Plan

  • Need Represents Opportunity

    Wherever there is a need, there is an opportunity for someone to create a product or service to satisfy it.  Thus, we must open our eyes to the needs of our existing clients or customers.  As entrepreneurs, we must be observant so that we will recognize any “holes” in our service or product offering, and create a way to fill them.   We ...

    Posted at July 23, 2014 | By : | Categories : Analyze,Our Work,Plan | 0 Comment
  • Our Work: Garbage In, Garbage Out

    A small business can become clogged with unwanted or unnecessary refuse.  Our job is to keep it from degrading our productivity.  There are several kinds of garbage – both literal and figurative -- that can sink our businesses if we are not careful. Over-Scheduling Managing our calendar is essential.  It can be difficult to keep our attention on the most important ...

    Posted at July 9, 2014 | By : | Categories : Analyze,Our Work,Plan,Produce | 0 Comment
  • What Do You Need to Adjust?

    The first half of the calendar year is over.  Done.  It cannot be changed. If you have reflected on the performance of your small business year-to-date, you must have identified one or more concerns, or opportunities to make adjustments, going forward. Changes do not have to be big or time-consuming to be effective! The coming ...

    Posted at July 2, 2014 | By : | Categories : Our Work,Plan,Produce | 0 Comment
  • Is Your Business on Track for the Year?

      June 25th!  Where has this year gone?  We are half-way through the calendar year, which is the fiscal (budget) year for most small businesses. How is your year going?  Are you meeting your sales goals?  Are your business plans in good shape for the second half of the year?   This is an excellent time to take a moment and evaluate your status.  Whether ...

    Posted at June 25, 2014 | By : | Categories : Analyze,Market,Our Work,Plan,Produce | 0 Comment
  • Make Your Office Work: Style Matters

    Your office is a physical representation of your small business.  When an outsider – or even employee – enters it, what do the contents of the workplace say about your business?  Are they consistent with your Business Objectives or Mission Statement?  Will your office send an unintended – potentially damaging – message to others? You can choose to send specific messages about ...

    Posted at May 28, 2014 | By : | Categories : Analyze,Market,Our Work,Plan,Produce | 0 Comment
  • Make Your Business Work: Office Equipment

    Thanks to technology, small business productivity can be greatly enhanced by careful selection of office equipment.  Every business needs to do certain things that can be best managed by electronic means:  invoicing, income tracking, and tax record compilation, among others. The first task will be to determine what you need versus what you want.  Business needs come first, of course, especially productivity ...

    Posted at May 9, 2014 | By : | Categories : Our Work,Plan,Produce | 2 Comments
  • Make Your Office Work: Floor Plan Options (Part 2)

    There are a number of space-related issues that you should consider before signing a rental or purchase contract for a new location for your small business.  Use of an Open versus Closed Floor Plan, and Refreshment considerations, were covered in Part 1.  Here are other factors related to the maximization ...

    Posted at April 30, 2014 | By : | Categories : Analyze,Our Work,Plan,Produce | 0 Comment
  • Make Your Office Work: Floor Plan Options (Part 1)

    Before you sign a rental or purchase contract for your new business location, be sure to think through the internal needs for your office layout.  What changes or enhancements will be necessary to maximize productivity?   Open Floor Plan versus Individual Offices One critical aspect of your floor plan may be the balance between an Open Floor Plan versus Individual Offices.  For decades, individual offices were seen as appropriate for manager-level employees.  They offer privacy for the discussion ...

    Posted at April 23, 2014 | By : | Categories : Our Work,Plan,Produce | 0 Comment
  • Make Your Office Work: Physical Site Selection

    The old adage goes, “The three most important things about business site selection are location, location, location!”  However, with the advent of the internet and widespread use of GPS navigation, the critical nature of location has become a bit less important for some types of small businesses, especially for those that do not require a retail store-front.  For instance, my husband owns a 1965 Mustang convertible.  When it needed a replacement convertible top, we were ...

    Posted at April 16, 2014 | By : | Categories : Our Work,Plan,Produce | 2 Comments
  • Make Your Home Office Work: Human Contact

      A home office needs to work on a functional basis.  But, it also must address any other needs that may be particular to the owner.  One of the biggest concerns many small business owners have about “home work” is the solitude it can bring.   While I have always needed to be able to shut myself off from the world to ...

    Posted at April 9, 2014 | By : | Categories : Our Work,Plan,Produce | 0 Comment
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