Does Your Small Business Really Need to Grow? | Up and to the Right | Episode 032

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Livestream RecordingListen & Download Show Notes “When you stop growing… you start dying!” Seriously…?! This is what we have to offer the people who have the courage to create value in our economy? Instead of setting your sights on arbitrary business ‘growth’… let’s talk about what you want out of your business and design a system to bring you there! Let’s get growing… in the right direction! Read More

Scaling Benefits for Your Small Business | Up and to the Right | Episode 031

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Livestream RecordingListen & Download Show Notes As a small business owner, it can seem difficult to compete with the benefit packages of well established, larger corporations. Startups can share this problem as well when they begin trying to attract talent. How do you design a benefits package for your team when you don’t have the financial resources required to put a competitive package together? Let’s scale those benefits! Read More

What’s in My Business Bag | Up and to the Right | Episode 029

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Livestream RecordingListen & Download Show Notes Productive mobility allows us to add value to our businesses when we aren’t in the office. This gives us the freedom to work from a wider variety of locations improving our quality of life. But how do we make the most of this time? I’ve been using this kind of mobility for quite a while now and I’ve developed a kit that really works for me that I thought I’d share with you. Let’s get mobile! Read More

Export Control for Small Business | Up and to the Right | Episode 028

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Livestream RecordingListen & Download Show Notes At Beyond 50 Percent we currently do geographically narrow sales and marketing and no export occurs. At my pulsed power company, Directed Energy, it’s a different story. Our products are classified as EAR99 which generally means that no license is required for export. Due to the nature of our products and the variety of potential research, scientific, commercial and yes… defense applications for which they may be used we have to take specific steps when exporting our products. Does export control apply to small business? What are some key concepts you need to be aware of? Are there… let’s say… 3 things you could do to get yourself on the road to compliance? Let’s find out! Read More

Good Policy Bad Policy | Up and to the Right | Episode 027

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Livestream RecordingListen & Download Show Notes I’m on a mission to stop structured ineptitude this week and I have my sights on policies! It makes me crazy when I get on the phone, chat, personal conversation or email exchange that results in the customer support person on the other end is basically hogtied so they can’t actually assist me in solving my problem. “I’m sorry… I don’t have access to that information…” “I’m not allowed…” “I spoke with my manager and he/she said ‘No.'” “We can’t do that…” Yeah it goes on and on and I know you’ve heard them and like me you’ve walked away from the exchange feeling disappointed and powerless (angry would be understandable as well). As business owners we might like to keep our options open and shy away from policies and justify that with experiences like I’ve described here. Again, that’s completely understandable but is there a place for the structure and streamlining that policies provide that avoids the pitfalls of abysmal customer service? Let’s find out! Read More

Moving Your Business | Up and to the Right | Episode 026

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Livestream RecordingListen & Download Show Notes Well the 2nd Livestream went great… except that I streamed it on the wrong Youtube channel! Noob mistake #1. I also forgot to record the audio separately so I had to rip it from the stream. It worked but not quite the quality I shoot for. In this livestream/episode I wanted to talk about what it takes to move a small business from one location to another and some of the things you need to keep in mind as you go through the process. Let’s talk about the 6 P’s of moving! Read More

Getting Value Out of a Business Model | Up and to the Right | Episode 025

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Livestream RecordingListen & Download Show Notes Welcome to the recording of my first livestream! There were a few hiccups in the beginning but we got through it! In this livestream/episode I continue the discussion from the last episode (audio only sorry) of Up and to the Right when we talked about the definition of a business model. This time I talk about how to get practical value out of a business model in the context of small business. Can small businesses get value out of business modeling? Using a specific example from one of my own businesses I go through how I modeled the business and how we can get value out of the exercise. Read More