Once a week, PointBlank will deliver a roundup of small business news and advice from around the nation.
Learning Lessons From A Baseball Executive
Love this blog post from Purposeful Leader, which talks about well-known Oakland Athletics executive Billy Beane. You may know him from Moneyball, or as many of my friends call it, “the baseball movie.”
A little background on Beane. Realizing that the smaller-market Oakland team could never hang with the titans of Major League Baseball based on salary alone, Beane got creative. He used a statistics-based approach, valuing the ability of players to get on base above all else and discarding traditionally overrated metrics like batting average. While his teams still haven’t won a World Series in his tenure, they were very good for a very long time.
There are lessons cash-strapped small business owners can take home from Beane. Favor analytics over folksy wisdom. Embrace new technology and new approaches. Don’t be afraid to make changes if you’ve thoroughly vetted them and they make sense. It’s about standing out and trying something new in the hopes that it will catapult you to new heights.
Five Untrue Tax Tall Tales
Business News Daily has five tax myths you really want to read about, because all five are frequently misunderstood.
The biggest thing with taxes, I’ve found, is that they’re so outwardly intimidating that most small businesses know only the basis of filing their taxes. The more you learn, the better-prepared you’ll be when filing your taxes in the coming months.
What To Ask Small Biz Customers?
Know the right questions to ask to get the responses you need. We break it down.
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