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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...

Saturday, June 24, 2017

7 Movies Every Entrepreneur Should Watch

Evan Carmichael shares the 7 movies he recommends every entrepreneur watch....with clips and analysis showing why.

7 MOVIES Every Entrepreneur Should Watch

Jobs The Pursuit of Happyness Moneyball Any Given Sunday Ronin Draft Day Seabiscuit



Wednesday, June 21, 2017

7 Ways To Get Started In Business With ZERO Money

Evan Carmichael does it again with these 7 ways to get your business off the ground and running right out of the gate...without spending a dime.

7 Ways to get started with ZERO Money 1) Start with a service 2) Use Facebook instead of a website 3) Go to them 4) Make alliances 5) Get noticed 6) Pre-sell 7) Barter


Saturday, June 17, 2017

The Secret To Making Money By Starting A Small Business

This video covers an amazing Seminar on how to get a business going without having to spend a lot of money. Justis Chase talks about how its possible to use what he calls the three "S's" to create successful small businesses that do what you want them to do...in other words make you money and give you freedom rather than taking money and time away from you.


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The Top 7 Things NOT To Do When Starting A Business

You can search Youtube and Google and always find videos/articles about what to do when starting a business. I believe knowing what NOT to do is equally important. So....here's an awesome video from Evan Carmichael drawn from real case studies and tips from actual failed entrepreneurs.


Saturday, June 10, 2017

18 Mistakes That Kill Startups [Small Business Startup Mistakes]

In this video we've covered 18 big mistakes of failed entrepreneurs. If you're having any of these issues in your small business then try to correct these mistakes if you can....otherwise, you're toast. 18 Mistakes That Kill Startups 1. Single Founder 2. Bad location 3. Marginal niche 4. Derivative idea 5. Obstinacy 6. Hiring bad Programmers 7. Choosing the Wrong Platform 8. Slowness in Launching 9. Launching too early 10. Having no specific user in Mind 11. Raising too little money 12. Spending too much 13. Raising too much money 14. Poor investor management 15. Sacrificing users to profit 16. Not wanting to get your hands dirty 17. Fights between founders 18. A half hearted effort


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

How To Write A Business Plan To Start Your Own Business

In this video you'll learn step-by-step how to write a successful business plan for a successful startup.

9 Steps For Writing a Business Plan - Required Steps to Write a Business Plan for your company or service.

Step 1 - Define your vision 1:16 Step 2 - Set your goals and objectives for the business 1:50 Step 3 - Define your Unique Selling Proposition 2:29 Step 4 - Know your market 3:02 Step 5 - Know your customer 3:57 Step 6 - Research the demand for your business 4:47 Step 7 - Set your marketing goals 5:52 Step 8 - Define your marketing strategy 6:38 Step 9 - Take Action! 7:20

Saturday, June 3, 2017

How To Write A Marketing Plan For A Small Business

Starting a small business is a fairly simple thing once you've secured sufficient investment financing. But, when you start any business, you absolutely need a marketing plan to sell your products or services. In this video we have described all the important aspects of how to write a marketing plan for your small business. This video will help you to understand how to do marketing and what should be included in a sample marketing plan template.


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

How To Build Your Startup Business Infrastructure On A Budget

There are quite a few steps to take when building a business from the ground up. This article assumes you have already gained a basic knowledge of these steps and are at a point where you have some funding and you are ready to put the building blocks of your business in place. If you are not familiar with the basic steps to build a business, I encourage you to go check out the multitude of publications you can find on the web and then come back and revisit this article.

In most cases, it is paramount to build your business in steps, being very careful how you spend the precious funds that are available to you, regardless of the source of your capital. By now you should have a list of components that need to be put in place, such as the IT infrastructure, including but not limited to email accounts, a website, internal software systems (both "canned" packages as well as custom software) and more. On the creative side, you will need to decide on your branding (logo and color theme). Then most likely you will need business cards, brochures, letterhead, fliers, signage and the like.

