5 Ways To Audit Proof Your Business

Imagine…you discover the certified letter in your mailbox from the IRS, announcing you have been selected for an audit.  No worries!  Once upon a time, I made a “Slinky-knot” mess out of my QuickBooks™ file.  Fear of an audit – and a growing pile of unpaid bills – encouraged me to get it sorted out.  It wasn’t that hard, once I got over my drama and procrastination.  Let’s get you started! For last year… […]

Once a Marine, Always a Marine

My son, Max, is a pretty savvy businessman.  He knows what it takes to be successful:  A dream, powerful intention and a solid, yet flexible, plan.  Max has embraced the opportunity to work for a terrific company in Colorado.  (Shout out to Shamrock Sales, Inc.!)  And he is happy to report in on a good business when he discovers one.  Recently, Max visited one of his customer’s shops and called me to brag on them.  Turns out they were customers of mine, too.  Max told me about their recruiting, hiring and training systems.  He shared that they hold themselves and others to high standards and commit to delivering superior service.  Cool!  So, I wrote an email saying, “Good on ya!” The owner, Tim Parker, emailed right back.  Wow.  He made my day. If you have the opportunity, hire a vet.  If you are a vet, you are well served to start your own business.  It takes discipline and procedures, coupled with a powerful mission and clear intention, to create a successful business.  You have what it takes.  […]

New thoughts, new choices…more money.

Greetings! While there is plenty of room on this pet bed, I had never seen either Garfield the Cat or Lucky Dog share it before. There was always some territorial hissing and growling until somebody gave it up. So, perhaps it was that the shop was cold, or the hour was late...whatever, both of them [...]

AA rules: Take what you need…

Greetings!In Gran Torino, ne plus ultra tough guy Clint Eastwood mentors a slump-shouldered teenager on what it means to be a man. He shows him about how men talk to each other. Have you seen the movie? I won't spoil it. I will share that his advice is...NOT politically sensitive. It is, however, what Clint's [...]

Mountain Climbing 101…

Greetings! Chimney Sweep and Bare Bones Biz Challenger Bob Ferrari is all about setting goals and making things happen. Might as well be successful in your business...because it's there. This is an impressive achievement. Bob had to be in the here-and-now to make this summit. He had to overcome fear, or at least quiet the [...]