Attracting Great Customers Is Worth The Effort

Attracting Great Customers is Worth the Effort

Good customers can help a small business survive, but great customers can help a small business thrive. These are the buyers who choose a small business not just for its products or services, but for the extra value they receive. Their choice is not driven solely by price; when great customers like what they’re getting,…

MakeStrategicPlanningATeamEffort

Make Strategic Planning a Team Effort

What does the future hold for your small business, and what can you do about it? These are questions that every entrepreneur would love to have answered. And the best way to find them is by drawing on the experience and insights of your management team or advisers in an intensive growth planning session. Consultant…

Building A Team That Can Build A Successful Business

Building A Team That Can Build A Successful Business

Every new business should be concerned with leadership and management. Even if your startup doesn’t have employees, you likely have partners, advisors, contract workers, or even vendors who can make or break your business. So how do you make sure that everyone you work with has your company’s best interests at heart? How do you…

Are They Independent Contractors Or Employees

Are They Independent Contractors Or Employees?

Need help with some aspects of your small business, but aren’t ready to bring on a full-time employee? Then do what your customers do when they turn to you, and hire an independent contractor. You’ll no doubt see a lot of familiarity in your relationship with independent contractors. They, like you, work for themselves, and…

Creating Capital Channels With Crowdfunding

Creating Capital Channels With Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding is the greatest economic opportunity in our lifetime. Economists have predicted the crowdfunding marketplace to grow to $300 billion; some say it can even grow larger. The Jump Start Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, recent legislation dealing with regulations on investors using crowdfunding, was signed just over a year ago by President Obama and…

Growth Is Always Good Or Is It

Growth Is Always Good…Or Is It?

Happy days are here! Your small business is booming, with a seemingly endless string of product orders or requests for your services. That’s good….right? At first glance, yes. But there is such a thing as too much success. If you’re not ready to handle a sudden ramp-up, you risk shortchanging your customers with poor quality…

Anatomy Of The Partnership Agreement

Anatomy Of The Partnership Agreement

The partnership has been the foundation for millions of successful small businesses. Unfortunately, it has also been the source for innumerable disputes, arguments, irreparable relationships and lawsuits, all of which exacted economic and personal costs on the people involved. Many of these problems can be avoided if partners invest some time at the outset to…