Do you love your business more than your family?

I still remember the turmoil of my Senior year like it was yesterday.  I had lived in my childhood home since I started kindergarten.  Three months before my high school graduation my father was filing bankruptcy and we lost our house, our family’s farmland and my father’s veterinary business. It wasn’t supposed to be like this, but as I’ve learned … Read More

Are you crazy or just an entrepreneur?

Most people misunderstand and underestimate what it takes to be an entrepreneur. It’s not about money. It’s about having a vision and a courageous spirit. I remember when I started Paradiem in 2007. It was very clear that I was being called to something bigger than what I had been doing. Although the vision was clear to me, it was … Read More

Should your son or daughter come to work for you?

I’m sure we’ve all seen the movies or TV shows where the son or daughter gets a job inside the company, and everyone resists their new role. Every media representation of this scenario I’ve seen, tells a very sad or troubling story. Unfortunately, these poor results have similarly played out in companies across the country.  Many times, when a family … Read More

The Owners Dilemma: Who am I?

It’s 4:00 PM on Friday, and you’re about to begin a week‑long vacation. You’ve just finished looking over the financials of the company. Payroll is made, and as you look at where you are versus your targets, you can tell it’s going to be a good month. Then, you get a phone call from your HR Director, wanting to know … Read More

Unifying Your Employees

When I was growing up, a job was somewhere you went from 8am to 5pm every day.  The idea was to show up, do your work and go home.  There was rarely any crossover from what was going on at home versus what was going on at work.  Similarly, my first few employers didn’t care much about my personal life … Read More

How can you know and grow your employees?

As an employer, it’s important to hire the right people and have the right employees working inside of your company. It’s easy to only think of our employees for what they bring to the office on a day‑to‑day basis. What we forget is employees have a life outside of the office too. Many times, what is happening outside of the … Read More

The most common mistake new business owners make.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen this happen. I meet with a new business owner and they tell me how well business is going and how much money they’re making. I’m excited for them, but it often seems when tax season rolls around, they don’t have any money left to pay their taxes. If this has happened … Read More

Are there unexpected problems waiting on the other side of a business sale?

You’ve sold your business. As a business owner, this should be the happiest time of your life. For the first time ever, rather than having a balance sheet with a hypothetical value, you have cash or value of stock inside your account. Unfortunately, for most owners, this is the beginning of a new set of problems no one told them … Read More

What If We’ve Been Doing It All Wrong?

It’s hard to believe how fast time flies. This year will mark my 20th year in the financial/legacy business, but many days it feels like it was just yesterday that I started. That’s the funny thing about life. Speak to anyone who is older, and they will always tell you life goes much faster than you expect. I’ve always had … Read More