Does Your Business Suck?
…the time, the money, the life right out of you?
You could fix it. You’ve come to the right place. And, if you are flirting with a business idea, I can help you start one that doesn’t suck.
I’m Ellen Rohr, a small business expert with LOADS of experience starting, fixing and growing extraordinary businesses using bare bones business planning basics.
A business plan can help you…
- Get clear.
- Get going.
- Get profitable!
Get focused and hold yourself (and your team!) accountable for creating your dream business. Don’t bother with one of those “canned” business plan templates. Don’t try to copy someone else’s business plan outline. I can help you clarify what it is you WANT from business – and life – and make it happen.
Makeover? Yes, please. We are well into 2014 already! The Business Makeover 2014 Summit was intended to help you (and me!) make this a seminal year. A year in which we can breakthrough and breakout and makeover our lives and businesses.
Hurray…off to a great start. As Business Makeover 2014 wraps up, here’s what I’ve learned. (Maybe you could share what you’ve discovered, too, in the comments below? Thanks!)
It’s good to put ourselves out there. Life Continue…Date: March 4, 2014
Did you watch the XXII Olympic Games? Inspiring! Perhaps you’ve been moved to improve your physical fitness. Substitute fruit for potato chips. Go for a run. Do some yoga. Train for a springtime race and dream BIG! You may be inspired to dream BIG about your business, too. Here are 4 Olympic Lessons for you, dear Biz Owner!
#1. Relax. Sage Kotsenburg took it nice and easy and won the Gold Medal in the Snowboard Slopestyle Continue…Date: February 24, 2014
Note: 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 http://facebook.com/visasmallbiz 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 Continue…Date: February 11, 2014
The problem with thinking is that you are not doing anything. In our world, doing is deemed better than thinking. I think…we do too much thoughtlessly. I think we should think more. Then, we can do less and gain more.
I decided to start 2014 with new and challenging conversations. I invited the brightest folks I know to share their advice to help us make quantum leap changes in our businesses. Business Makeover 2014 was born. Continue…Date: January 30, 2014
When Hot Rod and I were first married, we lived in a cabin outside of Whitefish, Montana. It was 11 by 15 feet and the foundation was four, almost-flat rocks. We had all of $5000 between us and we contracted a well driller and a “diviner” to help us find – and hit – water. Three days later, we had a $5000 hole, but no water.
So, my husband, The Plumber, figured out an alternative Continue…
Then, the sun would rise. You know, everything is better, clearer, easier in the light of day. And, everything is scarier in the dark. Lesson learned: Go back to sleep. Continue…Date: January 11, 2014
My friend and mentor, Al Levi, uses a powerful exercise to engage clients in business development. He asks, “Imagine this. You walk out the front door of your business, and cross the street. You decide you are going to recreate, makeover, your business. What, and who, do you bring with you?”
Or do you decide to do something completely new? You get to choose and the beginning of a year is the right time to reflect Continue…Date: December 28, 2013
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 http://facebook.com/visasmallbiz 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 Continue…Date: December 16, 2013
I met a fellow named David recently. He is working on an exciting business project. There are a lot of unknowns with this project, and a significant financial investment. As we were discussing the long list of things to do, I asked David, “The scope and risk of this business venture don’t seem to worry you. How come?”
David replied, “A few years ago, I was working on a construction project. We were laying out pipe Continue…Date: December 3, 2013
Year end is a great time to consider the year to come. Review the wins and losses and vow to make 2014 even better. Update your Budget. Consider what costs are going up. Health insurance? Yep. Retirement benefits? You aren’t getting any younger. New trucks? Hey, it’s time. Then, create a top line Sales Goal that will cover your guesstimated costs and deliver your desired amount of profits. Business 101.
Now, consider what that Continue…Date: November 18, 2013
The Bare Bones Biz Plan takes you through a six week process to build your business plan…and assemble your custom Biz Plan Binder. Focus on each component of your business for one week…and at the end of six weeks you will have a rock solid, yet flexible and dynamic, business plan. Your Biz Plan Binder will guide you and drive you to implementing the plan.