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Passion – Where to start

So today is the end of my week - a week that has been full of the flu, wrapping up some tough loose ends, and overall pretty tough. But I left this topic for the end of the week knowing that some weeks would be tough and that I need a lighter, more uplifting topic to finish things out for the week. So my topic today, as with all this week, is where to start. Today is where to start to find your … [Read more...]

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Marketing – Where to start

I would like to jump into Marketing today. I will be up-front and let you know that this is the area of least experience for me out of the major topics that I am discussing, but at the same time, this is the subject of my research and study as of late and where I am focusing my energies to not only help you in a critical area of building your business, but also in me building mine. As I have said, … [Read more...]

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Before Payroll Part 1: Employee Automation

I would like to jump into a topic that I have thought a lot about from the employee side of the equation along with now as a business owner, from a potential employers perspective. I want to be sensitive to different industries, whether service-oriented or manufacturing of some kind, and the scalability of different business models. The questions and challenges I will pose are not applicable to … [Read more...]

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Accounting – QuickBooks Review

Ok, the next main topic I want to delve into is quite large and has the potential to get quite complicated. But the goal here is to start at the beginning and give you what you need, from basic to advanced... so today we start at the beginning. Where is the beginning with accounting? Most accountants would say it is learning about double-entry bookkeeping, figuring out what an asset and a … [Read more...]

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Business Formation – Mindset

Well here we are, ready to jump in. The first topic I would like to discuss here about business formation is developing the mindset to start, manage, and succeed in your own business. I want to start here because I believe that having the right mindset is the key to actually making this whole thing work. I want to break the mindset down into 3 areas: personal confidence, personal … [Read more...]

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The Schedule

Hello Again! So I have had 1 week of introduction, but now its time to get down to the sum of business... got to love a good double entendre... ok, here we go: My plan for building content and creating a framework of information to help you build and manage your business from the ground up will include 1 topic on each of the 5 days a week I will be posting. The topics each day will be as … [Read more...]

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Employee to Entrepreneur – My Story

I would like to take this post to let you know what brought me here... to answer some of the questions I posed to you in my last post. My hope is that my own journey from Employee to Entrepreneur resonates with you and we find our paths crossing in the weeks and months ahead. Why have I chosen this road? As I have quoted before and is at the top of this web site, I quote again: Ah, but a man's … [Read more...]

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From Employee to Entrepreneur

So I have set the context and laid a little groundwork for you as to why I am here and what you can expect going forward, but I would like to turn it over to you and ask you the following question: Why have you chosen the road of having your own business? I ask you this because I really want to know. I want to know what drives you. I want to know why you do the things you do. Were you born into … [Read more...]

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The Roadmap

So whenever you set out on a journey, you either have the route mapped out in your head, or you've gone to Google maps (sorry road atlas, your days are over) on your computer or phone and have pulled up the map and set your course. No one who wants to reach a goal or a destination takes his first step without knowing where they are going because taking 1 step in the wrong direction means you have … [Read more...]

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Reaching out…

So today I am working through the various communication channels that I would like to use to connect with people. I have added this information to a new contact page, but would like to throw this out there. If you would like to get in contact with me for whatever reason, please feel free to use any of the following: Email: mark@thesumofbusiness.com Facebook: The Sum of Business Facebook … [Read more...]

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