Balanced reporting is key. Professionals who analyze your data should be mindful of what they’ve learned from past projects, yet start each project with fresh thinking. They should report methods to clients, citing various professional journals that support their analysis or recommendations, and provide rationales against counter arguments to using different methods because that transparency adds to balanced reporting. They should explore a range of plausible solutions – not just those that have worked in the past – as that exploration is crucial for finding the most favorable solutions to organizational problems.
Expectations—if you had them for 2020, it wouldn’t be surprising if they didn’t pan out. I expected the Bay Area, CA to be full of talented, hireable people with a history of W-2 and planned self-employment, and my expectations were met. Writer, researcher, business coach, gardener, odd-job guy, astrologer and clergywoman—all were especially skilled. It was a wonderful reminder that I share with my clients who seek advice on hiring: if you’re interviewing someone who creates their income, and they can afford to live in the Bay Area, then you’ve just met the best of the best.
Keep it Simple! Keeping it simple is the best advice that I give to micro and new, small businesses when it comes to tracking important data such as customer data, marketing costs, and telecommunications costs. Work with a spreadsheet, use one tab each for customer data, marketing costs, telecommunications costs, and other major expense relevant to your business. Thirty minutes of data entry per week and you’re sitting on a gold mine of information, that, when analyzed, help you make better business decisions. It’s that simple!
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