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Tag: "small business opportunities"

[ 0 ] Nov. 6, 2013

How Do I Know If I Have A Good Idea To Start A Small Business?

Q:How do I know if I have a good idea for a business? A: The Small Business Administration (SBA) has put together 3 criteria for a successful business. You should be able to answer “yes” to at least one of the following: Does the product/service business serve a presently unserved need? Does the product/service serve […]

[ 0 ] Nov. 5, 2013

5 Tips To Make Your Micro-Business Thrive

The Small Business Administration estimates that over half a million small and micro businesses are launched each year. At the same time, nearly as many close their doors for good. Experts agree that turning a great idea into a profitable reality begins with informed business owners. Capital One and Consumer Action advise potential business owners […]

[ 0 ] Nov. 5, 2013

Recommended Read: Outsmart Waste by Tom Szaky of TerraCycle

Tom Szaky is the eco-preneur who launched TerraCycle. In his new book, Outsmart Waste (Berrett-Koehler, $15.95), Tom says that to outsmart waste, first we have to understand it, then change how we create it, and finally rethink what we do with it. Tom traces the roots of our current garbage crisis to 20th century social […]

[ 0 ] Nov. 5, 2013

Esri Can Help You Map Buying Habits

Esri.com is a geogrpahic information system that maps population and buying habits. Jack and Laura Dangermond founded Esri in 1969 as a small research group focused on land-use planning. The company’s early mission was to organize and analyze geographic information to help land planners and land resource managers make well-informed environmental decisions. Today esri.com can […]

[ 0 ] Nov. 5, 2013

5 Easy Ways To Build Traffic For Your Small Business

Every small business needs to build traffic, but promotions and ads can be costly. There are easy, lowcost ways to generate interest in your small business and bring more customers to your door: recurring promotions. They can take just about any form from a casual “Happy Hour” to a month long plan of activities to […]

[ 0 ] Nov. 4, 2013

Avoid These 8 Common 401(k) Mistakes

By William H. Black, Jr. Pension Services Your business has sponsored a 401(k) plan. Careful attention has been paid to plan design, underlying investment options, and employee awareness and comprehension of the Plan’s features and benefits. What could go wrong? Everything is now perfect. Right? Right? Employers and employees have the best intentions going in, […]

[ 0 ] Nov. 4, 2013

5 Customer Service Practice Tips Your Customer Will Love

By Frank O’Hara CEO, O’Hara Publishing Enterprises For your business to really soar high and succeed, it’s not enough that customers like you. They have to love you. So when you’ve discovered amazing customers who are fond of your business, make sure to go the extra mile to keep their trust and loyalty. Below are 5 […]

[ 0 ] Nov. 4, 2013

4 Steps For Veterans On Starting A Small Business After Military Service

Military veterans looking to start their own businesses have many resources to help them make that leap. Although it can seem like a challenging task, their military experience and skills learned in service can help guide veterans who are looking to become entrepreneurs. Nicole Zoellner, founder of Nizo Wear Nursing Bras, LLC, was inspired to […]

[ 0 ] Nov. 2, 2013

Startup Saturday: 10 Service Professionals Who Can Help You Start Your Business

In launching your business, you can work alone as a sole proprietor but you will need to call on help from key individuals from time to time. Make a checklist to see how many of these ten service-providing companies you’ll need to call on as you get ready to start your own business: 1. Attorney […]

[ 0 ] Nov. 1, 2013

5 Tips To Help You Hire The Right Person

Looking to hire a worker for your small business for the holiday season or long term? Follow these five simple tips to make sure you get the right person for the job: 1. Take some time to write out a job description. Putting down a list of what you want this person to do for […]

[ 0 ] Oct. 31, 2013

ABC TV’s Shark Tank : Jump Start Your Business

From the ABC hit show “Shark Tank,” this book by Michale Parrish DuDell- is filled with practical advice and introductions from the Sharks themselves. It’s a good resource for fans of the show. Full of tips for navigating entrepreneurship, the book will intersperse words of wisdom with inspirational stories from the show. On sale: November […]

[ 0 ] Oct. 31, 2013

9 Tips To Avoid Becoming An Email Marketing Zombie This Halloween

Are your email campaigns getting a flat, zombie-like response? Campaigner®, the email marketing and CRM brand of j2 Global, Inc. (NASDAQGS: JCOM), issued a warning that it has detected an increase in flat-lined email marketing campaigns that are similar to those that are executed by email marketing zombies.If the increase holds steady, it’s likely that […]

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