Top small business owner articles | May 2014

In May, our focus was productivity. We challenged the business owners’ attachment to meetings, and gave away a fabulous tool to help employees really own their projects–and bring fewer interruptions to the boss. 

We also enjoyed talking to Jeff Fliegler of The Point Solutions, a new kid on the block at EnMast. He talked to us about what it’s really like running a business. Jeff says:

“[No one told me] how mentally and emotionally grueling it is…. And the emotions! What a roller coaster it is. I’m not sure if I’m addicted and love it, or if I’m going to go bald with a heart attack in a month. I think I’m addicted.”

In June, we’ll focus on pricing.

Take a few deep breaths and squeeze someone’s hand while we tackle questions like “How do I know how much I should charge?”, and “How do I raise my prices without losing clients?” We know these are pain points, but trust me. You DON’T want to miss it.  But with out further a due, here’s this month’s most popular small business articles!

checking email after work1. Why you should not make employees check their email after work hours »

Do you make employees check their email after work and on the weekends? Devan thinks it’s wrong. So does France and Germany. Here’s why. (Do you agree or disagree?)

managing millennials and millennial values2. A business owner’s guide to managing Millennials »

Devan brings her own Millennial perspective and a lot of thought to addressing the the value differences between Millennial and many business owners. A must read if you have any employees under the age of 30!

status meeting3. Why I think status meetings should die. DIE! »

Do you have ‘status meetings’ at your company? Brad argues that they’re actually a big waste of time; and he doesn’t mince words.

productive meetings4. 3 ways to have more productive meetings with your team »

We’ve all been to meetings that have made us want to gouge our eyes out. Read this article to learn about how to transform your approach to meetings.

millennial leadership5. Are Millennials cut out for leadership? Devan & Brad debate »

This month in Cube vs. Corner, Devan and Brad go head-to-head on the issue of Millennials’ and leadership positions — and they have polar opposite views. What do you think?

Devan Perine

Devan Perine works with small business owners on their marketing and multimedia efforts. She's passionate about helping businesses build their presence online, and giving Gen Y a voice in the workplace. When she's not working, she loves to make a mess in the kitchen, and play with her band around Chicago. She loves to chat! Give her a shout on Google+, Twitter or LinkedIn.


  1. Aha, attachment to meetings Devan lol…love the opener, and the share. Thanks!

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