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Category Archives: Small business coaching

Self Limiting Beliefs

A fundamental part of our business model is to help business owners identify a self-limiting or business-limiting belief. The biggest problem in doing this is that they don’t look like self limiting beliefs to the business owner. To them and all of us, these beliefs show up as reality. As you can imagine in performing this part of the job, the d... Continue reading

The Importance of Small Businesses

Saturday, October 20th 2012, Canada celebrates entrepreneurs and small business with the first Canada’s Small Business Saturday, an initiative by the CFIB (Canadian Federation of Independent Business) and Interac. Why is important to ‘fish in our own pond’? Doesn’t our livelihood come from our own community? Why would we take our local e... Continue reading

Lifestyle Business or a Scalable Business?

I have always thought of a 'lifestyle' business as a good thing to have. When I was researching the topic for this blog post, I came across several derogatory comments about lifestyle businesses. There also appears to be some confusion in the definition of a lifestyle business. Wikipedia defines a lifestyle business as: “a business that is set u... Continue reading

Business Decision Advice

Please, just make a decision! Has this ever happened to you? You’re driving down the road and your passenger is the one who knows how to get to your destination. As you approach a fork in the road the conversation goes something like this: You: What do we do when we get to the fork? Passenger: You can go either way, it doesn’t matter. You: ... Continue reading

We Are Expanding into the UK Marketplace!

The teams at The Business Therapist® are excited to confirm our entry into the U.K. marketplace! Although we have performed services for U.K. business owners as early as October, 2003, we are currently marketing our services to this market once again. We are currently developing an exciting new product for all our markets. It has become obviou... Continue reading

Easy Refunds or Epic Battle

What is your business's policy? There seems to be two very different schools of thought on how easy it should be for a business to issue a refund, deal with a cancellation or honour a guarantee. When I cancelled my cable a few years ago they promised to issue a refund to me for $68. It didn’t come for a few months so I called and asked about it... Continue reading

Business Merger Announcement

A win - win business merger announcement! Effective September 30, 2011 my accounting firm has merged with Hyatt Lassaline, LLP. I believe this to be a win-win development for a number of reasons: 1) The accounting world changes – Although every industry has regulations that continue to evolve, the current round of changes in the accounting pro... Continue reading

A Simple Solution to Small Business Cash Management Problems

I was talking yesterday with a client who I consider to be the best at collecting money as a small business owner. Quite a few years ago he actually went to jail trying to collect money from one customer because he tipped a desk over on him! – He doesn’t recommend that approach. The secret to easy collections is the conversation BEFORE the sal... Continue reading

Improve Employee Productivity with the Right Tools

One of my favourite expressions is, “You need to spend a quarter to make a dollar”. This is very true when it comes to equipping your employees to be productive. Here are some real life situations I have experienced as a small business advisor: Problem #1 - Two work crews but only one saw – Every morning before each crew went in different d... Continue reading

How to Build a Business System for Freedom and Profit

Are there certain parts of your business that you feel have to be done by you - the business owner? Are there bottlenecks in your business because you - the business owner – aren’t able to accomplish certain tasks in a timely manner? Are these bottlenecks in the areas of your business that you – the business owner - hates to do? As ... Continue reading