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Working from a Farmhouse: The Dream

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

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The Principle of Nice

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."

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MBA Value to a Small Business Owner

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.

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Small Business Issues: You are Your Own Legal Team

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

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Big vs Small Apple: An Illustration of Small Business Strengths

I like Apple products because they work - and make my life easier. So when they stop working, I'm less than happy. Big Apple: Experience with an Apple Store Despite my status as a Millenial (born in 1982), my core identity is an Introvert medium majority adopter. So, despite Apple's really clever marketing model in their… Continue reading Big vs Small Apple: An Illustration of Small Business Strengths

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Always More, Never Less: Means You Never Get to Rest

This is an issue faced by most small businesses: pressure toward endless growth. In a way, this is a good problem to have. Growth is good, and adding on employees because you're screaming busy is ... kind of...the dream. It's truly miserable to be twiddling your thumbs, wishing you had any ideas about marketing that didn't… Continue reading Always More, Never Less: Means You Never Get to Rest

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Deserve vs Earn: Lifters versus Leaners

People want a lot. They think they deserve a lot. Hardly anybody wants to work for what they get. A long time ago, an Amway distributor said, from the stage, a great phrase: "Everybody wants the results; nobody wants to do the work." It's still true, that there's a paucity of Those Who Lift, and Those… Continue reading Deserve vs Earn: Lifters versus Leaners

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Book Review: EntreLeadership by Dave Ramsey

This book is definitely a good read - simple and direct. I'm not the ideal audience, because he's encouraging business owners to reach a level that I don't want to reach, but at least half of the book is applicable in any business situation. Especially the chapter on Hiring and Firing practices. In the world of mega-corporations,… Continue reading Book Review: EntreLeadership by Dave Ramsey

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Streamlining to Essentials (i.e. Getting Rid of Crap)

So here's an amazing and insightful revelation: getting rid of crap frees you up for the future. Seriously, I had no idea how much the growing list of "You Need To/You Haven't Done" was weighing on my mind. I could spend hours researching the psychological effects of procrastination, but this is really what happened in my brain:… Continue reading Streamlining to Essentials (i.e. Getting Rid of Crap)

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Fighting the Internal Battle

If you're looking for a reason to be paranoid, as a small business owner, you really don't have to go far. Taxes. Paperwork. Competitors. Employees. Things you should Know How To Do Already. Technology.What's really more debilitating is cultivating a habit of internal fear. As any student of history should know, it's often not the… Continue reading Fighting the Internal Battle