All Systems Go!

“You see this here doughnut? What you got is the hole.” I’ll never forget that sinking feeling when I heard that from a business expert I consulted. I couldn’t believe it.  I was stunned.  Humiliated.  12 years of building my law firm—all that blood, sweat, and treasure—and I have nothing to show for it … […]

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On a recent trip to Santa Monica, my husband and I stopped into 24 Hour Fitness Express. Armed with a free three-day pass and dressed to sweat, I was ready to climb the Stairmaster and pretend to work off the previous night’s dark chocolate lava cake dessert. Only there was a problem—I hadn’t carefully read […]

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“Clever people and grocers weigh everything,” said Zorba the Greek.  So do service business owners when it comes to growing revenues.  “Do I want more?” they ask themselves. “Of course!  There’s the mortgage. The kids’ college fund. Mom’s medical expenses. And that bucket list trip to Tahiti!” Yet surely as the sun sets over Bora […]

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If you haven’t figured it out by now, you’ll learn that there’s no way a busy small business owner can accomplish everything you need to in a given day.  So you have two choices: leave things unfinished, or expand your capacity by developing a team. But creating a team–one that works effectively–is both art and […]

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“There’s no such thing as a free lunch,” said my colleague, Joe Harris, Esq. of White Harris PLLC. “That’s what small businesses need to understand about interns.” Joe reaches for the check (“Ironic,” I think, “… seems I am getting a free lunch!”) as we chat about the trends and challenges we’re seeing for small […]

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  “I’m done. I’m done! I’m not giving him anything else. The man practically destroyed my business. He doesn’t deserve another red cent.” My client, Valerie, rants while I listen patiently on the phone. She finally got up the gumption to kick out her low-achieving business partner, and we’re in the throes of a settlement […]

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“What’s in a name?” asked Shakespeare. I often wonder what celebrities are thinking when they name their kids Tu (Morrow), Moon Unit (Zappa), or North (West, of Kardashian-West fame). Or not thinking. Somehow, they latch on to an idea … which may have been hilarious after a few too many 3rd trimester appletinis … and […]

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“Let’s do something together.” I hear it all the time.  It’s all the rage, this obsession with networking, social media, and a business offshoot, strategic alliances.   When it works, it’s great – more people talking about your company and buying your products.  What we’ve discovered, however, is that it’s not a race to see who […]

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Who thinks more is better than less?  If you’re a seven-year-old in an AT&T ad campaign, more is definitely better than less—especially if it’s stuff you really like. But as a mature adult/business owner (ha!—don’t look at me), you know that “it depends.” Getting more of something isn’t always an unqualified “whoopee!” Many small business […]

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Ever feel like your big box competition is an immoveable mountain? Well, it doesn’t need to be that way. One way that small business can compete with larger rivals is by forming strategic alliances.  Strategic alliances can fill gaps in your value proposition when you’re compared to huge competitors … yet allow you to retain […]

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