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Awake at 2 o’clock? is, and has been since 2008, my writings on the myriad of roles of a business owner. It covers the day-to-day realities of running a company; marketing, sales, management, finance, leadership and planning. While I clearly write from a pro-entrepreneurial point of view, the articles focus on practical advice and experiences that include all aspects of business.

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Quality of Earnings Part 2: Hidden Expenses
In my last post we discussed quality of earnings audits from a revenue perspective. Customer concentration, marginal lines of business and contracts are the three most common revenue traps. If you are comfortable with your company's strength and stability as … Continue reading → The post Quality of Earnings Part 2: [...]
Sun, Jun 11, 2017
Quality of Earnings Part 1: Revenue Traps
This will be the first of several columns on quality of earnings. While a formal, third-party Quality of Earnings Study is more often seen in mid-market transactions, even small business owners should be aware of the factors that can cause … Continue reading → The post Quality of Earnings Part 1: [...]
Sun, May 21, 2017
After the Exit; “Nothing Will Change”
“Nothing will change.” It is almost de rigueur for an acquirer to include that in his or her opening comments to the incumbent staff of a just-purchased business. Sometimes it is the seller's attempt at making folks feel better. The post After the Exit; “Nothing Will Change” appeared first on Awake [...]
Thu, Apr 27, 2017
Exiting a Family Business: Three Questions
Transitioning a Family Business has special issues. This interview was reprinted last week in the newsletter of Steven Bankler, CPA. We asked San Antonio business consultant John F. The post Exiting a Family Business: Three Questions appeared first on Awake at 2 o'clock?. [...]
Sun, Apr 09, 2017
Exiting a “Time and Place” Business
“The purpose of middlemen in the marketplace is to provide time and place utility.” I remember the light bulb going on in Economics 101 when my professor said that. Suddenly, I understood the concept of added value. The post Exiting a “Time and Place” Business appeared first on Awake at [...]
Sun, Mar 19, 2017

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