Tag Archives: Growing a Business

Golden Age of Productivity Tools for Business — a Good Investment

Productivity tools are expanding at an incredible pace all around us.  These tools are particularly relevant for smaller business owners to understand and a good investment of time and money.  This struck me while being told a story a few months ago by the proprietor of Borsheim’s… Continue reading

Long-term Investment Value the Clif Bar Way

On a plane last week, I read the book Raising the Bar by the founder of Clif Bar, Gary Erickson.  Great book — particularly good at ideas around long-term investment. Erickson wanted to manage his company in a way that was not aligned with traditional… Continue reading

Best Mobile Scheduling App From Appointment Plus

Manage your Appointment Schedule with an excellent Mobile Scheduling App Appointment Plus, a portfolio company of my investment partnership, released their latest native appointment scheduling apps for iPhone, iPad and Android and they are awesome.  The apps enable organizations to manage their customer appointment schedules… Continue reading

50th Post Since April — How am I doing?

Today’s post marks my 50th blog post since I began the blog on April 22, 2012.  To me, it feels good to be writing posts and I hope it is helpful to some business owners and investors out there.  To make sure it is helpful,… Continue reading

Keep Pedaling When You Most Want to Coast

When cycling to the top of a big hill, it is tempting to coast down the other side.  However, I have found that in business it is important to keep pedaling when you most feel like coasting.  It is often those investments made in a… Continue reading

Business Owners Benefit from Good Ideas from the Edge

Happy Anniversary to the Stockman Grass Farmer newspaper and Wired magazine — 65 years for the Stockman Grass Farmer this month and 20 years for Wired magazine in January (but issue 1.1.1 released this month for the iPad).  At certain points in time for me,… Continue reading

Business Growth Rate and Selling Your Business (To Sell or Not to Sell – a series)

The business growth rate is obviously a huge factor in a decision to sell or not to sell your business.  This post is next in my series “To Sell or Not to Sell Your Business”. Obviously, the higher the sustainable growth rate that has been demonstrated… Continue reading

Business Growth Strategies – Early Revenue and Profits (even small) are Important

Business Growth Strategies In business growth strategies, two excellent thinkers about business growth suggest driving to revenue, profit, and customers quickly (even if small).  These are ideas from Clayton Christensen of the Harvard Business School and author/consultant Ram Charan. In Christensen’s class at Harvard, he taught… Continue reading

Growing Your Business Without New Customers or New Products

This is a very basic, but effective, tool to brainstorm growth initiatives — just a simple reminder for us all. On one axis, put a list of all your products or services. On the other axis, put a list of all your customers. Then, fill-in the matrix for… Continue reading

Grow Your Business Faster with Singles and Doubles

To grow faster, I have found it is better to focus on growth initiatives that are singles and doubles — counter-intuitive but effective.  Some people prefer to attempt the big, home-run initiatives.  Large companies, in particular, can feel they need a growth initiative to provide… Continue reading