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Do I need to worry about my employees having company email on their personal mobile phones?

Email has become a critical part of business communications.  As such, employees are expected to respond to email in real time, all hours of the day.  The most convenient way to implement that is to setup their work email on the personal mobile device so it is right there when they need it.  The question Read more about Do I need to worry about my employees having company email on their personal mobile phones?[…]

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How does technology drive culture?

Technology in business has been a given for may decades however over the years it has transformed from being an unwanted evil to a necessity for survival.  One challenge is that human willingness to accept and adapt to change is greatly outpaced by innovation in technology.  This can either drive an innovative and open culture Read more about How does technology drive culture?[…]

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Why are so many small businesses consolidating these days?

Merger and acquisition activity in the small business space seems to be at an all time high.  Many organizations are looking to buy or be bought.  But why? From the organizations we have worked with, there are a few major drivers of this trend. Consolidation can lead to economies of scale By growing the top Read more about Why are so many small businesses consolidating these days?[…]

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Is it OK to change the subject line in an email conversation after it is started?

Since email is not only used for communication but also for documentation, the subject line of an email is an important piece of the puzzle when filing and searching for information.  Often times, an email chain starts as one thing but morphs into something completely different once it gets rolling.  While I don’t usually recommend Read more about Is it OK to change the subject line in an email conversation after it is started?[…]

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Do I really need to create a budget for my small business each year?

Let me start by giving you a resounding YES! Now I’ll explain why; When you started your business, you might have done a business plan with a 1/3/5 year projections.  This pretty document immediately got bound and left on the shelf so you could say you did it.  However when you actually started serving the Read more about Do I really need to create a budget for my small business each year?[…]

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How can I use gamification in my company to increase productivity?

Creating fun and competitiveness in the workplace is not a new concept, but with today’s technology tools and systems, it has become more accessible and more real-time. For many years organizations have created contests for sales people to pit them against each other in hopes of increasing sales….because it works!  Sales people by nature are Read more about How can I use gamification in my company to increase productivity?[…]

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Know your numbers to be successful

When running a small business, it can be easy to get caught in the trap of assuming that if there is cash in the bank you are doing well and if there is no cash, you need to do better.  Unfortunately, there can be much more to determining how successful you are currently and in Read more about Know your numbers to be successful[…]

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Seriously?!?! Get me off of this email chain!

I’m guessing everyone reading this has thought or said that at least once in their lifetime.  This is what I like to call the “Reply-All-itis” syndrome.  Particularly in business situations, it is important to know when to reply to all and when not to.  Here are some basic guidelines you can use: When Reply All Read more about Seriously?!?! Get me off of this email chain![…]

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What is the difference between accrual and cash basis accounting?

For many small businesses, the consideration of whether to use cash or accrual basis accounting never even comes up as the difference between them is unclear and they leave it up to their tax accountant to decide.  However there are significant advantages and disadvantages to each which should be considered not just for tax purposes Read more about What is the difference between accrual and cash basis accounting?[…]

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Disconnect to build better work relationships

Technology is great.  Without some of the tools we have today such as smart phones, tablets and laptops, we couldn’t do half of the things we do everyday or be able to do them at our own leisure.  However, even though we are all aware of the presence of technology while in meetings and while Read more about Disconnect to build better work relationships[…]