Resources for Business Owners: September 2019

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A decent colleague will recommend a good book. A great colleague will read many books and summarize them for you.

This month, you get a new great colleague, followed by interviews and conversations about practical issues facing business leaders today. These include leveraging your for-profit enterprise to fuel a nonprofit mission that's close to your heart, understanding why selling a business today requires rock-solid preparation and what artificial intelligence has to do with Main Street businesses. 

And that's just to get started. Let's dive in. 

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1. Video(s): What 44 Books Have to Say About Selling Your Business

This video series extracts the main ideas from 44 different books about selling your business. This video, the first of the playlist, examines There's Always a Way to Sell Your Business, by Doug Robbins. From the Welstand Group, 5 mins (videos range from four to 12 mins.)

 

2. Post: 8 Mistakes to Avoid When Choosing a Financial or Tax Adviser 

Bruce Yates and Adriel Tam from Viridian Advisors authored this post to help readers navigate the world of advisors by knowing which questions to ask, what characteristics indicate a good choice and how to spot the red flags of advisors you'd better avoid. From MarketWatch

 

3. Podcast: Keep Calm and Feed the World — Synergistic Mission Focus

In this interview, Natural Calm Canada founder Linda Bolton explains how she utilizes her company to battle poverty and support the mission of the nonprofit Organics 4 Orphans. Skip to the 3:41 mark to bypass announcements and get straight to the interview. From I'm a Millionaire, So Now What? 33 mins.

What would it take for your nonprofit to thrive?

 

4. Post: Why Many Business Owners Can't Sell When They Want To

Few businesses actually sell successfully, a frustrating reality for owners looking to fund retirement. It's not for lack of buyers — plenty of would-be buyers are eagerly searching for a solid investment — but a lack of preparation on the owners' part. From Forbes

 

5. Video: How To Avoid 3 Common Legal Mistakes Small Business Owners Make

Lawyer Jo-Ná Williams gives the rundown on how to protect your business by preventing legal issues with your business structure, service offering and business relationships. She also considers the best way to navigate the costs associated with hiring a lawyer. From Marie Forleo, 13 mins.

 

6. Post: How Artificial Intelligence Could Help Small Businesses

What will AI do for the business owner next door? This post imagines a future where artificial intelligence helps small companies with everything from daily operations support to securing financing — but it also cautions against the potential dark side of the same technology. From Harvard Business Review

 

7. Podcast: Creating Content When You're Too Busy to Create Content

Business leaders know modern marketing requires content, but how do you fit yet another to-do into an already overflowing schedule? This podcast episode focuses on how, how much and when to create content. It covers the different mediums you can utilize and how to keep things simple and strategic. From Beyond the To-Do List, 46 mins.

 

8. Post: How to Transform Your Small Business Into a Big Business

It's easy to think of your sales team as the ultimate tool for growing your organization, but while they can certainly play a part your sales team is just one of many possible tools (and not necessarily the most effective). This post examines 10 different strategies you can utilize to grow your bottom line. From The Balance: Small Business

 

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Published: 09/03/2019

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