13 BEST BUSINESSES IN EUROPE NAMED OUT OF 24, 000 #business #courses

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LONDON: EUROPE s best businesses are celebrating after being named winners in the 2014/15 European Business Awards, sponsored by RSM, at an exclusive awards ceremony in London last night attended by leading business leaders, politicians, ambassadors and academics from across Europe.

The winning businesses have achieved their success after 16 months in the largest, and one of the toughest, business competitions in Europe, which this year attracted over 24,000 businesses and generated over 170,000 votes from the public.

Business VIPs presented trophies to the 11 category winners of the competition, as well as the European Public Champion , and the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Adrian Tripp, CEO of the European Business Awards, added: These brilliant businesses are the best of the best. They are adapting, innovating, achieving financial success and creating strong growth opportunities. Together they are forging a stronger business community in Europe and creating a better future for us all.

Jean Stephens, CEO of RSM, the 7th largest network of independent audit, tax and advisory firms, said: “The calibre of this year s competition finalists is outstanding. The extraordinary entrepreneurialism, innovation and business success demonstrated by the Ruban D Honneurs and the overall category winners shows how much can be achieved in challenging market conditions. At RSM, we believe it is important to champion business excellence as successful and thriving companies are an integral force in driving growth and stimulating economies. All those involved are a credit to their country and we wish them every success for the future.

The 11 category winners went through a process of written submissions, video entry judging and face-to-face interviews, and were shortlisted as one of 709 National Champions and 110 Ruban d Honneur recipients before reaching the final. In the 2014/15 competition, all EU member markets were represented plus Turkey, Norway, Switzerland, Serbia and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. The combined revenue of the entrants exceeded 1.5 trillion, and together they generated profits of over 60 billion and employ over 2.5 million people.

Supported since their inception by lead sponsor and promoter RSM International, the European Business Awards is now in its 9th year and its primary purpose is to support the development of a stronger and more successful business community throughout Europe.

For further information about the European Business Awards, its winners and RSM please go to www.businessawardseurope.com or www.rsmi.com.

The RSM Entrepreneur of the Year Award – BMZ Germany

The UKTI Award for Innovation – ALMAC GROUP UK

The ELITE Award for Growth Strategy of the Year – ANTARES VISION Italy

The Award for Environmental Corporate Sustainability – SAMHALL Sweden

The Award for Customer Focus – NOTTINGHAM CITY TRANSPORT UK


The Import/Export Award – AUSA Spain

The Business of the Year Award [turnover 0-25m] – DOK-ING Croatia

The Business of the Year Award [turnover 26-150m] – CLINIGEN GROUP UK

The Business of the Year Award [turnover 150m+] – TOMRA SYSTEMS ASA Norway

The European Public Champion – UTILITY WAREHOUSE UK

The Chairman s Selection Award – BARON DE LEY Spain

The Lifetime Achievement Award – SIR JOHN MADEJSKI UK ENDS

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About the European Business Awards:

The European Business Awards primary purpose is to support the development of a stronger and more successful business community throughout Europe. For all of the citizens of Europe, our prosperity, social and healthcare systems are reliant on businesses creating an even stronger, more innovative, successful, international and ethical business community – one that forms the beating heart of an increasingly globalised economy.

The European Business Awards programme serves the European business community in three ways:

It celebrates and endorses individuals and organisations success

It provides and promotes examples of excellence for the business community to aspire to

It engages with the European business community to create debate on key issues

The European Business Awards is now in its 9th year. It attracted over 24,000 businesses to the competition last year and in the public vote generated over 170,000 votes from across Europe. www.businessawardseurope.com.

About RSM International

RSM is the 7th largest network of independent audit, tax and advisory firms, encompassing over 112 countries, 700 offices and 37,400 people internationally. The network s total fee income is US$4.4 billion. RSM is the 6th largest provider of tax services and audit and accounting services worldwide.

RSM is the lead sponsor and corporate champion of the European Business Awards promoting commercial excellence and recognition of entrepreneurial brilliance.

RSM is a member of the Forum of Firms. The objective of the Forum of Firms is to promote consistent and high quality standards of financial and auditing practices worldwide.

RSM is the brand used by a network of independent accounting and advisory firms each of which practices in its own right. RSM International Limited does not itself provide any accounting and advisory services. Member firms are driven by a common vision of providing high quality professional services, both in their domestic markets and in serving the international professional service needs of their client base. www.rsmi.com

About UK Trade Investment:

UKTI works with UK based businesses to ensure their success in international markets through exports and encourages and supports overseas companies to look at the UK as the best place to set up or expand their business. www.gov.uk/ukti

ELITE is an integrated service designed to help SMEs prepare and structure for the next stage of growth through access to long term financing opportunities.

ELITE targets SMEs with a sound business model, clear growth strategy and a desire to obtain funding in the near future.

ELITE offers an innovative approach, including a training programme, a working zone supported by a tutorship model and direct access to the financial community through dedicated digital community facilities. It is capital neutral to any financing opportunity, providing access to Private Equity and Venture Capital Funds, debt products, etc. ELITE was successfully launched in Italy in 2012 and in the UK in 2014. It now accounts for more than 200 companies of different sizes and sectors, more than 150 partners and more than 70 long term investors. It is a European platform deeply rooted in each domestic market, through partnership with local institutions combined with the opportunity to access international support and advice.

It will be a community of excellence: companies, advisors, investors and stakeholders with an interest in supporting SMEs. The larger the community, the wider the range of business and growth opportunities offered to ELITE members.

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Make an Impact – University of Bath #buy #business #cards

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Make an Impact: Sustainability for Professionals

0:10 Skip to 0 minutes and 10 seconds Welcome to the University of Bath, one of Britain’s leading universities.

0:38 Skip to 0 minutes and 38 seconds Our campus brings together academic expertise, with a wide range of international, industrial, academic, and stakeholder partners to carry out world changing research in sustainable development.

0:55 Skip to 0 minutes and 55 seconds Our research is making a real difference to the way we live our lives. Our engineers are exploring new ways of fuelling our future, from hydrogen storage, to the development of more efficient engines.

1:10 Skip to 1 minute and 10 seconds Our architects are changing the way we live, creating low cost homes from innovative materials that look great, are healthy to live in, and use less energy to keep warm.

1:24 Skip to 1 minute and 24 seconds Our scientists are developing better solar panels, and creating bio diesel from algae grown in the city’s famous Roman baths.

1:37 Skip to 1 minute and 37 seconds We are also influencing sustainability policy, from contributing to national environmental politics, to broadening the understanding of corporate social responsibility.

1:48 Skip to 1 minute and 48 seconds Having a sustainability strategy is becoming more and more important for all businesses today. For some organisations, it’s now part of their overall strategy to stay ahead and to improve their market share. Others are pushed into it through business requirements.

2:11 Skip to 2 minutes and 11 seconds My name is Dr Emma Patterson, and I’m the lead tutor of this course. I hope you’ll join us to discover more about sustainability, and how you can make a difference to your own organisation. We don’t expect any previous experience, just a willingness to actively take part.

2:35 Skip to 2 minutes and 35 seconds Over six weeks we’ll explore topics such as key drivers for sustainability, the importance of stakeholder engagement, and innovation for sustainability.

2:47 Skip to 2 minutes and 47 seconds You’ll be hearing ideas from University of Bath’s sustainability researchers, and from industry professionals. We’ll also be encouraging you to put forward your own ideas, and to be involved in group discussions with your fellow learners. Our researchers here at the University of Bath are setting a new path for the future, creating a more sustainable world. Join us. Develop your awareness of sustainability issues, and use your new knowledge to develop a sustainability strategy for your own organisation.

About the course

This free online course will cover the basic definitions and history of sustainable development and sustainability in business – from a niche interest to the present day.

We’ll find out how and why businesses now routinely incorporate sustainable development, via corporate social responsibility policies, product innovation and new business models.

Explore the key drivers to sustainability

We’ll explore the key drivers to sustainability: the use of standards; the importance of stakeholder engagement; governance (including the use of codes of conduct); innovation for sustainability; the use of metrics and indicators; and the application of management tools.

We’ll also touch on international perspectives towards sustainable development and how these impact on business activities around the world.

Influence sustainable development in your own company

The course will help you assess each topic in relation to your own business experiences, whatever sector interests you and wherever in the world you’re based. We’ll explore how you can use your personal interests to influence sustainable development in your company.


10 great start-up business ideas to launch in weeks: Starting a business

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10 great start-up business ideas to launch in weeks

Take a look around you this morning as you drive or catch the train to work.

From the window cleaner who arrives on your street as you close the front door behind you to the coffee cart serving cappuccinos and lattes at the station, the world is full of thriving and profitable small businesses that have been set up for relatively little initial outlay.

These are not ‘clever’ businesses trading on the strength of innovative new products and nor do they require the backing of deep-pocketed investors to get them off the ground. They succeed because their owners are responding to genuine demand for tried and trusted services.

And with a low initial outlay and overheads, many of these small-scale ventures can be profitable within weeks or months and over time provide their owners with a good income.

So how do you get started? Well, to give you an idea of how it’s done, here are 10 great businesses ideas I’ve come across that you can get up and running within weeks.

1. Mopping up – household cleaning

The lower your outlay, the faster you turn a profit and that’s one of the big attractions of launching a domestic cleaning business. For instance Millie Dark, founder of Sussex cleaners, Mrs Muscle started her company with no real investment. “My customers supply all the equipment and cleaning products,” explains Millie.

Millie worked part-time for a few months before advertising in the local press and word-of mouth generated enough work to go full time. Today she employs 12 part-timers. “It’s taken me a couple of years to get that stage,” she says.

2. On cloud K9 – dog walking

A dog walking and pet sitting service can also be set up with minimal investment. For instance, when Catherine Cleaver started her business – Catherine’s Pet Services – all she needed was £500 for a couple of garden kennels.

Catherine placed a few ads in shop windows. Over time – and with the help of word of mouth recommendation and ads in the local magazine – what started as a part-time activity became a full time job.

“I was earning enough to live on after about three months,” she says “and after about a year I felt I had a sustainable business.” She succeeds by offering a range of services, including dog walking, pet visits and boarding.

3. Cutting it – home hairdressing

Many hairdressers dream of starting their own businesses but are deterred by the cost of renting a salon. Setting up a home visit service can be an ideal way forward.

There is a significant outlay on brushes, tongs, dryers, mirrors and products. “You’re talking several thousands rather than hundreds,” says Ela Lapus, founder of Home Hair and Make Up.

“And customers expect to see the same products they find in a salon. Customers will also expect evidence of recognised skills. I have Level 2 and Level 3.”

The key to profitable success is effective marketing. Hairdressers can use local ads and web directories to publicise their services. Social Media can also be effective. “About 50% of my work comes through Facebook,” says Ela.

Once the initial investment had been made Ela was able to start earning immediately but the present business, operating across several counties has taken a number of years to build.

4. A caffeine hit – mobile coffee bar

We’re a coffee hungry nation and beyond Starbucks and Costa there are thousands of small mobile barista carts selling lattes on the go.

“A coffee maker will cost about £5,000,” says Beth Baxter, co-founder of Camper Cafe. “And then you have to pay for the cart or a van to put it in.”

Prices vary but carts or trailers can cost anything between £5,000 and £10,000. The founders of Camper Cafe were given a Volkswagen van which they kitted out to become their visual signature. Training is an additional cost. Courses for coffee making can be had for between £50 and £200.

Finding pitches is the most challenging aspect as you are often in competition with other vendors. “It took us a year to find out about the market,” says Beth. “After that we took off.”

5. Juiced perfect – mobile juice bar

The rise of coffee carts has been matched by the emergence of juice bars in markets, shopping malls, public thoroughfares and events. The set-up costs are similar to coffee in terms of equipment and training.

6. Bright idea – window cleaning

If you have a car with a roof rack you can start a window cleaning business for a few hundred pounds (bucket, ladder, clothes, etc).

Alternatively you might invest in high pressure pure water sprays, water tanks (around £2,000) and a van to carry them (say £15,000). This is increasingly common.

The challenge then is to build a customer base and that tends to be up close and personal. “Initially the most effective way to do it is to knock on doors and ask,” says Guy Lupton, co-founder of Khameleon Window Cleaning Ltd.

Building a solid base can take time. “We spent about three years of trial and error to get it right,” says Guy. “We’ve been going about five.”

However, when you do get it right the business can grow rapidly. “We still knock on doors,” says Guy. “But we get a lot more business by word of mouth.”

7. Showing drive – ‘Man in a Van’ business

Advertisements for ‘Man in a Van’ and ‘Light Removals’ services are a common sight on shop window advertising boards.

The pre-requisite is a van, probably a Luton-style box van with a tail lift and that’s also the main expense. You’ll need public liability insurance (as is the case for all the businesses listed here). The ongoing costs include petrol, servicing, MOT, and repairs.

The main challenge is building a customer base and most operators use flyers, shop window ads and online directories. Man or woman in a van businesses can be quick to establish but work is required to build a market and perhaps the biggest challenge is getting the pricing right.

8. Highest bidder – an eBay business

Launching an eBay business allows you reach a national and occasionally an international market. You can auction goods or sell at a fixed price.

Most eBay businesses will pay at least £19.99 per month as a subscription fee (rising to £59.99 for a featured shop and £349 for an ‘Anchor Shop’) and on top of that you will pay fees for each auction or fixed price insertion and each sale.

To succeed on eBay you usually have to find goods that can’t be bought elsewhere or offer popular products at knock-down prices. For some it’s a part-time source of pin-money, for others a full-time business. Posters on eBay include Nasty Gal and six years after starting to sell vintage clothing on the auction site it’s now a £60m business .

9. A gem of a business – jewellery and crafts

Many small businesses are based around the skills of their founders. For instance, if you have training as a jeweller or sculptor, an obvious way to sell your work is to market direct to the public via web, craft fairs or through shops.

Tools can cost anything from a few hundred to many thousands of pounds but you can keep costs down by working from a home studio. Ongoing costs include materials, rental at craft fairs (from as little as £20 per day to more than a £1,000).

Jane Faulkner, a jeweller based in Sussex, sells via the web and craft fairs while also having shelf-space in a local co-operative (Billingshurst Creatives) where craftspeople and artists can display their goods in return for taking turns manning the store.

“Craft fairs are my biggest source of income while the shop provides a regular cheque every month,” says Jane. Teaching is also part of the business.

With these revenue streams Jane feels she has a sustainable business, but it has taken around eight years to establish.

10. Snappy work – photography

Photography is another skills-based business. Go to almost any event – from music gigs to vintage car rallies and weddings and you’ll find photographers hard at work.

As Art Hutchins, a freelancer photographer trading as Artseye points out, it’s a business that requires investment in time and money. “Being a serious pro photographer requires a high level of financial investment in good quality equipment and time to acquire the knowledge and skill to use it.”

Starting from scratch would mean buying pro-quality cameras (around £2,000) lenses (£100-£1,000), tripods and lights but many photographers who set up their own businesses will already have acquired some of the equipment over time.

According to Art Hutchins, the best approach is to decide on a target market – in his case small businesses, editorial and family portraits. “The best marketing is word of mouth,” he says.

Very different businesses but all can be started quickly and easily using readily available equipment or existing skills. Importantly most of these businesses take payment either at the point of sale or soon after and that’s great for cashflow.

