The Fremont Group, a non-profit corporation dedicated to bringing quality and affordable management consulting services to small business owners, is using a substantial grant to subsidize workshops for small business owners. The workshops are based upon the book, “Minding My Own Business” written by Dirk Dieters specifically for small business owners. Regularly $875.00 the workshops are being offered from July 15th through Labor Day for a Summer-Recession discounted priced of $150.00! The workshops are one-on-one sessions—just you and the professional for 2-3 hours where each aspect of your business is examined. You learn the six responsibilities of a small business owner and are able to rate yourself in each category. Additional follow-up work is also offered on a sliding scale according to ability to pay.
“Minding My Own Business Workshops”™ have been successfully presented in nearly every state. Success is defined as the owner agreeing that they are leaving with something that they can immediately use to make a difference in their business. If that standard is not met, your fee is refunded. An $875.00 fee has never been refunded.
Take some time to examine:
- What is the minimum, mandatory percentage of profit that your business must make? Do you have a plan in place to produce it? What is your planning process? How do you hold yourself accountable?
- Do you have cost controls in place that will produce that minimum, mandatory percentage of profit? How do you use your budget? (Do you even have a functional, variable budget?) How do you project your cash flow? (Or do you run your company by mailbox management?) Is there a real AR/AP policy and procedure?
- Are your employees responsible for the enforcement of those cost controls? How do you hold people accountable? Do you have rational incentives in place? How do you control turnover? Recruitment? Development? Training? Retention? How do you use your job descriptions?
- Is your sales system really working? Are sales produced by people or by a system? How do you sell internally? Do you have a sales plan in place that is designed to really win the game?
- Are you keeping all of the money that you make? Do you have a tax plan in place? How do you review risk management?
- Are you having fun? Are you the highest paid employee? Can you take time off? Does your business make your life better or worse?
All owners can benefit from this workshop. Only those who are ready to change should attend.