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Stitching Toward Your Own Business
Learn how to start your own business with an embroidery machine. Imagine your very own home based business.
Feb 5, 2009, 21:05
Healthy Employees Cut Business Costs
More business owners are helping employees shape up their health. Healthy employees help businesses save money they would spend on medical, disability and sick days.
Jan 3, 2008, 20:36
Data Recovery Tips For Small Businesses Planning For Everyday Disasters
And if a small business is able to do nothing else, it should at least back up its servers and files on a routine basis.
Dec 27, 2007, 23:14
Work At Home Moms And eBay
You’d think that to be a stay at home mom these days and depend on one income would be pretty tough. Many women are doing it. Your computer can be a source of earning money, all you need to do if find the correct information to give yourself a new opportunity to earn money and stay at home.
Dec 27, 2007, 00:24
Social Networking and Internet Marketing
The Internet has revolutionized the life styles of millions of people. Nowadays people meet more in cyber cafes than in coffee shops. Social networking has gained prominence through web sites that have helped it become more common and very popular.
Dec 27, 2007, 00:22
Seeking Entrepreneurs, Dreamers And Business Visionaries
A new contest is giving entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch their business ideas before the likes of Google's Marissa Mayer, the Red Sox's Curt Schilling and the world, with three of them walking away with not only investment dollars, but a functioning company supported by some of the best business advisers, accountants, lawyers and marketers in the world.
Dec 24, 2007, 11:22
Online Video Technologies Fill a Growing Business Need
In a world where an amusing camcorder video shot in someone's basement can be seen around the world overnight, it's safe to say that the age of online broadcasting is here.
Dec 11, 2007, 00:14
Operation Green: Creating A Green Office
Going green in grade school was as simple as the three R's: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. With the recent wave of environmental awareness sweeping the country, green initiatives are not only being adopted in schools and homes but also in the workplace. Today, it's easy to "go green" in the office to benefit the environment and reduce overall business costs.
Nov 29, 2007, 21:20
Thinking Of Selling At Home Parties? How To Find The Right Choice For You
Many women look for ways to earn extra income for themselves and their families. One popular choice is selling at home parties. Called "direct selling," it especially appeals to women because they can control their own schedules.
Oct 21, 2007, 12:36
Five Steps To Getting Your Small Business Online
The Internet is such a big part of everyday business that you can't afford to ignore it. Any business adviser will tell you that you've got to be online.
Oct 14, 2007, 14:20
Squidoo and Growing My Online Business
Squidoo is a web site containing information and articles on every topic. It is a podium designed for users who would like to set up a distinct web page on a topic of their choice.
Oct 2, 2007, 23:50
Improving Loading Time For Your Web Site
They say that patience is a virtue. However, nothing is worse and more annoying than waiting for a web site to load. Of course, there are some things that you can do so that your web site will have a quick load time.
Sep 30, 2007, 13:24
Tips For Building a Web Site
There are millions of web sites on the Internet today. You may want to throw your hat into the ring but you may be wondering what you should do once you have a domain and you are ready to build a web site.
Sep 30, 2007, 13:16
The Internet grows more and more each day because every minute of everyday people all around the world are building web sites. These people are doing it because the Internet is the only medium where you can have your own space to say whatever you want to say. As such, there are 2 types of web sites on the Internet: professional and personal sites.
Sep 30, 2007, 13:00
Do you need targeted visitors for your web site? If so, then you should know that one of the quickest ways to gain traffic is by using Google AdWords Pay Per Click (PPC) for your advertising.
Sep 30, 2007, 12:50
Instantly Improve Usability of Your Web Site
Usability and easy navigation are key elements is having a successful website. No matter what your web site content is about two very important keys to a successful web site are usability and easy navigation. You should try to make your site user friendly.
Sep 22, 2007, 12:26
Benefits of Self Employment
Look around. So many people are in business for themselves. There are many good reasons why people decide to work for themselves. There are plenty of perks that go along with being self employed.
Sep 20, 2007, 01:02
Top 10 Tips For Choosing an Outsourcing Provider
To be competitive in today's economy, more Canadian businesses are focusing on strategic growth and building core products and services. In many cases, this means engaging an employer services provider for clerical tasks such as payroll, human resources (HR), benefits administration and time and labour management.
