Our Favorite Blog Posts of the Week

After a grueling workweek, the last thing you want to do is keep your finger on the pulse of your industry – scouring the Internet for relevant news articles.

Luckily, we do the work for you. Here are four of this week’s top blog posts aimed at small business owners. Kick back, relax, and enjoy the news on a silver platter.

1. The Rise of the ‘Uberized Economy’ and What It Means For Business

We all know about cloud-based software, but what about the cloud-based workforce? The world of labor – and labor around the world – is changing. These are newfound opportunities for small businesses that need to acquire or sell resources.


How to Succeed in Business: Tips From a Superstar Keeper of Business Financial Records

Donna Zanger, Founder of dbooks, keeps the books for several of our clients. As such, she offers an important resource to many small companies and non-profits.

For a lot of businesses just starting out, finding the right fit for basic resources can be tricky. But what Donna describes here is a simple (and hopefully stress-free) system for incorporating the new resource into your existing team.

I hope you find as much value in her wisdom as I do.


How to Succeed in Business: Tips From a Superstar Owner of a Cleaning Services Company

David Cooperberg, CEO of the cleaning services company Imacuclean, and I first met at a wonderful business development group run by Marty Osher.

David has a number of years under his belt advising companies and running his own, which, I may add, is very successful. Because of his background in consulting and present role as an owner, David enjoys both perspectives and can wield them both effectively.

I’m more than thrilled to bring him to you today.


How to Succeed in Business: Tips From a Superstar Discriminating Gems and Jewelry Private Clientele Specialist

Private Clientele Specialist with FABRIKANT, Marjorie Borell, has participated in a number of our TEND Success Series™ Workshops. Her dedication and entrepreneurial spirit reflect how much importance she places on relationship building.

Marjorie also is no stranger to the value of patience in building a business. You must trust yourself and learn from mistakes, she tells us. I’m sure you’ll find her insights extremely valuable.


Our Favorite Blog Posts of the Week

Spring has sprung, which means you might not have the time or necessarily want to stay inside and read the week’s news.

Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered. Here are several of the week’s best small business blog posts, rounded up nice and tidy for easy enjoyment.

1. 4 Countries That Are Leaving Silicon Valley In Their Tracks

High-tech development isn’t confined to Cupertino and the surrounding neighborhood. This article highlights four such locations where innovation happens.

What’s interesting is not that these communities exist, but the role that external support plays in spurring acceleration in unique ways compared to their peers elsewhere in the world.


How to Succeed in Business: Tips From a Superstar Videographer


David Title is no stranger to developing and producing original film. He’s learned over many years of doing what he loves, in telling business’ stories, that companies need a harmony between internal and external resources.

His intimate knowledge of this space has produced some terrific insights, and I’m very happy to bring them to you today.

David: What do you do to help reduce stress for clients and people you work with?

David Title: Clear communication is essential to keeping stress levels low.  This is true for our clients, and it is true internally.  With clients, it starts with understanding their needs and defining the scope of work.  Once engaged, we provide updates to the client via email and phone.  This might include a review of work completed, updated timelines and requests for feedback.  More often than not, a client’s anxiety is based on lack of information.  Internally, we serve as a buffer and a translator for our post-production team, communicating client feedback and leaving them free to focus on what they do best.


How to Succeed in Business: Tips From a Superstar Financial Management Expert

I’ve had more conversations with Illumifi Group CEO James Ryan about building and scaling businesses than I can count. And each time I’m struck by his ability to see the financial strengths and weaknesses of growing companies.

As an outsourced CFO, James sees it all in his business. So he has a keen eye for what works and what doesn’t, and where the cash needs to go if problems arise. His advice is as practical as it is transformative for companies.

Take it away, James.

David: If you could advise business owners to take one action to improve profitability, what would it be?

James: Plan for variance and have a plan B (and C and D).  Nothing ever goes to plan and projections/budgets/operations never pan out the way you expect them to.  It is important not to over-engineer your business for a specific outcome.  Plan so that you have resources available to take advantage of unforeseen opportunities when they pop up, and plan so that you have resources available to deal with negative events as they occur.


How to Succeed in Business: Tips From a Superstar Small Business Attorney






Shahrina Ankhi-Krol practices what she preaches as an attorney for small businesses: Not only does she run her business with a mix of legal and entrepreneurial expertise. She makes sure her clients do the same.

This balance is rare to find. And Shahrina does it as well as the best of them. I’m sure you’ll find her advice incredibly valuable.

David: What are the most common issues you notice that keep entrepreneurs and small businesspeople from reaching their full potential?

Shahrina: The most common obstacle faced by entrepreneurs and small business owners is the “Do It Yourself” or “DIY” mindset. Generally speaking, money plays the biggest role in the decision-making process of entrepreneurs and small business owners. So, many try to save money in any way they can, even if that means cutting corners or by doing everything themselves.

Instead of hiring professionals, like lawyers, accountants, and marketing experts, owners of small businesses try to “learn” everything they can by piecing together various free resources they have available, such as the Internet, friends and family.


4 Things the Wizard of Oz Can Teach You About Running an Efficient Business

There are many reasons people love the Wizard of Oz. But let’s face it: Life is an adventure.

Like the winding yellow brick road, the path is almost never linear, and we all face surprises along the way. Some are huge, like the tornado that sweeps Dorothy away. Some are scary, like the winged monkeys who snatch Dorothy and Toto. And some are disappointing, like the Wizard himself.

Like Dorothy, we as small business owners all have obstacles we try to overcome as we try to achieve our goals, and when we do succeed, we revel in the story of achievement.

1. Find the Best Resources

Dorothy never would have made it to the end of the yellow brick road if it weren’t for her trusty staff of advisors: the Scarecrow, Tin Woodman, and the Cowardly Lion.

She used a clever set of persuasion skills and leadership to show them the value in being on her team. In business, we all face what seem like insurmountable obstacles. Getting the right consultants, coaches, and managers can be a game changer.

We need to find the best resources and invest in them.