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Replacing Short-Term Debt with Long-Term Debt

Basic Economic Principle: Only a fool replaces short-term debt with long-term debt.



Wow, that's quite a harsh statement, but a statement that will stick in your mind when the financial pressure is so high and there just doesn't seem to be a way out.



Consolidating your debt into your mortgage loan just seems to make so much sense when you're under pressure to pay the bills, but is this a wise…

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Added by Morne Lubbe on July 11, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments

Return on Emotion, Return on Stress

This was originally posted at www.LessEverything.com/blog & written by Allan Branch, Co-owner of LessEverything

For me, the hardest part of business is the fear of a lost opportunity. My trigger to start new projects and create…

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Added by Crystal Shuller on July 9, 2012 at 10:00pm — No Comments

5 Tips To Maximize Your Facebook Marketing Efforts

If you are working on building your Facebook audience and generating more engagement on your Facebook page, then these simple tips will help you to maximize your results.

1. Make Regular Posts – It may seem so obvious, but making daily posts to your Facebook account…

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Added by superiorbms on July 9, 2012 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Should You Do Your Own Bookkeeping?

How valuable is your time to you? Should you do your own bookkeeping or have a professional outside of your company handle this task? Whether you are a sole proprietor, small business owner or just starting your exciting journey of entrepreneurship, at some point, you will have to make this decision.

Managing your business finances can become a full time job in and of itself. With many businesses failing in the first five years due to mismanaged finances, this decision is worth…

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Added by CrunchSum on July 6, 2012 at 2:30am — 2 Comments

If I Had More Money, I'd...

If I had the money I'd ...travel more, give my kids a better lifestyle, enjoy life more.  How many times have you said something like that to yourself?  Plenty huh.  Me, too.

Entrepreneurs are a scrappy bunch, which is why I love you so much.  We are used to bootstrapping to make our businesses run.  You wish you made more money.  You try hard to make more.  Longer hours.  More marketing, even though you're not sure it's working.  You get used to just scraping by for so long…

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Added by Dina Eisenberg on July 5, 2012 at 3:30pm — No Comments

How to Manage Your Contacts for Outstanding Business Success



How do you keep track of your business contacts....excel, paper files, a word document, your email or smart phone’s contact list or perhaps a good old-fashioned rolodex? These all serve a purpose, but if you’re not using a dedicated CRM (Customer Relationship Management) system, you’re missing out on a world of benefits designed to create stronger business…

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Added by Carol M. Aldridge on July 3, 2012 at 9:30am — 3 Comments

Harnessing the Power of the Internet

Be sure to tune in tomorrow night at 8pm EST to "Business Matters - Where Your Small Business Matters" (www.blogtalkradio.com/grandmassecrets). Our last show before the summer haitus, we finish this series about using blogs and social media to grow our businesses.

Tonight we re-welcome Amy Kover.  As a recovering journalist, she began a blog entitled "Cooking With Jeanne" about how a box of recipes her mother gave her shortly…

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Added by Regina McRae on June 26, 2012 at 7:44pm — No Comments

Online Business can be overwhelming!

I bet, I'm not alone.

Building an online business is WORK!  I love it though (well, most of the time).

I stated this en-devour in August of 2011.  I searched for months, for the right nitch, the right fit, and the right host.

After much research, trial and error, and nearly giving up- I found a company called SBI (Site-Built-It).

I never imagined I would be building an entire website!  But, here I am!  I've learned much more than I bargained for (that's not a bad…

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Added by Angie Fisher on June 23, 2012 at 11:00pm — No Comments

5 Web-based Apps to Help You Conquer Your To-Do List

Disorganization is one of the biggest time and profit killers for small business owners, and if you’re anything like me, you’ve spent hours trying to find the right web-based tool to solve your task management woes.

But rest assured that there are programs out there to help you stay on track and manage your tasks.  The following 5 Apps are web-based, giving you the added benefit of being able to access them on any device wherever you have a wifi or data connection.

1.…

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Added by Kate Rose on June 20, 2012 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

5 Tips to Say Your Price

This is the second hardest conversation for entrepreneurs and business owners to master.  Right after explaining what you actually do, which can be challenging if you're a professional adviser or coach, is....drum roll.....saying your price to your customer. 

