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  1. Marie Weaver

    Marie Weaver

    19/07/2017
    Marie Weaver
    Top 5 Reasons to Choose Android App Development for your Business Needs
    mobileappdeveloperlondon.weebly.com Android app development is the best option to choose for businesses who wish to reach maximum number of people in shortest period. Explore what Android world has to offer for your...
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  2. Susan ๐Ÿ Botello
    We all go through stuff when we are creating our own path to the future. It's nothing to fear, really, it's what happens when connections are forming to create the path in front of us for each step we take moving forward. This is how we know we are moving in the right direction. If you want to take the easy path, then you are on a road already built...probably one built by someone else. Will you create your own path and happiness or will you follow someone else's? Happy Friday, beBees! Keep on Buzzing!
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    Susan ๐Ÿ Botello
    14/07/2017 #2 Susan ๐Ÿ Botello
    #1 We must see the big picture...the vision, that keeps us going and moving forward.
    mohammed khalaf
    14/07/2017 #1 mohammed khalaf
    sometimes Susan you have to understand the sacrifice is part of the solution. It is imminent and necessary.
  3. ProducerGreg Dastrup

    Greg Dastrup

    13/07/2017
    Why a Business Plan is Crucial
    Why a Business Plan is CrucialDevising a Business Plan is a "Must Do" for EntrepreneursSuccess is contingent on many factors. Budgeting, marketing, and customer service all factor into the long-term success of any small business. Effective planning is vital as well and should...
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  4. Alexis Chateau

    Alexis Chateau

    13/07/2017
    4 productivity hacks I actually use myself. Let me know what you think!
    Alexis Chateau
    4 Quick Productivity Hacks
    alexischateaupr.com Because time wasted can never be...
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  5. ProducerPreston ๐Ÿ Vander Ven
    The Power of the Hive
    The Power of the HiveI want to start with a story:A man was driving his car down a dirt road through a open country town. The sun got in his eyes and caused him drive off into a ditch. Luckily a farmer on cart pulled by one horse, saw him and said, "Don't Worry, my...
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    Joanne Gardocki
    16/07/2017 #38 Joanne Gardocki
    I appreciate the active supportive culture here on beBee and the rich and varied experiences shared.
    Preston ๐Ÿ Vander Ven
    16/07/2017 #37 Preston ๐Ÿ Vander Ven
    Thanks @Aleta for your share.
    Preston ๐Ÿ Vander Ven
    16/07/2017 #36 Preston ๐Ÿ Vander Ven
    #33 Bill I am happy you enjoyed this honey
    Aleta Curry
    15/07/2017 #34 Aleta Curry
    I think you're right. Sharing. Seewhatididthere? )
    Bill Stankiewicz, ๐Ÿ Brand Ambassador
    14/07/2017 #33 Bill Stankiewicz, ๐Ÿ Brand Ambassador
    I really enjoyed reading this story! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ
    Preston ๐Ÿ Vander Ven
    14/07/2017 #32 Preston ๐Ÿ Vander Ven
    #30 @Tausif Mundrawala thanks for your words. I too have been following @Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee for awhile and I agree. He is great at using metaphors to teach and force you and I to think.
    Tausif Mundrawala
    14/07/2017 #30 Tausif Mundrawala
    I think every bee here on beBee are an institution in themselves. We all are fortunate enough to have this wonderful platform. Most of the buzzes here are interactive enough especially of Sir @Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee View more
    I think every bee here on beBee are an institution in themselves. We all are fortunate enough to have this wonderful platform. Most of the buzzes here are interactive enough especially of Sir @Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee who have always transported me to the sophisticated world of intellectuals. His buzzes would make you helpless to think which you have not done earlier and I think that is the best way to learn something from an experienced person. I am honored to have been a drop in this ocean of caring bees like beBee. I am elated to read this buzz of yours, @Preston ๐Ÿ Vander Ven Close
    mohammed khalaf
    14/07/2017 #29 mohammed khalaf
    thank you for pick Preston
    Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    14/07/2017 #26 Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    A huge thank you! Sharing.
    Jim ๐Ÿ Cody
    13/07/2017 #25 Jim ๐Ÿ Cody
    #22 Many thanks,
    Preston ๐Ÿ Vander Ven
    13/07/2017 #24 Preston ๐Ÿ Vander Ven
    #19 @David B. Grinberg Again, thanks for your support on all your networks.
    Preston ๐Ÿ Vander Ven
    13/07/2017 #23 Preston ๐Ÿ Vander Ven
    #21 @Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher Thanks for your support. Could you me your Twitter name
    Preston ๐Ÿ Vander Ven
    13/07/2017 #22 Preston ๐Ÿ Vander Ven
    #17 @Jim ๐Ÿ Cody thanks for your comment. Great article your mentioned. For anyone who can't find the link to his buzz, here it is:
    https://www.bebee.com/producer/@jim-cody/self-directed-wirk-teams-are-more-productive#c1
    Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    13/07/2017 #21 Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    #13 Well said @Preston ๐Ÿ Vander Ven. This will be tweeting out from my profile on twitter for the next 7 days :))
    Lance  ๐Ÿ Scoular
    13/07/2017 #20 Lance ๐Ÿ Scoular
    #19 ๐Ÿ‘ฅed ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿค๐Ÿณ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿšฒ
    David B. Grinberg
    12/07/2017 #19 David B. Grinberg
    #10 FYI - Preston, this blog post in pinned to the top of my Twitter home page for retweets from bees and others. I featured it per #WednesdayWisdom. It currently has 10 RTs and 10 Likes but I know we can do better. Bees: let's swarm! RT Preston's buzzing blog post via https://twitter.com/DBGrinberg
    cc: @John White, MBA @Lance ๐Ÿ Scoular @๐Ÿ Fatima G. Williams @Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian @Jan ๐Ÿ Barbosa @Milos Djukic
  6. John Enright

