Planning

Seven steps to scale your business

As a business owner that prices your services and products based on an hourly rate, or comparative to your competition, you will always struggle with whether you should be charging more. If you are a solopreneur, you will find that you reach a plateau based on how many people or businesses that you can help at one time.

Do you work with each person or business one at a time? If so, you are limiting the time you have available; something inevitably doesn’t get done. What do you let go of and/or not do at all? Many small businesses tend to neglect billing clients or customers, pay their bills, or follow up with prospects, simply because they don’t have enough time.

To help remedy this issue, here are seven ways you can use to scale your business so that you do have time for other things such as time with family and friends, time for relaxation, […]

How prepared is your business?

As you think about the objectives you had for this year and what was it that did not get accomplished? What would it be like if you accomplished it in the new year? How important is it to you and your business?

Many businesses just move on to the next year without being clear about what they want to achieve. You could be like many people and only focus on getting things done. There is even a book called Getting Things Done. I started to read the book and decided that I didn’t have time to read it all. What an oxymoron!

Take some time to reflect on what has gone right in your business and then move on to what you will direct your attention to in the next year. It is time to determine how you will prepare for success in the new year? What will the business be like if you reach […]

Hire Right, Fire Less

“I am convinced that nothing we do is more important than hiring and developing people. At the end of the day you bet on people, not on strategies.” – Lawrence Bossidy

“Do not hire a man (or woman) who does your work for money, but him (or her) who does it for the love of it.” – Henry David Thoreau

How do you know that the person you just hired will be a great employee?

It’s not all about the person that you hire as much as it is whether they resonate with the mission, vision and values of your business. Do you have a clear mission? Is your vision precise? Are your values understandable? During the interviews you conduct, if you are clear with your explanation about each of these, then your statements cannot be misinterpreted by a prospective employee.

Having the right employees in the right positions can move your business beyond where you imagine. Having […]