Category: Expansion

May 2021, Entrepreneurial Journey, Expansion

Finding Business Success in Something Nobody Wants to Buy

Travis Burch and Carter Clond realize they sell something nobody really wants to spend money on when it comes to a home: new gutters. “Who thinks about gutters,” Burch asked. “It’s like the last thing on a home.” Yet when the two discovered a unique product offering in 2016, a lightbulb went off. They realized that, together, they had the right customer service and business background — combined with the…

May 2021, Office Design

Design Thinking for Mental Resilience

It’s May! Did you know it’s also Mental Health Awareness Month? It’s exciting to see more and more employers embracing their role in supporting the health and wellness of their employees. I think everyone can agree that work/life balance is no longer a trendy buzzword or a “nice to have.” We have reached a tipping point. Companies that invest in the overall well-being of their team members will thrive, while…

May 2021, Branding

WooCommerce vs. Shopify: Which One Is Best for Your eCommerce Business?

Knowing the best way to set up and manage your online store can be pretty difficult in 2021, especially with two ecommerce titans vying for the number one spot. We’re talking — of course! — about the age-old battle of WooCommerce vs. Shopify. One is a free, open-source plugin, while the other is a pay-monthly, ecommerce CMS — but pricing aside, which one is actually best for your ecommerce business?…

May 2021, Business Administration

Unread Contracts Get Revenge Without an Effective Contract Administration Process

Contract administration or contract management refers to the processes and procedures businesses need to manage the negotiation, execution and ongoing management of their contracts with customers, vendors, contractors and consultants. An effective contract administration or contract management process is a “must have” for every business, regardless of size.  We’ve touched before on the desire for contracts to be balanced in their terms and reasonable and clear when describing the parties’…

May 2021, Accounting

The Pros and Cons of Hiring Contractors vs. Employees

When you’re ready to expand your business and grow your team, you generally have two options for increasing your workforce: hiring employees or engaging independent contractors.  Both options have pros and cons, and determining which is right for your business comes down to your individual needs and preferences. Keep in mind, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) draws strict distinctions between these two groups, and you could be heavily fined…