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BusinessOpportunity.com interviewed the VP of GeoSearch SEO to find out what makes such a successful entrepreneur tick. Right away Jesse shared with us that he's been involved with GeoSearch...
I read this book a few months back. Truth is, I skimmed it and then went back and read it cover to cover more deeply two weeks ago. Content Marketing is on the rise and our readers and I want to know everything about what it can do for our website's, business opportunity promotion and to share that information...
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2 Dec 14 Posted by: admin
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BusinessOpportunity.com interviewed the VP of GeoSearch SEO to find out what makes such a successful entrepreneur tick. Right away Jesse shared with us that he's been involved with GeoSearch...

1 Dec 14 Posted by: Kevin James Culp
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I read this book a few months back. Truth is, I skimmed it and then went back and read it cover to cover more deeply two weeks ago. Content Marketing is on the rise and our readers and I want to know everything about what it can do for our website's, business opportunity promotion and to share that information...

30 Nov 14 Posted by: Kevin James Culp
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This white paper is a must-read for inside sales professionals who want to improve performance and sell more. Download your copy today! You will get a ton of information from this free white paper 'Optimize Sales Performance & More Leads download from Insidesales.com.

23 Nov 14 Posted by: Kevin James Culp
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Are You Following The FTC Business Opportunity Rule? If you sell business opportunities, the FTC’s Business Opportunity Rule requires that you give potential buyers a one-page disclosure document. I have inserted a link for everyone to single-click to download the form.

23 Nov 14 Posted by: Kevin James Culp
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The Brickell Bubble… will it happen or won’t it? Edition v1.5: For those of you not living in downtown Miami called Brickell over the last few years you’ve missed a building of a city pretty much.  It makes me wonder with a billion dollar mall and an estimated 34 new buildings mostly...

22 Sep 14 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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Chicago, Ill. — Founded by Todd Hatch in 2004, BusinessOpportunity.com is one of the nation’s leading portals that provides free business opportunities, distributorships, licensee opportunities and franchise information. We’re proud to announce...

30 Dec 13 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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For many of us, each New Year brings with it a mishmash of emotions and challenges, some good and some bad. It’s a time to reflect on everything that went right in the year gone by as well as an opportunity to initiate the process of making positive changes moving forward. But change is rarely ever easy...

23 Dec 13 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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For many small business owners, the holiday season can be overshadowed by the unpleasant reality that the latest tax season is upon us. Yes folks, it’s time once again to answer to Uncle Sam and the IRS (Internal Revenue Service, as if you didn’t know!). And while some SMB (small- to medium-sized...

9 Dec 13 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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Deciding whether or not to stage an exhibit at a trade show or other networking event as part of your marketing mix for 2014 is something you as a small- to medium-sized business (SMB) owner might be thinking about right now. If so, you’d be one of many. Contrary to speculation in recent years that...

26 Nov 13 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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Once again, BusinessOpportunity.com’s list of nationwide events, conferences and activities is sure to have something that most any entrepreneur or small business owner will find helpful...

18 Nov 13 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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Not to be confused with the Better Business Bureau, which represents the interests of both consumers and businesses alike, the Chamber of Commerce solely represents the interests of business owners.  Today there are thousands of these organizations all across the U.S., all of them focused in one way...

12 Nov 13 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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Brand loyalty is at an all-time low, and there’s an estimated $1.3 trillion in revenue that’s very much in play out there as a result. Yes, it's true. The level of customer dissatisfaction in today’s U.S. marketplace today is unprecedented, meaning there's big money at stake. And while that's not...

7 Nov 13 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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If there’s one thing that buying a business opportunity, franchise or any other proven business model has in its favor, it’s the fact that you’re surrounded, or at the very least have access to, other entrepreneurs who have some knowledge you might want and need and that they are willing to share. Maybe...

30 Oct 13 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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Given the Securities and Exchange (SEC) Commission is in the throes of easing federal regulations on how small businesses are able to raise money for startup and growth, a number of crowdfunding websites are cropping up to make the most of this unprecedented business opportunity. More specifically, sites...

22 Oct 13 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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Did you know that while veterans make up just 6% of the U.S. population, they constitute a full 15% or more of the total number of U.S. business owners combined? Furthermore, veterans are twice as likely to pursue business opportunities and other small business options to be business owners as are non-veterans....

16 Oct 13 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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According to the latest Kauffman Foundation report on entrepreneurial activity, the percentage of new entrepreneurs between the ages of 55 and 64 has grown from 14.3 percent in 1996 to 23.4 percent last year, and entrepreneurship among 45-to-54-year-olds is also on the rise. In fact, according to the...

7 Oct 13 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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Many business opportunities and other home-based or other small businesses are owned and operated by just one person, making them especially vulnerable to the inevitable con artists who are exploiting consumer confusion about the Affordable Care Act (ACA), aka Obamacare. Given that October 1 marked the...

25 Sep 13 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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As a business opportunity or other small business owner, what do your customers, employees and clients find out about you when they go looking for you online? Do you even know? If you don’t, should you? And once you do know, good or bad, what then? Welcome to the world of online reputation management,...

18 Sep 13 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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When you own a home-based business opportunity or any other small business, networking with others and getting yourself out there is more often than not a key part of your overall marketing strategy. Let’s put it this way...if it isn’t, it should be. After all, it’s a fact that whether or not you...

9 Sep 13 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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If you’re thinking about buying a business opportunity and starting your own small business and under the age of 35 in particular—or even if you’re older than that but have adapted to the latest technology all too well—you may have challenges when it comes to actually picking up the phone to connect...

