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Are You Sure You Really Want Rapid Growth?

Are You Sure You Really Want Rapid Growth?

This week we’ll look at the rapid growth stage of the small business growth cycle.  I haven’t spent much time on this stage of the growth cycle because it represents the opposite of what most small businesses want in their professional life – big corporate structure. While many small business owners say they want to ... Read More
 
3 Goals in the Correct Order Creates Business Growth

3 Goals in the Correct Order Creates Business Growth

See larger image Business Growth Simplified Kindle Edition: Check Amazon for Pricing Digital Only Business growth is a challenge for many small business owners.  I frequently find the reason for their struggle is they are focused on the wrong objective for their stage of business growth. All small business owners should be focused on accomplishing ... Read More
 
3 Causes of Entrepreneur Financial Problems

3 Causes of Entrepreneur Financial Problems

Entrepreneur financial problems are one of the biggest challenges they face.   Usually it’s because they don’t have enough financial resources to accomplish their business goal.  This is because a business cannot exist without financial resources, but many businesses don’t have enough to accomplish their growth objectives. There are several reasons for entrepreneur financial problems, but ... Read More
 
Is Your Company READY to Achieve the Self-Sustainability Stage?

Is Your Company READY to Achieve the Self-Sustainability Stage?

In my last post titled 4 Owner Objectives to Achieve the Self-Sustainability Stage of Business Growth we explored self-sustainability stage.  I talked about the 4 areas that an entrepreneur/owner needed to focus in the following 4 areas for the business to achieve the self-sustainability stage: Of these 4 the Owner’s Goals is the most critical as it provides ... Read More
 
Is Indecision Keeping You and Your Business from Success?

Is Indecision Keeping You and Your Business from Success?

The self-sustainability stage of the small business growth cycle is a tipping point for your company but many entrepreneurs don’t even realize it.  In a previous post titled At What Stage is Your Small Business Growth? I discussed the major goal of each stage of the business growth cycle.  The self-sustainability stage has one of ... Read More
 
3 Steps to Improved Business Performance

3 Steps to Improved Business Performance

You didn’t start your business to get where you are right now!   To get where you want to go you need to improve business performance by doing 3 things: Determine exactly what stage of the growth cycle your business really is. Focus on the right objectives to move to the next stage of the growth cycle. Learn what ... Read More
 
4 Keys to Creating a Profitable Business

4 Keys to Creating a Profitable Business

We’ve all heard the statistics: 7 out of 10 new employer firms survive at least two years, and about half survive five years.  According to the SBA statistic reported by SCORE in 2008 there were 627,200 new businesses, 595,600 business closures and 43,546 bankruptcies. What can you do to avoid being on the wrong side ... Read More
 
Is Your Startup Focused on the Right Objectives?

Is Your Startup Focused on the Right Objectives?

Lately I have been involved with a number of startup businesses, including a couple of my own.  One observation I have made is that many small business startup owners tend to focus later stages objectives rather than the early stage growth cycle objectives they should.  The result of their focus on the “wrong” objectives is ... Read More
 
No Man’s Land – Stuck Between Small Business Survival and Success

No Man’s Land – Stuck Between Small Business Survival and Success

A great family and friends, beautiful home, nice cars, regular vacations, all the material things you could ever want.  Your life is a dream.  Sound familiar or like what you want for your life? I meet small business owners all the time that live this lifestyle.  The problem frequently is they don’t realize how close ... Read More
 
What is Your Small Business Growth Stage?

What is Your Small Business Growth Stage?

See larger image Where Is Your Business? Kindle Edition: Check Amazon for Pricing Digital Only As introduced in my previous posting, The Search for Growth Continues, I concluded that a 5 business growth stage model was best.  It seems to be the most common approach and statistical research supported it too.  The following 5 business ... Read More
 
The Search for Small Business Growth Continues

The Search for Small Business Growth Continues

In a previous post, So You Want to Grow Your Business?, I shared some of my general findings in recent research I have conducted in small business growth models.  While many of the models and writings came in many different shapes and sizes, they all had certain very similar characteristics.  This is very good, as ... Read More