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Tips for Small Business Marketing

1. Business Cards. For less than $20, you can have a virtual billboard that promotes your small business. Surprisingly many businesses forget about this great way to promote your business, your products, or special offers. When ordering your business cards, think about how you can use the space effectively. Some of the best business cards that I’ve seen include specific URL’s on the back for accessing free information, tools, resources, or product demo’s. I’ve even seen some with coupons on the back that turn business cards into a customer staple – giving them an incentive to have your business card handy at all times.

2. Invoices. Do you send your customers an invoice in print or electronically? If you do, use the invoice to promote your brand, product or service. This is also a valuable touch point to thank your customers and prompt them to learn about other things you offer. Some of the more effective messaging for your next invoice might be, “Thank you for your business. To learn more about our frequent shopper program call 1-800-555-1234″. This simple message can increase awareness and

Entrepreneurs Business Ideas

Research can be carried out with ease these days, thanks to the power of the internet. If you conduct your search online, you can find other business ideas that you can use as an entrepreneur. Beginners will benefit a lot from the information they can find online about business ideas.

Because of the many business ideas you can find online, you will often find it hard to choose the ones you like. It’s easy to choose if you use your instincts. For instance, if one business idea feels right, take note of it but if you have second thoughts about another idea, disregard it.

As an entrepreneur, you should investigate further by gathering as much information as possible about the business ideas. True enough, franchise is absolutely a great idea. By choosing this business alternative, you can be the boss of your own business and you can earn unlimited income.

However, according to experts, franchise and other internet businesses promise the same business opportunities. It will all differ on how you handle the business.


Know the Reasons why Business Plan is Important

There are many kinds of plans to be made in business, all of them equally important which need careful consideration and practical assessment, but most of all they must be realistic.

The main plan to be constructed firstly is the Business Plan. This will set the standards of the business and will include :

– Introduction and background of the main people involved.
– A list of products and services to be offered.
– Market conditions.
– Growth opportunities.
– Competition.
– All the identifiable risks involved.
– How you will compete with opposition.

Details of any research carried out will also be required. Revenue and Profit forecasts, Overhead and Cost forecasts and the financial outlook for your sphere of business all need detailed consideration and will have to be included in your Business Plan.

These points and many more go into the construction of a good and effective Business Plan. You may think this is not necessary but if you are realistic and wish to be successful and efficient you will find that a good Business Plan will be of the utmost benefit

Things that You Need Help in Your Business

1. You spend nights and weekends at work. Most people go into business for themselves because they want more control over their lives, like the ability to make their own decisions about when they work, how they work, and with whom they work. However, one of the most common pitfalls of self-employment is the “I need to do it all myself” trap. When you become caught in that trap, many of your dreams of self-employment fade away, as you find yourself relentlessly toiling all day and all night to keep the business up and running and moving forward. Was this an aspect of the kind of life and business you wanted to create? Probably not. If you’re meeting yourself coming home at night when you go to work in the morning, you probably need some help in your business.

2. You are paralyzed by overwhelm. There is no lack of things you need to do each day — your to-do list runneth over. However, you find yourself trudging through the day, fighting fires, too tired and too overwhelmed to tackle anything on that darned to-do list. If you find that no tasks are ever eliminated from you

Tips to Start Child Care Business

When you’re first thinking about setting up a private child care business, you’ll want to think about the location of your business. Some people like to work from their home when they have ample space, while others want to travel to their business.

If you do not want to work from home, you might consider commercial options that would give you a partnership with other similar businesses in a franchise arrangement.

The legal side

Before you even begin, you need to talk to your local business services in order to see what kinds of licenses and other legal conditions you have to gain. Find out what kinds of requirements are needed to earn them as well as the costs that you may incur.

These can include health code regulations and inspections as well as fire code and more. It will depend on the location in which your business will be situated.

Education for you

You will also want to consider any special training and certifications that you might need in order to run a successful child care business. This might include first aid classes, CPR, as well as certifications in child care

Tips to Start Carpet Cleaning Business

Buying a Franchise or not?

