How to Make Decisions with The Financial Quick Check

This ONE Page Report Saved My Marriage. When we started in business together, money was tight.  Really tight.  And the debt piled up like dirty laundry in a large family.  When I would say to my husband, Hotrod, "We don't have enough money!" he would hear, "You're not good enough. You're not working hard [...]

Is Your Business Killing You?

I got into the family plumbing business when my husband's partner died.  My husband, Hotrod, and his best friend, Richard Yox, started the company together.  They had been friends since they were 8 and 9 years old.  While Hotrod is a laid back guy, Yox could get wound up.  His health, while not great to [...]

The Spark to Start

I am blogging on behalf of Visa Business and received compensation for my time from Visa for sharing my views in this post, but the views expressed here are solely mine, not Visa’s. Visit to take a look at the reinvented Facebook Page: Well Sourced by Visa Business. The Page serves as a space where small business owners can access educational resources, read success stories from other business owners, engage with peers, and find tips to help businesses run more efficiently. Every month, the Page will introduce a new theme that will focus on a topic important to a small business owner’s success. For additional tips and advice, and information about Visa’s small business solutions, follow @VisaSmallBiz and visit Michael Gerber – author of The E-Myth – calls it the “Entrepreneurial Seizure.”  It’s that moment when it dawns on you that a business of your own is a great idea. You think about the freedom – financial and lifestyle – that you could enjoy. You start counting the money. You visualize “ringing the bell” at the New York Stock Exchange. That’s not what happened to me. My husband, Hot Rod the Plumber, had a partner. Sadly, at the age of 33, his partner died. He died from a stress-induced health crisis, after working a 100-hour workweek. Sigh. It took a few months to recover from the loss as this fellow had been his best friend as well as partner. I offered to step in and help my husband. With all my education and experience, I figured it would be a snap to run the family plumbing business. […]

Do It Yourself Tips from The Plumber’s Wife

Below are helpful tips for home repair…working with, or without, a professional. Also, I included tips for finding a great contractor, when you are ready to call in a pro. As a plumbing industry expert, I write a monthly column for Plumbing Heating Contractor News – These tips appeared in one of my columns, aimed at contractors, encouraging them to [...]

Can’t We All Get Along?

I just watched the presidential debate.  Here’s what struck me.  There are so many issues about which we could hope for bipartisan cooperation.  Health care.  Gun control.  Environmental protection.  National Security.  But to win the election, it is essential to contrast your plan with the other candidate’s.  Then, when elected, you will find nothing but [...]