March 14, 2019

Is it Time to Sell? Overview of Personal & Business Readiness

Selling a business is a major step many business owners take when they are ready to retire. Yet the question, “Are you ready to sell your business?” can send business owners into panic mode. Truthfully, you may never be emotionally ready to sell your business. After all, you’ve poured your life and soul into your business. However, you can make personal and business preparations now that will have you ready to sell your business in the future.
February 28, 2019
Should I invest in my small business?

I Made Extra Money…Should I Invest in Myself or Invest in My Small Business?

Small businesses are a driving force in American Society. With more than half of Americans either owning or working for a small business, it makes sense to celebrate those hard-working entrepreneurs hoping to make a difference. As a small business owner myself, I understand the struggle so many face, and I’d like to offer this small piece of advice to my fellow go-getters. If you make extra money this year, instead of investing more money in your business, invest it in yourself first. Let “slow money” be your greatest resource when it’s time to wind things down. Let me explain.
February 14, 2019
peer to peer lending

Peer to Peer Lending: An Alternative Source for Loans

Being a business owner often means needing capital, and sometimes you just don’t have the extra money you need. There are times you will want to turn to a traditional financial institution (i.e. a bank or credit union) for help, and there are times that may not be your best option. That’s where peer to peer lending (P2P) could come in. This alternative lending practice has been around for years but has risen in popularity over the last few. However, is it right for you and your business?
February 5, 2019
Should I Stop Doing My Payroll

Still Doing You Own Payroll? – Financially Simple Reasons to Stop

As a business owner, large or small, one of the biggest jobs you have in advancing your business is taking care of your employees. One of the ways you do that is by making sure paychecks end up in their hands or bank accounts when they are supposed to. For many small business owners, all too often that means you are relying on yourself to do the work of a bookkeeper. If that’s you, it’s time to stop doing your own payroll and hire someone… here’s why.
January 16, 2019
Understanding and Using Business Debt

Understanding and Using Business Debt Strategically

Small businesses are the backbone of America, however, carrying so great a load means carrying a great deal of debt as well. In fact, 49% of small businesses are in some sort of debt. Yet, unlike most personal debts, business debts can sometimes be necessary. As a business owner, you may have experienced the need to take on and use debt for many different reasons.
January 9, 2019
Are You Hurting Your Businesss Long term Value

Are You Hurting Your Business’s Long-term Value? 4 Questions To Ponder

As a business owner, I often think my business is doing great and every aspect of it is running beautifully. It reminds me of an old adage my dad used to say, “Son, you never tell a woman that the baby is ugly or you might get slapped.” However, that’s a problem for business owners looking to succeed. Mismanagement in business will be clearly visible. Our “baby” is ugly as it can be and we don’t see it. Eventually, we find out our business isn’t as attractive to potential buyers as we think. So, here are four strategic questions to ask yourself when contemplating a potential exit plan. Even if you’re 10-15 years out, you need to know NOW if you are hurting your business’s value.