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Gene Marks

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Author, business owner and online columnist for Forbes, Business Week and American City Business Journals www.quickerbetterwiser.com

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SEPTEMBER 2, 2010 12:58PM

City of Philadelphia, Tax Those Bloggers!

An edited version of the column appeared on Business Week, August 25th, 2010
 
By Gene Marks

Bloggers in my hometown are up in arms this week.   That’s because the City of Philadelphia is charging some of them a $300 lifetime Business Privilege tax.  The city’s positi… Read full post »
An edited version of this blog appeared on Business Week, August 24th 2010
 
Well, another men’s over-40 softball season is over and my team performed as expected:  we were 3-15.  And I’m feeling every inning of those fifteen losses.  My hamstrings ache and my kne… Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 2, 2010 12:50PM

Get Paid. Quicker. Better. Wiser


An edited version of this column appeared on Forbes, September 1st, 2010
 
Isn’t it fun waiting to be paid?  Don’t you just love calling on customers when an invoice is overdue?  Or being given excuses like “your invoice got lost” or “we only process… Read full post »

An edited version of this column appeared on Business Week on April 15, 2010

 

I get this stupid idea every few years.  As softball season approaches, as it is now, I go the sporting goods store and upgrade my equipment.  Some years I’ll drop hundreds of dollars on a glove,… Read full post »

An edited version of this column appeared on Business Week on April 6, 2010.

 

Nine months ago I wrote about healthcare reform and how it would affect small companies like mine.  At the time I said I was in favor of the proposed legislation.  At the time I said it… Read full post »

This column appeared in American City Business Journals on March 26, 2010

You’d think at the age of 44 I’d have figured out how to stop wasting so much of my time. But I’m just not that smart. I sit in traffic instead of planning my route. I go to parent-teacher… Read full post »

This column appeared in Business Week on March 13, 2010

I was at my daughter's swim team banquet the other night and my BlackBerry saved my life.

No, I didn't receive any important client e-mails or text messages. I wasn't working on a last-minute estimate for that client who wants us… Read full post »

MARCH 22, 2010 8:41PM

Getting Sales By Being A Pest

An edited version of this column appeared in American City Business Journals on March 12, 2010

Growing up, I once knew a sadistic pest of a kid named Josh. He would tell me that when he was on vacation with his family he would catch frogs and throw them high in… Read full post »

An edited version of this column appeared in Business Week on March 5, 2010

 

When I coached little league I always tried to say the right things.  Like  “Just meet the ball.” Or “A walk’s as good as a hit.” Or “hey catcher - did you wear your cup?&r… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 17, 2010 9:48PM

The iPad? No Thank You

An edited version of this column appeared in Business Week on February 17, 2010 

 

I'm not a big fan of change. I've lived in the same city all my life. I go to the same supermarket every week. I read the newspaper every day. I drive non-hybrid American cars (thank… Read full post »

An edited version of this column appeared in Business Week on February 12, 2010

 

The airline industry is guilty of sharing Too Much Information. A few days ago the media was full of reports that American Airlines (AMR) was going to start charging passengers $8 for a blanket. This would… Read full post »

An edited version of this column appeared in Forbes on February 10, 2010

 

Did you know that city of La Junta, Colorado is the most populous city of Otero County (7,568 people)?  Did you know that it once had a nearby Army Air Force training base during World War II?  Or…

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FEBRUARY 8, 2010 3:49PM

Adada Muhammadu Needs Some List Advice

This column appeared in American City Business Journals on February 5, 2010

I feel really sorry for Mr. Adada Muhammadu. A business owner himself, he’s apparently suffering a great deal of tragedy in his home country of Nigeria and is looking for someone to safeguard $30 million that he holds

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An edited version of this column appeared in Business Week on January 26, 2010

How do I know when the next recession will occur? All I have to do is ask my wife. That's because women know this answer. Not men.The Federal Reserve is run primarily by men. That's why itRead full post »

JANUARY 22, 2010 8:51AM

Outsourcing for Profits

An edited version of this column appeared in American City Business Journals on January 22, 2010

 

John Harbor doesn’t mow his lawn.  “That’s what landscapers are for.”  He says.  He doesn’t fix that leaky toilet in the guest bathroom.  “Th… Read full post »

JANUARY 21, 2010 6:03AM

Lessons in IT From Howard Stern

An edited version of this column appeared in Business Week on January 21, 2010. 

 

I’ve listened to The Howard Stern Show on Sirius/XM radio for years, along with millions of others.  I’ve never once called in, nor do I ever intend to.  And I don’t yell “BaRead full post »

An edited version of this column appeared on Forbes on January 11, 2010

 

I recently sought the advice of a podiatrist, Dr. Jeffrey Galitz.    Except there’s nothing wrong with my feet, other than a few offensive looking bunions. 

The advice was about how a company can… Read full post »

An edited version of this column appeared in American City Business Journals on January 8, 2010

 

My friend Jake is a study in contradictions.  He’s afraid to fly, even though it’s proven to be the safest form of transportation.  So instead he drives more often (which is pr… Read full post »

JANUARY 8, 2010 6:58PM

Why I Like Inflation

An edited version of this column appeared in Business Week on January 8, 2010

 

I read recently that a Swiss court fined a motorist $290,000 for going 35 miles over the speed limit.  Good for them.  In fact, I’d like to see that fine go up. 

In fact, I hope

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An edited version of this column appeared in Forbes.com on January 6, 2009

I live in a pretty nice area outside of Philadelphia. My kids go to the local public high school and on their first day of classes were issued brand new Apple Macbooks. That's pretty nice. Not that they… Read full post »

An edited version of this column appeared in Forbes.com on January 6, 2009

I live in a pretty nice area outside of Philadelphia. My kids go to the local public high school and on their first day of classes were issued brand new Apple Macbooks. That's pretty nice. Not that they… Read full post »

DECEMBER 28, 2009 8:46AM

How I Reigned In Spam

An edited version of this column appeared in Business Week on December 28, 2009

I outsource all the things I can't do well. 

For example, I'm a Certified Public Accountant, but a lousy one.  So I outsource my taxes.  I'm bad at gardening, so we have a landscaper.  I can't change… Read full post »

DECEMBER 24, 2009 5:06PM

Warehouse Management and Messy Mike

An edited version of this column appeared in American City Business Journals on December 18, 2009

 

The fact that Michael Leonard usually doesn’t shower over most weekends isn’t really important.  The fact that the backseat of Michael’s ’01 Camry still has left over… Read full post »

An edited version of this column appeared in Business Week on December 22, 2009.

 I recently learned some very, very upsetting news. 

No, I'm not talking about the economy.  I'm talking about the fact that almost 2.5 million people watched MTV's "Jersey Shore" last week.  2.5 mil… Read full post »

DECEMBER 15, 2009 12:31PM

Ben Bernanke and I Buy A Nissan Murano

An edited version of this column appeared in Business Week on December 15, 2009


This week Ben Bernanke and I bought a new car for my small business.

I traded in my beloved 2007 Jeep Wrangler.  Very noisy.  Very bumpy.  The roof leaked.  Sometimes it shuddered violently when going… Read full post »