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This is not a once-in-a-lifetime offer.

This is not a once-in-lifetime-offer... I don't have more than one lifetime. And my once-in-a-lifetime opportunity came a while back. I'm a little flustered because a new once-in-a-lifetime opportunity lands in my inbox nearly every day. Each smacks of exaggeration. I was sitting in a coffee...

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I have been away awhile

I've been away for a while. About a month, to be precise. The most tumultuous month of my past 25 years. When you run a personal business, sometimes the "personal" overtakes the business. And sometimes the "personal" overwhelms you so much you focus on basic survival. The love of my life...

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Thank You

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Cashflow challenges are complex

Cashflow challenges are complex. And very distracting. My tech support division began to eat cash in my first computer business. National surveys showed our clients ranked our client support as equal to IBM & HP. But the division was losing R400K each month. (In todays money). My...

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How to Avoid this Scam: Changing Bank Details on Invoices

I have an idea about the new scam making the rounds. This is where you get an email changing the bank details for your deposit. This happens so much in normal business that Investec Bank writes about it. It's also happening when you buy/sell your home. With big deposits. Bottom line: If you...

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CrashProof: What Banks Know About Small Business...

Last time I wrote that banks sell money. I want to tell you a story about why it's useful to keep that in mind. Always. Somerset West, 1998. A small group. I love those. Everyone has time to share their story. (This is not so easy when the group is 100+.) We'd reached the part of the seminar...

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Bankings Biggest Lie?

Have you ever borrowed money for your firm? Silly question. So easy to do. Walk into a bank. Pass a credit check. Sign some papers. Bingo Presto. Cash in your account. Whoa Big Boy. Sign some papers? Bingo Presto? A banker's biggest lie: "Those are our standard forms. Every client signs...

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CrashProof: Accountants and Seminars

Revisiting the CrashProof material dislodged a bunch of memories about the live seminars I once presented. Before I start, a short comment from Pam Franz about those Springboks I wrote about last time: I was at that seminar when the Springboks were next door, 22 years ago, wow time...

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CrashProof your Business: Embarrassing Moments

I said I’d tell you a bit more about live seminar distractions. There were two other biggies.... The first was a full house at the old Sandton Crowne Plaza circa 1996. Think of 100 seats crammed in a room with a capacity of 80 seats. Most hotels have a large banqueting room. They break this...

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CrashProof your Business Revisited Course Launches April 20, 2018

I've been working on the new CrashProof your Business Revisited course. The CrashProof your Business seminar launched in November 1995. More than 30,000 business owners have seen the course live, on VHS or DVD, or read the book. Hint: Don't offer sherry to business owners at an evening...

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