November 2012 Blog Posts (18)

Charging What You Are Worth

Two of the problems that I see many entrepreneurs facing is how to set their prices, and how to convey to potential clients or customers what is the value in working with you, buying your product, or using your services. This is most often because you’re not clear on it, or 100% convinced of it yourself. This lack of clarity undermines your confidence and can lead to behaviors that sabotage your business instead of building it if you try to compensate by over delivering. This may show up as…

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Added by Hunter Phoenix on November 30, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Choosing the Right Online Billing (or Invoicing or Accounting) Software

In general billing, invoicing and accounting software referred to the same type of software. Companies tend to market them with different name - sometimes depending on the feature sets they provide. In this article I am considering them as the same software.

Okay, you have decided to use online billing software for your business. You search for “invoicing” or “billing” in the Internet, you find probably more than one hundred web based invoicing software. Which one to choose? It is a…

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Added by Dan Sarmah on November 29, 2012 at 1:00am — No Comments

Surviving Stress in Business

Stress, in addition to being itself and the result of itself,

is also the cause of itself.”

–Hans Selye

Stress. It happens to everyone at some time or another. We get stressed about our work, our relationships, our finances, kids, health and homes.…

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Added by Hunter Phoenix on November 27, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Sexy Machine, Sexy Business, Sexy Model… It’s a Winner!

I love great business models.  Here’s a simple one, yet technically so right on many different levels. 

It’s Nespresso, maker of coffee machines.  My mum in UK has one and I fell in love with the taste of the coffee and the simplicity of the making of said coffee every morning when staying with my mum for…

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Added by Laura Humphreys on November 26, 2012 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Choosing a Right Online Billing (or Invoicing or Accounting) Software

In general billing, invoicing and accounting software referred to the same type of software. Companies tend to market them with different names - sometimes depending on the feature sets they provide. In this article I am considering them as the same software.

Okay, you have decided to use online billing software for your business. You search for “invoicing” or “billing” in the Internet, you find probably more than one hundred web based invoicing software. Which one to choose? It is a…

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Added by Dean Sarma on November 20, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments

Womentrepreneurs… the Double Edged Sword We Wield

Having been interested in an article posted on Facebook about the lack of women seeking and gaining investment capital, I feel inspired to make a commentary on some characteristics that can both make and break women in business.  I’ve coined the phrase ‘womentrepreneurs’ as merging words to…

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Added by Laura Humphreys on November 19, 2012 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Knowing When to Hire a Small Business Accountant

Now. Yes, this entire article could be that short and sweet. You need to hire a small business accountant, and probably a bookkeeper too, from day one, or even before day one of your business opening. There is only one reason why you might not do that, and that is because you are an accountant.…

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Added by Elke Schmitt on November 19, 2012 at 5:00am — No Comments

How to Establish and Maintain a Loyal Customer Base

Everyone knows that in order to have a successful restaurant business you need to establish and maintain a loyal customer base, but how do you go about doing that? First, you need to have an understanding of the market you are targeting your restaurant towards. Gaining consumers trust and loyalty is also…

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Added by Amanda DiSilvestro on November 15, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments

How to Find More of Your Perfect Client [and Why]

A client told me earlier this week that her perfect clients are single tradesmen.  She wants more of them!  They are grateful for her support, respond well to gentle nagging and loyal till the end.  

That made me chuckle.  It also made me think.  While the 'perfect client' produces financial rewards for your business, they also make doing business enjoyable which for me…

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Added by Justine Parsons on November 15, 2012 at 4:30am — No Comments

Trust Your Gut

 

This morning it dawned on me that I haven’t been employed by someone now since 1990, when I left my job as an advertising copy writer.  That’s 22 years of fending for myself!  I realised that not only am I totally unemployable now, but that I’ve also become quite wise in certain areas.

One of these areas is decision making.  I used…

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Added by Laura Humphreys on November 13, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

Grasp the Trends

I think Bob Dylan said it best, “The times they are a changing”… and ironically this fundamental truth hasn’t changed. Change is inevitable, I’m sure you are aware of it yourself… how fast things are changing these days.  Just look at social media, just when you think you’ve got the hang of Facebook and Twitter, someone comes up with Pinterest and you’ve got to start learning all over again!

This is just an example of clever people, backed by…

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Added by Laura Humphreys on November 12, 2012 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Try this Formula for Effective Goal Setting

 

Now is the time of year for goal setting. Every year I make sure I’ve got my goals clearly defined and most importantly, written down.  There is something so powerful about putting your goals down in writing.  I’m sure it triggers something in your subconscious that makes you do the right things towards achieving them, even when you’ve forgotten what they…

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Added by Laura Humphreys on November 11, 2012 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Small Business Shopping Holiday: Small Business Saturday

We all know it's time to start shopping after we celebrate Thanksgiving. You're most likely excited for the upcoming deals offered from big national retailers on Black Friday and online retailers on Cyber Monday.  But did you know that squeezed between those two frenzy-filled events is Small Business Saturday?

American Express is supporting…

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Added by Marc Callado on November 10, 2012 at 5:54pm — No Comments

Friday Business Mentoring Tip – Create Rituals

FINALLY back from my holidays… 6 weeks in total… where on earth did September go???  So back to posting business tips for all of you who appreciate a daily morsel of practical business advice.   This one is a goodie and absolutely crucial if you have a team of people around you.

Rituals are the glue that holds the culture of an organisation together.  They are the things that you do together as a team on a regular basis.  The rituals of your company become the elements that give your…

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Added by Laura Humphreys on November 9, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments

Business Mentor Tip – The 80/20 Rule of Leverage

Everyone should be familiar with the old 80/20 rule as it seems to apply across most things in life.  In business it generally means that 80% of your income comes from 20% of your clients.  Or that 80% of your trouble comes from 20% of your clients, which is usually about right…

But I believe there is another 80/20 rule in business.  I believe that you should be spending 80% of your time working ON the business and 20%…

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Added by Laura Humphreys on November 8, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments

Putting Your Man on the Moon – A Business Mentoring Tip from Space

One of my favourite business mentoring tips is to plan your business as if you were NASA planning to put a man on the moon.  This is what I learned to do at the 1991 Accelerated Business School for Entrepreneurs with Robert Kiyosaki in Hawaii.  The teacher was Blair Singer and the business planning technique we used was based on PERT (Programme Evaluation and Review) planning technologies, which apparently is what NASA used…

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Added by Laura Humphreys on November 7, 2012 at 6:00am — No Comments

What are the Key Functions that Every CRM App Should Offer?

Marketing, sales and customer service are the three key functions of any CRM software. Realizing this will make choosing the right CRM app easier because by looking at the three components of CRM software you'll know what needs to be covered. Some CRM software only focuses on one aspect of customer relationship management, like sales, and you want a system that focuses on all three. The only way to apply customer relationship management correctly is to find a system the encompasses all three…

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Added by Elke Schmitt on November 7, 2012 at 4:30am — No Comments

11 Easy Ways To Improve Your Time Management

7 time management tips Constantly interrupted by emails, phone calls and can't seem to get achieve your goals?

Spend all morning at your desk with nothing on paper to show for it?

A common denominator with my clients and connections is the challenge of managing time.  Most of us simply have too much to do in the hours we have available.  And a confession, time management is my biggest challenge and something I'm…

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Added by Justine Parsons on November 5, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments

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