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Market on the Future, Sell on the Present

Too often entrepreneurs looking for an investment will fail on this basic concept, thereby undermining their own credibility and in the process, often losing an investment which could have been won. A sale, of any sort, is often promoted based on its future value – that is, the satisfaction or value it will bring to […]

Keep the Learning Growing

Continuing with the theme of basic pieces of advice, today’s suggestion is in regard to your learning. I left university having had enough of sitting in the classroom. My degree took 5 years to complete, having added and removed subjects several times. I was ready to move out into the real world, despite the messages […]

The One Tip for the New Business Owner

If there was only one piece of advice I could give a business owner, this is it: Find a mentor who has been in a similar business situation before (though not necessarily in the same industry), with whom you have good personal chemistry, and with whom you can communicate effectively. The reason for this is […]

Question: Are Your Customers Always Right?

There’s a famous saying that “the customer is always right”, but many people who work in businesses and interact with customers on a daily basis will disagree. There are certainly times when this saying might not be true, but in some businesses, this is taken to an extreme level. In your business, what do you […]

Sharp Reversals

In business, when progress seems to have embarked on a downward spiral, a sudden reversal can be key to survival. The ability to look at the business objectively, and see where the new opportunities lie, can spell the difference between the life and death of a company. However, when the spiral has existed from the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]