    John Enright

    30/06/2017
    John Enright
    Yes, Bill Gates Memorized Employee License Plate Numbers to See Who Was Still Working
    www.inc.com Worrying about hours on the job didn't work for Microsoft founder Bill Gates, and it won't work for you business...
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  7. ProducerGreg Dastrup

    Greg Dastrup

    28/06/2017
    Tips for Boosting Local Biz SEO
    Tips for Boosting Local Biz SEOOne of the key components to any companyโ€™s marketing strategy is to successfully position the brand in the search engineโ€™s results. You can effectively dominate the search results with content you control. You will be able to boost visibility and...
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  8. ProducerCelene Jimรฉnez Huerta
    10 email marketing tips for retailers
    10 email marketing tips for retailersThe e-commerce sector is growing exponentially, such that Forrester expects, based on the trend in recent years, that in 2020 (in just three years) sales made on mobile devices will be worth 252 billion dollars, which would represent a 119% increase...
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  9. ProducerAnders Liu-Lindberg
    The Small Business CFO As A Business Partner
    The Small Business CFO As A Business PartnerMost often when discussing functional excellence in the finance function the starting point is large companies with global reach and a shared service center. However, most companies are not i.e. they are small or medium (SME) sized enterprises often...
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  10. ProducerChristopher Grate
     Content, Value, Engagement & Why No Marketing Magic Will Ever Top Them
    Content, Value, Engagement & Why No Marketing Magic Will Ever Top Themโ€œPlease help me, Iโ€™ve been spending close to $500 a month on Facebook ads and nothing has changed regarding my page engagement or website traffic!โ€ This was the plea for help from a colleague who I recently agreed to...
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  11. Jinendra Shah

    Jinendra Shah

    15/06/2017
    If you are yet to upgrade your business to online bookkeeping services? it's time for you to the best services that can make a great impact on your business.
    Jinendra Shah
    Online Bookkeeping Services Is Bound To Make an Impact in Your Business - Bookkeeping Services
    bookkeepingservices.over-blog.com Online bookkeeping is an attractive idea for bookkeepers. It is very convenient for those who work from home using the internet. This helps you to save travel time. You do not have to visit the client office to schedule the program. You can work...
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  12. Rebecca Matias

    Rebecca Matias

    15/06/2017
    Starting up a business requires more than just having sustainable cash flow, hiring qualified staff or accessible business location.
    Rebecca Matias
    Introducing: The Ultimate Lead Generation Kit To Jump start your Business!
    www.callboxinc.com This Ultimate Lead Generation Kit comprise the major marketing elements that will drive maximum conversion for every...
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  13. ProducerHelen Cope

