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I'm Ellen Rohr, president of Bare Bones Biz. I teach the business basics. The things that make all the difference to your business success. I've helped thousands of biz builders start, fix and grow their companies. Follow me on Facebook, Twitter or Google+
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Does it make you cringe to think about imposing the formal structure of an Organization Chart on your small shop? Fear not! The Organization Chart can be a wonderful tool. Recalling my many, many jobs, I can count on three … Continue reading
Sob! My favorite thing to do is Ride Along with team members. I love to put on the Super Hero costume and hop in the truck. I am not very technically skilled – massive understatement! – however, I try to … Continue reading
What can you learn by Riding Along? You don’t even have to do the Undercover part. Just GO. Hop in the truck (or the assembly line or the phone bank) and say, “Show me what you do. I am here to learn.” One of … Continue reading
Crisis shouldn’t be the spur, but better late than never. A Wall Street Journal article from a couple of summers ago caught my eye. Titled “Customer Service as a Growth Engine,” the article described efforts by large organizations such as … Continue reading
Former worker admits stealing nearly $170,000 from University Plaza Hotel edited news release from U.S. attorney’s office 2:10 p.m. CST, February 22, 2012 SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A former employee of University Plaza Hotel and Convention Center in Springfield pleaded guilty … Continue reading
Contractors are notorious for shortchanging themselves. They often don’t charge enough per hour. Or, put enough hours in the Job. How about you? Do you know if your prices are right? Do you know if you are properly bidding your … Continue reading
At Bare Bones Biz, we focus on business basics, the few things that will make all the difference to your success and profitability. Here’s a list of simple business tips gleaned from the smartest business people I know. I spend … Continue reading