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November 28, 2011

Structure And The ADDADHD Entrepreneur    Author: Admin

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Managing and owning a small business can be very stimulating for the ADD adult. Many ADD entrepreneurs thrive on the fact that they can work on growing their business without all of the structure of being employed by someone else. While the structure of a 9 to 5 job might not be ideal for an ADD adult, an ADD entrepreneur should establish some structure and boundaries in order to be successful with their business opportunities and their personal lives. Here are just a couple of examples of structure and boundaries that an ADD entrepreneur should establish:

1. Keeping your personal finances and your business finances separate.

The larger your business is, the more important it is to separate your finances. Not only is it important for tax purposes, but recording all of your business transactions will give you or someone else all of the information necessary to analyze how well you are doing, and what you need to do to expand your business.

2. Set aside a regular time to pay your bills and to bill your customers.

I find that a lot of ADD entrepreneurs are more reluctant to bill their customers on a regular basis. The main reason is that they are so focused on pleasing the customer, that they don’t focus on actually getting paid for a job. In order to develop a habit, you should decide on a regular set time that you are going to focus on sending out your invoice and paying the bills.

3. Schedule time andor days each week where you not allowed to do anything related to your business.

In order to be a successful entrepreneur you need to spend a lot of time on your business. It is easy for an ADD entrepreneur to completely focus on their business and not focus on their other needs like eating properly, sleeping, physical activity, and spending time with friends and family. Without spending a little time on the other areas of your life your will burnout or breakdown.

Small Business Retailers: Ways That You Can Wow, Your Customers    Author: Admin

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Small Business Retailers: Ways That You Can Wow, Your Customers

Are you a small business owner who runs your own retail store? Whether your retail store is like a small convenience store or a specialty store, like one that sells collectible figurines or plus size clothing, you will likely have some type of competition. There is a good chance that most of your competition will come from businesses, like full size department stores; ones that are larger in size and have more financial resources at their fingertips. Although it may seem like your competition has the advantage, it doesnt have to be that way. There are a number of different ways that you go about wowing, each and every one of your clients that walks through your door, to the point where they will be a returning shopper.

When it comes to wowing, your customers, the wowing, process isnt actually as hard as you may believe it to be. For instance, the first step is to make sure that your store is completely clean and free of debris. If you have shopping carts, you will want to make sure that your customers can push a shopping cart down each of your isles, without running into merchandise or boxes on the floor. You will also want to make sure that your store shelves are organized in a nice, professional matter. The last thing that a consumer wants to do is shop at a retail store that leaves them feeling unclean or dirty. You want your customers to walk into your store and say wow.

Another way that you can go about wowing, your costumers is by just being nice to them. Yep, it really is as simple as it sounds. In todays society, where everyone is in a rush to get things done, we often forget to be kind and polite to others. The best way to wow, your customers is to treat them with kindness. You will want to make sure that all of your employees greet your customers as soon as they walk into the door, ask them if they need any help finding anything, and thank for them for their business after being checked out. Just being kind and compassionate to your customers is a great way to wow, them and bring them back for more kindness, especially since that kindness is now missing from many big box retailers.

Another simple way that you can go about wowing, your customers, is by offering them free discounts or savings. You may want to think about making coupons that can be handed out to all of your customers, preferably those who end up spending a certain amount of money, like fifty dollars or more. Moneysaving coupons are actually used by many shoppers, but most have to actually go searching for them, as most retailers dont hand them out free of charge. Giving your customers moneysaving coupons is a great way to give your business a good public perception and it also tends to up your chances of returning customers.

The above mentioned approaches are just a few of the many that you may want to take when looking to wow, your customers. In all honesty, what you need to do is look at it from the prospective of a customer. If you were to walk into your store, what would you want it to be like and how would you like to be treated?

Small Business Loans Despite Bad Credit    Author: Admin

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It is a common fact that businesses wouldnt run as smoothly without capital. Even with a fixed investment for your mini-business, there are always unexpected expenses that will crop up from time to time. The only way to solve this problem is through small business loans. But, is it possible for someone who has a bad credit rating to avail such financial help? Yes, they can!