Building a business in steps (or increments) can be done, but you need to look for the right talent. At the beginning, you will be much better off finding individuals that are competent in several different areas. The less resources you have to employ, in most cases, the lower your spending outlay will be. If one individual can perform the duties of six or eight people, your budgetary savings should be significant. Later on, when things are taking off, you can replace these multi-talented individuals with dedicated resources, as each duty will likely become a full-time job. Over-staffing too soon can put you out of business in a hurry or put undue pressure on your business to perform sooner than it is capable of.

Let's turn the clock forward and assume your business is gaining traction. Let's say your multi-talented individuals just helped you get your business off the ground and now you are going to replace them with employees dedicated to specific business segments, or departments. It will be painless to replace them because they will be expecting it. Why? Because you brought them in as contractors. You have a lot of flexibility with contractors. If it's in your interest, and the contractor's interest, you can propose a contract to hire arrangement. Then if things work out well, you could bring them in as part of your senior staff since they will have such a good understanding of your business. Or, they could simply move on. There are many advantages to using contractors in a case like this. If things are not moving as fast as you hoped, you can reduce the contractor's hours to stay within your budget. You can cut them loose if they are not performing as expected. You will also save money because you will not be providing benefits, and in many cases, not providing a work-space for them.

Another smart move may be to secure certain essential services on an outsourced basis. These days, you can even outsource your human resource department. Outside services are becoming more popular these days. Such services take the worry out of keeping up with ever-changing legal requirements, minimizing the exposure to your brand new, fragile business. The cost is normally a lot less than in-house staffing for comparable services. A good service company will come with a guarantee (they will have an insurance policy) that protects your company should the service company fail to keep up with current legal requirements, unintentionally creating a liability for your company. It is not practical for in-house personnel to make such a guarantee. In that case your business is assuming the risks for your hired employees.

By Carl Herkes

Carl Herkes shares knowledge gained from numerous years of building small businesses and can be reached at  [mailto:carl@cavideoservices.com]carl@cavideoservices.com or  [mailto:carl@aapics.com]carl@aapics.com.




Saturday, May 27, 2017

13 Free Online Educational Resources For Business Owners

A small business owner wears many hats. Often, they are responsible for finding business, customer service, sales, advertising, and bookkeeping. This is in addition to the duties surrounding the actual service or product the business provides.

There are many resources available on the internet to help you wear your many hats with more confidence. Here are some of the most useful courses, websites, and other resources you can access now.

1. The University of the People

The University of the People is an online, fully accredited university, based in the United States. They offer tuition-free associate and bachelor degrees in Business Administration, Computer Science, and Health Science.

2. Coursera

One of the greatest bastions of self-directed education, Coursera offers instruction in on a variety of topics. Learn how to market yourself, and improve your personal brand. Take a class on bookkeeping or accounting. Or, sharpen and expand your marketable skills.

3. Open Culture

Open Culture bills itself as a repository of free cultural and educational resources found on the internet. Their list of videos, courses, and audio files, related to many different aspects of business management, will keep you busy for days.

4. Small Business Administration

The Small Business Administration should be the first stop for every self-employed entrepreneur. Their website offers free courses, downloads, and videos to help you on every step of your path. Learn how to write a business plan, find funding, do market research, and so much more. The SBA also offers a mentoring program for new small business owners.

5. Free Management Library

If you want the knowledge that comes with participating in an MBA level business program, but don't want the expense, the Free Nonprofit Micro-eMBA is for you. You get access to all the lectures, readings, and assignments that you would in a full university course. But you get to do the work at your own pace, and all for free.

6. iTunesU

The iTunes app gives you access to hours of podcasts. Many prestigious universities and schools have partnered with Apple to bring you audio and visual files straight from the halls of Ivy League business schools. Enjoy top notch instruction from schools like Stanford, Harvard, and UC Berkeley.

7. Udacity

Udacity is one of the newer faces in online self-directed education. Their courses concentrate on web and computer technologies. Take one of their free courses, or invest in one of their paid offerings. If your business is web or computer based, their offerings can help you find new services and products to help grow your business.

