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.
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
“If a man empties his purse into his head no man can take it away from him because an investment in knowledge always pays the best dividend.” ~ Benjamin Franklin
Become a student of business and personal development. Reach out and find community with people who have accomplished things that align with what you want. Consider contrary opinions and be willing to question those considered authorities. Seek divine counsel from within and without. Then, decide and Continue…Date: November 12, 2013
How very cool that PHC News is hosting a contest where I get to do my favorite thing: Hang out at your shop and help you grow your business! That’s if you are the winner. PHCNews will pick up all the costs. It’s like a TV Makeover Show…starring you and me. Fun! Life changing. Profit building! I’m going to bring lots of bonus gifts, too, when I show up. So, enter to win today.
Here’s the link…
xo$, Continue…Date: November 6, 2013
Sometimes you need a hand. Sometimes you can offer one. Be willing to do both.
My great friend, Nancy Michaels, posted a Rant on Saturday. Thanks, Nancy, for this reminder: Your best business will be a reflection of YOU, not anyone else. Mentors, consultants, other businesspeople, can all play a powerful part in your business development. However, steer clear of anyone who wants you to become a mini-them. Thanks, too, Nancy, for including me in your Continue…Date: October 29, 2013
And STOP talking about what you don’t want.
It takes discipline. We are used to whining about stuff. When I checked in for my last flight, the United Airlines rep said, “Show the TSA agent the sticker I put on your boarding pass.” Hmm. Maybe I was chosen for extra screening. A little whine started to bubble up, and I…let it go. Ahhhh. ”Thanks. That makes me feel special,” I said instead.
In line at TSA, the Continue…Date: October 24, 2013
Last week, I was asked to speak about success to a group of mostly 20-30 year olds. They belong to JCI Wonderful Copenhagen, a chapter of the worldwide JCI organization. I’d never been to Denmark, and I love young people (not as crabby and cynical as old farts.) And I was inspired by the mission of the group and their slogan…Be Better.
So, I said, “Ja!”
Fortunately, the Danes I met speak English very well. So, as a Continue…Date: October 11, 2013
Anthony and Rose joined me and Shauna (aka Sha-nomenal!) and the Phenomenal Team at Howard Partridge’s Inner Circle program in Houston. There, we hosted the FUNomenal Financial Blast. Owners from 21 companies cleaned up their financials, crunched budgeting numbers, determined selling prices and explored the Financial Quick Check report. Super Nerdy Fun! And powerful financial training. I’m still aglow from the experience.
And apparently Sha-nomenal Shauna made a big impact! Cute video! The event was Continue…Date: September 24, 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 tips to Continue…Date: September 16, 2013
Family drama can drive you crazy. The drama multiplies when you have a family business. Yet, when it works, the family business offers…
Trust. An understanding that “We are in this together.”
Legacy. We are creating our own opportunities and fortunes.
Money. As the family expands, so should the business.
LOVE. Yep, love is the best part. You can work, grow, play, discover, expand, get rich…as a family.
AND your family business can be BIG business. Check out this Continue…Date: September 9, 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.