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5 Simple Ways to Make Money Online

In today’s economy, you don’t need to have a 9-5 job to make real, good money. Thanks to the rapid expansion of the “gig” economy, there are now dozens, if not hundreds of ways to start making money online. You can either use skills you already have to supplement your current job, or make a […]

What’s the cost of being stuck?

There are lots of ways businesses get stuck.  They get stuck with people, stuck with systems, stuck with technology, stuck with products….there are hundreds of ways for business to get stuck.    But what about the Cost? This past week I learned of an example of a company that was stuck in old technology.   The company […]

A Case Study of a Business on the Brink

Sometimes a business struggles because there’s a lack of demand (or at least a lack of sales).  This could be due to poor marketing (or no marketing).  It could be a sales issue – not being able to close deals, or it could be that the product or service just isn’t that good.  If it’s […]

Look out – your Technician is showing…

I had an interesting discussion with a relatively new franchise owner last week (he’d been in about 18 months).  His business (a commercial locksmithing / security franchise) is doing very well – which really vindicated his search approach.  The primary thing he was looking for in a franchise was an industry that was ‘un-glamorous’ – […]

Is it right to raise prices when you aren’t adding any more value?

It sounds like a challenging conundrum… but it turns out it’s not. I recently had a client who was struggling with raising prices on some ancillary services – from an ownership and bottom-line perspective, it was clear that it made sense to raise prices (it’s been 10 years since the last time they were raised) […]

4 Things you must get right if you want to scale

I love the analogy of climbing a mountain when I think about getting businesses to scale.  They both involve hard work that looks especially daunting from the bottom.  And just like every mountain is different, every business is unique.  But if you dig a little deeper it turns out those differences don’t matter that much. […]