Does Your Business Suck?

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

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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.

 
 

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…

Tips for Finding a Bossy Mentor

Tips for Finding a Bossy Mentor

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…

You, Me and a Budget Spreadsheet

You, Me and a Budget Spreadsheet

Budgeting.  UGH.

I call it the “B Word” because so many people are resistant to the word BUDGETING. Nobody wants to Budget, right?  Budgeting is all about deprivation and doing without.  It’s like…gulp…dieting.

Budgeting doesn’t have to be a soul-sucking, frustrating experience.  The way I teach it is fun, easy and powerful.  From Main Street to Wall Street, simple budgeting is a great way to create goals and achieve them.  You create a workable selling price as Continue…

5 Tips for Financial Goal Setting!

5 Tips for Financial Goal Setting!

“What’s the point of setting financial goals?  I have no idea what will happen each day for sales.  Unexpected expenses crop up all the time, too.  If it’s just a ‘guess,’ then why bother?”

That’s what one of my clients just shared with me.  I appreciate his candor and his frustration.  However, if you want tomorrow to be better than today, it starts with intention and imagination.  So, set financial goals…no matter how awkward it is.  Continue…

Lessons Learned from Business Makeover 2014!

Lessons Learned from Business Makeover 2014!

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…

4 Olympic Lessons for Business Owners

4 Olympic Lessons for Business Owners

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…

4 Ways to Stay Motivated Everyday

4 Ways to Stay Motivated Everyday

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…

A Whole New Way of Thinking?

A Whole New Way of Thinking?

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…

Turning the Worst Thing Into the Best Thing

Turning the Worst Thing Into the Best Thing

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…

5 Ways to Sleep Better as a Business Owner!

5 Ways to Sleep Better as a Business Owner!

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…

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.