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It's easy to be negative about cost-cutting. "Everything just costs more," a business owner will say; the subtext being, "What's the use?" Don't give up! There are ways to cut costs. The first step is to identify where the money goes . . . and why....

Strong Points Flexible and positive attitude Creative and comfortable with risk-taking Goal-focused and committed to success Organized Energetic Weak Points Impatient with achieving goals Distractible; tolerant of interruptions Distrustful of "the new" (especially technology) Tendency to stray from business plan Failure to delegate authority and tasks ...

What is the true income of an independent business? This is a question of interest to many parties--including prospective buyers, investors, and lenders--but nobody is more determined to know the answer than the Internal Revenue Service. What makes the "truth" about a company's income so elusive?...

Answering services, message machines, voice mail, "on hold" music, speaker phones . . . where would a business be without them? Perhaps--in some situations--a lot better off! In the small to midsized business, where every call should count, owners and managers need to ensure that...

Sellers have to ask this question and give it serious thought prior to making the decision to sell. In too many instances, sellers get to the proverbial altar and then back down the aisle. In most cases, this happens because the seller’s decision to sell...

The reasons for selling a business can be divided into two main categories. The first is a sale that is planned almost from the beginning or by an owner who knows that selling is or should be a planned event.  The second is exactly the...

The “loose lips” tagline was a common World War II phrase and was on posters everywhere. The problem continues on the business battlefront today.  Leaks of confidential information coming from, apparently, some of the Directors of HP have been in the news everywhere. This is...