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The Best Business Ideas for Food

If you love food and have cooking skills, there are numerous ways to turn your love of food into a culinary business that can allow you to earn a living doing what you love to do. These food business ideas range in start-up costs, giving you options to fit your budget.

Start Small

  • If you want to get into serving food but don’t have a large budget, consider approaching business owners and asking if you can deliver homemade lunches to the office daily. Paula Deen, the famous Food Network cook, started her restaurant business this way. Making homemade lunches and placing them in paper bags to distribute to local businesses can be a good way to start off without a large investment.

Coffee Service

  • A coffee cart that specializes in a variety of coffees, teas, and pastry items can be a profitable food business that even someone with little cooking experience can take advantage of. Start-up cost can vary between $10,000 and $50,000, depending upon how you go about setting up the business. This is an opportunity to visit local business owners who will allow you to set up a cart for their employees at specified times throughout the day.

Catering

  • A catering business can be one of the best ways to get into the food business, especially if you have friends or family that can help you get started. If you have planning skills, consider incorporating party and event planning with your catering to allow you to offer more services to your customers. Catering weddings, graduations, and parties is a food business you can get into for between $10,000 and $50,000, depending upon how small or large you want to start.

Cake Decorating

  • Decorating cakes is a food venture you can begin in your home. Creating cakes for weddings, charities, organizations, and parties allows you to control how much money you put into start-up. Begin with the essentials (cake decorating tools and ingredients for making cakes) and advertise locally. If you create beautiful cakes, word-of-mouth advertising can bring in the business that can help you grow,

Franchise Options

  • Franchising a food business can be easier than starting your own, since most of the business structure is in place. The franchise option also allows you to take advantage of an established name. The downside is the cost can be as high as $70,000 or more, depending upon the franchise you decide to go with. Franchising gives you the option of opening everything from sandwich shops to family dining establishments.

Make Your Hobbies Pay for Your Home Business

Anything you love to do for fun could also become a great at-home gig.

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1. Blogging. It takes some time to grow an audience and find ways to monetize your blog, but if you love to share your point of view with the world, this can be a good way to work from home. Niche blogs are a particular area of growth in this ever-growing profession. Pay can vary widely, but the income potential is nearly limitless.

2. E-book author. Publishing is dead; long live the e-reader! Now that anyone can have their work e-published, it is possible for anyone to make a fortune off their writing. The biggest recent example is the 50 Shades of Grey trilogy, but there are many authors taking advantage of the ease of e-publishing. If you love to write and are willing to do your own promotion (and having a blog can really help in that case), writing an e-book is an excellent way to make money at home.

3. Building furniture. Everyone loves a well-built and handmade piece of furniture. If you’re already spending time in your workshop, why not sell your wares? Etsy is an excellent place to start selling without having to have a physical storefront.

4. Sewing. Whether you’re making onesies and quilts for sale online or at local markets or doing repairs and alterations for locals with ill-fitting clothes, your sewing machine could be your ticket to a work-from-home business.

5. Personal Organizer. If you’re someone who reorganizes closets for fun, offer up your services to harried and disorganized individuals and businesses.

6. Home Staging. If rearranging furniture is your idea of fun, home staging is a great home-based business. You will help sellers get their homes looking beautiful so they sell as quickly as possible.

7. Herb Farming. Gardening can be very relaxing, and potentially very lucrative. With both the increased interest in alternative therapies and the demand for locally grown and organic foods, an herb farmer can find plenty of customers, particularly if you’re in an urban area. While this does require some space for growing, herbs are fairly small and nearly any home can be slightly modified to allow for an extensive herb garden.

 

8. Electronic Repairs. If you’re the sort who takes apart the computer for fun, operating an electronics repair shop out of your home is a natural decision. In particular, repairing iPads and other tablets would provide you with a great deal of business, as many tablet users are looking for a less expensive way to fix smashed screens and other damages that can be costly through the manufacturer. Median salary: $49,170.

9. Baking. Beautifully decorated cakes and cookies, artisan bread, and artful pastries have become all the rage, partially thanks to shows like Ace of Cakes.

10. Personal Chef. As a personal chef, you would spend your time whipping up delicious meals for those who don’t have time to cook but do have money to burn. The best way to make a name for yourself as a personal chef is to offer meals that fit stringent dietary or allergy requirements.

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11. Mystery Shopping. For many people, the idea of getting paid to shop is a dream come true. There are many mystery shopping scams to beware of, however. Never accept a gig that requires an upfront fee—that’s a good sign it’s not legit.

12. Bargain Hunting. If you love a bargain and know how to make coupons, specials, and unadvertised deals your penny-pinching bitch, then you could help others learn how to save money—and turn a profit.

13. Personal Stylist. You have an eye for clothes and know what styles look best on what body types. So turn your passion for fashion into a business by becoming a personal stylist/shopper. You’ll feel good about making others look great.

14. Catering. If you love to cook on a grand scale, why not start a catering business out of your home? How much you make depends on the scale of the assignments you take, and your ability to correctly decide how much your materials will cost. But this is also an industry where you can start small and work you way up to bigger gigs—and profits.

15. App Designer. Creating a profitable app for smart phones isn’t necessarily about having the best or most innovative idea: it’s about creating the best user experience for that idea. That’s how app designers are able to make their work-from-home a full time job—and then just live off the passive income.

16. Furniture Refinishing and Repair. You might have made a hobby of refinishing and repairing garage sale finds. Now, make your skills profitable by offering to make old furniture as good as new. After all, retro is definitely in.

17. Landscape Design. If you’re never happier than when you are landscaping your yard, landscape design might be the home-based business for you. This is a relatively new field, so you can get some background knowledge through a degree, although schools that offer these degrees are somewhat rare, or you can intern with another landscape designer.

18. Tour Guide. You may love exploring all the fun corners of your hometown, but it might not occur to you to make that hobby a business. This is an especially good idea if you can offer themed tours or other niche tours.

5 Advanced Social Media Marketing Strategies for Small Businesses

Social media marketing and the businesses that utilize it have become more sophisticated. More small businesses are beginning to understand how to best leverage online tools to build a community and recognize that engagement and interaction are the foundations of social marketing, but most don’t know what’s next.

What follows are five advanced strategies for small businesses that may already have small online communities and understand how to create an online presence, but don’t know what to do next.

What Is An Advanced Strategy?

The definition of an advanced social strategy is a technique that goes beyond the normal social media presence. It introduces or reinforces a marketing message while pushing a user to another profile or business site. Before moving forward with an advanced strategy, it’s important that your business understands social marketing, has experience engaging consumers, and that you possess a basic understanding of online marketing.

Strategy 1: Multimedia Usage

The term “A picture is worth a thousand words” has never been truer. Consumers are now using the web to look for product pictures and videos; they want more information and want to see what they’re considering buying. The good news is that it’s easy for a company to create and publish videos and pictures.

In addition to taking photos of products, you can also take pictures at office events as a way to highlight company culture. This not only helps convince others to work with you or to buy from you (consumers see that you are down to earth and one of them, instead of a stuffy company), it also helps your HR department recruit new employees. Who doesn’t want to work for a company that celebrates birthdays and has a good time?

Videos are useful for explaining complex how-tos or concepts. Showing step by step directions can have a greater impact than even the most well written article. Businesses don’t have to invest huge sums of money to create good videos, either. I highly recommend the relatively cheap Flip camcorder, which takes great videos and is easy for even a non-technical marketer to use.

Multimedia can break down the faceless business-to-consumer sales flow and make your company appear friendlier. Use videos and images to show that your business is fun, you care about your employees, and most importantly, that you care about your customers.

Strategy 2: Integrate Offline and Online Advertising

Many small businesses do some sort of offline advertising, whether it be radio, print, or cable. Social marketing allows a business to extend their offline sales pitch.

Including your Facebook Page or blog URL in offline ads act as social proof, inviting potential consumers to see your community and increase trust in your business. Not only can integrating online and offline advertising help the conversion process, but it can also help build your community. Introducing potential consumers to your social profiles means they may join your community now and buy later.

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Strategy 3: Message Adaptation

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As businesses start to become more sophisticated with social media they are starting to leverage more online platforms. However, most deliver the same message over multiple platforms instead of tailoring communications for each individual site.

Social platforms each have an ecosystem of their own. What might be acceptable on Tumblr might be considered spam on Facebook. A specific style of writing might spread on Twitter but fail on FriendFeed. Understanding that each site is different and then customizing your message ensures they do well on each respective site.

Not only does customizing messages across sites help the message spread but it keeps users from receiving multiple identical communications. Be sure to maximize your potential by sending a user that follows the business on Twitter and Facebook two different messages, instead of the same thing.

Strategy 4: Local Social Networks, Beyond Yelp

For a small business, local search can be a big win. Being visible to consumers looking for a business in their area is extremely important. Make sure your site is included in local business directories in order to help ensure that consumers find you when they need you. Sometimes finding that many sites can be difficult, however.

First, make sure you check your competitors. Where are they listed? Check their inbound links to check for business directories you can add yourself to. Also, make sure your business has been added to Google Maps, using the Local Business Center.

Take the time to include all the information you can and update any old news. For many consumers, this will be their first interaction with the business.

Strategy 5: Contests and Discounts

Building a community is only the first part of social marketing. Using that community to drive sales, propagate marketing, or crowdsource operations is the true power of social media. One way to excite the community is to collectively do something to create a contest or offer an exclusive discount (i.e., the contest can create competition between users). Not only does a contest build buzz organically but if contestants need to, for example, publish an article that gets the most comments in order to win, the contest itself becomes viral.

A good social media contest should include some sort of sharing or virality as a requirement for winning.

Discounts are also a great way to connect with your community. By giving exclusive coupons to your social community, you’re rewarding and reminding them that you are not only a brand to engage with, but also to buy from.

Solutions Engineer Job Description

Companies can coordinate and generate ideas more quickly when they have fast networks. Companies can also reach customers more often when they have networks that allow them to efficiently communicate with customers. Many companies do not know how to solve their network problems and solutions engineers are often hired to devise solutions to network problems.

Function

  • Solutions engineers are network engineers who provide solutions to a variety of problems that occur with software or hardware. When customers have a task that they want to accomplish and their network technology is not sufficient, the solutions engineer comes up with solutions that are sold to the customer. These engineers work as a part of a team, designing and implementing the solutions for customers. Solutions engineers are also expected to meet with customers and present the network technology offered by the company that the solutions engineer works for. Solutions engineers are also responsible for creating training programs for customers, when requested.

Conditions

  • Solutions engineers spend most of their time in clean and comfortable offices and laboratories where they develop software. Solutions engineers often have to travel to the offices of customers in order to perform demonstrations. They must also travel to trade events in order to keep up to date on the latest networking technology and also present their solutions. These engineers usually work 40 hours a week. The time spent in front of a computer can lead to eye strain and carpal tunnel syndrome.

Skills

  • Solutions engineers need bachelor’s degrees in computer science or engineering. Previous experience in sales and Internet technology will often help the solutions engineers find work. They must have interpersonal skills, since solutions engineers usually work in teams and must interact frequently with customers in order to determine what these customers need. Because of the rapid advances in networking technology, solutions engineers have to continually retrain in order to keep their skill sets from becoming obsolete.

Outlook

  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicted that the computer network industry would grow 23 percent from 2008 and 2018. Growth will be driven by the increasing need of companies to communicate effectively both internally and with customers. As more and more commerce is moved online, it is essential that companies have up-to-date networks.

Earnings

  • In 2008, the median earnings for computer network specialists was $66,310, according to the BLS. The highest 10 percent of network specialists earned more than $104,070, while the lowest 10 percent earned less than $41,000.

How to Start a Home-Based Facial Business

Unlike many business ventures, a home-based facial business has relatively low start-up costs and can be set up fairly quickly. In order to run a successful facial business, though, you need to ensure your state license is in order and obtain all necessary health, safety and business permits required to run the business out of your home.

Get Licensed

Most states require that individuals have an active state cosmetology or esthetician license to perform skin care services like facials, so make sure yours are up to date.

Exact skincare licensing requirements vary but, in general, licenses require a few hundred course hours and may need to be renewed periodically. Visit your state Department of Consumer Affairs website for more information.

Make Your Space Customer-Centric

To make your facial business successful, you need to provide your clients a relaxing, professional and soothing environment. Evaluate the space in your home and optimize it so it meets those standards. BeautyBiz notes that some questions to ask yourself are:

  • Can you designate an entrance for your treatment room that’s distinct from your home entrance?
  • Is there a separate bathroom your clients can use?
  • Do you have a separate room you can use for the facials?
  • Do you have a waiting area for clients to relax in before the treatment begins?

Get Business Permits and Licenses

There are a handful of licenses and permits involved in operating a facial business out of your home. The U.S. Small Business Administration notes that most business owners need to obtain a general business permit from their city or county, and many localities require a special Home Occupation Permit for home-based businesses.

Warning

  • The Small Business Administration notes that your city or county may require that your home pass a health and safety inspection before you start seeing clients. Contact your city’s business tax and licenses division for more information.

Protect against Liability

If you accidentally hurt a client or a customer injures themselves on your property, you could face a lawsuit. Hiscox recommends that estheticians purchase both professional liability insurance and general liability insurance to protect themselves financially.

Stock up with the Right Supplies

Buy the equipment you need and stock up on supplies. At a very minimum, you’ll need chairs, couches, tables and towels to operate your facial business. You also may want to invest in a hot towel cabinet, gowns, a facial system and storage and carts.

You’ll need supplies, like gloves, applicators, mixing dishes, jars, measuring cups, facial brushes, facial masks and eye masks to do your work. Talk to wholesalers to get the best prices on supplies.

Get the Word Out

Start marketing before your salon opens for business. Join a local chamber of commerce or beauty business association to connect with other local business owners in the area. Make flyers promoting your new salon and drop them off at businesses in the vicinity.

Create a Facebook page, a Twitter page, and an Instagram account. Start connecting with individuals and businesses through your social media outlets. You also may want to call local newspapers and media outlets and let them know that your business is about to open.

Why should Businesses Use Club Flyers for Promotion?

A good marketing strategy is crucial for any business. In order to be successful in your business, it is very important that people know all about the brand and the products and services that you are offering. You need to improve the visibility of your business and club flyer is the marketing tool that will help you with that.

Benefits of Using a Club Flyer

  • The most important aspect of a club flyer is that it is easily available and that too at very reasonable price. Even it though it is the cheapest, yet it is the best method of providing information about your business to your prospective buyers.
  • At times, people seem to run out of patience to read all the information that is provided on the advertisement and the brochure. Flyers are the best option for these kinds of people. The reason is that they are not only easy to read but also easy to understand. It contains sufficient information that will help them to decide what they want.
  • Flyers are the kind of marketing tools that are portable. Thus, it can be carried anywhere to spread information in a very short period of time.
  • It is also helpful in capturing a large number of audiences. All that you need to do is to print it in a bulk from Printing VIP.

Reasons for Using a Club Flyer

They are Cheap: Flyers are the printing marketing tool that is available in the market. When you print the flyers make sure that they are printed in bulk so that you are able to reach out to large section of audience. This, in turn, will help you cutting down the advertising cost since you would not require a large sum of money to print the flyers.

They Help in Enhancing Communication: This is the most effective way of improving the communication between the business owners and the potential customers. Well designed flyers have comprehensive but important details about the business. Thus, the customers who are interested in your business contact you after reading it. This goes a long way in enhancing the relationship between the customers and the owner of the business.

