Biz Planning Video Series
"Ellen is one of the most interesting and energetic trainers I have ever seen. She successfully took a rather dry topic and made it interesting. She engaged the group in the training more than anyone I have ever seen! She has great rapport with contractors. Ellen was so good we are already planning an expanded program next year."
NOWRA Education Chair
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+
I'm a columnist for PHC News and contributor to many business journals and trade magazines. I provide "in the trenches" insight that business owners can relate to. More...
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It’s one thing to tell your customers how great you are. It’s a much bigger, better thing to have respected community influencers tell your customers how great you are. It’s the thing that can ramp up your marketing to create … Continue reading
Me, “I’d like to buy this thing.” You, “Oh, I’m sorry. We don’t take credit cards.” Me, “Why not?” You, “Well, the credit card company adds 3% to every purchase.” Me, “Dang.” Bottom line: If you don’t take a credit … Continue reading
Imagine…you discover the certified letter in your mailbox from the IRS, announcing you have been selected for an audit. No worries! Once upon a time, I made a “Slinky-knot” mess out of my QuickBooks™ file. Fear of an audit – … Continue reading
Business is pretty easy. I wish we taught accounting and finance basics in sixth grade. Alas, I didn’t even learn how to balance a checkbook during my high priced stint at a private college for a Business Administration degree. However, once I … Continue reading
I’ve spent a lot of time over the last 20 years helping people clean up financial messes. The messy mess (the smelly smell for Sponge Bob fans) is payroll. Payroll entries are complicated. There is the expense to you and the … Continue reading
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, a predictable wave is washing over the Northeast. People are helping each other clean up, clear out and rebuild. The worst brings out the best in us, and acts of kindness are popping up … Continue reading
Pull out your business plan and take a look at your mission, your vision and your goals for this year. How’s it going? What? No plan? No problem. Just consider how last year went and that’s what will probably happen … Continue reading
Your meetings don’t have to devolve into gripe sessions, and a waste of billable hours. You can do better. A tight, short, focused meeting can be an opportunity to communicate, to get on the same page, to teach something and … Continue reading
When I first visited CCA Davis Correctional, what struck me is how much the guys “inside” look like everyone else “outside.” For some, being incarcerated is the only way to keep society safe. For others, once they’ve served their sentence, … Continue reading