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November 22, 2021

How Strong is Your Playbook?

Strategic and operational plans are not just “set and forget” items. Your business’ growth and success depend on them. One ultimate mistake funeral home and cemetery owners and management make when putting together a strategic plan is confusing it with other types of planning. A strategic plan is a tool that provides you and your business with the framework to accomplish the company’s mission with proficiency and impact. Sorry, folks, the grand blueprint in your mind doesn’t qualify. Your plan really must be measurable and in writing. Typically, your strategic plan will encompass a timeframe of three to five years. It is not something you just set and forget. It should be your playbook for the business. You will constantly monitor and adjust it into a clear annual operating plan and budget. Regardless of what you call it, the point […]
November 9, 2021

The Foresight Companies Welcomes Nick Padlo

Chris Cruger and Doug Gober bring on industry professional to join their team. Phoenix, AZ—November 9, 2021 — “We are excited to announce that Nick Padlo has joined the Foresight Team. Nick is one of the best financial minds in the profession, as well as one of the finest people I have had the opportunity to know. The addition of Nick to our Business Analysis Team allows us to continue to deliver the highest level of quality service to our clients,” Chris Cruger, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner of The Foresight Companies, recently said.  “Our goal was to find the very best person who embodied our passion for the profession and our clients. Nick’s experience in the funeral profession over the past seven years will prove incredibly valuable in providing solutions for our clients. We couldn’t be more excited […]
October 27, 2021

Chapter Ten: The Best New Thing

Why be influenced by someone you don’t respect? A confident owner/manager who knows that his staff and firm deliver exceptional service has no competitors.   Since I first set foot in a funeral home in 1984, one best new thing has come along and evolved. No, you can’t buy it. No, you can’t steal it. And no, you can’t copy it from your competitor. This new thing, however, will help you increase your profit and the value of your business by thousands. Will it bring a smile to your face? Absolutely! Is it advertised in the pages of this magazine? No. In fact, if you add it to your repertoire, you will be the only one to have it. You should be warned that it is as infectious as any virus, though, so it will infect your staff and those […]
October 27, 2021

Hiring for Your Business?

Most employers are at least aware of the issue of independent contractor versus employee. But making the determination has never been clear. The Department of Labor issued a final rule clarifying the standard for independent contractor versus employee under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). That may sound encouraging, but it is doubtful that the rule consisting of more than 1,200 pages makes the designation any easier. In reality, the rule only clarified the factors to consider that are still open to interpretation. The effective date of the final rule was March 8, 2021. Why does this designation make a difference? There is a financial incentive to declare a worker an independent contractor. But declaring one independent does not make it so—under the law. If a worker is deemed to be an independent contractor, the employer is not required to […]
October 6, 2021

Adapting and Evolving Your Business to Meet the Needs of the Consumer

2021 Funeral and Cemetery Consumer Behavior Study Insights Summary DOWNLOAD NOW The future is NOW for the funeral and cemetery profession. The question is, are you planning to adapt and evolve your business or plan your succession? If you are staying in the profession, we encourage you to download our Insights Summary on the results of our 2021 Funeral & Cemetery Consumer Behavior Study. You will discover how to embrace and implement the new changes that are vital to your future business success.
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