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Your business is like a shed!

Here’s something I tell business owners all the time… “your business is like a shed”.

Whaaaat??!!

Read on for the explanation…

If I asked you to build a shed, what would you do?  You would do what you do with any project, right?  You’d get a picture of what the shed is supposed to look like. You’d look…

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Added by Laura Humphreys on January 17, 2014 at 11:00pm — No Comments

How do you build a saleable business?

A successful angel investor friend explained to me the concept of exit strategy like this: To achieve a successful exit, it helps to view your business as a product. A good business person empathises with their customer and understands their reasons for buying your product. You know what need your product fulfils in the market and who will want to buy it. You use your expertise…

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Added by Laura Humphreys on January 17, 2014 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Do you have the right mindset to be successful, rich and free?

As part of my Liber8me business mentoring programmes, I spend time interviewing successful business people. My key criteria for selecting an interview subject is that the person must have built and sold at least one successful business, which has created wealth and freedom of choice for them. I ask what they believe are the key traits that have made them successful. A pattern…

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Added by Laura Humphreys on January 17, 2014 at 11:00pm — No Comments

What is the best VOIP for small business?

What’s the Best Phone VoIP Service for a Small Business?

This article is based on the idea that you business should be using a VoIP phone system instead of a PBX system or a bunch of individual landlines. If the terms, VoIP or PBX is gibberish to you, we recommend reading  this overview of phone systems options.…

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Added by Marc Prosser on January 16, 2014 at 2:58pm — No Comments

Press Release by the Numbers

Breaking down the press release process can be easy as 1-2-3, quite literally! In this article we’ll look at the numbers behind the art of the press release.

1 Interesting Subject

While this means you need to make sure what you’re writing about is definitely newsworthy and actually worth reading in the newspaper, it also means you should focus your press release on…

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Added by Mickie Kennedy on January 13, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Legal Services For Business Owners

When most business owners think about business, they usually don't immediately anticipate all of their legal needs. Unfortunately, this puts them in a situation where when they need legal service, they don't have it and go on a mad dash to find it. I've assembled some useful information below to help the average small business owner determine their legal need, and find out the…

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Added by Doug Bradley on January 13, 2014 at 2:30am — No Comments

3 Ways To Keep Employee Costs in Check

Until you run your own business, you might not realize it. But once you do, it's on your mind constantly. Nothing costs more for a business than employees. It's not just salary, either. All down the line, employees incur cost after cost. Business owners can drive themselves mad trying to keep those costs in line.

The most efficient way to cut employee costs is to cut employees, and that's not feasible for most businesses. It's the people who make the company work. Without them,…

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Added by Joe Pawlikowski on January 6, 2014 at 12:25pm — No Comments

What is responsive Web Design and why do you need it?

  If you and your business are not familiar with the term “Responsive Web Design” (RWD), you need to be not familiar with it, but you probably also need to reassess your website as well.   Wikipedia defines Responsive Web Design as this:

a Web Design approach aimed at crafting sites to provide an optimal viewing experience-easy reading and navigation with a minimum of…

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Added by Eric Graham on January 6, 2014 at 12:07pm — No Comments

How to Make Your Business More Valuable to a Future Buyer

This is an excerpt from my book Liber8 your Business: The revolutionary business planning technique that will set every small business owner free.  It’s such an important point when it comes to building a valuable, saleable business, I thought I’d share it in today’s blog:

 

How to…

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Added by Laura Humphreys on January 5, 2014 at 8:30pm — 2 Comments

Winners have a strong brand. Do you? A lesson on branding from The X Factor USA

I’ve been trying to explain the importance of branding to people all year and then recently I watched the final of The X Factor USA and I saw the power of brand building in action… in a way I think will help people understand.

The three finalists had each been working hard on their personal brand the entire competition:…

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Added by Laura Humphreys on January 2, 2014 at 9:29pm — 2 Comments

The Keys To Writing A Business Proposal

There are ways to write a business proposal which will lead to success. Let's take a look at the trinity of considerations you must do to win-over a new customer with your business proposal.

Figure-Out the Community

George Harrison of Beatles' fame once wrote, "If you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there." Sounds exciting, however, unless you understand your client, it's…

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Added by Marc Prosser on December 30, 2013 at 11:15pm — No Comments

How an Accountant Can Greatly Benefit a Small Business

By Bert Seither, Director of Operations at Corporate Tax Network



About the author: Bert Seither is the Director of Operations at Corporate Tax Network, a national accounting and business development firm. For nearly 10 years, Seither has assisted small business owners to help put their companies on a path to prosperity.



If you happen to be…

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Added by Bert Seither on December 30, 2013 at 4:31pm — No Comments

Why are customer surveys so important? And how do you do them properly?

I’ve recommended to three different clients in the past week that they undertake a client and prospect survey to find out what’s really going on with their business.  Each of these clients has different challenges but each will be able to make better decisions by asking the people they are trying to reach.

I was in the advertising industry for…

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Added by Laura Humphreys on December 18, 2013 at 1:44am — No Comments

Advertising in the Yellow Pages

Yellow page advertising in the 21st century is a subject sure to get attention good and bad. My intention here is not to endorse or denounce the efficacy of advertising in the yellow pages, but to educate and shed some light on the industry. I first wrote about phone book marketing about 2 years ago on my Inland Empire…

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Added by Doug Bradley on December 12, 2013 at 11:56am — No Comments

Inland Empire Website Designer

I recently launched Bradley SEO Marketing to attract business for my Inland Empire web design company in California. I wanted to briefly outline some things you should look for in a website designer & optimization company.

  1. Does the company have experience with website design & optimization? It's one thing to launch a…
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Added by Doug Bradley on December 10, 2013 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Benefits of hiring your kids for your small business

By Bert Seither, Director of Operations at Corporate Tax Network



About the author: Bert Seither is the Director of Operations at Corporate Tax Network, a national accounting and business development firm. For nearly 10 years, Seither has assisted small business owners to help put their companies on a path to prosperity.



Smart and successful…

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Added by Bert Seither on November 26, 2013 at 2:54pm — No Comments

Very successful business people practice the 3 ‘D’s’ of business. Find out what they are and rate yourself here…

Every day I work with small business owners who dream of making it big. And every month I interview successful entrepreneurs who have made it big. The big guys all started small. And they all (without exception) practiced the three D’s of business. I’ll outline them here and then ask you to rate yourself…

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Added by Laura Humphreys on November 19, 2013 at 5:49pm — No Comments

Which is more important… delivery or sales? Should you be in doing or out selling? Learn the 5 steps to the ‘The In-Out Dance” here…

As a small business owner you’ll be familiar with ‘The In-out Dance’ I’m sure.  It goes like this.  You are busy in the business, delivering your service or product, working hard, working hard.  There’s too much to do and you need help.  So you hire some people and now you have to spend…

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Added by Laura Humphreys on November 19, 2013 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Can describe your business in one word? Take the challenge here…

Here’s an interesting…

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Added by Laura Humphreys on November 19, 2013 at 5:16pm — No Comments

You Can Build These 4 Pieces of Your Home Office

The home office has made a radical transformation in the last five or so years. What was once a place of necessity, where you could retire to catch up on some work during off-hours, is now a place of great value. For many people the home office has become the primary office. With that revelation comes the desire to make home offices wholly ours.

Perhaps I'm biased, because of my line of work as a home contractor, but building something, rather than buying it, provides a much more…

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Added by Diane Kuehl on November 19, 2013 at 2:36pm — No Comments

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