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Dirty Secrets of Small Business

How Has COVID Made A Positive Impact On Your Business?

OK, enough talk about what damage or bad things COVID-19 has caused. We wanted to take some time during today’s show to reflect on all the wonderful things that have come out of the past year plus of this pandemic. We wanted to highlight some of the great things we’ve noticed during this time both from a personal as well as a business standpoint.

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Dirty Secrets of Small Business

How Did Q1 Go? Did Your Business Make Money on Purpose?

Too many small business owners will respond “I don’t know” when asked questions about their numbers. If you are not in the regular habit of reviewing your numbers as a business owner, this is something you should start to change. One of the easiest ways to start is by reviewing your financials monthly. When we say financials, start with your Profit & Loss Statement and your Balance Sheet.

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How Do I Stop Being Intimidated By My Banker?

A phrase that can often strike fear in the hearts of even the bravest of business owners is, “Your banker is on the phone and would like to speak with you.” Oh no, you think, what could she possibly want? Does she know about my key employee who is threatening to leave? Did that upset customer call her to complain? Will she be pulling our line of credit?

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How Much Is My Competitor’s Business Worth?

If you’ve been in business long enough, chances are you’ve received some unsolicited interest in your business. By “interest” we mean someone is expressing an interest in perhaps buying your business. It likely came in the form of a letter that was either physically mailed or emailed or from a phone call. These letters and phone calls often come from intermediaries so the actual person who might be interested in buying your company has their identity hidden. Do you welcome these solicitations with open arms? Do you avoid them like the plague…or COVID? Likely you’re somewhere in between.

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Why Are You Wasting Your Time Writing A Business Plan?

One of the things we fight in our day jobs as business coaches is the never ending poor advice given to small business owners. Perhaps the biggest offense with this advice is folks talking about business plans. It might sound something like, “All you need is a business plan to get started.” Well intentioned advice. But what does this really mean?

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How Do I Get Over The Fear/Downside of Starting/Buying My Own Business?

Have you ever seen the movie Rudy? It’s based on a true story of a young man whose biggest desire was to play football for Notre Dame. As with any great story there are many obstacles for our hero to overcome including his limited physical abilities. Perhaps the most challenging obstacle that Rudy and many of us face is the doubters around us who tell us we’re crazy for thinking something is possible or that it can’t be done. It’s often easy to give into this fear of failure and start to doubt ourselves.

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How Do I Get Everyone On The Same Page?

One of the biggest challenges and common frustrations of any leader is to get everyone on your team on the same page. Use whatever metaphor you want. Things like “all rowing in the same direction” or “everyone reading from the same hymnal” and hundreds of other cliches. At the end of the day, it comes down to what you focus on as a Leader. Because whatever you focus on is what your team will focus on.

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How Do I Put A Program Together To Judge When The Next Generation Is Ready To Take Over The Company?

One of the biggest challenges for a business owner looking to transition their business to the next generation is figuring out who to transition the business to and how to know when that next generation is ready to take over.  What does it look like when someone is ready to take over the company?  Will you just know it when you see it?  Should you have the next generation just follow you around for six months or a couple of years to learn by osmosis?

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How Do I Turn Over Rocks?

One of the things we help our clients do is buy companies.  We usually start the process off by having our clients “turning over rocks.”  Those “rocks” can include everything from talking to business brokers to responding to online listings or ones in the newspaper to sending out unsolicited letters to a target group.