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30 Do’s And 20 Don’ts In Starting A Small Business

Small scale businesses are easier to set up compared to the middle or large scale businesses that require more time, feasibility reports, ad...

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Growth Hacking Strategies For a Brick And Mortar Business

After a successful career as a engineer of product development, Simon Bai left his day job and ventured into a totally new career as a restaurateur. His first restaurant was quick to capitalize on the frozen yogurt fad and soon after that, Simon launched a wine bar and a fusion Asian cuisine restaurant, all in the South Florida area. With most restaurants expected to fail within their first year of business...Simon Bai has perhaps found the recipe for opening a successful restaurant with three under his belt.

Watch this video and learn a few offline growth hacking strategies for local businesses.



Saturday, August 19, 2017

The 7 Habits Of Young Entrepreneurs

Inspired by Steven Covey, The 7 Habits Of Young Entrepreneurs shares how successful young entrepreneurs need to ingrain some crucial habits into their routine to be successful.

The 7 Habits of Young Entrepreneurs....
1. They work hard 2. They plan 3. Successful Young Entrepreneurs take action and don’t procrastinate 4. They have clear goals 5. Young Entrepreneurs take risks 6. They read a lot 7. They do what they are passionate about

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

How To Stand Out On Social Media As An Entrepreneur

With all the social media platforms that exist today, we tend to get so distracted with updating our statuses that we don't focus on standing out.


Saturday, August 12, 2017

How To Self-Promote As An Entrepreneur

As an entrepreneur you need to figure out a way to self-promote your business. So in this video Patrick Bet-David discusses the proper way of self-promoting what you already believe in, whether it’s yourself, your business, your clients, your product, your vendors and anything else.


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

The Mental Battle Of An Entrepreneur...."Good Voice, Bad Voice"

Every entrepreneur has a Good Voice and a Bad Voice that they battle on a daily basis. This short film "Good Voice, Bad Voice" is an original depiction of the mental battle of an entrepreneur by Patrick Bet-David.


Saturday, August 5, 2017

10 Ways To Increase The Value Of Your Business

In this video, Patrick Bet-David explains ten things you can do to increase the value of your business. But before he does that, to put things into perspective, he takes a look at profit vs. value.


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

How To Think Big As An Entrepreneur

Patrick Bet-David believes today's the easiest time EVER in the history of mankind to think big as an entrepreneur. You’ll find out why he says that by the end of this video and article. He's going to cover 16 things you can implement to start you thinking bigger than you’ve ever thought before.


Saturday, July 29, 2017

3 Easy Ways To Increase Business Cash Flow By Reducing Business Expenses

For some small business owners it is important that they try to keep expenses down. Large overhead and lack of cash flow is the single biggest reason for business failure. In times like this it is essential we do all way can to save money. Here are 3 easy ways to save money in your business:

Outsource what you can

This has got to be this biggest money saving tip I ever received. This can include everything from sending work overseas to outsourcing local jobs and eliminating or reducing payroll. There are many jobs that can be outsourced locally that several small business owners bring in house. One example of this is printing. It may appear that you save money on printing by doing it in house but you better look close. Printing is much more than the cost of ink and paper. How many copies can your printer produce before it needs some routine maintenance or worse, replaced? Printing companies and office supply stores have big machines and spit out copies (even color) at extremely low prices. Sometimes they can add a margin and still do it cheaper than you or I could.

Another example is sending select jobs overseas. Our website developer was in the Philippines and we communicated with email and Skype. He was great; he did all the design work and got it up and running. Then we had a short call where he showed us how to use and update the site. He was a little more expensive than some of the people I interviewed but was still less than $8.00 per hour. I used another assistant in the Philippines that did some writing for me as well as some research and email marketing. The risk here is that if you pay by the hour you have to keep a close eye on them as the hours can start to add up before you get the results you want.

Save money on utilities

Internet and phones can really start to add up. I have found ways to save money on these a couple of ways. The first is simply to negotiate with the sales rep. Did you know you can do that? Never pay the price they have, if you push hard enough you can get some really great deals. If you get a great deal over the phone tell the rep that you need to discuss it with your partner and call back. Use this opportunity to call another provider and tell them what you were offered. Maybe they can beat it.

Internet phone is another option. We used it for years paying $15 per month for two lines. We had to move away from it because the box continued to go out and needed to be reset putting us without phones. Also if you lose power or the internet you also lose phones. We have used Vonage and Phone Power but there are several providers out there. I recommend doing a Google search for internet phone providers and see what you come up with and please read the reviews as there is a lot of variance in quality.

Save on office space

I know many of you have no office so you don't need to worry about this. Our office is really cheap for what we get so it is a no brainer for us. Office space makes you appear more professional and is a great place to meet with clients. It is also good to get out of the house in an effort to keep your personal and work lives separate, not to mention being able to have gifts for your wife delivered to the office. J If an office makes sense for you, now might be the time to sign a long term lease. The general feel is that office vacancies will start to go down which would mean rates will go up and landlords will be less likely to want to sign long term leases. It is also a great time to negotiate deals on the lease space. Take your time, look at a lot of office space and drive a hard bargain. If you already have a signed lease it is always worth a phone call to the landlord to see if you can get a little better deal for extending the lease now.