Sep 20, 2007, 00:12
Women Entrepreneurs - Five Tips For Success
Women entrepreneurs are one of the fastest growing segments of the Canadian economy. Many women start their own business for three main reasons: to do what they love, find more balance in life, and to make a tidy profit.
Sep 16, 2007, 23:34
Business and Family: Moms Can Have It All
"Mompreneurs" are part of a trend that's becoming more and more prevalent, as millions of business-minded mothers are starting online companies and operating them from home.
Sep 16, 2007, 22:56
Searching For A New Way To Market Your Business
When it comes to attracting customers, many small businesses rely on their annual Yellow Pages advertising buy. But these days, consumers are using the Internet more and more to search for local services and products, so being visible in search results is crucial for small businesses. But tackling search-engine marketing is still a bit of a mystery for many people.
Sep 15, 2007, 23:18
Choosing an Online Business
The first thing to think about when starting your own online business is what idea you want to go with or what opportunity you want to join. If you are trying to choose a business idea, then you need to consider the following things:
Sep 12, 2007, 21:06
5 Cheap or Free Online Marketing Tips
Regardless of how good your products, services or web sites are, you are not going to be successful in the world of online business without using at least some fundamental marketing tactics. This is because marketing is how you make customers, clients and visitors aware of your online business.
Sep 12, 2007, 20:30
Make Sure You Have a Strategy for Your Online Business
When you're looking for a work at home opportunity, or looking to start an online business the first thing you should do is develop an Internet business plan. You are most likely looking for an online business you can begin with low start-up costs.
Sep 9, 2007, 15:04
How to Succeed with Online Business
Does it seem to you that some people are earning money hand over fist, pulling in a fortune, overnight with their online business, and others are struggling to make a dollar? Many people want to know what the first guy is doing.
Sep 9, 2007, 14:32
Online Entrepreneurs Cash In On Clutter
Thanks to a creative way to sell personal items online, an entire new generation of online sellers is freeing itself from the office, the commute and its bosses.
Aug 30, 2007, 23:24
7 Simple Ways To Organize Your Daily Life While Running A Home Business
If you own a home business, you know how easy it is to become overwhelmed with your daily life and responsibilities. With this in mind, here are 7 easy ways to organize your daily life:
Aug 22, 2007, 12:50
Put Your Best Face Forward With a Professional Image Checklist
Home-based businesses are most likely to thrive when they present a professional image to potential clients. After all, how will they know you do great work if they see you as unprofessional and disorganized?
Aug 11, 2007, 17:56
Work At Home And Be Your Own Boss
So many people would love to do it – work out of the comfort of their homes and make a lot of money. But is that a pipe dream or can it happen? Imagine this – if you run an online business from home, you are your own boss, you don’t have to go through road rage every morning and evening weaving your way through peak hour traffic.
Jun 22, 2007, 08:30
Search Engine Optimization Revs Up Web Site Traffic
No matter what line of business you're in, having a great Web site is not enough. In order for your Web site to be successful, people have to be able to easily find it online.
Search engine optimization (SEO) is a technology tool used to make your site successful. SEO is a unique combination of services: It involves programming and coding the actual Web site, site content such as copywriting, Web links within a site and submissions to the various search engines.
Jun 2, 2007, 20:18
Is Your Workplace Going To The Dogs?
If your boss ever "barks" orders or "cat fights" tend to break out in the office, your office may need the soothing influence of a pet in the workplace. In a recent nationwide survey, the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association (APPMA) found that having a pet at work eased nerves and enhanced office efficiency.
May 9, 2007, 22:12
Putting the "Cool" Factor Back in the Workplace
Summer is in full swing, but sadly, that might not mean much for hard-working Americans these days. No matter what time of year, the gainfully employed seem to spend more than half of their waking hours at work, making the workplace their home away from home.
May 9, 2007, 22:03
Outsourcing Brings New Challenges to Engineers
For some American engineers, their jobs may be making a commute without them. The outsourcing of jobs to foreign countries is changing the face of many American industries, and the engineering field is no exception. In fact, according to a recent survey conducted by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, commonly known as ASME, close to 75 percent of surveyed engineers said that they had wage pressures due to foreign labor competition.
Jan 23, 2007, 23:30
5 Tips to Keep Visitors Coming Back To Your Website
Most successful websites rely on the return of their visitors for a major part of their traffic. The more a visitor returns to your site, the more likely they will be to buy something. There is something that keeps bringing them back. They like your site, it has content that interest them.