It is true that having a bad credit rating can hinder the possibility of vying for a financial loan to help your small enterprise. Many traditional and conservative financial institutions, like banks, are only accepting individuals with good credit scores, and shunning of the rest. But that is no longer the case today.

Secured and Unsecured loans

Considering the number of financial lenders in the market, many stay on the competitive side by offering small business loans despite bad credit status. These loans come in two basic forms: secured and unsecured.

Secured loans are financial aids with collateral as security, which can either be in residential or business property, or any assets with the same value. Unsecured loans are the opposite; lenders will give you the financial help you ask without any security at all, which can be useful if you dont have any plans in putting your assets at further risks.

Secured loans, however, allow you to loan larger amounts, unlike its counterpart, at lower interest rates and better payment terms. Unsecured loans are usually attached with a much higher interest rate, and much stricter payment schemes.

Also, unsecured loans require in-depth credit checks and assurances before you can be accepted for one. Since this type of loan is very risky, especially on the lenders point-of-view, they need to maximize the possibility of getting back what is owed in case things go wrong.

However, this can be easily achieved by approaching SBA or Small Business Administration for help. This organization will act as assurance to the lender regarding the unsecured loan despite your bad credit status.

Even if you have a bad credit status, you can easily get a small business loan by having ready documents that will testify the financial stability of your business. If youre venture is earning a sizable income, you can provide financial statements like balance sheets and income statements to give evidence to that fact.

Looking for a lender

When you search for a lender of a bad credit small business loan, you need to take into consideration some areas before you proceed. First, you need to keep in mind on the condition of the loan before you get one. Take into consideration interest rates, and payment terms and conditions if you can cope up with it.

This is usually the case when you go for secured loans, and using your properties as security. You need to keep in mind that failure to pay these loans can cost you your assets, as well as your business venture.

Also, this is a fine opportunity for you to build up your credit score while going for the bad credit loan. Try to look for one with payment schemes that you can readily afford. Prompt payment for these can boost your credit scores up a notch, which will improve of getting much better financial aids in the near future.

November 21, 2011

Santa: The Consummate Entrepreneur    Author: Admin

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Most people think Santa Claus only works one night a year. Nothing could be further from the truth. Sure, product distribution takes place on one magical night, but Santa’s operation runs year round and is one of the largest manufacturing and distribution operations in the world.

You’ve probably never considered the fact that Santa is the CEO of a large organization that not only distributes a vast assortment of products throughout the world, but does so in a single night with just a sleigh and eight tiny reindeer. Sam Walton would have killed to have Santa’s logistics manual.

Do I believe in Santa? You bet your red longjohns I do. I especially believe in Santa’s entrepreneurial spirit. Just consider all he does from an entrepreneurial point of view and I think you will start to believe, too.

Santa Is His Own Company Spokesperson

Santa is a brilliant marketer and knows that his image is the best marketing tool he has. No other face is as recognizable and no other entrepreneur has inspired so many songs. You’ll never hear “An Ode To Jack Welch” on the radio ten times a day.

Santa’s Customers Love Him

Just say his name around a group of kids and watch their little faces light up like Rudolph’s nose. You will never see Bill Gates get that kind of reaction. Heck, he can’t even make his own kids smile.

Santa Sets The Bar For All Entrepreneurs

When you list the traits of the perfect entrepreneur, Santa gets the highest marks. He has passion for his work. He loves his customers and will go to great lengths to make sure they are happy. He has the ability to spot consumer trends and bring products to market quickly. He can lead a large organization with a wink of his eye. He inspires those around him. He is tireless. He is dedicated. He is loyal. He is persistent. And above all, he is jolly. Name another jolly entrepreneur (other than Dave Thomas of Wendy’s fame). I bet you can’t.

Santa Is A Great Leader

Can you imagine trying to manage a few hundred giddy elves who are shut in year round and spend their off hours drinking spiked hot chocolate and doing who knows what with fairy dust? It would be enough to drive even the best of entrepreneurs to hide out at the North Pole. Somehow Santa manages the task without pulling his whiskers out. I expect he has a management system that promotes from within. The hard working elves get into management. The slackers are stuck cleaning up after the reindeer.

