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.

The one thing every business owner needs to do each day

practicing gratitude

This article originally appeared on Anchor Advisors. It only takes a minute each morning. Before I open my email, before I get started with my work, I stop and write down three (or more) things I'm thankful for. It's a simple thing. Just a brief pause in an other wise hectic day, but there's some

5 ways successful people act differently, and the trait that makes it possible

things successful people do

There's a common myths in the world of entrepreneurship that successful people were just "in the right place at the right time." That they were somehow luckier than others who were working hard on the same problems. As I think of the really successful entrepreneurs I've gotten to know over the

Business Owner Job Description: 5 Reasons You Need One

business owner job description

This article originally appeared on LinkedIn Pulse. As a business owner, you’re the boss. You’re the person people turn to when a question needs answered. You’re a counselor. You’re a mentor. You see the “big picture.” But while you’re busy wearing all of those different hats, have you ever

How to create an unstoppable business (by making an unstoppable you)

resilience quote

Today was one of those days everything went right! I got to the gym early and had a great workout, I hit all green lights on the way to the office, there was a nice referral lead in my inbox, I heard from a client that an employee situation we talked through worked out fine. I felt like Midas --

7 ways to be a more confident business owner

how to build your confidence

Confident business owners close more deals, get paid more for the deals they close, and get their work done more effectively. The confidence that you exude affects not just you, but your prospects, clients, and team members. I would argue that there's nothing more important than building your

Business Owner is a Title, Not a Job Description

Business Owner Job Description

While many business owners consider well-defined job descriptions crucial to their business, how many have actually taken the time to create a job description for themselves? Not many. But, a business owner needs a job description just as much as the rest of the team. In fact, a business owner may

Not driving enough traffic to your blog? You’re not doing these 6 things

how to drive more traffic to your website

So you've decided to start blogging. Great! Blogging is a great way for professionals to demonstrate their expertise, build trust, and cultivate leads and drive more traffic to your site. Your blog also provides great content for an email newsletter that can keep you and your business fresh in the

How to sell: How business owners can sell in this day and age

how to sell

Many of you might know that Tesla, a high-end luxury electric car company, has been in an ongoing battle in the news with car dealerships and lawmakers over their right to sell directly to consumers. But shouldn't we be able to sell cars online right now? For over a hundred years,

4 situations when small business owners MUST look at their numbers

small business owner decisions

"Numbers get confusing. I'm never quite sure what I should be looking at. But my gut has never failed me." Most small business owners are most comfortable making decisions intuitively; when they look at a situation and they just know the answer. These gut decisions are really useful. They can be

How to measure business performance — use numbers and not your gut!

how to measure business performance

Numbers give me a headache. I don't want to stare at spreadsheets all day -- I get a good enough "gut" feel just from running my business. Why should I care about the "numbers"? Most business owners have a strong "gut feeling" or intuition about their business. It makes sense. They spend all day,

Reading a balance sheet: 3 things business owners need to look for

reading a balance sheet

A business' financial statements are the most basic indicator of your business' health. But they can be confusing and complicated and, truthfully, not many business owners look at them (and when they do they might not learn much). Yesterday I offered some tips on how to read an income statement.

How to read an income statement: What every business owner needs to know

how to read income statements

One of the most basic of indicators of the health of any business is its financial statements. I'm not saying they are the be-all-end-all. There are lots of other indicators we should look at in addition to the financial statements; but it's hard to argue that you are fully in control of your