Today I would like to share a story about a now old client of mine. It is just something I have to get off my chest. For obvious privacy reasons I’ve made a few changes but overall this is how it went down.
Over the past few months I’ve been witness to a buyout that has destroyed my client’s business. It is difficult to watch as I have been a part of their company for a long time now. I understand that buyouts and acquisitions usually never turn out well for employees of the bought company. However from what I understand this one should have been different. In fact my client was promised it would be different. I guess he should have gotten it in writing.
Monday morning, again. Here are just two things you can start doing this Monday that will make you more productive. INC Magazine, one of my favorites, had a great article on the nine things to help you be more productive from tips they’d gleaned from some of the most productive. Most were obvious or in [Read More]
How is it that some companies are successfully growing faster than others in the same industry? Fast Track companies handle new projects or target markets like a general might plan a battle. But before you declare you’re a commanding officer, realize that the secret is:
Having a complete “beginning to ending” plan will help take the [Read More]
Names and tag lines for businesses can be more than explanatory, they can bring a smile to you day. Here are just a few we have come across:
Curl Up & Dye
Worms and Perms (husband sells bait, wife does hair)
Pain in the Glass
Oh My Bod (workout center)
Dirty Deeds (yard service)
Beauty and the Beach
Junk and [Read More]
Long ago I worked for a small company. My business was pretty new and I was looking for money any where I could so I agreed to work part time. I helped this company bring a failing web application back to life and to production. Part time ended up being full time. But they promised [Read More]
If you have been preparing yourself for the zombie apocalypse, congratulations, it’s here. Unfortunately, it’s not the kind of invasion you thought it would be.
According to a Gallup.com poll report one in five employees are actively disengaged at work and this could mean higher costs for employers. How high? How about an estimated $350 billion [Read More]
Spring will eventually arrive and gardeners know that a little fertilizer on a regular basis is far better than huge doses regularly. Cash in a business is like that, too.
Project, monitor, and conserve cash and credit because cash flow IS the time release fertilizer for growing any business. A company’s ability to continue is determined daily, [Read More]
I was talking to a friend of mine this past week about his job. He was rather frustrated about some sweeping changes that have been going on where he works. In short the company is going for a more measured approach when it comes to work. They want to set goals, track time spent on projects, and in general measure the day to day activities. The system isn’t intended to micro manage but rather help the company figure out where employees are spending their time and if it is important. Which is good and something my friend agrees with. This change isn’t about firing people, the company really cares about its employees and wants every one to be happy along with having a productive, profitable company.
In general I’ve always felt I’m pretty good with money. My parents taught me the value of a dollar, why it is important to save money, and why debt is bad. But I’ve never really had a budget. I never felt I really needed one because I wasn’t living pay check to pay check and at the end of every month I had spent less money than I brought in.
However, over the past few years as I make more money I started to succumb to lifestyle inflation. In most respects I think I’ve done a pretty good job of cutting back and not giving in but it is a constant battle. The other thing I realized is I couldn’t tell where all my money is going. Yeah I have a record of it because I rarely pay in cash and use my credit card for everything (paying it off in full each month) but that doesn’t do much for me if I’m not managing my money. So I thought it is time for me to get a budget.
The Alternative Board, a program similar to Changing Lanes’ Mastermind Board Room Groups did a survey of its small business owners. The Pdf of Outlook 2014 is a full view of the picture here.
Getting data about what other business owners think is often an undercover way of finding the sweets in business. Believe it our not, not all [Read More]