    Helen Cope

    14/06/2017
    Why do I need a website when I can use social media to promote my business for free?
    Why do I need a website when I can use social media to promote my business for free?I am often asked 'Why do I need a website when I can use social media to promote my business for free? Building a website can be costly once you add up all the fees for domains, hosting, designers, SEO, updates, maintenance, and more. Whereas, you...
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    Bill Stankiewicz, ๐Ÿ Brand Ambassador
    21/06/2017 #14 Bill Stankiewicz, ๐Ÿ Brand Ambassador
    Website is a business card to the world available 24 by 7
    Anne ๐Ÿ Thornley-Brown, MBA
    16/06/2017 #13 Anne ๐Ÿ Thornley-Brown, MBA
    Websites are extremely important as one can provide a lot more detailed information about products and services. Strictly sharing information on social media can be limited. I do notice that more and more restaurants are opting for Facebook pages only. I have just completed a blog post for a client and it was very difficult to find restaurants with web pages. As a result, phone numbers, menus and information about menus were hard to come by.

    One of the barriers to acquiring a website is that custom web design services are extremely high and climbing. They range from $3500 - $5000+. That's a lot of money. For my last site upgrades, I've opted for affordable templates through sites like. Envato Market and Themeforest. They delivered exactly what I needed.
    Milos Djukic
    16/06/2017 #12 Anonymous
    Welcome @Helen Cope.
    Jan ๐Ÿ Barbosa
    15/06/2017 #11 Jan ๐Ÿ Barbosa
    Shared and hashtag optimized in twitter :) @Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    Joyce ๐Ÿ Bowen   Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    14/06/2017 #7 Joyce ๐Ÿ Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    Great!! I just tried to navigate obtaining a website on my own. It was a disaster. I ended up with a service I did not appreciate and ended up on hostpapa. Now to get my website prettied up.
    Chris Spurvey
    14/06/2017 #6 Chris Spurvey
    Bang on Helen! A website is something you basically 100% control. It needs to be the hub.
    Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    14/06/2017 #5 Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    Great buzz on the advantages of blogging using beBee's Publishing platform! Welcome to beBee @Helen Cope :)) This has been shared on Twitter by Javier and myself (I bet more will share too). cc: @David B. Grinberg @Jan ๐Ÿ Barbosa @Donna-Luisa Eversley
    Javier ๐Ÿ beBee
    14/06/2017 #4 Javier ๐Ÿ beBee
    The 5 Advantages of Blogging Through beBee's Publishing Platform https://www.bebee.com/producer/@juan-imaz/the-5-advantages-of-blogging-through-bebee-s-publishing-platform vรญa @beBee
    Javier ๐Ÿ beBee
    14/06/2017 #3 Javier ๐Ÿ beBee
    @Helen Cope welcome to beBee! Thanks for sharing it !
    โ˜˜๏ธDon Philpott
    14/06/2017 #2 โ˜˜๏ธDon Philpott
    And Mine -- Sorry for pirating your thread:) @Helen Cope http://www.ad360.eu/l/why-not-just-use-facebook/
  14. Phil Friedman

    Phil Friedman

    13/06/2017
    If you're interested in business issues, we invite you to join us in the Business Hub hive, real-world business content for real-world business people. https://www.bebee.com/group/business-hub Phil Friedman
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    Nicole Chardenet
    14/06/2017 #13 Nicole Chardenet
    Check it out! Business issues in the Business Hub Hive, where you can actually promote your business! But you can't give people 'the business." Well, maybe like Lumpy and Eddie on Leave it to Beaver, but *not* like Nelson Rockefeller. :)
    Milos Djukic
    14/06/2017 #12 Anonymous
    I give you my hand.
    โ€œSuccess in business is all about people, people, people. Whatever industry a company is in, its employees are its biggest competitive advantageโ€ โ€“ Richard Branson
    Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    14/06/2017 #11 Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    Give a boost to the business side of beBee. Sharing.
    Phil Friedman
    13/06/2017 #10 Phil Friedman
    Thank you all for helping to promote the Business Hub hive. Cheers!
    Aaron ๐Ÿ Skogen
    13/06/2017 #9 Aaron ๐Ÿ Skogen
    Check out the newest hive to promote your business!
    Wayne Yoshida
    13/06/2017 #8 Wayne Yoshida
    #4 Very good, Phil - sharing and promoting. Lots of good business lessons here.
    Kevin Pashuk
    13/06/2017 #7 Kevin Pashuk
    BeBee is about business too! Here's a good place to promote yours!
    Phil Friedman
    13/06/2017 #3 Phil Friedman
    Give Business Hub a boost. Share and like this post, @David B. Grinberg, @Todd Jones, @Gert Scholtz, @Ian Weinberg. @Aaron ๐Ÿ Skogen, @Ken Boddie, @Donna-Luisa Eversley, @Melissa Hughes
  15. Phil Friedman