I don't mean to downgrade a home office. In fact it is quite the opposite. I had a home office for years and it worked very well for me. I was able to save on office lease payments and internet. Not to mention the money I saved on gas. (Although maybe I spent more money on Starbucks since that is where I always went to meet clients.) The point is you can save a lot of money by bringing your office into your home and you will actually get some great tax breaks for doing it. I am sure this goes without saying but if you do office at home it is essential that you have a separate room with a door.

By Kevin Amolsch

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

How To Cut Down On Costs And Increase Your Profits

When the expenses of a company exceed its profits, the business often ends up in bankruptcy. Fortunately, you can prevent this from happening by taking simple steps and actions that will save the company money in the long run.

Here are a few ways to ensure that your business stays a float:

Invest in Technology

Using advanced technology in your business has great benefits. It allows the use of machines that perform tasks more efficiently and quickly.

Use computers instead of fax machines.

You can use computers in several ways like e-mails, chat, internet, and documentation while you can use the fax machine to send and receive hard copy documents. Doing away with this can save you from massive phone and electric bills in the long run.

Use Voice over IP.

Instead of paying for several phone lines, promote the use of internet calls through Skype, Google and Yahoo voice. It reduces expenses by removing unnecessary phone bills. If you truly need a landline then make do with one and use it for official purposes only.

Go paperless.

Send e-mails or chat your employees when you need to pass a memorandum instead of printing them out. Being paperless can save you tons in supply purchases. For transactions with paper, use recycled paper and only provide a limited supply for the entire staff. The method is not only time-efficient, but also environment-friendly.

Conduct meetings and presentations online.

Avoid personal clientele meet-ups if possible. Instead, do an online conference to save on time, effort, meal and transportation expenses. This also allows multiple meetings in a day and hectic businessmen will appreciate it.

Opt for cheaper ISP and web hosts.

Small-time providers are inexpensive because you don't have to pay for branding. Most of them are also more lenient in terms of data caps and bandwidth. Get plans with limits so you can monitor your usage.

Use Alternatives

Purchase LED over fluorescent.

Use energy-saving bulbs like LED that are cheaper and brighter than old-style fixtures. Install monitoring sensors so your lights only function when needed. Open the windows in the morning and rearrange your office so you can maximize daylight.

Use centralized air-conditioning.

A centralized air-conditioning system avoids excessive use. Set the thermostat to a specific time so it automatically shuts down after office hours.

Sell old machines.

You can make more money by selling old units online, instead of letting them go to waste. Make sure they remain in good, working condition so you can fetch a good price.

Choose budget fares over first class.

If travelling is a must, opt for light fares and book in advance to avail of promos. Avoid bringing a lot so you don't pay for baggage. You can also try airline - offered accommodations bundled with your booking for short trips.

Offer optional leaves or incentives.

If the office workload is less, offer optional workday leave to your employees or let them work from home. This saves you a lot from utilizing the office amenities.

Hire interns or fresh graduates.

Instead of hiring specialists, try hiring young professionals with quick learning abilities. You don't pay for their specialization but you can train them in accordance to your company's needs. Offer them a promotion after a while so they stay under you.

Running a company need not be costly as long as you are creative and disciplined. Developing employee responsiveness is the key to success.

By John Paul Richards

Visit John's site to discover free information that you can use at: http://www.johnrichards-blog.com

Saturday, July 22, 2017

The Most Important Aspect Of A Unique Business Card

We all have business cards in our wallet or purse. It's part of our business culture to introduce yourself and hand over a card with your contact information in the hopes that this particular contact will remember you. It's a staple of how business has been done for the last few centuries or so. Did you know that in fifteenth century China, they used business cards called 'visiting cards' that were designed for the purpose of setting up meetings between clients and businesses?

After that the handout card culture really soared during seventeenth century Europe, when people climbed the social ladder through personal promotion in the form of calling cards. This was due to a new form of highly mannered set of Kings, that made someone's promotion or demotion among the social ranks almost completely dependent on personal promotion.
With such a storied history behind it, custom cards have a wealth of examples of creative thinkers to draw from. Think about how often you get a business card these days, stick in your pocket or bag, and forget about it. Do you want your potential clients and customers to do that with your card?

Modern business card printers allow for options that come in all shapes and sizes and can provide you with the unique business card that gets you remembered. A fairly popular option, as an example, is a custom business card with a detachable microfiber screen cleaner that they can peel off and stick to their phones or tablets.

Unique business cards will hit the tenants of a good first impression, the principles of which have been forming for hundreds of years...

Get noticed.

Make yourself memorable.

Stand out among the crowd.

Give your contacts a useful gift for free.

Ensure that your contact information is always available by maximizing brand awareness.

Amplify the reach of your marketing message.

Instead of handing your business contacts a plain card just like everyone else, you can stand out with unique business cards. Custom cards with your logo and message, that also act as bottle openers, coupons, promotion card punches, screen cleaners, or at least something creative, will ensure you stand out.

Rather than tossing your card into a pile, or worse - the trash, your contacts can actually put your card to use. Multi purpose cards are great for extending the reach of your marketing while solidifying your brand in the minds of your clients or partners.

By Jason Thomas

Do you want your card to show how unique your business is and let it work for you long after the paper card is gone? Call Pristine Screens at (800) 540-5971 to get started on your custom business cards with screen cleaners today. http://www.pristinescreens.com

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