Demand is there but the key is to market effectively and at the right price.

John Fagan is the head of RBS branch business, England Wales and direct banking. His team work with businesses to build a bigger support network inside the bank and beyond with partners and fellow customers. www.rbsbusinessconnections.co.uk


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How to Read Your Boss – The University of Nottingham #business #cards

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How to Read Your Boss

0:13 Skip to 0 minutes and 13 seconds Welcome to the University of Nottingham. I’m Louise Mullany, a professional communications specialist from the Centre for Research and Applied Linguistics. This is How to Read Your Boss. Do you find conversations with some colleagues more difficult than others? Do you ever come out of meetings feeling that you’ve been misunderstood, or that you haven’t been given the time you wanted to express your ideas? Do you ever find it hard to explain yourself to your boss or with others at a more senior level than you? Do you find yourself ever wondering what your boss is actually asking you to do? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this course is definitely for you.

0:55 Skip to 0 minutes and 55 seconds Along with colleagues, I’ve spent the last 15 years investigating communication styles in a wide range of workplaces, from small to medium sized enterprises right through to large multinationals. How to Read Your Boss draws upon the findings of this research. The course will provide a basic introduction to a sample of linguistic toolkits to help you produce a quick and effective analysis of your own and others’ talk. You will also have a suite of different strategies to draw upon, which can enhance your persuasive presence and impact in the future. This course is unique, as it is based upon the analysis of authentic business conversations that have actually taken place.

1:37 Skip to 1 minute and 37 seconds How to Read Your Boss provides access to cutting edge academic knowledge and practical activities based on how people really talk at work. I hope that you will take the opportunity to join us, and discover how linguistics can help you read both yourself and your boss.

About the course

Think about the conversations you have had in your workplace over the past few months. Do you come out of business meetings wishing you had said something differently, or felt misunderstood? Do you have difficulty talking to people more senior than you? What about when talking with other colleagues? ‘How to read your boss’ introduces you to the world of business communication through linguistics.

The course presents a set of ‘linguistic toolkits’ which you can use to create a linguistic profile of yourself and others, including your boss. It is designed for you to assess the effectiveness of the communication styles you use and identify the type of communications culture where you work. It will offer alternative strategies for future business talk. It aims to encourage you to become more reflexive and self-conscious language users when communicating at work.

How to Read Your Boss is the second in a series of ‘How to read…’ courses which will be presented by applied linguists, discourse analysts and literary critics at The University of Nottingham.

How to Read Your Boss will be useful for anyone working within businesses/organisations in the public, private or third sector, including managers and those with leadership responsibility.


Cherwell Business Awards #small #business #assistance

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Oxford University Begbroke Science Park were the proud hosts of the prestigious Gala Dinner for the 2016 Cherwell Business Awards. The event took place on Friday 20 May in a marquee in the picturesque Jacobean walled garden of Begbroke Science Park. Over 230 guests gathered to celebrate the success of some of the best businesses in our district. Congratulations must go to all finalists, and of course to the winners.

Special thanks go to all of the wonderful people and businesses who helped to make this event the huge success that it was. This includes the organising committee, the sponsors, and the various suppliers. Of particular note was the delicious three course meal provided by Thomas Franks Limited.

The awards ceremony itself was hosted by Kirsty Leahy, well known breakfast presenter from Banbury Sound. Kirsty did a brilliant job of enlivening the evening, and introducing each category and their sponsor, allowing the sponsors themselves to commend the finalists before announcing the winners and presenting them with an elegant, engraved glass trophy plus certificate.

During the evening a raffle was held, with a number of sponsors and organisers generously donating prizes. This year, the raffle raised over £1,180.00 with all the proceeds going to the winner of the Charity Community Award –Banbury and District Bus Project.

The winners of the awards were:

New Business Award. sponsored by A2Dominion Group
J D’Cruz Ltd

Employer of the Year Award. sponsored by Activate Learning Banbury Bicester College
Nicholsons Nurseries Ltd

Innovation Creativity Award. sponsored by Begbroke Science Park
Walraven UK Ltd

Retail Award. sponsored by Bicester Village
Andy’s Barber Shop

Charity Community Award sponsored by Cherwell District Council
Banbury District Bus Project

Business Person of the Year Award sponsored by Ellacotts LLP Accountants
Simon Biltcliffe Webmart Ltd

Micro Business of the Year Award sponsored by Bicester Vision Bicester Chamber of Commerce
Burgess Reclamation

Small Business of the Year Award sponsored by Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership
Butterflies Healthcare

Apprenticeship Award, sponsored by Oxfordshire Apprenticeships
High Spec Composites

Established Business Award. sponsored by Spratt Endicott Solicitors
British Bakels Ltd

Cherwell Business of the Year sponsored by Norbar Torque Tools
British Bakels Ltd

Greg Woodhead of British Bakels, winner of the Cherwell Business of the Year 2016 and Established Business of the Year 2016 commented:

Bakels celebrated our 25 thanniversary in Bicester during 2015 and we also celebrated its most successful year ever, it felt natural for the management team to want to celebrate this and entering the Cherwell Business Awards seemed like a great opportunity. During the application and judging process, we have had the opportunity to meet with peers from very different businesses in the area and to share interesting perspectives of common factors which affect our very different businesses. It has been, at every point, a very satisfying journey. Although I think it’s fair to say that the judges would all make formidable poker players, such was the degree to which winning took us by surprise.

Winning the Spratt Endicott Established Business of the Year and the Norbar Torque Tools Cherwell Business of the Year Awards are an acknowledgement of the hard work and commitment of the whole Bakels team over the past few years to build a forward-facing and growing company which is a responsible and valued member of the community. The awards are especially gratifying given the high level of competition shown from the other businesses who were nominated. Working in such a competitive and fast paced environment as the food industry can often lead to us all overlooking how much we are achieving; to have this recognised by respected peers in other companies is an incredible confirmation that we are following the right path.”

All of the Cherwell Business Awards’ short-listed finalists are automatically entered into the prestigious Oxfordshire Business Awards which is being held on Friday 17th June 2016 at Oxford Thames Four Pillars Hotel.

To view more photo s from the evening please follow the link www.tudorphotography.co.uk

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Small Business Investment Companies #printable #business #cards

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Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) fund services

SBIC funds can be an attractive source of low-cost capital to invest in lower middle-market businesses. Whether a private equity fund is considering the SBIC program for the first time or has already received funding from the Small Business Administration (SBA), the issues associated with running a SBIC fund can draw on your time and take resources away from activities that generate profits. Our experience with more than 100 SBIC funds provides our clients with the expertise they need to manage through this regulatory environment.

RSM meets the needs of SBIC funds and their portfolio companies with integrated audit, tax, consulting and transaction advisory services. Clients benefit from a single point of coordination from teams with extensive experience in all aspects of private equity and the SBIC program.

Our SBIC fund professionals, who work almost exclusively with private equity and SBIC funds, act as your strategic partner throughout the transaction life cycle. They understand the complexities that chief financial officers, controllers and general partners face. Our tax professionals take a balanced approach that helps you and your portfolio companies save money in complex tax environments, while keeping an eye on your longer-term goals.

Among the SBIC fund services we offer are:

  • Audit of SBA Form 468
  • Audit of GAAP financial statements
  • Tax preparation and consulting services
  • Assistance with SBA examination preparation and first-time setup of chart of accounts and general ledger*
  • SBIC accounting policies and SBA regulatory compliance*
  • Calculation and recording of management fees*
  • Investment valuation procedures and documentation*
  • Distribution computations using SBA software
  • Computation of prioritized payments, charges and adjustments for Participating Security Funds*

SBIC fund training and seminars

RSM also offers on-site training designed to help you understand SBA reporting requirements and determine what resources you need to operate effectively. We provide training in a variety of areas, including SBA reporting software and key regulatory, accounting and tax issues. Our SBIC seminars focus on fund formation, accounting, tax and operations. Other educational seminars for your fund and portfolio companies address common industry issues and concerns, such as back-office operations, business acquisitions, industry briefings and our annual accounting and tax update.

*Certain services cannot be provided to investment advisers registered with the SEC or to existing audit clients of the firm.

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4 Steps to Starting an Online Business #start #your #own #business #ideas

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4 Steps to Starting an Online Business

In many ways, starting an online business is similar to starting a brick-and-mortar store. You’ll plan your business, organize your funding, produce your product, and get to work. But, there are unique aspects of running an online-only business that would-be entrepreneurs need to consider.

I’ve laid out a few of the various types of online businesses that you might be interested in starting, both those based around existing platforms like Etsy and eBay, and self-hosted eCommerce sites. We’ll also go over the process for starting an online business, and the steps you’ll need to take to get your business up and running.

In addition, you’ll find links throughout this article to other Bplans articles, which you’ll definitely want to check out. They’ll help you go into more detail about the different aspects of starting your online business, such as setting up your website and how to register your business name.

The different types of online businesses:

Wondering what type of online business to start? There are a few different options, and the best type to start will largely depend on your specific business, and what it is you’re selling.

An eCommerce site:

An eCommerce site is the most direct form of online business you can start; with a self-hosted eCommerce site, you will be selling your goods and services directly to your customers, without a “go-between” such as eBay or Etsy (we’ll get to those more later).

The best part about a direct eCommerce site is the level of control you have over your store. You’ll be able to customize virtually all the options when setting up your own eCommerce site, such as the complete look and feel of your store, but this flexibility makes the process that much more complicated, too.

Your biggest considerations with an eCommerce site will be setting up your website to offer the best user experience. Choosing the right web design is crucial, as is making sure that your shopping cart software is well-suited for your business. Be sure to check out the various shopping cart options available—from Shopify to X-Cart and many more.

An Etsy store:

An Etsy store is, by comparison, relatively easy to set up. The format of an Etsy store remains relatively similar store to store, though you will have the ability to customize your layout a little. However, all customers will buy through the Etsy interface, and the legwork to get your site up and running is minimal. This may be a positive or a negative to you, depending on how much control you wish to maintain over your site.

The biggest consideration, aside from the lack of flexibility? Etsy is a site for creative types, and focuses on handmade items. Now, if you sell handcrafted goods, resell vintage items, create and sell your art, and so on, you’ll fit in on Etsy no problem—in fact, it might be perfect for you.

But, if what you’re selling will be mass-produced, you’ll want to steer clear; although Etsy has recently made it clear that while they allow their sellers to potentially partner with outside businesses to make their products, mass-produced goods are not welcomed on Etsy.

An eBay store

Similar to Etsy, starting an eBay store has some significant advantages, which are also at the same time potential downsides. As with Etsy, you won’t have to set up a website, customize your online storefront, or choose a shopping cart software—when you use eBay to sell your products, that’s all included.

However this means, like Etsy, that your customers will have to go through eBay to buy from you, and you’ll also have little control over the visual layout of your store. As with Etsy, this may be a pro or a con for you, depending on your business.

Unlike Etsy, there is no stipulation with eBay stores that the goods be handcrafted or vintage resale. However, there are still certain items that are prohibited, so make sure to look into the details of selling on eBay before you decide that it’s the right choice.

A site with no physical goods sold

That’s all fine and good, but what if you’re not selling physical goods, but rather consulting or other services?

If your business still needs to accept payment via your site, you’re most likely better off setting up your own website, with a very simplistic shopping cart software. However, Etsy is home to plenty of web design businesses, for example, so this platform isn’t altogether out of the question.

Steps to starting an online business:

1. Plan your business

Like any business, you’ll need a plan. Your planning process should include thorough market analysis, plans for how you’ll fund product production, and perhaps a SWOT analysis to begin your planning process.

2. Write your business plan

Once you’ve done a bit of preliminary planning, it’s time to write your business plan. Unless you’re asking for funding from the bank, an investor, or have a similar “business plan event” coming up, you’re better off sticking to a lean business plan. A lean plan is quicker and easier to write, and distills your plan down to the essentials.

3. Register your domain name and set up your website

If you’ve chosen to set up your own eCommerce site outside of a platform such as eBay or Etsy, you’ll want to make sure your chosen domain name is available and ready for use. Once you’ve secured it, the process of setting up your business website begins. You can choose to outsource this to a professional, or DIY it with our handy guide.

4. Make it legal

There are a few steps you’ll have to take to make sure your business is legal. While generally speaking, the same rules apply for online businesses as brick-and-mortar businesses, there are a few subtle differences:

Read up on online business regulations

The most important distinction when it comes to doing business online versus in person is online business law. These laws regard the distribution of your customers personal information, as well as other privacy and intellectual property regulations. The SBA gives a thorough rundown of the specifics of online business law, so make sure to brush up on them before you start your online business.

Visit your secretary of state’s websitefor state-specific requirements

State specific requirements will, naturally, vary state by state. For instance, you’ll be required to collect state sales tax from your customers. Visit your local secretary of state office’s website for more information on compliance at a state level.

Learn about tax obligations for running an online business

Do you operate your business from your home? If you run an online business, it’s likely. As such, you may be eligible for certain tax deductions. You’ll additionally be required to pay income tax, so before setting up your online business, it may be a good idea to consult with a lawyer and make sure that you’re all covered going forward.

Ultimately, starting an online business is very similar to starting a business with a physical storefront. The planning and legal aspects remain similar; while you may not be faced with the prospect of finding a retail location, you’ll still want to make sure you’ve got a solid plan for your business, a great website, and have dotted all your i’s and crossed your t’s before you start selling.

However, while starting an online business does involve some initial legwork, the low cost of overhead and flexibility of the platform make starting an online business a great choice for many entrepreneurs.

Do you have questions on starting an online business, or tips to offer fellow entrepreneurs?

How LivePlan makes your business more successful

If you re writing a business plan you’re in luck. Online business planning software makes it easier than ever before to put together a business plan for your business.

As you ll see in a moment LivePlan is more than just business plan software though. It s a knowledgable guide combined with a professional designer coupled with a financial wizard. It ll help you get over the three most common business hurdles with ease.

Let s take a look at those common hurdles and see how producing a top notch business plan sets your business up for success.

Mobile Business Ideas – Mobile Business Opportunities #business #invitations

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Mobile Business Ideas

Mobile Business Opportunities

Do you have funds to start a business? Are you looking for some ideas to start a new business? Do you like to go places and make money through selling services or a product? Here are some mobile business which you can consider and invest on.

Running your own semi truck business can be a lucrative endeavor especially if you’re the sole proprietor of your business with no other employees. Commercial drivers are given the opportunity to enjoy the freedom of life while traveling and taking all the sites that the country has to offer. You’ll also benefit from not having a boss.

There are many types of businesses today that will help you earn money with ease. One of these businesses is a straight truck business. This business is now one of the most commonly preferred businesses and it gets the interest of most people who plan to start a new business.

Starting a log truck business is fairly similar to other startups, but a bit tougher with the vehicles you need to complement the business. In this case, looking at the ideas on how to start a log truck business must be a great help.

Establishing your own concession truck business can be a successful and rewarding venture. This business is a mobile type and can be set-up anywhere. Since it has numerous types and styles of trailers, you have several options to choose from.

Are you the type of person who has a keen eye for details? Then the right business for you is event decoration because this will reflect your creativity and being organized in everything.

ATM vending business can be a profitable venture. However, every business man should consider a lot of factors before starting.