Oct 26, 2006, 00:20
Tips For Designing Your Website
If you have made a website, you should pay attention to each and every detail to make it exactly what you have planned it to be. You must design it to fit the purpose you have in mind for it. There are many sales people out there who want you to think that if you buy their products it will make your website popular and profitable.
Oct 25, 2006, 22:27
How to Avoid the Legal Pitfalls when Setting up Your New Business
No matter who you are you will make mistakes at some point in your business life and unfortunately the law is not very forgiving - ignorance is not a defence. Here are some of the common pitfalls to watch out for when setting up your own business.
Aug 6, 2006, 22:31
Cash Flow, Profits And The Cash Conversion Cycle
Calculating cash flow is one of the most important tasks of the business owner. Revenue and expenses are rarely constant in a business and cash requirements need to be planned for shortfalls, seasonal factors or one time large payments. At the end of the day, a company that cannot pay its bills is bankrupt.
Aug 6, 2006, 22:28
Every business needs money at one time or another. The process of obtaining financing can be daunting and the chances of success limited if it is approached in a disorganized or haphazard way. Lenders are conservative critters; however it is important to understand that it is their job to lend money, and they are happy to do so if their risk is reasonable. The chances of obtaining a business loan are greatly enhanced if you adhere to the following procedure.
Aug 6, 2006, 22:25
How to Create Well-Defined Processes
Interested in learning how to reduce development time, save money and stay in control? Business professionals can learn how to create well-defined processes with the easy-to-manage Process Approach of Plan-Do-Check-Act.
Aug 6, 2006, 21:34
Top Ten Tips When Business is Slow
How's your business going to keep growing with the holidays just around the corner? What can you do when most people don't want to spend money now? If you are concerned the cash flow won't flow and you won't have enough income for the next months, check out these ten tips.
Aug 3, 2006, 22:52
Start Up Your Passion: Startup Ideas From My Home-Based Business Advisor
Where can I get free startup ideas to help start my home business? What possible ideas can I come up? I don't know anything. I can't do anything. I have no skills. Sound familiar? I went through the same thing many times myself. But don't worry, My Home-Based Business Advisor has you covered. We're going to help you come up with lots of startup ideas.
Aug 3, 2006, 22:50
Worried About Debts?
Having trouble paying your bills? Getting dunning notices from creditors? Are your accounts being turned over to debt collectors? Are you worried about losing your home or your car? You're not alone. Many people face a financial crisis some time in their lives. Whether the crisis is caused by personal or family illness, the loss of a job, or overspending, it can seem overwhelming. But often, it can be overcome.
Aug 3, 2006, 22:48
What’s It Worth?
Sound financial business planning means taking ongoing assessment steps looking at the business from multiple perspectives including capitalization, expansion, menu concepts, cash flow and even an exit strategy. Whether you are a chef dreaming of your own restaurant, the head of a family business discussing succession, an independent considering retirement or you are thinking about buying or selling, determining the business market value is a necessary process for success.
Aug 3, 2006, 22:48
Career Shopping? Check Out This Hot Option
With the national unemployment rate hovering around 5 percent, many Americans are seeking new career opportunities. Career experts point to several fields where employment and compensation opportunities are set to boom.
It’s no surprise that financial services, information technology, and medical careers make everyone’s list – from FastCompany.com to CareerBuilder.
May 20, 2006, 16:12
Transportation Costs Drive Small Business Concerns
Taking clients out to lunch, delivering goods and performing service duties are what drive entrepreneurs to success. Microbusiness owners and the self-employed depend on transportation to provide their products and services. However, escalating energy costs are making it more difficult to survive and profit as a microbusiness owner.
Mar 26, 2006, 21:43
What Would Happen to Your Business in a Disaster?
Imagine losing your computer or PDA and not having any of the information backed up. How long would it take you to reconstruct that information? What would you do in the meantime? Losing your personal information is devastating enough, but now imagine that you are a businessperson whose company has been hit by a natural or man-made disaster, destroying all your records and the ability to process transactions.
