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Why Use A Marketing Plan

By admin | Jun 6, 2018

Ok, why use any plan to run your business? In my experience a lot of small businesses, typically really small businesses don’t use any type of written planning to run their business. These businesses are usually what are affectionately known as “Mom & Pop’s” or just “Mom” or “Pop” businesses. They are really someone just in business for all practical purposes to create a job for themselves. So, what the hell, why do they need…

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Employee Training – When and How Much?

By admin | May 30, 2018

Employee training is, in my opinion, one of the forgotten tools that a business can use to improve both its top and bottom line. A better trained workforce provides the business with obvious advantages. An employee who is trained to do a job is going to do a better job and he or she will be more efficient in carrying out their duties. A workplace that offers regular training to its employees will attract better,…

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How to Promote Your Employees

By admin | May 23, 2018

Our employees or human resources are the most important asset of almost every business. As such each step in developing our employees is consequential. The opportunity to promote whether is dependent on a predetermined structure or is motivated by an immediate need to replace offers you a chance to build your relationship with an individual employee as well as your workforce. A promotion is often used as a reward for an employee’s work performance. In…

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How to Get Useful Business Advice Quick and Easy

By admin | May 18, 2018

First, I will assume that you are open to seeking business advice to help you build a better business. If you are not then you need read no further. I have been helping small business owners build better businesses for 15 years. Prior to that I owned 5 different business that I either bought or started, built and successfully sold. In addition, I grew up in a family owned business. All this experience gives me…

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Loyalty – Where Do I Find Loyal Employees?

By admin | May 11, 2018

Loyal employees, like many of the characteristics of a successful business, starts with the owner(s). It typically starts the day you decide to open your own business and you start putting together your business plan. It’s during the planning process that you must decide just what kind of business attitude or atmosphere do you want to create. Most people call this your business culture. Your business culture finds its beginning with you and what you…

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How Big Can I Grow My Business?

By admin | May 2, 2018

This can be a really tough question to answer, in particular if it is your business. First, there are resources we need to successfully grow a business. “Would we be able to find and afford them?” Secondly, “How do I develop a business plan that if effectively implemented will lead to growth of my business?” Thirdly, are the questions about oneself like “Am I qualified to lead this business and successfully grow it according to…

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How Do I Share My Business Information with My Employees?

By admin | Apr 18, 2018

The answer to the question, “How do I Share Business Information with my Employees”, has several parts. First, you need to decide if you want to share this kind of information. There are several reasons you might want to share your business information with some or all your employees. First, many business owners want to “empower” their employees so they can perform at higher levels. Secondly, the employee can feel more a part of a…

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How Do I Maintain Growth?

By admin | Apr 11, 2018

This is one of what I call a magical question; everyone in business ask the question where is your growth, and everyone has their own answer. One of my law professors summed it up best, “You say.” I would agree that there can be many answers and in most cases the answer for growth can be very long and sometimes complicated. I choose to try and keep it simple as I do with all my…

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Grow Your Business From Day 1

By admin | Apr 9, 2018

At first glance, the topic of this blog may seem a bit self-evident. Every business starts to grow in one way or another the first day it opens for business. My point in this article is we all want to grow, but how do you want to grow? Are you seeking a path to grow that goes more or less straight up or do you want to be a bit more conservative and grow say…

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