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

3 Reasons why it’s a good time to sell your business now

when to sell your business

Is it the right time to sell your business? According to business expert Gene Marks, the answer is, "Yes." Marks explains his case for that statement in a video produced by The Hartford. He notes that the sales of businesses are up 50% this year over last--and the trend is slated to

Most popular small business articles: March & April 2015

small business articles

Hey there! It’s been a while since we sent one of these out! We spent two months on the topic of sales instead of just one, so it's time to re-cap the top five. And...we worked real hard on a course we just launched. It will help you get more prospects in your pipeline in just 30 days; it's The

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