Management

Hiring great professional support

Hiring great professional support

In every stage of small business, it is important to have trusted professional support to help direct your business operations, growth and long-term sustainability. Here’s how to find the right person for you and your business.

Business skills and lessons learned

Business skills and lessons learned

As a small business owner, you bring your know-how from past successes and failures to your business.  As the business grows, you continue to build on lessons learned and hone your business skills.  For many small business owners, “learning from…

Defining success: advice from the field

Defining success: advice from the field

No matter how we define success — our business skills must align with our business’ needs at each stage of growth.  The skills needed initially for an emerging business must deepen and expand as the business grows.  We must consistently…

Business advice from the field

Business advice from the field

One of the most enjoyable moments during the Renaissance Business Planning Class is when we invite graduates back to the classroom to share their experiences and their business advice. They talk about their successes but also reveal their struggles and…

How to Handle Business Complexity

How to Handle Business Complexity

A common issue for small business owners is the relationship between business skills or management capacity and the complexity of the business. If you start a business slowly, you may be able to handle everything yourself.  If you only have…

Getting Out: Planning your Business Exit

Getting Out: Planning your Business Exit

Many tech entrepreneurs think about their business exit from day one.  Acquisition is central to their business model.  Most small business owners, though, do not start their business thinking about getting out… they are too busy “getting in”.  An exit…

A new beginning

A new beginning

At the start of a new year, many of us want to make a change. Can we change a bad habit into a good habit? Can we make our diet more healthy? Can we start that exercise program we let…

Motivating Others

Motivating Others

If you are like most small business owners, you are self-motivated. You are passionate about your service or product and you are always focused on your business – attending to your customers or clients, fixing problems, thinking about how to…

Taking Action

Taking Action

At Paul Terry & Associates we help small business owners build successful and sustainable enterprises. Our consulting process is focused on clear assessments, careful advice and taking action. Central to our approach is business action planning. Whether you are an emerging…

Step in, step up, step out: learning to lead

Step in, step up, step out: learning to lead

In the first years of life we learn to roll over and then crawl, we learn to toddle and then walk, and we learn to mumble, repeat sounds and then talk. We develop new skills by watching, listening and practicing, by falling down and getting up… over and over.