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Fable Time: What if You Exchanged Money and Chocolate?

By | Accounting 101, Cash Flow, CEO Mindset, Profit First | No Comments

Let’s create a little Fable where Money isn’t, well, the current currency. Let’s take a trip into a mind-bending fable today. I want you to dig deep into your inner trick or treater, and imagine… what if in our reality, candy was the form of currency and exchange? Do you remember when you traded your Halloween haul – like licorice for a Hershey’s or two KitKat bars … but let’s get more specific … What if Chocolate were Money? (A Modern Day Money Fable) Once upon a time, our heroine of this story would jump out of bed every day, excited and ready…

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Look Behind the Scenes of Uncommonly Poor Habit Skills

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Recently, I’ve been looking at habits differently than I have in the past. As I open up my awareness, the universe ended up providing me with a lot of information. Information landed in my inbox, there was a summit I listened to, even the podcasts I was choosing seemed to have a similar message and theme. More importantly, it was not only something I was thinking about it, it also came up in conversations with a variety of individuals and during my mentoring sessions with customers. When the universe is basically screaming at me to notice a trend, that’s when…

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Growing Your Business? Get Out of Your Own Way

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In today’s post, I’m going to dive into a lesson that explores that when you’re growing your business, there is only one word that separates success from failure. Problem Identified: Success is Continually One Step Out of Reach This lesson learned happened during the growth phase of my business. As I look back, I can easily see the strides forward I made. Being IN the moment though, it kept feeling like I was taking 10 steps forward only to take 5, 6, or even 12 steps back. Last year I realized what was missing. It wasn’t a new tool or…

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It’s True: Airline Safety Can Strengthen Your Business

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On my flight to LA last week, there was a funny safety presentation; this was some spark in what is usually a rather dreary monologue, so I listened intently. As I looked around, I was one of a handful of those paying attention. Which is too bad, because those that didn’t got called out by that comedic flight attention, with a simple – “for those not listening, good luck.” Which gave me a creative pause, if the plane is falling out of the sky and oxygen is lost, will you put on your mask first? Or panic and scream since…

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Finding Qualified Bookkeepers

Business 101: Finding Qualified Bookkeepers

By | Bookkeeping 101, Business 101, CEO Mindset, Outsourcing, Team Building | No Comments

What constitutes a qualified bookkeeper? Is it their experience, technical savvy, processes, or maybe their mission and values? Perhaps, it is as simple as what they charge (HINT: this is NOT how you choose a provider). I often talk and work with business owners on this very subject. How do they know, trust, or even, where to start to look for a qualified bookkeeper? How do they identify individuals that “know their stuff” or find a trusted partner in handling their business finances? This is a big leap of faith, often requiring an immediate trust factor. We have blogged about…

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Business 101: Outsourcing and Change

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One reason outsourcing can be a difficult choice for business owners is the idea of change. Outsourcing can mean change in tools, team members, or processes; this much change can set some people on tilt when they are suggested, or sometimes even forced upon them (gotta love ever-changing accounting software). Often business owners are so focused on running their business that change can be an inconvenience rather than a solution. So the WHY behind the change needs to be painful enough to motivate the investment of resources in creating the change. Ask yourself, if the change will provide you with……

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Building Your CEO Support and Accountability:

By | Business 101, CEO Mindset

Getting a Little Help through Coaching, MasterMind, Consulting CEO Support and Accountability ~ Connie’s Story: How I got a little help When I first started my business, I had a skill set, tools and some clients and I just did it all. I didn’t put a great deal of thought into marketing or creating a foundation for my business – my name was my business and I just did what I knew. A change in my client mix happened and all of a sudden I had an opportunity to reboot. I now entered a new world where I needed marketing…

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Leaders Create the Environment: Entrepreneur Inspiration

By | Business 101, CEO Mindset, Team Building

The power you posses as a leader goes way beyond building a successful business. It’s a well known side effect: leaders create the environment around them. When you come in contact or work with other people: clients, employees, outsourced contractors, networking peers, family and friends, they will often look to you as a leader to shape the interaction.  Entrepreneurs can get wrapped up in the details of business and often forget that their business is also connection. Here are a few things you can control; around which to increase your awareness, make a choice, and then take action – to…

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Create Your Choice: Make Your Business the Adventure you Desire

By | Business 101, CEO Mindset

So now that you see where our adventure inspiration comes from, what we really want to know is: Are you embracing your adventure? Adventure, really? What the hell does that have to do with business? Okay, I hear you and yes, I was there a couple years ago. Adventure and business never belonged in the same sentence let alone actually in my world before 2011. The doing of business — the fulfilling the service agreement, collection of money, pay the bills…rinse, and repeat — I get it, I did it, I was it. So what derailed that train? What changed…

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The Entrepreneurial Adventure: Inspiration, Foundation, and Influence

By | Business 101, CEO Mindset

When I started my business in 2001 I admit, thinking of it as an adventure NEVER crossed my mind. End of 2011 that ALL changed. Most of that change I credit to the “travel guides” that showed up in my world and demonstrated a different way of simply being. Without my initial adventurous spirit though, taking action and creating a new reality would not have happened. Looking back now, I had to wonder: where does my adventurous spirit come from, and how did it get shaped? The answer for me was most of it came from being a Girl Scout….

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