One motivation cited by many small business owners is the opportunity to be one’s own boss. But that doesn’t mean you’re free to forget what it is like to be an employee. 

Think about the people working for you now.  Are they contributing to your company’s growth through their energy and ideas? Or, are they merely putting in the hours until a better opportunity comes along?

People want to contribute to a cause they believe in, and one that recognizes the value of their participation. Your small business is no different. Along with being the “eyes and ears” of your business, employees can help solve (and, often, avoid) problems, identify opportunities to improve efficiency and strengthen your niche, and offer insights that you might otherwise have overlooked.

In other words, your employees should approach their jobs the same way you tackle the roles of founder and owner—as entrepreneurs. 

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It's time to start growing your business...

Tuesday, August 03, 2010
Written by Doug Wade

If you are like most small businesses, you are waiting for something big to happen, or anticipating changes from Washington that will positively or negatively affect your business. Regardless of your position in the market, you have to agree that we face challenging days ahead. Dayton Imaging Solutions would like to share a little secret with you ... marketing your business or unique organization via the web can be accomplished for little or no cost to you. Businesses are growing, and seeing record profits by implementing a web campaign, using e-commerce tools, integrating social networking, social media, search engine marketing and more... We would like to start consulting with you to determine the best approach to marketing your business. Contact our representatives today for a free consultation.

Your business matters to us...

Tuesday, August 03, 2010
Written by Doug Wade

Dayton Imaging has been successful in helping businesses grow and improve their efficiency in this challenging economy. We want to leverage our document management expertise with your experience and improve your business processes. Our digital solutions can help your company with workflow issues, filing, storage, and day-to-day document retrieval tasks. We do not want to make a "digital mess" out of your existing "paper storage mess", so we implement a user-friendly, advanced search tool to bring those records to your desktop in record time. Freeing you up to better manage your time through the day. Make your boss very happy and bring immediate return to your bottom line, contact us today for a free demonstration of "Doc Center", our document management retrieval system.

 

Top Ten Financial Resolutions to keep in 2010

Thursday, December 31, 2009
Written by Doug Wade

For many, the magic of the holiday season begins to fade as soon as they realize how much they spent over the holidays and calculate how big their credit card bills are going to be. On the bright side, the New Year offers the perfect opportunity to set attainable financial goals. Following are some examples of financial New Year’s resolutions worth keeping:

  1. I will make informed financial decisions, understanding the difference between wants and needs.
  2. I will communicate with my family about money matters so that we are all working toward the same goals.
  3. I will be aware of the effects of advertising on the financial decisions I make, and resolve not to be influenced by them.
  4. I will take care of my finances today by tracking expenses and creating a budget that is flexible and realistic.
  5. I will take care of my finances tomorrow by saving for my future.
  6. I will meet the credit obligations I have made on time and as agreed.
  7. I will continue my personal education about financial health, budgeting, credit, and personal debt.
  8. I will plan for periodic expenses, including the next holiday season.
  9. By setting a good example, I will teach my children the importance of budgeting, saving, and the wise use of credit.
  10. Finally, if I am over-obligated, I will take the necessary steps to seek assistance

The Secret To Success…Passion

Friday, November 06, 2009
Written by Doug Wade

I get asked frequently, in this economy, “How is your business doing?” I tell all, “That we are thriving and that most of our clients are thriving.” They then ask, “What makes the difference?” I then give them the advice Jon Gordon articulates, The strongest may survive but it is the passionate that will thrive. If you want to be successful today you must do the tough thing and prune your team, and then load your team with passionate people… and most of all you must be passionate yourself. In the past maybe you could be lukewarm and mediocre and still be successful. Not anymore. Now, in today’s competitive environment, your passion and your purpose must be greater than your challenges. You have to be willing to work harder, run faster, drive further, study more, practice longer, lead better, sweat more, love deeper and this requires passion. Passion wakes you up earlier. It dials your phone one more time to make one more sale. It rallies your team together when times are tough. It moves you to see one more patient after a long day at the hospital. It provides legendary customer service. Passion transforms workplaces.

But what about someone who has a low paying job or who is in a job that quite frankly is hard to be passionate about you might ask? I get this question often and my answer is: “It’s not the job or the money you are being paid but the passion that you bring to your job that matters.” After all, I’ve got fast food worker clients who are more passionate about their jobs than some of the professional athletes making millions of dollars that we serve.

If your people aren’t passionate about the work they do and the people they work with, and if they aren’t passionate about your brand and mission, then you need to let them off the team so they can find another team where they can live their passion. This is good for them and it’s good for your team.

By letting disengaged employees off the team you make room for those who are passionate about your team and organization-and with a company filled with passionate people you will thrive while others merely try to survive. (credit to Wayne Essex at Essex & Associates - http://Essexinc.biz)

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