You Don't Have to be New (To make it in Business)

You Don't Have to be New (To make it in Business)

When Thomas Edison Invented the Lightbulb he got it Right on the First Try. Oh wait no. That's the most fraudulently untrue thing anyone has ever said about Thomas Edison. Picured: Without question the words of someone who knew exactly what they were doing the whole time. Beyond discovering thousands of ways to incorrectly assemble a lightbulb, Edison leaned heavily upon the contributions of other inventors, talents, scientiests and luminaries of his time to accomplish his "invention", and while being... Read More

By: zoe Friday July 30, 2021 comments Tags: Startups

Startups, Risk, and the Minimum Wage

Startups, Risk, and the Minimum Wage

When the First Federal Minimum Wage was presented to Congress, it was not widely Supported. When it was presented in 1933 in the National Industrial Recovery Act Congress overturned it on the grounds that it was Unconstitutional. It wasn't until Franklin Delenor Roosevelt presented it as part of the New Deal - The Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 - that it was enacted in the sum of $0.25/hr (about $4.60 by the standard of 2017). Since that time, the Federal Minimum wage has served as a National Standard - partially upheld by Federal... Read More

By: zoe Friday July 23, 2021 comments Tags: Startups

How Rut Patel started Voyager Industries

How Rut Patel started Voyager Industries

It took Two Years of grinding on Minimum Wage for Rut to buy his first Commercial Drone It was a 5,000 dollar investment, but he had a concept and ideas for simplifying municipal probems across multiple industries. "I would listen to Podcasts Driving to improve my English, and I heard the story of Captain Cortez [...] When he arrived in Spain, he had a few hundred men against a thousand." Rut recalls to me that when Cortez' crew learned the odds they were up against, they began to panic. They considered a mutiny. "He kept... Read More

By: zoe Thursday July 1, 2021 comments

Interview with Rut Patel, CEO of Voyager Industries

Interview with Rut Patel, CEO of Voyager Industries

At Nineteen, Rut Patel went through a Visa Interview to enter the United States. "What's your favorite American Food?", they asked. "Pizza" he said. And then he panicked. Rut learned early in life that simple questions don't always lend themselves to simple answers. As a programmer, I can relate. The difference of recognizing a problem is not the same thing as understanding how to answer it. From his background in simple engineering, Rut applied his intelligence upon arriving in the United States to found Voyager Industries,... Read More

By: zoe Friday June 25, 2021 comments Tags: Small Business Feature

The Subtle Art of Saying No (By Saying Yes)

The Subtle Art of Saying No (By Saying Yes)

The first rule of Business is to Provide a Service and see a Return. We call this an exchange, and it's the same process across the board. Pointing this out should come as an education for nobody, yet it's alarming with how common exchange is in our lives that it gets so messy. If you start your business to help people but work at such a steep discount, how long will your business sustain itself? How available will you be? Truth is: in Business as in life, you just can't say yes to everything. Entrepreneurship will teach you... Read More

Monday June 7, 2021 comments Tags: Management

5 Life Lessons from Running a Software Company

5 Life Lessons from Running a Software Company

This is a big one. No flashy intros, let's get right into it. 1. It's not always the Big Things that will Nickel and Dime you. Running a business is expensive . Which is ironic when you consider most companies work for profit. Whatever profit model, whatever practice, business building is a high-market, high-investment endeavor. If it isn't capital it's labor, if it isn't labor it's design, if it isn't design it's finance, around and around. The costliest thing in business is just being out of your zone. I mean... Read More

By: Dave Friday May 28, 2021 comments Tags: Business Development, Entrepreneur Life

What's the Point of a Business Coach?

What's the Point of a Business Coach?

When you're Running a Business, Mistakes are Expensive. Got your attention? I mean really expensive . Doing the wrong thing converts to lost time, lost money, lost reputation with clients or whole communities of people. That's thinking small. Well-invested time with a coach can help you avoid missteps in your business which can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. Hiring the wrong employee for salary scale, working with the wrong vendor, marketing your business to the wrong audience, building your company entirely in the wrong... Read More

By: zoe Friday May 14, 2021 comments Tags: Mentorship

Do You Work Too Much

Do You Work Too Much

Over 126 million Americans say they Work too Hard. That's equivalent to 1/3 of the national population. Statistics show the real number could be as high as 40%, which is a considerable margin when one considers the number of employees I'm talking about. To put that number in perspective, for new business registrations 2020 saw a historic, record-breaking jump of just 12%, or an increase to 1.5Million . That's an economic response through-and-through, and it reveals how individuals are willing to trade risks under a particular kind... Read More

By: zoe Friday May 7, 2021 comments Tags: entrepreneurship, businessbuilding, workingtoomuch

Hiring in 2021 has Changed

Hiring in 2021 has Changed

So you're ready to Hire Someone That's great! No really, we mean it . Employees are the backbone of your business and bringing your first on is a huge milestone. Ideally at this point, you will have created written processes for your company so you will be ready with exactly what you want to delegate to your new staff. So now all that's left is to make a job listing, look at some resumes and pick the right candidate, right? Well, maybe not. Modern Employees have New Priorities Even different from what they had only just a... Read More

By: zoe Friday April 30, 2021 comments Tags: hiring employees for your small business, hire staffing, staffing, how to find the right staff for y

Getting Through your First Year in Business

Getting Through your First Year in Business

It might not be Fair to say that Everyone's First Year in Business is going to be the Same ... But I'm still going to say it. For most entrepreneurs, the struggles of a first-year enterprise are ubiquitous. What are my resources, where do I apply my focus, how much time do I give myself to make it work. This week, our group of Small Business owners got together to discuss these topics on Clubhouse, here are our takeaways. Early in the 2010's, Chelsea left her job to go into Business for Herself She pulled together the... Read More

