Donna Reade

QuickBooks Online Advanced Certified ProAdvisor | Specializing in Business Advisory, Training, E-Commerce Solutions & Bookkeeping for QuickBooks Online

6 Small Business Realities From The Trenches

You make a ton of mistakes when you are running a small business, especially if it is your first time doing so. A lot of people end up attempting to run a business without any formal training.

These types of owners are usually really passionate about something (or really good at it). While there is plenty of help out there for new entrepreneurs, few seek it out due to a lack of time and money. Egos may also get in the way.

Below are 6 small business realities I have learned from the trenches of starting mine.

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The Untold Truths about Business Software

Every business needs to use software to help maintain and run its’ processes. However, sometimes people get lost in the truth that the software is just tool created by people – Humans.

When there are situations that require some creative or (dare I say) even logical thinking, I am often perplexed when I hear the words “Well that is what the computer says.”

Here is why software alone does not lift your business:

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Toxic Business Leaders Defy Logic

You may not be able to tell at first but once you get a hint that you are working with a Toxic Business Leader run, run like the wind. No matter how hard you try you cannot fix them. No matter how much they say they want to learn the reality is they are using the Toxic behaviors to try to manipulate you. Gather the courage to just quietly and with dignity walk away.

Recently, I had to do this. It is not the first time I have worked with a Toxic Business Leader. My past experiences helped me recognize the Toxic behaviors and take control of my situation. One saying I always refer to is “The divorce is always present on the first date.” Perhaps I knew on the first day that something was amiss when the password to the owners laptop was …

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