I‘ve been helping entrepreneurs and business owners like you for more than 40 years — mostly from within our Business Power Tools software apps and templates, and thru my blogs and book, "Business Black Belt."   My “Hero’s Journey” started In the early ’80s, I was the electronics buyer and a copywriter for the Sharper Image catalog. Later, I also sold some really cool word-processors in Silicon Valley. After Macs and PCs became popular, I started my own business creating sales literature for tech companies. A friend had a deal going to sell his engineering software to Apple. They wanted to see his business plan to be sure his company would stay in business to provide future upgrades and support. At the time, I viewed a business plan as an elaborate brochure that sold his concept to people at all levels, and responsibilities with various perceptions, biases, and interests. (I learned that from selling word-processors.) We got the deal. Over the next year, people came to me with some brilliant ideas, but their plans weren’t getting funded. I helped them fill in the missing parts to succeed. Along the way, I saw that business plans have a fundamentally universal structure. Hmmm…    What if I took all the content I’d developed, redacted everything proprietary, but filled in the blanks with a variety of customizable multiple-choice options, and offered it as a software template that many people could use?    This became BizPlanBuilder, the first of its kind, and my new company took off!     Inspired to help others build businesses that would make our world a better place, we became our own Guinea pigs seeking to remove as many common mistakes and as much unnecessary BS as possible, and crafted tools for others building businesses to make our world a better place.    We followed-up with MarketingBuilder, which picked-up where BizPlanBuilder left off, then we went even further with PRBuilder which included sample press release templates… In another direction, we added EmployeeManualBuilder and SafetyPlanBuilder full of actual policies and procedures.     Altogether, we had 10 products in about 3,500 retail stores and built a $12 million company with 30 employees… (All that to say, I've been down the road you're on. I didn't just make this stuff up!)     Today, all of our products have been integrated into a streamlined and unified online toolbox/dashboard. And we’re the leader in business development software templates that help you build your business.     I also like dogs, kick-boxing, flying airplanes, writing, walking on the beach at sunset, candlelight dinners, and red wine... :-)

Get Your Life Off the Roller Coaster… and Into a Steady Climb

Excerpted from the book on conscious business management, Business Black Belt Should you quit while you’re ahead? What if you did everything you need do to turn your life around—when it’s at the bottom—and then continued these efforts when everything is good? You would continue on an upward trend. The Roller Coaster Whoever said “You…

Focus on Your Goal… Not on How You’ll Get There

Excerpted from the book on conscious business management, Business Black Belt Don’t tell me something’s impossible. Tell me what it would take to make it possible. After we figure out what we want, we immediately start to figure out how to get it. We can achieve the same result in many ways. Don’t get too…

KARMA: Your Cosmic Credit Report

Excerpted from the book on conscious business management, Business Black Belt It takes about 10 years to become an overnight sensation. What goes around, comes around. It starts with you—even if nobody is looking. These days credit is on everyone’s mind. A poor credit report stays with you for 7-10 years no matter how good…

Why Smart People Don’t Learn So Well

Excerpted from the book on conscious business management, Business Black Belt At a certain age, people’s minds close up; they live on their intellectual fat. ~ William Lyon Phelps Otherwise intelligent people often unconsciously use their existing knowledge to block new ideas or facts coming in. This keeps them stuck and makes them a challenge…

We’re Full of Solutions Looking for Problems

Excerpted from the book on conscious business management, Business Black Belt A good answer evolves from many good questions. –Burke Franklin, Author, Business Black Belt If I had two hours to solve a problem, I would spend the first hour and a half asking questions and questioning assumptions—mine and those of everyone involved. I’ve found…