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Death by DIY

By Anna Masker In standard17th November, 2016 Death by DIY

The client called me almost 6 months after we had originally spoken.  They had chosen to take our suggested solution and implement it themselves, saying it was cheaper to do it in house rather than to hire us. Six months later, what they had was a bigger mess than what they started with.  Unfortunately, they

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Scaling up: Don’t leave your accounting department behind

By Anna Masker In standard19th August, 2016 Scaling up: Don’t leave your accounting department behind

You may have started this business on your kitchen table, or in your garage, or, even in a trendy new co-working space.  But now you’re officially a “big” company, pulling in a couple million — with your own office space and a staff and a lot of growth on your horizon. You are a real

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Sandbagger, Beggar, Martyr, Scrooge…and Other Budget-time Personas

By Anna Masker In standard3rd December, 2015 Sandbagger, Beggar, Martyr, Scrooge…and Other Budget-time Personas

It’s December, and I REALLY should be writing about how important it is to set a realistic budget for the new year.  I know I should write about the proper methodologies for deriving the budget, and how it’s critical for business growth… blah, blah, blah. But I just can’t. I can’t because frankly, I’m sitting

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Is your accounting department helping you spot the iceberg?

By Anna Masker In standard18th March, 2012

What would have happened to the Titanic if they knew about the size of the iceberg before they hit it? If you aren’t getting the right– and timely– information from your accounting department, it may be a sign that it may need an overhaul.

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Funding for consulting in Jobs Act

By Anna Masker In standard18th March, 2012

If you are a growing business with 7 or more full-time employees, and you find that help from a consultant could get you past a particular hurdle, you may qualify for funding for consulting through the Jobs Act.

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The empty spot on your bench

By Anna Masker In standard25th May, 2011

Ask any business owner if they ever have enough money or enough people to get the job done and their answer is probably a guffaw and a resounding “NO!”

When you ask them who they need (in a perfect world) you’ll hear they need sales people, operations people and line workers. Rarely do they say they need this one critical position.

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An alternative to “Off with their heads!”

By Anna Masker In standard17th May, 2011

When businesses look for cost savings, one of the first places they look is to reduce one of the largest expenses on their P&L–their employees. We agree that employees are a great place to start saving money– except our approach comes with a twist.

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Why Mix Matters

By Anna Masker In standard9th February, 2011

Have you ever wondered why you may be selling more and more but aren’t making any more money? You may have a problem with your mix. Just as too much of one ingredient can ruin a recipe, mix can make the difference between profitability and losses, a cash crunch and money in your pocket. It

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Shaking the shoebox

By Anna Masker In standard26th January, 2011 Shaking the shoebox

Saving money in your small business may seem hard to do. Office Supplies is one “back-office” expense that you can reduce. See how a multi-billion dollar company– and a shoebox– saved money, one pen and pencil at a time.

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“Keel it up!”

By Anna Masker In standard18th January, 2011 “Keel it up!”

I used to row on the crew team in college. For those of you who know me, at 5’2″ I’m not exactly the typical long and lanky rower-type. Despite my lack of height we did pretty well for a bunch of novices—and even won some regional races. But that’s beside the point. The boats we

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