Mar 26, 2006, 21:31
Study Reveals Best In Web Site Development
Sites promoting video games are the best in Web development today, followed by music, automobile and sports-related sites, according to the Internet Standards Assessment Report released by the Web Marketing Association. For the past decade, the WebAward competition has been reviewing Web site development in more than 80 industries and has released its finding based on nearly 10,000 Web site reviews. The results evaluate benchmarks in seven categories: design, innovation, content, technology, interactivity, copywriting and ease of use.
Mar 20, 2006, 23:21
Building A Client Network Through E-Mail
E-mail marketing is an easy, effective, and affordable way for today's businesses to reach their customers and grow their own businesses. For example, a newsletter allows you to develop interest in your company while demonstrating your expertise and depth-your biggest assets as a small business. Sending an e-mail newsletter keeps your company in the mind of your growing network.
Feb 6, 2006, 23:01
Angel Investors Bring Big Ideas to Reality
If you're an emerging company with the next great product, sometimes you need an angel on your side. A study by the University of New Hampshire's Center for Venture Research showed that "angel investors" - high-net-worth individuals willing to invest in entrepreneurial companies at an early stage - shelled out more than $18 billion into early-stage companies last year alone, compared to $304 million by venture capitalists.
Dec 6, 2005, 23:36
Seven Low-Cost Marketing Strategies For Your Business
There's good news for small businesses that don't have a budget for self-promotion, according to AllBusiness.com. One of the leading business sites, AllBusi ness.com offers advice and solutions that help businesses succeed, such as these seven "guerrilla marketing" strategies.
Nov 15, 2005, 21:22
Small Businesses Reap Holiday Rewards That Last All Year
Holidays are a big gift to small businesses that know how to leverage seasonal spending opportunities. Despite rising gas, oil, and energy prices, consumers still feel generous when it comes to gift giving. For example, The National Retail Federation expects total holiday retail sales to increase 5 percent over last year for a whopping $435.3 billion in holiday spending. As consumers plan their seasonal and holiday shopping, retailers are charging forward in their pursuit of customers.
Nov 15, 2005, 21:18
Sub Out Your Work, Not Your Ethics
In an era where the spotlight shines brightly on corporate ethics, governance and social responsibility, companies of all sizes are instituting ethics policies for their employees. This is definitely a step in the right direction, however, many of these policies forget to encompass the extended organization-namely subcontractors.
Subcontractors not only represent their own business, but also the firm that hired them. Therefore the choices they make are critical.
Nov 3, 2005, 20:51
Cooperatives Contribute To Economic Growth
The American economy is getting a big boost from a surprising source: cooperative businesses. Cooperatives are democratically owned and controlled businesses that are motivated by service to their member-owners in addition to their bottom lines. They typically incorporate when the marketplace fails to provide a product or service at an affordable price. This is especially true in rural areas, which are often underserved by companies focused solely on profit.
Nov 3, 2005, 20:15
How to Ensure Success With Cash Advance Funding
Cash advance funding, cash advances against a portion of future sales, has been utilized by businesses for hundreds of years. Today, the collection of the future funds is automatically debited slowly through your credit card services. Services like Xpress Business Funding offer business owners the opportunity to access instant capital. Qualifying businesses must be at least a year old and must have been processing a minimum of $5,000 a month from their Visa/MasterCard customers.
Oct 2, 2005, 01:01
Tips to Lower Overhead And Increase Profits
Overhead costs can torture many business owners. Lowering overhead increases profits and allows some businesses to lower prices, which can, in turn, boost sales. Here are a few ideas to help reduce your business's overhead.
Sep 27, 2005, 22:38
Maintaining Jobs and Work Through Machine Automation
One of the great misleading myths of modern manufacturing is that North America cannot compete in a global manufacturing marketplace and is losing jobs due to lower foreign labor costs. This belief is not true, according to applications engineers at Makino, a global provider of advanced machining technology.
Sep 25, 2005, 01:18
Five Money-saving Travel Tips for Small Businesses
Saving money is a priority for any business, especially a small business. Small businesses often need every break and discount they can get, and traveling can be one of the most costly areas for small businesses. Unfortunately, many of the best travel advantages only go to big businesses.
Sep 25, 2005, 01:16
Five Ways to Make Your Organization Innovative
Creative ideas are what turn ordinary companies into market leaders. These companies see the end result first and then build a path to achieve those results. A safety zone needs to be established. Often, failure is punished but success is not rewarded. We must remember that failure is the second cousin to success. We learn from our mistakes.
