Are you ready to put the family in family business?

family business owner

Tim Horton was a Canadian national hero and hockey player with a career that spanned 24 seasons, 4 Stanley Cups and millions of fans. When he wasn’t on the ice, he was an entrepreneur. In 1964 at the age of 34 he started the Tim Hortons Doughnut Shop. By 1967, he had grown it to over 40 locations with partner Ron Joyce. Using franchising as a growth strategy, the company expanded aggressively, becoming a multimillion-dollar business in a few short years. That’s when things got … [Read more...]

Get ready to throw out your old POS system

POS system

Credit card fraud is a massive problem. More than a quarter of all credit card holders in the world have been the victim of fraud during the last 5 years. 42 percent of U.S. credit card holders have been victims, the second-highest rate in the world (Mexico is first). Credit card fraud is easy to perpetrate for several reasons but it’s mainly due to a card’s underlying technology – the magnetic stripe. Using magnetism to record information was first invented during World War II and IBM developed … [Read more...]

Where will the economy be this fall?

financial markets

As the summer starts winding down, it’s a perfect time to evaluate the health of the economy. Chances are that your business will perform better if the economy improves. Knowing what will happen over the remainder of 2014 and 2015 will help you make better decisions related to pricing, sales, hiring and borrowing. You don’t need to be an economist or get bogged down in reams of data. Just focus on these 5 key signals: Interest rates Since the financial crisis of 2008 the Federal Reserve has … [Read more...]

How to make an extra $5,000 per month

earn 5000 dollars

Most consultants that I meet aren’t expecting to make $10 million per year offering their services. As professionals they want to make a healthy six-figure income. But the constraints on their time – both selling and executing their consulting – make it difficult to scale their businesses. They reach a sales-plateau with little hope of generating more revenues beyond that maximum level. This can lead to frustration and disenchantment; especially if that plateau isn’t enough to support the … [Read more...]

How open should you be about your company’s finances?

Money

Some years ago I hired an attorney to represent me on a small matter. He was young and very successful, expanding and running television commercials promoting his exploding law practice. After we agreed to work together it came time to pay him his fee. At that point his elderly father came in to collect my payment. I was a little perplexed, since there were dozens of employees just outside his office. The attorney looked at me and said “What? You don’t think I’m stupid enough to actually trust … [Read more...]