Nikki Hall

  1. Backups OíPlenty: How to Start Backing Up

    Nothing comforts me more business wise than being prepared for every eventuality. That is all things relating to the office, which is primarily my domain in the company. While I havenít completely solved this concern, and truthfully, there are events that are out of my control, for the most part I can rest easy knowing that the company will survive the moderate interruptions in business. From server crashes to data destroying fires, our company information will still be safe and available so ...
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  2. Loyalty at Its Best

    Employees, like vehicles, in a service based industry like ours, are the backbone of a company. Their loyalty and trust are hard won assets that every business owner should seek to gain and keep from their people. If we didnít have the men working for the company that we do, our reputation and quality would not be as strong as they are. The fact that our men do have faith in the company has helped us all become a family over the years and through that relationship, the company has survived some ...
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  3. Easy mistakes lead to expensive problems

    From the late 1990s to about 2005, companies performing tree pruning and removal were thriving along with the inflated real estate market. By 2004, out tree care company had diversified by adding two smaller divisions: an irrigation company and a renovation / building company. We were successful in all three divisions and our sales increased. Unfortunately, we were collecting the money, but not managing it well. We should have focused more on saving profits and looking for ways to reduce overhead. ...
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  4. Business is Risk: Part Two

    This is the 2nd in the series of Business is Risk. (Original story)


    When a company owner is considering change in any way, large or small, the inherent risk involved has to be planned out well. The first step is defining for yourself what acceptable risk means to your company. The second and third step can be done separately or together: weigh out the pros and cons of the gamble youíre considering and pinpoint the actions you can take to mitigate loss and to find success in ...
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  5. Computers Need Oil Changes Too

    In the years that I have been a part of the small business world, Iíve noticed how my unwritten job description has changed and expanded. It started with me writing small proposals and answering phones. Somehow, it has morphed into the every-man phase. Being a computer tech is one of the facets of my every-man title. However, that is about to change.


    Computers are increasingly becoming intrinsic to the small business world and to stay competitive in business, companies ...
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