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2013: The Year You Go Mobile with Financial Data? | Guest Post

by Rick Meekins

Using QuickBooks on your mobile devices to manage your business Submitted by 10 Key Solutions There are only a few reasons why you wouldn’t be using QuickBooks Mobile on your smartphone. Maybe you don’t have a smartphone. Or when you’re out of the office, you don’t want to be available for accounting work. Or you might not think that it has enough features to make…

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Feb
2013
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in Marketing, Operations Management

It’s just the Lifestyle | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

Thinking about operations and strategy in “Lifestyle” business It’s true! If you run your own company, you can take vacations whenever you want and have the flexibility to do all kinds of non-work activities.  You CAN sit by your pool and work and YOU CAN earn money while you sleep. However, if you want to eat, maintain your home and be able to take vacations…

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Feb
2013
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4 Marketing Trends For 2013 | Guest Editorial

by Rick Meekins

Thinking of ways to get more exposure in the marketplace? Below, you will find some trends you might consider in order to do so. As technology and the Internet continue to evolve in what seems to be an endless progression, businesses that wish to remain competitive in the marketplace are constantly forced to re-evaluate and adapt to new methods and trends. Many of these adaptations…

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Feb
2013
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in Strategy

Two for Tea? | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

The truth is, just like starting a business, most of the time when two companies merge, under whatever circumstances, neither company is better off as a result

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Jan
2013
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in Management and Leadership

Born to Rock | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

12 steps to unleash you and your company’s potential in today’s dynamic marketplace So you, entrepreneur, have big dreams and are looking forward to building your enterprise into one that is a household name. Can it happen? Perhaps. As you can probably guess, there isn’t a tried and true path to get you there every time. However, there are habits that you will need to…

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Jan
2013
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in Business Development, Strategy

Heads up! | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

How to get visible and get ahead in the marketplace Many times when we think about Google, Microsoft, Intel, Wal-Mart, Apple and many other companies, we think about them as simply huge businesses and global brands.  Have you ever stopped to think about where they came from, and how they got there? Granted, each business has its own, unique, story.  However, the common thread is…

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Jan
2013
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in Customer Service

Now With a Whisper… | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

Innovation in Customer Experience It seems that many times, when we think about innovations, we think in terms of bringing a new product or service to the marketplace and making millions of dollars in the process.  However, innovations can occur in any area of the business with the purpose of helping your company run better, build some strategic advantage, differentiator, reduce costs or become more…

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Dec
2012
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in Marketing

The Right Message | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

Creating a consistent customer experience message in your company Have you ever been convinced to purchase something, then come to find out that the offering didn’t quite live up to the hype?  I am not just talking about products, but expectations when you go to hotels and restaurants and other businesses.  If you are like me, you’ve probably said to yourself, “they DO want my…

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Dec
2012
in Management and Leadership

Taking the Long View | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

Building a positive consumer belief system about your company One of the difficulties with running and growing a business is that with limited resources, business leaders must evaluate their resources choose the best investments in order to stay in business, or grow beyond current capabilities.  Often, the most likely choices are those things that seem or hope to make immediate impact.  Unfortunately, short-term thinking often…

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Nov
2012
in Management and Leadership

Not IF…but WHEN | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

There probably isn’t a simple answer for this – businesses that need funding, have complex offerings, manufacturing, employees will typically need a business plan from the beginning, versus many service businesses that may not require funding or as much funding, such as consulting, architectural, marketing, advertising may not need one right away. Across the board, where the business absolutely requires a plan – essentially a model – is when the business is preparing for growth, be it through expansion, acquisition or replication.

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Nov
2012
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in Management and Leadership

Ahhhh…Monsters and Other Scary Things!!! | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

How to avoid getting chased around by a 10 foot, 1800 pound flesh-eating, stress inducing calendar Do you have a task list that mounts by the day with new emails, demands and expectations that you feel like you’ve got an 1800 pound monster on your back? Do you find yourself bouncing around from meeting to phone call to networking event, then find that you are …

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Nov
2012
in Management and Leadership

No Room for the Faint Hearted | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

Risk is still a very real part of business ownership today, and the consequences could be more devastating, in some cases. Regardless. Business leaders, if you want to build a strong business, you have got to learn to eat risk for breakfast. When you started your company, you had only a 30% chance of being successful. Do what it takes. Be tough.

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Oct
2012
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in Innovation, Management and Leadership

Innovation Process | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

Many times, as business leaders, we have heard the term “adapt or die” or something to that effect, suggesting that if we keep doing the same things we have always done, we will find that the market has moved on without us. You can look around at the marketplace at companies that failed to evolve. On the other hand, you can see the successes of companies that lead the marketplace and continue to thrive.

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Oct
2012
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