SWOT

How to use a SWOT Analysis to build a strategic plan

Jason Sayen smartPRENEUR Blog Series

Have you ever built a strategic plan for your company?  It’s a daunting process that can take hours and leave you even more overwhelmed than before you started.  The SWOT Analysis tool is a simple and easy to use tool that can help you build a strategic plan in a quicker and more organized fashion. What is a SWOT analysis? ...

How workflow documentation can help with software implementation

Jason Sayen smartPRENEUR Blog Series

Implementing software into your business can be a daunting task. Sometimes we do it because we have to.  For example, all businesses need to run some sort of accounting software like Quickbooks in order to pay for items, process invoices, etc.  If you have a more mature business and are looking into making certain areas run more efficiently in order ...

Being A Pro

Chris Smith smartPRENEUR Blog Series

What qualities would someone have to have for you to consider them a professional, or pro, in the consumer electronics industry? A quick Google search of “professional defined” reveals a very low bar: “Competent, Skillful, Assured ... Engaged in a specified activity as one’s main paid occupation rather than as a pastime.”  Really!? That’s all it takes?  As the former ...
Process Map

How to use a SIPOC Model to build a Process Map in under an hour

Jason Sayen smartPRENEUR Blog Series

In a previous blog, I talked about the principles of Lean Six Sigma and how at its core, the goal is to remove waste from a process.  You can’t remove waste if you don’t know your process and while writing down your process is a great first step, visual documentation allows you to see how a process should work…and it ...

Lean Six Sigma vs EOS vs OKR’s: What tool is right for my business?

Jason Sayen smartPRENEUR Blog Series

Congratulations!  You started a business, it’s growing and you’re busy.  Now what?  Do you still own a business or do you own a job?  Most owners in the skilled trade industry start out as technicians but quickly have to learn how to run and manage a business.  There are a lot of different skills used to run a business like ...

Hiring Process

Chris Smith smartPRENEUR Blog Series

Who is your best hire? Have you ever made a bad hire? Have you repeated that mistake? More than once? Making hiring mistakes are costly to both your business and employees. It’s a time suck, money suck, the onboarding is painful, unemployment payout, the morale of your team, shaken confidence in leadership, retention of your existing staff, and all of ...

Why Process Creation & Documentation Is Vital For Your Business

Jason Sayen smartPRENEUR Blog Series

Does your business have written documentation of its processes or are they all stuck in someones head?  Processes are critical in order for a business to function on a daily basis.  When most businesses are started, the processes are built organically by what the owner wants instead of what the business needs. What is a business process? “A business process ...