• Are you alone in running your own business?

    17 May 2019 | 12:00 am

    Scripture instructs, "A man of understanding will acquire wise counsel" (Proverbs 1:5 NASB). Running your own business as a one-person shop can be lonely, especially when you don't have others to talk to about issues. Consider finding several other Christian[…]


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Nov 21

Getting Paid To Move?

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Many cities and states offer bonuses as in incentive for folks to move who work from home. Some states offer excellent quality of life and lower cost housing. I would avoid the higher tax states, the increased taxes will eat up any bonus.   

Heck out the article from The Daily Bell: https://bit.ly/2BoGmaR


Nov 19

Anticipate and Deal with Possible Problems

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I worked with “Matt,” a client who had 65% of his business with one client who had a staff of eight serving the key client. Early in my consulting I asked Matt what he would do if his largest customer walked away. Matt replied that he really didn’t know. I explained to Matt that while it wasn’t pleasant to think about the possibility, he needed to make a plan just in case it happened.

Unfortunately within 18 months his largest customer departed. As unpleasant as this was Matt had listened to me and prepared for this possibility.  He didn't have to spend the month thinking about what to do; he simply started implementing his plan which unfortunately included releasing several contract employees. Also, in the 18 months leading up to the loss of this large account, Matt had followed some of my advice to work diligently to build other customers so that when the large account went away; it took only 40% of the business.  While it was a serious loss, it wasn’t catastrophic.

Nov 12

Focus on Key Customers

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Reuters recently ran a news story that caught my eye about how banks are coming up with all kinds of gimmicks to entice customers to come into a branch. The article led with, “Free Wi-Fi, discounted cappuccinos, artwork, and a dancing robot are among the features banks across the United States are touting to convince customers that even in an era of smartphones it is still worth it to visit a bank branch.” My first thought was that banks are making a serious mistake embracing this marketing approach.

Nov 05

Use Airplane Time Productively

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While I have cut back on my traveling time significantly I have always attempted to use travel time effectively. When I had two to four hours to “kill,” I looked for something to do that's productive.

I prefer to take headphones that cancel noise when traveling. The sounds around me can be distracting and I attempt to shut out as many as possible. This allows me to stay focused on the task I have before me. When I block out distractions waiting in a terminal or flying on an aircraft, I've been able to write articles or other serious communication; something I can't do without my headphones.

Oct 31

Show your Enthusiasm to Customers

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Many years ago I participated in a high school glee club.  The good part was that a multitude of voices overcame my ability to sing like a cow. A local television station wanted to highlight the group and asked them to perform three Christmas songs.  In the spirit of full disclosure, the program’s producer was the father of one of our members. When the producer came to watch part of a rehearsal, he thought the music was pretty good but he was clear about one thing: we needed to look like we were thoroughly enjoying ourselves.