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Bolster Credibility by Writing

At a marketing course on how to be asked to be a guest speaker at universities, an observation was made: If you want instant credibility, write a book. Interesting logic, considering that many writers are people I wouldn’t necessarily want speaking at an event, or even consider credible because of their writing. For some, writing […]

Small Business is NOT Like Big Business

There was something I discovered when I started working for myself about small business, and how it compares to larger businesses. Coming from a company with several hundred employees and many contract staff, I moved to a company that had exactly one employee – me. The difference was so fundamental, I wondered if any of […]

Question: Fake it Until You Break It?

There’s a saying commonly bandied about in relation to small businesses that you should “fake it until you make it” which is implying that you should act bigger or better than you might otherwise appear to be, until that becomes a reality. However, this can rapidly backfire as you promise the world, and are left […]

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 […]

How to Pitch an Exit Strategy

When Carolanne Doig came on Dragons’ Den with her business, she was already on her way out. Having built up Seaforth Rain Gear over the course of almost 15 years, she had done all the right things, but had yet to hit a homerun. Her asking price was $100,000 for 40% of the business, which […]