Business Planning

Prioritize and strategize

Feeling like you’re working hard and not getting anywhere is a common problem. Often, people work just a little bit on a lot of different tasks. Then at the end of the day it feels like you worked so hard but didn’t get anything done. Fortunately there are strategies you can employ to stop that […]

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Hiring the right person the first time

When you are hiring a new employee, getting the right person the first time around saves you a lot of time and money. These simple tips will ensure that you hire the right person. Rather than calling them employees, let’s start out by calling them team members Group interview: While a person might seem like […]

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Look back and plan forward

The New Year is a natural time to want to start making some changes. Which is why now is the time to look back on your year. While experience is great to have, you need to evaluate it to get the most out of it. In order to be more successful in this New Year, […]

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Mark up vs. margin

The terms markup and margin are often mistakenly used interchangeably, though they are quite different. Getting this right makes a big difference in the profitability in your business. Markup is percentage amount added to the cost price to arrive at the selling price. Margin is the amount of gross profit made on the selling price, […]

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Managing your results

Mastering the basics of running a business is the first thing I work on with a new client. Managing your money, your time, and the consistency of your product and delivery are the key to running your business. These fundamentals are so important to running your business because you need to know where you are […]

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Developing your niche

Your niche (is it “nitch” or “neash”?) is necessary for growing profits and increasing cash flow so that you can have a successful business. That may seem obvious, but the definition of niche means  ”you have no price competition.”  In many ways this is where you get your marketing right. That’s what developing a niche […]

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Team Building for Maximum Success

To get the most out of your team you need to be sure they are set up for success in your organization from the start. That is, fitting in with the culture and proper training. The best way to get your team to fit with your company’s culture is to be sure they come into […]

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Eliminating Time Vampires

Do you find that by Friday most of your weekly to do list that you wrote on Monday hasn’t been touched?   Hint:  Change your “TO DO” list to a “TO ACHIEVE” list.  Do you really want to “DO” stuff or “ACHIEVE” great things? This is a common problem. Either you are planning too much in […]

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Delivering the best possible service

Having a great product or service, and providing that great product or service consistently are the reasons why customers return. There is something that sets those businesses apart from the competition. Think about the businesses you frequent- you like the product they offer and they deliver the service you need and expect. How often do […]

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Valued Systems

Are you finding it difficult to grow your business and to give your staff new responsibilities? You can only do so much by yourself until you’re completely burnt out. If you only think of how to do things, you’re going to be doing it by yourself forever. If every new employee has to be trained […]

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