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Profits are within 6 Degrees of Freedom


How far away is the person you need to meet?We have spent some time discussing your inner circle and have suggested that you take time to list all of the people that you know and that KNOW YOU. This inner circle is the start of finding out who knows a person that you need to meet.

How to Define Business Objectives


Why does a good business relationship rely on having some common business objectives?As you attend networking events, you will gradually find ways that make it easy for you to mingle and be heard. Your message will need to be clear, focused and consistent each time.

How to Manage Your Pipeline


How is your pipeline structured?I assume most of you have heard about the sales pipeline. Your pipeline is what keeps your business going.

Finding the Right People for your Business


Where do you find the right people for a business relationship?Finding the right people may not be as difficult as you may think. Quite often they are in your neighborhood and within your inner circle.

Provide Affordable Health Care To Employees At Little To No Cost To You


You can provide affordable health care plans to your employees. If you feel overwhelmed by health care plan costs, you may be able to achieve far more than you believe.

Small Business - Would You Still Need An Accountant If You Didnt Need A Tax Return?


After over thirty years advising small business it still comes as a surprise to see the number of small business owners who are only interested in their financial results when it is time to do their tax return.Many still think that their accountant is there to 'cook the books' at tax time!It is not surprising that almost invariably the business owners who approach their accounting in this way are those whose business is not doing well.

Employee Email and Internet Use - A Small Business Guide


IntroductionIt is widely recognised that Email and the Internet is here to stay! Both mediums have become a vital part of business and personal communication in a world that increasingly relies on technology. We understand its benefits and sometimes berate its downsides; too much email, lack of personal communication, spam, the risk of employees accessing inappropriate material and using employer resources for personal gain.

California Department of Corporations Attempts to PR Their Benefits to Consumers


On Monday the Department of Corporations in California revoked franchise registrations of two franchising companies. In a Press Release the Department said; "The CDC has taken enforcement actions that have resulted in the revoking of registration of two franchise businesses operating in California.

Starting a Tractor Washing Business


In the heavy equipment cleaning business you can make good money and provide an important service for your clientele. You can save them man-hours, chemical costs and free up time for more important needs such as preventative maintenance and repairs.

Starting a Business in New Hampshire


New Hampshire car wash market. Well we have visited every city in New Hampshire over the population of 10,000 at least twice, the larger ones four and five times talking to many people in various industries.

Who Makes the BEST Business Partner


How do you find the best business partners?Finding a good business partner (outside partner, such as an alliance) requires an amount of due diligence. This simply means you will need to look at all aspects of the other person's business and sometimes a bit of their personal life.

How to let go of your EGO


When does your ego get in the way?Let's go back to that networking meeting and scan the room again. Have you seen the person that never stops talking? He is the one that is talking about how great his business is and how great his services are.

Business Relationships Defined


What makes a business relationship?What really makes a business relationship? This may be very hard to define as it goes beyond just meeting the person and chatting about something you have in common. A relationship is developed over a period of time and usually does not happen instantly.

Launching your Business with a Chamber of Commerce


Why are Chambers a good launching pad?Chambers provide you with more ways to get to know the business community than most organizations. I was once elected President of a Chamber and the Board strived to get businesses involved with each other.

How to Find A Group that Needs Speakers


How do you find groups that are in need of speakers(at no charge)?Finding groups that use speakers is not difficult. I find that most organized service groups use speakers for their regular meetings.

Starting a Pressure Washing Business


Are you thinking of starting a small pressure washer business to help clean up the world and make a little money? You might be surprised how many mobile pressure washers companies there are in the United States; approximately 45,000 of them. And since God made dirt on the Third Day; Genisis 1:9 - 1:12.

Starting a Mobile Auto Detailing Business; Dry Wash or Pressure Wash?


Many experienced auto detailing professionals who have started out using a pressure washer rarely use Dry Wash n' Guard. Most would say this is a matter of preference more than anything else.

Small Business Owners - They Owe You The Money Why Dont They Pay?


Doesn't it frustrate you when you've given good service, sometimes super service, and the customer doesn't pay you?Some of them aren't doing too well and are struggling for cash, but, gee, so are you. In the time they take to pay they could have paid off a little each week and the debt would be gone.

Seven Common Mistakes Made By Small Business Owners


Most new small businesses won't be in business this time next year. That's the cold hard facts.

Freelance Tips: How to Cope with Spring Fever When Theres Work to Be Done


We all know how glorious those first warm days of spring feel. The trees are blooming, the birds are singing.

Online Search: Small Businesses Level The Playing Field


Seventy percent of US households use the web when shopping locally, and about 25 percent of all searches are looking for local information. As more and more households make the switch to broadband connections, this trend will continue to escalate.

How to Give FREE Advice and Make Money


When is advice free and when should you charge for it?A question is often asked as to when to charge for information. This is not an easy question to answer as it really depends on the situation.

The 5 Traits of Baby Boomer Business Owners


As a practitioner and student of Small Business Marketing, I was recently contemplating ways to enhance my business. I found it fascinating to realize that over 95% of my customers and hot prospects were Baby Boomer's who own a small business.

How to Give Informative Talks


Why should you do informative talks to smaller groups?Informative talks to smaller groups allow you more intimacy with the audience. You will be able to more closely connect with their needs and their responses to your speech.

5 GREAT WAYS to Gain New Contacts


What are the 5 best ways to gain new contacts?There are many ways to use the media to promote your business. You must ultimately decide what is best for your business.

