From The Plumber’s Wife to America’s Top Expert on Making Big Money Doing Dirty Jobs!
Once upon a time, I almost sank our family business. I assumed I knew enough about business to run a dinky little plumbing company. After all, I had spent about $100,000 of my parents’ money on my college degree in Business Administration. In fact, I graduated at the top of my class. Still, I didn’t know how to balance a checkbook!
I got involved in my husband’s company after his partner died unexpectedly. Boy was I humbled! It seemed like lots of money was moving through the company, but at the end of the month there was never any money left. Thankfully, I found terrific mentors, savvy contractors who taught me how to keep score in business, how to put a simple business plan together, how to make money.
What I learned? How to make Business UN-Complicated. The key is to focus on the few things that have the biggest impact on your results. Business is EASY.
I started Bare Bones Biz, a venture capital and consulting company in 1995 to help folks of all ages turn their big ideas into successful businesses. I write as a columnist for Huffington Post, PHC News, business journals, and trade magazines around the country – providing “in the trenches” insight that business owners can relate to. As president of Benjamin Franklin, The Punctual Plumber, a home service company, I helped grow the company from zero to $40 million in franchise sales and 47 locations in less than 2 years. I am also the President of Zoom Drain and Sewer, LLC, a new franchise company expanding in the North East USA. We make Business UN-Complicated so you can live Life UN-Leashed!
I’ve contributed to Wells Fargo, Make Mine a Million, Nexstar Legacy Foundation, Dakota Supply Group, Uponor, The Site Shed, HGTV, Ozark’s Public Television, Office Depot, American Express Open Forum, The Springfield Business Journal, PHC News Magazine, Plumbing and Mechanical Magazine, Count Me In, Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling Contractors of America, Nexstar Association, Messe Frankfurt, AHR Exposition, International Engineering Association, Quality Service Contractors of America, National Chimney Sweeps Guild, International Cleaning Specialists Magazine, Business News Media, TMB Publishing Group, Onsite Waste Management Group, Radiant Panel Association, Interior Design Association of Western New York, Springfield Medical Managers Association, BlogTalkRadio, The Inspector’s Journal, National Association of Home Builders, National Association for Women Business Owners, Roofing Contractor Magazine, Walls & Ceilings Magazine. I am also a Ziglar Legacy Certified Trainer.
The Bare Bones Business Basics Series is an essential part of our mission to help expand freedom across the planet. So this website is THE community for BASIC business information.
Basic business information is empowering. Good people with an understanding of business can positively impact the world in a profound way. A society with a peaceful, ethical, honorable exchange of goods and services works…in your business, in our country, across the planet. Let me know how we can be of service to YOU.
PS…Yep, I am The Plumber’s Wife. You might want to “meet” The Plumber. Here’s Hotrod in a little clip we did to showcase how he spends a typical afternoon.