Sep 25, 2005, 01:14
Stop the Stupid Stuff In Your Business
We are living in a world of change. Shift happens! Competition comes from all over the world, which means that many American businesses are in trouble. Many decisions are being made that are contrary to both good business sense and building customer loyalty. Most organizations' marketing is usually an exercise in figuring out what to do to get current or potential customers to spend more dollars with them.
Sep 22, 2005, 22:16
Tips on Building Revenue For Your Business
It's a dog-eat-dog world. You must be prepared for anything when deciding to open your own practice or small business. And once you become a business owner, you need to know how to make your business grow. "What keeps business owners, practice owners and partners up at night is likely the challenge of managing and growing the business," says Steven Stralser, clinical professor at Thunderbird: The Garvin School of International Management and author of "MBA In A Day."
Sep 22, 2005, 22:14
Cost-Cutting Tips for the Small-Business Owner
One of the keys to running a successful small business or home office is learning to control costs. Even the smallest expenses can quickly add up and cut into profits, leaving you with a business that won't move forward.
Many small-business owners know where their money comes from, but are not as clear on where it goes. This can have a significant impact on their businesses' cash flow.
Sep 22, 2005, 22:11
Award-Winning Web Sites Place Visitors First
What does it take to have an award-winning Web site? According to the Web Marketing Association, it takes a combination of qualities. Since 1997, the Web Marketing Association's Web-Award Competition has set the standard of excellence for Web site development. Here are the seven criteria on which Web sites are judged in the annual competition.
Sep 22, 2005, 21:46
The 7 Rules of Growth For Small Businesses
For years, I have tried to answer this one question: What do small businesses that achieve sustained growth do differently from those that do not grow? As a senior consultant for Inc. magazine, I speak to thousands of business owners each year. I've learned that there are no silver bullets or 17-point checklists that will lead to guaranteed growth. There are, however, seven specific areas in which growth companies concentrate their efforts.
Sep 22, 2005, 21:43
Secrets to Getting Free Publicity for Your Business
Advertising is telling the world how great you are, while publicity is having others tell the world how great you are. Companies and organizations that understand the importance of publicity are generally more successful than those who use advertising alone to reach their target audiences.
Sep 22, 2005, 21:42
Got an Idea for a Great Office Product? You Could Win $25K
According to a recent survey commissioned by Staples Inc., 44 percent of Americans say they have had an idea for a new product or invention but have failed to follow through on its creation. The top reasons include lack of time and money and not knowing where to start. From entrepreneurs to accountants to stay-at-home parents, everyone possesses the ability to invent. Additional research by Staples shows that people do their most creative thinking while performing everyday tasks, such as commuting, listening to music and exercising.
Sep 22, 2005, 21:39
Investing in a Franchise and the American Dream
Harley-Davidson enthusiasts Chris McIntyre, Jeff Brown and Peter Wurmer always dreamt of touring the world on motorcycles. Their dream is now a reality for them and the tens of thousands of customers who rent motorcycles, ATVs and watercraft from EagleRider franchise locations in the United States, Mexico, France and Spain.
Sep 22, 2005, 21:34
5 Tips to Save Money - and the Earth
You just can't get that memo right, can you? You print out the first draft and find a misspelling. You print out the second draft and discover you missed some commas. You print out the third draft and later decide on a new title. Now the final draft is ready for printing. Before you throw away those wasted sheets of paper, stop and realize that you could be costing your business as well as the environment.
Sep 22, 2005, 21:32
Study: 800 Numbers Still Popular With Advertisers
Despite growth of the Internet over the past seven years, the use of toll-free phone numbers in television advertising continues to grow, indicating that the telephone remains a prevalent response tool, according to a recent study. The 2005 Toll-free Numbers in Television Advertising study, commissioned by 800response, concluded that 35 percent of all television commercials feature phone numbers, and 82 percent of those phone numbers are toll-free.
Sep 22, 2005, 21:24
Tips on Conducting a Successful Presentation
Whether you're a student, a full-time employee or the head of a book club, there is one task that is hard to avoid: public speaking. Having to give a speech or presentation in front of a group is something that's unavoidable in most people's lives. But it doesn't have to be a scary situation. With the right preparation, you can channel your public speaking stress into an effective, memorable presentation.