Racing the Competition


What is the Big Race all about when it comes to creating relationships?The big race is simply the ability to win the deal on a consistent basis. You will need to perfect your message, be able to state it clearly and precisely, and follow up relentlessly.

Making a Donation to Bring MORE Business


How a donation is different from a sponsorship and what is the advantage to you?Donations are different from sponsorships, as a sponsorship is more likely to headline you for an event whereas a donation will let you be listed as one of the many donors. You do not need to headline every event to get business attention; you can simply donate an amount of funds and be listed.

How to Sponsor an Event for Fun and PROFIT


How do you sponsor an event and get personal introductions at the same time?So how can sponsoring help you to be visible to the business community and gain the right contacts? It is actually quite simple, you need to find events that are visible to the audience you are interested in.Find out: Whom you wish to do business with Which sports they like What community events they likeWhere the upper management families live and their community involvementThe events that they watch are the ones that you should sponsor.

You Dont Yet Know What You Dont Know


Someone new to business ownership recently told me, "Before I opened my business, I thought I was pretty well prepared. I knew how to produce and deliver our product.

Due Dilegence 101 Or What You Do Not Know Can Kill You! - Part 1


Introduction:This article is written as a general discussion on the subject of "Due Diligence". It is for informational purposes and not intended to be a definitive guideline for your exact situation.

If You Want to Work from Home


Here are some important points to take note of if you want to work from home. working from home is a dream occupation for many people, but only a few of us will dare to trudge that path.

A Great Logo Is A Marketing Must-Have. But Is It Affordable For Small Business Owners?


And is having a logo really that important?My answer to both of these questions is an emphatic YES!A logo is a graphic or visual representation of your brand. Your brand is your business, product or service and what it stands for.

25 Valuable Phone Numbers For Small Businesses Success


Starting and growing a small business can be a daunting and sometimes lonely process we have compiled a list of 25 helpful phone numbers for agencies and services that work with small businesses. They can give you information, ideas, and resources to help you be more successful.

How Mastering 5 Essential Money Making Ideas Can Lead Your Business to Longterm Cashflow


Essentially there are 5 tremendously powerful methods to make money online. These methods were not always available but have only become available due to the large amount of internet commerce being conducted each and every day online.

A Small Business Must Have a Solid Foundation


We all know that a building has to have a strong foundation if it is to survive, so, too, a business.There are many planks that support a business but there are four corner-posts that bear the most weight?The four corner-posts are Marketing, Selling, Production and Financial Control.

Everything I Need to Know About Business I Learned From My Nametag


So there I was - sitting in the audience of an on-campus seminar. Surrounding me sat hundreds of fellow students; each of us wearing one of those little, handwritten, adhesive nametags.

How to Use Graphs and Charts in Your Business Plan


Many people ask how many graphs or charts they should have in their business plans. As with most other business planning questions, the answer is "it depends.

Small Does Not Mean Invisible!


Running a business on the net these days can be like looking up into a clear night sky; it can leave you feeling very small and insignificant.I am a one-person operation, and I also offer personal service.

Getting Behind in Your Work? You Need a Virtual Assistant!


If you don't know what a Virtual Assistant (or VA) is, don't worry. I only came across the term myself about a year ago.

(P)Refer to Grow Your Business


(Although this article is geared towards small business owners, the information is just as applicable to a similar personal situation, only the action is slightly different.)Here is the scenario.


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Small Business Marketing: Specialize or Generalize?
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Small Business Computer Security, the Basics
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Are You Really the Boss in Your Own Business?
I recently met with a very successful magazine publisher who was telling me how a chain of retailers for his magazines wanted everything their own way, even at the expense of losing revenue for their stores and missing out on the opportunity to provide real customer service to the customer.He was mainly concerned that some of the members of this chain, which, was made up of basically "mum & dad" store owners honestly thought that as it was their business, no one else should ask them to do anything over and above what they wanted to do.
Top Ten Blunders Business Owners Make
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Build Credibility, Value, and Trust on a Shoestring
Setting priorities in your business? Your first job is to sell. Selling is - writing the orders; receiving the cash; feeding the beast.
10 Ways to Start a Business on a Budget
If you've been thinking about starting a business, but are held back due to cash-flow issues, there are plenty of ways you can get your plans off the ground. Though your vision may be to own a big store, restaurant, warehouse, or office, consider starting on a smaller scale.
How to Remove Stress from Owning a Business... Forever!
I meet and talk to hundreds and hundreds of business owners every year and do you know what I've discovered? Virtually all of them are regularly suffering from stress.It dawned on me while running a seminar one day.
Starting an Aircraft Washing Service
To wash an airplane there are many items you will need to keep in mind. The first is safety while working on the tarmac of an airfield.
How to Prevent Home Business Burnout
As a home business proprietor, you may already realize why avoiding "home business burnout" is so important. Even if you have only been working your home business venture for a relatively brief time, you may have already been aware of the need to maintain your energy levels and reduce your stress levels while you were involved in your other employment.
Direct Mail - For Small Businesses
We hear a lot of talk about junk mail nowadays. Many peoplewill tell you that they dump it straight in the trash.
Accounting and Billing Procedures for Small Business
No matter how small your small business is, it is essential to have some sort of accounting and billing police and methodology. This will prevent you from making mistakes and upsetting vendors or even bouncing checks.

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