Santa Perfected “Just In Time” Manufacturing

Santa heads up one of the largest, most diverse manufacturing operations in the world. His product lines range from rag dolls to toy trains to rocking horses to baseball gloves for the little kids, to iPods and cellphones and diamond rings for us big kids. Santa’s factory runs year round, twenty four hours a day, seven days a week and never, ever suffers from cost overrun or production shut downs. Santa perfected the “just in time” method of production that is used by many of the world’s largest manufacturers today.

Santa Pioneered Global Product Distribution

Santa is the king of single channel distribution. How else could he deliver millions of presents to good little girls and boys all around the world on a single night? Santa’s distribution process is a closely-guarded secret (elves and reindeer are required to sign iron-clad nondisclosure agreements), but I expect it involves a highly detailed logistics plan and the best CRM software on the planet. You never hear about Santa calling up a kid and telling them a present is backordered until July.

Santa’s Delivery & Tracking Systems Are Second To None

If you think FedEx is number one at tracking packages think again. Santa’s track record is spotless. He has never, ever missed a single delivery or left a box sitting on the porch in the rain. Every package is delivered in perfect shape, right under the tree.

Santa Wrote The Book On Customer Satisfaction

Santa proudly boasts a 100% perfect customer satisfaction rating. You never hear about class action lawsuits and Better Business Bureau complaints against St. NIck. Santa makes sure that his customers are happy and if they aren’t, he’ll come back next year to make things right. If JD Power could find him, I’m sure they would give Santa their Christmas Customer Satisfaction Award.

Santa Claus Is Watching You

Not everyone believes that Santa is the perfect entrepreneur. There are those kids who complain that Santa never brings what they ask for, but we grown ups know that Santa brings the gift that is deserved, not necessarily the gift that is asked for.

Here’s a little Christmas tip from your Uncle Tim, boys and girls, ladies and gents: If you get a lump of coal in your stocking this year it’s because you were bad and that’s what you deserved.

It was not because Santa dropped the ball.

Merry Christmas everybody!

Small Business Owners: Interview Questions That You Should Ask    Author: Admin

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Small Business Owners: Interview Questions That You Should Ask Your Applicants

Are you a small business owner? If you are, how is your business currently going? When first starting a small business, there are many small business owners who decide to start out small. This often involves being the only employee or just hiring family members. Limiting the number of employees that you start off with is a great way to limit your business expenses, but there may come a time when you need to hire additional help. If and when that time comes, do you know what you should do? If not, you will want to continue reading on.

Whether you run an online store, a storefront retail store, or an office-like business, you will need all job applicants to either submit their resumes or fill out a job application. In all honesty, it might be easier to have them do both. You can easily make your own job applications or you can purchase standard job applications from many office supplies stores, either on or offline. Once you have a collection of resumes and job applications, you may then want to think about going through those papers to find applicants that you would like to schedule a job interview with.

When it comes to finding the perfect employee or employees for your small business, the interview process plays an important role. It is during an interview where you are able to learn as much as you can about a job applicant, particularly if he or she is right for you and your small business. The best way that is this is done is by asking the right questions. Just a few of the many that questions that you will want to think about asking your job applicants are outlined below.

As a small business owner, you already know that you need to compete with larger businesses, ones that may have more money and resources than you do. The way that you can do this is with good customer service. Although it is important that you know this, your employees need to know this as well. You will want to ask your applicants if they know the difference between a large business and a small business, as well as what sets a small business apart from a large one. Also, ask them if they know why some customers prefer doing business with small businesses, like yours. If you cannot get the answers that you were looking for, it may be best to move on to the next applicant right away.

Since customer service is what often sets small businesses, like yours, apart from large corporations, you need to make sure that you hire employees who have good customer service skills. During a job interview, you will want to ask all of your applicants about their people skills. Do they think that they have good people skills? Do they find it easy to strike up conversations with customers or those who they dont personally know? You will want to hire an employee or employees who are easily able to communicate with customers, on a wide variety of different topics, including business topics and silly topics like the weather.

