Build a Business, Not a Job

Category: Small Business Help Topics

4 Ways You Will Never Sell Your Business

Deciding to sell your business is a big decision and one that you don’t make very often. You weigh the pros and cons of your exit strategy, read all the articles and books on the secrets to selling your business and you begin to take a good hard look at your own business processes and […]

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Why A Bowl Of Macaroni Can Help Make You Millions

Think that you have what it takes to be a good leader? Try teaching a 10 year old how to make macaroni and cheese from scratch. This one activity will give you insight into your own leadership skills (and weaknesses) and help you build a stronger, more profitable business. No One Is Born A ChefMy son was eager to learn […]

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Stop Leaving Money on the Table–These 6 Negotiation Tips Can Help You Win Every Time

If you know your way around a negotiation table, there is no stopping you. You can negotiate for better prices with your vendors, new hire and existing salaries, contracts with sales prospects and long-term clients and lower overhead costs in general, leading to higher profit margins and more capital to scale your business. Natural Born NegotiatorOver […]

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These Successful CEOs Avoid Going Into the Office. Here’s Why.

There are three levels of building a company.Level One: A “Start-Up” Business.  You’ve got no real control yet, nor freedom.Level Two: An “Owner Reliant” Business.  You’re a full-time business owner whose business is working – as long as you do. Now you have control, but with that control comes long hours and the sense that all the […]

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3 Ways to Rekindle Your Love for Your Business

You will never forget your first love, i.e., the startup phase. Everything was new and exciting, and you swore you’d passionately give your best to your business. But as time went by, you likely found yourself feeling burned out by the long hours and recurring staff or customer fires you dealt with on a daily basis. So much drama, and also […]

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It’s Harder to Be a Man in Business

Women business owners make up approximately 20% of the executive workforce pool. They make less than their male counterparts and are far less likely to receive funding for their business or startup. So, how in the world could you think that women have it easier in business, David? Over the years, I have had the privilege […]

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How to Locate the Perfect Business Tribe (And Be More Successful)

There is nothing in the world that compares to a great mastermind session. You walk in the door tired and weary from the day to day toll of running your business. You have more problems than solutions and you feel like you are the only one in the world struggling to make it all work.Then […]

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Being Able to Take a Vacation Isn’t a Luxury. For Business Owners, It’s a Necessity

How long it takes you to respond to an email has a direct correlation with the health of your business. Keep reading to find out how you measure up.In my business coaching company Maui Mastermind, we send out millions of emails each year to our current and prospective clients. Understandably, there is always a certain […]

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5 More Ways to Increase Your Profits and Make More Money

Tired of working longer hours with no increase in revenue? Try these 5 simple things that you can do today to increase your bottom line.I recently shared with you my top 5 Ways to Increase Your Profits, and the response was very positive. So much in fact, that I would like to share you with […]

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Want to Close the Sale? Do This 1 Thing

Every sales person thinks the sale is made in the final move of their sales visit, but their wrong.  Top sales pros all know that it’s the way you frame your sales appointment up front that makes or breaks your ability to close.I first learned this from one of my early sales mentors who taught […]

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How To Give Great Feedback To Yourself (And Your Team)

Tired of getting useless team feedback? Or not getting team feedback at all? This super-simple tool will change everything.Part of being a successful business leader is to make sure you extract maximum learning out of your week, month, and quarter.  In this article, I’d like to share with you the easiest, most effective way to […]

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Doing This Tiny, Simple Thing Will Improve Engagement, Retention, and Company Performance

Does your company retain talent? Do your employees love and adore their jobs? If not, all you need to do is this one little thing.Over the last twenty-five years, I’ve known and coached thousands of business owners. And if I were to make one categorical observation about us as a group – about the way […]

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The 5 Most Important Negotiation Skills

Intimidated by negotiations? Focus on these five simple negotiation skills first and get much better.Think of all the times in your business week you negotiate: with new hires and existing employees; with sales prospects and long-term clients; with vendors and suppliers. If you’re a business owner or leader, you need to know how to negotiate. […]

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The 8 Secrets to Train Your Team to “Own” Their Jobs

Do you feel like your staff comes to you to solve problems and put out fires they should be able to handle themselves? Here are 8 simple steps to train your employees to actually “own” their own job and free up your time… (Which of these principles of effective leadership are you ignoring?)Wouldn’t it be nice […]

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4 Types of Personal Assistants (2 of Which You Need To Avoid)

Tired of doing your assistant’s job for them? You should take a moment to think about the four kinds of personal assistants and which one is right for you. (Hint: You need to avoid two of them!)Are you hiring personal assistants who save you time or who cost you time?Recently, I invited thirty-five of my […]

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4 Secrets to Get Your Team to Do More, Better, and Faster

Are your systems as powerful as they can be? Does your staff appreciate their value? Is system-building eating up your time? These 4 advanced tactics will change all that.Over the past twenty-five years, my company, Maui Mastermind, has been coaching business owners on how they can build businesses instead of jobs. At the core of […]

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Why You Should Get Your Direct Reports to Do the Heavy Lifting and Manage Themselves (and 3 Tips to Make that Happen)

Here are three simple yet incredibly effective secrets to flip the table on your direct reports and get them to manage themselves!The whole point of hiring staff is that they’re supposed to be free up your time. But what happens when you end up spending the same amount of time or more managing the staff […]

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The 5 Most Important Negotiation Skills You Must Master

Intimidated by negotiations? Focus on these five simple negotiation skills first and get much better.Think of all the times in your business week you negotiate:  with new hires and existing employees; with sales prospects and long-term clients; with vendors and suppliers. If you’re a business owner or leader, you need to know how to negotiate. This […]

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A Little-Known Hack to Learn a New Skill in a Fraction of the Time

It’s called ‘deliberate practice’ and it’s a proven way for your staff to master a new skill in a fraction of the timeIn this article, I’m going to share one of the most effective tactics for coaching your key team members. I call it “deliberate practice.” It’s one of the most powerful strategies that you […]

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Business Coaching Secrets to Groom Your Key Employees to Perform at Their Best

Employee coaching is critical so you can start scaling your business and taking initiative. Here are five simple steps to get that and more…How do you best develop the talent of your current team? How do you groom a direct report to take on new responsibilities? How do you grow your employees so that they […]

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