So you want to succeed in business, huh! We'll, according to George Cloutier, it's time to put business first.
In Cloutier's latest book, "Profits Aren't Everything, They're the Only Thing," he states that many business owners are not fully committed to the success of their businesses.
"When I do seminars around the country about building profits, it always stuns me when more than half the people in the room admit to not working on weekends, yet these are the same people who complain about failing to make big money," Cloutier writes in the book. "I meet a lot of resistance to this from clients at first. Of course you have every right to a life--if you don't care about making money."
If you are looking for some tough love when it comes to growing your business, this might be the book for you.
Here are some of the advice he offers small- and medium-sized business owners:
-Fire every family member but yourself.
-Weekends are for working, not seeing your children.
-Never pay your vendors on time.
-Wear your control freak badge with pride.
-Quit your denial: if your business fails during the recession, it's still your fault.
--Ron Ameln, SBM