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The Importance of First Impressions

The Importance of First Impressions

Are there areas of your business that are a little less than 100%? If we are focused on growing a business and besting the competition, we have to ensure that we are covering the basics -so let’s start with first impressions. Potential customers may quickly make a purchase decision from your business, based on the
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The Importance of Mutual Respect in the Workplace

The Importance of Mutual Respect in the Workplace

Most business owners feel that the most important thing to their employees is money. Have you as a business owner ever asked your employees what is important to them in the workplace? If you survey the employees of any business and ask them to rank what is important to them,  ‘Respect’ always ranks higher than
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Is it Time to ‘Rent Some Brains’?

Is it Time to ‘Rent Some Brains’?

To be successful in business you need to be smart in many skills pertaining to different professions. A little tax knowledge, some legal skills, website design and auto mechanics are just a few. The saying, “jack of all trades, master of none” can certainly be true. To learn new skill takes a serious investment of
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Building a Business System for Freedom & Profit

Building a Business System for Freedom & Profit

Are there certain parts of your business that you feel have to be done by you – the business owner? Are there bottlenecks in your business because you – the business owner – aren’t able to accomplish certain tasks in a timely manner? Are these bottlenecks in the areas of your business that you – the business owner – hates to do?
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Effective and Efficient Team Meetings

Effective and Efficient Team Meetings

As an advisor to small business, I find the businesses that hold regular meetings are also the businesses that run more efficiently. 1) Commit to holding a team meeting every week – Dedicate a specific time and day of the week for the meeting. If some employees cannot attend, have the meeting anyway. The non-attendees will find
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Are Your Employees Equipped For Productivity?

Are Your Employees Equipped For Productivity?

One of my favourite expressions is, “You need to spend a quarter to make a dollar”. This is very true when it comes to equipping your employees to be productive. Here are some real life situations I have experienced as a small business advisor: Problem #1 – Two work crews but only one saw – Every morning before each
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What is Your Business’s Strategy?

What is Your Business’s Strategy?

Do you use the ‘hope’ strategy in your business? It goes something like this: Let’s try something new and HOPE it works! The hypothesis strategy is a more scientific approach. When performing a scientific experiment you must define your hypothesis first and then perform the experiment. The experiment is designed in a way that you can test if the hypothesis in true
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Improving Communications – Business Owner & Banker

Improving Communications – Business Owner & Banker

Bankers speak one language – business owners speak a different one – when they get together without a translator, the result is usually frustration. Here are some tips to help improve this communication gap. 1)      Don’t assume that a personal relationship matters to the banker. A business owner might say, ‘I opened my account at
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Does Your Business Offer a Guarantee?

Does Your Business Offer a Guarantee?

When a potential customer considers purchasing from your business, are there a number of risks to completing the purchase? When you provide a guarantee, you remove the risks to the potential purchaser and make it easier for them to buy from you. It is reasonable to assume that if you reduce the risks and make it
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