They Always Keep the Customers Up-to-Date: You can take the help of flyers to inform the customers about any recent development that have been made in the business. If there are weekly changes then you can print the fliers weekly. You also need to make sure that to cover all the important details.

Creating a proper flyer can be a very daunting task. However, if you are able to plan it in a proper manner then there is nothing simpler than using flyers. You need to make your own strategy and put it into use. You should not at all be afraid to implement new ideas and find out if it works. All things have to be planned according to the needs of the target audience. For that, you have to do a substantial amount of research on them.

The unconscious Mind,

What is the oblivious personality?

There are different models to portray the levels of the psyche from Freud’s Conscious preconscious and oblivious, to Jung’s aggregate cognizant. One basic way that I get a kick out of the chance to comprehend the psyche is cognizant and oblivious. The cognizant personality is all that you are presently centered around and the oblivious is everything else put away in your brain – short and long haul recollections, thoughts, learning’s, senses and so on. Every one of these things are available to the cognizant personality when you require them. Like the maxim it’s on the tip of my tongue – you know you know it; you’re simply experiencing difficulty getting to it right then and there.

Each tangible information we have is put away some place in the neural cosmetics of the cerebrum and some recommend that passionate recollections are put away in the body also (like a physical response at the memory of an especially enthusiastic occasion such as your heart beating). The more we get to a neural pathway, the more grounded that pathway comes to the heart of the matter, where the mind makes a myelin sheath around the neural pathway to reinforce it and rate it up. Quit utilizing a specific pathway and, as looked for after land, different neurons will assume control.

What does this all mean for you?

When you are settling on a decision, suppose what to have for supper, you may approach yourself what do I need for supper? Your oblivious personality will then do a few things, it might review your most loved sustenances or it might remind you what you have in the cabinet or it could advise you that you had chicken the previous evening and you don’t need that once more. Indeed what it drops into your cognizant personality is a perpetual mix of decisions dependant on your backgrounds. Once in a while those encounters are valuable and help us to use sound judgment. At different times the recollections and convictions we have might prompt awful choices or decisions.

Another idiosyncrasy here is the law of consistency. When we have a conviction we search for supporting proof that our conviction is genuine, regardless of the fact that that conviction was made from some dark occasion from our adolescence that we no more intentionally recall. So how about we place this into an illustration. Sarah matured 4 won’t eat her peas, her dad hollers at her and advises her she is an exceptionally wicked young lady. Sarah trusts her dad (despite the fact that she could have chosen not to trust him at that point and had an altogether different result). Due to the law of consistency, Sarah now sees each time she accomplishes something incorrectly and gets told she is shrewd. She doesn’t see when her mom advises her she is a decent young lady. In light of this conviction she begins accomplishing more underhanded things until she turns into an issue youngster.

So we are all circling settling on choices in view of convictions about ourselves made for the most part before the age of 5. Some of these will be certain and helpful convictions, others won’t. To gage if your oblivious convictions are working for or against you, observe the outcomes you are getting in your life and business. In the event that things are not working out the way you need, call and make an arrangement to distinguish where your past convictions are keeping you down and transform them for good. Along these lines you can begin making the outcomes you need produced using grown-up choice making.

Understanding yourself can really make you happy, we suggest trying a life coaching course as a way to get through your problems.

Top 5 Best Twitter Business Ideas

Entrepreneurs get ready! Here is the top 5 business ideas you have been looking for to promote on Twitter, the worlds most popular micro-blogging platform. Get ready now to face the competition for the favours of the Twitter people. These 5 business ideas will take off fast once introduced to the community. So what do you offer the Twitter crowd? Tough sell for sure, but check out these great ideas:

Spot on direct fact checking services:
People are always looking for answers to anything between heaven and earth and lets face it, most are to lazy to even bother Googling, especially when busy Twittering. Now Twitters do not have to suffer being away, but can tweet their questions straight to Mahalo.com and receive feedback and answers from a Yahoo Answers kind of site. The popular media site has just introduced this feature to Twitters. Similar to Yahoo, users can vote on the best answers and give comments.

Cure For Insomnia Business:
Twitter users are prime prospects for insomnia treatment, since most stay up until the wee hours tweeting to their hearts content and as we all know, it is not so easy to fall asleep once birds start singing outside or your neighbour is singing in the shower! Of course getting off Twitter may actually solve this problem, but would you really want to? Of course not. You get paid for sleeping on the job as well and in most jobs sleeping is not considered gross misconduct, so compensation is due if your services are no longer needed.
Hugging Business
Everyone needs a good hug once in a while and Twitter users need them more than any. Having a hug delivery service would serve all Twitter users well. There are actually organisations offering free hugs, but that would mean having to get out on the street and log off Twitter, essentially a no-go. Better have the hug delivered straight to your doorstep. There would have to be a good selection of huggers available of course, depending on what kind of hug you want, strong or soft, caring or dramatic!
Power Nap Businesses

Clearly loss of sleep due to Tweeting must be made back somewhere and work seems to be a good solution. Now if only there were a company that delivered a soft pillow and blanket on demand. What a massive success that would be to have a goose feather pillow delivered to you in the lunch break or during another “very important” evaluation meeting! Remember, science has already approved of power napping!

24 Hour Concierge
Twittering is an exhausting business. And with no refreshments how can you keep yourself ready and alert. 24 hour delivery of soft drinks and snack would take care of that problem. Macadamia nuts and lemon juice or your favourite candy bar, with no fuss and no disapproving looks from the others in supermarket line. Or your bellboy could take care of your business card printing service and hand them out to potential clients who can’t get in touch with you because you are “in a meeting”!

7 Tips for Your Home Business with “Food”

1. Become a personal chef

Personal chefs prepare a week’s worth of meals for 5 – 15 clients. They package them with reheating instructions and deliver them to their clients once a week.

2. Home-cooked, heat & eat meals

This is great if you like to keep things simple. You will prepare and package your favorite meals with reheating instructions. Deliver them or have customers pick them up at a designated place on their way home from work.

I’ve seen this work really well with corporate relationships or by targeting large office complexes. Distribute your simple menu selection to all of the employees in a large office building. It’s best to do this in person…with samples in hand. (Of course you’ll ask permission from the powers that be first, right?)

Then you’ll take orders and payments over the phone or online. Prepare the meals and deliver them to the lobby within an hour or so before quitting time. You can even send a tweet or bulk text to let your customers know you’re in the building with their dinner. They’ll love you!

3. Cater meetings and small events

Every meeting planner knows that food is a critical part of a successful event. Introduce yourself to those smart folks. Many meeting venues don’t offer catering. So get your menu placed in their facility information packets. You can also contact wedding planners, non-profit development directors, anyone who has to regularly plan small to mid-sized events.

Be aware that catering takes a bit more cash to start up. You’ll need equipment, transportation, chafing dishes, serving sets, table cloths and more. But if you have the resources, enjoy making connections and cook great food, this is a potentially lucrative option for you.

4. Teach cooking lessons

Seriously there is no end to the line of people who want to learn how to cook. Your skill is in demand!

You can teach certain styles of cooking, like grilling, baking, crockpot or holiday meals. Or teach people how to cook for special diets, like gluten free, paleo or vegan. Or teach certain types of people how to cook meals, like young couples, teenagers, new parents or empty nesters.

You can teach private lessons in client’s homes, offer small group lessons in homes…think tupperware meets dinner party, or teach full-sized groups at the local community centers and churches…pretty much anywhere there’s a commercial kitchen available.

5. Be a private chef

This is actually quite different from being a personal chef and it’s also different from catering. A private chef will work directly with clients to create a menu for a specific event. You’ll then prepare the meal in their kitchen or in a space they provide.

To succeed as a private chef, you need to have at least a few connections with the kinds of people who would hire someone else to cook for their dinner party. You also need to be great under pressure, able to improvise and familiar with preparing gourmet meals.

In all honesty, this is not an easy game to break into. But it might be perfect for the person with the right combination of contacts and skills.

6. Become a mealtime concierge

Yes, I made that up. Maybe we can call it a Mealtime Assistant. I don’t know. But I do know that there are TONS of couples and families out there who would love to experience cooking and eating dinner together.  The problem is, they don’t have the time or the know-how to plan a menu or buy the ingredients they need to have that bonding experience.

As a mealtime concierge/assistant you would clear the way for family mealtime by creating a customized menu, doing the food shopping and providing them with proven, simple, step-by-step recipes they can prepare together.

Okay, okay. You aren’t actually doing any cooking here. But you are making it possible for people to create memories and family traditions around food that will last for lifetimes to come. How cool is that?

7. Write a food blog

I hesitate to put this here because a food blog, on it’s own, isn’t a business. But tons of people are blogging about food, so it’s easy to assume there’s money in it. Is there? The quick answer is “maybe…eventually.”

Most successful food blogs make money through advertising. Sure, some people sell e-books or write the blog as a way to market their other services (see items 1 through 6). But most straight-up food blogs are monetized through ads.

The thing is, until you have a measurable and engaged audience, it’s almost impossible to command high enough ad rates to replace an income. Which is why most bloggers write as a side gig knowing that, once the audience is there, they should start seeing reveune. It takes time and patience and passion. And entering the blogging world has a pretty steep learning curve.

How To Select Small Business Marketing Consultant For Proper Tips And Advices

Starting a business might turn out to be a daunting task, if you are not aware of the changing rules, in the market. If you are a novice in this field, it is better to take the help of a reliable Small Business Marketing Consultant, for your help. Now, when you have made up your mind in choosing a consultant for your firm, you are likely to come across thousands of options, online. Choosing the reliable name among so many is next to impossible. In order to make the impossible work possible, you need to be aware of the points, first.

Tips on choosing the best market consultant

It is a known fact that small business consulting and coaching is works of skilled professionals. It needs a lot of educational means and practice while mastering the skill set. Therefore, you need to choose the best Small Business Marketing Consultant, after taking a look at his working experience and knowledge, associated with this market field.

As small consulting service is not regulated industries, therefore; anyone can claim to be an expert. Thus, you need to choose a professional, after taking look at his working lifestyle.
You need to be aware of your business size and try to select a consultant, accordingly. Some business coaches primarily specialize in small business executives, where the number of employees is not more than 100. On the other hand, some other companies are going to offer coaching services for solos entrepreneurs and business owners.

You need to choose a reliable consultant, who can work on both businesses and coaching grounds. They are well acquainted with Small Business Marketing Servicesand can offer you advice on the latest trends or the upcoming ones. They can help you to create a solid marketing and business model, and implement a stronger action plan.

Reliable professionals have proper marketing skills along with planning skills and business strategies. Moreover, they can even help you to focus towards good time management services. The business coaches must be well accustomed with the marketing skills, of the same genre.

Learn and check the testimonials

Apart from learning the present consulting skills, the reliable coaches can easily learn a new business tricks and skills, associated with Small Business Marketing Services. Moreover, do not waste time and check the testimonials of the coaches, presented by previous client base. Reliable professionals are going to offer you with additional offerings and free consultation services. Thus, with these points, choosing best business consultant is a piece of cake.

Business ideas for work-at-home mums

The business trend to outsource can be of great value to all stay-at-home mums who would usually be forced to take a break from their careers. Nowadays, parenting and working can be easily combined in one single place – your home. Here are some of the most interesting ideas for starting a business for stay-at-home mums.

Blogger

This is a great opportunity for those with strong opinions or captivating hobbies. Creating an online space for exploring the subject you’re interested in is very self-fulfilling and the technical side of starting a blog is a piece of cake these days. But how to turn you blog into a source of income?

First, you need to think about its end product – what exactly you will sell, who is your target audience and whether you’ve got enough to say about it all to actually write regular posts. Once you share something you’re really passionate about, you’ll be able to draw people to your blog and raise income through advertising.

Bookkeeper

If you’re good with numbers and quick to learn new software, consider bookkeeping. Today companies tend to use online accounting software and the demand for full-time bookkeepers considerably decreased. Becoming a freelance accountant, you’ll be able to provide your services for a reasonable price, gaining both cash and experience on the job.

Copywriter

If wordplay is your kind of game, you can substantially improve your household income by becoming a copywriter. Content marketing is expected to grow in the next few years – marketers will be in need of good quality content and what can be a better place to find expert writers than the web? As a professional editor, you’ll make your own schedule and won’t be constrained by anything other than deadlines.

Arts, Crafts and Decoration Business

If you’ve always felt the need to creatively express yourself, this can be the right moment to translate your talent into a viable source of income. From decorating cakes, homemade goods and handmade jewellery to graphics and paintings, the web gives you lots of options for marketing and selling your products.
Bridal Consultant

If you’ve got some time on your hands and are a precise and well-organized person, the job of bridal consultant might be for you. Many women find it hard to organize a wedding with their busy professional and home lives, so they’re likely to seek a professional guidance. If you love all things bridal, the job can be a great fit for your stay-at-home career.

Coach

If you like helping people to figure out the best paths for their lives and careers, consider becoming a life or career coach. This is a great job for stay-at-home mums, who can easily meet with clients without leaving the house. In order to become a coach, you might need some additional training in psychology and behavioural sciences – an online course will do the trick!

Business Consultant

If you boast an in-depth knowledge of an industry or a particular sector, you’re already on your way to become a business consultant. Knowing how to break into creative industries or having acquired years of wisdom on startup management, you can become the person who sells their knowledge to others.

To finish off, here are two tips that apply to each and every position described above:

Get and distribute business cards. It makes you look professional and helps other to remember you (and your service!)
If you can’t afford to have a website, set up a Facebook page or a tutorial blog, where you’ll show some behind-the-scenes footage on how to make some of your beautiful creations.

How to Turn Business-Ideas into Achievable Business-Goals

Three birds were sitting on a tree. One bird decided to fly away.

How many birds are sitting on the tree?

Three! Why? Because as you and I know from our life-experience, DECIDING to do something does not mean you WILL do it. How to turn dreams, wants and ideas into achievable goals? That is what I will talk to you about – SMART goals:

The first known use of the term SMART GOALS occurs in the November 1981 issue of Management Review by George T. Doran

Specific answers the questions What? Why? and How?

The What is your head – it identifies WHAT it is that you need to accomplish.

The Why is your soul – it specifies WHY you should accomplish it. It gives meaning to your goal. It outlines the purpose or the benefit of achieving the goal.

The How is your hands – it focuses on the tools and strategies need for achieving your goal.

Answering all these three questions is ESSENTIAL for motivating you, helping you stay on the right truck and keeping you accountable for the progress as well as for the results.

Measurable answers the questions How much? How many? or How will I know when I progress?

Action-oriented. Every time you set a goal, it HAS to start with a verb to identify the specific ACTION that’s needed to be taken in order to successfully achieve your goal.

Realistic. Don’t forget to check your reality-testing! The goal “Lose 25 lb in two days to fit the wedding dress” is very specific, measurable, action-oriented and time-bound, however it IS NOT realistic.
So if the goal fails to be realistic, there is no chance it will be achieved. And if you set unrealistic goals too often, that creates disappointment and frustration and discourages you from trying. So, remember it is ESSENTIAL for a goal to be realistic.

Time-bound. Youhave to set the time framefor accomplishing your goal. If you don’t,then it may take forever and you will get tired and change your focus.

So, to stay focused on your GOAL and to be able to check your progress, you have to set a deadline by which the goal has to be achieved. If you haven’t achieved it by the deadline, don’t give up – be flexible and adjust your deadline in accordance to your progress. It’s ok not to meet every deadline, but at least you know that you ARE moving toward it. Also, it helps you figure out what it is that you need to do EVERY DAY that will contribute to achieving your goal.

