Few people are prepared to grow a local company into a thriving medium-sized or large company. Here are three things you need to do to grow your small business right.
If you’re looking to start a new small business, there are a lot of factors to consider. But boil it down, and you’re left with just these ten things to focus on.
The RMS Titanic sank 100 years ago today. In that time, do you know how many businesses have sunk? Neither do I, but I’m sure it’s a lot. There are lessons learned from the Titanic disaster that prevented future shipwrecks, but what about lessons that can prevent business failures? Lesson 1: Expect the unexpected. The [...]
Happy new work week, month, year, and decade. Are you glad to let 2010 go? Me, too. As we look at our businesses for this coming year, maybe we can do some things better, which may mean doing fewer things — or just the right things. Some ideas are better opportunities than others, and some [...]
If you’re reading this blog, it’s safe to assume you’re somewhat Web-savvy, right? You’re operating a computer, you have access to the Internet. You found a blog you were interested in reading… So, do you have a website? If you operate a small business, how do your customers find you? As a software company employee, [...]
Seems like I’m getting a new flow of e-mail lately from well-meaning people asking for “tips on new business” or “tips on starting a business,” as if there were some storehouse of generic tip treasures that are waiting to be distributed. Here are two examples: I ran across you on [the web] and wanted to [...]
I love podcasts. I can load them into my iPod and listen to them in the car when I’m going to and from work or even doing lunch. There are a few that I listen to on a regular basis and a few that I listen to only occasionally. Last week the podcast “For Immediate [...]
Tom Taulli, author and entrepreneur, wrote a great article about the five key steps when starting a business at the Entrepreneur’s Journal this weekend. The advice is well worth a read and there’s a bonus as he talks about our own Tim Berry’s new book, The Plan-As-You-Go Business Plan. Way too many people fail because [...]
Don’t choose an industry based on trends, statistics or some list of hot startups. Look in the mirror, focus on your strengths and weaknesses, your experience, whom you want to be and what you like to do–and start a business that reflects who you are and who you want to be. I hate to disagree [...]