We are at a unique place in business history. The recent recession forced many people to get creative about how they make money, and technology has provided the means for many entrepreneurs to start businesses from home. The good news is that today’s online economy is providing plenty of opportunities for almost anyone to work from home — starting businesses in their homes without worry about a dress code. I know this first hand; my first couple of hours of work take place in my pajamas. The only reason I get dressed as early as I do is because I need to leave the house to take my son to school.
I just finished reading Crush It! by Gary Vaynerchuck. The full title of the book is actually Why NOW is the Time To Crush It! Cash In On Your Passion. I kept hearing about this Gary Vaynerchuck guy all over the place and hearing about this book (Inc. listed it as one of the top books for business owners in 2009). I would also hear people talk about how they “crush” this or that. I figured if I can get a copy at the library then I’ll give it a read. Glad I did. Awesome read!
This book is a primer on how to build your own personal brand and why you have to. It’s a quick and inspiring read that is well worth you time, whether you aren’t happy with the work you are doing or you are looking for ways to really grow what you are about.
I had the fortune to read Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson. I first heard of the book by seeing an ad for it in Inc magazine. In the ad was a recommendation by Seth Godin, whose blog I occasionally read (I don’t read it near enough). I looked up the book on Amazon to see what the book was about and check out some reviews. I was intrigued to say the least.
Who wrote Rework?
The authors are from the software company 37signals. The book is pretty much their business guide to what has worked for them as a company and why it will work for you.
This is a guest post by Jeff Rose. Jeff Rose is an Illinois Certified Financial Planner and co-founder of Alliance Investment Planning Group. He is also the author of Good Financial Cents, a financial planning and investment blog and he is currently working on his first book entitled Soldier of Finance. You can see more about his mission at the same titled blog Soldier of Finance.com.
In today’s economy you would think that companies would be doing everything they can to not only get new customers, but keep the ones they already have. Unfortunately that’s not the case. Some companies are clueless or simply don’t care.
But there are other companies out there that do totally GET customer service and understand how important the customer is. They know that great customer service builds loyalty and keeps a customer.
Here are five companies that totally GET customer service:
It’s fair to say that money is at the top of a small business owner’s list of things to worry about.
“Where will we get funding?; How will we break even?; How will we turn a profit this year?”, are all questions you have to ask yourself when running your own business.
With all of these things whirling through your head, an extra concern should not have to be, ‘Will I have an unexpected interest rate increase on my credit card?’