Clarity and Focus is what separates those who DO achieve their goals from those who don’t. That’s the POWER of setting goals and WRITING them down! Why you ask? Because this very process helps you become really CLEAR on what it is that you want and need to accomplish, and FOCUSED on the HOW TO of the process.

As you try to set your goal, remember to ask yourself: On a scale from 1 to 10, how committed will I be to achieving this goal? If the answer is lower than 8, you need a different goal with a different WHY, maybe a more meaningful WHY. Also ask yourself: What can I do EVERY day that will contribute to my success.

Home Businesses Ideas That Require Training

1. Graphic Design. Businesses always need graphic designers to help them convey information visually, through logos, advertisements, posters, websites, and the like. While it is possible to be an entirely self-taught graphic designer, most have either a certification or a degree. Other than the cost of design software, this business has very little overhead and can be done anywhere with a dedicated computer.

2. Bookkeeping. This is a perfect business idea for trained accountants who would like to work from home, although it is not necessary to be a Certified Public Accountant in order to become a freelance bookkeeper—it’s just necessary to have the background knowledge that bookkeeping courses at any community college can offer. This kind of freelance work is especially helpful for small businesses that do not need or cannot afford a fulltime bookkeeper, making it possible for you to have full time work through several smaller clients. Median salary: $34,000.

3. Home Inspection. An important part of the home buying process is having a professional home inspector go through the house to determine the condition of the building and point out any potential problems. A home inspector needs to meet the state regulations for the profession, which varies from state to state, although anyone who has worked in the construction or housing industry will have a leg up. Median salary: $52,000.

4. Massage Therapist. While licensing requirements for massage therapy can vary from state to state, the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork can help any budding masseuse fulfill their local requirements. Massage therapists can either work out of their own home or make house calls with a portable massage table. Median salary: $34,900.

5. Tax Preparation. No one likes doing taxes, and they need to be paid whether the economy is booming or tanking. This is why at-home tax preparation can be a great business for anyone with a tax background, or anyone willing to take training courses. Since there are annual changes to the tax code, you will need to refresh your training each year, and you will also need to register with the IRS as a tax preparer. This is more of a seasonal business than a year-round endeavor, but it can be a great way to earn some extra income each winter/spring.

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6. Doula. A doula is a labor coach that can help a birthing mother in any labor environment, from a hospital to a midwife clinic to home. Doulas are non-medical professionals who offer information, emotional support, and physical assistance in the process of giving birth. While licensing for doulas is not required by most states, getting certified by DONA International, the only certifying body for this profession, is a good idea. Doulas do have to deal with unpredictable schedules, but they easily can do this work from home. Doulas generally charge between $500 and $1000 per birth.

7. Hairstylist. If you have experience cutting hair and giving manicures, opening up shop from your home is an excellent way to start your own salon. Make sure that you follow all of your state’s requirements for doing salon care in a home, as they can be stringent.

8. Interior Designer. While you do not need a degree or certification in order to set out an interior designer shingle, it is really necessary in order to make sure you can meet the needs of many clients. An education in the history and theory of design will allow you to understand trends that you may not like, but your clients do.

At Home Business Ideas for the Handicapped or Disabled

As of March 2009, the official unemployment rate for disabled Americans was 13.2%. If you are one of the many who want to work and are looking, consider starting a business from home in this forgotten niche.

The best home based business ideas begin with knowing your niche. If you are one of the many handicapped people who want to contribute, remember, you have certain skills, life experience, interests and values that others may not have, so finding your niche is going to be much easier.

Here are the 10 best home based (handicapped accessible) business ideas you may want to consider:

If you live in a large home and love visitors, this is a ready-made, handicapped accessible business to help the disabled get out there and travel. A great work at home business.
I know so many people who would like to go away for a weekend but have no one to leave their pets with who will love them as much as they do.
Jewelry Designer – Did you see the Oprah show about 10-year-old Shiloh Peppin who wants to grow up to be a jewelry designer? Her handicap of fused legs will not stop her from the career of her dreams, nor should it stop you.
Gift Basket Service – The entrepreneur can design them at home to specific niches and mail them to buyers or make them available in local specialty stores.
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Life Coaching – Who knows better than you what it’s like to survive and thrive with a handicap or challenge of any kind? So many people are waiting for your encouraging words.
Song Writer – For those with a love of music, why not write & sell your music for a living?
Or maybe your niche is spiritual music, rock ‘n roll or weddings.
Why not share your story with the rest of us?
You could speak at churches, community organizations, business meetings and even write and publish a book or EBook to motivate others.

If you were born challenged or experienced a life altering event and became handicapped or disabled later in life, and you want to work, you can and should.

Think seriously about starting a small business from home. These are just ten simple business ideas.

I know you can come up with more home based business ideas that are specific to your skills, values and interests. Here’s to your business success.

Why small business owners choose credit card processing for their business?

There are many companies who already use different card processing facility to their clients. But presently, there are several small companies who implement this processing system to their business. It has gained importance and popularity both. Still, numerous business owners are resisting, concerned about blunt costs and hesitant over how to obtain in on the trend. A business owner should know the importance and advantages of this process. So, they will utilize this process for their business.

Importance of credit card processing

If you are a restaurant owner or the shopping store owner or any other small and medium business owner where daily cash transaction is occurring, then you should buy credit card processing machines for your business purpose. It will make your customer happy and they can buy more products from your store. If you have this process, then you customer doesn’t need to carry cash and they can easily transfer their money from their account to your account using this machine.

There are several online stores, which provide different kinds of credit card processing machines to their customers. You can choose a machine as per your need and requirements. Credit cards being the newest in payment mode have produced a whole new habit in the business world. Today, both the traders and the customers are making sure that they cash on the credit card processing. The fact that credit card processing creates a great blow in business also implies on small trades or business. Even a trader or small business owner can enjoy the lavishness and the advantages offered by this novel tool of business.
This processing system is the best for the small and average traders. While a large business operate credit card processing to put into its status and reputation, a small business can also do the same. But you have to choose a company very carefully. Due to the tough competition in the market, each and every online e-commerce site provides attractive offer and discounts to generate more sales. Now, you have to choose a machine as per your requirement. Before purchase any product, check the size and features properly and choose a machine that suit with your requirements.

Overview about the credit card process

A credit card processing means a process through which people can transfer money via electronic device to a customer’s account. If you want to pay something, you can swipe the credit card or debit card through the credit card machine and a customer’s gets to pay for her or his shopping directly from its account. This complete procedure creates credit card a requirement for clients and this is where a small business can create benefit easily.

A client also is inclined to think of the business or business owner as secure and reliable to deal with. It also provides a strong security system. So, business owner and a customer can safely transact money after purchasing done. Choose an online website properly and install this superb facility for your business.

Accounting Mistakes That Can Put Small Businesses At Risk

Accounting is an integral part of any business and it is not simple and easy like addition and subtraction. Most of the time small businesses think of saving some money and doing their accounting themselves- but this is not the right idea they have developed. Any accounting errors can cost the company to a major extent and can hamper the growth of a business. Small business owners make major mistakes during their initial years of set up with accounting, so along with other tax services Mississauga, business plans Mississauga, they also need accounting services Mississauga.

Here are some common mistakes that small business owners make and must avoid at any cost:

  • The primary mistake that small businesses make is doing everything on their own. As they are new entrepreneurs, they are filled with passion and the desire to work. This leads them to think that they can do everything on their own and manage every aspect of the business. Maintaining account is important as with time, they grow, but it is also time consuming. Learn to delegate and save valuable time. Hiring an accounting professional is the best method to get much needed aid.
  • Small businesses have the tendency to go for the cheapest methods to save any costing money or business expenses. This clearly means that when hiring a professional, the companies to choose hire a professional with lower rates. Without thinking, this decision can be a major mistake, as a professional with low rates may lack in experience and skill. This will lead to more mistakes in work and more cost. Spend a little extra and get quality work done.
  • The difference between profit and cash flow is quite confusing for many. Cash flow is the money that flows in and out of a company from financial activities, operations and investments. Whereas, profit is the remains from sales revenue, after the company’s expenses are deducted. Keep a track of expenditures; review your monthly statements to understand the condition of the business.
  • Mixing personal finances and business finances is another mistake companies make. Open a separate bank account or your business and run all income and expenditure through this bank account. Keep a record of all the expenses you do, as they may be tax deductions.
  • A backup is a source of keeping the important data handy. Most new companies do not bother to keep a backup of their accounting data. In case of natural calamities or technical difficulties and crashes, this can lead to major data loss resulting in loss of money and time. For maximum security, multiple backup is necessary. Keep them in encrypted format for added security.

Small businesses should use cloud technology to keep their data handy and ready for instant use. They should also perform regular backup for their data. Routine backups of the financial data can save time and business from disasters.

16 Surprising Statistics About Small Businesses

In the last 6 years, we’ve amassed a wealth of knowledge about the state of small business from our 38 million members and we never cease to be surprised.  Here are 16 vital (and surprising) statistics we’ve uncovered about the small business landscape:

1)   The SBA defines a small business as an enterprise having fewer than 500 employees

2)   There are almost 28 million small businesses in the US and over 22 million are self employed with no additional payroll or employees (these are called nonemployers)

3)  Over 50% of the working population (120 million individuals) works in a small business

4)   Small businesses have generated over 65% of the net new jobs since 1995

5)   Approximately 543,000 new businesses get started each month (but more employer businesses shut down than start up each month)

6)   7 out of 10 new employer firms survive at least 2 years, half at least 5 years, a third at least 10 years and a quarter stay in business 15 years or more

7)  52% of all small businesses are home-based

8)   There were 22.5 million nonemployer firms in 2011 (up almost 2% from the year before).

9)   To classify as a “nonemployer” business you must have annual business receipts of $1,000 or more and be subject to federal income taxes

10)   Approximately 75% of all U.S. businesses are nonemployer businesses

11)   19.4 million nonemployer businesses are sole proprietorships, 1.6 million are partnerships and 1.4 million are corporations

12)   The fastest growing sector for freelance businesses in 2011 included auto repair shops, beauty salons and dry cleaners

13)   Total TOT +4.35% revenues from nonemployers hit $989.6 billion in 2011 (up 4.1% from 2010)

14)   Nonemployers had average revenues of $44,000

Top 15 Business Mistakes Consultants Make

There are a lot of Top 10 lists out there, some of them focusing on the most common mistakes that small business owners make.  While they contain some good points such as getting the support of your family, establishing a dedicated work space, focusing on good customer service, etc.  Some others are good planning, but may not apply as much to an independent contractor in the software industry, or at least not for your first couple of jobs, such as establishing a good mission statement, and developing a detailed marketing plan.

While these are all relevant and may be important to you at some point in time, I have found that there is another set of common business mistakes that are much more practical, some are even stunning that anyone would commit.  But before we get into my list, I suggest you read my post Doing Business – The Series for a little background.  Now, with that out of the way, following is my list of the Top 15 Mistakes Consultants Make.

  1. Forgetting to bill the client
  2. Losing track of unpaid invoices
  3. Not setting aside money for taxes
  4. Bad contract negotiations / terms – no lawyer
  5. Poor tax records
  6. Setting bill rate too low / Discounting services
  7. Poor estimating / Over-promising
  8. Procrastination
  9. Bad attitude
  10. Lack of market focus (trying to be everything to everyone)
  11. Delaying bad news
  12. Ignoring referrals
  13. No savings for a rainy day
  14. Dependent on a single client.
  15. All tech skills, no soft skills

I will expand on some of these subjects, and when that happens, this article will be updated with links to the more detailed posts.  You may also want to check out the full Doing Business archive for more commentary on doing business right.

And remember, just because you’re good at your job (or hobby) doesn’t mean you know how to run a business.  Many dot-com failures were cool ideas, maybe even fun hobbies, but not smart businesses.  Many good cooks discover there’s a whole lot more than cooking involved in running a restaurant.  Being self-employed is awesome!  It is a fantastic adventure if you do things right more than you do them wrong.  And it’s a right we have in the United States that doesn’t exist everywhere in the world, so take advantage of it, if you dare.

Myth buster : Startup or MNC

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Once out of college, everyone wants to get hired in a big company. Well…almost everyone! A handful rich and fortunate guys decide to have their own venture or join their family business. And the rest, who don’t get a job in any MNC decide to step in a small company, be it a startup. This is a myth that most of the path and join a less known company, you have failed.”

This myth has ruined many talents in the past and to do a justice to the future, today I am going to bust it.

Myth 1 – All smart people get hired in MNC.

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A big company doesn’t look at how smart you are. It sees if, with an average intelligence, you would be a fit with the work culture of the company. Most of the companies do not hire the top and the bottom of the curve. Bottom ones are neglected for obvious reasons. The top ones are said ‘no’ for they can be the first one to switch jobs for better pay. Who wants to waste money and time trying to stop iterations?

 

Myth 2 – Those who won’t get a job anywhere else, they just join a startup.

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Those who won’t get a job anywhere else won’t qualify for a startup either. This lot gets hired in mass recruitment drive only, which of course is done by big companies. Startups are quiet choosey about who they want to work with. They would prefer being under-manpower and working double-shifts than to hire an underperforming employee. A startup needs real talent for that push to make things happen and they settle for nothing less.

 

Myth 3 – You can’t get real learning experience if you work in a startup. MNCs have copyright on learning.

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MNC gives you defined role. A book of previous learning is given and you never have to start from scratch. But then, you lose on innovation too and probability of ‘what-if’. Startup, on the other hand gives you wider scope of learning different things, things that you might not learn in a routine job. It gives you freedom to experiment, take risk, apply the bookish to see if it really works and learn from your own mistakes. A 360 degree enriched learning experience!

 

Myth 4 – If you join a startup, your dad will pay your bills.

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Yes, startups seldom have pockets as deep as MNCs. But then do MNCs share their huge profits with their employees? Not really. MNCs offer huge CTCs, startups quote less. But wait a minute! What is this CTC? Cost to Company is not what you get paid in your salary account. It is what company

thinks is spending on keeping you. This includes all it claims to give you as benefit including the desktop/laptop, internet connection, cafeteria, big office corridors and centralized air-conditioner. What really comes in your hand is about the same or sometimes lesser than what a person with same experience and educational background gets working for a startup. By the way, irrespective of which company you work for, your dad doesn’t pay your bill unless…you want him to pay.

Myth 5 – The bigger the company you work for, the more are your chances to grow in the company.

Idyllic Software Mythbuster - Busted

A big company has hierarchy to tackle dissatisfaction of non-promotion amongst a big pool of employees, out of which only few can actually reach the top management level. A promotion in MNC means you get a new job title, a hike, a new place to sit, sometimes a new team and often a new city in a foreign country. What remains same is you daily routine work. Where is the growth? Growth is in a flat organization that you joined when it was a startup. Joining early and staying there helps you grow with the startup and have a chance of being the big-shot of the company when it becomes a billion dollar baby.

 

7 Benefits of Using Microsoft Project Server for Better Business Solutions

Many companies prefer to have quick and easy end-to-end business solutions that can reduce cost and improve output efficiencies. The concept of Microsoft SharePoint has proven to be a huge advantage for those companies that want extensive reports and profiles within a short period of time. Almost 75% of fortune 500 companies have adapted to this concept of using Microsoft SharePoint. Project Server is a program used for excel sheet in Microsoft SharePoint that guides businesses for better decision making, capital planning, reduced strategic planning efforts, etc.