Sep 22, 2005, 21:21
Office Communication: Tips to Stay Connected
Want your office to run as smoothly as possible? The first step involves improving communication. There's nothing more stressful than lack of communication in an office setting. When co-workers don't work together as a team, problems and misunderstandings - big and small - can arise, causing unnecessary dilemmas and even rifts.
Sep 22, 2005, 18:17
Businesses Take Extra Steps for Security
The thought that corporate espionage could ruin your company may not keep you awake at night, but maybe it should. The compromising of proprietary information and other data costs American businesses billions of dollars and millions of jobs. Even information you may not see as top secret can be used against your company by foreign and domestic competitors.
Sep 20, 2005, 20:13
Being Competitive in a Global Market
The challenges of today's global marketplace are forcing companies to look at doing things differently in order to get that extra edge over their competition. According to Makino, a global provider of advanced machining technology, companies doing things the same way they have been doing them for the last 10 to 15 years are probably in a "recurring uniform trap," or "RUT," while the global market is passing them by.
Sep 18, 2005, 17:49
Six Tips to Improve Your Customer Loyalty
Statistics show that, on average, U.S. companies lose half of their customers every five years. It's true that acquiring new customers will help your business grow. However, your current customers are the lifeblood of your business and keeping them happy should be your highest priority. Here are a few ways to make sure your customers keep coming back.
Sep 18, 2005, 17:38
Date Your Customers; Keep Them Coming Back
In business, the customer is always right - sometimes confused, misinformed, rude, stubborn and changeable, but never wrong. Ever date anyone like that? Customers are the reason you have a business. Without them, no matter what you do, there isn't any business. Therefore, you should approach customer service the same way you approach a date. Nurture it with good habits and relentless care. Each date builds on the previous one. Each sale does the same in building customer retention.
Sep 18, 2005, 17:36
The Greening of the American Office Environmental Responsibility Doesn’t Stop at Home
Americans have become more environmentally conscious, and can be very creative about recycling and reuse. Many cities and towns make it easy to recycle household waste. But once you leave the confinements of “home sweet home,” what can you do from 9 to 5 to continue your “green” way of life?
Just like your house, most offices consume water, energy, paper and other products -- the result of which produces a deluge of waste. But the office furniture industry is a prime example of a market segment that is quietly, but effectively, converting its product designs and manufacturing technologies to have a more positive environmental impact -- partially in response to government programs, but also because consumers are demanding products that are gentler on the environment. The industry, in fact, is responding to the green phenomena in some amazing, highly creative ways.
Sep 16, 2005, 01:43
Riding the Wave of the Booming Direct Sales Industry
For many people, direct sales isn’t just a convenient alternative to shopping at stores for housewares, gifts, candles, scrapbooking supplies and even gourmet foods. It’s the chance to enjoy a night out, shopping and having fun with friends. And for those who sell these products, direct sales has given them a way to provide for their families while enjoying the independence of owning their own business
Sep 13, 2005, 22:11
Recognizing Identity Theft: Businesses Fight Nation's Fastest-Growing Crime
Identity theft is big business. In fact, companies lose, on average, nearly $50 billion annually through the theft of proprietary information. With these crimes showing no signs of waning, the Federal Trade Commission enacted a provision under the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA) entitled "Proper Disposal of Consumer Report Information and Records." The provision requires businesses -even those employing just one person-to properly dispose of a consumer report or any record derived from one. This includes data pulled from credit reports and credit scores.
Sep 9, 2005, 01:45
How Small Businesses And Home Offices Get Up To Speed
If you're ever among the nearly three-quarters of Americans who, a recent Harris survey found, have dreamed of starting their own business-or if that dream's already been fulfilled--your heart may beat faster at the news of an easy way to save time and money: a high-speed Internet service developed just for small business. It comes in handy for home offices as well. This broadband satellite Internet system lets users access and share business information fast, and it's available even where DSL and cable are not.
Sep 7, 2005, 19:06
How To Take The Customer Seriously
A remarkable new book that exposes a real crisis in American business today is capturing the attention of business everywhere. In Lior Arussy's book, "Passionate & Profitable" (Wiley, $27.95), he outlines why customer strategies fail and offers 10 steps to do them right.
In his research, Arussy, a highly regarded international speaker and customer relations expert, found an enormous disconnect between what companies say they should do to improve their customer service and what they actually do to fix it.
