here is an article, written a few years back regarding business growth at independent bookstores. The fundamentals can be applied to any small business.

Legacy

Here is a new post on building a legacy business.

How we get there from here?

Take it slow Don’t move to fast Think before you act All of these are sayings we have heard previously. Sound advice if you do not want to put your foot in your mouth. However, in this digital age moving slow can cost you the competitive edge needed to set yourself apart in business. 3 questions: 1)  … Continue reading

Weight

What is holding you back?

Displaying and Selling Devotionals (article previously published in Christian Retailing Magazine)

Displaying and Selling Devotionals The New Year brings fresh starts, new beginnings, and the sale of devotional products; many customers are looking for promises from God and seeking His wisdom with renewed vigor for a stronger relationship, and clear vision for life. Others are looking for marriage tips, or various other helps that come from … Continue reading

How I prepare for Back to School Season (article previously in Christian Retailing magazine)

How I prepare for Back to School Season   As a vendor, planning for the Back to School season begins several months prior to the actual July/August time frame.   Establishing the correct product mix year to year is important in keeping product fresh and stimulating to the end consumer. To accomplish this we begin by … Continue reading

Lonely Nights and Faith

The past two years have been hard and tumultuous to say the least. August 2010 I lost my dad; April of this year I lost my mom; May of this year  (1  month to the day after we buried my mom) I sat in a church filled with people as we buried my great-niece who was not yet … Continue reading

This week and teamwork

Last week was an extremely busy season of life. It started with all day back to back meetings on Monday and did not slow down from there. I could list all that I needed to accomplish by Friday but I don’t think it is necessary in this format. However, the best news of the week was by Friday I … Continue reading

Business Cycles and beginning new

Spring is here with life beginning new   Winter has left us with memories of ice and sleet Summer will bring a season of green grass and at times heat induced drought Fall comes where leaves will change Business, like the seasons of our earths climate, also contains cycles of change We cannot control our climate changes; we can prepare for … Continue reading

Long Term Planning using S.W.O T Analysis

Over the years I have used SWOT analysis with business partnerships, establishing long-term goals for our relationships. If you have never used SWOT before I hope this brief description gives insight into this powerful, yet simple long-range planning tool. SWOT = Strength; Weakness; Opportunity; Threat. Strength and Weakness combine to give you an internal look at your organization Opportunity and Threat combine to give … Continue reading