One of the biggest advantages of Microsoft Project server is that companies can read through extensive reports via excel sheet in SharePoint while sitting anywhere in the world. There are various Project Server Consulting companies that specialize in Project and Portfolio Management and provide customized apps, packs of reports and configured solutions to their customers worldwide. There can be various benefits to a company if it adopts the concept of Project Server by the use of Microsoft SharePoint. Here are the 7 organizational benefits of Project Server:

1. Wiser Decision Making: Project Server not only benefits project manager with better decision making but it is also beneficial to everyone else involved in project. A collection of good and accurate company data is compiled with Project Server for better and precise information, which helps every employee involved in the project to understand his role in the project in a much better form.

2. Easy accessibility: Project Server empowers workforce and web-based project scheduling together. This means that it allows project managers to work and edit data scheduling from any location in no time. Project Server has powerful diagnostic capabilities that help managers undo projects to many previous levels and find better techniques to resolve business-related queries.

3.Powerful reporting infrastructure: Project Server has flexible tools that help organization to provide visibility and control to only those employees who are part of the project. Project server uses various platforms, which include Excel service, SQL reporting services, performance point, etc. for delivering comprehensive business solution.

4. Extensible platform: Project Server is an open program that ensures customized solutions and effectiveness in business output. There are brilliant tools like Business Connectivity Services, Microsoft Visual Studio, Microsoft SharePoint Designer, Windows Communication server, etc. that help with consistent and rapid business solutions.

5. Flexible and quick: Project Server can easily be configured to meet organizational requirements and provide flexible business solutions. There are new tools in the Project server that reduce the burden on the administrative team and empowers user action that helps employees focus more upon project delivery.

6. Variety of portfolios: Project Server offers best-practice portfolio selection techniques. This feature of portfolio management and strong analytical system in Project Server helps to run commands effectively and execute them using various strategies.

7. Accountability and Control in work flow: Project Server helps various organizations to find different ways for executing project. The right governance to investment decisions and effective output helps to drive accountability. The Project Management Office in SharePoint helps in effective communication and guides employees to attain compliance and project satisfaction.

Tips to Design Logos with Hidden Meanings for Your Business

our company logo is the stamp of what your business and brand is all about. So, its design must spell out your business message clearly for your existing and potential customers to understand. Remember, business message is crucial to convert viewers and suitors into customers. But how do you incorporate a meaning in your brand’s logo?
One of the most effective ways to send your business message to your target audiences is to create logos with hidden meanings. Such logos unfold your business message and the the purpose or meaning of the design slowly and gradually to the onlookers. Such surprise elements that unfolds as the hidden meaning behind your logo never fails to impress and inspire viewers. In fact, such clever logo designs help you win customers and recognition for your business.

Here are some useful tips that can help you create such fabulous logos with hidden meanings.

Create A Sense of Illusion – There is usually some illusionary object or element incorporated in most logos with hidden meanings. Just as people stare at the easily visible parts such as colors and lines of the logos, some concealed figure or element emerges up from the background. For example, famous FedEx logo is a nicely created logotype with blue and brown colors dominating the design. But if you look at this logo carefully, you’ll find that there’s hidden arrow between letters ‘E’ and ‘X’. The arrow appears due to the illusion created by the vacant space between the letters. Once the symbolic arrow is visible, viewers get to know that it stands for efficient and speedy delivery provided by the popular American courier company. Just like FedEx, there are many other company logos and their meanings that surprise viewers with an illusionary object or element and spread their business message effectively.

Clever Use of Negative Space – Negative space, also known as white space, is an excellent roadmap through your design and communications that surprises onlookers with important yet surprising elements. Remember, when the empty space in the logo is interrupted by a surprise object or element, eye are automatically drawn there. In fact, the figure emerging up in the empty space becomes the hidden meaning or message for your consumers.

Popular Car tyre maker Continental’s logo, for one, uses letters ‘C’ and ‘Ó’ to create an illusion of tyre. This amazing element shaped in the form a car tyre effectively spreads the message that the company manufactures and sells high-quality car tyres.
Use Colors and Symbols – But you dont necessarily need to learn the tact of negative space to make a logo with hidden meaning. Colors and symbols can also add hidden meanings and a sense of illusion to your logo. In fact, a fair share of experts believe that colors, signs or symbols can aptly convey your company message and add glittering stars to your company logo .

Take the example of fast food company Subway. Its logotype does not use white space. Instead, it makes clever use of colors and symbols to convey its message. In this logo, letters ‘S’ and ‘Y’ have been twisted to create entrance and exist arrows. In addition, the logo features yellow and green colors to symbolize a satisfied customer and healthy food respectively. Thus, the logo represents that Subway speedily delivers healthy food to even the busiest of souls who are always on the move.

Ensure Simple Designs – No matter what you do, try to keep your logo design simple. Don’t overdo the design in your zeal to impress viewers. Instead, keep the design simple as simple and minimal designs are much more impactful. If you check out the world’s best company logos and their meanings, you will find that most popular companies have logos that are simple and yet impress with their hidden meanings.

Some classic examples of such simple logos with hidden meanings include the logos of global brands such as Amazon, A G Constructions and Subway.

Your business message becomes effective and readily acceptable is it is aesthetically obscured in your logo design. There are in fact number of different ways to create simple, unique and durable logos with hidden meanings. If you’re looking for more examples of logos with hidden meanings, do well to check out Designhill’s new Interact Guide to Popular Logos and Their Hidden Meanings.

This amazing, interactive guide will entertain and educate you about some of the world’s most popular logos and the hidden facts, untold truths and unknown stories behind them. The interactive guide will provide you all the relevant information and inspiration about popular company logos and their meanings with the dozens of interactive inforgraphics, interactive data, entertaining videos, thoughtful presentations and a host of interactive white papers.

So, if you’re looking for an extravagant dose of inspiration and create an inspiring logo with hidden meaning for your company, do well to check out the Interact Guide to Popular Logos and Their Hidden Meanings.

How to Integrate Ecommerce Solutions into your Business

According to Wikipedia, electronic commerce or ecommerce, as it is more commonly referred to now, is defined in the following excerpt:

“Electronic commerce, commonly known as e-commerce or eCommerce, consists of the buying and selling of products or services over electronic systems such as the Internet and other computer networks. The amount of trade conducted electronically has grown extraordinarily since the spread of the Internet.”

From small businesses to major corporations, ecommerce has been the buzz word on everyone’s lips for the last few years. Although it’s been a hot topic whose benefits have been heavily written about and reviewed by a myriad of different resources, there still remains a lot of misconception in the minds of companies who want implement an ecommerce system within their business strategy. Many contemporary businessmen think of ecommerce as merely setting up their website and selling the products online. The reality is that ecommerce is not simply a website selling online products – in fact, ecommerce is a complete drift of your business strategy from conventional to online.

In order to be successful, businesses must realize that ecommerce requires a complete business model – just as you operate your businesses, similarly, you need to form a model for ecommerce business. And since this is different from conventional business, the model also needs to be different. However, although they may be aware of the importance of ecommerce from a business standpoint, most of us need to turn to the experts in order to properly facilitate ecommerce strategies so that our online presence is maximized.

THE IMPORTANCE OF ECOMMERCE INTERNET SOLUTION

In today’s increasingly competitive online merchandising methodologies, ecommerce-enabled web sites have become a must-have for nearly everyone with an online presence. At Ecommerce Partners, for example, they specialize in custom enterprise level ecommerce solutions, in other words an ecommerce solution provider that empower some of the country’s most recognized brands by giving them the ability to simplify their businesses, manage product offerings and provide their consumers with unparalleled service on the web.
DID YOU KNOW…Approximately 60% of all ecommerce shopping carts are abandoned before checkout because of confusion, impatience or mistrust? Avoid this common mishap and consult one of our team experts to find an ecommerce solution to fit your company’s needs, budget and goals. We’ve streamlined our web designs to make each shopping experience not only easy, but memorable, even for the least-experienced user. Don’t forget to ask us about ECP eShop (cart functionality checklist), an innovative custom shopping-cart solution that will provide your company with the service, expertise, and tools to build a successful Web business. E-Shop will enable your business to reach new markets while increasing your bottom line – without the need for experienced technical staff!

They offer the following benefits:

• Flexibility – Our team will customize ECP E-Shop to support your unique business requirements.

• Business Focus – Our software puts the manager in control of your Web business, eliminating the need for technical staff to run a powerful e-commerce system – all through an intuitive Web interface.

• Scalability – ECP E-Shop works as well for 10,000 products as it does for 10, without additional performance or service issues.

• Integration – Our solutions work with your existing site, our suite of e-business solutions, and leading third-party transaction and fulfillment technologies.

• Best-of-Breed Features – ECP E-Shop goes beyond transactions, offering the best tools available to build and grow your business successfully.

With nearly a decade of experience in custom ecommerce, EcommercePartners.net, understand the importance of your company’s unique identity – they will tailor your website to meet your specific needs, each and every time.

Enterprise Monkey: E-Business Solutions and ERP for Small Businesses

E-commerce has become a large and popular business in the present scenario. It has attracted small to large enterprises of various countries and now taking a great pitch in the industry. Moreover, there are quite a number of e-business solution providers focusing to help the starters to launch their business on the internet. E-commerce stores are open round the clock, and the customer can experience several benefits rather than shopping in traditional stores. They can purchase, or add their favorite items to their cart and purchase whenever they wish.

The payment options are made easy using the latest technology and advanced payment features. It is true that one has to maintain and enhance their e-commerce store time to time to keep it updated in the market. They need to bring visitors to their store and ensure the conversion rates is high maximum. The E-business solution providers play an active role in improving the store, reconstructing the website if necessary, add exclusive features on the website and market the website to target consumers. They spend their time and take things on their shoulders to improve your business.

At the start, you may feel a lot of unwanted tensions and confusions in your E-commerce store. But when the E-business solution provider’s innovation and skills combine with your business and marketing strategy, you will feel satisfied and provide best services to your customers. Enterprise Monkey is an experienced E-business solution provider in Australia. We start to service in several ways, and it includes researching the market, search ways to get qualified traffic and ways to transform hits to business.

If you wish to transform your new business into profit generating business, you need to get help from Enterprise Monkey E-business consultants. We have more than ten years of experience in the E-commerce industry. We ensure to combine our talent, skills and research with latest technology and strategies to make the E-Commerce store a grand success in the market.
Our E-business consulting team will search for means and ways to bring visitors to your website and gain traffic in the search engine. We first understand the mentality of the visitor and their commonly used keywords. Once we are confident about the terms and keywords, we would develop a user-friendly and informative website to help the visitors. Apart from this, our consulting team would indulge in the internet marketing and digital marketing techniques to attract visitors and convert them into valuable customers. We know well that enterprise management, site management, and promotion are the basic foundations for a business to remain successful. So, we work on all these basic factors to make our client’s business a grand success in the market.

ERP for Small Businesses

Enterprise Monkey is the right choice and destination for ERP solutions. In the present fast scenario, every business faces a tough time to serve their customers and serve according to their fast changing demands. Moreover, the business owners have to manage their finance and enterprise side by side to reap better profits for themselves and their partner. It is common to face several hindrances in areas like data maintenance, payroll management, accounting and inventory management and sticking to certain regulation. If you are finding difficulty in such tasks, you need to get in touch with the experts of Enterprise Monkey. We have various solutions for your business needs and ensure to customize our applications according to your business demands and market. Our enterprise management and business process management software perform the basic functions. It will completely manage your entire tasks and allied business management process. Our ERP for SMEs are used by small to medium sized companies, non-banking and financial companies.

Useful Tips for Starting ACarpet Cleaning Business

No matter what kind of business you do, it is important that you make a most suitable and perfect strategy for getting the success. If you are providing the services such as carpet cleaning to youronline customers it becomes important for you to make a good online presence so that your customers can find you easily. They should know about all the things they are looking for and find about how your services can prove to be useful for their requirements.

There are so many things that a business owner should do for building a most reputed business.One cannot afford to do any sort of compromises in their business. People usually misunderstand the meaning of strategy planning because they just think that doing things in the general way is enough and not doing any mistake in business is just like following right strategy. Well, this is very wrong thinking and here I am sharing with you some tips that will help you to understand the meaning of strategy planning and then you would be able to make your business a most successful one with minimum effort requirement and you would be able to achieve success in such a short period of time that you cannot even imagine.

First of all, you should understand that strategy planning is most important thing for every business. It is like making a map for any path so that you would not get lost in the way. Making the right strategy plan will allow you to know what you have to do at every step of your business and you should take the professional advice on this matter. Or, you should at least do lots of research about upholstery cleaning Newport Beach Cabefore making the strategy.

The strategy that you will make for your company should be suitable for it. You would not need to analyze only the market preferences but also your own company’s needs. The strategy planning would be incomplete without both researches and doing research about your market and your company will allow you to make perfect strategy which will lead your business to higher levels of success.The efficiency of services should be higher preference if you want to make your business adorable and admirable for your clients. You can get many clients from the advertisements and other sources but no one will last for long time if you will not satisfy them with your efficient services. So, make sure that your services are professional and highly customer satisfactory as well.

Don’t provide any service in which you cannot offer higher level efficiency and professionalism. And most importantly, for all new business owners, it is really very important that they reach to the clients thru advertisements and other general sources. There are so many competitors in this industry so if you want to achieve success then make sure that you are visible when customer searches for upholstery cleaning Huntington Beach Ca requirements.

Home Business with Cooking At Home

A: You are smart to want to start a homebased business: Statistics show homebased businesses have higher survival rates than overall business start-ups. And you’re going about this the right way by trying to find the holes in the market. But you have a lot of work ahead of you, given the particular idea you’re pursuing.

Homebased businesses are regulated at the local level throughout the nation. That means you and your business will be subject to local zoning ordinances. These ordinances vary greatly in what they allow people to do. And when it comes to food businesses, even more regulations apply (usually from your state’s department of health).

So the first thing you need to do is find out what you are legally able to do from your home. In many cases, food for public consumption is not allowed to be prepared in home kitchens. Many localities and state (and/or city) departments of health require that homebased food entrepreneurs use commercial kitchens for food preparation. If this is the case in your area, you need to find a commercial kitchen to rent. Look in your local yellow pages or online for a commercial kitchen near you. (And make sure you figure the cost of kitchen leasing into your overall pricing strategy.)

Another potential area of concern for this type of business is liability. Since people will be eating food you prepare, you need to have adequate liability insurance to cover you in case anyone gets sick after eating one of your meals. And make sure you thoroughly interview not only the elderly customers, but their families as well. You need to know the details about potential problems like food allergies and dietary restrictions. In some areas, the health department may require certification for food preparers.

Targeting the elderly for this type of service makes sense. But the decisions to buy will likely be made by their families, and that’s where you should target your marketing. Go wherever you think children of elderly parents might be. PTA meetings are a good start. Also, talk to the human resources departments of some of your area’s largest companies. They frequently inform their employees about these kinds of services. But also check out senior living complexes (where no care is provided) and doctors’ offices that specialize in gerontology.

To get the word out, you’ll need to let the local media know about you and your service. You might want to deliver an educational message about the importance of healthy food intake for elderly. Once people see you’re knowledgeable about the topic, they’ll be more likely to become customers. I know this all sounds like a lot to be concerned about, but no solid business is built easily (or overnight).

5 tips to choose the best business lawyer

For many business professionals, hiring and working with a lawyer can become an intimidating process. There are only a few resources available for finding great lawyers for small business firms. It is also difficult to know how to make the best use of a lawyer to ensure that the desired results are obtained. Knowing what is needed from a lawyer is an important step that helps to find a great lawyer for any firm. Hiring a lawyer can become a costly endeavor but in the long run is highly effective in solving disputes that may have cost much more if not handled by a law professional.

