Startup Advice: Don’t Let Life Get Lost in the Shuffle

The guy seems callous, selfish, as he dismisses his wive, lover, or child, with frustration. “Don’t you get it?” he asks. “Don’t you know I’m trying to build a business here?” And sometimes there’s the variation, “I’m doing this for you.” And of course there are lots of other versions. Do you recognize that scene, … Continue reading Startup Advice: Don’t Let Life Get Lost in the Shuffle

Standard Business Plan Financials: How to Project Cash Flow

No matter what your business planning objectives, cash flow is still the most vital resource in the business, and managing cash is the single most important business function. Without cash, you go under. So I always assume cash flow is included in every kind of real business plan. And it is the most important component … Continue reading Standard Business Plan Financials: How to Project Cash Flow

Love, Sex, and Small Business. Wait … What?

I received an email today, Valentine’s Day, with this juicy data from a Manta survey on marriage and business:  … a new study … shows small business owners are mixing business with pleasure. The survey of more than 1,100 small business owners shows one in four work with their significant other and nearly 60 percent … Continue reading Love, Sex, and Small Business. Wait … What?

A Must-Read Piece on What Really Matters

This morning I’m just plain grateful for what I just read. Towards the end it includes this quote containing two quotes: In his beautifully crafted The New York Times article, You Are Going To Die, Tim Kreider writes, ‘You are older at this moment than you’ve ever been before, and it’s the youngest you’re ever … Continue reading A Must-Read Piece on What Really Matters

Biggest Mistake? Mistaking Business for Life

(Note: I’m posting here my latest column for the Eugene Register Guard Blue Chip monthly magazine. These are not new themes for this blog, but I like what I say here. This is reposted here with permission.) Let’s put startups, entrepreneurship and life in proportion. A webinar participant asked me last week about what I … Continue reading Biggest Mistake? Mistaking Business for Life

A Marketing Expert’s Must-Read Advice on Living Better

I’m proud to say John Jantsch, the world’s number one expert on small business marketing,  is a friend of mine. I’ve worked with him for years and I’ve learned a lot from him. For example, I still use his definition of marketing (“getting people to know, like, and trust you”) almost daily.  His wisdom has … Continue reading A Marketing Expert’s Must-Read Advice on Living Better