To ensure that you are getting an honest answer from your applicants, particularly concerning their customer service skills, you may want to think about testing the waters a little bit. For instance, if you run a retail store, ask your job applicants what they would stay to a customer after they checked them out. If you get a response like I dont know, the applicant you are interviewing may not be the perfect match for you and your business. As you already know, the perfect response would be Thank you for your business and have a nice day.

The above mentioned questions are just a few of the many that you may want to ask any job applicants that you bring in for an interview. After the first couple of interviews, interviewing potential candidates will come to you naturally, as if it were like a walk in the park.

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Are you a small business owner who runs your own retail store? If you are, how is your business currently going? If it isnt going too well or as well as you had originally hoped, you may be wondering whether you should just throw in the towel and give up. Yes, this is something that you can do, if you want, but there may be other alternatives; alternatives that could allow you to keep your small business open. One of those alternatives involves relocating your small business.

When it comes to relocating a small business, there are many small business owners who think that it is a good idea and others who think that it will only end up being a waste of time and money. If you arent yet sure what type of perspective you have, you may at least want to further examine relocating your business to another building or even another city or town, especially if your only other options is to close your business doors down.

As you likely already know, there a number of pros and cons to relocating a small business. One of those cons is the difficulty. If you run a retail store, even just a small specialty retail store, there is a good chance that you have quite a large selection of merchandise; merchandise that needs to be carefully moved, as well as other office supplies and store fixtures. It can be a big hassle to move a retail store from one location to another. Although it can be considered a hassle, it is also important to mention that it can be done, with a lot of patience and hard work.

Another con or downside to relocating a small business is the uncertainty. There are some small businesses that just arent right for making money. Some business owners dont want to realize this though, so they continue to believe that they always have the chance of make money. Even if you take the time to find the perfect building for your retail store, as well as examine the local economy, and your competition, you are still not given any guarantees. Of course, that is something that you knew when you originally decided to start your small business; therefore, a lack on guarantees may not actually be a large problem for you, although it should always be kept in the back of your mind.

Although there are a number of cons or downsides to relocating a small business, there are also a number of pros or plus sides to doing so as well. One of those pros is a fresh start. When relocating a small business, many small business owners carefully take the time to choose which building they would like to relocate to, as well as what city or town they would like to relocate to, if looking to really, relocate. This carefully thought out decision can actually increase your businesss chance of seeing success. A fresh start, but one that is carefully examined, may be just what your small business needs to revitalize itself.

Before you decide whether or not you would like to relocate your small business, it is important that you speak to your current landlord or your financial lender. As for speaking with your current landlord, you may be legally bound by a commercial lease. As for speaking with your financial lender, you may need to borrow some money to relocate your small business.

November 14, 2011

Retirement Plans for Solo Entrepreneurs    Author: Admin

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Saving for retirement is even more important for solo-entrepreneurs because you dont have a company sponsored pension plan or matching 401K contributions to rely on. There are many retirement plans available to self employed individuals and small businesses. Which one is right for you?

Here is just a sample of the retirement plans available to solo-preneurs and small businesses:

Roth IRA although this is not just for solo-preneurs, this is the first place you should look to save if you are just starting to save for retirement (or resuming to save after starting a business). Roth IRAs are low-cost, very flexible, and allow you to grow money tax-free as long as you follow the distribution rules. Contributions can be made up to 4,000, and can be withdrawn at any time without tax or penalty (earnings withdrawn may be subject to penalty and tax if withdrawn before age 59 and certain other conditions are not met).

SEP IRA if youre maxing out your Roth IRA, and are ready to save more, a SEP IRA allows you to save up to 25% of your compensation (20% of your self-employment income) for a maximum of 44,000 per year. Contributions are tax-deductible, and SEP IRAs have low maintenance fees. Contributions can be made for employees also, but employees cannot contribute to their own SEP IRA. This is a good choice if you just have a handful of employees and are looking for a low-cost way to save for your own and your employees retirement.

