There are many leadership hats, but the widest division (that's most apparent in a medium-sized SMB) comes between two types. The Visionary is all about the Why. The Organizer is all about the How. Filling in the Gaps In a small but growing enterprise, if you tend toward one or the other, you must find your… Continue reading Company Leadership: Visionary versus Organizer
I do have a dream. By the time I retire, I want to own a house on the Isle of Skye, complete with fishing and farming rights. This Xero blogpost gets close to the Dream - running a rural accountancy practice from an English farmhouse is....close. (Please, citizens of Scotland, do not shout at your computer; I'm… Continue reading Working from a Farmhouse: The Dream
While my logical brain informed me that (a) it's useless to argue either on Facebook or email, and (b) I could be using the time in much better ways, my emotional side came back with this argument: "Yeah, but they're being JERKS. And they shouldn't be allowed to be that way."
Especially for small business owners, either business or trouble tends to arrive in waves. For instance, if I pick up a phone call from a potential new client, that's the exact moment when the house phone will be ringing nonstop, and someone is also ringing the doorbell. For hours before or after, there's a flat calm in… Continue reading Freelancing Platforms – Searching for Alternatives to Upwork (formerly oDesk + Elance)
In the new Western culture, almost every aspect of social life has become female rather than male-oriented. The topic of Sales is no different. Most sales seminars now focus on long-term relationship-building, which is wonderful for women-owned businesses, but might not make sense for others (i.e. males and highly project-oriented women). The current wisdom is to strongly resist any of… Continue reading Sales Techniques: Hunting, Gathering, and Sustainable Farming
I knew from the moment I opened Howard Behar's book that I would not find it amazing or life-changing. Fortunately, an Amazon buyer has picked it up, so I managed to at least make $1 or so on the resale. While it is surprising to know that some business owners wear their hearts on their… Continue reading Review: It’s Not About the Coffee
Today, a potential client named John Smith asked if I had written on ESL topics (English as a Second Language), and I replied that he'd just given me a great blogpost idea. You may regret the inspiration Mr. Smith, but it's too late now! Most Common Advantages of ESL Writers Most ESL writers are worried… Continue reading Editing for English as a Second Language (ESL)
The essence of Big Business - something isn't working right, so we have to brainstorm and implement some new plan to attract what we want. We will change who we are to get what we want in the end, because Who we are or Why doesn't matter. Keeping the game going, and building it as big as possible, IS the game.
5 Steps to making sure that your hard work won't be eaten by freeloaders. Small business owners shouldn't tolerate laziness or greed.
As a small business owner, what do you do when you run into a legal issue? https://www.flickr.com/photos/limaoscarjuliet/225249268/in/photostream/ [Note: I am not an attorney, so this blogpost OF COURSE does not constitute legal advice. It's just personal musings based on a 20-year fascination with the intricacies of the law. And thank you, Pawel Loj for allowing… Continue reading Small Business Issues: You are Your Own Legal Team