Luke Gheen is the owner and CEO of the CPA firm Gheen & Co. in Colorado Springs, CO. He has built his firm from the ground up, over the last seven years, by listening to peers, forming strategic partnerships, and always with very careful planning and an eye to the future. I worked with Gheen during the winter of 2016/17 on a custom implementation of the LivePlan Method for Strategic Advising. This series of four blog posts tells that story.Read More
In the business world, angel investors are sometimes equated with actual angels, sent to help us fund what could not otherwise be funded. These guardian angels of innovation are responsible for bringing many new ideas to life.
Have you experienced too many days of mind-numbing work, only to be faced with the realization that you haven’t accomplished a fraction of what you’d intended?
Of course, this happens to everyone occasionally, but if it is becoming a routine occurrence in your life, it’s time to do some sober introspection so that you can make the necessary changes.Read More
Gamification can be highly motivating, for both internal employee performance and customer loyalty.
It’s the practice of structuring everyday tasks into a game-like format so as to increase the level of role-playing and point gaining—simulating a game being played—by incorporating goal-setting, integrating online tools, and offering real-time feedback.Read More
I have done financial modeling and forecasting in one way or another for my entire career. I have performed this work for a vast array of business uses: management departments within private companies, project based companies, public companies and their boards, and companies seeking IPO.Read More
A business is an investment. You want it to succeed. You pour everything you can into it.
But, while you’re ensuring your ROI makes the venture worthwhile, it’s easy to forget one fundamental truth: Employees aren’t an investment—they’re people.Read More
Your company is running smoothly enough, but you know things could be better. Sometimes, a project gets hung up a few days too long, or meetings that once felt productive and useful now seem to drag on for hours. It can feel like wheels spinning in the mud, and it’s hard to get that traction back.
How can you fix these kinds of issues?Read More
Managing expectations is an aspect of business that is often overlooked while establishing client relationships. When clients are not briefed at the outset, or request changes further down the line, there is a tendency to over-commit and take on more work than is really feasible.
You’re running a small business. You’d dearly love to have high visibility on Google for organic search engine traffic and leads—but you’re being overwhelmed by big competitors with deep pockets and an army of Search Engine Optimization (SEO) specialists at their disposal.
Cheer up! You can still win at SEO, but you have to be smart—very smart—about how you deploy your resources.
Have you ever stopped to think about why we set goals for ourselves? You only have to look at the statistics to realize the odds are stacked against us.Read More
I was just browsing the web with my laptop on a Sunday afternoon, half watching football, when I caught a LinkedIn question about business plan software. “Just use Excel and do your own,” the answer says.
“Yeah, right,” as one of my daughters used to say, rolling her eyes, when she was still a teenager, “and oh, brother.”Read More
Being an accountant or a CPA also requires learning how to sell yourself and your firm’s services. Larger firms typically have someone responsible for marketing and business development, but smaller and one-person firms must know how to do it all if they want to compete and differentiate themselves.Read More