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Advice for Small Business Owners

Milestones

This is the 200th article on this site, which makes it the topic of today’s article – milestones. Back in January, I started a schedule of posting 3 articles per week, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Then, at the end of February, I merged another blog with this one, and increased my publishing frequency to 5 […]

Explosive Growth

Running a business can be incredibly complicated, especially during a growth phase. As the owner, you have multiple demands on your time and attention, such as: Answering customer questions Reaching out to new clients Dealing with legal and financial issues Working with employees Managing cash flow If you want your business to grow exponentially, all […]

Breaking into the Vault

When protecting data, you need to have all three elements of defense. You need to make it hard to get in, hard to get out, and hard to do either anonymously. A failing in any one of those three areas can expose you to risk of losing both your clients’ data and their trust.

When the Fans Hate You

I went to the home opening game for the Toronto Blue Jays a few days ago, and experienced something interesting. A player who had formerly played for Toronto was at the game playing for the Chicago White Socks – Alex Rios. He came to bat 5 times during the course of the game, and each […]

My Business and Homemade Liqueur

Sunday evening I decanted a couple bottles of coffee liqueur which I had made several months earlier. It’s been 18 months since I made my first batch, and I reflected on the fact that my business is quite similar to the process of making a bottle of homemade liqueur. Experiment First, there’s the fact that […]

Why Bother with Referrals

I was following an interesting conversation over at Advice Tap last week regarding referrals: I often recommend my clients to colleagues of mine like graphic/web designers as well as other agencies if I can’t take on the job. What is the protocol for this, or process? Cinci Csere I posted a quick answer to the […]

Waiting for a Break

We aren’t all so unlucky as to lose our jobs, forcing us to work hard for our success. We won’t all be so lucky as to have someone drop $100,000 in our laps to try to build our latest idea into a business. But we all have the ability to just work hard at creating a solid product that fills a need, and if we focus on that, our success will be that much sweeter.

Pitching for a Homerun

If you spend time networking, or if you are the owner of a small business, you are constantly on the lookout for ways to promote yourself. You have a business card that has your contact information, and a website that has more detailed information about your business. However, you need something more – you need […]