There are certain understandable doubts which come along with the process of working with a professional business lawyer. The value of having a lawyer on your team is indispensable in today’s world. Entrepreneurs who struggle on a regular basis to move their business a step forward should consider working with a lawyer who may be able to help their business reach that next level.

A well trained business lawyer will support their clients business efforts and prevent the firm from incurring any losses by minimizing risks and ultimately allowing a larger profit to be generated.

Before hiring a business lawyer for your firm, read the following tips which will help you to hire a quintessential lawyer and achieve your business goals.

Understand what you are paying for. Sit and discuss with the lawyer about how he will be assisting you in making your firm stand out among others.
Ensure that the lawyer has experience. Having more experience ensures that the lawyer has more knowledge on laws regarding business. A solo practitioner who has worked in a large law firm is a great option to consider. This way you will be paying the fees as per the rates of a solo practitioner but will be reaping the benefits of the big law firm experience. There are several lawyers out there who bring big law firm experiences to small start-up clients.

Be cautious of a lawyer who actively solicits your business. If a lawyer contacts you and expresses desire to work with your business, proceed with caution as they may not be the best lawyer to represent your firm.

Check out the lawyer’s previous records. Consult with the state bar association to ensure that the lawyer you are planning to hire has not been the subject of any ethical complaint.

Research the wide ranges of options your lawyer can provide you with. Suing is not always the best option, although it is widely used. It is important to discuss with your lawyer what other options there are. Look for some other options a Palo Alto Business Lawyer can offer, such as arbitration or mediation.

These are five important tips you should consider before hiring any business lawyer for your firm. Get started in finding a lawyer today and make your business the best it can be.

Entrepreneur Business Ideas

Can you think of the million dollar Idea?

Entrepreneurship and business fascinates a lot of people. People start businesses for different reasons, some people are sick of working in a corporate job, stuck in a cubicle all day watching the clock, and not being in control of their destiny. Some people become an entrepreneur, just because they are fed up with their boring routine and want to stretch themselves and try something different.

They want to challenge and push themselves to be independent and work the hours that they want to do. When they want and not have anyone telling them what to do. Others start an Entrepreneur business because they think that their current job doesn’t get them enough money. No job satisfaction. Maybe they want to get multiple income streams going in a variety of business ventures.

Above all it all starts with an idea. To get a highly original idea and get it to market has for many been almost impossible, however a lot of very successful entrepreneurs in a lot of different and diverse industries have took an existing idea and made it better in some way. Maybe put a unique spin or twist on it. Also they have studied successful entrepreneurs and copied what they have been doing, following the money as we are sometimes told.

Do as much research as possible to determine whether your idea, product or service has a hungry market. Are there buyers in that market? If you are selling a product through the internet, set up a one page website with a questionnaire or poll on it and then spend a small amount of money on pay per click advertising, to drive traffic to get feedback about the idea, product or service. If the product is a digital one you will soon see if there is interest in the product. Make sure you have an interest in what you decide to do. Because it will make it a lot easier in the long run.
After you have decided on the idea, plan the next week, six, months and five years, Be serious about the idea and that it has a solid foundation to work with. Then you must then start to implement it and start to build the business strategy. Get a good business plan, look at the numbers are they realistic, do they add up.

Then massive action is now required to get it going as fast as possible. Get the idea going and start to make you money as soon as possible. Decide what resources you are going to need. What plan have you got to move the idea forward? When will you see revenue coming back into the business? Earnings are determined by how well you run your business and the effort you are prepared to put in to make it a success.

You will need to get customers for your business and you will need to ensure that you deliver high quality goods and services, establish yourself in the marketplace. Look at back end products that will compliment yours. How can you add value to your product range? If you employ people, then you will need to manage/ guide them and you will need to take care of things like payroll, administration, office, facilities, appraisals etc. Business accounting, financial planning, business planning, marketing, sales and just about everything will fall in your realm as an entrepreneur.

Be sure to test as much as possible; check the numbers frequently, automate as much as possible within your business. Above all be open to other ideas and learn all the time and have fun with your business.

Hire Small Business Accounting Services And Manage Your Finances In The Best Way

Small business accounting services provide an affordable way to keep your firm’s monetary information up to the minute, track your assets and costs, and retain tax compliant year after year. While at a look, the expense floor shrinking an accounting service seems huge, you should take the time to consider the expense of not utilizing one.

An important service

Unless you are a chartered accountant, you, as a small business owner, do not have the talent to handle your own monetary statements and reports. If you are a financier, you do not have the time to handle these jobs as it takes you away from your most essential duties, which are those that are straight away associated to producing revenue. But, your accounting is not a bureaucratic task that can securely bee brushed away under a cover: your books, bank balances, and monetary reports must be kept up to the minute for the interest of the health of your firm.

Your choices:

With this in mind, you have some choices, you can rent someone, you can engage in your own accounting or you can hire a firm that provides small business accounting services. We have already said that performing your own accounting is not a viable choice for the long term; however you may consider bringing in your own long-lasting accountant. This will be an expensive job, from the day you publish the advertisement until the day you write his first salary check, and pay for the advantages and unemployment insurance.

Using online small business accounting services puts able, able experts at your beck and call, at a normal rate that you only pay when you have a requirement. This suggests that if have a week during which your firm actually needs a few ledger eateries, you are not paying a full time pay so your cashier can find few tasks to do.

What they provide?

When you search for small business accounting online, you will desire to get a firm that provides a wide array of accounting services. These should embrace income statement generation, chasing outstanding and receivables, handling the usual ledger, and month end, quarter end, and year-end study and coverage. An established service will employ certified accountants who can also offer budgeting and tax suggestions depending upon on your firm’s revenue and cost activities.

Software

A huge component of your expense saving will be the software utilized. A competent business accounting services firm will make use of a top of the line software package such as Quickbooks. By contracting a firm like this, you are clearing yourself of the requirement to buy the software or train a staff how to utilize it. A package like this is costly, and you want to be aware of that your financier is a champion at utilizing everything it has to provide. Small business accounting services comprehend this and they offer the required training and continuous education to their staff and contractors to make sure that they can utilize the software to make the most of your firm’s assets.

4 Simple Christian Business Ideas

The Internet is a great place to look if you are looking for ways to make extra money and be true to your Christian faith. It is easy to start a business from home and run it if you have enough Christian business ideas to choose from. In this article we are going to give you four quick, no cost, ideas to help you get your creative juices flowing.

1. You can create products of your own and sell them online. For example you could write informational reports and sell them on your own website. You could also write ebooks that specifically target problems that people have in their everyday lives. You could include your own ideas from a Christianity point of view in these ebooks.

2. If you are a creative person that likes craft you could create and sell Christian crafts online. You could do this out of your home and do it on either a website or a blog.

You can run this business out of your home by manufacturing or creating the crafts and then shipping out the orders as they come in. If you are unsure how to go about marketing your business you try and find a partner to do the marketing on the internet and split the profits with them.
3. Blogging is big business online and something you could do to make money. There are potential business partners you could work with by Google searching the words Christian blogs. An easy way to make money blogging is to join the Google Adsense affiliate program and include these on your blog.

A fast way to do that is to start a blog for free with Blogger.com. Google owns blogger therefore getting approved for their affiliate program is much easier. You can also find products to sell on your blog as an affiliate at websites such as AssociatePrograms.com and CJ.com

4. You could start and publish your own Christian ezine. An ezine is an electronic way to send email in a newsletter format. You can hire writers to write content if you do not enjoy writing. As your subscriber base increases you could sell advertising in your ezine and use it as an income stream.

These are four simple Christian business ideas that we can think of right here. There is an unlimited number of ways to make money on the Internet and still hold onto your Christian business values. Find one you like and start today making money in a Godly way.

Reliable Business Solutions

A business website and marketing solution designed for small business owners, BLD Online Solutions helps write success stories. Creating a website has never been so easy with just a few clicks you can create an online store using the state of the art content management and lead generation tools. Mobile compatible and the best thing is you don’t need any coding experience.

Remarkable in every aspect, powerful and intent on providing the best business results, BLD Online Solutions helps small business owners create a name for themselves through customer relationship management tools. Delivering exemplary results they provide

Flexible, hosted content management by building a website or helping choose a pre-built template and using own HTML/CSS. It saves you money and time, is search-engine friendly, offers foolproof real-time editing, ensure unique mobile experiences and you can manage the site through the desktop or tablet.
Powerful e-commerce to set up a SEO-friendly online store. Well suited to sell physical and digital products it guarantees easy billing, shipping and integration as well as heightened sales with discounts, vouchers and referrals. With automated recurring orders, easy order management tools, and features to seamlessly sync orders and process data, all in one place making everything so convenient.
Targeted email marketing to send personalized emails which ensure automated sales responses with loyalty campaigns help build targeted lists and provides a range of professional email templates, the results of which can be analyzed within a short span.
Integrated customer database/web-forms for better service to the customers. It not only helps drag and drop web-form builder but also helps in capturing the real time data easily.
Blogs and web Apps for heightened functionality and attain business requirements without plug-ins and server-side coding. From creating photo galleries to promoting and managing events, it enhances the reach with optimum success rates.
Powerful reports & analytics as the interactions with customers are recorded throughout the site, which can be analyzed effortlessly without using 3rd party solutions and extra tracking codes.

The pricing packages offered by BLD Online Solutions are competitive. Starting at $10.99/month plus Web Basics, $16.99/month plus Web Marketing and $34.99/month plus Web Commerce, all the aspects are well checked to deliver excellent results. Discounts and benefits too are commendable as they give 10% off on yearly packages and 15% off on bi-yearly packages. The team can be contacted to learn more at enterprise@bld-solutions.com. Eager to be of help, they provide priority support, unlimited storage and bandwidth, dedicated infrastructure, unlimited user accounts and certified PCI compliant features for effective marketing strategies.

Checking their portal helps one understand the power of their marketing strategies and effective solutions offered that help build up businesses. Whatever be the business, healthcare, brewery, zoo, tourism sites, designing web systems, holiday packages and more, the team at BLD Online Solutions is dedicated to augment profits through their unique and proven methods. Helping you to connect with others worldwide through social media, thereby widening the prospects of sales and marketing is also taken up by them. Checking their portal or contacting them helps clients to understand the extent of their performance. Simple, effective and proven and well suited for small business houses too, they offer perfect packages that are affordable while success rates are truly remarkable!

Tips on Starting a Cheap Profitable Small Business

Starting your own business is an exciting step, but sometimes the hardest part is figuring out just what to do to get started. Think about what you like, what people need, and what you could do without having to go out and buy anything. If you don’t have a lot of money to invest, work from home to reduce your business expenses. The Small Business Administration has tips on how to make the most of working from your home.

Online Sales

  • Selling things online can be very profitable and it costs very little to start. If you have an expertise in a certain area, such as antiques, motorcycles, or toys, set up an online store. While it is harder to sell large items, such as furniture or motorcycles, it is not difficult to sell small antiques or motorcycle parts and accessories. Build a web site using one of the inexpensive site builders or sell your items on an auction site such as eBay.

    If you decide to sell on eBay, open an inexpensive eBay store as well. Keep a steady flow of products by going to yard sales, flea markets, and auctions. Second-hand stores and storage locker sales are also good sources of items to sell online.Many small businesses are completely online.

Cleanup

  • A cleanup business is very inexpensive to start, and can be very profitable, with little overhead. People are willing to pay premium prices for cleanup services because it’s something they don’t want to do. You can do heavy cleaning, such as a clean-out service for abandoned or foreclosed homes. You need to either be able to rent a dumpster and have it delivered to the site or you will need a pickup truck. Then it is simply a matter of hauling everything out of the dwelling and getting rid of it.

    If you don’t want to do so much heavy work, housecleaning is another option. Depending on where you live and how much work you want, you should have no trouble earning $75 per day or more. This job is very inexpensive to start, as you can use the homeowner’s cleaning supplies and vacuum.Housecleaning is inexpensive and profitable.

Service

  • Startup costs are also minimal for many service businesses. Make a list of services you think people in your area could use. Shopping, babysitting, gardening, dog walking, car washing, handyman, etc. Be creative. Ask yourself what services you have ever wished for, and add those to the list. Pick a few of the services from the list that seem to go together, and make those the foundation of your business. Walk the dog and clean the yard, for example. Chances are that if you have listed things that people need done, someone will pay you to do them. There is almost no investment required to start any of these service jobs as a small business. It just takes getting started.Walking dogs for busy people is one kind of service job.

How to Get Small Business Liability Insurance

Liabilities for small businesses can be widely varied. For instance, your product may injure a client, your business may operate in what is seen as an irresponsible fashion, or any of a number of other fault situations may develop. To protect your assets in such cases, you need liability insurance, which can be used to pay fines associated with liability cases. The cost of insurance can be rather steep, so you may need to shop around to find the best rates for liability coverage.

Instructions

  1. Determine the level of liability coverage your small business needs by considering such factors as how often liability cases are brought against other companies in your industry and what the typical payouts are in such cases. Some types of businesses need significantly more liability insurance than others.
  2. Decide which of the three types of liability insurance you need to get for your company: general, professional or product. Professional liability insurance covers malpractice issues, negligence, errors and omissions while product liability insurance covers any instance of your product harming a customer. General liability insurance covers property damage and injury claims.
  3. Purchase liability insurance through a professional or trade association. Group rates for liability insurance can be much lower than if you get it alone. However, if you do work with a group, be careful that no member of the group is likely to have liability issues.
  4. Ask your insurance agent or broker whether your insurer offers an insurance package for small business owners. Many agents and brokers do, and liability insurance is typically part of such packages. Many insurers also offer specialized liability insurance for certain types of businesses.
  5. Check what is included in an insurance company’s policy before you choose specific liability insurance. Many do not offer coverage for legal fees in liability cases, which can be a costly part of the process. You may have to request additional coverage or pick a different policy to ensure that you are fully covered.

The Best Tips For Building A Successful Home Business

Utilize social networking to the best of your abilities and then some. If you aren’t using social networking within your home business, you are losing out on a great communication method that is used by countless businesses today. Social networking improves your communication, visibility, and even your reputation within the target group you have chosen.

Running a business from home can be a double edged sword. You could blunt the blade however by accepting that even though you are running it from home, it is still a business. This will prevent you from being lackadaisical about it, and ultimately running it into the ground because of that.

When you’re running your home business, don’t let yourself become overwhelmed by your email. When you receive inquiries about your business, respond to them immediately and mark this progress somewhere. Keeping files of correspondence also makes it significantly easier to refer back to discussions had with customers. You’ll thank yourself for being organized later.

Never underestimate the power of freebies. Your products should always be delivered on time, but also consider what goodies you can pack in your shipments as well. Free promotional items or other goodies will entice customers to come back. It is also a testament of your dedication to your customer’s satisfaction.

Potential investors will question you about how you plan on setting up your business and how you will plan to run it. Use the money you have available right now to your advantage.

Running a home business may be challenging, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Many people successfully work from their homes every day. Now that you’ve finished this article, you should have a good idea of where to start to make your own home business successful. There is plenty more information out there though, so if you’re not confident, keep looking!

Business Solutions – Reasons Why You Must Embrace Technological Advancement

Globally big and small businesses are under pressure to adopt new technology in order to make an impact in the business world. Lack to go with the times has caused some businesses to stagnate and in the process become obsolete. A company like Microsoft has gone to great lengths to make sure it comes up with up-to-date software to ensure smooth business operations.