    Phil Friedman

    10/06/2017
    If you're a small-business start-up looking for some -cost-effective advice, take a minute to read this ....

    https://www.bebee.com/bee/friedman-phil
    Phil Friedman
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  16. ProducerPhil Friedman

    Phil Friedman

    09/06/2017
    Net Profit vs Cash Flow
    Net Profit vs Cash FlowUNDERSTANDING THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PROFIT AND CASH-FLOW IS ESSENTIAL TO THE SUCCESSFUL OPERATION OF A SMALL BUSINESS... Preface: This post is not intended as an instructional manual for accountants or bookkeepers, but rather as a conceptual guide...
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    Martina Baxter
    13/07/2017 #97 Martina Baxter
    #95 Thanks, @Renรฉe ๐Ÿ Cormier I'm not an expert on the tax stuff either. Whatever it's called, it doesn't really matter, since we all have to pay it, or collect it!
    Renรฉe  ๐Ÿ Cormier
    12/07/2017 #96 Renรฉe ๐Ÿ Cormier
    #93 Thanks for the warning. I'll have to be careful. I'm a lightweight in that regard.
    Renรฉe  ๐Ÿ Cormier
    12/07/2017 #95 Renรฉe ๐Ÿ Cormier
    #94 Alberta doesn't have provincial sales tax, so they still use GST, I believe. All other provinces call it HST.
    Martina Baxter
    12/07/2017 #94 Martina Baxter
    #81 I thought that whether it's called GST or HST depends on the province? @Renรฉe ๐Ÿ Cormier
    Phil Friedman
    12/07/2017 #93 Phil Friedman
    #92 Yea, Renee, well those who converse with my favorite Mad Scientist, @Gerald Hecht, often need more than just one drink afterward. :-)
    Renรฉe  ๐Ÿ Cormier
    12/07/2017 #92 Renรฉe ๐Ÿ Cormier
    Yes, sometimes we all need a drink! The word harmonized is a way of taking the demon out of the fact that they combined two taxes (provincial and federal) to make it easier (like we weren't paying it anyway). I tried to process a credit card payment for an American client and it bounced. His response was that his card was rejecting the 13% sales tax he had to pay. LOL Unfortunately, I had to charge the tax even though he is American. Only tourists get their sales tax refunded.
    Gerald Hecht
    12/07/2017 #91 Gerald Hecht
    #81 @Renรฉe ๐Ÿ Cormier "Harmonized Sales Tax"...I gotta stop watchin' "Bewitched" reruns -- it causes "virtual drinking Martinis with Larry Tate syndrome"...
    Phil Friedman
    12/07/2017 #90 Phil Friedman
    #88 Okay, well then allow me to advise my Canadian-based business Bees that I have consulting associates available with Canadian grant writing and Canadian government program management experience. We can help you search for and apply to appropriate agencies for small business grants. Connect with me on beBee or LinkedIn or contact me directly by email or Skype. Cheers!
    Gerald Hecht
    12/07/2017 #89 Gerald Hecht
    #77 @Preston ๐Ÿ Vander Ven I like that woman who says we should all appoint an imaginary CSO (Chief Spiritual Officer) on the "executive board in our heads"...and consult "it" if we need to generate new leads or have a query regarding "profit/residual income thingies".
    Renรฉe  ๐Ÿ Cormier
    12/07/2017 #88 Renรฉe ๐Ÿ Cormier
    #87 The detail of that kid of work would make me completely miserable. I know my strengths, and that is not among them. :)
    Phil Friedman
    12/07/2017 #87 Phil Friedman
    #86 In this insane age of Trumpentia (rhymes with dementia), I wonder that myself.

    I am not talking about filling out forms. Any half-witted typist can do that. I'm talking about someone who can draft compelling plans and narratives, the kind that catch the fancy of grant committees. That is what small business people need.

