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Goals for 2011

Last year, I continued my tradition of posting and reviewing my goals from the previous year, as well as inform you of my new goals. Like last year, I haven’t had a perfect batting average on my goals, but I’m okay with that. First, my goals for 2010 were accurate as of the time of […]

Why Not to Compete Based on Price

It can be tempting at times for a business owner to contemplate competing based on price – that is, offering a product or service at a price lower than their competition. The net result of this is hoped to be a quick influx of customers who will take advantage of the lower price, and then […]

Question: How do you Measure Progress?

In a recent course on writing business plans, there was a discussion about the creation of milestones and objectives, and ways to measure them. What methods do you use to measure progress, and to set appropriate milestones for your business? Goals for 2011 As I mentioned last week, goals need to be SMART: Sustainable, Measurable, […]

Landing Pages and Business Strategy

When a recent posting on Facebook directed me to a page screaming free and asking for an email address, I immediately questioned the author of the post’s integrity in suggesting the link to their associates on Facebook. The page read like a marketing scam aimed solely at getting email addresses, with no indication as to […]

Willing to Say No

I belong to a small network of businesses each of which provides similar and related services, though it is rare for any of us to compete directly with one another. This allows us to forward projects and clients to each other with little risk of losing the client. A few days ago, the owner of […]

Striving for Perfection

I recently read an interesting comment on the pursuit of perfection: The amount of effort required to bring something from “good enough” to “perfect” is rarely worth it. My initial reaction to this, as well as the reaction of most people I repeated this to, was that clearly the author doesn’t take pride in a […]

Goals and Fitness

I had a discussion with a Personal Trainer about goals, and how to go about setting realistic goals for clients. We discussed, for example, a client who wants to lose 20 pounds in a 4 week period – the goal is well-defined, but it is not, however, sustainable. The interesting thing to note here is […]

Question: What Plans Have You Made for 2011?

This week’s question is about goals and plans – namely, what plans have you made for 2011 in respect to your business? Have you written them down? Are your goals SMART – Sustainable, Measurable, Actionable, Realistic, and Timely? Getting Work Done Last week, I asked a question about where your favorite place is to go […]