Lean Living: Lakes and Rocks

Toyota uses the metaphor the Lake and the Rocks to refer to problems. The lake is the work in process, or inventory, or maybe partially completed tax returns and the rocks are the problems that slow the process. Anyone that

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Hiring Better Entry Level Employees

My friend told me an interesting story about a recent job interview she had gone to. The position was entry level, just about the lowest position you could get in the company. The position only required a high school graduate

Posted in Business Culture, Business Management, Employee Management

Cost of Vacation

How much does it cost to give employees vacation? Employers need to look at both Costs and Benefits. Costs are usually easy; benefits are often softer – like morale, turnover, and image. Depending on the job the person does, the

Posted in Business Culture, Trends

Budget Paralysis

“I can’t do a budget because I don’t have the Cash Flow!” is the lament I hear regularly when I try to help business owners develop a budget to achieve their business goals. Believe me you can do it, as

Posted in Business Improvement, Financial

Credit Karma – Too Good To Be True?

As a responsible person I like to keep tabs on my credit score. I put a lot of effort into paying my bills on time and in full so I don’t want my credit ruined by fraud, identity theft, or

Posted in Financial, Personal Improvement

Sanity Savings Bank

Yes, you can run a business and have fun.  There is a dirty little word we must follow – PLAN.  If you want personal time, you must plan for it.  With July almost in the record books and fall on

Posted in Business Culture, Personal Improvement, Planning for Business

Ting – A Different Kind of Cell Phone Service

This week marks the first week I have not been under a cell phone contract since 2000 and it feels great to have my freedom! In general, I’ve been rather happy with my cell phone service provider and have had

Posted in Business Improvement, Financial

What is the Job of an Entrepreneur?

At Changing Lanes we often talk about the difference between creating a business or a job for yourself.  We also discuss building an asset that you can sell or capitalize on in the future. Being a capitalist often means starting

Posted in Benchmarking, Business Culture, Business Improvement

Drive Your Goals

Mid Year Alert!  Vacations are Happening!  Where are your goals? Since vacation often means taking a trip, let’s take our goals on a trip!  This may sound silly, but what we think about does have priority over what we ignore. 

Posted in Business Improvement, Goals

Clean Up Your Inbox – Email Filters

For how tech savvy I am, I have never really messed with email filters. I like seeing all my emails, even the ones that come from stores. I know I shouldn’t check my email every time I see my new

Posted in Business Improvement, Personal Improvement