As a business owner if you keenly observe, your competitors have implemented and embraced information technology in their day to day operations. So, in order to remain in business and also operate effectively you will need to embrace these new technologies.

Embracing advanced technology will help you to increase the rate at which you conduct business activities. Install your computers with modern software to make it easy to collect data, process and store information. The operating systems also ensure that the same information is disseminated to the various departments of the company efficiently.
Accuracy of work is an aspect of business that is very crucial and one way to ensure this is by the use of modern technology. In order for a business to enhance its accuracy in calculation and documentation of receipts and invoices then it must embrace technology.

A business owner who wants to increase his popularity in the business arena must constantly upgrade his products and services. The way to do this is by implementing modern operating systems that are current and offer better services to customers. Therefore, evaluate your business procedures periodically and find ways to improve your production by integrating modern technology.

4 Character to be Successful

Courage

Will people buy from you if you are not a good person?
Yes.

Then does it matter if an entrepreneur is a good person or not?
Yes it does.

Over the past few years I have stumbled across a dozen or so articles which listed the traits of successful entrepreneurs. You know these, you’ve read the lists and have figured out ways to implement these ideas into your life.

• Ambition
• Self-Motivation
• Perseverance
• Passion
• Flexibility
• and Creativity are some of the big ones which come mind.

Don’t get me wrong, these are essential to success as an entrepreneur. But what about success as a human being?

Entrepreneurship, at its core, is about people being authentic.

Brilliant, motivated people creating solutions for the masses because they want to put their mark on the world – that’s how I see entrepreneurship. It’s a sacred chase.We have to keep in mind that while we are building, we are also becoming. Whether you are creating the latest app or transforming the way people buy a cup of coffee, you are influencing the world with your character.

Character consists of more than how ambitious we are or how well we can bounce back from failure. Character is our ultimate message to the tomorrow we are building, even more than our business.

Here are four character traits every entrepreneur should practice becoming while they are building:

Wisdom

This is the ability to bring what we know and put it into action. Entrepreneurs have to be skilled at learning from experiences, understanding the situations they are in, and figuring out the next step. This is more than just a business skill, it’s a life skill.

Wisdom keeps us from getting stuck, whether it’s a bad deal or a bad relationship. Knowledge gives us the facts, wisdom shows us the steps.

Courage

If you are an entrepreneur than you have undoubtedly faced your share of fears and painful situations to get to where you are.

Courage is more than starting risky ventures or fulfilling some primal urges to wrest wild animals (I’d recommend staying away from the second option).

Courage comes into play when you find out your partner was stealing from your business, how do you approach that situation? You’re only employee just quit on you, what do you do?

Courage accepts difficulty, knowing there is always a reward to be gained from it.

Justice

Unless you run an organization or a non-profit dealing with social issues, the word justice probably doesn’t come across your list of necessary character traits.

Justice also reaches simpler things than humanitarian issues. Are you paying your employees fairly? Are you creating a company culture which treats customer, workers and even competitors well? And do you play by the rules, the legal ones?

The practice of justice shows onlookers, and yourself, that you didn’t take any shortcuts to get where you are so you won’t take any with them.

Moderation

The last one is definitely an oddball for American culture where the mindset of more dominates.

Moderation is not about material restraint; although that is just smart planning. It’s also about emotional restraint. What do you do when a customer or investor really ticks you off? Are you impulsive with your ideas or do you take advice from your mentors? Are you the person whose ego needs an entire conference room to itself?

Moderation is not about small thinking, it’s about control. Practicing moderation makes sure you are the driving force behind your life and business related decisions. It saves you from being reactionary by ensuring there is always a reserve available.

Becoming a person of character might not immediately increase your number of customers. However, it’s something you can never lose, no matter how the economy or life rumbles. You will take your character with you every where you go, make sure its worth bringing along.

While you’re building your dreams, don’t forget to build yourself.

 Author: David Ramos

Manage Your Small Business Effectively

Finance is an important element for all business to take decisions. A company’s growth can also be determined on the basis of the financial growth of the company. Therefore the accountant plays a very crucial role in the company. They should have expertise and in depth knowledge about finance related matters. There are many financial software’s also available to ease the task of accounting. The financial management of the business can also be outsourced to the professionals having expert knowledge in this field.

Small businesses can manage their own accounts. But they should have knowledge of the following accounting concepts

Cash flow projections: Small businesses should record all transactions related to expenses and incomes. They should also be able to the projections for future expenses and incomes. This will help them to monitor their cash and inventory and will help in taking decisions.

Bookkeeping and accounting: A small business owner should have the basic knowledge of accounting. Even if they hire an accountant it is necessary to keep a check on the accounts to ensure the growth of the business.

Marketing Expenses: Marketing is the key to the growth of the business. Proper marketing strategies adopted by the company can work best for small businessmen to increase their revenue. Marketing expenses should also be monitored and unnecessary expenses should be avoided.

Credit: Small businesses work on credit basis. The business owner should have complete knowledge about the credit terms and conditions about its clients. He should also frame his credit terms and policies and convey to their clients.
Savings and investments: Investments are necessary as the small business can earn interest n investment. Investment can be made in stocks, bonds, cash deposits etc

Payroll: Small business owner should have complete knowledge about the payment terms to its employees and staff. The payroll process should be streamlined and followed appropriately. Taxes, medical leaves, annual leaves, LOP’s, Provident fund etc should be considered before deciding on the payroll of its employees.

Points to be considered for smooth financial management for small businesses

Calculate the minimum cost of living: Small business run on small scale hence it is necessary to estimate the profit that can be earned from it so that some amount can be saved after removing some cash for daily expenses.
Hiring staff: Too many staff can only add to the expenses of the company. Unless it is necessary do not hire additional staff. Small businesses do not require too many staff as the business owner has to manage many different activities and departments of the business.
Credit: Do not take unnecessary loans and credit in the name of the business. This will add burden on the business. The business owner should take loans only when needed.In this way they can save on many things.
Negotiate: The business owner should negotiate the credit terms with their vendors. Working n credit basis is beneficial to the small business owner as they can utilize their money until the grace period

4 Tips To Change Your Business Scenario Completely

In this customer focused business environment, it is very difficult to make impact among your targeted customers and to boost your business growth. Various business organizations are fighting a hard battle to make significant gains in terms of sales revenue and customer traffic. Until and unless, you are unable to grab the attention of your targeted customers, you can’t make any significant progress in terms of market capitalization and profit margins. Here are some of the golden tips that can help in transforming your site visitors into your potential customers and can easily change the business winds in the favor of your business organization.

Pay adequate attention towards your customers- Remember you are doing business for your targeted customers so they need to be in the loop while launching new product, changes in your website designs and other such crucial decisions. The habit of being self obsessed with your business activity and neglecting your customers can cost your organization dearly in terms of sales revenue and customer traffic.
Make efforts to address their issues and challenges- Customers are the real king maker in the present business scenario and hence they need to be treated royally. Business organizations need to pay proper attention towards their issues and concerns so as to retain their good will and loyalty towards your business organization. In order to have better understanding about the challenges posed to your customers in the entire process of online payment, business organizations need to take the help of various heat map based tools that can clearly depict the areas that are grabbing maximum attention from the customers and the areas that are generating the least number of attention from them.
Aim towards providing a user friendly site experience- Your site should offer an out- of- the- world shopping experience to your site visitors and should encourage them to make online purchase through your e- commerce store. The customers should not feel getting stuck while performing any crucial activity on your site and the navigation around your site should be an easy cake walk. For this, you need to carefully select heavy graphics, non optimized images, media files, plugins and other such features so as to keep your site loading time upto 2-3 seconds.
Work towards generating leads through effective online visbility and website design- Websites are created with the basic purpose of generating leads for your business organization and to improve your conversion rates. It is a long continuous approach and requires combined efforts in the direction of improving online search rankings, social media promotion, appealing website design and other such factors. In order to improve your online visibility and presence, business organizations need to pay adequate focus on keyword specific content, effective backlinks towards your site, PPC campaigns and other such approaches. Further more, various attention heat map tools can be used to remove any bottlenecks and challenges in the website navigation so as to provide user friendly interface and an appealing and inspiring website design.
Once, you can pay effective emphasis to all these factors, you can easily drive customer traffic towards your business organization. By addresing all these core issues, business organizations can clearly achieve huge customer traffic and sales revenue so as to emerge victorious among their business rivals.

Find Low Cost Business Ideas To Make Big Profit

Find Low Cost Business Ideas To Make Big Profit

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Coming up with low cost business ideas while you work from home is a really fantastic cool idea, because let’s face it, most folk who have just started work at home do not have a fortune stashed away to help them along. Research the business opportunities you can run from your home as you work at home, and familiarize yourself with the rules, laws and regulations of the state.

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Home working doing data entry is a great opportunity to earn cash for those who want to stay at home with their little ones . Even those who just want to work from the solace of their home can benefit from a career in data entry. Some of the benefits of data entry from home include the ability to set your own schedule, work according to your needs and charge in anyway you see fit.
Low cost business ideas involving typing are becoming very popular as well. For lots of these positions experience is needed because they are in set market areas like medical or law. Typing jobs are most often called transcription. There are not many opportunities in a work at home typing position for someone without training.

It might happen that when you start working from home you may have difficulties switching back to a different working environment. Working from home is comfortable and may bring you more opportunities to make money and fulfill your ideas to the maximum.

Try to structure your own low cost business ideas around your personal talents and skills . You should feel confident about developing your business. Looking at lists of low cost business ideas will help you work out which is the best home business idea for you.

Even though some low cost business ideas are scams, most are legitimate. Estimates say that approximately forty million 40,000,000 people work at home in some capacity . With the web growing, many of those home jobs are work at home PC jobs.

Unlimited Web hosting for small businesses


Unlimited Web hosting for small businesses

When it comes to choosing a web host is set to be one of the biggest problems best free web hosting and cheap web hosting domains.

The word freedom is always tempting, but not all organizations. If you are serious about making money with your site or you have small business, it would be to your advantage to get your site payment platform independent custodian. While Unlimited Web hosting for small businesses is very popular, but consider the fact that the realization of their sites on the Internet for free will not responsible to you in any way. The case has frequent stops, as well as some free web hosting packages with slow connections. The worst may be room you had worked to build and host may just crash, all your data in them will disappear without you having any means of retrieving freely.

Apart from the fact that the company is not maintained to provide any eventuality to your free web site hosting web load, this is crucial, you know, search engines do not like this free web hosting site primarily because they think sub domain. Search engines will start their crawling from the root directory of the main site and normally ‘spiders out’ through a link on the home page. This means that there is the possibility of hosting your free website ‘upgrade’ engine robots Search are very small. This will be the largest network exposure for your site.

If only exists on the Internet, the “small” position is your goal, then you can consider a free web hosting, but if your idea is to make money Unlimited Web hosting for small businesses, it is better to get cheap web hosting. Cheap Web and from less than $ 4 per month, giving you the independence to do what you want your site based on your chosen package hosting restrictions. This is a free web hosting, you need not take place in your website and what is the size of the space and bandwidth have an impact, the principle is used.

If your budget is low, you want to have your site now, you better consider cheap web host instead of a free web hosting. I Strongly suggest Call4Hosting for small business where you get cheap web hosting plan, you must upgrade to what you want increasingly complex options anytime hosting package.

For example, if you find an accommodation price visitors to your site more and more, you’ll have to do is ask your Unlimited Web hosting for small businesses company to give you more space and bandwidth. You will be asked to pay this money to upgrade is usually small.

Transform Your Small Business Into A Lucrative One – Use IP PBX Software

What is IP PBX Software?

Thus enabling businesses houses reduce their long distance communication expenses and also manage their intranet efficiently by having a single network for voice and data. The software also allows the addition of other functionalities like- conferencing, XML- RPC (Extensible Markup Language- Remote Procedure Call) control of live calls, IVR, TTS/ASR (Text to Speech/Automatic Speech Recognition), PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network) interconnection ability support digital and analog circuit, VoIP protocols including SIP (Session Initiated Protocol) and others.

Benefits of IP PBX In Small Businesses:
Small entrepreneurs do not have the capital or the capacity to employ enough customer care officials to handle their customers’ queries. IP PBX can help them solve this problem as well as reduce their phone bills to a large extent.

IP PBX helps in managing and switching calls, route calls and handles other messaging. The business house can use its own LAN connection to connect to IP PBX phone system. Therefore the signaling distance and time is shortened and does not have to travel through other networks.

Using IP PBX with VoIP routing lowers average operating cost especially for systems with large number of users.

Tech savvy and people having experience with network are more comfortable with IP PBX software. It’s easier to install than proprietary phone system. It’s user friendly and allows changes and addition without any complication. It also supports movement without any change of connection
Unified messaging and integration with work application like CRM packages can help business performance.

Branch offices can use the same system through an internet connection and employees can use the IP PBX as an extension at their homes by having a compatible IP phone.

Tips To Keep In Mind While Selecting IP PBX for Small Business:
Small business owner should always compare the cost of a hosted PBX and on-premise PBX system.

Always consider the real cost of ownership. Though the ‘on-premise’ PBX system needs a large amount of initial investment, it gets absorbed within a year in contrast to the steady cost increase with hosted PBX.

The ‘on-premise PBX system’ gives greater flexibility on features and functionality; whereas ‘hosted PBX system’ features are bundled for which the service provider charges a particular slab.

Customization of the on-premise system can be handled by any IT professional at the office but you need to depend on the service provider for the maintenance and management of a hosted PBX system. Advanced customization is not possible with latter system; therefore the former would be better option.

A ‘Session Border Controller’ (SBC) device to improve data quality will increase the system cost considerably as well make it complex. Small business houses should therefore evaluate the hosting cost before installing an IP PBX in their office. If they do not have a well trained IT staff it’s better to have the hosted IP PBX and allow the vendor to manage the support work.

Therefore using a VoIP routed IP PBX is very essential today for the growth of small businesses.

How can a CSR and small businesses can assist in setting up a foundation for learning and education for poor people?

Today, organizations are concentrating more on Corporate Social Responsibility, which is a way by which companies deal with its environmental and social impact. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has now become an integral part of every organization’s mission. Corporate Social Responsibility programs help benefit society and facilitate a corporate organization’s public perception.

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) means the voluntary actions carried out by companies to integrate social and environmental issues in their business operations. The foundation of CSR lies in philanthropic deeds such as donations, charity, relief work, etc. CSR is a popular theory which has become fundamental to several large and small companies around the world. This model aims to provide donations, long-term financial and non-financial support to tackle social problems around the world. Since NGOs have strong potential and experience in handling such philanthropic activities, they are viewed as being one of the significant sources of funding. There are different companies which work towards setting up a foundation for learning and education of poor people by partnering with non-government organizations (NGO’s) to make a difference among local communities.
Corporate Social Responsibility is a kind of self-regulation that organizations implement as an element of their corporate ethics and citizenship. This strategy encourages businesses to build up means to monitor the public’s social awareness. The objective of Corporate Social Responsibility is to promote the company’s actions towards the positive impact of consumer, community and employee responsibility. Organizations concerned with social responsibility often take voluntary actions against the event that could cause harm for the public, regardless of whether they are required by law. For instance, a business might introduce a hazard control program that consists of steps to guard the public from exposure to hazardous situations; through education and awareness.

Many CSR activities focus on promoting education for underprivileged people, by monetary investment and personnnel involvement in academic institutions with the purpose of assisting students in their studies. Corporate Social Responsibility programs assist the community and also display the veracity of businesses that make community partnership a main focus. CSR includes handling a gamut of social activities from charitable contributions to producing services or products that benefit the environment.

