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The Best Business Owners Understand the Cost of Doing Business

This is a guest post from Jori Hamiliton (see bio at the end) – thanks for sharing Jori! As of 2019, there were 30.7 million small businesses in the United States alone. And yet, in spite of the enormous number of startups in existence, roughly half of all small businesses don’t survive past the five-year […]

Are you clear on the ‘Who’ (and the ‘What’)?

One of the great things about a smaller business or a start-up is the feeling of teamwork you get (if you’re doing it right). Opportunities or challenges come up and it’s all hands on deck, with everyone chipping in to rise to the challenge. When you’re trying to scale your business, that level of teamwork […]

Does your planning have any strategy?

This is the time of year when a lot of businesses will carve out some time and do some strategic planning. But unfortunately many of those businesses will leave out the strategic part. When you think about strategy, you should be thinking about a cohesive response to an important challenge. Instead many businesses will throw […]

Is a goal challenging you? Kaizen it!

As we race towards the end of another year, hopefully your business (and personal life) have been able to celebrate a number of goals reached throughout the year.  This is a time of year when conversations get a little more strategic as we look forward and reflective in terms of what has and has not […]

How to Recover from a Mistake

Mistakes.  We all make them.  Even the most disciplined and well-oiled businesses make mistakes.  Clear procedures and policies reduce the frequency, but even the best companies make mistakes.  You can’t be perfect, so it’s the steps you take when the mistake is identified that matters, especially in our connected world where one mistake can be […]

Social Media Challenged? Getting back to basics

If you’re like most businesses, you know you need to have a social media presence.   But the digital channels keep growing and you’re left questioning which platforms really are the best to reach your audience.   Here’s an approach that might help…pick 3. You can’t be all things to all people so why try to be […]