Go a head and look into what a franchise can offer you and then weigh it against doing it yourself. The plus will be that many franchises will train you in marketing techniques and give you instruction on how to operate and maintain your equipment. They will also run some local advertising to get you started. The down side is that you will be paying a franchise fee up front and for the duration of your contract. Also, you will have to spend a certain percentage buying their cleaning chemicals. This can really put a damper on your profits. I recommend that you save your investment and go for it on your own.


Cleaning Equipment – Do some research on what is the newest technology for cleaning carpets, I’m sure you have seen many different types which include steam, dry chemical, portable units and truck mount. There are many equipment manufacturers online that will give you a better understanding of what works well. I recommend using a portable power head unit because many of your clients may be businesses in which a standard truck-mount hose will not reach. Plus

Tips to Starting Cleaning Business

The first step is to prepare a business plan. This does not have to be a long document, but should be fairly comprehensive and address the following points:

*The company name, address, phone number, owners/corporate officers and statement of purpose.

*Description of the business, products and services you intend to sell.

*The legal structure, business management, employees, support personnel, insurance and financial considerations.

*A look at your competition and your marketing plan.

*A three to five year financial plan with documentation including a cash flow worksheet, balance sheet, and income statement.

Put together a support team including an accountant, attorney and insurance agent. If you are not comfortable doing bookwork and administrative tasks you might want to also look for a part-time bookkeeper or virtual assistant who can help with these duties.

Other start up tasks include:

*After deciding on your business name do a trademark search and assumed name search to make sure the name is available. Most states have web sites that allow you to do an online search.

*Decide if you are going to work out of your home or lease office space.

*Apply for

Advantages and Disadvantage of Pet-sitting Business

Owning a pet-sitting business has many of the same advantages of owning any business–you are your own boss, you set your own hours (depending on the number of clients you serve per day), and your paycheck will be limited only by your willingness to work. McDonald especially enjoys the flexible hours. “I also work out of my home,” she says, “and that’s a big advantage”. Another advantage of pet-sitting is the opportunity of getting to know some real characters: Missy, the cat that only eats facing north (a real example, believe it or not), or Rufus, the blue-footed Amazon parrot who refuses to stay in a cage. Your list will be endless. McDonald describes the pleasure she finds in meeting both pets and their owners, “Ninety-nine percent of the people are very nice. Most are concerned about their pets or they wouldn’t call me. And the animals love me no matter what.”

As with any business, pet-sitting has a few disadvantages as well. If the business is to succeed, long hours and hard work is necessary. Holidays will be especially busy. Servicing fifteen pets, each two times a day is not an unreasonable expectation. This doesn’t leave

Small Business Idea

Some of the main aspects you have to concentrate on when you have business ideas are the abilities and gifts you can pour into the business. It is very important for you to be identified with your business project. Those ideas should be based on activities and actions you take pleasure in doing. For example, if we suppose that you dislike working in the open, landscaping business would not suit you. On the other hand, if you like working with children, setting up baby-sitting or tutoring business would be an excellent idea. In this case, without any doubt you business will be more successful because you will have put your mind, effort and also your heart on it.

Another vital step is to analyze the needs of a specific product or service in your region before setting up your business. Do people of your area need your product? Are there other business like the one you are planning to start? You should ask yourself whether or not you are the only one offering that service or product. If you are not, you will have to analyze the competence you will have to face. You have to think

Steps that You Need to Take for becoming a Sucessfull Entrepreneur

• You have to make it clear to everybody what you’re doing and why you are doing it. You should avoid mistakes as much as possible. Everything and everyone has a certain purpose. As an entrepreneur, you’re considered a “unique” individual. If you can clarify this to yourself, you will feel a surge of energy and enthusiasm. These things can attract prospective clients. Everything you do now is like a magnet that attracts energy.

• The next thing that you have to do in order to earn great profits is to establish your market. You should have an exact target for your products or services. You have to study the qualities of your customers so that you can make your own product or service stand out from your competitors.

• You should make use of every marketing material that you have to craft a significant message to your customers. You have to communicate with them honestly and authentically. Everything you do should be rooted in truthfulness and reliability. By doing this, you will attract more clients. With your energy, people will be drawn to you.

• Some entrepreneurs fail because of doubt and fear. They

Successful Entrepreneurs Characteristic

1. These entrepreneurs have a strong belief in themselves. They are always optimistic, have a positive outlook and are very much aware of their talents and abilities. They are great achievers and are always confident that success can be achieved.

