Management

Managing and running a small business is hard! Get the tools, help and advice to make manage your business and your people easier. Browse through our collection of tools, articles, videos and more below!

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,

5 things you are spending money on that are not (fully) tax deductible

office space tax deductions

My accountant says I made $300,000, but I don't see it in my bank account. Where did it go? Every year at tax time, business owners call me up and complain that their tax return says they made more money than they see in their bank account. Isn't it supposed to be the opposite? Aren't we supposed

My business is growing, but my bank account is shrinking! Here’s 4 reasons why.

growing a business

Growing a businesses means you'll consume a lot of cash. No one told you that, did they? When your business grows from sales of $350,000 to $800,000, your income isn't going to double. In fact, it may go down! It might be harder for you to stay profitable at $800,000 than you were at $350,000!

Small Business Key Performance Indicator Template

small business kpi reporting

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

Step 3: Stop doing your employees’ work!

employees work

This is Step 3 in our control freak recovery series. In this step we talk about how it's not the boss' job to clean up our employee's messes or do their job for them. Read Step 1 and Step 2 here. This is a long journey, and none of us can go it alone. We hope you're reaching out to a trusted friend

Step 2: Why business owners need to ‘let go’ more

let go

This is Step 2 in our control freak recovery series. This time we talk about what it looks like to loosen up our grips on controlling everything inside of our business -- and why it's healthy. Find step 1 here. Too many business owners have an inner control freak that can make them really

Cube vs. Corner: How do the boss’ work habits affect yours?

How does your boss' work habits affect yours?

Sometimes it’s difficult to know how much you’re supposed to reflect the boss’s work habits. Especially in regards to working hours. After all, he or she is the boss — so doesn’t that role come with increased responsibility? But at the same time, as an employee, it’s important to show dedication and

Step 1: Admitting you have a need for being in control

Control-freak-recovery

If you've been following this control freak series you've either been hurt by control freaks, or you think you might be one. If you know this is you, take heart! Admitting it is the first step toward recovery. Yes, I'm treating your control freak behavior as an addiction. It's a behavior that is

The truth about controlling boss behavior

controlling bosses

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

Flash Reports

Flash Reports

The flash report is a quick way for team members to “check-in” once a week with one another. It allows the team to see if the other team member’s activities and priorities are in line with their expectations. Are they getting things done? Are the things that they are working on the “right” things