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Search for bottlenecks in your invoicing process

Improving cash flow seems simple on the surface. You just speed up invoice collection, slow down bill payment, and make sure you have capital available for emergencies. But, that's easier said than done. Textbook cash flow advice will only get you so far. For example,...

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Demonstrating value doesn’t end at the sale

Clients are usually the happiest with and most excited by your services when (and shortly after) they hire you. That's when they're most convinced that you can solve whatever problem or pain-point they're currently facing and feel the relief of getting it off their...

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Ask clients for feedback (instead of assuming)

After a few years in business (or in our chosen careers), we fall into this bad habit of assuming we know what our clients and potential new clients want. And, like all assumptions, that makes an ass of you and me. Bad assumptions lead to unhappy clients, weak...

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Always have a Plan B

A major aspect of starting and running a successful small business is experimenting until you find what works for you then doubling down on it. You need to find the right processes, marketing channels, software, locations, employees, service providers, etc. And, once...

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Budget in growth for 2021

Hey, I'm Michael Eckstein 👋, and this is 'Ordinary & Necessary', a weekly newsletter about the boring business topics that don't get enough traction on the web, but will help you manage and grow your business. You signed up on my website. If you'd like to...

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Crappy clients are a cash flow problem

Hey, I'm Michael Eckstein 👋, and this is 'Ordinary & Necessary', a weekly newsletter about the boring business topics that don't get enough traction on the web, but will help you manage and grow your business. You signed up on my website. If you'd like to...

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Are you fully using the tech you pay for?

Hey, I'm Michael Eckstein 👋, and this is 'Ordinary & Necessary', a weekly newsletter about the boring business topics that don't get enough traction on the web, but will help you manage and grow your business. You signed up on my website. If you'd like to...

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