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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Barter System: Still relevant, still reliable

    The barter system has been around conceivably since man created and networked a logical system of economics. Utilized correctly, it is a sound and sensible means of alternative income or an expense reduction for business owners. Bartering can be done in multiple ways and allows companies to get ahead and become competitive with their services in an economy that is cash-strapped. The down side of bartering is that it can be dangerous and if not well executed, very expensive.

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  5. Q and A between a husband and wife partnership (Small Business)

    Everyday feels like Monday...


    Steven has been a tree climber and business owner since he was 20 years old. He and I have been married and working together for the past nine years. I started working for him when I was 19 and he was 30. I am now 34 and he is 46. Needless to say, time has brought changes to us both, personally as well as professionally. And as any business owner that works with his or her spouse can attest to, the added complexity of working in the same company ...
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