There are horrible bosses. These are the people whose mere presence alone changes the atmosphere at work in a negative manner. The same people who seem adept at squashing your desire to do your best at work.
But then, there are also good bosses. Bosses who uplift you rather than make you feel terrible about yourself. Bosses who know how to make you feel integral to the company rather than inconsequential. Bosses who treat you as a valuable asset rather than redundant and easily dispensable. keep reading »
The dream that most people have when they start their own business is to provide for their family and create freedom and flexibility in their lives.
They decide to start a business doing something they know how to do well, mechanics start repair shops, web designers start web development firms, barbers start barber shops, carpenters start renovation businesses.
If being good at what you do was enough to make a business successful we wouldn’t see the massive failure rates that we see. So, there must be more to it than just being able to do the work.
You have made a big decision. You are going to start your own business!
There is a lot of attention given to the start-up phase of becoming an entrepreneur but I would like to provide you with lessons I learned after my business was successful and I wanted to sell my business. By applying these lessons now, while you are in the start-up phase, I hope you can benefit from my experience and save yourself a great deal of time and future frustration.
If I was to do it all over again this is how I would do it! keep reading »
Over the years I have observed that while some people are very resistant to change other people are addicted to it. They regularly end and start relationships, buy and sell vehicles, move, change jobs, and chase one business idea after another.
Change can be refreshing, logical, and a productive exercise. Yet this constant search for new opportunities can also be driven more by discontent with one’s current situation than a calculated fact-based decision to achieve better results.
Changing your external situation to solve an internal problem is a strategy that is doomed to fail which ironically leads to more change and the cycle repeats itself. If you find yourself in this cycle in your career, business, or even your life what is the answer? keep reading »
When you start a service business it is very stressful to struggle to find work. Going days or weeks between jobs can create a range of emotions from panic to depression. When a customer finally calls, in our eagerness to book work we may actually put the would-be customer off by sounding and acting desperate.
My contracting business is booked 2 – months in advance with the exception of during our one seasonally slow time where we drop down to being booked only 1 – 2 weeks in advance. We have 6 trucks so when I say we are booked I mean every truck is booked 2 – months in advance.
The best part about this is that our system can be replicated. Here is how we do it.