What Falling Down the Stairs Has to Do With Your Business

What Falling Down the Stairs Has to Do With Your Business

  In this Current Events Friday’s Post (CE-Friday’s), I tell you about the day a month or so ago when I took a tumble down the stairs (yep – literally). We’ll dive into the coffee stains I left in the carpet and the mug I didn’t let go of, but more than that – I’ll tell you what it has to do with your business. Finally, I’ll close with a twist that every 40-68 year old will absolutely love.    CE-Friday’s – “What you need to know today in less than 500 words”     My dad looked up from the bottom of the stairs and saw that the coffee stains started on step 3 (near the top) and ended on step 13 (the bottom).     “Wow. You are incredibly lucky.” He told me.   Truth be told, I completely agree. There I was hustling to get some menial […]

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When Huge Personal Growth Comes From Simple Changes

When Huge Personal Growth Comes From Simple Changes

  In this Current Events Friday’s Post (CE-Friday’s), I’m going to tell you a story about how life teaches you lessons when you least expect it. We’ll also talk about leaving a lasting impression on those around you, then I’ll tell you why my story and this particular lesson will help advance your career or business.   CE-Friday’s – “What you need to know today in less than 500 words”     There’s a code among runners, much like Jeep people.   When you pass one another on a run, there’s a sliding scale of acknowledgment that takes place. A minor effort toward leaving a lasting impression.   The minimum required dose of acknowledgment is eye contact. That’s followed up by the head nod and typically tops out at a cordial wave. Personally, I throw up a casual ‘deuces’ every time I pass a fellow calorie crusher.     There […]

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Hey Boeing – There’s No Wrong Time to Do the Right Thing

Hey Boeing - There's No Wrong Time to Do the Right Thing

  In this Current Events Friday’s Post (CE-Friday’s), we’re revisiting our friends at Boeing and asking why a company so large (and successful) can’t seem to get its act together with this international safety issue they’ve got going on. Then we apply the Boeing crisis to our lives and I’ll ask how you work to stay on the moral and ethical high ground.   CE-Friday’s – “What you need to know today in less than 500 words”       The Boeing crisis started well before the first crash   A couple of weeks back I wrote about a few recent events centered around two companies (Starbucks and Boeing), and more importantly the stark contrast of how those companies responded to recent crises.   Starbucks had a difficult issue around race and equality take place in one of their stores so they shut the company down for 4 hours, conducted […]

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Why Estate Plans Aren’t Just for the Rich

Why Estate Plans Aren't Just for the Rich

  It’s been about 4 years since we created our estate plan. And while the main catalyst for us was the birth of our first daughter, buying our business, growing our net worth, and all the stress that comes with adulthood all helped reinforce with us the need to have an estate plan in place – should the worst happen.   The wrong assumption that I had always held was that estate plans were reserved for the incredibly high net worth folks. But I quickly realized that assumption to be categorically wrong. That’s because estate plans encompass more than just wealth.   As this post will outline, minor children, pets, businesses, assets, and even debts (yeah…) can stick around long after your gone. And rather than leaving things up to chance and heaping a mess on the loved ones you leave behind – this post is designed to educate you […]

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Why Are you Loyal to the Business That Doesn’t Care About you???

Why are you loyal to the business that doesn’t care about you???

  In this Current Events Friday’s Post (CE-Friday’s), I’m diving into what makes you stick around at the business that doesn’t seem to care… at all. I’ll share 2 experience, tell you what I think the answer is, then I’ll let you know some of what we do to keep folks excited to come back to our office.   CE-Friday’s – “What you need to know today in less than 500 words”     There I was – sitting, waiting, wishing…     In the lobby of my eye doctor, there was only 1 other patient and it wasn’t a particularly busy Friday late morning. Few patients had shuffled in before me and maybe one had departed. Operatories had open doors and weren’t filled.   Yet two ladies manned the seemingly desolate front counter. Upon which phones sat but didn’t ring…   And there I sat for 30 minutes.    […]

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When the Status Quo Can’t Make you Wildly Wealthy but This Can…

When the Status Quo Can't Make you Wildly Wealthy but This Can...

