What I’d tell 22-year old me

My first job out of college was at a bank. I was 22 and a senior in college when I got the job offer, which came in October of that year. My first thought after hanging up the phone with the lady at the bank who made me the offer was, “Sweet, I can mail…

My true passion is not our business. It can’t be.

Thanks to my parents’ encouragement, I started playing golf at a young age – maybe 12 or 13. I worked at a golf club as a teenager cleaning clubs, washing carts and picking the driving range. I have found memories of my buddies hitting 1 irons at me late in the day when I was…

Here’s what you can learn from the San Francisco Giants…

The World Series has been awesome so far. The Giants are up 2 games to 0 over the Detroit Tigers. I’m a Dodgers fan which pretty much means I will never cheer for the Giants, but I have to tip my hat to them. They’ve played some incredible baseball so far, and it’s nearly impossible…

"Because everybody does that…"

Yesterday I spoke to a friend who owns a business. He asked me about press releases… Him: “We are considering doing a press release for a new product we are launching. Why don’t you do them at Schedulefly.” Me: “Well, let me ask you something first…Why do you want to do one?” Him: “Because that’s…

Don’t let your ego trick you…

(This is the first in a series of posts I’m going to write about things I often remind myself of.) I’ve interviewed lots of successful restaurant owners for our book and our videos. Almost all of them have told me that you have to check your ego once you are successful or your success will…

"I have no idea if Schedulefly is right for your restaurant."

A lady called this morning to ask about our restaurant staff scheduling and communication app. I answered a few questions about features and then told her, “I don’t know if Schedulefly will be the right fit for your restaurant. I don’t want to sell you on it. Rather, I recommend you use the free trial…

Steve Jobs, dogma, heart and intuition…

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow…

I eat lots of saturated fat and Schedulefly doesn’t have sales people…

If I followed conventional nutrition wisdom, I wouldn’t eat between 200%-500% of the daily recommended amount of saturated fat. If we followed conventional business wisdom at Schedulefly, we’d have sales people and do traditional (print and/or web-based/email) marketing. And a Twitter handle. And a Facebook page. But I do eat tons of healthy fat (butter…

Any customers want a free size XL Schedulefly t-shirt?

I’ve got 6 black Schedulefly tee’s and 3 white ones. They are all size XL. Want one? I’ll mail it to you if you email me… 1. Your name and the name of your restaurant. 2. How Schedulefly makes your life easier. 3. Your mailing address. 4. Do you want a black shirt or a…

Maybe it’s taking longer, maybe it’s not

While cleaning out a desk drawer this weekend – I found a dusty old note pad I had not used since 2009. The last notes I made in it were Oct 2009 – exactly 3 years ago. I had jotted down a summary of where Schedulefly was in Oct 2009 (number of customers and total…

New Vid! From chef to owner and the importance of generosity…

In the final video from The Meatball Shop, co-owner Daniel Holzman talks about the challenges of transitioning from being a chef to being an owner, as well as the importance of being generous with your staff. This is yet another great video with incredible wisdom and advice. We wish we could make these videos with…