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Who's Minding the Store?

Foster a good manager, and you won't have to worry about spending time away from your business.

This story appears in the August 2002 issue of Entrepreneurs Start-Ups magazine.

There's an old saw that goes something like this: "While the cat's away, the mice will play." It's cute, but it doesn't have to be true. We prefer to think this way: "While the boss is away, the employees will work even greater miracles." Now, if you think that's true, can you prove it?

Let's consider the case of one of our clients, who owns a business that could best be described as seasonal. Not seasonal in the sense of a ski resort, or even in terms of retailers that are heavily dependent on the year-end holiday season. This business is more similar to greeting card manufacturers. The business is active all year but has several very significant spikes--specifically the end of each calendar quarter, especially December and June.

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