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Would you consider a shorter workweek?

“Workaholics aren’t heroes. They don’t save the day, they just use it up. The real hero is home because she figured out a faster way.” — Jason Fried It’s no surprise that the world is changing. Is it time to start thinking about how we collectively labor? It’s extremely difficult to find great new employees, it’s becoming harder to keep them, and employee engagement continues to be very low (less than…

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Is your business setting you free?

The idea of freedom is fundamental to the idea of being an entrepreneur. Think about all the reasons why someone starts a business: The opportunity to make more money – especially in the long term The opportunity to start keeping more of the money they’re currently making for someone else The opportunity to build something that they believe in The recognition that there’s no longer an easy fit for them…

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An MTP for Your ExO? Wait … what?

The world has changed immensely in the last 20 years. Think about it this way: In September of 1998, 20 years ago, two guys with laptops founded Google. They reached a $1 billion market capitalization in about eight years, and Google is currently worth over $700 billion! (more…)

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Look out – your Technician is showing

I had an interesting discussion with a relatively new franchise owner recently. (He'd been in about 18 months.) His business, a commercial locksmithing/security franchise, is doing very well — which really vindicated his search approach. The primary thing he was looking for in a franchise was an industry that was “un-glamorous” — not sexy or flashy ... the kind of work that people don't particularly get excited about. His reasoning for…