The Few Things That Make All the Difference.

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 much of each day on the phone, talking business. On the seminar trail and onsite with clients, I meet lots of folks who love to tell me what works for them…and what NOT to do. I’d love to share this wisdom with you. So here is a collection of Do’s and Don’t’s for every area of your business.

DO read this list. DON’T neglect to do things that will make you more money! […]

By |September 14th, 2011|Chimney Sweeps, Contractors, Plumbers|1 Comment

Biz Planning is not Dieting…


Ugh…dieting. No one wants to diet. Even the word has the word DIE in it! Dieting means deprevation, starvation and no fun.

Do you think of Biz Planning that way? “Oh, I HAVE to get a business plan together. Ugh.”

Instead of dieting, consider eating well and thoughtfully and joyously. You’ll probably lighten up in body and soul. […]

By |October 27th, 2010|Business Planning, The Bare Bones Biz Plan|0 Comments

You get to decide how much is enough…


It seems odd that so many people get their underwear in a bunch about proposed tax increases for the top 2% of all US Citizens. Hmmm. I suppose there is this idea that at some point we could all be part of that 2%. Aside from the problematic math, the core issue is…

When is enough enough? Who decides? If you were to think about what you really really want, you may not want a multi-billion $ net worth. That would be an awesome responsibility. What is enough for you? Maybe you are closer than you have given yourself credit for. […]

By |September 29th, 2010|Consulting, Entertainment|0 Comments

It’s easier going the other way…


You go to the local meet-and-greet of business owners. Everyone is complaining about how hard business is because of…

* the economy
* a family member __________ (name)
* cheap customers
* rotten employees

Sigh. Let them run against the wind. What if you turned around and went the other way. Just because if what they are doing is so hard, the other way might be easier. More profitable. So often, it is. […]

By |September 14th, 2010|Running|0 Comments

College ain’t all it’s cracked up to be…


Ah, the springtime high school grads are off and running. To college or to new jobs. Time to flex those wings, dear ones, and fly in the direction of what you want.

Remember that…

* College is great…but a college degree is NO indication of future success.
* Your current job is but a transition…to the next job or business.
* Success is being, doing and having whatever you want.
* Your success is yours to have…or neglect to have. […]

By |September 1st, 2010|Entrepreneur, Get More Calls NOW!|5 Comments

How to Build a Business Plan

Most small businesses SUCK. How about yours?

Maybe you started your business with hope in your heart, dreams of freedom and wealth and a commitment to do right by your customers. And maybe your dreams have faded under the weight of too much to do in too little time for too little money.

There are basically two […]

By |August 17th, 2010|The Bare Bones Biz Plan|0 Comments

When the tide turns…


I just put a training schedule for a half marathon on my calendar. It helps me actually GO running instead of talk about running when I am training for an event.

I know this for sure: There comes a point in the training where it gets easier. If I have been slacking off, the first couple of weeks are…painful! Then, I get past that. As I run, I notice that a mile or two has gone by while I have been daydreaming or enjoying the weather. There is this moment – usually unremarkable – when you realize, the tide has turned. You are fitter than you were before. You got…better! It’s a great feeling.

And it will happen in your business if you just stay the course. Get clear on what your WANT. Stick to your training. Distract yourself and notice lovely little things that are going right all around you. Then, like my friend Ed shared with me yesterday, you’ll notice that the tide has turned. Ed told me… […]

By |July 30th, 2010|Running, Setting Sight, Testimonials|0 Comments

Latest, greatest…and FREE!


We have sold over 60,000 books at !! Wow! And, we offer a pdf copy of our best seller – Where Did the Money Go? – Accounting Basics for the Business Owner Who Wants to Get Profitable! – on our website. We want to expand business literacy and help folks make more money NOW. […]

By |July 14th, 2010|Budgeting|0 Comments

What if you couldn’t make an excuse?

Greetings!  You have all the time there is.  You have all the smarts you need.  You live in a world of opportunity.  Everything else you tell yourself…is just an excuse.  Yesterday, I was visiting with Rochelle Togo-Figa.  She said her life really took off…when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.  She threw off her excuses […]

By |May 12th, 2010|Uncategorized|0 Comments

“Inside…I am a cheetah!”

Greetings!  My business associate Randy MacKenzie is building a commercial cleaning business.  Lately, his knees have been bothering him.  He shrugs off any suggestions to slow down, “Yeah, my body may be wearing out a bit, but inside…I am a cheetah.”  His energy and enthusiasm inspire me!  And the guys he employees.  He is building […]

By |April 29th, 2010|The Bare Bones Biz Plan|0 Comments