Brad Farris

As principal advisor of Anchor Advisors, Brad Farris has experience leading businesses & business owners into new levels of growth and success. Through his work with over 100 Chicago area small businesses he has experience in guiding founders and business owners through the pitfalls and joys of growing their business. Prior to joining Anchor Advisors, Brad spent over 10 years managing business units for a family-owned conglomerate with sales of $2 million to $25 million.
When not working Brad enjoys cycling, cooking and the NFL. He is married with 5 children and lives in Chicago, Illinois. Connect with him on Google+, Twitter and LinkedIn.

5 Employee appreciation ideas you wish you thought of before

employee appreciation ideas

Buying gifts for employees is often more difficult that figuring out what to buy your in-laws for birthdays or the holidays. So how do you figure out how to show employees your appreciation for their hard work? I've got a few employee appreciation ideas that'll knock 'em out of the park.

6 ways business owners can clone themselves (without actually doing it)

clone

Every business owner who sets out to build a team really wants, not a team, but a CLONE. Cloning would effectively allow them to be in two (or three) places at once. Yeah. A clone and a few more hours in the day would make a lot of business owners very happy. Are you familiar with the

The business owner’s challenge: Building a top-notch team

building a team

Nothing accelerates growth like excellent team members. I'm not kidding. I've seen business owners struggle to grow their business for years, until they finally get fed up and hire better team members and, bam! their company grows. Are you tolerating mediocre talent on your team, or do you hold off

5 Ugly truths about running your own business

ugly truths about running your own business

Most business owners have on rose-tinted glasses when they first start out. There’s nothing wrong with that—it happens to all of us. We’ve been there. You go into running your own business for lots of reasons. The flexibility. The freedom. The room to grow. Everything ahead is sparkly, new, and

The best mistake I’ve ever made

worst business decisions

In 1998, I was working for a division of Duchossois Industries as an engineer working on new product development. I was occasionally invited to be part of a team that evaluated acquisition opportunities (I was the token geek that spoke business or something); and so I was a part of the team that

How to turn online connections into real world sales

make sales

If you've been following along with our blog posts, or if you listen to our podcast you know that we are big fans of social media and online marketing. There has never been a better time to be prospecting for new client leads--they are all right out there! You can search for them, reach out to them,

How to respond to random LinkedIn requests

responding to linkedin requests

If you are active on LinkedIn, your chances of "getting found" increase. You will get more inbound contacts from prospects, job seekers, potential partners and (unfortunately) random connection requests from people you don't know. While some of these requests can be kind of puzzling, ("Why would the

5 reasons why your small business needs a strong sales pipeline

sales pipeline

We all want to have a strong sales pipeline, right? Who wouldn't want to have a consistent flow of prospects interested in engaging their company? But the value of a strong sales pipeline goes beyond the marketing and sales team. It's like having a tailwind for your whole business. If there is one

5 ways your website can help you fill your sales pipeline

how to fill sales pipeline

Finding more qualified prospects to fill the top of your sales pipeline is the best way to accelerate the growth of your company. Any action I can take to bring in more leads on a consistent basis, well, that's action worth taking! You have a website. Everybody does. How hard is it working

How to increase sales (and make more money)

how to increase sales

What creates sales for your company? What is one thing can you do today that will increase sales in the future? What can you do that will move the needle on your top line? It's surprising how few of my clients have ever sat down and thought about the answers to these questions. If you need

What is a sales pipeline? Here’s everything you need to know

what is a sales pipeline

Getting a customer, for most of us, isn't a one step process. It's different for all types of businesses. So then, what is a sales pipeline? If you were to draw a map of the stages that your prospects go through -- from the time they first hear about your company through consideration,

Sales prospecting: 4 Ways to take control of your sales pipeline

sales prospecting

You all know what the sales pipeline stages are, right? As you market and sell, you are moving people from awareness ("Oh, look, they exist"); to consideration ("Hmm, they might be able to solve my problem"); to discovery ("Let's talk about how you might be able to solve my problem."); to engagement