Category: Grow your Business

One size doesn’t fix all

Trying to build a great small business can sometimes feel like searching for water in a desert.  You see water in the distance but no matter how far or fast you walk towards it, it never gets any closer.  Yet you keep trying.  Such is the power of a realistic illusion (the mirage in this

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Possibly the worst advice I’ve ever seen

Recently I read an article entitled “Why Veteran Entrepreneurs Laugh at You for Following Your ‘Passion”. It really annoyed me.  The author believes: Articles about “loving your career and working with passion”, “nine ways you can profit from your passion”, “simple ways to turn your passion into a paycheck”, “why you should let passion drive

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Mythbusting business ideas – profit

Myth #3 – Cash is profit.  Profit is cash.  FALSE! Too many business owners use their bank accounts as the only measure of how well their business is going.  What you have in your bank account today, by itself, is no indication that your business is going well or not.  It is only one guide

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Myth-busting business ideas about cash flow

As part of this series of articles, let’s start with mythbusting business ideas some people have that I find funny, odd, or just plain sad.  And there are a number of these.  The sad part is that some of these myths have become so well ingrained in our business culture that they’ve created habits hard

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Myth-busting business ideas – part three

To get more cash, you just need to sell more.  TRUE and FALSE!Sometimes, selling more is like pushing the accelerator down on a car that’s hurtling towards a cliff.  The only thing you will achieve is hurting yourself more and faster.  Sometimes the problem of not having enough cash has nothing to do with your

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Business essentials for small and medium business owners

Last year I decided that it was time to help teach my daughter her first lesson about running a business. She was six years old and we had more apples than we could eat or need to freeze for apple pies in winters.  I figured it was a good opportunity to teach her some basics

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Why is it really so hard to grow your business?

In New Zealand – which currently is considered to have survived the Global Financial Crisis far better than most countries in the world – businesses are disappearing faster than ever. 36% of businesses born in 2010 with one to five employees ceased to exist by 2014 whether because of bankruptcy, liquidation, mergers and acquisitions, or other

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How will ‘just walk out shopping’ affect you

Shopping without checkouts is closer to becoming a reality This week, Amazon announced its most advanced shopping technology Amazon Go where technology used in self-driving cars (computer vision, sensor fusion, and deep learning algorithyms) is being applied create a Just Walk Out Shopping experience with no lines and no checkout.  Customers simply use an app on

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Understanding your numbers in business

You have to understand your numbers in business in order to survive but which numbers mean the most when it comes to decision making and the role of the middle man. This is part five in my series of blogs on how we can learn so much for business in general from the dairy industry.

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