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

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...]

Top 3 Workplace Trends for the First Half of 2015

As Nathaniel Branden, the late Canadian-American psychologist who specialized in self-esteem once said, “The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance.” Thus, in order to fully accept the changes in the workplace, one must first understand that they exist. So, what changes are existing in 2015, potentially setting the trends for the future? Here is … [Read more...]

5 Steps to Making Better Decisions

This article is one in the multi-part series entitled The Entrepreneurial Mindset. Experts suggest that the average person makes thousands of decisions a daily. This includes deciding things such as what to wear, what and how much to eat, whether or not to answer a phone call or text, and more. As a small business owner, you are faced with an even greater amount of … [Read more...]

Take the Mystery Out of Hiring a Consultant

The client-consultant relationship can be a fruitful one for both parties. Over time, consultants and their clients build the kind of trust that allows for creativity and collaboration. The hardest part of building the client-consultant relationship is taking the first steps that move both parties from conversations about what they can do together to creating a plan – and a … [Read more...]

Going with the Flow: How to Manage an Irregular Income

One of the most stressful parts of being a small business owner can be managing an inconsistent income. Whether it is the weather, the economy, the changing of the seasons or just plain serendipity, your income can be “feast” one month and ”famine” the next. How do you cope with an irregular income? Here are some strategies to help you stay afloat in a choppy sea. Create a … [Read more...]