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HOW CONSCIOUSLY FORCING MYSELF TO WAKE EARLIER IN THE MORNING INCREASED MY VALUE OF TIME

I used to sleep until well past noon. I thought I needed to lay around in bed “recovering” from a long week’s work. Of course, I was fooling myself. I just didn’t want to get out of bed.

I would lie around not doing anything, until eventually I was forced get up because I had to use the restroom or eat, whichever Mother Nature called first. Had she not interrupted me, I may still be lying there.

As a result of my laziness, I would often be groggy and cranky, and my day typically wouldn’t start until sometimes well into the afternoon.

I was on a track of daily frustrations and disappointments. I used to be consumed with a sense of guilt, yet this cycle continued day after day, week after week, month after month.

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HOW IMPORTANT IS A COMPANY NAME?

When choosing a name for this company, I made an initial mistake which I had to mend relatively quickly. The mistake? I chose sentimentality over practicality. The original name of K-CORE BUSINESS CONSULTING was PEARDUYNE CONSULTING.

Now, take a moment and try to pronounce the word: PEARDUYNE.

Got it? Great!

If you pronounced the name “PEER-DINE,” then congratulations, you join a handful of individuals who pronounced it correctly. If you didn’t, then you will understand why the change in name was necessary for the company. Continue reading “HOW IMPORTANT IS A COMPANY NAME?”

FIVE ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS EVERY BUSINESS OWNER SHOULD IMMEDIATELY (RE)EVALUATE

IF I ONLY KNEW THEN WHAT I KNOW NOW, I’D BE SO MUCH MORE SUCCESSFUL.”

How often have you had this thought? It’s easy to get caught up thinking about how successful your 20 year-old self would have been with your 40 year-old knowledge. Things would be clearer – different possibly. Regardless, you’d have a much better direction with what you wanted to accomplish because of your business experience.

Enter Stage Left: the Business Consultant. Consider him youth’s redemption. He is the bridge to your future – a combatant against the regret of costly mistakes. He is your mentor. Your confidant. He is like the sherpa to the mountain climbers of the Himalayas. Well, maybe not to THAT extreme, but you get the point.

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TWO KEY CONCEPTS I LEARNED BY OBSERVING MY FATHER’S SMALL BUSINESS

My first exposure to small business was occasionally “working” with my father when I was a boy. I call it working, but it wasn’t really working. It was an 8 year-old boy spending time with his father and handing him tools when he asked for them (which was rare because all the tools he needed were typically within arm’s reach). So, I would sit around and complain about how bored I was, how boring THE WORK was, then ask repeatedly, “are you done yet?” To this day, I’m still not sure why he continued to bring me back to work with him.

It wasn’t until I was older and became more observant, that I started to appreciate the time my father and I spent “on the job.” I realized this valuable time was less about working, and more about learning. He was demonstrating the fundamentals of  successful earning by operating a small business.

His formula for success?

LISTEN TO THE CUSTOMER AND FOCUS ON QUALITY

It’s so simple. Yet these are still two of the hardest concepts for many small business owners to comprehend, especially when first starting out.

My father didn’t attend a business school. Instead, his business education was through trial and error. His business success is not a story of huge monetary gains. He didn’t strive to become a millionaire, and he didn’t want to expand his business to more than a Sole-Proprietorship.

Instead, he consciously contained the growth of his business to ensure his role in the outcome of the finished product. He wanted financial freedom, but at the end of the day, he didn’t want to worry about the quality of an employee’s performance. Continue reading “TWO KEY CONCEPTS I LEARNED BY OBSERVING MY FATHER’S SMALL BUSINESS”

HOW I LEARNED BUSINESS SKILLS THROUGH REAL-LIFE APPLICATIONS (AN INTRODUCTION)

When I started working at Revrac Industries, Inc. (dba Stony Point Pharmacy) in 1998, I didn’t have the slightest inclination it would lead me to where I am today. It was intended to be a temporary position. I was to work for a few months as a Customer Service Associate while I went to college, but instead, the position turned into an almost twenty-year endeavor. With numerous promotions and generous wage increases, the CSA position eventually turned into the Director of Quality Management & Strategic Planning position it is today. This business experience has yielded a hands-on, real-world education in the small business world, and has provided me with invaluable knowledge.

Undoubtedly, there are a number of business entrepreneurs who do not have the business background or experience to know exactly what to do when starting (or even continuing) to operate in the small business realm.

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