What Does 2018 Look like From the Small Business Point of View?

As the year winds down, it is only natural to look forward to 2018. Some businesses develop extensive business plans for the new year; while I suspect that most small businesses simply think about the new year and record little of their plan on paper. I encourage all my clients to take the time, away…

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It is Time to Go – How to Know When it is Time to Leave Your Business

Every business venture has a beginning and end for its owner. A great deal of time is typically put into the beginning of the business. The beginning or start-up phase is an exciting time for everyone concerned particularly the owner. Plans are written and re-written as assets are counted and typically to a lesser extend…

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Its August and Time for a Vacation

This coming week my wife and I are going to take a short vacation. We will have 5 grandchildren with us, so I expect we will have an exciting time. I suspect that it is hard for many business owners, as it is for me, to take a vacation. In my case, I have a…

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Serving the Customer after the Sale

All of us are in the business of selling and delivering a product(s) and or service(s). The question I would like to explore today is what do you do once the customer says yes? Every company at this point should be prepared to deliver the product(s) and or service(s) that the customer has purchased. Unfortunately,…

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Getting It Right

How often do you get it right in your business? Everyday a business owner is challenged to “get it right” on a multitude of decisions. Each decision involves having the ready knowledge of a variety of subjects. You not only must have the right information, but you are expected to make the right decision every…

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Follow-Up on Building Your Business-Part I?

How do you go about building your business? Many of us use previous learning such as what we learned from school, books, or “experts” to direct our building process. I suspect a larger number just jump in and start building their business. Yes, they may take a class and or read a book, but if…

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Building Your Business

How do you go about building your business? Many of us use previous learning such as what we learned from school, books, or “experts” to direct our building process. I suspect a larger number just jump in and start building their business. Yes, they may take a class and or read a book, but if…

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What Drives Your Employees?

This week’s blog is obviously directed at those small business owners who have employees. However, I believe that even those who do not have employees can benefit themselves from the information in the blog. There are several factors that motivate all of us to do the work we do. Each employee is a human being…

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Do You Know Who Your Market Is?

I was reading an article this past week by John Jantsch entitled, “The Biggest Marketing Challenge for Small Businesses”. In his article, John provides an ‘ABC’ on putting together a viable marketing plan for small businesses. One of the items on his “checklist” is to create a description of your ideal customer. The question of…

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