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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
July 22nd, 2012 | Karl Palachuk | Small Biz Thoughts
In an inspiring and heartbreaking 13.5 hours, ConnectWise President Arnie Bellini almost crossed the English Channel. He released a video saying this was an example of failing fast - his decision to stop when he realized he had been pulled past the landing spot by the tides. I don't mean to - Read More
 
July 20th, 2012 | Karl Palachuk | Small Biz Thoughts
As strange as it sounds, there's a simple habit that separates companies with good cash flow and companies without: Good Billing Practices. That means sending out accurate invoices, sending them out in a timely manner, and enforcing reasonable payment terms. We're not going to address payment terms - Read More
 
July 18th, 2012 | Karl Palachuk | Small Biz Thoughts
One of the interesting things about "living out loud" is that you expose the world to parts of your personal life. And if you don't manage that well, you give up some of your privacy. Many people might be surprised, given my activities on Facebook and this blog, that I have all kinds things in - Read More
 
July 16th, 2012 | Karl Palachuk | Small Biz Thoughts
I mentioned in my weekly newsletter this morning that you should keep your eyes on Robert Crane's blog for a podcast. Just got the official announcement that the podcast has been posted. It's a conversation between Robert, Ken Shafer, and Jeff Middleton. Here's Robert's notice: - - - - - - Read More
 
July 15th, 2012 | Karl Palachuk | Small Biz Thoughts
Last week I put together a survey and asked the community to respond. Boy, you sure did! We had almost 500 responses (498, actually). Of those, 204 people entered in comments. Some of them were quite long. In all, you gave more than 10,000 words of feedback. Twenty-four countries were represented - Read More
 
July 15th, 2012 | Karl Palachuk | Small Biz Thoughts
Last week I put together a survey and asked the community to respond. Boy, you sure did! We had almost 500 responses (498, actually). Of those, 204 people entered in comments. Some of them were quite long. In all, you gave more than 10,000 words of feedback. Twenty-four countries were represented - Read More
 
July 14th, 2012 | Karl Palachuk | Small Biz Thoughts
Please check out the HP/Microsoft Coffee Coaching blog. You'll find their blog on my Blog Roll at my Small Biz Thoughts blog. Anyway, they're holding a special webcast Wednesday, July 18th to talk about operating systems from MS and hardware from HP in the months ahead. Here's their - Read More
 
July 13th, 2012 | Karl Palachuk | Small Biz Thoughts
There are two primary reasons that machines are added to a Managed Service contract: 1) The client hires a new employee, or 2) An existing user gets a new computer. But there are all kinds of other reasons that machines show up (someone just wants two computers, client adds a job-specific machine, - Read More
 
July 13th, 2012 | Karl Palachuk | Small Biz Thoughts
I know most people don't actually follow my blogs and other writings. But those who do are aware of some changes I'm making this year. I have closed down my Promotion Monkey newsletter and the Freeday Friday podcasts. Karl W. Palachuk The reason is no great mystery: I am a firm believer in - Read More
 
July 13th, 2012 | Karl Palachuk | Small Biz Thoughts
There are two primary reasons that machines are added to a Managed Service contract: 1) The client hires a new employee, or 2) An existing user gets a new computer. But there are all kinds of other reasons that machines show up (someone just wants two computers, client adds a job-specific - Read More
 

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