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Small Business and Fly Fishing Lessons of 2015

Posted by Matt Roberge on Jul 16, 2015 7:30:00 AM

Wow, I have gone fly fishing a lot this year already. My typical day has been: get up at 6am or earlier, crank emails and important action items, then fish from 8-11, and finally back to work until 6. It's been busy, but very refreshing. Lots of people came up to fish this year, including a few employees and even a client. It's been a blast. Here are the business lessons I have learned from the river this year.

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Topics: Small Business Growth, Small Business Sales, Fishing and Business, Business Mentoring

How Small Business Owners Who Own 2006 Tundras Can Save Money

Posted by Matt Roberge on Jan 5, 2015 7:00:00 AM

Today's post is a guest post from Jerry "Fishfull" Smalley. Jerry is an Iowa native that moved to the Flathead Valley in Montana over 30 years go. He is a retired science teacher, fly tying and casting instructor and an avid fly fisherman. He has written a weekly fishing column for over 30 years in the Hungry Horse News called "Fishfull Thinking." When not fishing you can find Jerry fixing things that he breaks like his truck. 

Short Answer: By Saving Time

And How Can They Save Time?

Long Answer: The FIRST time your TPS light blinks, take your rig to the tire company who charges the least to install Toyota EOM sensors and request all 4 grounded tire sensors be replaced at the same time. Get it done ONCE, then go back to work, doing what you do best. Remember the sensors operate on batteries with an 8-10 year life span. Fishfull recommends Tire-Rama, but be sure they use Toyota EOM sensors, not NAPA. Got 3 done for $102 each; last one cost $86. Toyota dealer wanted $160-$190 depending on who wrote the service work order.

Save Time. Save Money. Increase Productivity. Take Fishfull Fishing!

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Topics: Efficient Bookkeeping, Business Efficiency, Fishing and Business

Small Business Sales and Fly Fishing; Presentation is Everything

Posted by Matt Roberge on Jul 7, 2014 7:00:00 AM

Most of my time outside of the winter season is spent working on our small business and fly fishing. I live a very short walk from a good trout stream so I try and fish most days; at least for an hour or so. My daily routine consists of helping run a small business intermingled with some trout fishing, so I find a lot of correlations. It's hard not to occasionally let my thoughts drift back to business when I'm fishing (although I do try and escape). I was out fishing the other night thinking to myself, "I'm out here trying to sell to the trout. What am I doing wrong?" That is when I realized that success all comes down to presentation; both in sales and in fishing.

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Topics: Sales Advice, Small Business Growth, Grow Your Business, Small Business Sales, Fishing and Business

What A Fishing Guide Can Teach You About Your Small Business

Posted by Matt Roberge on Oct 18, 2013 7:00:00 AM

Today our sales manager Joe and I will be on day two of a three day float fishing trip on the Madison River so I thought it was fitting to post a fishing/business blog.  On the trip in addition to fishing we are talking 2013 financials, business opportunities and problems as well as 2014 forecasting and budgeting.  It's nice to clear your head and step out of the office to get a different perspective on your business.  Enjoy the post...cheers from the Madison in good old Ennis, Montana.

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Topics: Business Ideas, Sales Advice, Small Business Growth, Small Business Consulting, Small Business, Fishing and Business

What 10 Years Of Fly Fishing Has Taught Me About My Small Business

Posted by Matt Roberge on Jul 31, 2012 8:04:00 AM

I have officially now spent 10 years chasing fish (primarily trout) around the western United States.  I tend to get an itch each year to write an article about the similarities between fly fishing and small business.  Ten years seems like a long time, but when you look at your career and life in general it is just a small percentage of the total.  So I still feel like a green horn; in both fishing and small business.  It's always interesting to look back at last year's article on this subject to see how my thinking has changed; if at all (I always write the current article first before looking back at last year's thoughts).  In 2012 here is what fly fishing has made think about and apply to my business:

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Topics: Entrepreneurship, Fishing and Business

10 Similarities between Fly Fishing and Business Sales

Posted by Matt Roberge on Oct 28, 2011 11:18:00 AM

I had a tough day this week; so I went fishing to clear my head.  It got me thinking about how much fishing helps my business sales.  So here is my top ten list of the similarities between fishing and sales:

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Topics: Business Ideas, Sales Advice, Fishing and Business

Business Sales Lessons from the Trout Stream

Posted by Matt Roberge on Oct 4, 2011 12:01:00 PM

I hooked a HUGE rainbow the other night.  After an excellent fight that lasted several minutes the fish broke my fly off.  It was an incredibly difficult day of fishing; in fact that was the only fish that came to my fly all day.  It was a bad day and it got me down a bit.  As I walked home I related the day of fishing to the sales process and realized why I may have lost the fish.

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Topics: Sales Advice, Entrepreneurship, Fishing and Business

River Runoff and Business Sales

Posted by Matt Roberge on Jul 7, 2011 10:25:00 AM

Yep, it's that time of year again where I am going to draw a lot of correlations between fishing and business.  Fishing is what I am doing a lot of now, any time I get out of the office you can bet I am on the river fishing.  What happens when the river changes making fishing extremely difficult?  What happens in your business when times become tough?  Are they related and what can we learn from each?  

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Topics: Business Ideas, Sales Advice, Entrepreneurship, Fishing and Business

Difficult Fishing Conditions and the Success of Your Business

Posted by Matt Roberge on May 5, 2011 10:13:00 AM

We recently went on a company fishing trip to the Green River; it was hard...very hard.  Now let's get one thing straight right away; the fishing is always good, it's the catching that can be bad.  When we arrived home after 3 days of tough fishing my business partner's wife asked the obvious question: "Well did you learn anything?"  Of course this was a business trip after all right?  When times get tough in both business and fishing how do you get through it?

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Topics: Business Ideas, Entrepreneurship, Fishing and Business