Category: Ray’s View

Get a Grip on Your Time—It’s Valuable

When running a business, having the time to accomplish everything you need to attend to (or think you do) is a major issue. Contracts, personnel issues, seeking new business, financial reports, and meetings are just a few items on your agenda. And while email and smartphones can streamline communication, they have mainly served to exacerbate… Read More »

Key Questions to Answer Before Agreeing to Minority Ownership

It is not unusual for owners to receive requests from current or prospective employees about owning stock or a membership interest in the owner’s company. Owners must engage in this discussion with their eyes wide open and be fully aware of the benefits and pitfalls of having minority shareholders. The immediate response to anyone who asks about becoming a minority shareholder should be “I’ll think about it.”

Top Ten Most Crucial Goals

When working with clients I am often asked, “where do we start?” Clients, especially new ones, want to start as many projects as possible, leading to project overload. In the end, nothing gets done well, and the management team is overwhelmed with B-level work that does not bring money in the door. Then the owner… Read More »

New Year, New View for Your Success

The hardy souls who arrived in America in the early years, from the Pilgrims to our Founding Fathers, were entrepreneurs in their own right. They sought freedom in many areas of their lives and wanted liberty and the right of self-determination to make their own choices, free from encumbrances. Our country’s Founding Fathers—and Thomas Jefferson,… Read More »

Experience Entrepreneurial Freedom

At Monticello Strategies, our proprietary program, The Entrepreneurial Freedom Program, is based on the principles of our Founding Fathers—liberty, freedom, the right to self-determination and the pursuit of happiness. Numerous clients have engaged our program and achieved a level of personal and professional freedom and happiness that they had not envisioned as being possible. Our principles-based… Read More »

Why Working 6 Days A Week Is A Terrible Idea

Before you start reading this article from Business Insider’s website, let me wish you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving. Take some time to enjoy your family and friends.  For many professionals, working on the weekends has become the norm — a way to catch up from the previous week or get a head start on… Read More »

22 Resume Mistakes That Are Way Too Common

Once again, the Business Insider website offers some interesting career advice. You have very little time to impress a recruiter with your resume. So the last thing you want to do is to make an easily avoidable mistake. To find out the worst resume mistakes that are way too common — beyond grammatical errors and typos — we reached… Read More »

Millions of Americans Are Losing Their Health Plans Because of Obamacare

Here’s an interesting article by John McCormack, first published in  The Weekly Standard, and reprinted on the Friends of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce website. While the Affordable Care Act was making its way through Congress in 2009 and 2010, President Obama famously promised the American people over and over again that if you like… Read More »

Live in the positive zone: Cut the cable feed

A few months ago my wife and I got so fed up with all the negative news that surrounds us every day that we pulled the plug on the cable TV. How many times do we need to hear about the some celebrity’s drug problem, someone’s trial, corporate scandal, or government this or that? It’s… Read More »

Exports, Energy Production are Bright Spots for the U.S. Economy

 An interesting article by J.R. Reed, published on the FreeEnterprise.com website. Thanks to increased U.S. exports and a significantly lower demand for oil imports, America’s trade deficit shrunk drastically in June – a trend that could signal great news for second quarter GDP numbers. The Department of Commerce recently announced that the trade gap fell more than… Read More »