Category Archives: Budget

Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT) in the University Publishing Industry

During our SWOT mastermind discussion in Philadelphia, we shared common industry issues that challenge how we operate a university press. The Strengths of the SWOT analysis centered on peer review, curation, and scholarship, as well as data handling and project management. The Weaknesses and Threats, outlined below, seemed manageable. Many of us have been dealing…
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How to Manage Your Lawyer

How to Manage Your Lawyer Eventually we all need legal advice in business with key legal areas. When your first form or acquire your business, you should have counsel review all documents to represent your best interests. When key contracts arise with customers, suppliers, employees, investors or new partners, you need legal counsel. Basically, any…
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How to Make Tax Time Easier Next Year

How to Make Tax Time Easier Next Year Isn't tax time the most wonderful time of the year? Yeah, right. During tax season, I know some small business owners who amaze me with their ability to procrastinate. They cram weeks of tax preparation work into days. Tax time reminds me of college, when some people…
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5 Disasters for Your Small Business to Avoid

5 Disasters for Your Small Business to Avoid Whether you’re operating a start-up or an established business, the small-business world can quickly become a minefield. Briefly, let’s review the more common types of business disasters faced by entrepreneurs and small business owners today. Neglecting your marketing and letting your new-customer pipeline run dry If you…
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Does Your Value Proposition Need a Checkup?

Does Your Value Proposition Need a Checkup? First of all, Investopedia defines value proposition as “a business or marketing statement that summarizes why a consumer should buy a product or use a service. This statement should convince a potential consumer that one particular product or service will add more value or better solve a problem…
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Thinking about Hiring a Salesperson? – 4 Things to Consider

Thinking about Hiring a Salesperson ? - 4 Things to Consider Deciding to hire your next salesperson is an important decision, whether it’s your first freshly minted new hire or simply your latest addition to a team. Why? A salesperson is the first impression your company makes on the outside world. A salesperson can help…
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Should I Hire An Assistant?

Should I Hire An Assistant? Do you ever get through your day and think, “I could have gotten so much more done today if I had an assistant? I feel so unproductive.” How about when you look at your to-do list and feel like you could definitely leverage your time better? How can you tell…
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Planning Ideas for Next Year

Planning Ideas for Next Year Ah, fall… my favorite time of year on the east coast—crisp fall mornings followed by gentle afternoon sunshine. For me, these weather changes provide a sign that a new business year looms around the corner. And it’s also time to do some high-level business planning, or at least to start…
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Five Things I Wish I Knew About Business at Age 18

Do you ever wonder what it would be like to have the knowledge that you have today, but at a younger age? Being older and wiser, then going back to an earlier time, would remove a lot of stress from life—and it could even be fun! The formative years of middle school, high school, and…
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