Competition, Profitability and Retirement; Are You Ready?


“I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.”

— Thomas Jefferson

As a business owner, there are many that believe the above mention phrase and relish the opportunity to be their own boss, and profit from the hard work they do.

Online marketing has given many small businesses the opportunity to compete with bigger companies, and be successful with it.  Marketing a business is no longer for the big guys. Small businesses can have successful online marketing campaigns to attract customers, and to market their business and benefit from the results.  Now, the attraction and the challenge for every small and big business is the ability to compete in a  global market and come up on top.

For more about this and other topics concerning the small business owner, follow the links below.

How to Deal With Competition in Business

The way I see it, competitors are everywhere. Whether you’re a startup owner or veteran, you need to know how to deal with competitors in business.

After being a business owner for over 30 years, I’ve learned how to handle the competition. I know first hand how important it is to pay attention to businesses in your industry but also to not make them your priority.

You don’t want to be completely oblivious to your competition. You should put your energy into your own entrepreneurial tasks above all else.

Why you shouldn’t ignore the competition

Ever hear the saying, Never underestimate your opponent? The same holds true for business.

I have a general idea of where my competitors are, where they’re going, and how fast they’re going to get there. Other than that, I don’t lose sleep over them.

5 facts you didn’t know about retirement

Here are some important retirement-related facts about Social Security, long-term care, retirement savings balances, homeownership, and taxes.

If you want to have the best retirement possible, it’s important to take steps to prepare for the things that could affect you the most. Here’s a closer look at five retirement facts that could have a huge impact on your retirement plans, and there’s a good chance you may not even know about them.

Whether you’re a few years or still a few decades from retirement, these five facts are important. Let’s take a closer look at how they could affect you.

1. You’ll probably need long-term care (and have to pay for it)

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 70% of people who live past 65 will need long-term care. If you’re married, there’s a 90% likelihood either you or your spouse will need long-term care. In other words, if you live to retirement age, the odds are good that you’ll end up needing some sort of long-term care.

How to Manage Your Profitability in Your Small Business

A profitable small business is rarely an accident; you have to constantly work for new revenue.

Projecting profits on a financial statement in a business plan can make you feel hopeful as an entrepreneur. But your business plan is simply your hypothesis of what you thing will happen in the marketplace of your business. However, the only way to ever realize the profits you want is to mentally, and physically, exert your leadership while executing your sales plan. The following are several important factors I would encourage you to consider as you work to focus on the profitability of your business.

Invest Wisely

You have a very narrow margin of error in a small business. Therefore, making wise investment decisions is critical to your profitability. Whether hiring a new employee or acquiring equipment or assets for your company, always assess the potential return on investment. Before buying a building, furniture, resale products or supplies, consider the direct or indirect impact the investment has on your bottom-line.