    For the record, I was myself the recipient of a three-year Canada Council Doctoral Research Grant, a Canada Government Employment Stimulation Grant for the development of a computerized boatbuilding specification software system, and a key player in securing for Humber College Ontario grant monies for the creation of a post secondary program in marine industry operations and business management. So I do know what you're talking about. Thanks for the link. Have you thought about helping small businesses in the area of Grant writing?
    Renรฉe  ๐Ÿ Cormier
    12/07/2017 #86 Renรฉe ๐Ÿ Cormier
    #85 There are services that will fill out the forms for a fee, but that's not my bag. Here are links to available grants from both the federal government and the province of Ontario. You should have stayed here, Phil. :)
    http://www.grants.gov.on.ca/GrantsPortal/en/OntarioGrants/GrantsHome/ View more
    #85 There are services that will fill out the forms for a fee, but that's not my bag. Here are links to available grants from both the federal government and the province of Ontario. You should have stayed here, Phil. :)
    http://www.grants.gov.on.ca/GrantsPortal/en/OntarioGrants/GrantsHome/
    https://www.canada.ca/en/services/business/grants.html Close
    Phil Friedman
    12/07/2017 #85 Phil Friedman
    #84 Please do, Renee. Have you ever written proposals for firms? Grant writing is a profession when it comes to non-profits, but I don't know if there are grant writers for businesses.
    Renรฉe  ๐Ÿ Cormier
    12/07/2017 #84 Renรฉe ๐Ÿ Cormier
    #82 Actually., where all Canadian business can save a ton of money is in accessing grants which are plentiful across a large number of industries. There are multiple grants for R & D, export, wage subsidies, training grants... you name it, and most companies do not have a clue or cannot be bothered accessing the money. I ghost wrote a post on it for a client. If I can find the link where it was posted, I will share it for you.
    Renรฉe  ๐Ÿ Cormier
    12/07/2017 #83 Renรฉe ๐Ÿ Cormier
    #82 Yes, but you can't very well go around advising people to commit fraud, now can you?
    Phil Friedman
    12/07/2017 #82 Phil Friedman
    #81 That makes sense, Renee, although last time I visited Tarranna, the underground cash and barter economy still seemed to be alive and well. :-)
    Renรฉe  ๐Ÿ Cormier
    12/07/2017 #81 Renรฉe ๐Ÿ Cormier
    #79 It's called HST, now (Harmonized Sales Tax). The HST on our business expenses is refundable. We only have to remit what we collect. Essentially you only have to pay the difference between what you owe from sales tax collected and what the government owes you in what is referred to as input tax credits.
    Phil Friedman
    12/07/2017 #80 Phil Friedman
    Thank you, @Gerald Hecht, for sharing this article. Cheers!
    Phil Friedman
    11/07/2017 #79 Phil Friedman
    Thanks, @Renรฉe ๐Ÿ Cormier, for sharing this post. What would you think about "Ten Tips for Small Canadian Businesses Who Want to Avoid GST"?
    Phil Friedman
    11/07/2017 #78 Phil Friedman
    #77 Thank you, Preston, for reading and commenting. You are correct and I guess the core point that I'm trying to make here is that running a business at a consistent loss, while relying on cash flow alone to stay afloat, is effectively a ponzi game. In such a case, the objective has to be to exit the business BEFORE it falls into bankruptcy, preferably by selling it to someone else based not on a multiple of annual net profit, but on some cockamamie calculation of potential future profit due to established market share and potential for additional sales of company stock to new investors. In other words, something like the $26 billion sale of LinkedIn to Microsoft.
  17. ProducerGreg Dastrup

    Greg Dastrup

    09/06/2017
    Common Myths About SEO
    Common Myths About SEOIt seems like search engine optimization, or SEO, is one of those business topics that everyone has heard of but only a few people actually know anything about. Because of this, a lot of misconceptions about the subject have cropped up. Some people...
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    Sadman Ishrak
    09/06/2017 #1 Sadman Ishrak
    Very much true indeed! I hope your content clears thing up a bit for people.

