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3 Ways To Reduce Your Stress As A Small Business Owner

Posted by John Boudreau on Jun 20, 2017 4:19:31 PM

We've all heard that stress is bad for us.

According to the Mayo Clinic stress can give you headaches, muscle tension or pain, chest pain, fatigue, upset stomach and sleep problems.

Stress can also affect your mood causing you to be anxious, restless, lack motivation, irritable, overwhelmed or depressed. If you find yourself "just having a bad day", stress may be the reason why.

Stress can also affect your behavior in a negative way. You may overeat, have angry outbursts, abuse alcohol or socially withdraw. Again, all things that in the long-term will hurt you and the ones you love.

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Topics: Increasing Profit, small business stress, reducing stress

Building A Financial Model For Your Small Business (Part II)

Posted by John Boudreau on Jun 7, 2017 9:30:09 AM

In this multi-part series we are sharing the details behind creating a financial model for your small business. A small business financial model is critical for making good decisions and helping to build a more predictable business. Your financial model is your small business in black and white. As they say, "numbers don't lie". 

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Topics: financial model, COGS, Opex, Sales & marketing

Building A Financial Model For Your Small Business (Part I)

Posted by John Boudreau on May 24, 2017 11:49:44 AM

A financial model is a critical tool for helping your make business decisions.

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Topics: budgeting, gross margin, small business financial models, COGS

Are You The SPOF In Your Business? Read This To Find Out

Posted by John Boudreau on May 4, 2017 3:10:37 PM

In this new multi-part series, I am going to speak to the common pain points that small business owners face. How do I know these are common? Because I see them over and over again in businesses from $1M in revenue to $25M in revenue. If you are a small business owner, chances are you've experienced these problems so I thought I'd share solutions to each.

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Topics: single point of failure, SPOF, org chart, organizational structure

How A Monthly Management Team Meeting Can Transform Your Small Business (Part III)

Posted by John Boudreau on Apr 28, 2017 9:47:27 AM

In this three-part series on small business meetings, we are trying to not only convince you of the value of small business meetings, but also give you some real practical steps to implement meetings which drive real results.

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Topics: small business meetings, monthly team meetings

Are Your Small Business Meetings All Tactics And No Strategy? (Part II)

Posted by John Boudreau on Apr 19, 2017 10:54:22 AM

In Part I of this three-part series on meetings, we discussed why small business owners hate meetings so much (they see meetings as a waste of time or just an opportunity for employees to complain). We laid out a case for meetings. If you find yourself doubting the value of meetings, head over read part I and maybe I can convince you of the value of meetings.

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Topics: Meeting rhythm, small business meetings, strategic vs. tactical, meeting cadence

Why Do Small Business Owners Hate Meetings So Much? (Part I)

Posted by John Boudreau on Mar 14, 2017 3:00:37 PM

In this post, we begin our three-part series on meetings and seek to change your thinking around meetings and show the true value meetings can create. We'll do this by providing some practical guidelines to make your meetings a real value driver in your business not a time and value drain.

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Topics: company goals, monthly meetings, management meetings, fires

5 Steps To Linking Company Goals To Employee Goals (Part III)

Posted by John Boudreau on Mar 9, 2017 9:17:46 AM

In this three-part series, we've been writing about company goal setting.

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Topics: company goals, employee goals, employee initiatives

Step By Step Guide For Setting Small Business Goals (Part II)

Posted by John Boudreau on Feb 24, 2017 3:13:29 PM

In part I of this series on goal setting we talked about the history and research which supports most of today's goal setting theory. We focused on five areas which can affect an organization's ability to achieve the goals they set.

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Topics: KPIs, Accountability, BHAG, goal setting for small business, SWOT

How To Develop A Vision That Drives Employee Engagement

Posted by John Boudreau on Feb 16, 2017 8:32:28 AM

We've developed this infographic to describe how your company's vision can help drive employee engagement. 

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Topics: company vision, employee engagement