Through conversations with my SCORE mentors, a spreadsheet was created showing the current-state and future-state of the systems. This analysis also included the frequency of use. This spreadsheet helped to quantify the amount of time devoted to each task and system. From these insights, I identified ways to use certain systems for multiple tasks and streamline processes. It's often helpful to take a look at what we're spending our time doing as entrepreneurs, and what we may be able to delegate or eliminate.Read More
Philanthropy and volunteer leadership have been a key part of my annual goal setting process. I volunteer at least once each month, and get great joy from helping others in my community - whether it's those who are hungry, those who could use mentoring, or those who could benefit from learning.Read More
Question: How important is it to practice optimism when starting or running a small business on Cape Cod?
Answer: Being optimistic is fundamental to being successful through business launch and growth, whether establishing a new business or buying a business or franchise.Read More
When I moved back to New England from the Midwest in 2011, I quickly noticed that one resource missing was a professional association to build connections and learn from those in my field of Organization Development and Learning. Having spent almost a decade in Wisconsin, I was a member of a few professional associations. Learning and connections with these groups were pivotal in helping me to find new positions, learn new approaches, and really feel like I had a community!Read More
Since re-branding my company, Sarah Scala Consulting, a few months ago, I realized that I am using a lot of technology and systems to support the business! I began to feel overwhelmed with managing the day-to-day operations and all the marketing systems. Through conversations with my SCORE mentors, a spreadsheet was created showing the current-state and future-state of the systems. This analysis also included the frequency of use.Read More
Can you give me some tips on starting a small business? I am asked this question weekly from people who are curious about entrepreneurship. Some have a defined business strategy, and are simply looking for tips.Read More