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Work Your Biz Wednesday: Why You Need to Have an Exit Strategy for Your Small Business

By May 17, 2017 No Comments

When you start a business, it's all about passion and excitement. You burn the candle at both ends. You put in the hard work of planning to make sure you set up your company for success. The last thing you want to think about is getting out of the business. But that's a mistake. If you don't have an exit strategy, you could create a new set of problems.

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Work Your Biz Wednesday: 5 Signs Your Small Business Is Growing Too Fast

By May 3, 2017 No Comments

I know, business growth sounds like a good thing. And it is. However, growing a small business requires planning, and I've seen businesses grow too fast. This uncontrolled growth can lead to quickly going out of business. You could burn through cash, exhaust your resources, not to meet customer demand, make risky hiring decisions, and above all damage your brand.


Work Your Biz Wednesday: Tips for Getting Yourself Organized in Your Small Business

By April 19, 2017 No Comments

If you are tired of the stress connected with being disorganized, let me help you develop a system to handle your business paperwork. Part of it is having the right attitude, part of it is knowing what it's safe to toss, and part of it is the actual nuts and bolts of carrying out good paper management day in and day out. Here's how to conquer your office paperwork once and for all.


Work Your Biz Wednesday: Using Technology to be More Competitive in your Small Business

By March 29, 2017 No Comments

There’s no doubt about it: leveraging technology can give your small business a competitive edge. But you might not be comfortable with technology, or don't know which tools to invest in to stand out from the competition. Here, we’ll look at some ways you can use technology to your benefit.

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Work Your Biz Wednesday: How WiFi Can Improve Your Customer Experience

By March 15, 2017 No Comments

If you’re looking for ways to make customers spend more time in your retail business, restaurant, or shop, here’s one to consider: offering free wifi to customers. By providing a service that just about everyone needs, you’re building in value to your customers and giving them a reason to stay longer in your place of business. Not only that, but you could boost sales by up to 50%!


Work Your Biz Wednesday: How to Stop Procrastinating and Start Writing That Book

By March 1, 2017 No Comments

If you’re like a lot of entrepreneurs, you dream of writing a book on your area of expertise. The thing is, while many have this dream, far fewer actually realize it, and that’s a shame.

What’s stopping them? Usually self doubt and time. They aren’t secure in their ability to write a great book (or set their sights so high they’ll never reach their goal of creating a bestseller) or they simply don’t have (or make) the time to dedicate to the project.

Having published my own book (and with more books in my future), I have a thing or two to say on the subject.


Work Your Biz Wednesday: How to Determine Which Tasks to Outsource in Your Small Business

By February 15, 2017 No Comments

As a business owner the #1 things you must do in your business are your high-valued activities like sales and serving customers. Outsourcing is a great way to keep you focused on running the business, and with the rise of the freelance or gig economy there are more options than ever to get things done. So think carefully about what tasks you don't have time for, or don't feel qualified to do in your small business and get them handled by someone else.