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  • Cool Business Highlight

    Social media is a great place to find interesting people doing interesting things.  When I find someone intriguing, I’m likely to extend an invitation to chat on the phone or Skype and just get to know each other.   Steve Penner has been on my radar lately.   He started MoneyLedgers.com and I really wanted to hear his story because it’s not often you find a home spun accounting software - a slick Silicon Valley start-up ...

    Posted on February 5, 2014 | By : | Categories : Business | 2 Comments
  • Intro to Growing Your Business with Government Contracts

      Doing business with the government isn’t easy, a fact which deters a lot of small business owners from even attempting the gargantuan task.  However, the U.S. government is the largest purchaser of goods and services in the world and ignoring them would mean missing out on a large source of potential revenue. Competing for federal contracts requires quite a bit of legwork, but ...

    Posted on December 19, 2013 | By : | Categories : Business | 0 Comment
  • Finding Small Business Funding: Presenting To Your Family and Friends

    Small business funding starts at home:  48% of investors personally know the owner of the business they invest in and many times that’s a win/win.  You get the capital you need and your investor (friend/grandma/dad/uncle) gets a return on investment not seen since the late 1920s.   But it can be scary to ask those who once wiped your ...

    Posted on October 15, 2013 | By : | Categories : Funding a Business | 0 Comment
  • The Rule of 10 and 24: Structure the Way You Pay Your Bills and Change Your Cash Flow Perception

    I’m a huge fan of Mike Michalowicz, author of the Toilet Paper Entrepreneur and The Pumpkin Plan.  I love his irreverent attitude toward business and how he finds inspiration in the everyday things of life – see the aforementioned toilet paper and pumpkins.  Plus, he has the best author photos on his site hands down.   A while back Mike wrote ...

    Posted on October 8, 2013 | By : | Categories : Profit & Loss | 1 Comment
  • Get Lean, A Guest Post by Tom Morkes of Insurgent Publishing

    A lean startup is a term (and a book by the same name) used to describe the building of a business quickly and efficiently.   What makes a lean startup different than a regular startup?  Simple: lean startups are about learning and efficiency.   Why is this important?    Because slow learning and inefficiencies cripple businesses.   Slow learning is a byproduct of ...

    Posted on September 24, 2013 | By : | Categories : Growing Your Business | 2 Comments
  • Why Financial Savvy is Especially Important for New Businesses

    I’ve often been asked the question, “What should I do about my business finances?  I haven’t made a $1 yet.”   That’s a legitimate question.  It can feel a bit silly to put a whole bookkeeper/cloud system in place when there’s a zero in the income column.   I liken it to a 7-year-old baseball player.  I remember spending many hours on the ...

    Posted on September 17, 2013 | By : | Categories : Business | 5 Comments
  • A Business Lesson from the Personal Finance Space, or What Your Broke Uncle Harry Can Teach Your Business

                        Do you know someone whose personal finances are a mess?  It could be a friend, it could be a family member.  They have a lot of debt.  They are always saying, “I can’t”, as in I can’t go there, I can’t do that…because I don’t have the money.  They may be working several jobs.  They perpetually look tired and ...

    Posted on September 10, 2013 | By : | Categories : Financial Crisis | 0 Comment
  • Where Does Shark Tank’s Daymond John Say Entrepreneurs Struggle Most?

                            An interesting Entrepreneur.com article came across my feed this week written by Brian Patrick Eha titled, Daymond John of Shark Tank on the No. 1 Thing Entrepreneurs Need.  Eha jumped right in with a quote from Daymond himself: “While good business ideas are plentiful, many entrepreneurs struggle to understand payroll taxes, health care and other ...

    Posted on September 3, 2013 | By : | Categories : Encouragement | 0 Comment
  • Fill Your Mind With the Good Stuff and It Will Take You Where You Want to Go

    In my circles I have something of a reputation as an entrepreneurial evangelist  - I believe in entrepreneurship to the tips of my toes.  So when someone feels it’s time to make a switch, I’m often called in for lunch/dinner/coffee masquerading as a brainstorming/mastermind session.  I love it.   Recently I met with a friend of a friend, I’ll call her Sally, who was ready ...

    Posted on August 27, 2013 | By : | Categories : Encouragement | 7 Comments
  • What Your Salary Tells You About the Health of Your Business

                        Are you indispensable to your business?  Do you have “jobs” in your company that you or someone like you must do each day/week/month?  We could talk about EMyth principles or scalability, but I’m not beating you up about that (yet).  Running a business where money comes in the door is no small feat and you should ...

    Posted on August 20, 2013 | By : | Categories : Business | 2 Comments
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