Strategizing

Small Business Strategy and Planning

The most successful business owners are always thinking ahead. If you are a new business owner, strategizing about mission statements, corporate culture and business plans are things you would be smart to address early on. More seasoned business owners can benefit from articles on everything from setting client expectations to creating a niche for your small business

Gearing up Your Small Business for Fall

We tend to think of New Year’s Eve as the time to ring out the old and bring in the new, but fall can be a new beginning for your small business. Many of us tend to shift into a lower gear during the summer, and that’s a good thing. We all need time to slow down. With the kids going back to school and the holiday season quickly approaching after that, however, now is the … [Read more...]

3 Major 2015 Workplace Trends You Don’t Want to Ignore

Staying current on workplace trends is essential if you want to run a business that flows with the world around it. Essentially, these movements give you an idea not only about what is happening right this moment, but they also provide a sneak peek at what is likely to come. This allows you to plan and prepare in a way that leaves you smoothly going with the flow versus … [Read more...]

3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Expanding Your Business

I have an aunt who owns a very successful bakery. In fact, her cookies, donuts, and other sugary treats are so sought after, she now supplies to more than 20 wholesale customers (and turns down many others on a regular basis) in addition to taking care of the retail side of her business. Because of this, many have prompted her to expand, almost pleading with her to open up … [Read more...]

How You Can Avoid a Tax Audit for Your Small Business

It is the stuff of nightmares. An official looking envelope arrives in your mailbox announcing that your small business is going to be audited. Then an austere-looking man wearing a dark suit and holding a briefcase shows up at your office asking to see all your receipts, wanting to look around and asking all kinds of questions. The good news is the IRS audits only a small … [Read more...]

Should You Create a Nap Area for Your Employees?

When most small business owners think about designing a work space, the last thing that enters their mind is finding a place for employees to rest their head in the middle of the work day. However, with companies like Google and Huffington Post offering nap pods for their employees, it may make you wonder whether you should do the same. To best answer that question, let’s first … [Read more...]

Boost Your Productivity, Boost Your Business

This article is one in the multi-part series entitled The Entrepreneurial Mindset. The U.S. Department of Labor just released statistics regarding productivity and costs for the first quarter of 2015 and it doesn’t look good. Among the numbers provided are that, even though labor costs have increased 6.7 percent, there has been a 3.1 percent decline in productivity. … [Read more...]

Should You Get a Small Business Coach?

When I first quit my government-paid job and began freelance writing, I connected with a woman who seemed to have her life almost exactly where I wanted mine to be. She worked solely for herself, had been featured by various different reputable entities, and even had her own television show. I didn’t really want a TV show of my own, but my goal was to be a motivational speaker, … [Read more...]