Sep 7, 2005, 00:32
The Face Of Small Business In America
Years ago, mom-and-pop stores dominated the retail landscape. In many respects they still do; they just look different. Today, many entrepreneurs, including those looking to start a family business, often turn to a franchise concept. According to research conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers for the International Franchise Association (IFA), there are currently more than 760,000 U.S. franchised small businesses, which create jobs for more than 18 million people.
Sep 7, 2005, 00:26
Survey Reveals Top Workplace Time-Wasters, Tips On Staying Productive
Imagine a workplace where there's always a full week's worth of important tasks to do, but the employees can't get started until 10 a.m. Wednesday. Although that may sound far-fetched, it's similar to how workers worldwide assessed their personal productivity in a recent online survey sponsored by Microsoft Corp. Responses to the Microsoft Office Personal Productivity Challenge (PPC) from more than 38,000 people in 200 countries showed that, on average, workers spend about 17 hours of their typical 45-hour work week in unproductive activities.
Sep 7, 2005, 00:20
The Importance Of A Professional Logo
When first starting a business, entrepreneurs find that they usually have to cut a few corners. According to the Small Business Administration, it costs approximately $20,000 to get a business off the ground, so it's no wonder entrepreneurs look for ways to see what they can do without. Unfortunately, the corners they cut can be the ones that end up hurting them the most. Professional logo creation is a critical component of starting a business, but many small businesses cut this corner in hopes of saving start-up capital.
Sep 7, 2005, 00:18
Where To Find The Next Big Idea
Experts say the best way to find an entrepreneurial opportunity may be to simply watch and learn: Watch what people are buying and learn how you can sell it to them. For instance, candy vending machines are now a $405 million industry in the U.S.-and entrepreneurs (and people simply looking to earn extra income) have taken a big bite out of this pot. According to analysts, one reason vending machines fit the "watch and learn model" is that they are accessible.
Sep 7, 2005, 00:16
Cutting Printer Costs
Sad but true: The most expensive part of owning a laser printer is not the cost of purchasing the machine but the cost of the toner. Fortunately, consumers can tone down computer spending by taking a look at their toner cartridges. High-yield replacement cartridges for printers cost anywhere from $90 to more than $300 at office supply stores.
Sep 7, 2005, 00:13
Business Leaders Join Exclusive Group
Five legends in the world of business were honored recently for their excellence, courage in thought and action, vision and innovation, leadership, and community mindedness. The five were inducted as laureates into Junior Achievement's Global Business Hall of Fame. The honorees were selected by a panel of business leaders comprised of JA Worldwide board members and Business Hall of Fame laureates from previous years.
Sep 6, 2005, 23:55
Women Make It Happen
When it comes to starting their own businesses, women do make it happen. Forty-one percent of entrepreneurs today are women, found the recent Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) report on women's entrepreneurial activity released by The Center for Women's Leadership at Babson College. "Our results suggest that employed women who know other entrepreneurs are the most likely to start a new business," said entrepreneurship professor Maria Minniti, one of the authors of the report.
Sep 6, 2005, 23:52
Women At Work
What do women want when it comes to running their own firms? Recently, the world's largest and longest-standing study of entrepreneurial activity, Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM), tried to find out. Its Report on Women and Entrepreneurship,Êsponsored in part by the Center for Women's Leadership at Babson College, looks at women-owned businesses around the world.
Sep 6, 2005, 23:44
Starting Up? Insights From Small Business ...For Small Business
Every year more than half-a-million people choose to indulge their entrepreneurial instincts and start their own businesses. According to the Small Business Administration (SBA), there are more than 20 million small businesses in the U.S. The most recent data indicates that small business created all of the new net jobs in the U.S. from 2000-2001. Once a budding entrepreneur has done the due diligence, filed the appropriate paperwork, and secured a business license, the real work begins.
Sep 6, 2005, 23:42
How Small Businesses Move Onward And Upward
Technology is the great enabler. Even a common laptop, when used to its full potential, can give your small to medium- size business a giant edge over much larger competitors. The right use of technology not only helps you work smarter and win new customers, it gives your business the capabilities of a company many times its size. Here are some valuable tips to turbo-charge your productivity and get the most out of your everyday tech tools.