Breathalyzer vending machine business is one of the best businesses penetrating the night clubs. As a matter of fact, there are more and more people who are thinking of engaging in this kind of venture.

A lucrative vending machine venture can be excellent method of income for anyone who wants to have a business but with little cash to invest. The main business model of vending machine is convenient and can be run easily without too much effort. With vending business, you don’t need to worry about the checks or credits. It is actually a great means to earn money.

Catering business is one of the most promising businesses nowadays. There are so many events that are organized. Because of this, the marketability of this kind of venture is still the best.

Street vendor business is very common. There are so many products being offered in the street offering people with instant access to the things that they need. On the other note, there are some street vendor business pros and cons present.

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6 Top Professional Website Builders for Small Businesses #small #scale #business

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6 Top Professional Website Builders for Small Businesses

Building your website is a priority, but what if you can t afford to bring in an independent website designer? There are plenty of options you can find from a free builders list to take advantage of today.

To give you an insight into some of the options available, this guide is going to show you some of the top picks that you should consider. With 77 percent believing a poor website is a weakness. you need the right builder.

Which of these top professional website builders will you use for your small business website today?

1. Website Builder.

The Website Builder platform will help you to build a professional website in just three steps. Despite the simplicity of this platform, there are thousands of templates to choose from. And you don t have to stick with the templates available. Every template is freely open to editing, so you can do what you like with it and make a completely unique website.

There are both SEO and integration tools that come with it, so you can cover all the requirements of a modern website. You can also use the free domain name option, but in general it s always better to use a paid domain name so it s truly unique.

2. Wix.

Wix is one of the most well-known website platforms in the world. Other than WordPress, this is one of the best free website builders available. You can create practically anything using Wix, but it tends to work best with fashion and apparel websites.

What makes Wix stand out are the SEO link building tools that come with your free website. It s easy to rank high when you re using Wix. To get started all you need to do is begin embedding the various Wix templates as and when you please. Connect the media widgets and you instantly have a professional looking website at your disposal.

3. Weebly.

Weebly is another one of the more well-known website builders on this list. It s ideal for practically any type of business because there s a website template for practically any niche. Take advantage of the simple drag and drop system when creating your website and you can have something that even a professional designer would be proud of.

Weebly automatically comes with mobile friendly designs. along with compatibility with multiple browsers. One feature that you get with Weebly that you don t get with other website builders is a personalized domain name.

4. Sitey.

Sitey comes with the drag and drop system that makes building a website to your specifications so easy. Every template has mobile responsiveness built in, as well as being compatible to Google s best practices .

Primarily, this is a network that sticks to using plugins and extensions to make up the bulk of its functionality. The customer service available is another plus point for Sitey. It s available 24/7 and is well-known for being one of the most helpful customer service departments of all the options on this list.

5. IM Creator.

IM Creator uses something called Stripes, which are pre-customizable. This website builder is one of the easiest builders to use because you can have a professional website up and running in a matter of minutes.

All the templates provided by IM Creator are retina ready, which means they are programmed to be used immediately with a live audience. All these designs can be placed onto websites that utilize hundreds of pages.

With IM Creator you don t have to worry about hosting because you automatically gain access to guaranteed unlimited hosting and bandwidth.

6. Jimdo.

If you need an ecommerce builder, Jimdo is an option that you should seriously consider. Create an online shop without all the issues associated with making your shopping cart work by downloading one of the dedicated ecommerce themes presented by Jimdo.

It even caters to heavyweight ecommerce stores. You can check all the various options and features to make sure you have the functionality you need. While this is a free website builder, you do have a paid option available, which comes with a ton of additional features. However, the free version is more than capable of fulfilling your needs.

Finding the right website builder for you requires some thought. Consider what your site needs to thrive and the features you need to create the platform you want.

The right website builder for you is out there. You just need to search for it.

SBIC Program Overview #sba #loan #programs

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A multi-billion dollar program founded in 1958, the SBIC Program is one of many financial assistance programs available through the U.S. Small Business Administration. The structure of the program is unique in that SBICs are privately owned and managed investment funds, licensed and regulated by SBA, that use their own capital plus funds borrowed with an SBA guarantee to make equity and debt investments in qualifying small businesses. The U.S. Small Business Administration does not invest directly into small business through the SBIC Program, but provides funding to qualified investment management firms with expertise in certain sectors or industries.

This section provides an overview of the SBIC Program, providing information on the benefits to small businesses, how investment funds can participate and what the advantages are of investing in an SBIC. The content of this section, as well as a general overview of the Office of Investment and Innovation, is available for download by clicking the image below.

SBIC Program OII Initiatives – Briefers

Program Achievements Success Stories

On September 30th, 2013, the last day of the U.S. Government’s fiscal year, the SBIC Program closed another record year. Here are just a few of the results achieved:

  • The SBA issued $2.2 billion in new commitments to SBICs
  • $3.5 billion in financing dollars were invested in small businesses
  • 1,068 small businesses were financed, 30% of which were in low-to-moderate income areas or were minority- or women-owned businesses
  • . all at ZERO cost to taxpayers.

Some of the country’s most successful corporations received financing from SBICs during their early stages of growth. The program’s “success stories” include thousands of small businesses, but here are a few of the more recognizable names:

  • Staples
  • AOL
  • FedEx
  • Jenny Craig
  • Build-a-Bear Workshop
  • Outback Steakhouse

The SBIC Life Cycle:

Types of Licenses:

Investment funds licensed as SBICs currently have the option of applying for three different types of license:

  1. Standard Debenture License: Funds have been licensed as Standard Licensees since the program was founded in 1958. They have the broadest investment mandate, are licensed through a “rolling admissions” process and are eligible for two tiers of leverage capped at $150 M.
  2. Impact Investment License: The Impact license is for funds with an investment mandate targeted social as well as financial returns. The managers of these funds pledge to invest 50% of their capital in “impact” investments and are eligible for an expedited licensing process.
  3. Early Stage Innovation License: The Standard and Impact licenses are most suitable for investors targeting later-stage companies with cash flow. The Early Stage Innovation License, by contrast, is designed to attract investment fund managers with experience supporting companies in their earliest stages of growth. They have access to one tier of leverage, capped at $50 million and are licensed through an annual call (issued in December or January of each year) versus a rolling basis.

SBA Leverage Products:

Regardless of the license they hold, SBICs can take advantage of a variety of leverage products, each with unique terms and conditions. They include the Standard Debenture, the Low-to-Moderate Income Debenture and the Energy-Savings Debenture. For more information on the specifics of each of these products, please refer to the SBIC Applicants section of our website.

SBIC Investment Requirements:

Every fund licensed as an SBIC agrees to abide by the regulations governing our program (available in our SBIC Licensees section). What follows are some of the major regulations prospective applicants, licensees, private investors and small business owners should be aware of:

Small Businesses are defined as businesses with tangible net worth of less than $19.5 million AND an average of $6.5 million in net income over the previous two years at the time of investment. A business may also be deemed “small” using SBA’s N.A.I.C. code standards

SBICs must invest 25% of their capital in Smaller Businesses

Smaller Businesses are defined as businesses with tangible net worth of less than $6 million AND an average of $2 million in net income over the previous two years at the time of investment.

Invest in small businesses using loans, debt securities with equity features equity.

Invest in small businesses located in the U.S. or its territories

Invest in small businesses active in manufacturing, transportation, consumer products and other sectors that are not contrary to the public interest

Control small businesses for up to 7 years

Invest an amount greater than 30% of the SBIC’sprivate capital in any single portfolio company. With two tiers of SBA leverage, this means an SBIC may not invest more than 10% of their total capital (private + SBA) in any single portfolio company.

Invest in businesses with more than 49% of their employees located outside the U.S.

Invest in companies active in sectors deemed contrary to the public interest NOR may they invest in project finance, real estate or financial intermediaries

Control small businesses for longer than 7 years without first obtaining approval from the SBA

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The Top Sites For The Latest Stock Market News #memphis #business #journal

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The Top Sites For The Latest Stock Market News

With computer aided ultra-short term high frequency, arbitrage and speculative trading becoming dominant over manual trading. profitable opportunities vanish within seconds (or even milliseconds). Traders struggle to find efficient ways to trade based on news, as news items are generally in multiple formats from various sources and timely availability remains a challenge.

This article lists the top websites, news portals and other sources which allow traders and investors about timely availability of news for stocks, forex. economy, etc.

News requirements based on trader’s profile :

News requirements vary based on trader’s profile. Long term investors usually don’t trade based on news items, as it has short term impact. It is mainly the short term traders and marketmakers who may need timely access to news for their selected stocks on which they bet money for quick profits.

Access to historical news items may be needed to backtest and study specific patterns, price changes and other effects based on news items.

How do news sites work ?

News sites usually have their own content creators, or they are authorized to source and redistribute news by partnering with other news sources. Most of the financial news providers go with a mixed approach. Here is the list of most popular news websites for stock markets. economy, finance and related business news:

· MarketWatch News Viewer. The dedicated News Viewer section on MarketWatch portal provides easy access to news items with timestamps. Its auto-streaming feature ensures instant availability of any new item getting updated automatically. Coverage includes global markets for stocks, commodities, forex and other asset classes, including fundamental analysis and reporting of macroeconomic data at country level. A dedicated tab for “RealTime Headlines” is also available for streaming data.

· Bloomberg Portal. One of the top market data providers, the news section on Bloomberg news portal offers news segregated into different categories. News can be selected from appropriate sections – asset class. region, industry and general financial. The available search feature by default shows all news items related to the particular stock queried for, and lists the news results tagged with date with all available history. For e.g. a search for “Alibaba” shows 2,213 news items. Historical information is quiet useful in correlating impacts of news items on stock performance.

· Reuters. Another top market data provider, Reuters too has vast coverage of stock specific, sector specific, market specific news on their web portal. Available content is similar to that of competitor Bloomberg. Similar search features resulting in historical news items, with added auto-complete feature for stock names are quite useful. The results page integrates existing price quotes with news items, giving a unified view to the user.

· Forbes. The news section on Forbes offers real-time news updates without any paid subscription or registration. Easy to navigate with powerful search feature resulting in historical news items, Forbes offers detailed coverage on stocks and markets.

· The Wall Street Journal. WSJ is one of the top publications to be followed across the globe for business news. Apart from the usual news and price quotes with related details, the WSJ provides easy access to email alerts based on available criteria.

· The Financial Times. Another top publication for business news, the FT too provides detailed financial news with global coverage and categorized view.

However, the challenge with both the WSJ and the FT is that one gets only the headlines for free. Detailed news items usually require a paid subscription, which will also enable access to expert comments, editorials and diversified content useful to desired traders.

· CNBC. The homepage of CNBC contains the up to date developments across the global markets. The dedicated news section has category wise listing which includes news grouped by industry types (for US stocks) and region wise for Asia and Europe.

· The news aggregating sites: Many sites work in a pure aggregator role i.e. collect news from multiple sources and published them in their news sections.

1. Google Finance. Backed by the robust search functionality, the results page integrates lots on information including news, price quotes, charts, related competitor companies, key ratios. earnings reports and links to important information. However, the news items available may be delayed by couple of minutes to few hours and is not necessarily real-time.

2. Yahoo Finance. This has a similar news aggregator role with similar features and coverage for finance related news

3. Seeking Alpha. Another commonly followed news aggregator site.

Most of the above mentioned portals allow free access to information. Creating a personal login on these portals is optional, but comes with added functionality of email news alerts to user mailbox, for the selected stocks.

· Official exchange websites :

Exchanges too keep a dedicated section for news items for each stock. However, the available news items there are usually based on information filed by the company and hence it may be delayed (depending on the regulations). For e.g. a company announces dividend at their AGM and that info is instantly covered by various independent news portals. The info on exchange site may be updated later as company may take time to file those details to exchange. All price action. due to the dividend payment news, gets into the market even before the exchange site may officially list it. Hence, exchange sites should be verified for their real-time coverage, before deciding to trade on exchange based news.

· Top websites having dedicated finance news sections :

Each news portal has a dedicated section for Business Economy news. Examples include CNN Money. USA Today. US News. etc. Care should be taken to check on timeliness of availability.

Both free and paid access to business news is available for interested traders on online portals. However, trading on news is not for everyone – timely availability and quick action is needed to capitalize on the profit potential as markets are efficient. Along with available online sources, active traders pay close attention to other media – like live TV coverage of a company AGM for stocks they are trading on – to benefit from news based trading.

Running a Drop Shipping Business – The eCommerceFuel Blog #business #applications

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Running a Drop Shipping Business

The following Q A answers many common questions associated with starting and running a drop shipping business. For a real-world example, you ll want to read this post which details the fulfillment process in one of my own businesses. TrollingMotors.net.

Jump to questions/answers:

What do I need – and much does it cost – to start a drop shipping business?

To properly set up a drop shipping business in the U.S. you ll need:

  • To incorporate a business with your state (Approximately $150 to $300)
  • Request an EIN number from the IRS (free)
  • Request a sales-tax ID from your state (if your state charges sales tax, usually free)
  • Find and establish a relationship / open an account with a drop shipper (free)
  • (Recommended) Create your own eCommerce website (Approx. $10 to $50 per month)

The costs will vary based on your circumstances, but in most cases you should be able to get a drop shipping business up-and-running for less than $400. For more information on finding suppliers, please see the section on finding drop shipping companies.

Do drop shippers provide customer service and/or talk with my customers?

No. As the retailer, you re 100% responsible for dealing with customers. You ll need to build and market your website, handle customers support issues, solve problems and deal with any issues that arise. You ll act as the intermediary between your supplier and your customer.

How do I submit orders to suppliers?

Each drop shipping wholesaler will be different. Most suppliers (but not all) will accept orders via email. Many will accept them over the phone, and those with more advanced websites will accept them online. A few sophisticated suppliers will even allow you to submit your orders in bulk via a specially formatted XML or CSV file.

What is the turnaround time for fulfilling a drop shipped order?

This will vary based on the quality of the supplier, and their location. Most decent suppliers should be able to process, pack and ship out an order the same-day if it s received by noon their local time.

How do I get tracking information for orders?

This will also vary by drop shipper. A quality drop shipping wholesaler will provide tracking information via email in plain text or in a specially formatted .CSV or .XML file. Tracking information should be received immediately after the shipment is processed or by the end of the day the order was shipped. Once you receive a tracking number, it s your responsibility to pass it along to your customer usually through your shopping cart interface.

One mark of a poor drop shipper is delays in sending you order verification and tracking information and/or making you log-in to their website to retrieve tracking numbers.

How do I pay my supplier?

Starting out, a drop shipper requires you to have a credit card on file to pay for orders. When getting a business credit card, make sure you get a Visa or Mastercard as many suppliers won t accept Discover or American Express.

Once you ve built up a relationship and track record, you may be given the option of Net 15 or Net 30 terms. This means that the supplier will extend you credit, and simply keep track of what you owe. Then, you ll need to pay them by check within 15 or 30 days.

I have established, multi-year relationships with numerous drop shipping suppliers and still prefer to pay by credit card over Net terms. Why? It s more convenient, I don t have to write and mail a check, and I can rack up some serious reward points using the right rewards credit cards. In fact, I was able to accumulate enough rewards to pay for a trip around the world .

