What will the future look like for your business?

What will the future look like for your business?

How much time do you spend on planning for the future of your business?  One survey suggested that business owners typically spend less than one-third of their time on planning, with the remaining two-thirds on day-to-day operations.  And that was pre-COVID. I would...
The Tale of the Three-Ring Binder

The Tale of the Three-Ring Binder

This week I want to tell you a little story that I hope conveys to you the value of research as a method for growing your business. Once upon a time… Our story begins a LONG time ago, before the Internet was a thing (at least for us everyday folks), before email,...
Your New Goal: Less Juggling, More Controlling

Your New Goal: Less Juggling, More Controlling

Let me put a picture in your head (or just take a look at the image below).  This is how I picture me running my own business.  I have a wide variety of disparate tasks, and I try to continually move each one along by making some progress and then moving on to the...
Your PERSONAL Advantage

Your PERSONAL Advantage

Hey there, my fellow small business owners, happy summer to you! Quick question for you today: what’s the name of your most recent hire?  What is their partner’s name (or kid’s name or dog’s name or favorite breakfast drink)?  In other words, how well do you know the...
Death and Taxes and Digital Marketing

Death and Taxes and Digital Marketing

Ben Franklin said, “Nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Kelly Berry says, “Nothing is more confusing to small business owners than taxes and digital marketing.” It may not have the same ring as Ben’s message, but does it ring true to you? Let’s...
My Startup Failure Story

My Startup Failure Story

Hey there, my fellow small business owners.  What is your startup story?  For most of you I’m guessing that your story didn’t get written up in the Wall Street Journal, Inc. or Fast Company.  The startups that make the news tend to be the VC funded high tech cool new...