Category Archives: business planning

Keep Your Small Business Running Smoothly and Making Money

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In my last post, I explained the different mindsets a business owner needs and the systems that need to be in place to achieve the most from your business.  Now I will discuss solutions to help those business owners who are frustrated and about to give up on their business, or want to sell it because it’s been more of a headache and heartache, then they expected.

There are three levels to make your business work smoothly.  They are outlined below and discussed more in depth. Continue reading

Creating Systems and Figuring Out Which “Hat” to Wear in Your Business

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Many business owners have pursued their dreams by quitting their job in hopes of having freedom to spend time with family, have more time to do the things they want, and make lots of money.  The problem is that most business owners don’t achieve these outcomes.  They ultimately end up losing their freedom because they work longer hours, which leaves no time for family or fun.

When you start your own business and start working for yourself, you need to think with a different mind, rather than think with the mind you had while working for someone else.  You can’t run your business with the mindset of a technician or operative.  Your business will need three different mindsets.  You will need to decondition yourself so you can think about the big picture, including what the start of your business does, how to do it, and how to do it well, as well as what it’s going to look like when it’s done.  Deconditioning can happen quickly or take a while, based on what the business owner does to achieve this.  You will see results of this change within three months and once you make this change, you can’t go back to the old way of thinking. Continue reading

Building Your ‘A’ Team – Part Six

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In this Building Your ‘A’ Team series, we have been covering customized system and processes for hiring and recruiting. This week, I’m covering the Long Interview.

The Long Interview

First, look back at the Flash Interview and see what that told you about the applicants. Notice how it’s generally all about qualities and attitudes.

Think about the qualities you want: enthusiasm, keenness, willingness to learn, common sense and so on.  Continue reading

Building Your ‘A’ Team – Part Five

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Last week, I introduced you to a new hiring/recruiting process I will be referring to as the Information Seminar and Flash Interviews. As promised, today I will be going over the process of this system.

So, here’s the process…

Once you have screened or filtered your responses, someone will call them all using the same script, which will go along the lines of: Continue reading

Building Your ‘A’ Team – Part Four

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Last week, I promised to share with you the most fantastic interview process that is not the stock standard way of conducting new employee interviews.  Believe me, it works brilliantly. It will save you tons of time and will deliver the best results. If you follow the steps exactly, you will be so excited, you will never do it the old way again.

This system may take you out of your comfort zone.  But hey! That’s the way we all grow – by doing something outside our comfort zone.  And, as I promised, do this once and you will want to do it this way every time in the future. Continue reading