2. They are great dreamers and have the habit of thinking big. They want to explore new horizons. New business opportunities, new ideas and money making opportunities often grab their attention.

3. These entrepreneurs are prepared to take calculated risks. They know very well that unless you venture out nothing tangible can be achieved. Nothing ventured nothing gained.

4. They always work according to a plan. They have a short term plan and a long term plan. Their goals are clearly laid out.

5. Successful entrepreneurs are enthusiastic, dedicated and passionate about their business. Everything they undertake, big or small oozes with self-confidence.

6. They are very knowledgeable about their business and actively participate in all business related workshops and seminars. Thus they are up to date with the latest developments.

7. Building an excellent public image is one of their key characteristics. They strive very hard to build an excellent public

Barack Obama Business Lessons

Every entrepreneur experiences a period of time where confidence levels drop only to be replaced by soaring levels of fear and insecurity. The secret to making it through those days, weeks or even months of feeling insecure is to put on a brave face and keep going anyway.

You’ve probably heard political pundits talk about whether or not Obama looks and sounds “presidential”.

How can he be expected to sound presidential already? He’s not the President and he’s never been the President. But that will be his job soon enough and when it is, there’s no giant “pause button” in the Oval Office he can press to stop the world from watching him while he eases into his new role.

To keep the rest of the world feeling secure about him being a leader, he has to look and sound presidential and keep going – especially in those moments when he’s not really feeling it. If he looks confident and sounds like he knows what he’s talking about, he inspires our confidence in him and his abilities— even though he’s never done this job before.

A common trait among new entrepreneurs is that feeling

Ways to Start a Small Business

1. Make sure you do something you love. Starting a business for the sole purpose of making money or avoiding the work force is a bad plan. Unless you’re truly in love with the products or services you are creating you will fail. Few people know this. Think of it this way; if obstacles get in your way, which they always do, only your passion, purpose and love of what you do will overcome any and all obstacles.

2. Don’t quit your job just yet. Most small business owners make the mistake of quitting their jobs before the money starts to roll and that’s why 85% of small businesses fail in their first year of business – because they run out of money. Most small businesses can be started in your spare time then, when the money starts to come, you can quit your job – not before.

3. Plan the work and work the plan. Sounds simple and familiar yet a well formulated plan with a clear outcome are the keys to success. Most people start a business without first putting to paper a clear plan of execution. Download a business plan template from the internet and study it.

Things to Do to Success


# Read, Read, Read. You may not be able to meet an entrepreneur in person, but have you tried reading his or her books? This is a great way to surround yourself with success, to be inspired, and to get motivated. But don’t stop with books. See if you can find snippets or interviews on YouTube.

# Attend Events. Depending on the size of the city you live in, you may find it quite easy to find business events related to your product or service. Keep an eye out for them and attend whenever possible. Look for flyers at bookstores, libraries, and check out advertisements in the newspaper or other local publication. Many of these events are free to the public, which is an added bonus.

The events will not only be motivating to you, but they’ll also give you the chance to meet other people with interests similar to yours. There are excellent connections to be made if you keep your eyes and mind wide open.

# Meet With Your Peers. One of the most difficult things about entrepreneurship is that it’s a lonely venture. More than anything you need a support system made

Keys to Make Entrepreneur Big

1. Don’t Do It if You Don’t Love it. You’re only going to succeed if you love what you’re doing. Your love for your business is what keeps you going even when things look bleak or, worse yet, boring. Your passion it what gets you out of bed everyday to face what it sometimes thankless work. If you don’t really love what you’re doing then you’re not going to see it through to the finish. Never make money your primary goal. Your primary goal should be to have fun doing what you love.

2. Be Relentless. Persistence is often the only difference between wild success and abysmal failure. If you’re challenged, stand up to the challenge, whether it’s another person or a business setback. If you back down, you’re going to lose respect for yourself and doubt your ability to make your business succeed. If you truly believe in what you’re doing, then stand up to whatever tries to get in your way.

