Is Your Business Failing Because You’re Burning Your Toast?

5 Reasons Burnt Toast Will Kill Your Business

This article as in anything I write, teach or say is based on sound research and/or personal experience, typically a combination of both or at least heavily weighted toward the latter.  In this case today’s topic stems from my personal experience and introspection while preparing my breakfast.

I burnt my toast (technically it was a bagel) because in those few moments that it takes to make toast I decided to come to my computer and engage in a brief conversation with a business partner on Skype which led to answering a social network alert and before I knew it, the unpleasant aroma of burnt toast was in the air.  An onlooker would have enjoyed the comic relief watching me run and dance around with the hot bagel but when it’s the bread and butter that feeds my family that’s at risk (my business) the laughter soon fades.

Of course the burnt toast is not directly responsible for business failure, the reality is it’s a lack of focus that leads many to finally pack it up and take their losses or, for the truly persistant, feverishly work endless hours year after year just to keep their head above water.  So, in effort to save my own business and possibly help you save yours here are my five key reasons you might be burning your toast. Continue reading

Adding R&R To Your Business Plan

Has that one time vision of long vacations and a 4 hour work week turned in to long hours and sleepless nights?

Giving birth to your new business is like giving birth to a baby. Prior to the arrival we have wonderful visions of how beautiful, easy, and great parenthood will be.  Playing, laughing, and going to bed on time…  Then the big day comes and you realize your once quiet, dream filled respite is a cluttered, noisy consequence of sleep deprivation.  Oh yeah, that’s definitely what it’s like to start a business.

Ok, so maybe the vision wasn’t of parenthood but many business owners at one time had a vision of days on the beach, and vacations any time you want and so on.  I’m not saying we shouldn’t have these visions but just like parenthood, it typically comes on the heels of some hard labor to get it moving.  The balancing act however comes in to play in finding the balance while navigating through the sleepless night phase of business building.  Pulling this off is relatively easy, we just need to take the R&R time out of the mission statement and in to the day planner.  Here are a few suggestions. Continue reading