Entries Tagged ‘Business Advice’

Mortgage Refinance Problems

IS CUSTOMER SERVICE LOST? So  I initiated a mortgage refinance in mid June of this year.  I am going from a 30 year to a 15 year mortgage to take advantage of historically low interest rates and to pay off my mortgage faster. I attempted to use the same company that refinanced my 30 year […]

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Business is changing, are you keeping up?

I have not spit any business advice in quite a while, but I received some input this weekend that hit me as extremely simple, relevant, insightful and valuable. I have a friend who is a Six Sigma, black belt Ninja 🙂 for a fortune 300 company here in Michigan.  My understanding is that his job […]

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How Do I Make Money With A Blog?

How do I make money with a Blog?  That was the first question that I asked when I was first introduced to the concept of a “web-log”.  I’ve spent the last couple of years, through trial and error, answering that very question.  Simple rule #1  All that a blog really is is CONTENT…and content has […]

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What is Michigan’s Unemployment Rate?

14.1% Wow, the last few weeks have been awesome and crazy.  The launch of the new company is going WELL above my initial expectations.  We are extremely busy with good work.  For this I am thankful, but it has made it extremely difficult for me to find time to post here at TAM.  You all […]

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Afraid to Start a Business?

My work involves meeting all kinds of people who are at various stages of their business career.  Many conversations lately have seemed to be more coaching than consultation based.  I’m seeing a lot of fear in Michigan.  The worst part of fear is that 98% of it is just simply not real.  It is a […]

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Tips for starting a business in Michigan

I was at a board meeting yesterday for my University’s Center for Entrepreneurship.  We discussed at length the real possibility that Michigan is going to see 17% or more unemployment rate over the next 12 months.  The thought is that there are going to literally be hundreds of thousands of people looking for work, OR […]

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Is a Pizza Franchise a Good Investment?

Photo Credit: http://www.eightsolid.com In June of 2003 I opened my first franchised pizza store here in Michigan. I went into partnership with my best friend from college. We had worked for 18 months planning our business, finding the perfect location, learning about the pizza business (him a lot more than me, as he went through […]

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Should I buy a franchise?

I know for a fact that there are a TON of you out there asking yourself this question right now…Should I buy a franchise?  So many folks are losing their jobs and getting laid off, it generally causes most all of us to consider “going it on our own!”  Being your own boss is great, […]

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Franchising For Cash Flow

 Over the past 5 years I’ve had the opportunity to buy, operate, and sell five franchised restaurants.  The restaurant businesses, and specifically franchised restaurants, have provided significant additional cash flow for my family (on top of my earnings as a financial advisor 2002-2006, and VP @ Private Equity firm 2007-present).   I think the key is to realize […]

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Wisdom Teeth Advice

So I got my wisdom teeth out today.  Easy as pie my friends.  I had heard SO MANY horror stories that my nerves were going crazy this morning.  I’m feeling great though, so as I relax and recover I thought this would be the perfect time to try to dispense some Wisdom.   First of all […]

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