8. MIT OpenCourseWare

Best known as the gathering place for academic elite to explore engineering, science, and other futuristic technologies, MIT offers many past lecture courses for your personal development. They offer courses that cover many topics, including classes in business and entrepreneurship.

9. edX

Another new website catering to the self-educated crowd, edX offers a variety of courses that a small business owner or entrepreneur will find indispensable. They also offer certifications that prove you put in the work. Their MicroMasters program will have you feeling like an expert in no time.

10. Code Academy

Computer technology is the future. If you find your computer programming skills are holding you back, look at the courses offered by Code Academy. Their short, interactive tutorials and lessons will get you up to speed with what you need to know to tackle lucrative online markets with confidence.

11. HubSpot Academy

This one is for all you keyboard warriors! If you are attempting to carve a slice of the internet marketing pie for yourself, this is the site for you. You can work towards a certification in inbound marketing, email marketing, inbound sales, content marketing, and many other offerings. Most courses are free.

12. TED Talks

Make this your one-stop source for information, entertainment, and inspiration. TED talks cover the whole fabric of life, from personal stories to motivate to advant garde and unusual instructions and solutions.

13. ALISON Diploma in Social Media Marketing

If you want a quick yet thorough guide to effective social media marketing, the diploma in Social Media Marketing might be what you need. This free course will take you from social media newbie to media marketing master in under 20 hours.

Being a business owner is hard. But these free online business education resources can make it easier!

By Bob Tom

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Don't Spend Your Time Watching The Ground Come Up At You

I had a rough winter. One that was only two years after my last rough winter. And it has not gotten much better since. Sure, we are getting by, but do not have enough business to get ahead. We are still much better off than others in our same situation. I am speaking of my consulting business. By March/April, I have always been very busy, not this year. Should I lay down and die, just be depressed, or is there another option?

It is easy to do. Wallow in self pity. Be depressed about your situation. But it is certainly not constructive. Spending your time worrying about what is going to happen will not do anybody any good. Instead, problem solve your situation.

So how do you problem solve your situation?

Define Your Problem

First, you must know what your problem is. For instance, I could say that I do not have enough work. Or I could say that my billable rate is too low. Or perhaps I could say that I am in the wrong business. Any of these could potentially be true, but how do I want to frame my problem?

Collect Any Relevant Information

Measure any information you find to be relevant so that you can get a good picture of the way things are.

What Does The Perfect Situation Look Like?

Define, i.e. write down, what your perfect situation would look like. Would I want to work from home? Travel? Employ others to do the billable work? How does my perfect business look?

What Have Others Done In The Same Situation?

Research what other companies or individuals have done in the same situation. Come up with 2 or 3 possible solutions to the problem, if that is possible.

Decide What Elements Are Important In Your Solution

Come up with specific features of your solution that will be important to you. Perhaps making more money is important. Perhaps spending more time at home. Perhaps doing specific types of work. List those features and rate them in importance against each other.

Rate Your Solutions Against Each Other

Rate each of your solutions based on the elements/features previously defined, weighted by the most important features.

Implement The Best Solution

Put the highest scoring solution into action.

Evaluate Your Solution

After implementation, make sure your solution is performing as desired. If not, make adjustments and measure again.

Beat Your Head Against A Brick Wall

Sometimes, like in my situation, you must work at the difficult task of selling. Some days are successful, some are miserable, but you need to keep working at it to keep your businesses growing or just going. There may be no substitute for this hard work. And putting in the work is a much better idea than wallowing in self pity.

Do not ever spend your time watching the ground come up at you, i.e. expecting a major crash, it is a much better idea to work your problem or work hard to get beyond your situation.

What do you do when things are challenging?

By Brian Satterlee

About The Author

Brian Satterlee ran the successful multi-level marketing distributorship Satterlee Marketing from 1997 through 2002. He created an ecommerce site to sell a dietary supplement and recruit new sales people. When the MLM company changed to a retail marketing plan, Brian decided not to start again but to devote time to his family.

Brian now writes and works as a Business Analyst. He received his MBA from the University of Phoenix in 2009.

Visit http://www.splashplan.net for more free small business tips from Brian Satterlee.