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There are plenty of benefits to purchasing an existing business, but running a successful business can become overwhelming. If you’re considering buying a small business, but don’t know if you have enough time to commit to a significant venture, then a turnkey business model might be the right fit for you. Continue reading to discover if you’re someone who should buy a turnkey service business. 3 People Who Should Consider a Turnkey Service Business Turnkey opportunities exist...

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is increasingly seen as something that companies of all sizes need to be aware of, so let’s take a closer look at a few of the finer points. There are 4 basic pillars in CSR: the community, the environment, the marketplace and the workplace.  The community pillar of CSR refers to your company’s contribution to the local community; this contribution can take a variety of forms ranging from financial support to personal...

In his recent article in Smart Business entitled, “How to get your business, and yourself, ready for sale,” author Adam Burroughs explores the key points of getting your business ready to sell.  Burroughs points to the truism that, at some point, almost every business owner must sell his or her business.  For this reason, it is critical to think about what it takes to get your business ready to sell.  Simply stated, it is best...

Heading into 2020, it feels like a good time to share this infographic tweeted by MIT’s Sloan Management Review and created by futurist Amy Webb. Is your business poised to seize the [next] day? This graphic provides an actionable step-by-step guide to forecasting changes in the social, cultural, and economic landscapes that impact your business and preparing to take advantage of them. Obviously no predictive system is perfect, but it can be a helpful exercise...

Employee engagement is a hot topic in workplace research. According to a recent Gallup survey, "The percentage of 'engaged' workers in the U.S. -- those who are involved in, enthusiastic about, and committed to their work and workplace -- is now 34%, tying its highest level since Gallup began reporting the national figure in 2000. The percentage who are 'actively disengaged' -- workers who have miserable work experiences -- is now at its lowest level (13%),...

Quite the week for Albuquerque, which made the Top 50 U.S. Cities for Starting a Business in 2020, according to a study conducted by Inc. and entrepreneurship researchers Startup Genome. These "Surge Cities" leverage local assets, human capital, and development strategy to drive success, with interesting lessons to be learned in each case. Entrepreneurship through acquisition can be a savvy path to business ownership, side-stepping some of the associated risk. Learn about about businesses for...

More accolades for Albuquerque! The Duke City ranks 11th for work-life balance in American cities. A recently published study compared cities across data representing work intensity, societal/institutional support, and city livability in order to determine where people do—and do not—enjoy well-rounded lifestyles. This is a handy compilation if you’re involved in site selection or debating where to buy a business. The introduction to the study, by security company Kisi, states, "We know first-hand how much of a...

Multiples are tricky things to figure out when you’re valuing a business for sale. Lots of opinions are floating around, most stemming from imperfect information. Uncle Bob’s golf buddy sold his widget store for a million bucks based on a multiple of five! Such “buddy wisdom” can lead you astray. Unrealistic expectations can result in a price point that the market simply won’t support. Your business languishes with little to no buyer activity. First Things First So,...

"Even if you build a business with zero intention of selling it for a big payday, and even if you never do actually sell, you should still build your business as if you are going to sell it someday. Building a business with this mindset will make the entire operation run more efficiently—you’ll be able to see how your business is trending overall, maintain a cleaner financial picture, and implement better standard operating procedures," writes Gregory Elfrink...

A recent article at First Round discusses the importance of a good story. Narrative is one of the most relatable ways to communicate your identity and value—as a business, as a leader, as a person—to customers, employees, or investors. That communication establishes connection and builds genuine trust and excitement. The article goes into lots of juicy detail. Here is quick summary, with some reflections, of key takeaways and actionable tips. Pass the “Bar Test” Would someone get your...

Some clichés endure for good reasons. Cat posters exhorting us to "hang" in there adorably/annoyingly acknowledge a universal truth: you're going to mess up. Own it. Learn from it. Use it to grow and teach others. A recent First Round article highlights the importance of stories. What is a compelling example of a time you failed, persevered, and prevailed? As a leader, how can you share that experience with your team in a way that encourages courage? Communicating...

New Mexico is moving up in the ranks of states for millennials to live, according to WalletHub—all the way from last place to second to last place! The penultimate spot does not tell the whole story, though. Albuquerque is a pretty great place for millennials, in fact. The low cost of living, proximity to gorgeous outdoor scenery and recreation, and rich culture contribute to a high quality of life. The burgeoning film and tech industries are...

Santa Fe and local hospitality businesses are basking in love this week thanks to the voters in Condé Nast Traveler’s 32nd annual Readers’ Choice Awards. Based on survey responses by 600,000 people, The City Different is Number 2 on the list of Best Small Cities in the U.S. (after Charleston, S.C.). Inn of the Five Graces and La Fonda on the Plaza were Numbers 1 and 2 on the list of Best Hotels in the West,...

Millennial Retirement Plans (Hashtag!) Last week, the trending hashtag #MillennialRetirementPlans shone a darkly funny light on the despair many millennials feel regarding their financial futures. This generation (born from around 1981 to 1996 depending on the definition) has faced its share of economic challenges. The 2008 crash hit many millennials with the triple whammy of skyrocketed healthcare, student loan debt, and a dearth of paying jobs and wage stagnation. Their average net worth is less than...

Albuquerque was recently ranked America’s ninth most affordable city by Move.org. The comparison of 75 major U.S. cities considered the following factors: Rent for a 1-bedroom apartment Utilities (electricity, water, etc.) Internet Gasoline Food (groceries plus occasional restaurant meals Rounding out the top ten were El Paso, TX; Lincoln, NE; Toldeo, OH; Wichita, KS; Louisville, KY; Tulsa, OK; Memphis, TN;  Lexington, KY; Albuquerque, NM; and Mesa, AZ. The top five most expensive cities were San Francisco, CA; New...