IT and Business Insights for SMB Solution Providers

Karl Palachuk

A blog for Small Business Consultants and the vendors who serve them. It contains Opinions on business success, News in the SMB consulting space, and Information on what I'm up to.

Small Biz Thoughts
April 23rd, 2017 | Karl Palachuk | Small Biz Thoughts
A few posts back (See Part One) I talked about some of the things you can outsource and shared some places to get started. This article will cover some basic rules for actually managing outsourced resources and give some ideas about things you cannot outsource.General Rules for - Read More
April 14th, 2017 | Karl Palachuk | Small Biz Thoughts
Build a Highly Successful Appointment Setting MachineTaught by Josh Peterson, IT Coach and Trainer- Five Tuesdays - April 18 - May 16, 2017 - Register Now- All classes start a 9:00 AM PacificFor years we’ve labored with how to get in front of more prospects. We’ve gone - Read More
April 14th, 2017 | Karl Palachuk | Small Biz Thoughts
New video posted: SOP: Stop Thinking in Terms of Margin.I'm very tired of hearing people say that they are forced to sell things for a low margin.- Spam filtering is low margin- Office 365 is low margin- Anti-Virus is low margin- Storage is low margin- Voicemail is low margin. . .  etc. - Read More
April 7th, 2017 | Karl Palachuk | Small Biz Thoughts
I have long used a series of screening techniques to get good job applicants from Craigslist (and other sites).The problem is: Job recruiters and people who teach others to find jobs give HORRIBLE advice. They basically tell job seekers to spam the universe with their resume until someone magically - Read More
April 7th, 2017 | Karl Palachuk | Small Biz Thoughts
I think I've been doing "serious" management of remote people since about 2005. The origin is a bit fuzzy because it's the kind of thing you step into a little at a time.I managed the technical side of the Work from Home program for HP's Roseville, CA plant in 1995-1996. I didn't manage any of - Read More
April 6th, 2017 | Karl Palachuk | Small Biz Thoughts
I'm planning a great presentation later this month at SMB TechFest.Join me for free with the link below.April 20th - all day. And my buddy Dave Seibert is always good for some amazing food.Check out the agenda and join me in Anaheim!- - - - -  Be my VIP guest and see me live at SMB - Read More
April 2nd, 2017 | Karl Palachuk | Small Biz Thoughts
My motto, as you may know, is:Nothing Happens By Itself!That includes everything. Over on my Relax Focus Succeed blog, I just posted a video entitled Balance Doesn't Happen by Itself. More specifically, that blog post is about how we un-balance our own lives.I also posted a new "SOP" video on - Read More
March 24th, 2017 | Karl Palachuk | Small Biz Thoughts
A few days ago I put a note on Facebook about a new financing opportunity from PayPal. If you have a lot of income via PayPal, you can get a loan and pay it back by dedicating X% of your sales to payments.There's a onetime up-front fee that varies with the amount you borrow. For example, when I - Read More
March 17th, 2017 | Karl Palachuk | Small Biz Thoughts
Last year, I wrote a blog post for SolarWinds MSP entitled "If It's IP It Belongs to Me." See:'s Danger in not learning TCP/IP !By IP I did not mean intellectual property. I meant Internet Protocol. Like TCP/IP. That post was about the trend of all - Read More
March 16th, 2017 | Karl Palachuk | Small Biz Thoughts
I'm super happy to announce a brand new webinar I'll be doing with SolarWinds MSP on Tuesday the 28thThe Most Important Rules for Running a Managed Service BusinessTuesday, March 28, 20178:00 am Pacific Daylight Time (11am Eastern)Register for FreeHere's the scoop:Over the years, I've put together - Read More