Sep 6, 2005, 23:39
Internet Helps Turn Entrepreneurial Dreams Into Reality
The Internet has helped a number of Americans get down to business and start working for themselves. According to a new Yahoo! poll conducted by Harris Interactive, 72 percent of U.S. adults have thought about owning their own business, and more than half of those with entrepreneurial aspirations plan to launch a business within five years. Experts say a key driver of the growth in entrepreneurship is the revolution in new technology, particularly the Internet, which often lowers both the costs and risks of going into business.
Sep 6, 2005, 23:37
Swap Clutter For Color Tips For Your Home Office
Swap clutter for color in your workspace to create a refreshing and invigorating environment. A splash of color in your office undoubtedly has the power to boost your efficiency and enhance your mood. Staples, the office products superstore, offers the following easy tips for getting organized with color.
Sep 6, 2005, 23:36
Dealing With Office Fires
Knowing what to do if there is a fire in your workplace could keep you and your colleagues safe. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, when a fire is extinguished in the early stages, loss of life and direct property damage are minimal.
Sep 6, 2005, 23:34
Finding IT Storage Solutions
Whoever made the promise of a "paperless office" probably never thought of all the digital storage space it would require. But finding room on busy servers or networks for storage has become a top concern for many small and medium-sized businesses. The right storage solution can help people protect and access files and documents, while the wrong type of storage can slow down servers and workflow-or worse, allow data to be lost.
Sep 6, 2005, 23:33
Skyrocket Your "Officiency" With Everyday Office Solutions
You don't have to put up with files and piles everywhere. Not only is clutter aesthetically unappealing, it can zap workers precious time. In fact, American workers spend nine million hours collectively searching for misplaced information each day. "Losing time because of clutter and inefficiency is a far-too-common workplace dilemma," said Sharon Mann, organizational expert and president of the 100,000-member I Hate Filing Club. "Fortunately, it is easy to overcome.
Sep 6, 2005, 23:29
Three Keys to Better Presentations
Few of us are naturally born great presenters, which is why new tools that help elevate ordinary presenters and presentations to the extraordinary are so exciting. One tool in particular lets you create business presentations-as well as training films, school projects, infomercials, personalized video greetings, video resumes and more-that grab attention as well as help you present better.
Sep 6, 2005, 23:27
Look Like A Million Dollar Business For A Lot Less
Companies, nonprofit organizations, government agencies and others of all kinds and sizes can create customized professional-looking signs quickly and easily. Whatever type of sign you need from a poster to a banner to ground stake sign or a display board, now you can express yourself in a big new way.
Sep 6, 2005, 23:25
Refilled Inkjet Cartridges Prove Unreliable Consumers Be Wary, Particularly When Printing Photos
Within the last few years, photo printers have become widely available at affordable mass market price points, making it possible for consumers to print high-quality photos at home. In fact, according to InfoTrends/CAP Ventures, 94 percent of digital camera owners who print photos made at least some of their prints at home in 2004.
Consumers are turning to home photo printing because it's, convenient, simple and cost-effective; they can print photos at home for as little as 24 cents per print using HP printers, and special ink and photo paper Photo Packs.
Sep 6, 2005, 23:22
Making Small Businesses Compute
New technologies have helped small and medium-sized businesses make big contributions to the economy. In fact, the Small Business Administration estimates that small firms now represent more than 99.7 percent of employers in the U.S., employ more than half of all private-sector employees and pay 44.5 percent of the total U.S. private payroll. So how do these businesses keep their technology in working order? Perhaps surprisingly, many do not keep IT personnel on staff.
Sep 6, 2005, 23:18
High-Tech Training For Small Businesses-Available 24/7
There's good news for owners of small-to-mid-sized businesses who want a better understanding of the technology they have come to rely on. It's no secret that small businesses can gain big benefits by using Internet and computer technology wisely. Fortunately, there are now a number of online resources offered by major tech firms that provide access to information and insight that was once available only from consultants or in a classroom setting.
Sep 6, 2005, 23:13
Web Site An Effective Tool For Attracting New Customers
Simple Steps Help Small Businesses Maximize Online Experience. Business owners in search of advantages when competing against larger companies can realize tremendous benefits by taking their business online and knowing how to maximize their Web site's effectiveness. Many small-business owners worry that designing, building and maintaining a Web site is complicated, time-consuming and labor-intensive.
Sep 6, 2005, 23:11