Tim's syndicated newspaper column, Small Business Q&A With Tim Knox is also one of the most-widely read business columns on the World Wide Web, appearing on over 1,000 websites at last count.
Even readers who have no interest in business enjoy Tim's humorous stories and observations on life, kids, dogs, and relationships.
Written in Tim's own unique style, Small Business Q&A is considered by many entrepreneurs and executives to be their weekly dose of humor and common sense business advice.
Below are a few of Tim's columns for your immediate perusal. For a complete listing please visit TimKnox.com.
What Can American Idol Teach You About Business?
Well, folks, as luck and ratings would have it, itís time for yet another season of that train wreck of reality TV, American Idol; the show that attempts to separate the talented from the terrible and brings them all into your living room each week for you to enjoy. Get ready to call in and cast your vote for who should be applauded and who should be muzzled. How fortunate we are to be living in a time when we can judge our fellow man via text message.
Whatís Stopping You From Starting Your Own Small Business?
"I Don't Syndrome" (IDS) is a sad malady that affects many people who claim they want to start their own business, but never seem to get beyond just talking about it. The symptoms of IDS are a lack of belief in themselves, a fear of failure and ridicule, a misguided belief that lots of money is required to start a business, and lousy time management skills. IDS can even cause an otherwise intelligent person to question their own sanity. Itís a sad disease that has prevents thousands of people every year from achieving their American Dream.
Learn To Focus On What's Important And Farm Out The Rest
How many times have you looked around your small business and said, ďThere just isn't enough time in the day to get everything done!Ē Welcome to the biggest realization you will ever make as a small business owner, my friend: there are only so many hours in the day and there isnít a darn thing you can do about it. So, instead of beating yourself up at the end of the day over how much you didnít get done, you should learn to make better use of the time you have. Your time should be spent doing only those things that help build your business and increase revenue, not mundane tasks that could be handled by someone else. Itís called ďworking on your business instead of working in it."
Do You Want Fries With That Management Style?
Iíve written many times about my vast experience in the fast food industry, not as a worker, but as an often mistreated customer. Each story typically involved bad food, apathetic employees, horrible customer service, and a vow never to return. That vow usually ended up in the dumpster when my craving for a chicken burrito got the better of my logic and principles.
Put Your Faith In Contractors, Then Pray Like Mad
Earlier this year I was convinced by my loving wife and adoring kids that if I truly loved them I would have a swimming pool installed in our back yard. The experience did introduce me to an interesting class of entrepreneurs collectively called, ďcontractors.Ē I donít mean to generalize, but the contractors Iíve been dealing with are a stereotypical bunch who drive really big pickup trucks and wear worn work boots and dirty jeans and torn t-shirts and sport three-day whiskers and go by names like Buddy, Bubba, Junior, Earl, and of course Tiny, who was the largest guy on the crew.
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