Government will never solve Unemployment

In my new position as President & CFO at Aribex, I attended the Mountain West Capital Network's Utah 100 awards ceremony. The Governor of Utah, Gary Herbert, addressed the unemployment "problem", stating about 100,000 workers in the state are unemployed.

How to meet (and probably exceed) your boss’s expectations

Early on in my career, I was fortunate enough to work for someone that let everyone that worked with him know his expectations.  He even went as far as spelling it out in detail.  Here was his list.

Hiring smart!

We have all been through the interviewing process, either as the interviewer or interviewee.  Hiring the right person is so critical to the success of an organization.  So how do we hire the right person?  Some people have a knack for it, and others don’t.  I have hired a lot of people over the years, and I admi

When is it the Right Time to Hire?

I've had this question asked of me a lot lately: "Is it time for me to hire another employee?" I also hear questions like: "Is it time for me hire?" or "When can I add another manager to take some of the load I have been carrying?"

Why the 9-80 Schedule Doesn't Work for Entrepreneurs

What is the 9-80 Schedule?

Top Eleven 2011 Trends for Entrepreneurs

As we launch into the new year, here are the top 11 trends that entrepreneurs need to be aware of, think about, and for which we should all prepare:

Report Card on 2010 Entrepreneur Trend Predictions

Here is a look at the predictions I made for 2010 at the end of 2009 so you can see how I did. Of the ten identified trends, I gave myself 4 As, 4 Bs, 1Cs, and a D, for an overall GPA of 3.1.

Most Popular Blog Posts of 2010

2010 has been a very good blogging year for CFOwise®. In the spirit of planning for a great 2011, here are the eleven most popular blog posts from the year 2010:

The Jerk Employee

There seems to always be one employee that no one in the company can stand. They are usually rude and often condescending toward others and they seem to create problems and conflict with everything they do. But the entrepreneur keeps them around for some reason, regardless of how bad the complaints from the other employees get.

Health Care Reform Demystified

I came across a great video explaining the Health Care Reform Law, or at least as much of it as can be reasonably understood at this time, in this great little video.  Take a look:

How Much Do Your Employees Really Make?

Your employees make a lot more than they think they do.  The next time they complain about not taking home enough, you might want to remind them how much you are actually paying to keep them gainfully employed.

Don’t Eliminate Your Full-Benefits Plan Yet

Rising health care costs and vanishing profits have led many small businesses to cut back their health care benefits to high-deductible HSA plans that cover mostly catastrophic events and not much else.

Solve the Mystery of Staffing Your Accounting Department

The OPEN forum recently published my article: Solve the Mystery of Staffing Your Accounting Department.

Feedback is a Gift

About 4 years ago I was approached by a man who wanted to give me some feedback - and none of it was positive. 

The Collapse of the Entrepreneur's Office Manager

When a business first starts, the founder is focused on getting customers.  Once that starts to happen and cash-in starts to exceed cash-out each month, the founder is quick to shed bookkeeping, cash management, and other administrative tasks to someone else.

The person hired to take all of this on quickly begins to wear m