    Thanks a lot for sharing.
  18. Marie Weaver

    Marie Weaver

    07/06/2017
    Marie Weaver
    How to Plan and Strategize Small Business App Development for Profitable Returns?
    medium.com Small businesses are exploring the potential of mobile platform to make it more reachable and expandable. In this blog, we shall...
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  19. Joan MacDougal

    Joan MacDougal

    07/06/2017
    Here are some insights into common practices that give marketing a bad reputation. There are some powerful tips to overcome these poor practices.
    Joan MacDougal
    Do You Give Marketing A Bad Name? - Macrison Co
    macrison.com.au Many buyers of marketing feel they rarely get value - marketing has a bad reputation. Check here to see if you're part of the problem or...
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    Joan MacDougal
    29/06/2017 #2 Joan MacDougal
    To all the great marketers out there, here's why I believe Marketing often gets a bad wrap!
    Joan MacDougal
    07/06/2017 #1 Joan MacDougal
    What gives marketing a bad wrap and how to change this!
  20. ProducerLindsey Patterson
    Personal Finance Decisions We've All Gotten Wrong
    Personal Finance Decisions We've All Gotten WrongManaging your personal finances is a very important responsibility. While most people intend to manage their finances appropriately, it is very easy to make a mistake that could prove to be very costly. There are several personal finance mistakes,...
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  21. ProducerPhil Friedman

    Phil Friedman

    06/06/2017
    Learning From Mistakes
    Learning From MistakesEXPERIENCE MAY BE THE BEST TEACHER, BUT IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE YOUR EXPERIENCEย ย  In my consulting practice, I often explain to prospective clients that I can help them not because I am so brilliant, but because I've likely already made just...
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    Phil Friedman
    08/06/2017 #48 Phil Friedman
    #47 Harvey > "Should you hire a consultant you have to be ready to admit they have the knowledge and you don't."

    I agree, Harvey. But I don't know of any other reason to hire a "consultant". If you are hiring someone simply to get work done under your direction that, perhaps, you don't have the time to perform, that is not hiring a "consultant"; that is hiring a limited-term contract employee. Cheers!
    Harvey Lloyd
    08/06/2017 #47 Harvey Lloyd
    #46 Your 2nd paragraph is what i was refering too. I now understand the value of a consultant and have used some in my recent past. Should you hire a consultant you have to be ready to admit they have the knowledge and you don't.

    Thanks for your feedback and keep me posted on the Sawbucks results.
    Phil Friedman
    08/06/2017 #46 Phil Friedman
    #45 Thank you, Harvey, for reading and commenting. As a long-time business consultant, however, I have to take issue with your claim that people can only learn from experiencing things themselves. The core rational for employing a consultant or serially employing different consultants is to learn from their accumulated experience, without having to endure the pain involved in experiencing everything, including damaging mistakes, oneself.

    I do agree that some people are not set up to benefit from the experience of others. Speaking candidly, over the course of my consulting career, there have been a number of times when someone hired and paid me, then thanked me for my recommendations and opinions, yet proceeded to do exactly what they would have done anyway and, as a result, crashed and burned.

    Which is why I counsel would-be consultants to get their personal ego out of the equation. You give your honest, considered opinion. You get paid. And your done. It's up to the client to use your advice or not.

    As to my Sawbuck Consult, it is a promotion I've created and am running in my business in the course of expanding my field of potential future clients. Anyone interested in creating a similar promotion for their own business is welcome to take advantage of one of my Sawbuck Consults to discuss the issue. Cheers!
    Harvey Lloyd
    08/06/2017 #45 Harvey Lloyd
    Experience is a challenging aspect of developing wisdom. Advice during an experience is more valuable than random advice that the reader or person is not experiencing at the moment. In my youth i received advice from many wise people but it wasn't until i experienced the situation did the advice become meaningful and more often than not, advice i should have heeded a few weeks before.

    I am finding in my older years that words can't replace experience. Most people need to experience the challenge, suffrage and eventual victory/defeat to gain wisdom i might give them by sharing my experience.

