Top Ten at Fifty

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Every now and then it makes sense to step back and review things. It is hard to believe that the Small Business File has covered more than fifty articles in the past couple of years. With this in mind, perhaps it is time to look back at ten of the more important or useful articles from the Small Business File. This is not a count-down list. In other words, I have not … [Read more...]

Power Plays

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I don't know about the rest of the country, but here in Caraga we've been dealing with an alarming increase in power outages. Sure, the Philippines is a developing country and power outages are to be expected from time to time, but lately, they have been occurring far too frequently and they are proving to be very damaging to the local economy. The frequency of power … [Read more...]

Time Out!

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Every now and then we need to make time for ourselves. We all need time to take a step back from our businesses and go on a much deserved vacation. Personally, I try and take a vacation at least once every year. And by vacation I mean at least a week away from business. A one week mental-break from business can do wonders for you. A vacation can literally recharge a … [Read more...]

Uncommon Advertising?

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A few articles back a regular commenter, Dennis, suggested it may be useful to offer some suggestions on non-traditional advertising possibilities for small businesses in the Philippines. This article will offer one such suggestion. There are a number of avenues that might be considered, so hopefully this first suggestion will serve as a means of opening up the debate on … [Read more...]

They Did It: Boardwalk Cloud 9 Surf Resort

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‘They Did It’ is a special column that appears on occasion in the Small Business File. Each week the Small Business File addresses some interesting topic related to entrepreneurship or small business management in the Philippines. ‘They Did It’ columns showcase businesses developed by foreigners and OFW’s. The goal is to provide insights into how different entrepreneurs … [Read more...]

Tips, Gratuities and Service Charges

A little something extra. For the effort. I'm talking about tips and tipping. Not all small businesses have any forms of gratuity associated with good service, but many do. Food businesses. Bars and clubs. Tour guides. In a nutshell, gratuities of some form or another play a part in the compensation of employees in many of these types of businesses. If your business does … [Read more...]

F&B Insider: Shrinkage

F&B Insider is a special column that appears on occasion in the Small Business File. Each week the Small Business File addresses some interesting topic related to entrepreneurship or small business management in the Philippines. F&B Insider columns focus on issues of particular interest to those small business operators in the food and beverage and hospitality … [Read more...]

Learning Curves

I just wrapped up teaching a class on Managerial Economics for MBA students this semester at Father Saturnino Urios University. One of the topics we covered was the use of learning curves in business. In a nutshell, learning curves are used by managers to help understand how organizations become more productive over time as people get better at doing their jobs. The basic … [Read more...]

F&B Insider: Leasing Space

F&B Insider is a special column that appears on occasion in the Small Business File. Each week the Small Business File addresses some interesting topic related to entrepreneurship or small business management in the Philippines. F&B Insider columns focus on issues of particular interest to those small business operators in the food and beverage and hospitality … [Read more...]

Best Addresses

Sometimes I take the little things for granted. Like all of you, I'm a busy person. Most of the time I assume that readers who come here to the Small Business File already have a fair bit of knowledge about small business. That's simply not the case. I know there are people who are just starting out. I remember when I was first getting involved in entrepreneurial … [Read more...]

They Did It: RK Franchise Consultancy

‘They Did It’ is a special column that appears on occasion in the Small Business File. Each week the Small Business File addresses some interesting topic related to entrepreneurship or small business management in the Philippines. ‘They Did It’ columns showcase businesses developed by foreigners and OFW’s. The goal is to provide insights into how different entrepreneurs … [Read more...]

Fake It Till You Make It?

I had a thought-provoking discussion with a friend the other day. We were debating about how much effort it really takes to launch a business in the Philippines. After batting ideas back-and-forth, we quickly eliminated the usual problems and settled in on one that we felt was difficult to reconcile. What we found interesting was the contrasting approaches taken by two … [Read more...]

Where I Live: Butuan City

Mabuhay! Welcome to Butuan City, the "Timber City" of the south. The name Timber became fashionable during the decades when logging was the main source of livelihood for many people living in the Agusan provinces. But over-exploitation and little to no attention payed to replanting tress makes many wonder whether Timber City is in fact a relevant name any longer. … [Read more...]

Shocking Electricity Charges

Power. Not the political kind. Nor the kind associated with professional athletes. Not even the awesome power mother nature can unleash. This week's topic for the Small Business File is simply about power of the electrical kind. This past week I needed to get a temporary electrical permit. It is for a project I have been working on and is at a new site different to where … [Read more...]

F&B Insider: Kitchen Design

F&B Insider is a special column that appears on occasion in the Small Business File. Each week the Small Business File addresses some interesting topic related to entrepreneurship or small business management in the Philippines. F&B Insider columns focus on issues of particular interest to those small business operators in the food and beverage and hospitality … [Read more...]