Welcome to Business Snacks!

Snacks?

On a business site?

Okay, maybe the concept of "business snacks" is a bit of a stretch.

But, as I see it, we're all very busy, so the business help here will come in "snackable" form. 

​Fast, friendly and useable!

​My name is Stan Dubin and welcome!

This site is directed to the small business owner. Apparently a small business is defined as having between 1 to 99 employees.  Well, I love small business owners. In the last 25 years, I started six very different "small" businesses and they are either still going strong or they ended in a very rewarding way.

I went into business for myself to enjoy the hell out of working and to have no ceiling on the rewards. I intend the same for you.

If you're looking for charts and spreadsheets or if you're looking for "sophisticated" business information, this isn't the place. I'm interested in what works and what can be used fairly quickly...and that's what you'll find here.

To your business success,
Stan Dubin​

Author of The Small Business Success Manual — used by over 10,000 business owners and employees. The new Tools for Business Success Workbook is now available.

How Google Works — Not Your Everyday Slideshow

The following is a slideshow from two former execs at Google. They also wrote a book together, aptly named “How Google Works.” The book also included hiring dos and donts, so I amplified on these points in three Hiring Tips. Here is a link to the first hiring tip.

I think you’ll find some nuggets in this slideshow that you can apply to your business.

Author of The Small Business Success Manual — used by over 10,000 business owners and employees. The new Tools for Business Success Workbook is now available.

“Blog to Win Business” — Book Review

Blog to Win BusinessIf you have a blog or are considering a blog, this book is somewhere between a must-read and an absolute must-read.

It’s all of $4.50 over at Amazon.

I’ve been blogging for seven years and I’ve devoured a ton of instructional content. Some of it good, some great and unfortunately too much of it just didn’t hit the mark.

I wish I had started off with Henneke’s book.

If you’re looking for gimmicks or short cuts, this is not your book. If you’re looking for sound principles communicated in an intelligent, concise and friendly way, you’ll be pleased.

Blog to Win Business will help you get and keep your readers’ attention. If you’re blogging to generate business, there’s likely nothing more important than that.

This is a Kindle book, but if you do not have a Kindle, Amazon has several ways to access the content.

Head on over and get yourself a copy of the book. You will not be disappointed.

Author of The Small Business Success Manual — used by over 10,000 business owners and employees. The new Tools for Business Success Workbook is now available.

Customer Retention Made REALLY Easy

[Note: My apologies if this post is more than a “snack” but I do think you’ll find it helpful!]

Do you know what is staggering?

The number of other companies making offers to your customers and prospective customers. Some of these companies are in direct competition with you. Some are simply competing for those spendable dollars your customers have available to them.

Either way, know that your customers are being deluged with marketing efforts by an enormous number of other companies. Some of these marketing efforts are well thought out, expensively designed and unrelenting. The result is your customers may love you and still leave you.

What can you do to keep your customers coming back?
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Author of The Small Business Success Manual — used by over 10,000 business owners and employees. The new Tools for Business Success Workbook is now available.

Hard Times and Hard Work

The above was taken at a car wash in my local area. The guy you see drying the car is the owner. I have seen him almost every time I’ve been there, regardless of the time of the day. I’ve been going there for at least 15 years.

He is ALWAYS hands-on, drying the cars personally and moving about instructing his staff on various things. The staff, mostly young kids, are changing often, so there’s a whole LOT of educatin’ going on.

His wife is the cashier and appears to wear quite a few other hats as well. And I’ve seen her every time I’ve been there.

Anyway, in this day and age of employment difficulties, I was just very impressed with two VERY hard working people. You could call them “mom and pops.”

Some people believe that hard work, even super hard work is the answer.

Author of The Small Business Success Manual — used by over 10,000 business owners and employees. The new Tools for Business Success Workbook is now available.

Winston Churchill Had Some Amazing One-Liners!

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Be prepared to laugh.

And be prepared to learn a few business lessons that will catch you off guard.

There’s 40 of them here. Here is one I liked:

Lady Nancy Astor:

“Winston, if I were your wife, I’d put poison in your coffee.”

Winston Churchill:

“Nancy, if I were your husband, I’d drink it.”

And on a more serious note:

“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”

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Author of The Small Business Success Manual — used by over 10,000 business owners and employees. The new Tools for Business Success Workbook is now available.