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The Best Way to Make Projections Quick, Easy & Fun

How could you possibly have fun working on projections? Recently I was giving a workshop on budgets and projections. Before you hit the escape key, bear with me for just a couple of sentences. At the beginning of the evening, the woman who organized the program said, “How I hate projections—can’t deal!” By the [...]

By | November 15th, 2017|Blog, Financial Reports|0 Comments

A 60 Minute Budget You’ll Actually Use

No matter what your business is, having a budget will help you succeed.  I've been working on a presentation about budgets. Making them easy, accessible and useful. You know you need one. And you know you don't want to do it. I’ve got a way you can do it in an [...]

By | October 16th, 2017|Blog, Financial Reports|0 Comments

The 3 Worst Words In Business

Space. Overhead. Inventory. These are bad words in business. So why do so many business owners want them? I’ve been asked recently to look at a couple of business plans. Both business owners want to expand – that’s a good thing, if it’s justified. But, both business owners want to buy [...]

By | September 18th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

It’s Not Really Beach Reading But…

Everyone’s idea of beach reading is different. While some of us may prefer some mindless (but well written) fiction, others may use the time to catch up on some books to help you grow your business. I’ve never been a huge reader of business books, however there have been a few that I’ve read, [...]

By | August 15th, 2017|Blog|3 Comments

Do You Want to Sell Your Business?

Recently, a woman I know called for some advice on selling her business. She had decided that it was time to sell. Timeframe—the next 2 years. Her company isn’t in the best shape, they recently lost a very big client. Which triggered the decision to finally sell. Although this might sound like an exit [...]

By | July 17th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Why it’s Never Too Early to Have an Exit Strategy

Exit strategy. Most business owners have an idea that their business will eventually end with a brilliant finish – a sale, acquisition or IPO. It’s like thinking Prince Charming is going to come on a big white horse, sweep you off your feet and you’ll live happily ever after. Pretty picture, not likely to [...]

By | June 15th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Follow Up: Just do it!

Follow up.  How many people/things do you have to follow up on right now? How many do you remember? One of the biggest complaints I hear about artisanal producers is that they don’t follow-up. That they’re flaky. I used to argue about it—might have just been a couple of bad incidents. Not anymore. If [...]

By | May 15th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Aren’t You Worth It? Your Personal ROI

ROI – return on investment. What is the ROI on you-your time? Do you ever think about that when you’re in the car going somewhere? Making a delivery. Seeing a client. Working with your manufacturers. Doing a tasting. There are definitely times and places where the owner/founder needs to be. But there are just [...]

By | April 17th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

A Simple Tip to Organize Business Expenses

Keeping track of business expenses is a pain. Got a million things to do, a big presentation, or some huge deadline. Nervous. Frantic. Busy, busy, busy. And you’re… Doing everything but what you need to be doing. Organizing whatever. We’ve all been there. Today I found stuff on my website that needed to be [...]

By | March 15th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

3 Minutes to Understand Your Business Financial Reports

Do you look at the financial reports for your business or put off as long as you can? You’re not sure what it all means. You’re afraid if you ask for help, someone will think “How can she run a company?” I was just like you. One day my accountant took me under his wing [...]

By | February 1st, 2016|Blog, Financial Reports|0 Comments