Are you covered?

What comes to mind when you hear the word insurance?  Mine automatically goes to the stories of small businesses and individuals in NYC who lost their businesses and homes to hurricane Sandy.  One of the most universal issues I heard around Sandy were the sad stories of business owners and individuals who “assumed” that certain […]

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Do mindsets really matter?

When I was at the gym the other day, pedaling furiously on the bike, a woman sat down next to me and started to complain. She sighed that she doesn’t see much of a point to working out, since genetics control everything anyway… I suppose that there are certain things that are controlled by genetics, […]

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DON’T Make These Common, Costly Hiring Blunders

After 7 years at a large firm, Alyssa opened an architecture practice in downtown Manhattan.  Within a year, she found herself working 12 hour days and started to think seriously about hiring an assistant. After winning a large new project, she knew it was the right time to put someone on. Thinking it would be […]

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Why I’m grateful to be a business owner

If you run a business or work for yourself, you’ve probably had some ups and some downs.  In fact, there may have been times that it seemed as if the weight of the entire world is on your shoulders.  But to me, the advantages of business ownership greatly outweigh the disadvantages.   As Thanksgiving approaches, […]

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Are you really making money?

You put in your all. You’re busy. You’re having fun. By all appearances you’re a success. You’re making noise and there’s lots happening, but are you really making money? One thing that I’ve seen across the board, from attorneys to graphic/web designers to architects, to consultants, to contractors and so on, is that the wheels […]

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The art of the follow-up

If you’re a frequent reader you know that I am a big proponent of follow-up.  In fact, I recommend it highly to all business owners who want an effective marketing strategy that sells without being salesy.  This week I spoke with follow-up expert Mark Dana, to learn more about the art of the follow-up. Here’s […]

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Why DIY accounting and bookkeeping doesn’t work

In the latest in a series of interviews with local small business experts, I spoke with Victoria Brush E.A., who runs a tax and accounting practice here in Park Slope, Brooklyn NY (www.BrushTax.com )  Here are some highlights from our conversation and some good reasons NOT to do DIY accounting: Before going into business for […]

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Common sense advice from a business lawyer

In another of a series of “business expert” interviews, I spoke with Daniel Ross, a local business attorney located in my neck of the woods (Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY.) I love Dan’s down to earth, common sense approach, which I think is quite refreshing in our litigious world. Here are some highlights from our conversation: […]

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Financial planning: What small business owners need to know

Small business owners, busy with the ins and outs of running their business, often overlook the importance of financial planning until they’re dangerously close to retirement or something untoward happens. I spoke with local financial planner, C.E. Scott Brewster CFP®, of Brewster Financial Planning to get some info on what all small business owners should […]

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Avoid Summertime Burnout

Wow – it seems like the weather just gets warm, then before you know it, the summer is over. Have you taken or at least scheduled your summer vacation yet? I know it’s hard to even think about taking time off when you’re running a business. You may feel that you don’t have enough hours […]

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