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August 2008

How to pick an accountant for yourself (or your business)

Written by Paul on August 31st, 2008

Before I say anything else, I want to clarify that I’m not advocating cheating or cutting corners, but I’ve found in my own experience that the difference between a good accountant and a bad one can cost you thousands of dollars. A good accountant recognizes all the costs of running a business, offers tips for good investments (in turn, reducing taxes), and offers advice on how best to grow your personal wealth. Bad accountants miss out on all those things …

Getting Past "The Wall"

Written by Paul on August 28th, 2008

The most common phrase I hear from entrepreneurs is, “Get me to the next level.” Within a few minutes of chatting with them, it’s usually very obvious that they have a very real feeling of being stuck.

What “the next level” actually is varies depending on who you talk to but the good news is many of the factors that block reaching it are surprisingly the same. …

Quick Wins: Three ways to save money fast

Written by Paul on August 25th, 2008

I’ve consulted a number of small businesses over the past few weeks and, unsurprisingly, they seem to be concerned about the same things that most of my non-entrepreneurial friends are: saving money.

Here are three tips for cutting your costs immediately:

  • Ditch the underused gadgets. Knowing exactly what you have is the first step — classify things by how often you use them. It doesn’t have to be complicated, simply look for anything that you don’t use on a daily basis. Some

Vacation scheduling and the little white lies that you need to tell

Written by Paul on August 22nd, 2008

I have a secret: I tell people that I’m on vacation at least twice a month and it’s usually a lie because I’m actually just working from somewhere different to avoid distractions.

Yep, now my secret’s out but I’m not worried. I’ll continue using it because most people don’t want to be known as the person that bothers people on vacation.

Learn to take advantage of a distraction-free day and work like your hair is on fire.

Do nothing except finish the

The importance of being accessible

Written by Paul on August 19th, 2008

A column in this month’s Inc. magazine describes what it was like to work for the world’s most successful entrepreneur, Bill Gates:

Bill came in. I thought about how strange it was that he had two legs, two arms, one head, etc. – almost exactly like a regular human being.

So, maybe Bill isn’t the right person to compare ourselves against but the point is that the people around you need to easily recognize that you are a real person, just …

The art of screwing off effectively

Written by Paul on August 15th, 2008

Whether you’re working for someone else or running your own gig, you’re probably going to slack off at some point. I should know, I do it and so do most of the people I know. Unfortunately, efficiently wasting time remains a complex, underestimated and often misunderstood task.

In my experience, some of my most productive moments occur when I take a break and waste a little time.

Just remember that there’s a fine line between using your downtime effectively and stealing time …

Don’t take things too seriously

Written by Paul on August 12th, 2008

This is the eleventh in a series of posts about the lessons I wish I’d learned earlier in life.

Life is short. Too short to not enjoy yourself, both at work and at play.

I know what you’re thinking (because I used to think the same thing): Life can’t always be fun and games. True. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t take roll with the punches.

Besides, no one’s ever been on their deathbed and wished that they had worked harder.

How I got 60,000 monthly readers within 6 months

Written by Paul on August 7th, 2008

Over the past few months, I’ve received a number of emails from readers asking about many things related to starting and growing a blog. I think there’s something you should know: blogging, like most things, is not about brilliance. Valuable blogs are the product of hard work and smart, disciplined processes.

Successful blogging is really about doing a few (seven, actually) simple things right and avoiding serious mistakes along the way. Don’t forget to grab the free checklist at

Assassinate your inner autopilot

Written by Paul on August 5th, 2008

This is a guest post by Diana D. Jarvis, a single professional currently located in Metro Atlanta, GA.

When we’re in a miserable situation, the logical thing to do is to get out of it, right?  So why do many of us stay in jobs we despise?  Or maybe you have a friend who drives you crazy complaining about his job while making excuses for not sending out his resume.  Why not do something about it already?

In a word: energy.

Dragging yourself …

How Going Out To Lunch Made Me Rich

Written by Paul on August 1st, 2008

Like most people starting out in their careers, I was making chump change while trying to pay for school and figuring out what to do with my life. To be honest, I ended up wasting most of my money on overpriced (and horrible) food at school instead of accepting near-daily invitations to head out to lunch with a group of people from work. (My excuse was that I was saving money by avoiding real restaurants and that somehow hanging out …

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