No, I Won’t – Why I Took a Hiatus

Over the past five years, my business partner and I have written more than 300 blog posts – more than one a week.  Usually we would post a new entry on Tuesday while having a Throwback Thursday re-post.  But we’ve recently skipped several weeks because our production system was […]

2016 Holiday Season

“Oh! captive, bound, and double-ironed,” cried the phantom, “not to know, that ages of incessant labour, by immortal creatures, for this earth must pass into eternity before the good of which it is susceptible is all developed. Not to know that any Christian spirit working kindly in its little […]

Never Enough

Have you ever considered how many convenience stores there could be? This question came up in the 70’s when 7-11 was expanding using the franchise model. As long as the number of franchises was growing, 7-11 was the darling of investors. But the question of how many 7-11 […]

The Advantages of A One-Person Business

This last week, the Salt Lake City Bookkeeping Blog had an article about the dangers of running a one-person business. They listed the dangers as:

Absence = Losses
Slow Growth
Losing Customers Hurts
No other perspective
Owner Burnout

And while there are elements of truth in the article, overall I found that it continues the […]

What’s Relevant?

We live in a world that is profoundly complex, both in detail and dynamics. Because of the resulting data overload, we have to constantly ask ourselves, “What’s relevant?” In order to simply operate, we have to learn how to filter out most of the inputs and information that’s presented […]

Your Unique Qualifications – Aren’t

Eventually, every business or organization has to answer the question – Why you instead of someone else? What makes you unique? Why should I do business with you instead of XYZ? What are your qualifications?

There are wrong answers to these questions.

We have the lowest prices – is it because […]

Driving Your Customers Crazy

I’ve just had a great customer service experience – NOT! Want to drive your customers crazy – treat them like a ping-pong ball.  Our DVR – the machine that records TV shows so you can watch them later – decided to go crazy and interrupt every recording with an […]

Ask a Stupid Question Day

September 28th is Ask a Stupid Question Day – it’s also Drink Beer Day. Perhaps because if you drink enough beer you will ask stupid questions? Just another silly “holiday,” right?

Actually, it was created by teachers in the 1980’s in a serious attempt to get students to ask more […]

The OODA Loop & Business: When the Emperor has No Clothes

I’m a retired naval officer who specialized in the care and feeding of submarines. I have studied submarines literally from the inside out and from the earliest concepts to the latest developments. They are unsurpassed in capabilities to survey, hunt and destroy the enemy.

But in warfare, the battle is […]

Why You Might Want to Pass on Angel Investors

  It’s the dream, right – landing an angel investor who believes in your business so much that they’ll just give you money to make it happen? But angel investors are not the answer for everyone. In fact, for many businesses, they’re start up suicide. Case in point: […]

Why You Should Think Twice About Getting a Patent

Patents can be valuable – but most are a waste of resources. On the anniversary of the USPTO opening its doors, let’s discuss the real costs – and risks.

On July 31, 1970, the US Patent Office opened its doors for the first time. The very first patent was issued […]

Oh, Crap! The Crisis Management Podcast: Season 2

Did you know that Me2 Solutions has a library of podcasts? We do! And we’ve recently added to our collection. Here’s our latest podcasts which you can download to listen wherever you want.  Or you can select Free Stuff in the menu above and then select Podcasts to access […]

How to Eliminate a Website from Search Engines

This is a question we received at the Spokane Ask Me Anything sponsored by the Inland Northwest National Association of Women Business Owners held June 12, 2014.

SpokaneAMA: How do you eliminate an old website that you no longer want to show in searches?

Eliminating an old website is both easy and […]

How to Avoid Getting Hacked on Social Media

This is a question we received at the Spokane Ask Me Anything sponsored by the National Association of Women Business Owners held June 12, 2014.

SpokaneAMA: My twitter account was hacked so I disabled it – how do you prevent this? Or on other social media?

When an account is hacked, […]

What Does Legalized Marijuana Mean for Employers & Businesses?

This is a question we received at the Spokane Ask Me Anything sponsored by the National Association of Women Business Owners held June 12, 2014.

SpokaneAMA:  Now that pot is legal, what boundaries can I ensure are being respected?

At least in the states of Washington and Colorado, it is now […]

What’s More Important than Good SEO? Having Killer-Good Content

This is a question we received at the Spokane Ask Me Anything sponsored by the National Association of Women Business Owners held June 12, 2014.

SpokaneAMA: Can I actually depend on improving my website search result ranking by linking to my blog/articles/etc. rather than buying SEO?

A recent blog post by […]

Absolutely Do This Before You Open a New Business Location

This is a question we received at the Spokane Ask Me Anything sponsored by the National Association of Women Business Owners held June 12, 2014.

When a company looks to open another branch or location, what are the most common pitfalls you see?

When making any significant change to a business […]

#SpokaneAMA Question: Posting Pictures

By Frank Hutchison
Can I legally post pictures of guests on my Facebook Business page without written waiver?  Can a verbal be OK? 
This question has two answers – Yes and Maybe.
Yes, you can post pictures of guests on Facebook or elsewhere if the pictures are:

Taken in a public forum – […]

Succession Planning and Buses

What has succession planning to do with buses you ask?  Everything!  Usually when someone is talking of succession planning they are talking about how a business will continue after the founder is no longer running the show either because of dead or disability.  And that’s very important.  But […]

How to Stop Being So Busy and Start Helping People

“I’ve stopped trying to read three newspapers before sunrise. And yet, I somehow feel more knowledgeable. Perhaps because I’ve finally awakened to the world around me and all it was trying to offer.”-Erica HillA few months ago, I stopped by my favorite sushi joint to grab some dinner. A […]