Top 10 Small Business Articles of the Year

These days, you can’t expose yourself to any sort of digital media without bumping into an indiscriminately-assembled Top 10 list.  But if you’re sick and tired of having the year’s most wealthy celebrities and hottest baby names repeatedly shoved in your face, there is good news: this particular Top 10 List might actually add some value to your life AND …

6 Critical Mistakes All Small Company Managers Must Avoid

Before I get too far into this article, I need to point something out.  Like hundreds of people before me, I could have used the 1,000 words that follow to declare that running a successful small company is about things like taking risks, accepting failure, multi-tasking, finding creative solutions to problems, and never accepting ‘no’ for an answer.  But anyone …

5 Survival Tips from Successful Small Company Managers

Truth be told, few things in business are more complex than running or managing a small company.  While our counterparts in Fortune 500 organizations have the benefit of things like goals and job descriptions and long-term plans, the only constants small company managers have on their side are change and uncertainty. . . and a minimal amount of job security. …

7 Reasons Your Employees Might Hate You

When you take a moment to list all of the functions involved in running a small company, it is easy to see how overwhelming entrepreneurship can be.  Having to perform sales, marketing, accounting, purchasing and shipping (along with two dozen other daily tasks) requires set of skills many people simply don’t have . . . which is why most successful …

The Key to Catching (and Passing) Your Market Leader

If there is one thing nearly universal among small company owners and managers, it is the need—and sometimes the outright obsession—to do what the market leader is doing.  Whether copying a piece of their business model, matching their prices, advertising in the same places or hiring their ex-employees, the fact is most small companies spend a great deal of time …

5 Unique Traits of Great Small Company Employees

As many of you who regularly visit this blog know, my life mission is relatively straightforward: to stop small company owners and managers from running their companies like big ones.  And nowhere is it more tempting for entrepreneurs to emulate their larger counterparts than during the hiring process, where they compete directly with Fortune 1000 firms for the world’s best, …

The Most Alarming Trend in Small Business

As regular visitors to my blog know, I typically don’t give lectures or tell small company owners what to do.  Most of my articles are written under the assumption that a) good or bad, adults can make their own decisions, and b) small business people will almost always do what is best for their organizations.  But as of late, I …

5 Ways to Immediately Improve Your Small Company Operation

Regardless of why it was initially founded, the goal of any small company is to generate more money.  But once our businesses are off and running, most of us become too preoccupied with running them to make the constant improvements necessary for increased efficiency, increased sales, and ultimately more money in our pockets.  But there are some operational ways we …

3 Traps to Avoid When Starting Your Own Small Business

At some point, we’ve all been there.  Over the last few years each of us—at least one time—has become fed up enough with our jobs to consider starting a small business.  The process always starts the same way: we do some research on the Internet, make a few phone calls, and run a set of rough financial projections.  Then, when …

4 Reasons Your New Business Will Thrive in a Bad Economy

Over the past six months or so, all of us have spoken to at least one friend or relative who is considering starting a business.  Some have been laid off, others have experienced cutbacks or pay cuts, and the rest are simply unhappy with their current situations.  But regardless of the circumstances, the person looking to start a business always ends the …