    You offer sound and meaningful advice within the small business sector. I really like your sawbucks idea. I too would be interested if it gains traction as a method of using social media to expand your customer base.
    Charlene Norman
    07/06/2017 #44 Charlene Norman
    #43 please do keep me posted. I am interested.
    Phil Friedman
    07/06/2017 #43 Phil Friedman
    #42 It's somewhat too early to say, as I first introduced the Sawbuck Consult just two days ago. Certainly, it has not yet generated a tsunami of contacts, although about a half-dozen have come in -- of which one, interestingly enough, was from a current client who saw the sister notice on LinkedIn and wanted to claim a retroactive $65 credit on the May 31 billing I just sent to him. (He has quite a sense of humor and is sharp as a tack, so I gave him the credit and rated it as a good client-relations moment.) I'll keep you updated on how it's going, if you like. Cheers!
    Charlene Norman
    07/06/2017 #42 Charlene Norman
    Serious question @Phil Friedman How has the Sawbuck Consult worked out for you? I like the objective and the fact you are trying to get leads to at least show/put a bit of skin in the game. Has it worked? Cuz I too am looking for some ways 'that are proven' (extraordinarily practical advice too btw.)
    Phil Friedman
    07/06/2017 #41 Phil Friedman
    #40 Thank you reading and taking the time to say so, Chris. Cheers!
    Chris Mitchell
    07/06/2017 #40 Chris Mitchell
    Great words. Thank you.
    Phil Friedman
    07/06/2017 #39 Phil Friedman
    #38 Good points, Graham.Of course, in such cases, you're not really "giving it away". You're only accepting in-kind value as consideration -- which is fair enough. It's why I'm now doing "The Sawbuck Consult" -- see

    http://tinyurl.com/y7nxel9l

    I don't really make anything on it, but the idea is that if someone we help is successful, he or she may become a future potential client. The sawbuck charge is simply to discourage a lot of traffic from the idly curious. Cheers!
    Graham๐Ÿ Edwards
    07/06/2017 #38 Graham๐Ÿ Edwards
    Great words @Phil Friedman... and if there are times you may want to give it away "for free" at least make sure you are receiving something in kind such as a new opportunity to develop a skill, expand your networking opportunity to people you could never meet other wise, etc. Those are my only two cents (in Canadian dollars). Btw... that bridge looks like a dock we built a very long time ago... two separate teams doing two separate things... it barley met in the middle.
    Phil Friedman
    07/06/2017 #37 Phil Friedman
    #36 Thanks, Aaron, for reading and for the kind words. I understand what you're saying about components of a product line, but keep in mind that some products are kept in a line not for the profit they generate, but for the customers they bring to the brand or firm. Especially when it comes to "obsolete" or "legacy" products. Good to talk again. Cheers!
    Aaron ๐Ÿ Skogen
    07/06/2017 #36 Aaron ๐Ÿ Skogen
    #3 I just saw this @Phil Friedman, thanks for the tag! Hoping the beBee team gets the notifications fix implemented soon!

    I'd have to agree, cash flow and profit are in a large sense mutually exclusive. Some sage advice in this piece. It has relevance even to larger organizations.

    I know of products that are subsidized by others. For instance, you have 50 SKU's in the product family and 8 are responsible for 85% of sales. Do you cut bait on the other 42, or keep them around because they meet some specific demand? Production costs are often based on a standard versus being based on activity. I see companies do this all the time (even mine). Sometimes it makes ones head spin, imaging what would be possible if the core was the focus.

    Anyway, enjoyed the post and I appreciate the heads-up.
    Phil Friedman
    07/06/2017 #34 Phil Friedman
    #31 Please to be of service, @Donna-Luisa Eversley, thank you for reading and commenting. See what you can do about plugging my eBook going forward. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜
    Milos Djukic
    06/06/2017 #33 Anonymous
    #31 Hey @Donna-Luisa Eversley, Just looking at the mirror, it is hardly possible. "The Picture of Dorian Gray" :) However, only the inner beauty remains. Fractals are reciprocal.
    Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    06/06/2017 #32 Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    Good and sound advice, @Phil Friedman. There needs to be a clear understanding of the basics of owning a small business in order to achieve success. it's not easy peasy as some may think.
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    06/06/2017 #30 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    #25 Good, glad we cleared up the semantics.
    Phil Friedman
    06/06/2017 #29 Phil Friedman
    #20 Thank you, MIchelle, for reading and commenting. Yes, underpricing is a problem, but so is believing all the BS you read on social media about hanging tough and charging what "you feel you're worth". It is the market that determines "worth" and if you are more than about 15% above average market pricing, you're going to find it a very hard sell. Except, perhaps, in the area of ultra-high-end luxury goods, where the factor of conspicuous consumption plays a big role. Cheers!
    Phil Friedman
    06/06/2017 #28 Phil Friedman
    #21 Thank you, Vincent, for reading and commenting. Yes, the tatoo image gives you the shivers, doesn't it? Cheers!
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