To help explain the shift in IT provider models in the industry, late last year, I introduced the “Technology Success Provider” (TSP). This year, at Schnizzfest, I asked you to trust me by joining me on the journey to Technology Success World. If you still haven’t taken the first step to becoming a TSP, the new year is a good time to start.... Read more
If you still haven’t drafted your business plan for 2019, you’re a little late to the game. That being said, I’d rather you develop one late than not create one at all. To help you begin the process as quickly as possible, let’s review several key points to consider.... Read more
It’s that time of the year again. Many of us are looking back on the past year to assess it to determine what we could do better in 2019. While it’s important to take time to reflect on 2018, it’s just as important to dedicate a portion of our days to creating a business plan for 2019. If you’re unsure of where to begin, outlining a list of New Year’s resolutions is a good start — and there are some you should consider adding to your list.... Read more
With 2018 coming to a close, it’s time for TruMethods members to reflect on all they’ve learned throughout the course of the year. To make things a bit easier — especially with the holiday season upon us — I’ve culled top-performing posts from this year’s content.... Read more
Understanding the metrics behind your business is what will keep you afloat amongst your competition. That’s a lesson Eric Rieger, president of WEBIT Services, learned more than 20 years ago, when he began his entrepreneurial journey as an IT provider.... Read more
Without a doubt, “trusted advisor” is one of the most overused and misused terms in the industry. We’ve all used it at some point or another. It’s how we’ve pitched ourselves to potential clients, right? “Think of us as your trusted advisor,” we’d say. It’s how we’ve been carrying out business for many years, but it’s about time we change our approach.... Read more
Not everybody’s cut out for awesomeness. Deciding to become awesome (or a virtuoso, someone who’s at the top of his craft) is the first step to leading a better life — and that’s good for business. While the journey to awesomeness is different for everyone, there are things all TruMethods members should consider before transitioning from coaster to virtuoso.
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You’ve more than likely heard of Sam Bloedow. Like you, he’s a TruMethods member and a small business owner. More specifically, he’s the CEO and founder of Thriveon, an IT services company dedicated to producing better business results for Minnesota-based business owners by leveraging technology investments in a way to maximize revenues. He’s executive who’s been around the block a few times and knows the IT industry well.... Read more
Sometimes selling requires you to shift your mindset. Not everything’s going to go according to plan. When it doesn’t, it’s best to adapt to the situation at hand by calling an audible and making the appropriate adjustments. None of this can happen without something I’ve been harping on for years (you know exactly what I’m talking about, and I know you’re probably sick of me saying it, but let me repeat it) — a positive mindset.... Read more
Many of your customers today view technology as an operating expense on their income statements. They’re categorizing your managed services under selling, general and administrative expenses (SG&A). What does this mean? It’s simple: Your customers are grouping your managed services with office supplies, utilities, rent and cleaning services.
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