Entries by Ian Gurfield

Covid Survival Mindset

These are screwed up times.  For everyone. A few monhts ago my small business was on pace to have a record sales year.  Today, I’m happy we still have a business. Here is what I’m thinking to get through this.   1. This is going to take longer that any of us want When state lockdowns […]

This is How you Own a Restaurant

A few words on how to do it right. This is how you own a restaurant.  Start small.  Avoid a lot of debt or investors.  The less you spend up front, the sooner you will be making money.  If possible own your real estate.  This will help finance your business needs now and “retirement” later […]

Grilled Pizza: Dough Recipe

Want to make amazing pizza at home? No need for a backyard brick oven. Grilled Pizza is where its at.   Its still summer.  You want to grill.   Here’s a simple formula for grilled pizza.  I did this last month for my in laws.  They loved it.  You will too.   1000g King Arthur […]

When to close a business

Four things to consider before closing your doors for good. Recently, a friend of mine, let’s call him Mike, had one of his worst fears come true.  His business had run out of money. This was strange. Mike owned a deli with a cult following.  Every week customers waited in long lines to buy one […]

The Foundation of Great Pizza Dough (Geeky)

Good pizza starts with good math. Ok, I’ll admit it.  The subject of this post isn’t the most exciting. But its important. If you’re serious about making good pizza at home you need to weigh ingredients.  And work with Baker’s Percentages. Let me explain. Weight is Best Professional bakers and pizzaiuolos don’t measure ingredients by […]

80% Busy: Part 2

How to tame your schedule and go from stupid busy to stupid happy I’m not going lie.  It took awhile to go from miserable burnt out fuck to happily functioning at 80% busy.  Here’s how I did it. Delegate My recovery from burn out, required learning to let go.  During the early years of running […]

80% Busy

How to avoid burn out, make more money and be a better spouse Today, I’m going to share with you one of the secrets of my success.  Its deceptively simple. My goal is to be 80% busy. Don’t worry, this post isn’t a slacker manifesto. In later posts I’ll explain the nitty gritty of how […]

4 Stages of Organizational Growth (Thanks to Zingtrain!)

Thanks to everyone who attended tonight’s Dreambank event in downtown Madison, WI. The wonderful people at Zingtrain have created a great document breaking down the different stages of organizational growth and the skills needed at each stage.  The content of the document is attributed to the work of MIT professor Edgar Schein who was an […]