Five Places Where Spending More Pays Off

It’s generally a good idea to keep overhead costs low so that your business profits will be higher.  This is especially true with items that are easily commoditized and fairly standardized, such as utilities and rent.  But there are times when increasing expenses pays off nicely, and here are five places where spending more pays […]

The Death of the Annual Performance Review

If you have employees, you probably also have a process to help them understand how they are doing on their job performance. There’s a new trend in large companies to kill the annual performance review and replace it with continuous, instant feedback as well as a tool called an after-action review.  This trend is the […]

The Entrepreneur’s Paycheck

As business owners, we may be so busy making sure the bills get paid and the product gets out the door that we may not be quite as proactive about our own compensation.  To pay themselves, many new business owners take what’s left after employees and vendors have been paid, and that ends up being […]

Five Ways to Add Pizzazz to Your Customer Service

It’s the little things that add up to make an exceptional experience for your customers. Here are five “little things” you can add to your services to create an exponentially memorable connection with your customers.   Generosity   Add a little extra something to the products or services you offer. It could be a piece […]

5 Keys to Building a World-Class Internship Program

As a summer intern with an east coast consultancy, I worked 80 hours a week scrubbing data for an econometric model of longwall mining. It was as terrible as it sounds. I had the classic intern experience — a constant flood of tedious, low-value work. Here at Vivint, we decided to build an internship program […]

Don’t Just Start a Business, Solve A Problem

As long as consumers have problems, they will always search for solutions. People will always look for better, faster and smarter ways to accomplish everyday tasks. And fortunately for entrepreneurs, there are still lots of rooms for improvements in existing products. That said, the biggest issue for most founders is finding these painful problems and […]

6 Tips to Keep in Mind When Hiring Your First Employees

In the article 6 Tips to Keep in Mind When Hiring Your First Employees, Jeffrey Hayzlett, Prime Time TV Host and bestselling author of Foretime Cowboy, reflects on what he believes are the most important steps to do prior to hiring your first employees. Entrepreneurs start out as a one-man band, add devout followers and […]

5 Things Entrepreneurs Can Do to Reduce Stress

When talking to Entrepreneurs, the emotion I sometimes hear is that they are stressed out.  Finding the balance between health, work, family and friends is taking a toll on them. In addition to the items covered below, I encourage them to delegate! Let go of some of the control for their own sanity. If you […]