Success

The Best Gifts to Give Yourself for Christmas

| December 8, 2015 | 0 Comments

Give Yourself Time with Family You’ve managed to launch a new business–or your current business is on track–but how much time to you have to spend with your family? It’s one thing to spend your time launching your business. I hope you took my advice about talking this out with your family before your launched. [...]

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Are You Giving Your Company Its Annual Physical?

Are You Giving Your Company Its Annual Physical?

| November 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

As the year is reaching a close are you giving your company its annual physical? What goals did you set that you have achieved? What goals did you not meet and why? If you had to start you company over again which employees would you hire again, and which ones would you not bring along [...]

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Winter is Coming: Keep the Ball Rolling with Achievable Goals

| October 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

As we move into winter, you should be taking stock of how the year has gone so far. Especially if you are business with a boom in sales around the holidays. It is easy to become complacent at this time of year when weather starts to interfere with business, day light hours are shrinking, and [...]

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Lead at a Higher Level

Lead at a Higher Level

| October 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

Leadership is the X factor in starting and building a successful company. It will influence your entire development, from top to bottom. As a business owner, you have to chart the company’s course. At the same time, especially in the beginning, you are at a disadvantage because you are probably not in a position to [...]

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Expecting Success vs. Working towards Success

Expecting Success vs. Working towards Success

| October 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

Have Realistic Expectations A lot has been said about a new study of happiness being tied to low expectations, but that isn’t the lesson of the study at all. Low expectations are a terrible goal. No one wants to be mediocre or run a lousy business. Instead, author and neuroscientist Robb Rutledge writes, “Happiness depends [...]

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Perfect is the Enemy of Good: Beta Testing Your Business

| September 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

May I Take Your Order? vs. How Can I Help You? Name your top 3 favorite restaurants. How often have you visited them in the last month? My guess would be that you have visited McDonalds or another fast food restaurant more than once in the last month. Companies like McDonalds are the most profitable [...]

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Reinventing the Wheel: Mirror Other Successful Companies

Reinventing the Wheel: Mirror Other Successful Companies

| September 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

In life, we often get advice “don’t reinvent the wheel.” But another maxim says:  “Stick with the winners.” If you find yourself struggling to come up with a business idea to start or if you are wrestling with the same problem, step away from your world and take a look at what other people are doing. You [...]

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5 Secrets To Hiring Great Employees Fast

| September 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

Interviewing and hiring may seem simple, but the process requires preparation and forethought. You must be prepared when putting out an ad. You will receive many applications and not all resumes will be honest or accurate. With all this you will also be under pressure to fill the open position and get on with business. Here are 5 secrets to making a great hire. 1. Be clear what you are looking for in your ad. Be specific with duties and expectations listed. But most of all, understand that you probably won’t be able to find someone who has all the skills and experience you want. 2. Have a list of questions printed out before the interview. This will keep you on point and establishes professionalism. It is important to go over the job title and duties, and your expectations, in the initial interview. 3. Let each candidate know that whomever you hire will get a thirty-day trial period. I have had too many people tell me they can do a job that they simply cannot do. Telling them there is a trial period tends to keep them more honest with their assessment of their own abilities. 4. Conduct all the interviews over one or two days. This makes it easier to compare candidates. If the hiring is prolonged, you may lose a good early candidate or be more tempted to go with one you interviewed most recently. 5. I cannot stress this next point enough: Do not hire anyone the day you interview him or her, if at all possible. I do recognize that some positions just need to be filled with a warm body, but if it is more than this, sleep on it. I cannot tell you how many times my mind has changed with a night’s rest. I said this earlier but it bears repeating. Never, ever, ask interviewees their age, marital status, parenting status, religion or political views, as this opens you up for discrimination issues. But you should get a sense of the potential hire’s attitudes towards work and customer service. ”What would you do if…?” questions can get this information without asking inappropriate questions. For example, Steve Bell, owner of Pacific Cabinets, says. “If people have the same core values that we have—if they have a great attitude…if they have the ability to learn—then we can hire them and teach them anything they need to know in the business.”* *Source: http://www.sba.gov/blogs/5-tips-hiring-and-empowering-great-employees  

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5 Qualities of an Entrepreneur: Skip the MBA, Get a Mentor

| August 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

Perhaps you’ve clicked past job listings that required advanced degrees you don’t have. That career ceiling typically disappears for successful entrepreneurs. In fact, college graduates experienced the largest slump in new business creation for 2011. Unlike a human resources department, most of your customers aren’t worried about what pieces of paper are hanging on the business [...]

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Branding Your Business Today!

| August 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

Last week we started to talk about branding. Branding is a promise you make to your customers about an important quality or attribute they can expect to receive from using your product or service. Take a word of phrase that summarizes this promised quality and start to use it in your marketing materials. In your [...]

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