Who pays for the shipping costs on orders?

While a drop shipper will usually use their own UPS/FedEx/USPS account to pay for shipping, they ll pass along the cost to you when billing you for the order. It s up to you how much to charge your end customer for shipping.

Do orders appear like they came directly from my company?

Yes! This is one of the great things about the drop shipping model. Most drop shippers will put your company s name and logo on packing slips and invoices, as well as your return address. So it appears like the package was shipped directly from you.

How do returns from customers work?

Most drop shipping companies will have restrictions on what can and can t be returned. So you ll need to make sure you clearly communicate (both before the purchase AND before accepting the return from the customer) that it meets these criteria.

Most suppliers will issue you a RA (Return Authorization) number. This unique number will identify the return in their system. Once received, simply pass along this RA number along with the address of the warehouse to your customer.

Once the supplier receives the return, they should send you a notification along with a credit invoice showing that they ve credited you for the item. Then, you in turn refund the customer who purchased from your store.

Who pays for return shipping on returns?

This will vary from retailer to retailer, but here are the policies I have in place and highly recommend:

For Defective Items: If a customer received a defective item, I feel it s my business responsibility to pay all the associated costs to get them a working product! Some store owners will argue:

We didn t make the product! It s not our fault! A defective item is the risk a customer takes for purchasing.”

but I think that s a poor way to do business, and provides a very bad experience for your customer.

I recommend paying for the return shipping costs incurred by the customer to send back the item, as well as the costs involved with shipping out a new replacement. In the event the product is very low-value (costs $20 or less), I ll often ship the customer a free replacement without requiring them to return the old product. This is often easier, faster and cheaper than paying to have a customer return a cheap defective product.

On the bright side, if a product is genuinely defective, most drop shipping wholesalers will pay for the shipping cost of sending out a new item, which means you ll only need to cover the cost of shipping from the customer to the warehouse.

For Non-Defective Items: If the customer decides to return an item due to incorrect selection – or because they simply changed their mind – they will usually be responsible for paying for return shipping fees. However, if the product was incorrectly advertised or presented on the website, the business should cover return fees if this was the cause of the problem or incompatibility.

Do drop shippers ship internationally?

This varies widely by drop shipper, so you ll need to check. I would say approximately half of the drop shippers I work with will ship internationally.

International shipments can quickly get expensive, and getting accurate quotes regarding shipping fees, customs and duties for hundreds of countries is complex. It also takes a drop shipper significantly more time to process an international order as there is more paperwork involved. Some will charge an additional fee while others simply won t bother.

Also, issues with returns and fraud get a bit more complicated with international shipments. If an international customer receives a defective product, getting them a replacement will be significantly more expensive. And the likelihood of fraud and abuse increase with international shipments.

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Texas Business Advisor #business #partners

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Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, Glenn Hegar

The Texas Business Advisor

Entrepreneurship forms the basis of free market capitalism, fueling growth in the state economy. The Comptroller joins others in encouraging the spirit to try new ideas, build a business, attain wealth, and create jobs. The Business Advisor is our attempt to provide helpful information by opening a “one-stop shop,” for your convenience in learning how to start a business in Texas.

Starting a Business

Prepare Define your product or service, study the market, write a plan, and get financing.

Register Choose a name for the business. Obtain an identification number. Decide on the legal form. Discover which licenses or permits you may need, and what kinds of taxes you might owe.

Growing Your Business

Take free, or at least low cost, advice Several organizations, some government, some not, give advice about how to achieve profit in local markets.

Expand your client base Sell to the government as well as to private clients. Find foreign buyers.

Keep reference materials for the future Know where to get facts quickly, especially the same information you will want updated periodically.

The information in this document is presented solely as technical assistance and as a resource available to entrepreneurs. The information does not serve as a substitute for legal advice or tax advice nor replace the independent judgment of an appropriate specialist. An entrepreneur should consult his/her attorney, accountant or other appropriate professional to answer specific questions about establishing a business in Texas.

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How to Design the Best Website For Your Business #home #based #business

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Think of your company’s website as a first impression for potential future clients. Is it easy to navigate, and does it clearly convey your business’s products and services? If not, visitors may lose interest and abandon your site, which will not add up to repeat customers.

Scott Prindle, VP/Executive Creative Technology Director, and Winston Binch, Partner/Managing Director of Interactive at Crispin Porter + Bogusky, the famed Miami-based advertising and design agency, offer their advice to small business owners on how to design the best website for their small business, and ensure that visitors keep coming back.

Small Business Website Design: Make It Clear to Visitors What Business You Are In

Since you only have a few seconds to engage your visitors and keep them on your site, it’s important that your value proposition and intent be clear the instant customers hit your homepage, says Binch. Great visual design, animation, and pretty pictures can always enhance a website, but you need to take your business’s message into consideration, too.

‘Don’t underestimate the expressive power of simple language,’ Binch says. ‘For example, take a look at Facebook’s homepage; they do a really good job of making their service obvious the moment you arrive. Since the first text you see on the login page proclaims, Facebook helps you connect and share with the people in your life. it’s pretty hard to confuse what they’re selling.’

Small Business Website Design: Make Your Website Easy to Use

If you’re building something from scratch, the first step is to ensure you have the right minds working on the project. Most importantly, it’s crucial you have both information architects and technical developers front and center of the creative development process. They will be there not only to contribute conceptual ideas but also to help you present users with an experience that is efficient and pleasant from a user flow, navigation, and technical perspective.

‘The Internet is cluttered with bad websites,’ Binch says. Make yours one of the most usable, and you’ll attract an audience and form lasting relationships with your customers.’ He recommends that your website focus on easy-to-use site navigation and on creating pages that achieve quick download times. Readable text throughout, and share functionality (which will allow a user to post something from your site on Twitter or Facebook) is a helpful addition, too, he adds.

Dig Deeper: Has Your Business Outgrown Its Web Developer?

Small Business Website Design: Don’t Underestimate SEO

According to Prindle, if you’re site is not search-engine optimized, you’re basically cutting off almost all possibility for organic traffic or chance encounters with your brand. If you let your idea ultimately guide the technology solution, that’s a start, but you’ll want to make sure it works well with leading search engines, including Google, Yahoo, and Bing. At a minimum, be sure that you’ve generated a site map, and your title tags, heading titles, and site description are filled out appropriately.

‘If your budget allows for it, get an SEO company or a consultant to do a quick audit of your site,’ Prindle advises. ‘There are always optimizations to be made, and you should always be looking at ways to improve your search ranking.’ Additionally, if you are a new company, you should consider buying sponsored link placements through popular search engines. ‘It’s a good way to attract new users right out of the gates,’ he says.

Dip Deeper: How to Improve Your Website’s Search Ranking

Small Business Website Design: Give Your Brand A Soul

Many corporate websites lack soul. They tend to use stock imagery, business jargon, static content, and generic web design – all of which undermines the user experience. That’s a serious problem, Binch says, because your site plays a crucial branding role, serving as the digital interface between your customers and your company, product, and services. The best way to create a positive branding experience is to be yourself: Be transparent, speak to your customers on a real-time basis, and let them connect with each other through your brand.

‘A company like Zappos is not just selling a solid e-commerce product,” Binch says. “It is also selling a culture of innovation and exceptional customer service, and the team at Zappos use the their digital presence as the primary means to do that. Luckily, with social technology, like Twitter and Facebook, it has become pretty easy to make your Web presence interactive and collaborative.

Small Business Website Design: Don’t Forget the Mobile Web

Not too long ago, we considered mobile sites a nice-to-have add on. That is no longer the case. At present, approximately 5 percent of traffic to CP +B’s site comes via mobile phone, Prindle says. And over the next year, as more smart phones hit the market, and carriers continue to enhance the capability of cellular wireless standards, Pindle says he expects that number to dramatically increase.

‘What that means is that you and your company need to be there,’ Prindle says. ‘Our mobile web strategy centers around creating designs for three screen sizes: PC, smart phone, and the basic (or WAP) phone. Once you’ve covered the basics, monitor your site metrics, and if you have a growing and engaged mobile audience, think about getting into the application game.’

Small Business Website Design: Use Analytics to Track Everything

According to Binch, your website redesign should never be over. ‘Make sure you identify clear and realistic brand and business goals for your site so that you have numbers to optimize against after you go live,’ he says. ‘Then, you’ll want to think about the different parts of the experience you want to track in order to support your company goals.’

If you’re challenged from a budget perspective, Binch suggests using the free Google analytics package: ‘In addition to the more expensive solutions, such as Omniture and WebTrends, we use [Google analytics] across all of our client work.’ Once you’ve confirmed that all of your tags are working, make sure you pull weekly reports and start looking critically at how people are using your site. Fortunately, it doesn’t take long to observe trends, but it’s still important to be relentless in your pursuit of delivering an optimal user experience, he says.

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Drop Shipping Business #business #coaching

#drop shipping business


Drop Shipping: The Easiest Way to Sell Online

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Many people shy away from starting an online store because of the startup costs and fulfillment hassles. But imagine if someone offered to pay your up-front inventory costs on thousands of items and manage your fulfillment operations. It’d be much easier to get started, and you could run your business from anywhere in the world. Sound too good to be true? It’s not, if you know about drop shipping.

In this article, I’m going to teach you all about drop shipping. I’ll go over a simple definition, list the benefits, show you how to find drop shipping wholesalers, and give solutions to some common problems associated with drop shipping.

What Is Drop Shipping?

Drop shipping is a retail method in which you don’t keep products in stock. Instead, you partner with a wholesale supplier that stocks its own inventory – you transfer customer orders and shipment details to them, and they ship the goods directly to the customer. The biggest benefit of drop shipping is you don’t have to worry about fulfillment or inventory issues.

Also, most customers don’t know you’re drop shipping, since “private label shipping” lets you ship from the wholesaler with a return address and invoice customized to your ecommerce store.

The Benefits of Drop Shipping

There are a number of reasons you should consider drop shipping:

1. You Don’t Need Buckets of Money: Drop shipping makes it amazingly easy to get started selling online. You don’t need to invest heavily in inventory, yet you can still offer thousands of items to your customers.

2. Convenience Efficiency: Successfully launching and growing an ecommerce business takes a lot of work, especially if you have limited resources. Not having to worry about fulfillment is incredibly convenient and frees up your time to concentrate on your marketing plan. customer service, and operations

3. Mobility: With all the physical fulfillment issues handled, you’re free to operate your business anywhere you can get an internet connection.

4. It’s a Trusted Model: You might be thinking that this sounds like some sketchy, fly-by-night model – but it’s not. Plenty of Shopify online stores, even major retailers like Sears, use drop shipping to offer a wider selection of products to their customers without having to deal with increased inventory hassles.

How Do I Find Drop Shipping Wholesalers?

Before contacting suppliers, you’ll want to make sure your legal ducks are in a row. In the United States, most suppliers will ask for your business EIN number and a copy of your state sales tax and/or resale certificate. Once you’re properly established, you can start contacting drop shipping suppliers.

If you already know what products you’d like to drop ship, contacting the original manufacturer is the easiest way to find qualified distributors. Not all distributors will be willing to drop ship, but it will give you a list to follow up with. Unfortunately, the market is littered with scams and low-quality information. If you do decide to invest in a directory, I can recommend the paid directory World Wide Brands as a reputable source of drop shipping wholesalers – but it’s still very important to exercise caution.

Google can also be an effective tool for finding drop shippers, but you need to keep a few things in mind.

3 Ways to Use Google to Find Wholesalers

1. Search Extensively: Wholesalers and drop shippers are notoriously bad at SEO and marketing, and usually aren’t going to pop up on the first page of Google for a term like “handbag wholesaler.” Instead, you’ll need to dig deep into the search results, often going through 10 or 20 pages of listings.

2. Don’t Judge by the Cover: Suppliers also tend to have outdated, late ‘90s-era websites. So don’t be scared away by abysmal design and layout. While a sleek, modern site could signal a great supplier, a low-quality one doesn’t necessarily indicate a bad one.

3. Use Lots of Modifiers: As you hunt for suppliers, don’t stop with a search for “wholesale” – make sure to use other modifier terms, including “distributor”. “reseller”. “bulk”. “warehouse” and “supplier.”

4 Common Problems With Drop Shipping

Despite my glowing recommendation, drop shipping isn’t ecommerce nirvana. Like all models, it has its weaknesses and downsides. With some planning and awareness, these issues can be managed and need not prevent you from running a successful drop shipping business.

1. There will be loads of competition and awful margins.

Solution: It’s true. Products that can be drop shipped will spawn a lot of competition. Usually this will lead to cutthroat pricing and diminishing profit margins, making it hard to build a viable business.

To be successful, you typically can’t compete on price. Instead, you’ll need to offer value in a different way, usually through top-notch product education, service or selection. For more information on how to pick a profitable niche and add value, see these posts on finding a product to sell andthe anatomy of a profitable niche.

2. Syncing inventory is difficult leads to out-of-stock items.

Solution: The best way to mitigate this problem is to work with multiple suppliers with overlapping product lines. It’s inherently dangerous to rely on a single supplier. Having two suppliers doubles the likelihood that an item will be in stock and available for shipment.

Many sophisticated suppliers offer a real-time product feed, and you can use a service like eCommHub to easily sync your Shopify website with the warehouse.

Eventually, you’ll sell a customer an out-of-stock item. Instead of canceling the order, give the customer an upgraded product for free! You might not make much – if any – money on the order, but you’ll likely build a loyal brand advocate.

3. It’s hard to sell products that you never see.

Solution: In today’s world, it’s possible to become an expert in just about everything through information online. Selling products from manufacturers with detailed websites will allow you to become intimately familiar with a product line without ever having touched a physical item. And when you do need to answer specific question about a product, a quick call to your supplier or manufacturer will give you the answer you need.

You can also buy your most popular items to get acquainted with them, and then resell them as “used” or “refurbished,” often recouping most of your investment.

4. Involving a third party will result in more fulfillment errors, mistakes, and logistical problems.

Solution: Even the best drop shippers make occasional mistakes, and mediocre ones make a lot of them. Suppliers are fairly good about paying to remedy problems, but when they’re not, you need to be willing to spend what’s necessary to resolve the issue for your customer.

If you try to blame your supplier for a fulfillment problem, you’re going to come off as amateurish and unprofessional. Similarly, if you’re unwilling to ship out a cheap replacement part to a customer because your supplier won’t cover the cost, your reputation is going to suffer.

One of the costs of drop shipping convenience is the expense of remedying logistical problems. If you accept it as cost of doing business – and always make sure to put your customer first – it shouldn’t be a long-term issue.

The Final Word on Drop Shipping

Is drop shipping the path to overnight ecommerce success? Of course not. As with any successful online store, you’ll need to invest over time in a quality website, marketing, and customer service.

But drop shipping does provide an easy way to get started and the ability to leverage other people’s capital without having to invest thousands of your own. When managed correctly, it can form the foundation of your own successful online store.

Further Learning

Bonus Guide: Looking to learn more about drop shipping? Check out our Ultimate Guide to Dropshipping—a free comprehensive guide that covers everything you need to know about building and running a successful dropshipping business. Download your copy now.

By Andrew Youderian, an ecommerce entrepreneur and the owner of numerous online stores. You can learn how to create a profitable online store with his free 55-page eBook or find out more about drop shipping on his blog, eCommercefuel.com .