3. Negotiate. Aim high and settle if necessary. Taking less than you wanted isn’t always a bad thing.

4. Dream Big Dreams. What is it that you want most? Imagine what your

Questions to Ask Yourself about New Business Idea

1. Do I Love This Idea? If you’re interested in opening your own business simply for the money, then chances are you’ll never get your business off the ground. The process of opening your own business is so time-consuming and difficult that you’d better be doing something you love, something that fascinates you to no end. The whole point of entrepreneurship is the opportunity to do whatever it is that you want to do, so choose to do something you love.

2. Is Someone Else Interested? Let’s face it, you can start a business focused on something you love, but you’re not going to get very far unless someone else loves it too. Even in the earliest stages of growing your business, you need to find someone who’s willing to pay you for your product or service. That’s the only way you’ll be able to keep sinking money into your business. Ask your customer(s) for feedback on what you’re doing right and what you could be doing better.

3. Does It Cost Too Much? Chances are that you’re not independently wealthy, so make sure you don’t put too many of your precious few funds into starting

Factors You Can Included in Your Business Plan

Executive business summary sections

Prepare the summary section in a way that it interests all types of customers. You should describe the nature of your business venture and your goals. Show sound reasons as why people should know about your business. Describe the organizational structure in your business and the functions of your management teams. Along with the sales and marketing plans, you should also include the nature of your potential market, the carefully calculated sales projection and your plans to repay the loans, if taken any.

The business section

This section plan should include the legal name, detailed description of the nature of your business and the physical address of your business. Do not use any hard business jargons, as laymen may not understand. You must describe how you plan to serve your market better in future.

Financing section

The financing section must show the amount of your personal funds that you are contributing and their source. It should also include the capital you need and your plan to repay the debt. You should attach all your financial documents like annual income projections, a break-even worksheet, projected cash flow statements and balance

How to Get More Clients in 3 Months?


How do you get to where you want to be unless you know where you are going? I always teach my clients a visualization in which they imagine where they want to be professionally in 1 year from today. How much money do you want to be earning? How many hours a week do you want to work? What kind of clients do you want to work with?


Once you’re clear about where you want to be, you need to create strategies to get there. I tell people, “if you already knew what strategies to use, you’d probably already be there.” Strategies help you to chunk big visions into tangible, bite size action steps


How accountable are you to yourself? Most people I meet in business for themselves, find it far too easy to slide in keeping their agreements with themselves. The magical thing about coaching is that when you have a witness to your accountability, you are much more likely to do what you said you’d do. Just knowing that someone cares and will ask you every week, “How did that action step go?”, is huge

Things to Put into a Strategic Planning Document

– Be concise and to the point, you do not want to produce something that is difficult to read and update and irrelevant by the time it is completed.

– Include a statement on your vision for your company at the beginning of the document. This sets the tone for what is to follow.

– State exactly what it is that you are trying to achieve with your business. What is your Businesses Reason for Existence?

– Put this vision in terms of the problems that you solve for your clients. Always think in terms of your clients perspective because at the end of the day that is the only perspective that is really important to your businesses success.

-Identify the key Goals that your business needs to achieve to be successful. Define how you will know when you have reached the goals by associating a measurable rage of values with the goal i.e. Key Indicators

– Put a Specific Date on when each of goals will be achieved and Regularly Measure your progress towards reaching them.

Some examples of business goals include:

Financial Profitability Figures Company Growth Market Acceptance and

Great Business Plan Tips

1) Smaller Bites Are More Digestible

Start the plan with an outline. By breaking the large task down into smaller components, the task will not seem as daunting. A business plan can be viewed simply as the answers to a series of questions.

2) Rome Wasn’t Planned, Funded, and Built in One Day

The process of putting together a coherent business plan will probably take longer that you estimate (an incoherent business plan on the other hand can take as little as 20 minutes). Along the way you will probably stop and say, “you know, we haven’t really thought our strategies out very well, have we?” or “we don’t really know our competition as well as we thought we did,” and you will take the time to hone your strategies and get up to speed on the competition before you finish the plan and present it.

3) Style Points Count, Too.

The visual aspects of the document should not be overlooked. Color charts, tables of data to break up the text, paragraph headings, varying the typestyles–all of these contribute to making the plan easier to read, and to more clearly explain the business