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    Van Gogh...I LOVE my job. The only thing not to...

    Van Gogh...I LOVE my job. The only thing not to love about it is the pay. It's a non-profit, that's just the way it is ;-) Which is why I love having my speaking and writing on the side. I plan to...
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    Happy Holidays!

    Hello Small Business Owners!

    I'm an on again - off again member dropping in for my (what seems like) semi-annual visit to the forum. I'm currently working as a business advisor and certified...
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    Not sure what you mean by superior cash flow to...

    Not sure what you mean by superior cash flow to selling price, but yes you should be looking over the numbers carefully - As for whether the cash flow is an accurate reflection, it really depends on...
  4. It's not neither - it's either. It does make a...

    It's not neither - it's either. It does make a difference when it comes to Entrepreneur and Forbes. And you don't get in by submitting an application. You get in by submitting a query letter...
  5. You'd be better of networking within local...

    You'd be better of networking within local business organization groups and picking up your information through conversation than through the doors of their business. Get to know them through...
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    One page business plans can have a place in small...

    One page business plans can have a place in small business. It's far better than many fly by the seat of their pants operations that tend to be the bulk of the self-employed.

    The ones I work...
  7. I agree on the sound quality. I've had a bit of...

    I agree on the sound quality. I've had a bit of an advantage in that area in that I did go to broadcasting school so had some voice and copy training that I've been able to draw on.
  8. I make videos in-house. They aren't high quality...

    I make videos in-house. They aren't high quality - but I haven't found that they need to be for my target market - most of them are impressed enough with my bravery and messaging that they pay no...
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    Been so long, I feel like I'm new

    I haven't had much time to check threads other than to see many of those I remember are still active -and some new people too. Life (as always) has been a learning journey and I'm once again back to...
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    One thing that immediately came to mind is...

    One thing that immediately came to mind is publicity. You can attempt to utilize standard holiday publicity efforts - getting into gift guides in publication (right about now is the time they start...
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    The story of too many small businesses...

    The story of too many small businesses (restaurants or otherwise) - it was actually the basis for one of the myths I covered in my webinar earlier this week. One of the things that simultaneously...
  12. I would imagine that the SCORE office would be...

    I would imagine that the SCORE office would be able to help you connect to people in your area that can help to. I work for a non-profit in Canada that is somewhat similar to SCORE - sounds like you...
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    And Bar Rescue :-)

    And Bar Rescue :-)
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    I agree with your recommendation of Rory - but...

    I agree with your recommendation of Rory - but don't quite agree with the rest doesn't matter - if you drive them to the doors you have to be able to serve them (and well) or they're never coming...
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    I mentioned this one a couple of days ago on...

    I mentioned this one a couple of days ago on another thread, but RestaurantOwner.com will be well worth the price of membership in your situation. If I'm not mistaken (I don't have a membership there...
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    Hugs...that sounds horrid. Hope the year...

    Hugs...that sounds horrid. Hope the year progresses better than the shitty holiday season you had!
  17. Since you're working on pricing anyway, I would...

    Since you're working on pricing anyway, I would go the whole menu engineering route through restaurantowner.com - excellent resource for figuring out the layout, structure and pricing of your menu-...
  18. What part of Canada are you in? Each province has...

    What part of Canada are you in? Each province has it's own small business services and then there are the ones that are federal.
    Government of Alberta - Programs and Services - Starting a Business...
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    All I know is there are tons of regulations...

    All I know is there are tons of regulations involved...at least in the area I live in, a convenience store/gas station is one of the most regulated businesses in town -lots of paperwork involved in...
  20. Are you in a large city or a rural community? I'm...

    Are you in a large city or a rural community? I'm Canadian too and work for a non-profit that helps small businesses get started in rural Canada. There are similar organizations in the cities, but...
  21. I've recently discovered the benefits of doing...

    I've recently discovered the benefits of doing cost-benefit calculations to figure out the combined and variable costs for a business. There are plenty of templates online (I downloaded one for Excel...
  22. I have to disagree Harold (though perhaps I'm not...

    I have to disagree Harold (though perhaps I'm not the best to speak to this because I have a day job at the moment) about not being able to say "If it doesn't work..."

    To me it was somewhat...
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    I've sent hundreds of them for myself and clients...

    I've sent hundreds of them for myself and clients and continue to send them on a regular basis as part of an overall marketing and publicity plan - benefits have primarily included exposure in...
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    That may be the public perception, but certainly...

    That may be the public perception, but certainly not my reality. But there's not much in life I do "normal" - as a non-custodial parent paying 25% of my income to a man who makes double what I do. It...
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    It may because I'm a woman and going through a...

    It may because I'm a woman and going through a divorce and an entrepreneur (though far from a rich one at this point) but this question struck me as odd.

    The phrasing "Make sure the wife can't...
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