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One team, six people on four different continents and one decision to make – it is just great which possibilities we have today.

Finalist Anna-Lena Schulz, Volkswagen AG

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Holger Jöhnk, Head of HR Headquarters, OBI Group Holding, and former MARGA participant

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One team, six people on four different continents and one decision to make – it is just great which possibilities we have today.

Finalist Anna-Lena Schulz, Volkswagen AG

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MARGA offers the rare possibility to learn from expensive mistakes at a convenient price.

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Network18 hires Zee Business Amish Devgan as executive editor #business #tax #software

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Network18 hires Zee Business Amish Devgan as executive editor

MUMBAI: The game of musical chairs in the Indian news TV channel business continues unabated. Over the last couple of months there have been many a high profile resignation and reappointment amongst those delivering news to Indian viewers. The latest to also make a move is Amish Devgan who has hopped on board Network18 as executive editor.

Devgan will closely work with Network18 news CEO and group editor in chief Rahul Joshi and consulting editor Prabal Pratap Singh. He will use his expertise to devise various strategies and plans for all the Hindi news channels under the group. Network 18 has two Hindi news channels namely IBN7 and CNBC Awaaz.

With 16 years of journalistic experience, Devgan recently moved out of Zee Media after 14 years. In his last role, he was a prime time anchor and chief editor with Zee Business and hosted the highest TRP gaining show Big Story Big Debate at 8 pm daily. The show included several debates and discussions on various current day-to-day issues across politics, economy, and financial markets with high profile political, corporate guests and experts on camera.

Devgan started his career with Hindustan Times and joined Zee News in 2002. He later moved to Zee Business in 2005. He has won several accolades in the past and has successfully created a niche for himself amongst business anchors.

A tweet from Subhash Chandra appreciating Amish Devgan

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Top Business & Management Schools in 2016 #doing #business #as

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Top Business Management Schools in 2016

Top business schools in the US Canada

The United States is home to an impressive 43 of the 200 entries in the business school ranking, with Harvard University this year overtaking the UK’s London Business School to be ranked as the world’s top business school. Of the US’s entries, 15 are ranked among the top 50 for business, including University of California, Berkeley (11 th ), Yale University (16 th ), University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA; 17 th ). New York University and the University of Chicago also feature in the top 20, sharing 19 th place.

Canada has nine representatives in the business and management ranking, including three in the top 50. These are the University of Toronto (35 th ), the University of British Columbia (38 th ), and McGill University (joint 45 th ).

Top business schools in Europe

Europe has many prestigious universities included in the business school ranking, with the top 10 (above) featuring business schools in the UK, France and Italy.

The UK alone has 25 representatives in the ranking, including seven in the top 50. Outside of the top 10, these are: the University of Warwick (25 th ), the University of Manchester (joint 28 th ) and Imperial College London (36 th ).

Also performing well in the business and management ranking is Germany with eight representatives, the highest ranked of which is Universität Mannheim (in the 51-100 range).

Five top business schools are claimed by the Netherlands, with Erasmus University Rotterdam the country’s highest ranked (21 st ). Spain also has five representatives, including ESADE Business School in the top 100. Switzerland claims four of the top business schools in the world, with the University of St Gallen its strongest performer (37 th ).

Over in Scandinavia, Denmark and Sweden offer three top business schools each, with Denmark’s Copenhagen Business School taking 13 th place. Finland and Norway may only offer one ranked business school each, but they’re both in the top 100 – Aalto University and BI Norwegian Business School .

Ireland and Belgium each feature in the ranking with two entries, including Belgium’s Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven, joint 82 nd ) in the top 100. Greece, Russia and Austria also have one representative apiece in the business school ranking, with Austria’s WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business) placing joint 45 th .

Top business schools in Asia

South Korea claims eight of the top business schools in the world, the highest ranking of which is Seoul National University (33 rd ). China has seven entries in the business school ranking, including three in the top 50. Its highest ranked business school is Peking University (34 th ).

Hong Kong’s five representatives in the ranking are all within the top 50, led by the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST, 18 th ). Singapore also performs well, with three entries, led by the National University of Singapore (12 th ).

India and Taiwan each claim five top business schools in the ranking, while Malaysia and Japan have four each and Thailand two.

Top business schools in Australia New Zealand

Australia has 17 universities featured among the top business schools in the world, of which five are within the top 50. The leader of these is the University of Melbourne (15 th ), followed by the University of New South Wales (24 th ) and the University of Sydney (30 th ).

New Zealand claims a total of six leading business schools, of which the highest ranked is the University of Auckland (50 th ).

Top business schools in Latin America

Of Latin America’s 10 entries in the business school ranking, three are in Chile, including Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile within the top 100.

Brazil and Columbia each claim two representatives, while Mexico has three entries this year, with Tecnológico de Monterrey its highest ranked, featuring in the top 100.

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Last Updated: 21 June 2016

Setting up your own business can be an exciting time. Before you start, save yourself time and money by being aware of what’s involved in running a business.

Investing time into proper planning is key to turning your dreams into reality. Operating a small business is not just about working for yourself or working from home, it’s also about having the necessary management skills, industry expertise, technical skills, finance and of course a long-term vision to grow and succeed.

Starting your business checklist

Use our Starting your business checklist to guide you through the various stages.

Thinking of starting a business?

It’s important to consider whether you really understand what’s involved and whether you’re suited to business and self employment. Start by asking yourself these questions:

  • How do I choose a business name
  • What skills do I need to start a business?
  • What are my business goals, objectives and skills?
  • How much income will my business need to generate?
  • Is this a business or a hobby?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of starting my own business?
  • Have you written your business plan and Marketing plan ?

Ready to start your business?

You don’t need to pay someone to register your business, you can do it all yourself, online. Registering your business can be done from the comfort of your own home or office. Follow these steps when creating your business:

Need to employ people?

If you need to employ people to start running your business, make sure you understand the government requirements that may apply to you as an employer.

Use the Taking on an employee checklist to guide you through things like wage rates, super and leave entitlements, and for links to free tools and templates.

Where can I get advice and support to help get started?

There is a broad range of advice and support offered by the Australian Government that you can take advantage of.

  • There are a number of free or low cost advisory services available that provide advice and assistance to businesses across Australia. Search for your nearest government-funded business advisor in your local area using our Advisory Services.
  • Find Mentoring services in your state or territory.
  • Check our Events for seminars and workshops on how to start a business.
  • Watch our videos to find out about business.gov.au tools to help you start and grow your business.
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How do I get started?

Repeat after me:

Most “experts” teach you that once you find your passion, you’ll magically become wealthy.

I don’t have to tell you that this plan is missing a few vital steps, such as an actual plan. Before you invest your time and energy creating an online product, ask yourself these questions:

  • How do I know which idea will be most profitable?
  • Will people actually pay?
  • How do I bring in traffic and buyers?
  • What can I do to set my business on autopilot, so it runs on systems instead of on my (limited) time?

Step 2

Solve the right problem (it’s probably not what you’d expect)

I asked readers, “What excites you about starting an online business?” Over 1,000 readers responded with ME-FOCUSED responses about what they wanted from an online business.

OK, we all want something for our work, whether it’s extra money, more free time, or the ability to be our own boss and give ourselves vacation days when the weather’s nice.

But what about your customers?

Nobody will ever give you money to solve your problems. but they’ll love you and happily pay you if you help them solve theirs. And by focusing on them, you’ll immediately stand out in a sea of online businesses that are only looking out for themselves.

What would happen if you said, “I’m really good at helping my friends with their relationship problems. I don’t want to just help people 1-on-1…I want to help THOUSANDS of people.” Or “I love helping people get in shape. I want to help as many people get fit as possible.”

It’s a huge psychological shift.

Once you’ve identified something you believe in, you need to know what idea people will pay for, how much to charge, and how to sell it without being sleazy.

It starts with figuring out what kind of online business you want.

Which online business ideas work best?

When you’re starting an online business, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by tactical minutiae. Should you create software, a physical product, a coaching system, or something else? How do you choose the right software, create your website, figure out drop shipping, and accept payments?

But when you drop what doesn’t work I spent years figuring this part out you’re left with 6 main options for an online business. I’ve systematically tried them ALL over almost a decade, and I’ll let you know exactly which ones are good and bad.

Your 6 options for starting an online business are software (including apps), physical products, ads, affiliate marketing, coaching, and online courses. And they aren’t all created equal.

Coaching is the single-best way to start learning business skills.

Many people don’t even think they can launch an online business. Then hold themselves back by saying things like, “I’m not an expert at personal finance, finding a dream job, or [fill in the blank].”

“I don’t know anything people would pay for!”

Are you sure? Unless you’ve actually tested your idea, the answer is “no.”

“But Ramit, my idea’s too weird/dumb! Nobody would ever pay to learn about it.”

I used to think that, too, until I discovered how many other weird people are out there. Here are just 3 profitable courses I’ve seen in the past year:

  • Toilet Trained Cat. Train cats to use the toilet. Revenue from books and courses.
  • Hear and Play. Learn to play piano by ear, without sheet music or years of lessons. Revenue from courses.
  • The Ultimate Disney World Savings Guide. Vacation at Disney World for half price. Revenue from ebooks.

Do these seem like ideas for normal, successful products? Of course not. These people simply found something they’re good at, then tested the market to see if other people were willing to pay for their knowledge.

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It is harder to get into Stanford than any other business school in the country. The school’s 7% acceptance rate is the lowest in the world. One aspect that makes Stanford unique is that all students are required to go abroad, either on short trips with other students or on longer stays during the summer. Twenty percent of Stanford students get joint or dual degrees with other schools, including the law and medical schools. A Stanford degree pays off—the median base salary for 2014 grads was $125,000, tied with Harvard and Wharton as the highest in the country. Those who went into Finance & Accounting had a median base salary of $150,000, highest among all schools around the world. Top hiring firms include consulting giants Bain, Boston Consulting Group and McKinsey, plus Silicon Valley titan Google and LinkedIn. More »

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  • My classmates and the GSB experience blew away my expectations in every way possible.
  • The more distance I have from Stanford in terms of years, the more I value my education there — I truly use what I learned every day, and my classmates continue to be phenomenal resources.
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    Jill Stein, a medical doctor and environmental health activist from Massachusetts, is the Green Party candidate for president. She also ran under the Green banner in 2012, when she got 0.36% of the vote after getting on the ballot in 37 states. Her positions on education are right in line with Democratic contender Hillary Clinton and the read

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    Founded in 1898, Booth is one of the oldest schools in the United States. Seven Booth faculty members and alums have won the Nobel Prize in economics since 1982. The curriculum has only one required course — Leadership Effectiveness and Development. It was among the first experiential leadership development programs at a major business school and lets students benchmark themselves with respect to critical aspects of leadership – working in teams, influencing others, conflict management, interpersonal communication, and presentation skills. Among the class of 2014 seeking employment 97.2% accepted a job within 3 months of graduation, second only to Dartmouth’s Tuck. More »

    What Alumni Are Saying
    • At Chicago you get out of the program what you put into it. I truly believe they have the best faculty in the world and foster an environment which emphasizes both leadership and technical skills. There are tracks you can choose that require less work, but if you really want to test yourself and see how good you can become, then this is a great program.
  • Not only did Booth provide the financial education that everyone expects, it provided a surprising amount of leadership and teamwork experience that has been even more critical to my success in the financial world.
  • Booth really taught me the fundamentals well. My job profiles, responsibilities, etc. change constantly. The things I learned at Booth guide me on how to navigate complexities.
  • Booth required me to embark on a rigorous intellectual endeavor that stretched the limits of my mind. The true academic nature of the Booth MBA changed the way I address and interpret data, which has made me a much better investor and boss.
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    When it comes to communication, we all tend to think we’re pretty good at it. Truth is, even those of us who are good communicators aren’t nearly as good as we think we are. This overestimation of our ability to communicate is magnified when interacting with people we know well.

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    Peter Thiel is rather mystified about technological progress. There’s rather less of it going on than people seem to think: and he’s been at the heart of Silicon Valley so probably does know something about how much is going on. Sadly, Thiel is wrong on this point. There really is no great mystery about productivity improvement and technological read

    In Fiscal Year 2014, five years past the end of the Great Recession, only 39% of state and local governments made their full pension contributions, according to the Public Plans Database. Public employee pensions acknowledge funding shortfalls of roughly $1 trillion. But economists – in a poll commissioned by the University of Chicago’s Booth read

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  • 7 Simple Examples of Business Email Writing in English #government #business #loans

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    7 Simple Examples of Business Email Writing in English

    Most of us in the business world use emails as the main, and in some cases the only, means of written communication. For many students studying Business English and practising their business email writing skills is an important part of their course.

    While most of us are happy to write informal emails to friends that might have grammatical mistakes in them, the same is not true when writing to colleagues and clients with whom we want to make a good impression.

    Or where we need to be a bit more careful or more diplomatic than usual.

    So, how can you ensure that your email writing skills are up to standard? Here are some general tips I d like to share with you:

    1. Subject Line

    Always have a subject line that summarises briefly and clearly the contents of the message (example: Re: Summary of Our Meeting with ABC Suppliers ).

    2. Simplified Sentences

    Don t make your email look overcrowded by trying to use too many technical terms or long words. It is good to use complex and compound-complex sentences, but ensure that they are easy to understand.

    The most common mistake that many of our students make is to translate directly from their own language. This can often lead to confusing sentences. A popular rule that you could adapt is to use the KISS Test Keep It Short and Simple.

    3. Think of who your reader is going to be

    Is it a colleague, a client or your boss? Should the email be informal or formal? Most business emails these days have a neutral tone. Note the difference between Informal and Formal:

    Informal Thanks for emailing me on 15th February
    Formal Thank you for your email dated 15th February

    Informal Sorry, I can t make it.
    Formal I am afraid I will not be able to attend

    Informal Can you ?
    Formal I was wondering if you could .?

    Some emails to colleagues can be informal if you have a long working relationship and know them well. This is the style that is closest to speech, so there are often everyday words and conversational expressions that can be used. For instance, Don t forget . Catch you later . Cheers .

    The reader may also accept or overlook minor grammatical errors in informal emails. However, if the email is going to a client or senior colleague, bad grammar and an over-friendly writing style will most probably not be acceptable.

    4. Be very careful of capital letters, punctuation, spelling and basic grammar

    While these can be tolerated in informal emails, they are very important in business emails as they are an important part of the image you create. Give yourself time to edit what you ve written before you push that Send button.

    In today s busy world, it s very easy to send out many emails without checking them thoroughly: as an English learner, you should make a conscious effort to double check before sending.

    5. Think about how direct or indirect you want to be

    In some cultures, it is common practice to be very direct in email correspondence. However, this can cause a problem if you re writing to someone in another country and in a language that is not your mother tongue. They might find your directness rude and possibly offensive.

    Direct I need this in half an hour.
    Indirect and polite Would it be possible to have this in half an hour?

    Direct There will be a delay
    Indirect I m afraid there may be a slight delay.

    Direct It s a bad idea
    Indirect To be honest, I m not sure if that would be a good idea.

    By adjusting your tone, you are more likely to get a positive response from your reader.

    6. Be positive!

    Look at these words: helpful, good question, agreed, together, useful, I will do my best, mutual, opportunity.

