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Top Five Home-Based or Other Small Business Trends for the Next Decade

If the first decade of the 21st century has taught us anything it’s that the only constant in life is change.  The technological, environmental, demographic and financial changes of the last ten years have been significant and are driving a tremendous amount of political debate, that’s for...

Franchisees: In Business for Themselves, Not By Themselves

30 Nov 10 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
in Entrepreneur Exchange
Arne Tjerno is the President of A Buyer’s Choice Home Inspections, the largest professional home inspection company in Canada today.  Now in business for five years and offering franchise opportunities for the past three, A Buyer’s Choice is well on its way to achieving its goal of becoming the number...

Not Every Business Works from Home

If you’re the entrepreneurial type, the American Dream is to have a business of your very own.  You may want to create or purchase a business opportunity, distributorship, licensee opportunity or small franchise that can be run right out of your home.  Any one of these options is attractive for a number...

Identifying and Eliminating Toxic Clients

15 Nov 10 Posted by: Zipporah Porton
in Running Your Own Business
The main goal when starting a new business opportunity is to follow every lead and make the most of any potential client.  However, what happens when that client you tried so hard to acquire becomes too difficult to handle? It is hard to get past the notion that every client means money in the bank,...

What a “Green Niche” and A Little Island Inspiration Can Do

8 Nov 10 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
in Entrepreneur Exchange
Steve Gerson is the owner of RD FRESH, a company that is revolutionizing the way food is preserved and transported nationwide.  While conservation of energy, food safety and food freshness are critical challenges faced by food-service providers the world over, it’s the particular difficulties faced by...

How to Make an Impact at Trade Shows

1 Nov 10 Posted by: Zipporah Porton
in Marketing & Sales
Some business owners can’t wait to head to a trade show, while others dread the idea.  If you’re in the latter category, it’s tempting to skip the shows and blame it on the need to save money. It’s true that whether you’re a visitor or an exhibitor, you’re going to have to spend money to attend a...

Five Quick Questions You Need To Ask To Find the Right Business Opportunity

So you want to own your own business and be your own boss?  When it comes to choosing a business that interests you and that meets your needs, the landscape is vast.  Maybe you’re looking for a small, home-based business opportunity that allows you to use your sales skills or you’re specifically interested...

How to Make It In Publishing…A Success Story

25 Oct 10 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
in Entrepreneur Exchange
Jay Villa is the publisher of StreetSeen Magazine, a publication focused on the low-rider culture that currently covers five states and is expanding each year.  He’s also a photographer, graphic designer and all-around web master who is a self-described “jack of all trades” when it comes to running his...

Costly Business Mistakes to Avoid

25 Oct 10 Posted by: Zipporah Porton
in Growth & Profit
Just because a business is large in size doesn’t mean that it is immune to financial mistakes.  There are a number of things that small and large businesses alike tend to do that will end up costing a lot of money in the end.  The difference is that a small business opportunity is going to miss the money...

The Top 10 Reasons Why Businesses Fail

21 Oct 10 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
in Start-Up
According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, your chances of making it in business for five years or more are roughly 50/50.  Okay, so the odds could be better, but they could be a whole lot worse too.  As is true with so many things in life, much of how you perceive your odds depends on your...

Getting the Most Out of Events and Shows

18 Oct 10 Posted by: Zipporah Porton
in Marketing & Sales
As a small business owner, your job is to be aware of everything out there ― events, news, products, etc. ― that pertains to your company. One of the best ways to stay up to date is to attend events and shows that are connected to the focus of your business. You don’t have to attend every show in...

America Needs Small Business Opportunities Too!

11 Oct 10 Posted by: Zipporah Porton
in Start-Up
As the economy went south at the end of 2008, businesses around the country – large and small – were hit hard. Many large companies laid off thousands of employees (CitiGroup, AT&T) and others went completely under (Circuit City, Lehman Brothers). With the big guys going down fast, it’s easy to imagine...

Top Five Technologies to Increase Your Productivity

There are a lot more than just five technology products that can help you run your home-based business, but the five below are not negotiable. If you’ve already started your business and you’re missing one of the below, you should seriously consider making a change right now.
  1. Smart...

How Many Leads Does It Take to Close A Sale? And How To Close More…

27 Sep 10 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
in Featured Articles
Just because you own your own home-based or other small business, franchise or distributorship doesn’t necessarily mean you’re an expert when it comes to sales.  You may be getting the job done ― and doing it quite well for that matter ― but even the most experienced sales professionals will tell you...

When It Comes To Success, Perception Is Reality

24 Sep 10 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
in Entrepreneur Exchange
Jack Campbell is the Chief Creative Officer of Whirlwind Media Services,  which offers its clients a blend of world-class web hosting and design, social-media marketing, search engine optimization and media-rich content, as well as traditional marketing plans and tools ― all designed to deliver its client’s...

Top 10 Habits of Effective Business Owners

24 Sep 10 Posted by: Zipporah Porton
in Opportunity Community
According to the Small Business Association, over 50 percent of small businesses fail in the first five years. No one wants to be among that 50 percent when they pursue their small-business opportunity, but sometimes it happens. Below are 10 habits that can help you fall into the other 50 percent and...

Work “On” As Well As “In” Your Business

21 Sep 10 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
in Entrepreneur Exchange
Michael Stenberg is the President of Dr. Shrink, Inc., a full-service, full-circle supplier of premium shrink wrap and installation accessories. Having been in business 25 years, Michael has a lot of insights to share when it comes to successful entrepreneurship. Read on as he shares just some of his...

Listen First, Sell Second

17 Sep 10 Posted by: Zipporah Porton
in Marketing & Sales
Moving forward with your small business opportunity is a really exciting process. There are hundreds of things to consider and attention to detail is a must. In all the hustle and bustle, one simple ― but extremely important ― task you need to remember is to listen. You need to listen to your employees,...

Fall 2010 Nationwide Business Events: Something for Every Entrepreneur!

17 Sep 10 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
in Featured Articles
Interested in the “new” social media storm and how it can help you grow your business, franchise or distributorship?  Are you a young woman who wants to start her own home-based or other small business?  Perhaps you’re a current business owner who wants to learn more about how you can become a government...

Being Consistently Persistent

15 Sep 10 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
in Entrepreneur Exchange
Dan Carey is the CEO of The Janitorial Agency, a company that specializes in training other ambitious entrepreneurs how to start their own very lucrative cleaning business.  Here he takes a quick moment to share his thoughts with BusinessOpportunity.com’s Entrepreneur Exchange on what it takes to make...
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