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Making a Success of Working for Yourself

Carlo Pandian blogs about small business, technology and marketing covering everything from the best use of social media tools to tutorials on QuickBooks online bookkeeping software.  When he’s not online Carlo enjoys getting out and about on his bike and enjoying great food. When you’ve finally given up on the endless and thankless task that […]

Question: What would drive you away from a business?

A concern that every business owner or manager should be paying attention to is what drives customers away. As much as attracting customers is important, if other customers are leaving, it’s important to understand why. The best way to understand motivation for customers to leave is to think about what would make you, or someone […]

It Pays to Give Away

A few years ago, when just starting out in the consulting business, I would have been reluctant to give up any business at all. If someone asked me to write them a tiny script, or a massive desktop application used by thousands of people simultaneously, I would have been eager and raring to go. The […]

Working for Equity Doesn’t Always Work

Working in IT, a common occurrence is to hear about projects being run by a group of people who believe in the product, and are essentially donating their time. Money is generally budgeted in such projects toward difficult-to-avoid expenses, such as incorporation fees, or for services which they cannot get donated. However, occasionally a skill […]

Finding Ideas for Business

One question that comes up time and time again is how businesses find ideas – whether it be for a product, a service, or anything really that they can get people to pay for. The answer to this question, perhaps, could be an entire business on its own. However, there are a few different ways […]

Breaking Down Barriers

In yesterday’s article, I discussed the deal from Dragons’ Den that went to Jason Bellissimo with his novel product, the Handi-Tray. Further investigation, though revealed that the deal did not make it through due diligence, despite the fact that the product was a good one, and the market known. However, Jason was having difficulty in […]

You Have to Love What You Do

I was giving some career advice to my brother, who is thinking of starting his own business so that he could be in control of his own destiny. Since he wasn’t sure what type of business he would like to start, I suggested that he find something he loves, and see if he can turn […]

Owners and Managers Don’t Mix

On a fairly frequent basis, I have occasion to talk to business owners and business managers through my work. One owner made a fairly astute observation about the role an owner plays in a business versus the role a manager plays in a business. It was summarized as follows: An owner and a manager of […]