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Are you tired?

Are you tired?

Everyone is talking and advising and putting on the pressure to plan or to make resolutions.  There is so much of it that it’s getting tiresome. Equally tiresome is repeating the same actions, the same patterns, and the same year as the one before it. I know, because I’ve been there.   Here’s what I know for sure: that if your business isn’t profitable, it affects every single aspect of your life.  I repeat….. Every. Single. Aspect. Your business.  Your decisions. Your clients.  Your employees. Your partner. Your children.   And if you think your brave face is hiding it from them, I guarantee you are not.  I know, because I’ve been there too. But, here’s the thing — I’ve been on the receiving end of that stress and it’s no damn fun.  My father had his own business and he worked all the time, at home or elsewhere.  It wasn’t as profitable as it needed to be. We rarely saw him. If my dad thought he was putting on a brave front, or hiding the stress from the family, he was wrong.  Dead wrong. So, here’s my question: what do you want?   If the answer is that you want another unprofitable Continue Reading »

Goals | Are they just wishes in disguise?

Goals | Are they just wishes in disguise?

I have a confession – I despise setting goals.  I read somewhere that you should set goals beyond what you think you can achieve.  And if you reach 70 or 80% of that measurable goal, you’ve succeeded. HUH? In my brain, that means I am constantly striving for the unattainable or I haven’t pushed myself enough.  Why would I want to run a race I cannot win? Consequently, goal-setting has always felt like pie-in-sky wish-setting. Recently, I was listening to a podcast by one of my favorite authors, Hal Elrod, and had a eureka-moment about this very subject.  Geoff Woods, the vice president of The ONE Thing was his guest. Goeff states that: Most people think that the only reason to set a goal is to achieve a desired result.  Yep – I’m right there. But, then he had this to say: “The purpose of a goal should be a dictator of your actions. They should inform the person you can become so you can earn the right to achieve those types of results. And this goes hand in hand with the biggest mistakes.  Most people, because they believe that the purpose of a goal is to achieve a result, Continue Reading »

Spring Cleaning – Habits & Impulse Buying

Spring Cleaning – Habits & Impulse Buying

Except for the cleaning part, spring is pretty great. More flowers. More wildlife sightings. Fresh air. More cash in the bank and April showers bring May flowers! Life feels pretty good beyond the stagnant winter months, as cash gets flowing again. Boy! Wouldn’t it be great if every day were spring! Knowing the off-season will eventually come back around, I encourage you to take this opportunity to do the spring cleaning that often gets overlooked: Dust off the good money management habits Impulse buying is for the birds Clean out the junk drawer of seasonal debt Just as you would dust a shelf, throw out old rubbish, or organize your supply locker, now’s the time to spring clean your habits and impulses around money. Be deliberate and discerning about expenses and how you may stretch the dollar while more dollars are coming in. Having a “rainy day fund” is not just an old adage. Plan ahead and implement now while things are looking up. Here are a few tips to get you started: Follow a strict budget for each job you’re managing. Run weekly reports “budget vs actual” to stay on track with profit Set a financial goal for the Continue Reading »

Make your company run like ‘Clockwork’

Make your company run like ‘Clockwork’

Setting up any business system can be a challenge. They range anywhere from organizing employee’s job assignments effectively to creating cash flow projections. Handbooks and guides on how to do all this are plentiful, but if you’ve heard about Mike Michalowicz’s entrepreneurial journey, you’d know that his organizational techniques are more than just a little effective. Take a look at Mike’s tips on balancing four ways you can better streamline workflow and the overall health of your company. ‘The 4D Mix’ – These are known as the four different stages of a business’s activities: Doing, Deciding, Delegating and Designing. Whether there are a number of employees or it’s just a single owner of a company, the four D’s are constantly happening to keep things moving forward. The problem is, there isn’t a good balance between these actions and many people get stuck between the “Doing” and “Deciding” of things. Learn the true differences in the 4D Mix so you can experience a higher success rate when running your business. Doing – This is the act of actually getting a product to a client or servicing customers. Whether it’s planting and shaping a few wisteria saplings, or building unique birdhouses, this “doing” Continue Reading »