Setting Goals for Your Business

For me, the first day of the new year always marks the beginning of busy season.  January is ‘go time’.  My staff and I love it because there’s lots of work to do, we get to reconnect with our long-time clients, and meet some new ones. For the first ten years of my career, I […]

Looking in the mirror on the last day of 2011

Tomorrow, I’ll make a final pass at my business goals for 2012. I remember from business school that my goals  must be S.M.A.R.T. – specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely. Today, I’m thinking about what happened in 2011. My team and I accomplished a lot. Considering the sketchy state of the economy at the end of […]

Does your Small Business Need a Mission Statement?

I’ve seen hundreds of successful Indiana businesses that have made loads of money without so much as a rough draft of a mission statement. Don’t get me wrong.  I’m not against mission statements.  They have their place – especially for larger organizations where communicating with multiple levels of staff, or multiple locations, can be a […]

Is your small business too small to hire an accountant?

Have you hired yourself as the accountant for your business? This week, I overheard part of a conversation between a small business owner and one of my staff in the hallway as they wrapped up their meeting. The business owner, Steve, owns a small business in Indianapolis.  Steve recently contacted us about preparing his business […]

Join the club…how peer groups can grow your business

Since 2005, I have been fortunate to be involved with two excellent peer groups.  Both groups are made up of CPAs and accounting firms across the country who do what I do – provide accounting, payroll, and tax services to small businesses.  One group is focused on how to operate the business better and the other is […]

Tour of Zappos HQ: Inspiring (and a tad disgusting)

Last week, I had an opportunity to tour Zappos‘ corporate HQ in Las Vegas.  The tour is called the “Zappos Insights” tour and it provides an inside look at how Zappos manages its business.   I’ve been looking forward to this because I love Zappos, and buy from them all time (I hate going to the mall). […]

Shameless plug: Firm receives a national award!

Typically, I won’t promote my businesses on this blog…today I’m so proud, I can’t help myself. My accounting firm has been recognized as the “2011 Accounting Firm of the Year” by our peers in PASBA (Professional Association of Small Business Accountants). The award was presented at the PASBA National Conference at the M Resort in […]

I need to do more online marketing; especially video

Now that April 15 has passed, I’m going to focus on doing a lot more online marketing.   Specifically, I’m thinking the best approach is for me to provide valuable (and free) online content to small business owners in the form of online video and blog posts.  I’m hoping this will help: Help my Google […]

Jeffrey Gitomer’s new book, Social Boom

I just finished reading Jeffrey Gitomer’s new book, “Social Boom“. It was about $15 on Amazon.  I was looking for books to help me understand how to use social media for marketing my small business.  The book is written on a very basic level and was a quick read.  It covers me the basics of […]

Would Peyton Manning be a good business owner?

I miss football already.  But, just because I can’t watch football doesn’t mean I can’t write about my favorite quarterback.  If Peyton Manning weren’t blessed with the laser-rocket arm, would he make a good business owner? Yes, he would be.  Here’s how I know:  If you google his name, you’ll find countless stories of how […]