Simple IRA a Simple plan offers many of the benefits of a 401K, but with less IRS reporting requirements. You can contribute up to 10,000 to a Simple IRA, with an employer match of up to 3%. Contributions are tax-deductible, and Simple IRAs also enjoy low annual fees. Employees are allowed to contribute to Simple plans, and a company match is mandatory. If you have a lower salary (or self-employment income) in your small business, a Simple IRA allows you to put more away towards your retirement than other plans.

Solo 401K for small businesses with no employees, the solo-401K allows you to put the maximum amount away, with less cost and less reporting requirements than a traditional 401K. Similar to a SEP IRA, contributions max out at 44,000. However, unlike a SEP IRA, participants in a Solo-401K can contribute up to 100% of the first 15,000 of compensation or self-employment income, and an additional amount up to 25% of your compensation. This is important because it allows you to save substantially more than a SEP IRA, if your compensation is less than 220,000 per year. A solo-401K is not appropriate for small business with employees or expecting to add employees.

Theres no one best plan for all small businesses. The best plan for you will depend on many factors, such as whether you have employees or not, how much you want to contribute each year, how much time you want to spend administering the plan, etc. To get more information about small business retirement plans, contact a no-load mutual fund company, a discount brokerage company or a fee-only financial planner.

Self Promotion, Small Business Marketing, and Your Core Values    Author: Admin

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The core premise of authentic self promotion is that showing up, serving, and thriving are interrelated. Promotion, or putting yourself forward, is part of showing up and is essential to having a successful business. Having a successful business is essential to being and sustaining an offer of service. In other words, you cannot serve if you do not take care of business.

Authenticity is the cornerstone of effective, sustainable self promotion because being authentic draws on a renewable resource, i.e., your core values and strengths. Put it all together, and you have authentic promotion.

Authentic self promotion is grounded in the conviction that you have something of unique value to offer the world and that you are willing to discover how to embody that offer, to show up and serve, and to thrive in the process.

Authentic self promotion reconciles values of service and integrity with the tools and practices of effective small business marketing. Authentic promotion of your small business rejects the easy dismissal of marketing and sales as shallow, manipulative, and inauthentic. Instead, authentic self promotion claims that marketing and sales are vehicles for creating enduring relationships and delivering substantial value. If you choose the path of authentic self promotion, you will learn that marketing your small business effectively will challenge you to evolve continually as a person and as a professional.

Authenticity is intimately involved with creativity, evolution, and change. It is closely allied with the notion of authorship, thus of owning and being accountable for one’s actions. Authenticity acknowledges that we are always creating or writing our life stories. Expressed in business, such authenticity will step up to the challenge of making strong, clear, valid offers to prospects who are likely to benefit from those offers.

When we do business in an authentic fashion, we understand that we will be affected and even changed by the processes of doing business. Authenticity is dynamic. When you extend yourself authentically in the world, you expect an authentic response — one that may touch you deeply and influence your future decisions. There are risks, then, in authenticity.

Egocentric business practices, on the other hand, declare, “I don’t need to answer to anyone. I have no intention of being changed or affected by you as we do business together. Either you like me or you don’t. You’ll either find me or you won’t.”

Often this egocentricity is masked by a pseudo-authenticity, one that pretends to stand for immutable values and unassailable principles but that is really a declaration of self-absorption, “My way or the highway.” A better test for authenticity is whether or not we are willing to be affected by our transactions. The authentic expression of our deepest values and most closely held principles will always open us to the risk and blessings of new possibilities.

Authentic marketing and self promotion says, “I’m here to connect with you. I expect that we will both be changed in the course of our relationship. I am willing to discover you and myself in new ways as we do business. Come on down, let’s see what we can create together.”

I propose that the very real excesses and evils of some business practices can be countered in a powerful way by independent professionals and artists who use their businesses as a vehicle for showing up, serving, and thriving. It’s about more than making a living. Though, unless you do make a living, you will not be able to express your gifts to the fullest.