CSR assists to help deprived children with education and skills to help themselves and grow up as responsible citizens. The key idea of CSR is to employ the specific percentage for public charity in order to safeguard and support the lawful interests of the society in such a manner that the rights and privileges of the people are protected.

Low Cost Solutions for Small Businesses in a Global and Technologically Evolving Marketplace

Background

Small businesses make up a majority of businesses in America. In 2010 alone, there were around 565,000 businesses started each month. Many business owners struggle to find ways to build and maintain their business and with finding time to keep up with technologies that can help them succeed (Krell, 2011).

I worked with a small store to analyze challenges faced in a globalized/tech infused society to find low cost solutions to some of those challenges. It is understood that many challenges will be difficult to overcome due to cost and time involved, but many issues can be addressed to bring more awareness and revenue to the business.

Issues/Concerns/Analysis

To begin analyzing the business, a SWOT analysis was performed to see the bigger picture in regards to both the store and the industry. Unless otherwise noted, the information is largely based on the observations, along with the proprietor.

The store benefits from being close to a university and proximity to downtown. Most traffic is generated through word of mouth and repeat visitors. The inventory carried is obtained through customer sales and conventions. Customers enjoy the quality and rotating inventory, the close relationship with the vendor, and the search for “buried treasure” (An examination of thrift store shoppers, 2010).

One of the major challenges of a one person operation, are operating limitations. Information is passed on to customers via voicemail and a sign on the door if possible. The store is located in a small shopping center. The store does not have a website or much social media presence. The store only accepts cash or check.

The store misses out on an opportunity with internet sales. EBay is occasionally used, but there is no dedicated website. Other stores offer lessons, tech services, and accessory sales. There is an opportunity to partner with vendors to offer these services.

Threats include large stores. There are many small stores in the area. Internet sales bring convenience to customers and the ability to buy from vendors all over the world (Guitar Attack, 2006). Most large stores have a web presence, and many smaller shops are also taking advantage of setting up web stores, and some cut physical location hours to devote time to internet selling.

To further analyze the market, Porter’s Five Forces was used. Market entry can be easy. There are no extreme barriers, and since most of the goods sold are used, merchandise can be acquired easily. Some stores sell new merchandise and have contracts with the companies they sell for (Shulman & Coughlan, 2007).

Supplier power depends on the type of store. New item stores will have to work with and bend some control to those suppliers. Used item stores have to acquire goods and watch for stolen items. Difficulty on inventory depends on availability of specific and rare items (Schiraldi & Nava, 2012).

Buyer power is dependent on popularity and availability of the item (Schiraldi & Nava, 2012). Prices fluctuate with supply and demand. Many stores utilize published price guides, as well as sell data from auction websites.

Product and technological development can have an impact on the desirability of certain goods. Some consumers prefer older technology and formats over more modern products.

In regards to competitive rivalry, many stores complement each other. Some offer services that others do not, and many will refer customers. Many stores also purchase goods from one another when a store purchases an item, but their market does not fit. Many small businesses see the threat of stores like Walmart and price competition from internet based stores (Guitar Attack, 2006).

Potential Solutions

In narrowing a list of solutions to increase awareness and business, it is important that plans be cost effective and time manageable so that they are not burdensome..

Purchase a Square credit card reader
Create a website/store
Utilize social media
Utilize listing/auction websites
Partner with service providers
Look into selling new commonly used accessories
Look into advertising in local papers
Look into hiring college interns if more employees are cost prohibitive

Recommendations/Implementation Plan

By signing up with Square, a free credit card terminal is offered for your smartphone. This allows the client to offer customers the convenience of credit card payments. The fee is 2.75% of the transaction (Square, 2014). This fee can be passed on to the consumer as a convenience fee.

EBay and Craigslist can be used for select inventory. Craigslist also serves as free advertising. EBay can be used to reach a wider customer base for select items (Wolf, 2009).

Social media can be used to communicate with customers changes to normal store hours. Social media can be used as free advertising, to show off inventory, and for promotions (Constantin, 2012).

Some products eventually need maintenance. There is an opportunity to partner with technicians that offer these services on behalf of the store. A referral commission can be charged for providing the drop off/pickup location and the customer.

Commonly used accessories can be stocked to increase revenue. By selling new low cost accessories customers may be more willing to spend money, even if they came in to browse.

The more expensive investments would be advertising in local papers and building a website/store. Local niche papers tend to have lower advertising costs. A website/store can be expensive to start, but can be designed to be easily updated by the client (McLeod, 2011). An intern from a local university could be used to maintain/update the website, social media sites, and work with web sales.

Most importantly, the client should monitor the changes that are implemented to see what works and what does not. Can there be improvements? If something does not work, would it be more cost effective to improve, or find another solution all together?

Conclusions

It is important for any business owner to have a strategy. Even on the most basic level, it serves as a guide to take the business to where the owner wants to go. Having a strategy and being adaptable to an evolving market and social environment allows the business to keep current with trends and find areas for improvement (Cordeiro, 2013).

References

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Constantin Logofatu, M. (2012). The social media impact on small and medium sized businesses. Young Economists Journal / Revista Tinerilor Economisti, 9(18), 214-218.

Cordeiro, W. P. (2013). Small businesses ignore strategic planning at their peril. Academy Of Business Research Journal, 322-30.

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Krell, E. (2011). The state of small business. Baylor Business Review, 30(1), 4-9.

McLeod, Thomas. (2011). Allow your clients to update their websites on the go. Retrieved from http://net.tutsplus.com/tutorials/cmss/allow-your-clients-to-update-their-websites-on-the-go/

Schiraldi, P., & Nava, F. (2012). Resale and collusion in a dynamic market for semidurable goods. Journal Of Industrial Economics, 60(2), 274-298. doi:10.1111/j.1467-6451.2012.00484.x

Shulman, J., & Coughlan, A. (2007). Used goods, not used bads: profitable secondary market sales for a durable goods channel. Quantitative Marketing & Economics, 5(2), 191-210. doi:10.1007/s11129-006-9017-x

Square. (2014). Retrieved from https://squareup.com/sell-anywhere.

Why Custom Software Solutions are Better than Off-The-Shelf Software

If you are in search in the market for the most appropriate business software solution for your company, you can choose between two main options. In general, you can decide to go for either a pre-packaged or off-the-shelf business software solution, or you can design or purchase a custom software program. The latter can be an in-house project or outsourced from a custom software development company.

The bigger challenge for companies in need of business software solutions is to ascertain which option is most appropriate for the company given its specific needs and requirements and the prevailing conditions in the business environment. Companies become consumers who will have to weigh the cost and benefits of the choices and ultimately make their final decision after serious consideration and study in relation to the needs and requirements of the business.

Off-the-shelf business solutions are considered as the default option. However, this business practice may no longer be relevant in present business conditions. As we are faced with more challenging and complicated business requirements; getting the most appropriate software solution is turning to be a near impossibility. Consider the major caveats that companies must observe when opting for pre-packaged business solutions:

The software features might not actually work
The software feature might work but may not meet the requirements of your company
The software may disrupt other business solutions that are already in place.
On the other hand, custom business software solutions are undeniably adaptable to most business needs and requirements. A custom software development company will be able to provide a full-functional business solution that will exactly meet the needs and requirements as you have exactly specified and defined. The company will also make sure that the custom business solution is able to interact with the existing applications and programs that your company is presently using.
Companies that offer off-the-shelf software solutions will offer after sales service. You will expect all vendors of packaged business solutions to commit excellent technical support. In reality, the highest possible tier of technical support from these vendors pales miserably to the technical support that you will get from custom software development companies. In most cases, business organizations that use off-the-shelf business solutions hire in-house technical staff to manage and troubleshoot any technical issues affecting the off-the-shelf software solutions.

Custom software development companies, on the other hand, can be relied upon to deliver in-depth and timely intervention and support of their technical team. This dedicated service assures companies of the expertise and solution that are not merely work around and patch up jobs to an existing problem. Their service can be considered as an enhanced intervention to meet increasing demands from the custom software solution that they have designed and created for your organization.

Your custom software solution can come out cheaper than the best priced off-the-shelf software solution. In most cases, the off-the-shelf business solution are cheaper upfront, but may turn out more expensive than their custom counterpart in the long run.

There are instances where the company is better off cost-wise with a custom software solution. This can happen for the following reasons:

The chosen off-the-shelf software solution may require further customization
The chosen off-the-shelf software solution may require a top-to-bottom changes and modification to your business operations.
The off-the-shelf software solution can turn out to be more expensive with the specific feature that your company requires

Online Passive Income Business Ideas

Make money while spending time over the internet

Like how you can’t imagine a life without air and water, you can’t imagine a life without money even. It is the fact that money comes and goes. But still each one of us strive hard to make it pass through their hands through various sources of income. Although there are various income building streams, to your surprise the internet offers some multiple money making streams for you to earn income passively just by sitting in front of the computer a few hours at your home. Investing your time and deploying your skills, it is for sure, you could make some money selling products and services over the internet.
If you too could earn a few more bucks to pay up your bills, why don’t you spend some extra hard time over the internet? All that you need is the right information and right platform to build up your regular passive income building stream. Some simple online business and Money Making Ideas Online instead here under this head from which you could opt for the best.
Writing an e-book:
If you could identify a profitable topic and know the tricks and tactics of creating quality content interesting to the readers, you could very well express them in the form of an e-book readily readable to the visitors of the web page. Since the digital downloads are easy to create and less expensive to promote, this would be a genuine Online Passive Income Stream for a regular income.
Sell products on eBay:

The tremendous increase in the online sales has initiated many to enter into the online market for trade. The eBay offers an excellent market place with which you too can promote and sell the products of your choice by posting an eye-appealing photo of the product with its product description. Make an excellent profit selling your products online right from burgeoning collection of cookie jars to your vintage clothing.

Blogging:

The internet, being the primary source of information, people start surfing through the search engines as and when they look for some valuable information. Having some exemplary skills, knowledge or talents that you prefer to share with others, you can start creating a blog of your own and later on monetize them selling the ad spaces on your blog to fetch decent profits in the long run.
Affiliate marketing:
Unlike the traditional techniques of advertising this affiliate marketing, is an emerging technique of promoting products over online through affiliate links. This is a lucrative way of making money, since each and every time when someone clicks onto the links you are entitled to a commission on the desired target action.

Online tutor:
If you feel proud as an expert in a particular field and enjoy teaching the beginners, you could consider this option teaching through an online school. The rapid advancement in technology enables people to learn via virtual classrooms with the help of which you could offer some real time value courses and webinars via Skype attracting the attention of the students to make long term profits.
Develop mobile apps:
In the era of smart phones, you could make some good deal of money by developing interesting mobile applications that could solve the problems of the users or any other entertaining mobile games meeting the intense demand of the increasing mobile phone users.
Stock photos:
The increasing demand for quality photos to produce interesting content to the readers has created a space for you to sell your photos over online. If photography is your passion, sell your photos on the web and earn some income in the form of royalties.

Corporate Business Solutions: Protecting You from Fraud

That company is Corporate Business Solutions. Companies like CBS employ fraud detection and prevention experts who perform fraud analysis on a company and discover weak spots that may be targeted by criminals in the future.

One type of fraud that has become a serious risk to business owners is identity theft. Business owners are more susceptible to this type of fraud than the average person because the personal information of a business owner tends to be more readily available to criminals who are looking for a potential victim. Often times identity theft criminals will utilize a business name that does not belong to them in order to partake in illegal business transactions. These illegal transaction may lead to serious consequences for the business owner who may find themselves in court for all kinds of criminal activity. This is especially the case when the identity theft leads to issues with the IRS. Corporate Business Solutions Inc. not only offers fraud detection services, they also offer representation services for business owners who find themselves facing the IRS.

The significant losses that are incurred by businesses affected by identity theft may lead to eventual closure of the business. Not only can fraud impact a business financially, it can also harm the reputation of the business. The best way to protect your business from fraud is to stop it before it ever occurs. A fraud prevention specialist may be the best option for a business owner who is looking to preserve their finances and defend their reputation. Fraud is ultimately a business killer and it is important to have defenses in place that are robust enough to ensure that no fraud occurs within your business.
Internal fraud is an especially dangerous type of fraud because it impacts the reputation of a business more than any other type of fraud. Internal fraud can also be more difficult to detect because it occurs only within the business affected. External fraud is usually conducted by criminals who have been actively committing the crime in other areas therefore creating a pattern that can be tracked. Internal fraud is often harder to detect because no such pattern has been left. It is possible to learn how to spot internal fraud but it takes years of practice to fine tune the skill. Companies like Corporate Business Solutions have been preventing and detecting fraud for years and that is why they have become such a popular solution for fraud defense. Business owners who are looking for protection against fraud should seriously consider contacting a company like CBS.

Tips On How To Start A Home Based Business

It is a typical American dream to own your own business and to create your own successful career. Home businesses are more possible than ever and there are more chances and ways to make your mark in the business world from your own home. This article can help you along the way to your own home business.

Register your home business with your local chamber of commerce. Sometimes it’s hard to advertise a home business inexpensively, but you can become well-known in your community by letting your chamber of commerce know where you are. People looking for your type of business can inquire and get helpful information, which will help you also. And it won’t cost you anything!

Create a flier for your home business. Promote your company by sending the flier out to others and posting it in different locations in the community. You can also scan the flier and put it up as an attachment on your web page. Each of these steps will increase the visibility of your business.

It is important to set boundaries. They are crucial for those who work at home. Everyone in your life will need the boundaries, your kids, spouse, neighbors, clients, or anyone else you work or live it. These people need to know when you are working, when you will return e-mail, and when you will take phone calls, or when you are not. The better you are at setting and enforcing the boundaries, the more efficient your business, and your life will be.

Make sure your family understands that you are working. Many home based business owners have families who ask them to run errands, without being aware that working at home is still working. Have a talk with them about what you are doing and what kind of support they can give you. You’ll have a smoother day when you can work in peace.

Create an online store to sell your handmade items that you have traditionally sold only to people in your region. The internet is a way to bring your products to people around the world. It is an easy way to create a real store without the investment of a physical store front.

Buy a web site that has ecommerce capability. Before you buy, decide whether you want to hire someone else to build your site or do it yourself. Many services offer a web site domain and hosting package, with tools to help you build your own site and load a catalog of products to sell.

Invest in a toll-free number for your home business. An 800 number makes your business look larger, established and professional to customers. It also gives you a way to separate business calls from personal calls so you can “turn off” your business at the end of the day and make time for family.

Have made or make a banner and logo for your business website. Carry this design through on your business cards, stationery, post cards, and fliers. Use an online printing service that allows you to upload your own artwork or choose one of their default designs. Just add your text, select the products you want and create your business brand.

Keep a mileage log for your business driving. With a home business, you might find yourself driving to meet clients or suppliers, delivering orders or traveling to boutiques and trade shows. The IRS allows a write-off for business mileage, at about 34 cents per mile. That adds up! Check IRS.gov for the current year mileage allowance.

You can claim as a deduction the cost of meals for clients, but it is best if you can show that the clients you are entertaining are really paying customers of your business. Auditors understand that meals at restaurants can be a good way to attract clients, but they are more likely to feel the write-off is justified if the clients you take out also bring you substantial revenue. Keep all receipts.

As revealed at the start of this article, home business are an American dream. They are the very thing that American success stories are made of. Who wouldn’t want to be their own boss? By taking the advice in this article and putting it into action, you too can be one of those home business success stories.