Friday April 23, 2021 comments

The Upside of a Bad Client

The Upside of a Bad Client

I've been joining a weekly room in Clubhouse for Small Business Owners. It's a small room filled with a lot of potential. Business owners come in weekly to speak on topics like Market Strategy, the new culture of ecommerce, and methods for startups. As the resident vagabond for Dave Talks Business , I come in for the value, the insight, and now: to put those thoughts to writing for your benefit. This week we talked about bad clients (and what to do about them). For Small Businesses, Bad Clients can have a Big Impact They... Read More

By: zoe Friday April 16, 2021 comments

Who is in Control of your Business

Who is in Control of your Business

Is it your clients? Is it your staff? As a business owner, knowing how to delegate tasks within your business is essential, but it’s also just the first step. Delegating work only adds value if the person you delegate to knows how to perform the task you put before them. The Problem of Compromising Before today I've discussed the turmoil of managing a difficult client and how to be a better manager for your employees . When looking to these things, I've pointed to the processes you should learn and practice... Read More

By: zoe Thursday April 8, 2021 comments Tags: Management

8 Common Marketing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

8 Common Marketing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

What are the most common mistakes made in advertising? Frequently, I find that the approach to marketing is typically less structured and more of a random smorgasbord of unrelated marketing attempts. One example, you get a voucher in the mail for $100 worth of free pay-per-click advertising with Google. You figure this is found money, and you are anxious to put it to work. After setting up your campaign and loading in 50 different keywords at $1 per click, you find that the entire $100 has been spent in just a few hours, and you have made no... Read More

By: Dave Thursday April 1, 2021 comments

Entrepreneurship for 6th Graders

Entrepreneurship for 6th Graders

In May 2016, I had the privilege of teaching a classroom of 6th graders at Severance Middle School how to create a new product and prepare it for market. The program was created by Junior Achievement Rocky Mountain , a non-profit organization that is "dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy". As an entrepreneur, I was impressed with the quality and accuracy of the curriculum - it translates directly to how real business is done. I started the day off in the auditorium where several classes... Read More

By: Dave Monday March 15, 2021 comments

Investing In The Young Workforce

Investing In The Young Workforce

Helping is in our company’s DNA, it’s what our foundation was built on . I started AllProWebTools in 2009 because I wanted to give small business owners a better shot at success. Over the years, that vision has grown to become so much more. Our enduring identity of helping other entrepreneurs slowly evolved into a passion for prompting growth of character, personality, and skill in our very own staff ! I’m writing this article after witnessing twelve successful cases, because it’s been a beautiful journey to watch these ... Read More

By: Dave Monday March 1, 2021 comments

Tips for Successfully Managing Your Very First Employee (Part 2)

Tips for Successfully Managing Your Very First Employee (Part 2)

Ready to hire your very first employee? If so, congratulations! This is an important business milestone. Prepare yourself for a whole new set of challenges, but if you can learn to manage your first employee effectively, you’ll be in a great position to continue growing your team and your business! Management doesn’t always come easily, but I maintain that anyone can learn how to do it. In Part 1 of this blog , I shared 6 tips to help ensure your new employee will actually save you time, rather than taking up more of your time. ... Read More

By: Dave Monday February 15, 2021 comments

Tips for Successfully Managing Your Very First Employee (Part 1)

Tips for Successfully Managing Your Very First Employee (Part 1)

By far one of the most exciting milestones in growing a small business is the moment when it’s time to hire your first employee. But if you think hiring another employee will instantly make your life easier as a business owner, you may be surprised! An employee should save you tons of time in the long run, but management has a steep learning curve. I believe management is a skill that anyone can learn, especially if you are organized and have the right tools by your side to keep things organized and efficient. If you’re... Read More

By: Dave Monday February 1, 2021 comments

3 Questions Before Calling a Meeting

3 Questions Before Calling a Meeting

How often do you find yourself in meetings each week? My guess is, you scoffed at this question, mentally tallying up the staggering number of times “Meeting” has ended up on your calendar. So when did companies decide to ignore the inevitable inefficiency of meetings? Obviously team meetings can help collect ideas, and they have potential for powerful results. But far too often collaboration problems, as we describe here , come together to derail your productivity. Remember, a 20 minute meeting with 3 team members is the cost of... Read More

By: Dave Friday January 15, 2021 comments

Teaching Job Skills Results in a Second Chance in Life

Teaching Job Skills Results in a Second Chance in Life

Life can hit hard. For Cherie Strauser, the path to success began at a very low point. Interactions with the law, homeless, but pushing through, Cherie found an internship with us through the Larimer County Workforce Center . What was originally intended as an internship, turned into an eventual full time hiring almost 6 months after she completed her program. Hired to answer phones, Cherie’s determination and the support from her new business family saw the opportunity turn into so much more. When she left us for her new job, she did... Read More

By: Dave Friday January 1, 2021 comments

Why Are There So Many CustoMonsters These Days?

Why Are There So Many CustoMonsters These Days?

For as long as humans have been exchanging goods and services, there have been dissatisfied customers. But does it seem to you that customers today are on a shorter fuse? They’re more easily angered than they have been in the past, issues seem to escalate more quickly, and they’re making their anger much more public. In short, we have an upswell of CustoMonsterson our hands. The “Dissatisfied Customer” vs. The CustoMonster A customer who states their dissatisfaction, expects accountability, and is ready to... Read More

By: Dave Tuesday December 15, 2020 comments