  In a sweet Inception-like game, I wrote this post which was originally published on The Money Mix. It’s all about how we’ve used small business loans to advance our business and personal finances, and it’s packed with actionable intel. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!     “One hundred fifty thousand on the build-out, two hundred seventy-five on the business, and another couple hundred on the goodwill…” It was like a sick and twisted math problem, circa 1st grade, just adding up all the small business loans we had taken out. Was I stressed and burnt out, and (in an honest moment) just a little terrified…?   I was.   But, at the same moment, I would also admit to feeling as professionally “alive” as I had ever felt in the past. There we were, a married couple in our early thirties and now business partners. […]

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How to Make a Full-Time Income Working From Home

How to Make a Full-Time Income Working From Home

  About a month ago, we published a post about The 10 Best Work from Home Jobs for Stay at Home Parents in 2019. While many readers received some great ideas and enjoyed the post, there is a whole world of possibilities out there.   So, when The Money Mix approached me with this post to syndicate here, I was originally skeptical. But then I read through the post and saw that there were many differences in what they determine are the 10 Best Work from Home Jobs compared with what we had previously published.   If you found something in the first post that is helping you to earn a little extra income – Awesome! But either way – here are 10 more great options, each with an actionable and detailed explanation of how to get started earning yourself a work from home income.   Good luck!   This article […]

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Are you Interested in a $200/Hour Side Hustle? Here’s One

Are you Interested in a $200/Hour Side Hustle? Here's One

  In my opinion, blogging for money – by itself – doesn’t work. Much like anything else you find success with, you have to absolutely love the process. Unless you’re retired or work a very flexible job, growing your blog and increasing profitability take many early mornings and late nights.   Making money while blogging is consistently putting in the work, night after night, month after month, and year after year. Personally, I had to cut my blogging teeth for nearly 3 years before I’d see a $100 paycheck.   But that’s ok – I wasn’t in it for the money.   I love the process   I love to write, enjoy interacting with others in the community, and I really enjoy learning more about personal development and then distilling and sharing that information with YOU – the reader.   All this to say 2 things:   1- Blogging, most […]

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How to Live ‘Happily Ever After’ and Work With your Spouse

How to Live 'Happily Ever After' and Work With your Spouse

  “Mom and dad were arguing so I just left the room.” One of our employees was relaying the “discussion” to another and although we were all laughing about it after the fact, neither my wife nor I enjoyed that this took place. We’re hyper-conscious that the “freedom” to work with your spouse can have catastrophic consequences, which is why we’ve implemented the tactics below to make sure that becoming business partners didn’t get in the way of ‘happily ever after’.       I had the great pleasure in talking with Tom from Maple Money all about working with your spouse and the do’s and don’t’s based on my family’s experiences. In fact, this post comes directly from that conversation. I was lucky to have the opportunity and I’d really recommend you heading over to listening to Tom’s podcast then stopping back here to read more of the details. […]

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Low Unemployment Aside – How Will you Stand Out?

Low Unemployment Aside - How Will you Stand Out?

  In this Current Events Friday’s Post (CE-Friday’s), I’ll be adding my two cents on the current job market and what it means for you landing that dream job you’re thinking of applying to. Here’s a hint: they aren’t just going to gift it to you…   CE-Friday’s – “What you need to know today in less than 500 words”   I wrote 2 weeks ago about how the current unemployment rate of 3.8% has kept me up at night.   But as with most things in life, there exists a dichotomy.   As a small business CEO, hiring can be an incredibly difficult thing to do when you’ve got candidates pouring in. But in the current market, that’s not necessarily the case. Starting out just 2 years ago, it was common to receive at least 20 applicants for an advertised position.   Three weeks ago we posted a new […]

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