 

7 Home Business Ideas for Stay-at-Home Moms (or Dads)

Are you a stay-at-home mom (or dad)? Hoping to kick start an entrepreneurial dream or simply looking to bring in some extra income?

Starting a home-based business is a great way to do this. In fact, 52 percent of U.S. companies operate as home businesses and many of today’s biggest brand names were established by stay-at-home moms – (Dorothy) Gerber, Mrs. (Debbi) Fields, and Julie Aigner-Clark (Baby Einstein), to name but a few. But what types of businesses can grow and thrive in the home environment?

Freelancing

Perhaps the easiest form of business to delve into and operate is freelancing. Whatever your skill – writing, web design, marketing, tax advisor, or photography – freelancing affords an enormous amount of flexibility and freedom, and can be started with little cost or paperwork. Many freelancers get their start by approaching a former employer or customer who could benefit from their services, then branch out as their body of work and reputation grows.

Freelancing does have its challenges and requires discipline – you are running a business after all. Common mistakes freelancers make include not setting the business up properly and legally (getting the right permits, or licenses), forgetting to put money aside to pay estimated taxes, and not planning for peaks and valleys in cash flow.

Become a Virtual Assistant

Virtual assistants (VAs) provide a wide variety of “virtual” services to other businesses including administrative, marketing and technical support from a home office. My local window cleaner, for example, uses a VA to answer his calls and manage his calendar while he’s busy on-site. VAs are growing in popularity, too, as firms look to cut costs and outsource administrative functions. If you are organized and have an administrative background, this might be for you. Start with your own connections or take advantage of the services of a VA organization or association who can help you get started and connect you with clients.

Make Money from Blogging

Yes, you can make money by blogging. I follow several stay-at-home moms who happen to be fashion and style bloggers – and it’s their business. If you can write and have a passion for a specific topic or hobby that you know will garner some attention, then this might be for you. Income generation opportunities can come in the form of affiliate marketing and advertising on your website or from companies who ask you to review and blog about their products. Look for ways to get traffic to your website through social media, search engine optimization and by getting involved in the wider blogosphere (networking with and commenting on the blogs of others in your niche).

Start a Creative Business

Whether it’s making gift baskets or offering interior design consultation services, if you have a creative streak and the room to store and create, then why not consider making money out of your talents? Get to know the market and do some planning to identify an untapped niche. SBA has several tools that can help including the Build your Business Plan tool and SizeUp a market and business analysis tool that lets you benchmark your business against competitors, map your customers, competitors and suppliers, and locate the best places to advertise.

Start a Home-Based Bakery or Food Business

Food production from a home is heavily regulated but it’s not impossible. Take Martha Stewart, for example—she famously entered the food service business with a basement-based catering company in 1976. Before you start a home-based food business you will need to understand the rules and regulations that govern the production of food for public consumption in an at-home environment. For example do you need a separate kitchen? What about product labeling? And so on.

Child Day Care

Home childcare businesses offer a potentially lucrative and long-lasting business opportunity. A home environment is often appealing to parents and once their kids are settled (and assuming you are doing a great job), then it’s likely you’ll have that business until they are old enough not to need care.

Of course, this is another regulated business and you’ll need to ensure you comply with state and local regulations that govern issues such as the provision of meals, minimum space requirements per child, and the number of licensed care workers per child.

Start an Online Marketplace Store

If you have clutter that you want to get rid of and like the idea of selling products to an established worldwide network of consumers, consider starting a business on eBay, Etsy or Amazon. You can source products to sell from junk/yard sales or charity shops. If you want to get a bit more sophisticated, then consider buying wholesale or adopting a drop-shipping model. The goal is to find products that are in high-demand and not readily available from other sources.

More Ideas

Other business ideas including a dog walking/pet care business, a travel agent, start a home-based franchise business, event planning, architectural design, or tutoring students!

Find Wide Opportunities to Implement Great Business Ideas

There is no need to feel depressed if yourbusiness is in loss. There are now many friends for you and for that matter people who are ready to assist you if you are willing to be a part of the winningplatform. Here people of all walks of life will be coming together and they will be willing to provide ideas, develop the projects and even invest money. Every new startup will get some funds and as well ideas which will be helpful; to cherish. The same is the case for the great business ideasas these will be implemented with lots of talent and using the latest technologies. So the success factors are assured and widely used by people of all niches. There will be no chances for the regrets as there are people around to handle and tackle the situation. The only thing is connect with the right people and thereby expand your business.

Every person will be able to monetize their thoughts and this will be the basis for the collaboration of the business with the people of expertise and skill. You can build any sort of business and experiment on any Innovative Business Ideas as all these will be completely getting the guidance of the people with creative thoughts. As there are many people, it will be wise enough to ask them about the feedback as this is very valuable and useful to judge correctly about a decision and idea whether to implement a business or not. There will be many sources which are helpful to get many funds. All these will result in fast implementation of the project in less time. There areeven chances for the crowd funding. So make sure that all these are useful to enhance business and its online presence.

In addition to the great support there are even chances to get wide reputation by sharing your ideas and the progress of those projects implementation in the social media. There will be more chances to add many more partners and evolve your business. There will be absolutely no loops and all these are very much useful to the robust communications. Each and every connection will be helpful to interact and as well build huge success. In addition to these benefits there are even security and as well privacy for all the people and their projects. This is possible as all the people who are working here are completely professional and they keep to the business secrets accordingly.

All the investors are able to get benefitted as they are funding the upcoming projects which are going to create revolution and there will many rewards for them in terms of returns of the money they have spent. The mentors even will be happier for sharing their impeccable advice and ideas out of their expertise. Try to make use of these resources and let your business proper. Do not even neglect or postpone implementing your creative ideas as they will bring in huge success and profits in return.

Best tips for Business Development

When looking to run a successful business, it’s important to know where to start, how to proceed and where one can get their breaks. When doing this, it’s easy to have a successful company in the short and long-term. While true, one should not just follow the basics, even though they are important. With that being said, here is a short guide on how to develop a business.

Simple plan: When starting out, one should write a business plan for their company. Think about it, with a plan, it’s easy to go back to it if there are any issues. For starters, one should list their overall money-making plan, assets, corporate layout and long-term plans. Furthermore, one should have a marketing plan, and the marketing plan should be pretty long as it’s the most important part of a lot of businesses. Remember, with a well-written business plan, one can do everything to get their business in order and under control. This is, simply put, the wisest start and an important step in the strategic planning for business.

Really go deep into the marketing plan: While one should write their marketing plan into their business plan, it’s wise to take it further and write a full marketing plan. Think about it, if one doesn’t have a decent marketing plan, they are going to have a hard time finding clients. To get started, one should have a decent website and a social media presence. Furthermore, one should think of their local marketing plans such as a phone book advertisement, among other things. In the end, this is one of the best tips for business development.

Find the right employees and contractors: A person who is running a company needs to hire the right people to help him or her. Without doing this, it’s hard to enjoy profits as one will struggle if they have bad employees or only hire family members. To take this further and save money, one should consider their long-term needs. Not only that, to take care of simple tasks that require some knowledge of a difficult subject, one should hire contractors. For example, when making the website or getting the accounting in order, one can do well if they hire contractors.

Define roles of everyone: It’s easy to run a company with two or three employees. Often, people will naturally take on their own roles. But, in the long run, one must define the role of every employee, contractor and owner. When doing it this way, one can avoid misunderstandings, which are sure to occur when they don’t define the roles well. Think about it, when an owner or employee doesn’t know what they need to do, it’s easy to miss important deadlines, and one can avoid this by defining roles from day one.

Financial projections: When worrying about strategic planning for business, one should think of their long-term financial projections. By doing this and looking at the long haul, one can avoid problems in the future. However, it’s not always easy to meet projections, and one must hire a professional.

In the end, with these best tips for business development, one will have a better chance at success. Remember, with a decent plan and hard work, a person will do well with his or her business idea.

Tips to promote your business locally

Online businesses are growing with the passing of every single day. But still there is large number of businesses that are operating on local level. If you are a small business owner or a startup business, then it is quite difficult for you to afford the cost of advertising as it is very expensive. This article is all about how to promote a business locally free or in a small budget in order to get more and more new customers.

Online Presence

According to a survey, over 95 percent of people search for a local business online. So it is necessary for every business to have its online presence whether you are an online or offline business. The online presence can be through a website or listing your business on major search engines such as Google, Bing, and Yahoo, etc.

Local Business Directories

A business directory is a useful tool to promote your business. Business directories are updated every year and a large number of people have subscribed these. Keep your business details always updated on business directories.

Printed Materials

Making your business popular locally can also be done through distribution of printed material like pamphlets, brochures, flyers, postcards and others at places where a large number of people are gathered at once. It can be outside hotels, libraries, cafes, tourist spots, etc.
Public Events

Public events are being organized every day where masses are gathered. You can promote your business in those public events by yourself or appoint someone else to do that. You can carry out demonstration of your products and services at public events and collect information about potential customers.

Press Release

Publish a press release once in a month in the local newspaper as most of the people read newspapers. The press release can be of anything such as launch of a new product or service, getting a new client, increase in sales. The press release does not need to be a big news as it is just for making your presence felt to the people.

Promotional Offers

Giving discount to existing customers can bring a lot of new customers. A business owner has to cut down on profit for offering discounts. It is an excellent way to promote your business.

Word of Mouth

Most of the people believe in recommendation of their friends and others known to them. It is important for a business owner to build trust amongst their existing customers so that they suggest your business to their friends. There is nothing better than a word of mouth advertising.

Top Complementary Business Models For Handmade Entrepreneurs

As you lead your business forward, you will eventually have to do one of three things to grow your handmade business: (1) train others (either employees or contractors) to help you make the products you sell; (2) offer “how to” information products along with handmade products; or (3) add complementary business models within your existing retail business model to boost sales.

A baker kneading dough for breadThis post shares other types of business models (excluding wholesale, another great business model) you can choose from.

1. Customized products

If your customers like your core line of products, you can offer them in customized versions at a premium price. You already have most, if not all, of the ingredients and supplies to do this. Set up a basic ordering structure, a time frame, minimum payment requirements, etc. Use your newsletter and blog to let customers know you can customize products for them and share the pricing differences and the extra special attention they get when you create products in scents designed just for them.

GCD Spa does a good job of this, offering a core line of products and making custom options available and easy to choose from.

A variation on this theme is to offer a very high end product that costs you a bit more to make, but which allows you to increase your profit margin exponentially because you can charge much more for the product. For example, Cirque offers a $40 bottle of nail polish made with 24 karat gold left flake. Sure, it costs a bit more to produce, but the increase in perceived customer value allows you to maximize your profit margin by charging more for the product.

2. Memberships

Launch a “product of the month” club, or a “limited edition club,” where you offer a bulk discount for retail customers who buy quantities in advance and pay a little more for guaranteed delivery of your handmade goodies throughout the year, without them having to place an order. Sometimes called “subscription services,” another spin on this idea is to create a loyalty or membership program where you offer year-long discounts to people who become “members of your brand.”

Your most loyal followers pay an annual membership fee to enjoy a discount on orders all year, along with special perks as you make them available — to members only.

Some examples are Carol’s Daughter’s “Friends of the Family” membership program, and the Level Naturals monthly “Good Box.”

3. Community

Use the Internet to create your own social network or forum where people who love your products gather to talk about their shared likes, dislikes, hopes, dreams, and concerns. You can use everything from public or private Facebook groups or pages to services like vbulletin and Ning to do this. The possibilities are endless. Carol’s Daughter’s “Transitioning Movement” site is a good example of this type of community. You can sell ads at these sites and use them to increase brand awareness and create opportunities to create collaborative new products with members of the community and industry colleagues. (Note: Martha recently migrated the community to a Facebook page … though there’s not much going on there at the moment …) While I see this as a super idea for any handmade product, I see special opportunities for businesses selling mineral makeup and ethnic hair care products.

4. Share “How We Make”

Unlike the examples above, this model does not have to be a direct sale. It can be more of a marketing model than a completely new business model. It involves publishing a complimentary monthly e-book or e-report about the ingredients used in your products, and how you incorporate them into the products your customers love. Each month, create a new short booklet and make it available to your customers and prospects in PDF format. Use this to grow your list.

Joan Morais does this very well, offering lots of different types of short “how to” e-books at reasonable prices, and rotating the ones that are available for free each month. This strategy allows you to bring more people into your sphere of influence, while also building your credibility as an expert in your field (which always creates new business opportunities for you). People like buying products (especially handmade ones) from people they know they can trust. Demonstrate that you’ve done your research and people will be more inclined to come to you for their product needs and wants.

5. Sell supplies

The examples above help you sell existing products to retail customers. The “sell supplies” model discussed here is a step removed from that. Unlike the above examples, you will need to expand your list from retail consumers to friends and colleagues in your industry. This is not a huge stretch since you are probably connected to tons of them on Facebook.

The idea here is not to become a big time supplier, but to systematize the sale of a few of the higher end and more exotic ingredients you must buy in bulk in order to maintain a profit margin, and sell those ingredients to your colleagues at prices that beat the huge suppliers you buy from. I’m not suggesting you go into business competing with your supplier (though many a successful small business has started this way …), but really just that you create a temporary measure to boost your profit margin until the sales of your products using particular ingredients reach a point where they can support themselves. Choose 5 or 6 of your top high priced ingredients — ones that are easy to ship and which weigh little but cost a lot. The best examples include things like high priced fruit extracts and mica used in mineral makeup and nail polish.

6. Affiliate programs

You know these when you see them — Amazon is the biggest and most well known example. Invite people to sell your products as affiliates, earning a commission on each product they sell. This is admittedly not my favorite business model, but several people I know make a decent amount of money as affiliates selling other people’s products, and they don’t have to change how they do business or make products to add this. You’ll need a reliable affiliate tracking platform to track your affiliates’s sales, and the amount you owe them for those sales. I have heard good things about iDevAffiliate.

7. Events

This is hot and getting hotter by the minute, as the interest in all things local continues to grow. You can host events, either on your own or with other Indies, where your products are featured. For example, this past holiday season, IBN member Dawn Fitch of Pooka Pure and Simple hosted a Holiday Ladies Night Out with a few other IBN members in her area. They charged $25 for people to come into the Pooka Boutique and shop. (Yes, people paid to enter the store to spend more money …) Tickets had to be purchased in advance and included fun socializing and music, handsome young men to greet guests at the door and take their coats, and a coupon for a complimentary holiday beverage. Check out the flyer for the event.

Another example is a supplier member who opened up her warehouse parking lot a few times a quarter so people could bring their own containers and load up on suppliers at bulk prices. Ingredients were weighed “salad bar style,” and people in the local community met each other and had a great time.

Of course, you could offer classes to teach people how to make the products you sell. (Indie Business Network offers teacher’s insurance for this!) One of our members who does this well is Candance Sweeney and her Nakee Naturals Green Goddess Spa Parties and Workshops.

As you can probably tell, these suggestions are not just for handmade business owners. Anyone who has a business in any industry, and who has a desire to grow and add additional income in a natural way, will be excited by at least one of these ideas.

You Have To Be Ready, and Plan, Plan, PLAN

Of course, not every business is at a time in its evolution where adding new business models make sense. You have to grow into this. Don’t do it too early or you’ll be terribly sidetracked and end up losing not only money, but probably some sanity too.

I want you to get into the habit of zooming out and planning for five years down the road instead of just five months down the road. Putting these ideas into your “knapsack of possibilities” now will help train you to recognize an opportunity to capitalize on them in the future.

Remember, skate to where the puck is going, not to where it is.