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History of Sales

history of salesWe sell things every day: a new idea to our boss, a pitch to our significant other to try the new restaurant down the street, or maybe you’re a parent trying to convince your child to eat peas or go to bed at a reasonable time. Perhaps, your profession is in sales. You may be like our company, Verde Martin, selling a service. Or, you work for a corporation like Target or 3M. Maybe, you own your own small business: a café or an appliance shop. On the other end of the spectrum, we buy things every day: a cup of coffee in the morning, a stylish new pair of shoes, a dream car after we’ve received a big raise. Whatever the case, we are all in the business of sales. Sales affect us every day. However, where did sales originate? Who was the first salesperson? Today, most people know very little about the history of sales. I decided that I wanted to change this. So, I started researching and found some interesting information on the history of sales. READ MORE »

 

Solopreneurs: 10Ninety-Nine Project

SolopreneursDid you know, according to the US Small Business Administration and Census there are
22 million small businesses that solely on them self as the only employee. Imagine how difficult it is to grow your business when you are trying to run it on our own. These individuals are often considered Solopreneurs. READ MORE »

 

Small Business Sustainability

small business sustainabilityWhen I wrote the Rule of Thumb book for Small Business Sustainability, I truly thought it would be a hot topic for business owners seeking to leave a legacy for themselves and their families and/or business partners.  However, after very stagnant book sales, I have to ask this question.  Are small business owners so caught up in day-to-day survival that they cannot even focus on the future?

In this article, I’ll share some words of wisdom from Internet research gathered on the importance of sustainability for small businesses. READ MORE »

 

Business Succession Planning

Business Succession PlanningAre you ready to stop, look at yourself in the mirror and willingly admit that you have no business succession planning in place yet?  Yes, planning for when you leave the business (because of bad health, retirement , or death) is a must-do if you want to sustain all of the hard work you put in and managed to continue—at least, if you want the business to go on for a few years more.

In this article, I’ll take you through some action steps to start planning for your departure from the business.  Remember, whether you’re young or old, you need to have a plan in place! READ MORE »

 

Conditional Formatting

Conditional FormattingWhen looking at a spreadsheet that’s chock full of information and row after row of data, it can be difficult to discern the bottom line at a glance.  Perhaps you want to know if members of your team met their individual sales goals for the month. Or which of your sales representatives was the top seller for the quarter.   Maybe you want to see if your expenses exceeded your budget for the year. You can easely have these things stand out in a spreadsheet by using conditional formatting READ MORE »