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Is Positive Thinking Bad For Your Business?

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Is there such a thing as being too positive? Yes. Positively yes. At a recent Anthony Robbins event, run by the king of positive himself, nearly 24 people severely burned their feet while walking across burning coals. The objective of the fire walk? To provide people with a metaphor for overcoming their fears with positive […] Read more

7 Typical Lies Customers Tell Their Vendors

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About two months ago I had coffee with one of my closest friends. He was all hyped up, and it wasn’t because of the triple caffeine injected espresso. Well, maybe that was part of it. He was jittery with excitement because that morning he received the call he had been waiting for. A new customer […] Read more

Episode 6: How To Be Profitable In Web Design With Liz Dobrinska

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 36:31 — 34.1MB) | EmbedShow Summary  Liz Dobrinska, founder of Innovative Images, joins Episode 6 of the Profit first Podcast. Liz explains the importance of having the right accountant and tailoring to the needs of your client. Our Guest Liz Dobrinska, founder of Innovative Images, provides consulting, […] Read more

Improve Your Leadership Skills in 10 Unexpected Ways

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John F. Kennedy once said, “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” And, as an entrepreneur, it is important to remember that! Running your own business takes being a leader. But just how does one improve their leadership skills? In more ways than you probably realize!   Beyond the Books There are many ways […] Read more

How To Get Your Creative Juices Flowing

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If you were to study some of the most creative people throughout history, you would find that each of them had little rituals. There were things that each of them did to help keep their creative juices flowing. Whether it was working standing up, taking a bath, or sitting in a particular spot, there are […] Read more

Turn An Argument Into A Productive Discussion

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If you think about how many hours you spend with colleagues per week, it is easy to see why you may sometimes find yourself smack dab in the middle of an argument. As much as we would like to think arguments can just simply be avoided, the truth is that at times, we just need […] Read more

How To Get Countless Amazon Verified Reviews (and Rabid Fans!)

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If you’re selling products or services online, you know how incredibly important reviews are to getting new business. Your potential customers can’t pick up your product and look it over before they decide to buy, but they can get opinions from others who already bought your product through online reviews. Good legit reviews make a […] Read more

Episode 5: Profit And Social Media Strategies With Cyndi Thomason And Brent Robinson

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 34:44 — 32.4MB) | EmbedShow Summary Cyndi Thomason, certified Profit First Professional bookkeeper, and Brent Robinson, founder of Modthink, join Episode 5 of the Profit First Podcast. Cyndi and Brent discuss driving profit in social media.   Our Guests Cyndi Thomason, president and founder of bookskeep, has channeled her energetic nature and passion […] Read more

Give It All Away, Increase Sales

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Want an easy way to start increasing your sales figures? No problem. Start giving it all away. Of course, I don’t mean your product or service! I mean give away all your advice, tips and information. That’s right, you should just freely give it away. Now, before you click the X on the screen or […] Read more

What Is The Most Effective Closing Technique?

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Of all the things I have done in my entrepreneurial career, selling has been the one constant. Ever since my first job out of college I had to sell to make a salary. And then, when I started my first business, I had to sell to survive. Even after I wrote a book, it was […] Read more

Episode 4: Profit And Stress With John K. Bates

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 32:12 — 30.1MB) | EmbedShow Summary John K. Bates, keynote speaker, communications coach, founder and chief executive officer at Executive Speaking Success, joins Episode 4 of the Profit First Podcast. John explains the importance of balancing your business and your health.   Our Guest John K. Bates is the founder […] Read more

7 Apps That Should Be Banned From Your Office

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We are all – whether we’re the employee or the employer – infinitely distractible. Studies have proven that multitasking is a myth – that while we can switch between and among tasks – we can’t actually do many things all at the same time. I learned a valuable lesson in my business about increasing productivity, […] Read more

Always Have These 6 Contractors At The Ready

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You land a big new project and need expertise and staff that you don’t currently have. No small business can afford an army of employees just sitting around waiting for the next big project, so you need to scale. Fast. Your client won’t want to hear that you need to spend a month to advertise, […] Read more

7 Ways To Reduce Stress In Seconds

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Life is stressful, especially if you’re in a startup or are an entrepreneur. That’s why sugar, caffeine, high fat snacks and comfort food are so popular. The thing is, that junk only adds to your stress, it doesn’t detract from it. Stress increases your heart rate, makes you breathe faster, and raises your blood pressure. […] Read more

Turn Your Biggest Weakness Into Your Biggest Strength

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You know the standard approach – first, identify your company’s weakness and then do everything you can to fix it. Practice at it relentlessly, feed you team (and yourself) with constant affirmations, do anything you can to dive deep into your weakness and fix it once and for all. If you can’t fix it, then […] Read more

Episode 3: Profitable Family Business With Barry Moltz

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 28:41 — 26.6MB) | EmbedShow Summary Barry Moltz, author of How To Get Unstuck, Bounce, You Need To Be A Little Crazy and other business books joins us for Episode 3 of the Profit First Podcast. Barry explains the extra steps family run businesses must take to be profitable. […] Read more

4 Phrases of Amazing Customer Service

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I’ve grown my companies by focusing on great customer service. We didn’t always have the biggest names in business working at the firm, and we sure couldn’t always afford the flashiest equipment. What we did better than all our competitors was ensure that our customers were thrilled. In fact, superlative customer service can be your […] Read more

How To Get Your Slow Employees Working Faster

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Productivity, as any entrepreneur can attest to, is one of the, if not the most, important issues that a company has to deal with. Productivity gets things done, and when things get done, the company makes more money. But what happens if you have some employees that are just, well, slow? Don’t worry; it’s a […] Read more

Get More From Your Sales Team

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One of the burning questions that just about every entrepreneur wonders about is how to get more out of their sales team. And it only makes sense! If you can get more out of them, it will translate to more money in your pocket. But deciding on the right road to take to get there […] Read more
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