Business Advice

How To Lose My Business

January 6, 2012

Some people obviously make too much money or are too busy to bother with new customers.  I’ve always been fascinated by those with poor attitudes toward others who are somewhat likely to part with their hard earned money.  Ali and I had such an experience today. This time around it didn’t have so much to […]

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Would You Pay More in Taxes if You Could Designate the Money?

September 19, 2011

This is an idea that I had a few days ago.  The basic premise is simple.  Most taxpayers think that the government does a poor job of spending money effectively.  That explains why so many people in the US give so much money to charity – in a tax-deductible sort of way. The better charities […]

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High School Entrepreneurs

September 19, 2011

I’ve been reading a lot recently on the lack of entrepreneur education in high school.  Why aren’t we teaching the fundamentals of starting a business to these kids?  I know there are a few organizations that seem to be on the right track, but they are far from ubiquitous. America is at a turning point, […]

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How to Install WordPress

September 8, 2011

WordPress is an amazingly powerful tool.  It was first created as a blogging tool but it has evolved over time into an incredibly robust Content Management System (CMS).  It is the CMS functionality that makes it an awesome business tool. In the video below I walk you through the process of setting up your first […]

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Start a Lifestyle Business

September 8, 2011

In the parlance of the startup/venture capital world, a “Lifestyle Business” is one that is successful and generates a lot of free cash flow but that would not be a good investment from a VC’s perspective.  That doesn’t mean they are not worth pursuing. First, let’s look at why a lifestyle business is not an […]

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How to Start a Business in Los Angeles

August 2, 2011

Starting a business is a lot of fun.  I’ve done it so many times that I’ve actually lost count.  I’ve even had the same idea several years apart only to find that it was ME who owns the domain name that I want.  When you’re just starting out, it’s best to just file a Ficticious […]

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Who do you create for?

June 28, 2011

The idea for this post has been floating around in my head for a while.  The basic premise is that in many cases your skill set is worth a whole lot more than what you’re being paid for using those skills. I heard an example the other day of someone who was a programmer who […]

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Corporate vs. Volunteer Culture – Getting Things Done

December 6, 2010

This is a quick post about an interview I read at one of my favorite blogs, ChurchMarketingSucks.com.   They are interviewing one of the board members of their parent non-profit company about working in church communications and the differences from the corporate world.  Rather than try to summarize, I wanted to include the full question/answer […]

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Leverage Your Time

April 5, 2010

It was probably three or four years ago now that I first really learned about the concept of “leverage” in a business sense.  I was CEO of a startup company that brought American television to expats living overseas via the internet.  We were growing rapidly and one of the partners mentioned that we were really […]

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Character Counts – Even in Business

March 5, 2010

I was just reading an article about how the job of a marketing manager or advertising executive has changed drastically over the years – and especially with the advent of two-way communciation with current and prospective customers. The thinking now, according to the article, was that you need to be looking at customers as long […]

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