Leveraging Fortune 500 Business Practices for your Start-Up Business: Reduce the Need for Fire Fighting

What if when you started your business you understood that you’d make mistakes but made the decision to make each mistake only once? What if you also decided to do your best once to insure any employees you (eventually) hire could learn from the mistakes you’ve made? Fortune 500 companies understand how this mindset and […]

Leverage Fortune 500 Business Practices: Understanding and Reducing Your Cost of Goods Sold

Regardless of how long you’ve been in business and whether you’re building your first or hundredth unit, understanding what it costs to produce your product and producing it profitably is one step in assuring your business is profitable. Fortune 500 Companies live by the numbers. They know the optimum sales price, what it costs to produce […]

Setting Yourself Up for Success: Identifying the Skills You Need to Succeed … and Learning Those Skills

Understanding the knowledge you’ll need when you start your business can prevent the “I didn’t know what I didn’t know” phenomena that stalls and derails many start-ups. Factoring in the time it will take you to learn the new skills necessary for launching, operating, and marketing your business also leads to more realistic expectations and […]

Start Your Business Without Leaving Your Job: Ideas for an Admin Assistant

Yesterday I enjoyed a conversation with a brave woman from England who moved to the states with her husband. She left family and friends to move for his career, only to have the marriage dissolve when she’d been here long enough that it made better sense to start over here than go back to England. She […]

Setting Yourself Up for Success: Overcoming Inertia and Procrastination

Sometimes when I need to buckle down and ‘just get it done’ I find myself doing everything except the one thing that would help my business most. My first book, $1,000 Start-Ups has just been released and I need to execute the excruciatingly detailed marketing plan I developed to go with the book. I think about […]