Are You Eligible for Funding? Not if You Participate in Human Cloning.
If you’ve ever established a business, you know the government produces about as much legalese as you can read in a dozen lifetimes. Amidst all the confusion, there are actually quite a few wacky definitions, laws, and court rulings that… Read More
Square’s "Business in a Box"
The use of Square for processing credit cards is huge these days. I barely knew about the device a few months ago (okay, I admit I’m a bit behind), but now, I see it in small businesses everywhere. It’s amazing… Read More
“Only” 10 Million Americans Have Errors In Their Credit Reports
A recent study conducted by the Federal Trade Commission shows that “as many as 42 million Americans have errors on their credit reports.” As this is roughly 14% of the population, I’d say this is a big deal. The credit… Read More
Why Your Shoplifting Policy Doesn't Work
I once worked for a small retail store where the employees had no trust in the customers. The owner told us to watch the sales floor like hawks, making sure customers didn’t steal anything. Many employees were zealous soldiers of… Read More
The Rural Entrepreneur: Extra Grit Required
Most people agree that running a business is hard. In my mind, the only thing more difficult is running a business in a rural town. For one, it seems a lot harder to “make it big.” Just the types of… Read More
Company “Hive” Culture: Killing Personality for the Colony
Bees have long been a symbol of productivity and togetherness. When the early pioneers settled Utah, they put the beehive on their state flag to represent the hard work and dedication it took to build that part of the West.… Read More
Bees in the Walls, Bats in the Attic: A Recipe for Bank Rejection
Earlier this year, my parents went house hunting for a quiet place to retire, away from the big city. On the edge of the most remote desert in the lower 48, in Escalante UT (population 850), the perfect choice was… Read More
Are You a Perfectionist or a “Lean-ist”?
In a lot of the things I do, I like to be a perfectionist. However, this can make me unproductive sometimes. I can be such a perfectionist that I won’t even do something unless I know it can be done… Read More
Entrepreneur Lessons in Rock Climbing: Four Ways to Run a More Strategic Business
Rock climbing is one of my favorite things to do. It’s hard work, painful, and dangerous, but I thrive on overlooking the earth from hundreds of feet above the ground with nothing but my hands holding granite or sandstone spires.… Read More
Innovative Ideas Start with Innovative People: Think Different, Think Crazy, Think Simple
The word “innovation” is fired off so many times that I wonder if people know what it really means. An idea can be creative, but I think true innovation starts with an innovative person. It starts with someone who thinks… Read More