    Now look at these: busy, crisis, failure, forget it, I can t, it s impossible, waste, hard.

    The words you use show your attitude to life, so choose your words wisely.

    7. Get feedback

    Try and get some feedback on the emails that you write. This could be from your English Teacher or someone you know whose English is at a good level.

    Study the English in any emails you receive. If it is a well-written email, look carefully at some of the language used. Start your own phrase book by collecting a bank of phrases from what you hear or read all around you; they may be useful in the future.

    Author: Shanthi Cumaraswamy Streat

    Shanthi graduated in Politics and International Studies from the University of Southampton, UK in 1989.
    After 20 years in the world of Finance in such varied fields as life assurance, stockbroking, fund management and wealth management, she decided to re-train as an English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Trainer.
    She studied the CELTA at International House, London in 2009 and has since been a freelance English Language Trainer. She is also the co-owner of Language and The City .


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    Bharti Realty has been awarded the Zee Business RICS Real Estate Award 2011 as Best Office Project (National) � Self Occupied for Airtel Centre. The prestigious award was received from the Honorable Minister for Urban Development.

    About the Award

    ZEE BUSINESS-RICS awards recognizes outstanding projects whose excellence and achievements have set a benchmark in the industry, inspiring and encouraging the industry to set new standards and trends, bring in innovation, futuristic designs and quality projects. These awards are unique as they reward projects that epitomize an excellent project on paper, translated into a quality project delivered to the market in a timely manner. Winning projects demonstrated all-round excellence in design planning, construction, timely delivery, value for customers and a commitment to sustainability.

    The awards witnessed attendance from some of the biggest names in the Indian real estate industry who all came together to felicitate the best in the sector.

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    It’s now over 10 years since the first episode of Dragons’ Den aired on British TV screens and in that time we’ve seen some brilliant, and not so brilliant, businesses pass through the Den.

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    Now, with the 14th series returning in three weeks time, and to mark over 10 years of the show, we’ve delved into the Den archives to find out what has happened to 15 of the brightest businesses to have pitched to the Dragons and where they are now.

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    Stock Charts, Quotes and Trading Ideas

    A stock market or equity market is the aggregation of buyers and sellers (a loose network of economic transactions, not a physical facility or discrete entity) of stocks (also called shares); these may include securities listed on a stock exchange as well as those only traded privately.

    Stock charts show historical and latest prices for publicly traded companies. Prices represent trades made by stock market participants when they buy and sell shares, which in turn represent ownership of the company. There are different stock chart types, such candlesticks, area, lines and bars to view latest market data. Anyone interested in the stock market, such as reporters, investors and analysts can perform technical analysis on stock charts and identify potential trends. Through technical analysis traders attempt to predict where prices will go next.

    Various tools help investors perform technical stock chart analysis, such as technical indicators and drawing tools. Tools can be applied to one or several stock charts, in order to determine any existing correlations or other interactions. Prices on stock charts can be viewed in a number of formats, including candles, bars, lines or shaded areas. Different stock chart types reveal different information about the price tendencies, which means they can be helpful in different situations. Each stock chart can also be viewed in different resolutions, such as days, hours, or minutes. This helps zoom and see more precise market action on any particular stock chart.





    Looks like a double top could be forming on the weekly chart for AAPL. Possible target at $87

    Anfield Nickel Corp looks to be at a great price to buy. Looking at the linear regression channel, you can see it is trading near the bottom of it with several indicators showing price will soon begin to move upwards with the channel. Firstly the MACD is about to crossover to a bullish signal, Then the WaveTrend Oscillator is showing price oversold with a slight curve beginning to move up, and lastly the Parabolic SAR is showing the end of a downtrend.

    MUX is run by the same person who founded GoldCorp GG, and he has a 25% stake in the company that bears his namesake. McEwen Mining also pays a dividend while you wait for the price of XAUUSD to rise, and that is a rarity for a junior miner. Full disclosure, I dollar-cost-averaged into this company at around $2.00/share. My feeling is that when gold breaks $1400 this stock is going to run. The NI43101 looks solid as well. More information can be found at SEDAR.

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    STEP 1:

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    You will also need to confirm the legal use for a specific address according to the City of Victoria Bylaw by contacting the Permits and Inspections division at 250.361.0342.

    A print copy of the City of Victoria Bylaw may be obtained free of charge from the Public Service Centre located at Victoria City Hall at 1 Centennial Square. Hours of operation are Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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    Depending on the type of business, there are a number of supporting documents that are required when submitting a Business Licence application, including:

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    • North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) (if applicable)

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    Send your completed application form and any supporting documentation:

    Business application forms are also available at City Hall, or download one of the forms below:

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    A Business Licence application takes approximately 10 working days to process, as a number of City of Victoria departments must review and approve an application before a Business Licence can be issued.

    Approval is also required when the use of a business premise is changed, a property is developed, or building additions are undertaken, in order to ensure compliance with bylaws and regulations.

    The Capital Regional District, and Provincial and Federal governments may also have additional requirements that must be met before a business can legally operate.

    Once your Business Licence application has gone through the approval process and approved, you will then receive an invoice to the mailing address you provided us on your application form if you have not already made payment in person. Once your Business Licence has been paid, you will receive a Business Licence.

    Business Licenses are effective from January 16th to January 15th of the following year, are non-transferable and the licence fees paid are non-refundable.

    Business Licence Renewal

    If you operate a business in Victoria, you are required to have a valid Business Licence, which must be renewed annually. Each November, you will receive a Business Licence Renewal Invoice in the mail which is payable by January 15 of the following year.

    After February 15th, a late fee of $25 will apply to all expired Business Licences and must be paid in order for a licence to be issued. Operating a business without a valid licence may result in a fine of $250 per day.

    Changes to Your Business Licence

    If you have a change of address, change of name, or change of ownership, please fill out our general Business Licence application form (above) with the new changes. For change of ownership on Apartments, Rooming houses, or Boarding houses you would need to fill out our property business licence application form (above).

    Other Business Requirements

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    How to Write a Business Contract #personalized #business #gifts

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    How to Write a Business Contract

    Entering into a contractual business relationship with another party is a serious task and should only be entered into after giving real thought about the relationship you want. Don’t fall into the trap of entering into agreements haphazardly or with complete trust of the other party. Even if it’s a family member (some would argue especially if it’s a family member), the business contract should protect your own business interests first and to do so you’ll need to familiarize yourself with some guidelines on how to write a business contract.

    Generally, you will want to keep two things in mind when entering or writing a business contract:

    • Does the agreement address all of the possible situations which may arise. It’s also good to have contingency plans.
    • Do the provisions leave too much room for ambiguity? Contract disputes often arise over unclear terms or provisions.

    Read below for tips on writing business contracts for your small business.

    1. Get it in Writing

    Anytime you enter into a business contract, you want written proof of the agreement as well as specific terms by which each party is bound. Oral agreements do occur in the small business context, but such agreements are difficult to enforce and people’s memories can be faulty and terms easily misremembered or misinterpreted. The first lesson in How to Write a Business Contract 101 is to always get it in writing .

    2. Use Language You Can Understand

    There’s no need to be intimidated by a false sense that a business contract has to be written in legalese. The best contracts, particularly in the small business context, are written in plain English where both parties know exactly what they’re signing and what the provisions mean. Just be sure that the terms you write are specific as to each party’s obligations and the specific remedies that you have in the event that the other party violates the agreement. Also, keep in mind that certain terms have specific meaning in the law .

    The easiest way to write a contract is to number and label each paragraph and only include that topic in the paragraph. By segmenting the contract into individual units, it will be more easily understood by the parties (and by a court should it come to that).

    The rights and obligations of each party should be laid out in specific language that leaves little room for interpretation. If you want delivery on the 15th of each month, use the specific number instead of writing, mid-month . If you and the other party agree to a new term or decide to change an existing term in the agreement, be sure to add a written amendment to the contract rather than relying on an oral agreement. A court may or may not accept the oral agreement as part of the contract.

    4. Include Payment Details

    It’s important to specify how payments are to be made. If you want to pay half up front and the other half in equal installments during the life of the contract, state that, as well as the terms under which you will release payment. For example if you contract with someone to paint your business offices, you might want a provision stating that your regular payments are contingent upon a certain number of rooms being painted to your satisfaction. Whenever possible, list dates, requirements and methods of payment (cash, check, credit). Contract disputes often center on money, so you’ll want to be as specific as possible.

    5. Consider Confidentiality

    Often when entering a business contract, the other party will gain access and insight into your business practices and possible trade secrets. If you do not want the other party sharing this information, you should include a clause that binds the other party from disclosing your business information or information included in the contract to other parties.

    6. Include Language on How to Terminate the Contract

    Contracts aren’t meant to last forever. If one party continually misses payments or fails to perform their duties, you want to have a mechanism in place so that you can (relatively) easily terminate the contract. It could be a mutual termination agreement (when the objectives of each side have been met through the contract) or more likely an agreement that either side can terminate if the other side violates a major term of the contract, after giving proper notice of its intent to terminate.

    7. Consider State Laws Governing the Contract

    Contracts can stipulate which state’s laws will govern in the event there’s a dispute. If the other party is located in another state, you should include a clause that states which state laws will govern. If you don’t, and there’s a dispute, there may be a whole other legal argument (which costs more money) about which state’s laws should be applied to the contract. Avoid this headache and agree to it at the inception of the contract, when both parties are agreeable.

    8. Include Remedies and Attorneys’ Fees

    Especially if you believe that it’s more likely that you’ll sue over the contract (as opposed to the other party suing you), you might want to include a clause that awards attorneys’ fees to the winning party. Without this clause, each party will have to pay for their own attorneys.

    9. Consider a Mediation and Arbitration Clause

    In the event of a dispute, it may be advantageous to include a provision that requires the parties enter either mediation or arbitration. or both. Mediation is a voluntary process where both parties try to work out their issues directly, with the help of a neutral third party mediator. Any settlement must be approved by both parties. Arbitration is a more adversarial process where the arbitrator hears both sides’ arguments and makes a decision that both parties must abide by. It’s akin to a trial setting, but the arbitration process is much quicker and cheaper than litigating in court.

    10. Consider the Help of a Legal Professional

    Writing a business contract that protects your interests while balancing your business objectives is critical to your business’ success. Learning how to write a business contract is the first step on the road to success. But while you should get acquainted with the legal terms and processes for writing a contract, sometimes it’s best to have an attorney review your contract before it takes on the force of law. Find a business and commercial law attorney near you for assistance.

    Contract Provisions Checklist #small #business #startup

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    Contract Provisions Checklist

    By: Leilani Costa Chris Brodman

    Entering into a new contract is an exciting time for any company. The agreement is signed with the hope that it will grow the business and result in a long, mutually beneficial relationship with the other side. While such optimism is warranted, the importance of entering into a legally sound contract is critical to the protection of your business.

    Contract Provisions Checklist

    Principal terms, such as pricing, delivery of the particular good or service, and payment terms, are essential. These terms likely will be discussed and resolved during the initial negotiation stage. However, there are also difficult issues that need to be negotiated into the agreement in the event the contract does not perform as expected.

    Negotiating the “what ifs” or the pitfalls if the contract goes bad are best addressed at the outset, when the parties are eager to reach an agreement and goodwill is at its highest. Ensuring that the company is adequately protected in the contract can be just as important as securing the contract in the first place. A good contract may not only assist the company in successfully resolving a dispute before it hits the courtroom, but it can also protect the company should litigation ensue. Here are eight contractual provisions that any company should consider in order to reduce the threat and impact of litigation:

    1) Indemnification

    In its simplest terms, indemnification is a method of risk allocation and shifts liability from one party onto another. An indemnification clause in a contract can help ensure that the company is not liable for particular losses and/or not liable for damages to a third party. Indemnification comes in many forms, but at its core, indemnification is a method to shift liability away from the company.

    2) Limitation of Liability

    This provision limits the types of claims that can be recoverable under a contract. It may also limit a party’s liability to a fixed monetary amount.

    3) Insurance

    Depending on the type of contract, insurance may play a factor. The company should consider requesting that the other side add the company as an additional insured under an applicable policy of insurance. In contrast, the other side may request that it be added to your insurance policy. Be sure to check with an insurance broker or other professional when adding another company as an additional insured.

    4) Termination Provisions

    The termination clause or clauses in a contract should guide the parties on how to legally exit the contract. Often times, termination provisions are given short shrift or ignored entirely. However, the company should proactively and creatively think about potential disputes that can arise under the agreement as a written contract can specifically limit the circumstances under which a party can legally terminate the agreement. Dealing with termination issues at the outset can help avoid headaches down the road.

    5) Automatic Renewal

    Automatic renewal provisions (or evergreen clauses) provide that a contract automatically renews for a certain period of time unless a party cancels the contract before the automatic renewal date. Evergreen clauses are enforceable in most states. When entering into a contract that contains an evergreen clause, be sure to calendar the cancellation date in order to avoid having a contract renewed unexpectedly.

    6) Default Provisions

    There are many ways that a party can default under a contract. The most common reason is failure to pay. Contracts should provide disincentives that discourage a party from defaulting, such as, making the defaulting party responsible for the payment of attorney’s fees and costs, interest, and collection costs incurred by the non-defaulting party to secure performance under the contract.

    7) Entire Agreement Clause

    Also known as a merger or integration clause, an entire agreement provision declares that the written contract represents the complete and final agreement between the parties. In other words, the written contract supersedes any prior written or oral agreements that the contracting parties might have had before signing the contract. This type of contractual provision can stop either party from claiming that there were other promises and terms of the agreement that are not written into the contract.

    8) Dispute Resolution

    The parties should address how disputes will be resolved under the contract, whether by mediation, arbitration, or through litigation. Addressing how disputes will be handled in the written contract can help lower the costs of litigation and mandate where and how disputes will be resolved.

    While a good contract can propel a company to new heights, a bad contract can be a long-term burden for the business. The contract provisions checklist above are just a sampling of any number of provisions that should be contemplated when entering into a written agreement. It is important to remember that each contract and transaction is unique and the above provisions may or may not apply depending on the circumstance.

    Written by Leilani Costa

    Leilani Costa, CPA, JD, represents individuals, businesses and business owners. She concentrates her practice in the areas of corporate transactions, healthcare law and entity formation and liquidation.

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    Holly Magister is the founder of ExitPromise where she helps entrepreneurs start, grow, and in some cases sell or transfer their businesses to new owners. As a Certified Financial Planner and CPA, Holly built ExitPromise.com to bring more than three decades of business experience, learning and know-how to the 28 million small business owners across America. Continue Reading.

    Sewing Classes: A Cool Business Idea – So Sew Easy #harvard #business

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    Sewing Classes: A Cool Business Idea

    In the last couple of years, sewing is getting new and enthusiastic interest from kids and teens, so much so that starting a sewing classes business is becoming a cool idea! We ve written a lot before sewing for profit. sewing and selling and how to transform your sewing passion into something profitable. Here s what I think is another great sewing business idea.

