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Are you in control of the financial side of your business?

By John Nieuwenburg | Jul 6, 2020

As a business coach, I’ve had an opportunity to see behind the scenes in a lot of businesses. One area of concern (and sometimes shame or embarrassment) for a lot of business owners is the financial side. I’ve had owners confide to me things like:  I don’t think I can make payroll next week It…

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is getting a business coach the right step

Is getting a business coach your ticket to freedom?

By John Nieuwenburg | Jun 22, 2020

People become business owners so that they can grow to a place where they have the freedom to live the life they want, not so that they can continue to work long hours keeping their business moving forward while their team punches out at 5 o’clock to enjoy happy hour, put in a round of…

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Did the pandemic create your business problems? Or just reveal them?

By John Nieuwenburg | Jun 5, 2020

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, small businesses across the globe were forced to either adapt quickly or shut their doors, in some cases for good. It is easy to blame the reaction from governments, pre-existing weak areas in the economy, and the virus itself for the problems and struggles that have taken place over the…

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Warren Buffett quote - when the tide goes out

Recessions, change and whitewater: what it takes to succeed right now

By John Nieuwenburg | Jun 1, 2020

Lately, I’ve been frequently referencing a well known Warren Buffett quote: “Only when the tide goes out, do we discover who’s been swimming naked.” But what does it really mean to say this? Let’s dive in. Lots of businesses ride on what I’ll term an ‘artificial bubble’. So when everything’s moving along as usual, the…

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Improving Your Personal Relationship With Time

By John Nieuwenburg | May 15, 2020

Time management is a high wire act, one that most, if not all, entrepreneurs are familiar with. On one side of the high wire, you have all the things that you need to get done right now, today, tomorrow, this week, this month or even this year. And on the other side of the wire,…

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Do you have a plan to reach your revenue and profit goals?

By John Nieuwenburg | May 7, 2020

Even in the best of times, when the economy is strong and business is booming, you need to have a plan in place for how you are going to reach your revenue and profit goals. And in order to do that you need to understand the relationship between revenue, profit, and the tactics that you…

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How to Make Progress on What Really Matters

By John Nieuwenburg | May 1, 2020

As entrepreneurs, we are inherently busy people. We have a ton on our plates at any given time and our to-do lists can seem out of control – and that’s not just in our professional lives! But how many of those to-dos and tasks align with our goals and our top priorities in life? How…

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Pivoting Your Business To Survive And Thrive

By John Nieuwenburg | Apr 23, 2020

For the majority of us, in Canada and the United States at least, it’s now been over a month since we experienced a huge upheaval in our day to day lives due to COVID-19 and social distancing. Our personal and our professional lives were changed significantly and suddenly; we had to learn how to survive.…

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Cash Flow, Communication & the biggest mistake you can make right now

By John Nieuwenburg | Apr 20, 2020

Over the last two weeks I’ve been hosting what I’ve termed an Online Group Peer Resource Centre. Once a week I meet virtually with a group of small business owners who are looking for insight that will help them navigate these uncertain times, as well as to share stories from their own businesses and lives…

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