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When Told What to Do, People Do It

When Told What to Do, People Do It

by Dan Isard

We are living through the most amazing of times as we watch our country go from being a burial-oriented society to being a cremation-oriented society. I say “amazing” because we are dealing with a sociological change that has been taking place for more than 5,000 years but has seen its popularity significantly increase in the […]

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Making Your Funeral Home More Profitable

Making Your Funeral Home More Profitable

by Kevin Kruger

The funeral service business used to be more about service than about business. Almost all bodies were casketed and once the family picked the casket, the bulk of the funeral arrangement pricing was already determined. Many family owned businesses also had a trusted accountant or other advisor who would meet with the owners to discuss […]

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Don’t Get Blindsided

Don’t Get Blindsided

by Dan Isard

When looking to purchase another firm, a SWOT analysis is a critical step in evaluating your firm’s and your market’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. Dear Dan, I recently bought a funeral home in the next town. I think I did everything right. For years, I clipped your articles, and they helped prepare me for […]

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2020 Vision – Seeing the Future

2020 Vision – Seeing the Future

by Dan Isard

To successfully move their firms to a secure future, owners must have clarity of vision. Begin by answering these four important questions. Being a successful business owner requires vision, and the clarity of that vision will provide the best chance of success into the future. You must see – or predict – the future and […]

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Starting a Cemetery with No Experience Has Not Gone Well

Starting a Cemetery with No Experience Has Not Gone Well

by Dan Isard

Dear Dan, About 20 years ago my wife and decided to start a cemetery with two other couples. We knew nothing about the cemetery business before this venture began. We found land and a landscape architect. We hired companies to build some above-ground crypts and niches. We invested some of our cash and borrowed heavily […]

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