business stuff, podcasts

It’s a sad day when you learn of a #failedbusiness

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A few months back our family bought a piano from a local piano refurbisher and after making several phone calls to book an appointment to have it tuned with no response, I decided to stop by the business to see if I could speak with the owner personally. I had met him when we purchased the piano and learned that he had been in business for more than 20 years. On this particular morning when I drove up to the front door it became obvious that the business had shut its doors as the space was empty except for the sign still displayed on the front of the building. Continue reading

business stuff, podcasts

Don’t be fooled by #fakemath

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I was listening to a podcast by Gary Vaynerchuk this morning as he was giving a keynote speech and he mentioned the term “fake math” to define a concept related to marketing and advertising but it stuck me as being completely appropriate for entrepreneurs and business owners. #fakemath tends to be a real problem for businesses that generate less than $25,000,000 in gross revenue. What I mean by #fakemath is the difference between what a business expects to make or achieve and what they are actually making and achieving. Continue reading

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Technically right but practically wrong

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There are times when a decision or an idea seems to be right. Technically right that is. As life goes on and the decision or idea plays out you can be caught off guard when the results are not what you expected because there were some practical problems that you didn’t consider. Continue reading

business stuff, podcasts

One business goes over a cliff just as another one starts

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Funny how life works out sometimes. With no expectation at all I ended up having two meetings today: one with a consultant working for a company that is walking on the edge of a cliff and a second meeting with two friends that have recently decided to get into the subprime lending business. One meeting was full of worst case scenarios while the other was full of optimism and huge aspirations. The funny part is that while I enjoyed both meetings immensely I really enjoyed talking with the consultant about the business that is about to go over a cliff. Strange? Continue reading