Lessons businesses can learn from the Women’s March

  On January 21st, 2017, people across the globe marched in unison, to advocate for legislation on human rights, immigration reform, healthcare reform, LGBTQ rights, racial and gender equality, work place rights and more.  It was a bold and transformative display of solidarity. Interestingly enough, one of the things small businesses share in common with such a movement is a …

What makes an effective team?

  It’s possible that at one point in time, your business was a one-person show. Though growth and expansion inevitably leads to the building a team, the team that becomes the lifeblood of your humbly built operation. An effective team is like an orchestra- many different instruments, many different players, one piece of music. The success of the song depends …

7 Bookkeeping Resolutions for New Year

  Resolutions again? Yep! It’s that time of year; time to revamp, revise and revitalize your business processes to set yourself up for success in 2016. Bookkeeping to a small business owner likely incites little to no passion and chances are you would rather spend your time doing a million other things. Not an option! Make small changes to your …

How to Avoid Financial Pitfalls

    Creativity, determination and perseverance are some of the top qualities successful business owners possess. One they often lack is the ability to manage the financial side of the business. More often than not, failure due to financial hardship can be traced back to the very beginning of the process. A startup costs money – lots of money – …

Auto Focus Fall 2014

Here’s a brief glance at what you’ll find in the Fall issue… Pumping up profitability Dealerships can sell truckloads of vehicles and still run into problems if owners lose sight of the bottom line — the overall profitability of the sales they’re making. This article discusses a number of ways to boost profitability, including moves related to managing inventory, choosing …

How to Build a “Client Journey Map”

So what the heck is a client journey map? It is a way of documenting the total client experience across all contact points of your business on their path to a sale. How are clients interacting with you and where are the gaps? Analyzing your business in this way is important because it helps you improve your client’s experience by …

Global Markets and Business Etiquette

It can already be daunting to travel to another culture, let alone feel the additional pressure of trying not to insult your international business partners! Lucky for all of us, the most basic of business etiquette, no matter what continent you are on, are based on concepts rooted in simple common sense. Essentially, you can follow some simple rules to …

Workplace Bullies and How to Deal With Them

Times are a-changing. And rather than being a mere hindrance to running a successful business, unaddressed workplace bullying can be a real detriment to the entire team, pulling down morale and generally leaching negativity into the mix, not to mention the possibility of being a cause of litigation. “Workplace bullying refers to any repeated, intentional behavior directed at an employee …

Beef Up Your Bottom Line

In the busy day-to-day operations of running a small business, actively working to boost profits can take a back seat to other management functions. Crunching numbers to make payroll, clear accounts and stay on top of the line is hard enough! But ignoring the importance of the bottom line is perilous to a small business. Commit to investing in beefing …