5 Things That Keep Business Owners Up At Night

    Sleepless nights are no stranger to the small business owner. There are some common issues that keep business owners up at night and we hope to provide some simple solutions to help put those issues to bed, so you can rest easy! 1. Overwhelming Workload Lying down to rest can often be tough, especially when your brain is …

Getting the Most Out Of Your Work Day

So much to do, so little time…sound familiar? If you own a small business, then of course it does! The constraints of time will always feel like a ball and chain, dragging even the most hardworking entrepreneur along with it. What to do? Start on a daily basis, attempting the (seemingly) daunting task of time management. First things first – …

Ideas to Boost Your Brand

For small business owners, creating an identifiable brand can be a challenge. But much like a fingerprint a brand is a unique, intricate identifier attached to your business only and therefore must be handled like a very valuable asset. Creating a logo and establishing a look is just the first step. Once the brand has been created, you must actively …

Sell. Sell. Sell…

When it comes to sales, achieving results is the goal, and when we fall short, the problem often lies in the initial strategy, or lack thereof. Effective selling comes down to one thing – a distinct, solid and foolproof sales strategy. So what exactly is that, you ask? A sales strategy consists of a plan that positions a company’s brand …

Things to Consider When Taking Your Business to the Next Level

Stuck in a rut, feeling burnt out, lacking motivation? These may be early signs that it’s time to take things up a notch. Accepting these symptoms as the norm can mean falling behind and is a risk most small business owners cannot afford to take in a saturated and hypercompetitive market. There are many strategies that have proven effective when …

7 Signs You Are a Bad Communicator

What exactly is communication? How should it be defined? Simply put, it is the “successful sharing of ideas or feelings.” The key word here is: SUCCESSFUL. Many entrepreneurs assume they are effective communicators; but being a strong, decisive and authoritative leader, while important, has nothing to do with effective communication. In fact, people with these characteristics are often the worst …

Know Your Enemies – Taking On Your Competitors

While we are not encouraging you to take up espionage as a new hobby; taking an active role in knowing your competition is vital. Knowing your enemy (the competition) is one of the strongest ways to ensure that your business flourishes in a saturated market. Knowledge is half of the battle – being aware of your competitors’ price points, package …

Strategy – The Key to Your Success

  Endeavoring to succeed in a small business is much like taking on a massive road trip. Having a map (in our case, a business plan) is a must. It will provide a route and will offer a big-picture view at where you want to go and how you will get there. Along the way, you will encounter the unexpected; …

Avoiding Appointment Disappointment

Lemons into lemonade! Isn’t that what they say? In sales, this can seem almost impossible when the crushing disappointment of a meeting-gone-bad seems too heavy to handle. Going into appointments well equipped with a few tips can help avoid these negative outcomes. Take a few tips from some sales superstars: 1. You are never as prepared as you think. Always …

Taking Control of Your Supply Chain

  Second only to labor costs, supply chain management can eat up a hearty chunk of your operating expense budget. The process of negotiating with suppliers can also take up a hefty amount of another valuable resource: time. Don’t let your supply chain manage your time and money. Take back control! It is no surprise that businesses in control of …