Does Your Business Suck?

…the time, the money, the life right out of you?

small business expert

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.

 
 

Are Your Employee Wages Top Secret?

Are Your Employee Wages Top Secret?

Here’s a snippet from a recent conversation with a plumbing contractor…

“If Bob knew what Steve was making per hour he would quit on the spot.  But I had to pay Steve a premium to get him to come work for us.  What else can I do?  It’s so hard to find good people.”

And it’s even harder to keep them if you are keeping secrets.  The problem is bigger than “finding out” what someone else makes.  Continue…

From Business Plan...to a great JOB!

Our Mission is all about Freedom!  Financial freedom, lifestyle freedom.  Honorable, profitable business expands peace and freedom across the planet.  That’s why we do what we do at www.ellenrohr.com

However, not everyone has to have their own business.  If you are so moved, I encourage you to go for it!  Your business may or may not help you reach your financial and lifestyle goals.  If your business isn’t working, a business plan may help you Continue…

Sales Tip: Don't Let Your Customer Make a Bad Decision

Sales Tip: Don't Let Your Customer Make a Bad Decision

The other day my 20 year old dishwasher died.  Alas.  So, I went to a big box appliance store.   I asked to see some dishwashers and a nice young man escorted me to a row of them.  From left to right, the most expensive to the cheapest were lined up.

I barely cook.  It’s just me and Hotrod at home.  I usually wash each dish before I put it in the dishwasher.  I was pretty sure Continue…

Time Management Strategies with Kenny Chapman

Time Management Strategies with Kenny Chapman

When I meet with a client, I ask them to, “Tell me what your life would be like if all your dreams came true.”  Often the response includes, “I want my business to run without me. I want to give my employees a chance to grow and move up the ladder.”

Kenny Chapman, of Peterson Plumbing in Grand Junction, CO, is living that dream.  Kenny travels the world, while his amazing crew in Colorado makes Continue…

Great Business Gift Ideas

Great Business Gift Ideas

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Manners promote peace, friendship…and sales! Growing up, my sisters and brother and I were fortunate to have a mother who taught us good manners.  Yai Yai gave us a rule that if you are going to visit someone, you should bring a gift.

Bringing a gift is a lovely way to break the ice with new friends and it’s a gesture of respect and gratitude to old friends. Spiritual author Deepak Chopra says, “It doesn’t Continue…

Build Your Business Roster

Build Your Business Roster

I’ve had about 100 jobs. Yet I can count on one hand the number of times I have shown up on my first day of work and known who my boss was and what my position in the company was. The Organizational Chart is a graphic description of those two things.

#1 It is the roster for your company. Super helpful. And you can then springboard from the Org Chart to Position Descriptions. Create a short Continue…

Wells Fargo Works for your business! (Enter the Contest)

Wells Fargo Works for your business! (Enter the Contest)

What I know for sure?  That my purpose in life is to help people find freedom – financial freedom, lifestyle freedom – in a business of their own.  So, I said YES when Wells Fargo (@WellsFargo) asked me to participate in the Wells Fargo Works Project, to help James and Deundra Hundun of U.A. Academy.  Together, we put together a marketing plan, built a rockin’ website, energized credit card customer payments, streamlined organizational systems and cranked Continue…

A Business Plan Shortcut?

A Business Plan Shortcut?

Dear Ellen,

My friend has a business plan that “passed muster” with her bank and she got a loan.  How about if I just take her plan and customize it for my business?  Sounds like a good short cut.  What do you think?

Sincerely,
Vera

Dear Vera,

I like and don’t like that idea.  While it can be a short cut, adopting someone else’s plan (or using a fill-in-the-blanks business plan template) is like a color-by-number painting.  It may look Continue…

Do You Need a Lifeline?

Do You Need a Lifeline?

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I love April, John and the Watermark Plumbing Team!  I especially love April’s and John’s four daughters.  They are smart and hilarious and their parents totally appreciate them.  (Become April’s FB friend and you’ll see what I mean.)  I appreciate what it takes to manage 4 young girls, and a team of fun-loving plumbers!  Too much to do, too little time…and an avalanche of paperwork.

An inspiring, profitable business plan can help.  If Continue…

Social Media Tips for Old People

Social Media Tips for Old People

I recently did a google hangout with Ashlei Williams of PHC News.  She is young and smart and really savvy when it comes to social media.  Relatively speaking, I am old when it comes to e-marketing.  (You, too?)  We chatted it up and shared ideas for embracing new technology.  Here are a few tips…

Just dive in.  Nobody really has e-marketing dialed in.  We can work it out as we go.
Don’t bother trying to get kids off Continue…

bbbp_3dThe 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.