreneurship and ministry. There are so many ideas that I don’t know where to begin.

  17. Ashley on 23 Mar 2017 at 1:21 pm

    Thank you so much Amanda . You have definitely been a blessing in my life regarding being a wife .

    • amandafergusonblog on 23 Mar 2017 at 1:33 pm

      glad to hear:)

  18. Michael Higgins on 23 Mar 2017 at 1:58 pm

    This is such a Blessing, I’m a entrepreneurer myself.!

    • amandafergusonblog on 23 Mar 2017 at 2:00 pm

      awesome !

  19. Desiree M. Mondesir on 23 Mar 2017 at 3:30 pm

    I’m called to the ministry and marketplace as well. First and foremost, at my core, I am a writer. I’ve just published my 10th book (Judging the Prophetic) last month. However, I also have a masterclass called Blogpreneur – the hands-on masterclass for all those serious about blogging – that I launched last year. What I feel called to now is speaking: both ministerially and professionally. I also received a prophetic word from Dr. Kimberly Daniels concerning “oration” not long after I moved to Jacksonville this past Summer. That’s what I’d truly like to move into. It’s scary and exciting and the same time. I also know it’s necessary. Not to mention, it will help more people to learn about my literary work, both blog(s) and books.

    And BTW, I LOVE this blog!! It touches on every area of my current and future life!! I love this! I need this! #MoreofThisPlease

    • amandafergusonblog on 23 Mar 2017 at 3:38 pm

      Awesome! I know you will exceed in whatever you do:)

    • Crystal Roland on 23 Mar 2017 at 4:33 pm

      Blessings WOG! I had a dream recently where I thought in my mind (within the dream), of creating a biz that helps people find jobs. Like being my own HR rep/staffer. After some reflection I can’t help but think it’s an idea given by God. I know it’s something I’d enjoy and be good at! Lift me in prayer as I believe in God to steer the plan. I think I’d love to have an office in the city. Thank you for your inspiration & encouragement Amanda! Your business sounds awesome btw! I pray bountiful success in all your endeavors in Jesus’ name!

      • amandafergusonblog on 23 Mar 2017 at 4:44 pm

        sounds amazing! Praying for you and thank you:)

  20. Renee on 23 Mar 2017 at 3:31 pm

    Hi Amanda, years ago my husband and I owned a restaurant and it netted in the first month, $33,000.00. We serviced with and in excellence, had a commercial and newspaper spots to promote the business. The customers came 3 to 5 times weekly and we serviced a mutli-cultural group of people, the atmosphere was conducive to relaxation and the food was authentic. Where we went wrong is partnering with a couple who had a different vision than ours. The relationship grew apart and the business failed. You are dead on about doing everything in excellence; product, customer service, networking, and including God in the partnership. We are about to get out of the boat again, but this time we know who we will be in partnership with, God and God alone. The greatest thing now is to see the fire in my husband’s eyes to take one more stab at his dream, entreprenuership. Thank you for adding wisdom to where we are about to venture out. We definitely solicite your fervent prayers. Blessings woman of God

    • amandafergusonblog on 23 Mar 2017 at 3:40 pm

      Wow didn’t know that, but I know that business is all over you and your husband! I know that you all will do exceptionally well! Praying with you and for you family!

  21. Nashieka on 23 Mar 2017 at 3:46 pm

    Good read, time to step out!

    • amandafergusonblog on 23 Mar 2017 at 4:44 pm

      thank you amen!

  22. Alisa Miller on 23 Mar 2017 at 5:22 pm

    Thanks. This was gooood! Yuuuummy! Very inspirational! I am stepping out on faith…and prayer because of this blog right here!

    I have been desiring to start and work on event planning. I want to do children parties. I have not started, because I’m the type that need all the information in the world about event planning and business before I do anything at all.

    This blogged pushed me! I’m getting things done this week! Blessings.

    • amandafergusonblog on 23 Mar 2017 at 5:36 pm

      yayyyy! I know you will do very well:)

  23. Shekinah Walton on 23 Mar 2017 at 9:22 pm

    Yess WOG, this was everything!!!! This is the right thing that I needed to read at the right time!! God bless you.

  24. Rolonda Washington on 23 Mar 2017 at 10:00 pm

    Hi Amanda,
    This was right on time thank you. Trusting, believing and having faith in God that he will provide resources for my business. This article inspired me to trust God and walk by faith.

    Blessing to you and your family.

  25. Gina on 23 Mar 2017 at 11:00 pm

    Great on time word for me !

  26. Ney on 24 Mar 2017 at 11:22 am

    Just look at God!!! This is such a timely message from God through you sister Amanda. I have been contemplating opening up a nursey and preschool. I want to do it in the spirit of excellence but have been overthinking and allowing myself to be talked out of it.
    Quality over Quantity and Dont just do it, but do it well! Thank you for the confirmation. Im moving forward and not looking back. You will my story :). Thank you for the prayer too. God bless you!!!

  27. Ney on 24 Mar 2017 at 11:24 am

    Just look at God!!! This is such a timely message from God through you sister Amanda. I have been contemplating opening up a nursey and preschool. I want to do it in the spirit of excellence but have been overthinking and allowing myself to be talked out of it.
    Quality over Quantity and Dont just do it, but do it well! Thank you for the confirmation. Im moving forward and not looking back. You will hear my story :). Thank you for the prayer too. God bless you!!!

  28. Lyan on 24 Mar 2017 at 5:09 pm

    Hi Amanda,

    I want to start a make up business, please agree with me also!

    God bless you 🙂

    • amandafergusonblog on 24 Mar 2017 at 5:27 pm

      absolutely!

  29. Latoria Pearson on 25 Mar 2017 at 5:11 am

    This is an amazing and on time read Amanda Ferguson. I was just awakened to continue reading the book of Daniel chapter 6 and look at the scripture you quoted 6:3, one that I meditated on. Another portion was that Daniel prayed 3 times a day. I began to pray about a business I am trying to start and upon finishing my read I’ve come across your blog. God is amazing, bless you for your blog.

  30. Aucretia on 27 Mar 2017 at 10:41 pm

    Great post. I really enjoy reading your blog. My business is consulting and I am absolutely looking for God to help me to be excellent and to go forth fully in all that he has for me in this arena. This was really encouraging & so timely. Thank you for allowing God to use you with your blog. I solicit your prayers! Blessings!

  31. JaNese on 28 Mar 2017 at 12:01 am

    Well…ironically I started writing my book in Apr 2013…and have YET to complete it. My husband and I also started a photog business together but have not done as much as we know we should to get it booming. However, time is of the essence. So pray that the spirit of procrastination would flee!!! Meanwhile, I will continue to lift you guys up also ❤

  32. Kay on 1 Apr 2017 at 5:53 am

    Hello, I’ve had a non-profit business idea for several years and I’ve questioned if it’s not already been done. Also, I’ve wanted to start a blog and eventually write a book. With so many blogs and non-profit businesses, I wonder what else could I possibly write about and offer to the business world. I’m not sure what to pray for but as you feel lead.
    Bless you.

  33. Kay on 1 Apr 2017 at 6:01 am

    Hello.
    I’ve had a non-profit business idea for several years and I’ve questioned if it’s not already been done. Also, I’ve wanted to start a blog and eventually write a book. With so many blogs and non-profit businesses, I wonder what else could I possibly write about and offer to the business world. I’m not sure what to pray for but as you feel lead.
    Bless you.

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