Raise your hand right now if you've mumbled, stuttered or uhmmm your way through the question: so what do you charge? 

Go ahead, no one can see you.   Almost every mentoring…

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Added by Dina Eisenberg on June 17, 2012 at 3:56pm — No Comments

Reduce Credit Card Processing Fees for Small Business Owners

Small business owners hate paying exorbitant credit card fees charged by merchant processing companies. They feel that they are between rock and a hard place when it comes to accepting credit cards. Refuse to accept them and they will lose customers. Accept them and they will lose money to those processors. No wonder Visa and Master Card companies are raking in billions of dollars in profit, while small business owners are hurting.

Is there anything small businesses can do to…

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Added by Harry Vaishnav on June 13, 2012 at 10:00pm — No Comments

The Universe Whispers

This is going to be different. I’m a little nervous about exposing my thinking. After all, lawyers are rigorously trained to fiercely guard our words and shield our thoughts.

On the other hand, as a heart-based entrepreneur, I believe that there’s a better way to run a business. It’s not conventional, and that’s probably why it works for me.  Now the question is, would it work for you?

Neither of us gets to know unless I spill. So, I’m…

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Added by Dina Eisenberg on June 8, 2012 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Should You Start Your Own Company or Buy an Existing Business?

After the rock star and professional athlete dreams fade away, most people dream of owning their own business. It certainly would be nice to be your own boss and be able to run a company the way you want—you can pick your entire staff, approve the marketing campaigns that you think will sell, and why not institute a…

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Added by Sarah Mohr on June 8, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments

Knocking Down the Rules of Power

Power is something most people want but don’t really understand well.  My definition of power is:

The ability to make something happen

Pretty simple, right.  And, everyone, believe it or not, is powerful in some way.

The most powerful person isn’t always immediately apparent.  Someone might act like top dog but not be; you have to look hard to see who’s the alpha.  For instance, the most powerful…

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Added by Dina Eisenberg on June 4, 2012 at 12:45pm — No Comments

Simple Project Management In Six Easy Steps – Ebook

The use of a project management approach in your business can help you overcome obstacles like miscommunication between team members, client product delivery mishaps, project overruns and missed deadlines to name a few.

Eleanor Mayrhofer, Elizabeth Harrin, Josh Nankivel, Lyndsay Scott and Peter Taylor,…

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Added by Paola Prieto Hemmingsen on May 30, 2012 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

3 Lessons We Can Learn from Credit Card Branding

If there's one thing that credit card companies really understand, it’s branding their credit cards. They know how to create a brand name that customers want to use, and their branding has been so successful that most households now have multiple credit card accounts and use them regularly. If you are running a…

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Added by Amanda DiSilvestro on May 29, 2012 at 12:49pm — No Comments

How to Brand Your Business Brilliant!

When it comes to branding or business identity, sometimes I think that I'm a little harsh. A little too critical. But, then I'm reminded that building an effective brand requires criticism and scrutiny in order for it to work? By "work" I mean effectiveness, memorability and clarity. Your audience…

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Added by Michelle Hill-Smith on May 27, 2012 at 1:00am — 2 Comments

Local Search Ranking for Small Businesses or Franchisees

Local franchise businesses have a hard time getting noticed by the search engines, but many things have changed at Google over the past 9 months that make local search ranking easier for the small business owner or franchisee.

15 things to get right in Google Places for local search ranking.…

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Added by Larry Levenson on May 22, 2012 at 10:28am — No Comments

Effective Ways to Reduce Employee Turnover for Small Business

For small business owners employee turnover is a fact of life. One of our clients put it very well the other day when he said, “I am not in the restaurant business. I am running an employee training business because of the constant need to train stream of new employees that I have to hire because of turnover.”

High turnover raises number of issues for all businesses, ranging from having to spend money in hiring and training new employees to impact on business operations and customer…

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Added by Harry Vaishnav on May 18, 2012 at 2:30pm — 3 Comments

What Government Regulation to Look For Before Starting a Business

Australia is a business friendly country which offers various SOPs and incentives to establish business in any of its cities. However, it is to be understood that while establishing a business in Australia, whether small or large, you have to comply with the government regulations so that there are no complications. Here are the major rules or compliances that you must follow in order to start a small business in…

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Added by James Forrest on May 18, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments

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