So You Think You Know How to Budget

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  I meet a lot of people who say they can budget. It’s funny, because their definition is one aspect of it— and it’s usually the top line. They’re the owners with a sales target in mind for the year, or maybe a dream number for the year. They’ve always wanted to be at $15M

7 Signs Your Succession Planning is Failing Your Business

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Last time, I shared the 3 keys to building your bench strength for effective succession planning. But when it comes to succession planning, how do you know that what you’re currently doing isn’t working? When we think about why succession plans fail, we can put it into 7 broad strokes. 1. The organization isn’t hitting

The Small Business Owner’s Manual

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We have some exciting news…we finally decided to put our years of experience saving small businesses at your disposal in the form of a brand new, shiny book! This book combines our experience in operations, HR, and finance to provide you with a guide to entrepreneurial success. This book is for you if: • You

The Human Side of Disasters

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  There has been no shortage of devastating news in the past few weeks. Hurricanes, shootings, earthquakes, fires, and more. The reality is, natural disasters are a question of when not if. We know how horrible these events are for communities, but sometimes we forget that they have huge business impacts for those communities as

How to Stop Growing Yourself Out of Cash

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Are you growing yourself out of cash? It sounds like a good problem to have, doesn’t it? Or maybe it sounds impossible. Not so fast. When you’re in the rapid growth phase of business (picture below), it can be deceptively easy to grow yourself out of the critical cash you need to sustain your growth.

What Are You Missing by DIY-ing Your Business?

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  Some things are great for DIY-ing, like cutting down your own Christmas tree or building your own bookshelf. But are you DIY-ing your business? You might want to rethink that. I often run into entrepreneurs and business owners who think they have enough experience with their bookkeeping system (whether it’s QuickBooks, FreshBooks or an

Are You Blue Collar Proud?

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  “If you don’t know your numbers, you aren’t really taking responsibility for your business.” -Taylor, Blue Collar Proud I couldn’t agree with Taylor more. If you misunderstand the story your numbers are telling you, it can create chaos in your life and the lives of your employees. I care about YOUR numbers, and that’s