    There is no doubt that the growing interest in sewing amongst young people is enhanced by the popularity of the long running Project Runway TV show. a popular reality TV show where new and promising designers compete by designing and creating their own clothes. There is also a growing trend in turning old clothing into teen accessories like tote bags and the like. Plus if you ve been browsing the internet lately, you will likely notice that there s a subculture online that is dedicated to sewing and people are linking their sewing projects to their Facebook pages; there s a lot of interest in sewist s blogs too. The takeover of Information Technology has definitely helped to make sewing cool, accessible and popular today.

    So what do you need to start offering sewing classes?

    This is a relatively new business idea. While there are plenty of online classes such as at Craftsy and Creativelive. these lack the personalized approach that I have in mind. I think sewing is best learned in a one-on-one or small group environment with coaching and customization if required. This is how we ve been learning (and teaching) for thousands of years. It is certainly how I, and probably you, learned how to sew.

    With an initial capital outlay of $2,000 $10,000, you can get the ball rolling. Sewing classes can be a home based business and can also be operated part time. The potential income is estimated to be between 25 to 35 US dollars per hour and this rate could still go up.

    You can market your sewing class using traditional means of advertising as well as online. To start with a small capital outlay, you can also go into a joint venture with a local fabric store and offer sewing classes in the evenings and weekends with them. An added advantage here is that you can profit from the store’s existing customer base. Additional revenue can also be generated by selling patterns and other sewing notions to your students.

    Sewing Classes success story

    Here’s a success story in Minneapolis that I want to share with you: Miss Gianopoulos, who s offered sewing classes for a number of years, has seen such an increase in the number of kids and teens in her class that she decided to open a school vacation camp called Sewtropolis. Her sewing classes are now available to all ages and skill levels. She is also selling patterns, notions and fabrics to her students. Originally intended for adults, she found out that kids and teenagers are highly interested in learning how to sew as a creative outlet.

    For sewing students aged eight and above, they should have the patience to work on sewing projects and know how to use a sewing machine. Students are also allowed to rent time on a sewing machine at the rate of $5 per hour if they don’t have a sewing machine at home.

    Gianopolous has also noticed that math skills and sewing go together because sewing needs careful attention to detail and it also involves measurements and fractions. This means enrolling children in sewing class will also increase their knowledge in mathematics and problem solving.

    How to make people interested in sewing:

    Success in business means you are fulfilling some kind of need in the market. There is a need for people to become autonomous in their finances and in the use of their time.

    Curiosity killed the cat or so the saying goes. I know how to sew but every time I see someone in a shop or a fabric store making something, I stop to watch. I am fascinated by the amount of people that do the same. Like me, many find that there is always something knew to learn or a better easier way to do things. So volunteering your time to teach a demonstration class will pay up in time.


    Schools in your district are a wealth of potential customers. After school activities keep kids busy until mom comes home giving children a great way to hone in their hand eye coordination and improving their attention span.

    Community service support groups:

    Nothing is more attractive to people than to share a common hobby, and sewing allows a great opportunity to talk whilst doing something creative. It s also a great way to conduct a class tailored to many different skills levels. Approaching your council for space availability rules an regulations would be a very practical way to utilize underused resources.

    As we have written about before, sewing helps fight depression. so it would certainly be in the interest of your community to help get people sewing!

    Church Halls:

    S ince time immemorial the church premises have been a point of gathering for town s people to come together and many churches enjoy the privilege of open spaces and an empty hall in which you can accommodate a sewing class, talk to you local parishioner for more information.

    Project Based Sewing Clubs at Your Home:

    There is really nothing more exciting for a sewer than to get together with other sewers sharing a common goal. We know many groups who have used our popular Conference Tote Bag Pattern Sew-Along as the basis of their first group project. We certainly encourage that as long as each participant gets their own log-in and account.

    Also, while it is impossible to sew, text and post in social media at the same time, you can be sure that our young generation is still very much interested in learning the old fashioned art of sewing. Believe it or not, even they get tired of sitting on their phones all day!

    I hope this give you some ideas and motivation to start your own sewing classes business. Good luck and do let us know how you go in the comments below.

    Caren marks says:

    I have had fantastic luck in the past teaching homeschooling students sewing classes. You have the that they can schedule classes during the day if needed and are used to being very well behaved and can focus on a project much easier than some students can. Also remember homeschooling groups when you are cleaning out your closet of fabric and scraps that you want to get rid of because sending a huge bag to a group of homeschooling students creates a frenzy of excitement and happiness.

    Teaching is so satisfying. I energizes me. There is a big demand for child classes. I have a full series on How to Run Your Own Summer Sewing Camp and it can be adapted for after school classes as well. http://www.thelostapron.com/2016/07/sewing-camp.html

    Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

    Business Contract Template #business #opportunities

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    Business Contract Template

    A Business Contract is an agreement which is made between any two organizations, parties with mutual consent after their decision or agreement to enter in business relationship with one another. This contract is in other words a legal enforceable promise to abide one another for mutual sharing of the profits and losses in accordance with the already decided or signed obligations. The use of the business contract while entering in some new business relationships as it ensures any sort of the damages that may come across while dealing with a new or stranger firm. In case the contract is over ruled, this may result in a lawsuit, or legal act against the person responsible to breach the law.

    The business contracts can be;

    Oral business contracts:

    When the terms and conditions are orally discussed between the two parties and there is no consent in written form. Such contracts are also very effective but on the other hand such cases may misinterpret some legal aspects and also such contracts are difficult to prove in the courts.

    Written business contract:

    Such business contract in which the terms and conditions are laid down in written form with signatures of both the parties is called as written business contract. This is easier to handle and proper record of everything is made on behalf of both the parties.

    Here is preview of this Business Contract Template created using MS Word,

    Essential elements of a Business Contract:

    The essential elements of a successful contract are given as;

    • The name and details of the parties which are willing to enter in this business contract.
    • The date and time of the day when the contract is being signed between the mentioned parties along with the description of the place of contract as well.
    • The nature and complete account of the business activities which will be shared among these two parties. The description should enlist each and every single detail of the mutually shared activities.
    • Any sort of the information or the business knowledge or technology shared between the two, and the status of the confidentiality of that information.
    • The payment clauses between the two parties should be clearly indicated.
    • Any sort of other obligations or terms and conditions which the two parties want each other to oblige.
    • The terms and conditions for the profits and losses along with the relevant calculation formulae.
    • The time period for which the contract will be duly effective between the two organizations.
    • The compensations in case of breach of the contract imposed by one party on the other one.
    • The legal restriction of the business relations and obligatory instructions for the use of these relations within certain limits.
    • The court or jurisdiction to be contacted in case of any lawsuit.

    Use of the Business Contract:

    • This contract is helpful while hiring a vendor, contractor or while reviewing the services and business options.
    • This is used while selling a business.
    • To enter in joint partnerships
    • Important for signing some sort of confidentiality agreements
    • Important for entering in some lending and borrowing needs

    Here is download link for this Business Contract Template,

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    How to Qualify for a Small-Business Loan in 5 Steps #business #advice

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    How to Qualify for a Small-Business Loan in 5 Steps

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    Qualifying for a small-business loan is easier when you’re prepared. Below is a to-do list that will help you qualify for the cash you need to grow your business.

    Whether you end up applying for an SBA loan through a bank or opt for an online small-business loan, you should be familiar with the requirements of each lender. Knowing whether you meet their criteria before you apply will save you time and frustration.

    How to quality for a small-business loan

    1. Improve personal and business credit scores

    Your personal credit score ranges from 300 to 850 (the higher, the better), and evaluates your ability to repay debts. The score is typically weighed more heavily by small-business lenders if your business is new and lacks credit history. It’s based mainly on three factors: your payment history (35% of your score), the amounts owed on credit cards and other debt (30%) and how long you’ve had credit (15%).

    Paying your bills on time is, of course, crucial to improving your score. But even if you pay your bills like clockwork, credit report errors could be damaging your score one in four consumers has damaging credit report errors. However, four out of five consumers who filed a dispute got their credit report modified, according to a study by the Federal Trade Commission. You can get a copy of your credit reports for free once a year at AnnualCreditReport.com and dispute any inaccuracies you find through each of the credit bureaus’ websites (Experian, Equifax and TransUnion).

    Businesses that are more established and applying for bank loans can check out their business credit scores (which generally range from 0 to 100) at the three business credit bureaus: Experian, Equifax and Dun Bradstreet. Check out these five steps to building business credit, and if you see any mistakes on your reports, contact the bureaus.

    More than likely, you’ll need an excellent business credit score as well as good personal credit to qualify for an SBA loan or traditional loan from a bank, although this will depend on the individual lender and factors such as your business revenue and cash flow. In general, online lenders look at personal credit scores but are a bit more lenient when it comes to credit score requirements, as they place more emphasis on your business’s cash flow and track record.

    2. Know the lender’s minimum qualifications

    There’s no way around it: If you don’t meet a lender’s minimum qualifications, applying is a waste of time.

    Borrowers typically need to meet minimum criteria related to credit scores, annual revenue and years in business. And lenders generally frown upon recent bankruptcies and other past delinquencies.

    To qualify for SBA loans, borrowers also must be current on all government loans and can’t have any past defaults. So if you’re late on a federal student loan or a government-backed mortgage, you’ll be disqualified. You also can’t be on the SBA’s ineligible businesses list. which includes life insurance companies and financial businesses such as banks.

    Qualifying for online lenders can be easier. While these lenders typically underwrite loans based on traditional factors such as credit scores, annual revenue and cash flow, the loans carry less stringent requirements than banks.

    3. Gather financial and legal documents

    Banks and other traditional lenders typically ask for a wide range of financial and legal documents during the application process. They include:

    • Personal and business income tax returns
    • Balance sheet and income statement
    • Personal and business bank statements
    • A photo of your driver’s license
    • Commercial leases
    • Business licenses
    • Articles of incorporation
    • A resume
    • Financial projections if you have a limited operating history

    These requirements can make getting a bank loan time consuming. That may not be an issue if you’re in the market for a long-term business loan to finance a major investment.

    However, if you need money faster, online lenders may be a better fit, as they can provide a streamlined online application process with fewer documentation requirements and faster underwriting. But they may come with higher borrowing costs. If you have good credit and business finances, however, some lenders may provide rates comparable to those of bank loans.

    4. Develop a strong business plan

    Lenders will want to know how you plan to use the money and will want to see that you have a strong ability to repay. They may require a solid business plan that details the purpose of the loan and how you expect it to increase profits.

    Your business plan should include current and projected financials, and clearly demonstrate that your business will have enough cash flow to cover ongoing business expenses and the new loan payments. This can give the lender more confidence in your business, increasing your chances at loan approval. Your p lan should include :

    • Company description
    • Product and/or service description
    • Management team
    • Industry analysis
    • Facilities and operations plan
    • Promotional, marketing and sales strategy
    • SWOT analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats)

    5. Provide collateral

    To qualify for a small-business loan, you may have to provide collateral to back the loan. This refers to an asset, such as equipment, real estate or inventory, that can be seized and sold by the lender if you can’t make your payments. It’s basically a way lenders can make back their money if your business fails.

    SBA loans require “adequate” collateral for security on all loans, plus a personal guarantee from every owner of 20% or more of the business. A personal guarantee puts your credit score and your personal assets on the hook.

    Some online lenders do not require collateral but may want a personal guarantee. Others may also take a blanket lien on your business assets essentially another form of collateral giving the lender the right to take business assets (real estate, inventory, equipment) to recoup an unpaid loan. Each individual lender has its own requirements, so don’t be afraid to ask questions if you are unsure.

    If you don’t have collateral to get a loan or don’t want to take on the risk of losing personal or business assets, unsecured business loans may be a better option.

    Find and compare small-business loans

    If you’re looking for financing, NerdWallet has created a comparison tool list of the best small-business loans to meet your needs and goals. We gauged lender trustworthiness and user experience, among other factors, and arranged them by categories that include your revenue and how long you’ve been in business.

    This post was updated. The post was originally published on Dec. 1, 2015.

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    Apply for a business licence #business #courses

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    Get a business licence

    If you want to carry on business in the City of Vancouver, you need a business licence.

    Types of businesses that require licences

    • Commercial and industrial business: A business based within a building located in a commercial or industrial area of the City of Vancouver as defined in the Zoning and Development Bylaw
    • Home-based business: A business based in a dwelling located in a residential area in the City of Vancouver as defined in the Zoning and Development Bylaw
    • Out-of-town business: A business being carried on in the City of Vancouver, but with the business office located outside of Vancouver

    Only the business owner is required to get a business licence. Employees do not need to get individual business licences.

    Types of businesses not allowed in Vancouver

    A person cannot apply for a licence for any business described in Schedule A of the Business Prohibition Bylaw.

    How to apply

    You can apply for a business licence:

    Additional requirements

    Include a copy of the business owner’s current, government-issued photo ID with your business licence application.

    Is a representative applying for the licence?

    They must also submit a copy of:

    1. Their own current, government-issued photo ID
    2. A letter of authorization from the business owner

    Is your business limited or incorporated?

    You must also submit a copy of:

    1. The provincial or extra-provincial certificate of incorporation issued by the BC Corporate Registry
    2. The company’s list of directors

    A federal certificate of incorporation issued by Industry Canada won’t be accepted.

    Do you need other approvals before you get your business licence?

    You might require other approvals before your business licence is approved:

    Zoning approval

    Depending on the zoning of your proposed business location, your business may or may not be permitted. Or your business may only be permitted after a Development Permit is obtained.

    Building approval

    Staff at the Occupancy or File Research Counter will review the property. A Building Permit or a Special Inspection may be required.

    Licence approvals

    Before your business licence is issued, you may require other approvals from the Police, Fire, or Health Departments.

    • Environmental Health. Any food-related businesses must have an inspection completed and approved by Vancouver Coastal Health.
    • Fire. Some business licence categories will require certificates from the Vancouver Fire Department.
    • Police. If police approval is required, you will need to go directly to the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) located at 2120 Cambie Street to apply for a Police Information Check (PIC). For more information on the VPD’s location, hours of operation, fees, how to apply and how long it will take, please visit the VPD’s website. For more information on business licence applications that may need police approval, please contact the Development and Building Services Centre.
    • Province of BC. Some business licence categories will require certificates from the Province of BC.

    Engineering approval

    Businesses must have waste disposal set up for garbage, recycling, and green waste.


    If all requirements and approval have been met, this is when you can expect to have your business licence issued:

    Monkey Bizness – Indoor Playground – Birthday Parties #opening #a #business

    #monkey business


    Family Fun at Monkey Bizness

    Monkey Bizness is a place where kids can truly monkey around! Our giant indoor playground provides a safe, clean, environment for family fun. Children ages 1-10 are guaranteed to delight in the inflatable bouncy houses, slides, jungle gyms, and climbing walls and toys. Dedicated toddler playground areas provide a safe environment that is separated from “the big monkey’s”. Little Monkey Bizness locations are specially built for children ages 1-6 and feature a cafe for parents to enjoy freshly brewed Seattle s Best coffee. Kids can play for hours, burning excess energy and promoting their overall health in the process. Our original Monkey Bizness locations are suited for kids ages 2-10 and feature large inflatable slides, obstacle courses, as well as multiple-story soft play equipment.

    Introducing Monkey Bizness University

    Monkey Bizness Birthday Party

    We believe that Monkey Bizness is one of the best venues to hold your child s birthday party at. We offer birthday party packages that are competitively priced compared to other venues. Our birthday party packages all include dedicated party hosts, utensils, and an option of private or semi private play in our indoor playgrounds. If you are looking for birthday party ideas, please feel free to look around our website for some of the coolest birthday party ideas and cakes we have seen at our locations.

