Client Sites...

Nate Acker Decks
& Fencing, Citrus Heights, CA
Affordable Furniture Repair
and Restoration
Sacramento, CA
Alex's Tile
Citrus Heights, CA
Amador County Land, CA
Ambiance Salon,
Lincoln CA
Anna's Books,
Rocklin CA
Don Quixote's Mexican Grill,
Sacramento and Rocklin CA
JB Electric,
Sacramento, CA
Ken's Art by Ken Marapese,
Laguna Beach, CA
Mindful Mutts,
Rocklin, CA
Mountain Gold Jewelry,
Moses Thrasher "Big Island of Hawaii"
James Otter Computer Services,
Repairs & Maintenance,
Citrus Heights, CA
Robert Page, Financial Consultant,
Granite Bay, CA
Quilts Be Done,
Rocklin, CA
Rocklin Signs,
Rocklin, CA
Randy Steward,
Idaho Land Sales,
Caldwell ID
Thai Chili,
Rocklin CA
Michael D. Tracy,
Attorney at Law,
Sacramento CA
by Michael Patrick Murphy, March 15, 2008

All these "government" funded groups compete with for-profit companies like "The Small Businessman." However, I can still be competitive. To my advantage, I leave my doors open to all races, ethnic groups and cultural persuasions and attempt to offer perceived value to my customers, something the government seldom excels at. That's a pretty fair and simple advantage I have over my bureaucratic competitors spending their time requesting grants and filling out reams of paperwork. I don't get any public assistance, nor do I have to ask for it. This leaves me free to focus on my mission to help small and micro businesses (An
SBM membership is only $9 ). Where there is a will, there is a way. Like my restaurateur client, I just have to focus on my business objectives and act accordingly. I save my political passions for my spare time or for times that I can make a profit from my efforts. Competition is too fierce and there are simply too many undiscovered improvements to spend my valuable time jousting at Don Quixote's windmills.

Do Everything You said You would Do. by Michael Patrick Murphy, March 6, 2008
Many of the world's great disagreements have been because somebody didn't do what they said they would do. Those disagreements often led to horrible death and destruction, all of which was not good for most small and micro businesses.
One of the biggest reasons any business fails is that they don't do what they say they are going to do.
Read the Story

Email - Love It or Leave It?
Handling Email is far more Elegant in 2008 and using it is a Modern Necessity, especially for Small and Micro Businesses, where Email can give them some parity with Big Corporations by Michael Patrick Murphy, February 26, 2008
Email drives average small business folks nuts! For many, it seems too many messages are a total waste of time. Most small and micro business owners have never really understood email as the powerful light saber wielding ally that it is. Spoiled by email, you may have forgotten how awful it was for the phone to ring while you're in the restroom or helping a customer spend their money. Sure, we want to be there for our off premise customers at the drop of a hat, but trust me, they don't even want to talk to you while you're taking a shower. Today, your cell phone may be driving you (or someone with you) over the cuckoo's nest. Worse it may actually be driving you off the road while your ear takes on a new cell phone accommodating shape. Email, doesn't do that to you.
The question you should ask is whether email is making you money? If it isn't, it should be.You just haven't found your common ground with it. Email may not be the best tool to call 911 with, but it has a very valuable place in our modern world and as a small business owner, you'd better be using it. Read the Story

Becoming a Small Business owner is like becoming President of the United States! by Michael Patrick Murphy, February 11, 2008
The beautiful thing about America is that anyone can become president. The ugly part is that anyone
can become president. The same thing is true of those becoming small business owners.
The reason some choose this route is because they don't like folks telling them how to live their lives. They tend to be fiercely independent.

There are two kinds of freedom.
One kind is free from responsibility and the other requires it. Too many small businesses owners expect that small business freedom frees them from responsibility, when in fact they often become more encumbered by responsibility than they were when they worked for someone else. These folks are in for a rude awakening that may almost immediately cost them their business. During the housing boom, many in affluent areas would sell multi million dollar homes, move to a more rural area and then buy an equivalent home for half as much and spend the remainder on opening a new pizza joint.
Reality would hit hard! They found that small business wasn't only about making a great pizza. They would often find themselves absorbed by 12-16 hour days, or worse, delegating the whole thing to someone else as an absentee owner. Read the Story

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