Best Practices

This is our collection of best practices for every part of running your small business. Browse through our articles, videos, tools & templates and more below!

Small Business Key Performance Indicator Template

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As business owner, it's hard to maintain our focus on the most important issues in our business. It's hard to set priorities. We need sales to increase, but we've got delivery issues, too. What about that low-performing team member, when to you get to them? Though in the midst of all the craziness,

Don’t let ‘great’ be the enemy of the ‘good’

tom peters quote

“Life is pretty simple: You do some stuff. Most fails. Some works. You do more of what works. If it works big, others quickly copy it. Then you do something else. The trick is the doing something else.” ~ Tom Peters Tom Peters could be thought of as one of the founding fathers of the American

The truth about controlling boss behavior

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This month is all about working through letting go some control so you can build a stronger business. In Part I of this series, we created a list of scenarios to help you see if you're a control freak. So you might be a control freak. As a small business owner, you see it as survival; it is your job

How business owners can clone themselves (without having an actual clone)

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We all wish (at least every business owner wishes) they had a clone. You'd be able to do twice as much work, get it done the way you want to, anddddd it would just be awesome. But since that's not really possible to do in this day and age, they came up with some practical alternatives to help you

Top small business articles | August 2014

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Summer is starting to come to a close, but it's been a sweet season for us over at EnMast! We're loving our newest members and Member Spotlights a TON! (Curious to try it out? Sign up for a Free Trial Membership!) Each month we pull out the top small business articles in case you missed some of

The secret sauce to building an indestructible business

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"The best part about entrepreneurship is that you get to choose your own hours! Choose any 100 hours of the week you want -- and work them!" (Click to tweet) That was how I got introduced to entrepreneurship. Give up your job, give up your life, and work like hell. This presented a problem. See,

10 strong leadership habits all business owners should have

leadership habits

Some leaders seem so…together. They have strong leadership habits and always having energy, look well rested, and generally appear calm, have high performance, and confident. So what’s the secret potion they’re drinking every morning? And where can we get some? After digging around, we found

Strategic Scheduling Tool

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If you are trying to grow your business, it is vital that you be strategic about how you spend your time and money. The nature of many small businesses is such that the owner spends much of his/her time reacting to situations and resolving crises. When this is the case, the urgent becomes a thief of

It’s only failure if you stop trying

how to know it's time to quit

“If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There's no point in being a damn fool about it.“ - W.C. Fields I was very interested to read Brad Farris’ recent article Quitting is for quitters: How to keep going when everything tells you to stop. In the piece, Brad rightly argues

5 of my best productivity tools (that will also change your life)

Writedown app

THUNK. THUNK. THUNK. That was the sound of me banging my head against the desk before I started using these tools. Do you ever feel that way? Like you’re constantly working, but never really getting ahead? For a long time, I struggled with managing my productivity because I was always

Business tips for small business owners: How to not go broke

business tips for small business owners how to not go broke

I know that training courses, conferences and industry groups can get expensive. But have you tried ignorance? That will make you broke!" - Brad Farris (Click to Tweet)

Signs of a Failing Business: The Indicators One Business Owner Missed

signs of a failing business

Seeing the signs of a failing business aren't always easy. Especially when it's your own. We set up shop in 3,000 square feet of sublet space with a toolbox and a computer. It took us almost three months to ship our first order of scaffolding, but the orders kept coming. With a lot of hard work, we