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ASK ALAN is a nationally syndicated business idea & advice column for entrepreneurs & small business owners, currently reaching 7+ million business leaders semi-monthly.
We are being faced with making more decisions for our business, than ever before. But, how do we make the very “best” decisions?
Business Ideas & Advice for Entrepreneurs & Small Business Owners The disruption caused by covid19 is causing many to consider starting their own business. If you’re one of them or, know someone who is, you’ll find this article interesting.
Business Ideas & Advice for Entrepreneurs & Small Business Owners Myths about self-employment
Business Advice for Entrepreneurs & Small Business Owners Is outside-the-box thinking enough?
For Entrepreneurs & Small Business Owners We business owners have spent much of our recent time trying to figure out how to survive, re-open, and recover from the COVID-19 shutdown.
Advice & Ideas for Entrepreneurs & Small Business Owners! During my years of coaching, one theme has always prevailed…
For Entrepreneurs & Small Business Owners As a small business owner myself, I’m just as stressed out and anxious as the rest of us. So, I turned to some experts for help.
ASK ALAN is a Business Advice & Idea Column Reaching 7+ Million Business Leaders As a small business owner myself, I’m just as stressed out and anxious as the rest of us. So, I turned to some experts for help.
On a personal note, I am a small business owner myself. So, I can relate and empathize with how difficult these times are for your businesses as well. I believe that it’s more important than ever to think about our … Continue reading
This is Part 4 and the final installment in my series of ASK ALAN columns about MetaTrends and their influence on business in the ROARING 2020s. Part 1 explains the importance of MetaTrends and includes descriptions of the first five.
This is Part 3 in a series of ASK ALAN columns about MetaTrends and their influence on business in the ROARING 2020s. Part 1 explains what they are and why they are important to be aware of. According to Google, “MetaTrends,” are the macro forces … Continue reading
. Here are 5 of 20 METATRENDS. (The remaining 15 will be featured in my upcoming columns). I’ve always been interested in what futurists have had to say. Although, like you, I’m still waiting to drive in a flying car. However, … Continue reading
Many business owners have asked me about proven methods for reducing or eliminating drama from the workplace. Serendipitously, my friend and colleague, Tom Borg recently addressed this very issue. So, here is Tom’s article!
Good customer relationships are at the heart of business success. However, simply having people to do the work isn’t enough.
Individual generations affect business cultures In a previously published article about the millennial generation, I reported how understanding millennials better is critical to attracting them as customers. Research demonstrates that core values of individual generations, particularly the millennial generation, can affect business cultures.
Sales prevention (SP) Making sure your business is easy to do business with, is critical in today’s marketplace. Shoppers have more choices than ever. Why should they choose you? They’re more likely to choose your business if they don’t encounter … Continue reading
Attending Major school My stepson is in the U.S. Army. He has served in the military for more than fifteen years. He is an Army Ranger and has served three battlefield deployments. He has been awarded a Bronze Star and … Continue reading
My detractors will say it’s the economy It’s likely that our culture of excuses is the fundamental reason behind what’s keeping more businesses and organizations in the US from thriving. I realize that my detractors will blame the economy. Or customer diversity. Or … Continue reading