Category Archives: general musings

2012 & Your Business

Recent economic indicators are looking positive. US stock markets are at with levels not seen since 2008 with the Dow flirting with 13,000. The US Labor Department said that seasonally adjusted new jobless claims is the lowest since March of 2008. … Continue reading

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The 5 “R’s” of business

I was reading a recent sales article and reminded on how much the details matter.  We forget the 5 R’s at our peril. They are Relationships, Results, Retention, Referrals and Revenue. For most businesses, Relationships are the understated part of … Continue reading

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Good Communication

I get business email tips from http://connect.manta.com. The one today said “don’t send emails when you’re angry“. While emails filter most emotions, especially humor; anger seems to come through even when you don’t mean for it to. So stand up, … Continue reading

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Joe’s Economic Predictions…

Having recovered from my tryptophan induced nap after Christmas, I’m ready to provide my 2011 review and predictions about the US economy for 2012. As always, once the tinfoil hat is off, I’ll disavow any wrong predictions made by the author (that … Continue reading

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Financing for businesses

I generally don’t use this forum to promote equipment leasing or our business but had some recent experiences I thought worth talking about. If you have a small business, there are other options than banks for financing.  Today banks cater to … Continue reading

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What to do when “it” didn’t work?

As small business owners we put so much effort into a project like getting a new client that it can be disheartening when the result was failure. So what happens next? I suggest two steps. First, ask yourself “what did … Continue reading

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How Bad Is It?

As an adult, I have been through three recessionary business cycles; ’90-’91, 2000-2001, and this one.  This seems to be far and away the worst.  Of course that could just be the advantages of time.  In 1990, I was trying … Continue reading

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Favorite Business Books

The joke in my house is the number of books on my “Top 10 List” is about a hundred – and it’s probably true.  Here is my current top 10 list in no particular order: 1. E-Myth Revisited by Michael … Continue reading

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Guns “N” Getty

This was from a date my wife and I had a while ago.  We went to a shooting range and then the Getty Museum.  I’m trying out a new video program called Animoto.  Tell me what you think. Guns N … Continue reading

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Heroism

I watched a profile on the newest Congressional Medal of Honor winner, Sergeant First Class Leroy Petry. As you listened to his citation, which included continuing to direct his men after being shot in both legs, hit with grenade shrapnel, … Continue reading

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