Learn to Walk before you can Run

There may be a concern regarding any new undertaking, especially one that is not in your primary area of expertise. Let me assure you that I understand this, having been a business owner myself, and that there are ways to structure efforts according to your appetite. Here are the steps we would tackle for any... Continue Reading →

It just isn’t a good time right now.

And it won't be because, in business, you need to have a plan. All the tough stuff has to fit somewhere. If you haven't foreseen expansion or upgrades, then my offer is the only one you can afford. Let's go with the 80-20 rule so that 20% of revenue/expenses accounts for administration i.e. You, and... Continue Reading →

Were two birds in the bush worth it?

"My business buddy, Bob, had a team of programmers in to build the database for their company. Between them, a new server and software licenses, they spent a fortune!" That is not what I am proposing. I am speaking to businesses that are in the spreadsheet love-affair phase, so I can use an existing data... Continue Reading →

I hate this rush on garbage day!

Not to be confused with Garbage in = Garbage out. Typically, dry waste comprises about 90% of non-recyclable material comes garbage morning. Why then is this such a stressful event? Think about it. Use LOGIC! If staging the dry garbage into the garage is annoying but a routine then do it earlier. Hours or days... Continue Reading →

This expression was common in offices around the turn of the millennium. It referred to the notion that even with a ¬†database system running (in) your business, if the wrong data is entered, the result will be erroneous, misleading, corrupted or just plain garbage! This is where the novice gets into trouble. Even a simple,... Continue Reading →

Would you like to try a sample?

A common ¬†question at a Costco or grocery store, but in this case I am referring to data collection so a business can take a statistical sample. To do that you need lots of data. OK you are cashing out at a dollar store. The clerk requests your postal code. Why? There could be a... Continue Reading →

Make a mountain out of a molehill

That could be your business, and should be. Your company started from a seed, an idea. If it is worthy, it should grow larger. The soil supporting that growth is your information, your business data. However, and sorry for more analogies, think of all your hard work as the watering can. Without the soil to... Continue Reading →

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