Healthy Wealth

“…Society has drummed into our heads that wanting wealth is a bad thing, one that will drive you to behave in ways that are unethical, corrupt and morally bankrupt.” The appeal of being a small business owner is usually twofold: being your own boss, and making lots of money…no? Okay, there may be other factors here and there, but when …

Buying a Brand: Franchising

In the aftermath of global downsizing, many out of work or dissatisfied employees are considering franchising. But what do these folks know about running a successful business? In fact, the best candidates for franchising are proven, successful small business owners ready to expand or take on a new challenge. Firstly, there are two main kinds of franchising to consider – …

Give your Business a Financial Facelift

  “Boiled down to the essentials, financial (or fiscal) planning is about two things – accumulating wealth and protecting it”. Don’t feel like these two simple things are happening? Then it is probably time to consider a financial facelift. Like its surgical equivalent, a financial facelift entails a quick nip and tuck procedure. The end result is a more streamlined, …

Secrets to Success – The Five P’s

  A lot of businesses position their marketing around what is known as the “Four P’s”: product, price, positioning and promotion. While sound advice, this strategy is missing a fifth, and vital, element: people! Without a direct focus on all FIVE of these areas, any business, even with a foolproof idea, can struggle. Let’s simplify this strategy, starting with the …

Get Equipped – Technology Tips!

Competing within an increasingly inundated market means that small business owners are constantly on the hunt for tools that give them a leg up. When utilized with savvy, technology can be that crutch. Taking advantage of all that technology can offer will require some concentrated attention, especially for those self-proclaimed tech-challenged individuals. But with a little insider information and a …

Keep it Simple! Marketing for Marketing Dummies

Marketing- again? Harping away at the concept is just not enough for some people. Change is big, scary and time consuming. What small business owner has the time or energy for that?

Social Networking – How To Boost Your Online Profile

There are countless books, seminars and even apps that are designed to combat the seemingly daunting tasks of online profiling. Creating an effective online presence has pushed well past fleeting trend status-it is now fast becoming a vital small-business strategy.

Underestimating The Sales Cycle

The sales cycle, the process from initial client contact to final settlement of the account, has a deep impact on the success of your small business. Small businesses often underestimate the complex aspects of this cycle- the very cycle that converts your hard work into success.