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Preparing a Pitch

As Dragons’ Den crosses Canada in search of new entrepreneurs looking for investment dollars, and past participants with fresh ideas, this is a good time to review some of the rules for making a deal on the den. It is surprising how many people come onto the show, having presented their ideas to a panel […]

A Time for Coffee, A Time for Coke

Despite being attached to coffee to the point that I am highly unproductive without any coffee, and can increase my productivity relative to the amount of coffee I’ve drunk that day, I still refuse to drink it in the evening. Once dinner is over, if caffeine is required, coke will have to suffice. The reasoning […]

Persistence is Required

Looking at the website for a local fitness center, I noticed that they had 2 portions of their site devoted to news. One was a banner across the top of the site, posting information about changes to their schedule. The other was a Twitter feed. The banner seemed to contain fairly current information – it […]

Choosing to Outsource

I don’t do my own accounting for my business – I hire a professional firm to do that for me. I have a lawyer who deals with any contracts or legal issues that I encounter. For marketing, I go to a company that specializes in that. For business advice and software consulting, I hire myself. […]

Question: How do you ensure timely payments from clients?

Getting people to pay on time can be difficult, and can frustrate business owners as they struggle to create a reserve large enough to float unpaid invoices. There are many strategies published that address this issue, and how to best manage getting paid in a timely manner. How do you go about ensuring that your […]

Running Meetings Effectively

A recurring problem that many people have is running meetings effectively – that is, where the meetings in hindsight are not deemed a waste of time – for any of the participants. This can be quite problematic, as different people coming to a meeting will often have different objectives, and reaching everyone’s objective in a […]

Mistake of the New Office

I’ve written about having professional offices on several occasions, but I’ve also learned that poor choices in office planning can undermine a business, potentially for years. There are several aspects to the risks inherent in renting new offices, and I will attempt to address each of them in turn. At the end of the day, […]

A Matter of Trust

In studying the business applications of being a personal trainer, there was a comment that piqued my interest: Within 6 to 9 months of becoming certified, if you are not getting 75% of new clients via referrals, you’re doing something wrong. This is particularly interesting to those in service-based industries. Getting new clients is generally […]