Business Development, A Practical Guide for the Small Professional Services Firm encapsulates over 25 years of hands-on business development and marketing experience. The author’s goal is to help those in technical services professions grow their business. Most business owners start a business because of their technical expertise but few have the knowledge necessary to grow the company to the next level. Such uncertainty can become debilitating and stressful. The information in this book provi [...]
The self-sufficiency that owning your own business brings is, in many ways, the epitome of the American dream. Every year hundreds of hopeful entrepreneurs enter the business world. Only a select few succeed.
Why do some businesses thrive while others quickly fail? The answer is simple: most fail because they lack properly designed and implemented business strategies.
In The Small Business Owner’s Manual, three business experts combine their skills in operations, human relations, and finance [...]
At some point today you will have to influence or persuade someone - your boss, a co-worker, a customer, client, spouse, your kids, or even your friends. What is the smallest change you can make to your request, proposal or situation that will lead to the biggest difference in the outcome?In The small BIG, three heavyweights from the world of persuasion science and practice -- Steve Martin, Noah Goldstein and Robert Cialdini -- describe how, in today's information overloaded and stimulation satu [...]
Capturing a customer is hard enough. Keeping that customer is even tougher. For one thing, so many competitors crowd the marketplace that consumers can quickly and easily find a cheaper, faster, sexier version of what you offer. For another, customers simply expect more. They demand fast solutions to their problems, great experiences, and plenty of personalization and perks. Finally, it doesn’t take much to lose a customer. They don’t even have to have a bad experience; many custom [...]
Silicon Valley – Where Tech Meets . . . Insurance?
Apple, Google, Facebook. When you think of these companies, it’s unlikely insurance pops into your mind. But in Silicon Valley, insurance is undergoing something of a “makeover.”
An organization called Plug and Play is a global innovation platform, connecting startups from around the world to companies and investors and some of those connections have changed your life in ways you might not even realize. Heard of Airbnb or Lyft? Many peop [...]
The 'My First Small Business Plan for Teens' is not so much a book as it is a step-by-step plan to help any teen start their own business. There are 10 steps in this plan. Once a teen completes all 10 steps they will have their very own business!
Written in plain, everyday language, the 'My First Small Business Plan for Teens' contains all the steps needed for a teen to start a business. This plan makes starting a business fun, approachable, and realistic. We will explain how to come up wit [...]
Do you want to start a pizza shop from home? If YES, here is a complete guide to starting a pizza shop business with NO money and no experience. Okay, so we have provided you an in-depth sample pizza shop business plan template. We also took it further by analyzing and drafting a sample pizza shop... [...]
“First 24 Hours” Checklist
Here is a helpful checklist provided by Pink Hat Technology on what to do if you accidentally click on a risky link or graphic.
1. Disconnect the computer from the network and share what happened with a skilled IT person.
a. If you have a desktop, reach around the back of your computer and unplug the Ethernet cable.
If you are using a mobile device on Wi-Fi, go in and turn off the wi-fi access.
This is so that the infection cannot crawl to other computers.
b. T [...]
Planning for a home office isn’t a one-sense task. Sure, it’s vital to realize the way you arrange the layout of your home office is important – the value of how everything around you fits together and energizes you to do good work can’t be overstated. But an equally important aspect of office space planning is how everything you DON’T see functions. Smells, sounds, and the very air you breathe can affect your productivity. Good office designers take these elements into account when [...]
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Interview with Sami Sweeney, Owner of Six Pure Barre Studios
The new year is quickly approaching and it’s the perfect time to dive headfirst into launching a new venture. One savvy businesswoman followed her heart and left business management to teach fitness full time, later opening her own Pure Barre studios!
In this episode of Home Business Radio, Richard “Capt’n” Henderson and Managing Editor Sherilyn Colleen interview Sami Sweeney, owner of s [...]
It’s amazing how much stuff piles up in a family garage over the years. The stacks get higher every year because, presumably, the items within them hold value. It becomes harder to throw anything away.
While ignoring all those old bicycles, cleaning supplies, and other odds and ends in your garage may not change your life, the same cannot be said for ignoring all the financial clutter accumulating in your bank accounts, 401(k)s, IRAs and other investment storage units. Eventually, your money, [...]
Have there been times during your career where you felt like you lost focus in your business? Outside influences may have affected the course you had set, tossing your business plan into a turbulent storm of chaos. Perhaps these powers emanating from Washington D.C. left you scratching your head as to directional control of your business. You may have been elated during a recent election, or perhaps dismayed.
Tax reform, healthcare, immigration, and trade are all major issues as the new administ [...]
Running a small business will bring about a wealth of exciting opportunities, but sadly it is never going to be entirely risk-free. Whatever your industry or level of expertise, accidents and mistakes can and will happen, so it is vital to ensure you have business insurance in place. Even if you are confident that no mistakes have been made, there is nothing to stop a disgruntled client from attempting to make a claim against you. Business insurance will help to cover costs and protect your busi [...]
Are you about starting a raw materials supply company? If YES, here is a complete sample raw materials supply business plan template & feasibility report you can use for FREE. Okay, so we have considered all the requirements for starting a raw materials supply business. We also took it further by analyzing and drafting a sample... [...]
Are you about starting a drone rental business? If YES, here is a complete sample drone rental business plan template & feasibility report you can use for FREE. Okay, so we have considered all the requirements for starting a drone rental business. We also took it further by analyzing and drafting a sample drone rental marketing... [...]
By Laura Richards
As a dad of three boys, Andy Musliner was always surrounded with toy cars and trucks, but where to drive them was a big question. “As a father, I naturally wanted to play with my sons, but I realized that for all the toy cars, there were no toy roads,” Musliner says. This prompted him to found InRoad Toys, and set him on a 12-year journey to develop PlayTape, the perfect way to create instant roads for toy vehicle play anytime, anywhere.
PlayTape stick [...]
You may be led to believe that online marketing works in a simple, linear way- the ad is seen by a user on similar sites, the user clicks on it and buys the product straight away, all in one go. In reality though, buyers do not take simple journeys when shopping online. Think about your own shopping habits- how many times have you seen something online, liked it and either bought it a few weeks, or even months later after searching for better prices or alternative products… or forgotten ab [...]
Are you utilizing social media to increase your sales and strengthen your customer relationships? If you have mastered the basics with content and SEO then it may be time to consider getting involved in social media.
Social media is a great way to connect with your current and potential customers in a more personal space. Social media is where many people spend their ‘personal’ time online and let others into their own private lives. People can also find information on social media about ra [...]