    Our typical birthday party package accommodates 25 kids. If your birthday party exceeds 25 kids please contact your local Monkey Bizness so arrange for your party. For your child s birthday party we offer add-ons that include pizza, balloons, and drinks. We do allow you to brink your own birthday cake, however all other outside food is subject to an additional fee. Click here to reserve your birthday party today.

    Indoor Playground

    At Monkey Bizness, we built our indoor playground for kids ages 1-10 in mind. All of our locations have dedicated toddler playground areas so that the younger kids can play in a clean and safe environment that is away from the big monkey s. Every location s indoor playground is slightly different however they all include large soft play equipment, inflatable bounce houses and slides, and other climbing toys. Little Monkey Bizness locations are are especially built for children for ages 1-6 years old and feature a cafe for parents to enjoy freshly brewed coffee while their kids play. Our original Monkey Bizness location are suited for kids ages 2-10 years old and feature large inflatable slides and obstacle courses as well as multiple story soft play equipment. All of our locations are built with family fun in mind.

    Click here to learn more about our indoor playground. We have also accumulated some of the more common customer questions that we get regarding our indoor playground open play time here .

    Free business plan template #sf #business #times

    #free business plan


    Write a business plan


    For a new business, a business plan helps improve your chance of securing financing and investment. Established businesses should review their business plan and update it regularly in order to provide direction for growth.

    Use our free business plan and one page action plan templates

    These templates will help you to create a business plan easily. The one page action plan (located within the Business Plan Template Guide) helps you to take quick action on goals that you have set.

    What should your business plan cover?

    A clearly written business plan should:

    • set the vision and direction of your business
    • carry out a SWOT analysis
    • map out a one page action plan for your next steps.

    What’s the One Page Plan?

    The One Page Plan allows you to prepare a summarised overview of the current situation and assists you to implement the right solutions at the right time to achieve your vision / targets. It’s also a practical way to record the outcomes of the planning process.

    Elements of your One Page Plan

    Now Analysis: In this section summarise your current situation. You should be able to fit up to five points. Which four or five accurately describe your issue right now?

    Where Analysis. What is your vision? What is your competitive advantage? What are your key objectives? Summarise these elements in this section.

    Strategies. What are the three or four key strategies you need to work on over the next twelve months? These can be drawn from your SWOT analysis that you have done earlier.

    Action Plans. In this section, list what is to be done. Normally you have about three or four actions. There is no need to put every step into the action plan. Only list the strategically important ones. These actions can be drawn from the outcomes of your Force Field you did on your key issues / strategy.

    Timing. Lists when you aim to achieve the result and who is responsible for it. These should be in priority order and are critical for accountability.

    What’s next?

    Business environment – это #starting #a #new #business

    #business environment


    business environment это:

    эк. . упр. условия [внешняя среда\] бизнеса, бизнес-среда, деловая среда (любые внешние по отношению к фирме факторы, прямо или косвенно влияющие на ее деятельность, напр. предложение сырья, спрос на продукцию, налоговое законодательство и т. п.; термин используется часто как синоним macroenvironment, хотя business environment имеет более широкое значение )

    * * *
    условия бизнеса, деловое окружение: любые факторы, которые прямо или косвенно сказываются на бизнесе.

    экономические условия; условия хозяйствования; деловая практика; состояние деловой активности! Условия для предпринимательской деятельности; конъюнктура; состояние рынка

    Словарь экономических терминов.

    Англо-русский экономический словарь .

    Смотреть что такое “business environment” в других словарях:

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    Business ecology — Business Ecology: Moving beyond Ecology As a Metaphor Current Definitions of Business Ecology The use of the term “business ecology” is not new. Yet, previous conceptualizations of the term have not yielded a meaning that sufficiently represents … Wikipedia

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    Business continuity — is the activity performed by an organization to ensure that critical business functions will be available to customers, suppliers, regulators, and other entities that must have access to those functions. These activities include many daily chores … Wikipedia

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    Small Business Solutions #business #careers

    #small business solutions


    Small Business Solutions where you’ll be mentored to understand your business needs.

    Are you a small business, looking for practical advice from someone in the know?

    Do you find yourself needing a little extra help to make the most of your enterprise?

    Then Small Business Solutions is the place for you.

    With time constraints and so many areas of your business to manage and operate, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and feel the need to ask for help along the way. Small Business Solutions is developed specifically to help those in smaller set ups who want tried and tested solutions to their business issues.

    We have a dedicated team of business mentors to provide an objective opinion on how best to tackle any questions, problems or concerns within your business.

    The business coaching scheme will help you achieve a full business health-check, access vocational training through workshops to maximise the productivity, growth and profits of your small business.

    Small Business Solutions is an award-winning Queensland Smart State initiative designed with small businesses, micro businesses and home-based businesses in mind. As we are government subsidised, seeking support from Small Business Solutions is an affordable way to get great results.

    Alice is passionate about helping business owners to find new opportunities for growth.

    NSW Business Environment – Business & Industry in New South Wales #free

    #business environment


    Business & Industry in New South Wales

    NSW Business Environment

    Larger than Singapore, Malaysia and even Hong Kong, the NSW economy is a smart, progressive, competitive economic powerhouse on the doorstep of Asia in one of the most stable political and regulatory regions of the world.

    The growth state

    With world-leading infrastructure, cost-competitiveness, diversity of sectors and skills and government support, NSW has enjoyed a staggering 23 years of uninterrupted economic growth, which has been recognised with AAA sovereign credit ratings from both Standard Poor’s and Moody’s.

    Financial and banking sector

    The financial and banking services sector is the largest contributor to the state’s economy and increasing numbers of large multinationals are taking advantage of the positive economic environment to relocate their regional headquarters to Sydney.

    Manufacturing, mining and agribusiness

    Traditional manufacturing, mining and agribusiness sectors have also laid a solid foundation for diversification into high-growth areas such as aquaculture, biotechnology and information and communications technology. In fact, NSW is fast becoming a major regional hub for the ICT sector. It is this mixture of the old and the new which gives the state’s economy its vibrancy and progressiveness.

    Page link: http://www.industry.nsw.gov.au/business-and-industry-in-nsw/nsw-business-environment

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    Cupcake Business, How to Start a Cupcake Business, Sell Cupcakes #business #jobs

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    Cupcake Business

    • Does everyone rave about your cupcakes when you bake for family and friends?
    • Are you known as the Cucpake King or Cupcake Queen amongst your friends?
    • Have you ever thought you could start your own cupcake business?

    If you answered YES to at least two of these questions then this page is specially written to answer all your questions.

    I am often asked how to sell cupcakes and how to start a cupcake business.

    Bake for family and friends

    My first suggestion would be to make cupcakes for family and friends at every possible opportunity. Wherever you go, take cupcakes. It won’t take long before your friends and family will start asking you to make cupcakes for them. Then their friends will ask and so on and so on.

    It may take a while to build up orders but you can have lots of fun trying new recipes and deciding the easiest way for you to frost the cupcakes.

    Choose reliable recipes

    Choose recipes that are fool-proof and always please your customers. In the beginning it is probably best to concentrate on two or three favorite recipes that you know are crowd-pleasers.

    I love my Chocolate Obsession recipe as it keeps really well. This is important if you have to bake an order a day before it is due so that you have plenty of time to frost without the cupcakes going stale.

    Distribute flyers and sell at local malls and swap meets

    You can put up notices at local shopping malls advertising your cupcakes. Going to local swap meets, car boot sales or taking a stall at a fete are other ways to advertise and start selling cupcakes.

    Print up some flyers and do a letterbox delivery in your local area. These are all relatively cheap ways to get started but they also bring good results.

    Give out free samples

    I know you don’t want to give away your profits but make mini cupcakes and give them away at local shopping areas. Attach a small flyer or business card to each cupcake that contains all your contact details.

    Give cupcakes away at local charity events so that your name can be listed amongst the sponsors. Nobody knocks back free cupcakes.

    Price cupcakes properly for your market

    A cupcake business can be started with very limited funds if you are able to work from home. If you price your cupcakes properly you should see profits very quickly.

    Don’t try to undercut your competitors with your pricing. Even if you are working from home make sure that you include all your overheads. You have to think big and realise that if this business venture takes off and you need staff or bigger premises (or both) you can’t double prices overnight to take extra costs into consideration.

    Is it a hobby or full-time business?

    You need to decide if you want to sell cupcakes as a hobby or past-time or whether you can see yourself making cupcakes 6 or 7 days a week. Do you want this to be a full-time occupation and can you make arrangements if you are sick or need holidays?

    Note: The ability to work from home is dependent on local laws as some countries do not allow goods to be sold commercially from a home kitchen so you will have to research your local by-laws.

    If you are unable to bake from home and need to operate from a commercial kitchen your cost of production immediately skyrockets. This is not, however, an insurmountable problem. Just look around at all the cupcake bakeries that are succeeding and know that you too can be successful.

    There are lots of great resources available if you are interested in starting your own cupcake business. Because I have been asked so many times about the best way to start a business I have prepared an ebook which will help you from the beginning stages of thinking about starting your own business through to checklists for completing orders on time.

    Some of the chapters include:
    – Getting Started;
    – Marketing your Business;
    – Tools of the Trade;
    – Pricing your Cupcakes; and
    – Time Management Secrets.

    And don’t forget to come back and let us know how your business is going. We would love to hear from you.

    Have you started your own Cupcake Business?

    Have you started your own cupcake business and have some great tips or suggestions for other readers?

    Do you bake from home or from a commercial kitchen and have some great selling techniques to share with us?

    Do you work for yourself or have you joined a franchise?

    We would love to hear your stories.

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    Corporate training, training, leadership, team development, BTI, Business training #bad #credit #business

    #business training


    Home Business Training Institute: Corporate Group Training

    Business Training Institute: Corporate Group Training

    Employees are your most important asset. Are you investing in them like you invest in other parts of your business? Decreasing employee turnover in this more competitive economy can increase your success and profitability. Employees leave a company for many reasons poor management, lack of advancement opportunities, lack of connection to the company vision, job mismatch and more. Providing training and development workshops for your employees can help reduce your turnover in many ways:

    Bellevue College’s Business Training Institute (BTI) provides custom and off the shelf workshops that help corporations and nonprofits meet today’s business challenges and adapt to the rapidly changing world. BTI provides:

    • Professional assessment of your organization’s learning needs.
    • Customized programs tailored to your unique needs, KPI’s, and business objectives.
    • Practical, real-world training with industry specific scenarios.
    • Workshops incorporating your culture and industry language.
    • Pre and post training evaluations to prove effectiveness.
    • Learning aids to take away and use again.
    • Facilitators who are industry professionals.
    • Workshops delivered at your site, online or at our North Bellevue campus.
    • A part of the insights and learning of the third largest institution of higher education in the state.

    What Makes BTI Different:

    • We offer training in both technical skills and soft skills.
    • Bellevue College is a Technical Center of Excellence.
    • We offer total training needs.
      • Professional Development
      • Front-line Leadership
      • Technical Front-End and Back-End Skills
    • One rate for the instructor and the materials.
    • Flexibility. We can offer workshops in your location or ours.

    BTI provides workshops on:

    Make your organization as strong as it can be with your people and our training and development resources. Make strong teams, dynamic contributors and effective leaders with us.


    4 Lucrative Business Ideas That You Should Consider Starting if You Can

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    4 Lucrative Business Ideas That You Should Consider Starting if You Can Drive

    Beyond the Ice cream trucks and the food trucks and cabby services, (which are good businesses by the way) there is a lot more you can do with a vehicle that can be lucrative and can serve either as a healthy side business or a major gig.

    If you have a vehicle or are thinking of a mobile business to start, then the first question to ask is; what can I do?

    There are varieties of businesses today and in a fast-lane-do-it-for me world, almost everything you can think of that a vehicle can do, can be done for profit. Interestingly, many other things you never thought a vehicle could do can also be done with a vehicle for money.

    I will share a few ideas, but the key is to evaluate yourself to see if you can handle it. If you have been thinking of what to start up and perhaps you are considering a mobile business or you have a car sitting in the garage, then these few ideas will be helpful.

    1. Offering Delivery Services

    The business terrain is fast changing and the need to increase customer satisfaction as a prerequisite for increased patronage is largely responsible for the increased number of e-commerce websites.

    Major e-commerce websites need dispatch services; they often work with smaller stores which often work with post offices. The truth is that there is enough business to go around whether you work directly with the stores or the post office.

    In spite of the recent trend to take your business online. there are still many stores in your city that rely solely on e-mails and phone calls to communicate with their customers. Customers will gladly pay a little extra for you to save them the trip to the store.

    2. Become an Approved Driving Instructor

    Maybe you have a vehicle and it costs you money to fuel it and you either don’t have a job or you want to make extra money by the side, and to top it all off, you love to drive and are pretty good at it. Good, then you need to consider this route as one of those lucrative deals your personal vehicle can help you achieve.

    All you will need is a vehicle, a valid driver’s license and good knowledge of driving and instructing other drivers (you will have to prove this through a compulsory qualifying test). Then proceed to get registered as an Approved Driving Instructor and you are in business.

    3. Invest in a Mobile goods Store

    Again, owing to the increasing reluctance of customers to get out of the house or to take a trip to the stores, someone has to do the job of bringing stuff to them. Online platforms have their place, but people will jump at the sight of mobile stores. Thankfully, there are various businesses that have proved this.

    The innovations that can be brought to life with a moderate of large sized truck are almost inexhaustible. Mobile cloth stores, Mobile fruit Shops, Mobile Jewelry stores and even flower trucks. There is sufficient proof that these ideas can work and they tend to be quite lucrative.

    All you need to do is to observe your environment and see what can be done with a truck. It doesn’t matter if it has been done before or not. Mobile stores can afford to sell at lower prices and yet bring the goods to the neighborhood because they avoid rents and all the maintenance costs of running a brick and mortar store.

    What could be more enticing?

    4. Invest in a Mobile Services Store

    People are much more willing to start up mobile goods stores, but services are a little more tricky. I mean people can buy a T-shirt from a moving truck but will they have a haircut in a truck?

    Actually, there are few mobile business ideas that have not been explored. Some have worked over time and some have been ludicrous. In the end the first thing you have to consider is what services you can offer and then if people will pay to bring it to their neighborhood.

    Richard Caporizzo converted a van into a state-of-the-art doggie spa with its own power supply, water tanks and electronic grooming table. Caporizzo and his son Matthew Vernon make house calls to trim, bathe and blow dry dogs at their owner’s homes. So yes, almost anything can work if you are really good at your services.

    There is a truckload of ideas that you can explore and see what suits you and or your city more. But if people will pay to have it brought to them, then you can take their money gladly.

    Whether you hate office jobs and sitting at a place and love mobility or you need to add to your income
    or perhaps you have a vehicle that is not being used enough you can borrow an idea here, and make some money from it. Better still, you don’t need to kill yourself over how to raise money for this. Apart from the fact that most of these businesses will not cost you millions of dollars, there are some unconventional ways you can still get the capital you need.

    Don’t limit yourself, change with the changing terrain and let your imagination fly!

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