Up and to the Right | 2017 Episode 03 | Operating Profit Drives Expense

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One of the most common reasons for small business failure is problems with cash flow (not having the cash you need to operate your business when you need it). Looking at this another way… by learning when to incur expenses you can turn this risk for other small businesses into an asset for your own.The secret sauce: operating profit drives expenseThe world of marketing would love for us to continue believe differently but we’re not falling for it anymore… at least not where our businesses are concerned.

Up and to the Right | 2017 Episode 02 | Hiring for Small Business

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Hiring can be rewarding when you’ve found just the right person with the right skills and experience that will fit perfectly into the culture of your business. It’s a big commitment though… for both of you. As a business owner, there are a few strategies you can use that will increase the chances that your hiring process will go as smoothly as possible.The Three Question TestDetermining & Evaluating the CostPreparing to Hire and Bringing Them On-BoardWhere do I Look?In Episode 02 for 2017 I’ll share my three question test for every hire along with an evaluation of cost. Front end preparation is an important part of a successful hire as is the process you go through to help them acclimate to working for your company. Where is the best place to find that new hire…? Listen now for all this plus there’s a worksheet you can download below to help you evaluate your hiring process. 

Up and to the Right | 2017 Episode 01 | Outsourcing for Small Business

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It’s true. We all need help. Whether it’s seasonal sales cycles, end of year accounting or a full time staff position… there’s always more to do that hours in the day. How do you decide what help you need, how to prioritize getting it and finally who you gonna call? In this episode our focus will be on outsourcing work without adding a permanent position at your company.What is outsourcing?How does it apply in a small business situation?What should I outsource?Where do I start?In Episode 01 for 2017 we look at each of these questions. There’s a worksheet you can download below to help you put some structure to the process of outsourcing that fits your business and situation.