Authentic self promotion is about trying on business and marketing practices and adapting them to fit your values, your resources, and your unique gifts. It’s about having enough integrity and courage to welcome the inevitable breakdowns as occasions for learning and platforms for future success. In order to be truly authentic — in other words, to authenticate our values and our standards — we must act in the world. We must show up to serve, and we must stop pretending that commerce is something the bad guys do. In this way, we will shine a light on unfamiliar or inadequate practices for the sake of devising better practices.

Should You Close Your Small Business Down?    Author: Admin

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Are you a small business owner who feels as if you are stuck in a money trap? Although a large number of small business owners are able to make money with their businesses, there are others who only end up losing money. If you think that you are one of those small business owners, you may be wondering if the time to get out of the business is now.

When comes to determining whether you should close down your small business or give it a few more chances, there are a number of important factors that should first be examined. One of those factors is your current financial situation. Do you think that you could afford to keep your business open for a little bit longer, even just a few more months? If you can do so, you may want to think about doing so. What you need to remember is that all small businesses, including those that are mainly operated online and those that are mainly operated offline, have slumps. It is not uncommon to have a few bad months. If given time, you may see your business and its financial outlook start to improve.

Another important factor that needs to be examined is your businesss location. If you are running an online business, this isnt much of a problem for you, as you can simply sell your online website or just close it down and discard it forever. However, if you run a local business, you may have a rental contract with your commercial landlord. While some commercial landlords are understanding, when it comes to businesses that need to close down due to lack of success, there are others who just want their money. Whether or not you can get out of your lease without being sued for the remaining amount is another factor that should be used to determine whether or not you should close your business doors. If you find that you need to pay off the remainder of your lease, you mine as well keep your business open.

It is also advised that you examine all of your equipment, supplies, and merchandise, if you were running a retail store. If you were running a retail store, you may want to think about having a liquidation sale, before officially closing your business doors. This will give you the opportunity to make a little bit of money from your leftover merchandise. Also, if you cant see yourself using your office furniture or other fixtures, you may want to think about selling them as well. When it comes to closing down a business, you want to try and be able to recoup as much as your startup costs as you can, as it may help to lessen the financial burden.

As it was outlined above, it is often easier for many online business owners to close their business doors, because they often have less invested into their business. If you would like to close your storefront doors, but you still think that your business has a chance of success, you may want to think about opening up an online business. With online businesses, you often just need an online website that allows your customers to order products or services and you have available and pay for them, it is as simple as that!

November 7, 2011

Online Business – Work From Home – Entrepreneur    Author: Admin

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Do you remember when you first heard of Ebay. Online auction place. Who thought back then it would end up being so big and so many people would be using this auction site. Most of us are aware that you can auction off just about anything on Ebay. People are making serious money selling products online at Ebay. It is also a great resource to find those hard to find items.

Have you checked into the many possibilities on the web to making some serious cash? There are so many ways to work from home and run your own business. You can buy products wholesale and setup your own internet store. If you do not want to stock items you can find companies that will drop ship your products for you. There are even programs you can buy online that are a complete system that shows you how to do this. Did you ever think you could get your own business up and running for roughly under 100 pounds?

You can make money selling ebooks, writing articles for websites, creating websites…
There are so many ways to make money on the internet today. It just takes a little research and then time on your part to really learn the best ways to promote your idea and become knowledgeable about all the different ways to advertise online.

Do you have what it takes to become an aspiring entrepreneur to start and manage a home based Internet Business? Do you have the Entrepreneur Bug?

Seems with the growth of the World Wide Web more people are becoming entrepreneurs. Just what is an Entrepreneur? There are many definitions the most simple is a person who owns, operates, and takes the risk of starting a business venture. An entrepreneur can also be known as an inventor.

Do you need to invent a product to be an ruthless entrepreneur? Absolutely not, just take an already existing product or idea and create a business and profit from it. Organize a business venture and assume the risks for it. Come up with your own niche to get clients, close deals and start making some serious money. What ever you decide to get involved with you should make sure you really know your product inside and out. What are you waiting for? Start brainstorming today and make your dream of being independently wealthy a reality.

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