5 Sep 13 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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For existing or aspiring entrepreneurs who may be wondering whether or not owning your own business is particularly challenging in this country versus any other, some recently released research should put things into perspective. According to Ernst and Young’s (EY) G20 Entrepreneurship Barometer...


21 Aug 13 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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It’s a great question, especially in this day and age where the advent of such extraordinary technology has made what was once thought to be impossible not only possible, but oftentimes preferable. Put simply...


7 Aug 13 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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According to a Forrester Research report released last month on how consumers found websites in 2012, potential buyers of your products and services are far more likely to find you online as a result of a “natural,...


22 Jul 13 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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Here at BusinessOpportunity.com, that little @ symbol? You know, the one that we all know what it means and yet, as history will tell you, really never meant much of anything at all...universally anyway?



24 Jun 13 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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If you’re someone who is looking for the opportunity to start a home-based or other small business of your own, but you’re just not sure if it’s the

21 Jun 13 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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As the nation wraps up its 50th annual celebration of National Small Business Week today in Washington, D.C., with the announcement of who will be named


5 Jun 13 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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Working hard from nine to five and dreaming of better days ahead when you can work for yourself, doing

24 May 13 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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Any smart business person knows there’s tons of money to be made online. In fact, online retail sales were calculated at an


8 May 13 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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If there’s any one segment of the economy that is hot right now, it’s the financial services sector. Why? It’s because the need for products and services in...

29 Apr 13 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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According to a new survey by Sage, a leading global supplier of business management software and services for small and mid-sized businesses, 62% of U.S. small businesses use an outside accountant in one way or...

24 Apr 13 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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There’s been big movement this week in the battle over whether or not online and other small businesses must charge

19 Apr 13 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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Recent developments in the Obamacare (aka the Affordable Care Act) implementation process are confirming what many agreed from the outset was a foregone conclusion: This...

10 Apr 13 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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A recent analysis looking at which small-business industries grew in 2012 and which ones contracted sheds light on where some of the greatest home-based and...

3 Apr 13 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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This year’s tax deadline of April 15, 2013, is fast approaching, and many of you as business opportunity, franchise and other small business owners are in a


22 Mar 13 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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If you’re a business opportunity, franchise or other small business owner, chances are that you’ve at the very least thought about using daily deals to lure customers as part of your overall...

10 Mar 13 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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While the government has long served as the primary source for entrepreneurship research, it’s also known for providing numbers that are months or even years old, making it...

27 Feb 13 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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Business opportunity and other business owners who make much of their money on internet sales are once again grappling with the potential impact of proposed legislation that would grant states...

19 Feb 13 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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President Obama’s State of the Union minimum wage-increase proposal has rekindled a long-standing debate on what the effects of such a move would be on workers, business...

18 Feb 13 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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Writing your business plan and need some help? Perhaps you’ve been asking yourself this question: What should a business...

14 Feb 13 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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In an unprecedented effort to enable small business owners to have input into the regulatory process as it is actually unfolding and decisions are being made in Congress, House Small Business...

7 Feb 13 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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This year’s tax season scramble is on for business opportunity, franchise and other small business owners as well as everyone else!...

29 Jan 13 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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Some are calling it the “Greatest Moment in Financial TV History.” Call it whatever you want, we’ll call it anything but boring. Last Friday’s very public CNBC fracas between two of the most powerful hedge-fund giants on Wall Street, William Ackman and Carl Icahn, has everybody talking—about everything...

14 Jan 13 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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According to Publishers Weekly, unit sales for eBooks of all kinds exploded in 2012. In fact, numbers are in the hundreds of millions. And while consumers are steadily getting more comfortable with the inevitable transition from paper to digital content, so much so that they’re increasingly willing to...


2 Jan 13 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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Every New Year provides each one of us with the opportunity to examine where we’ve been and more importantly where we’re headed—personally, professionally and as a society. Given that the decision to become and remain an entrepreneur so often is rooted in the goals and realities that exist around these...

27 Dec 12 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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The generation of post-World War II-born Americans known as the Baby Boomers continues to shape much of our business and societal landscape heading into next year and the foreseeable future. Now that so many of them are reaching the age of retirement, the marketplace once again is adapting to meet their...

18 Dec 12 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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This year, BusinessOpportunity.com’s list of event and conferences that would be of most interest to business opportunity, franchise, licensee opportunity, distributorship and other small business owners and entrepreneurs is more extensive...

5 Dec 12 Posted by: Kevin James Culp
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Given that another year is coming to a close, we thought we’d forgo offering you just one Book of the Month for consideration this go-round and opted for ten. Here goes… As a long-time sales professional and given my current position as the Director of Sales for BusinessOpportunity.com, I’m oftentimes...

3 Dec 12 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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Yes, the holidays are festive and fun. But, let’s be honest, they are also incredibly stressful on a number of levels, especially for business opportunity, franchise and other small business owners who are trying to manage so much during the season, not the least of which is meeting the oftentimes heightened...

27 Nov 12 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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As 2012 draws to a close, many business opportunity, distributorship, licensee opportunity, franchise and other small business owners are focused on getting their fiscal house in order to prepare for the impending tax season. To assist them this year, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is not only highlighting...

20 Nov 12 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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Late last week, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and its federal and state partners announced a significant development in the agency’s ongoing “Operation Lost Opportunity” crackdown on illegitimate business opportunities that over promise and under deliver to millions of consumers. A number of...

9 Nov 12 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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As the news about Hurricane Sandy’s devastation in the Northeast continues to unfold, a cautionary tale is emerging, one that should hit home with business opportunity, franchise and other small business owners in particular. The reason? Most of them could just as easily be in the same predicament. It’s...

23 Oct 12 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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Stop. Think. Connect. That’s the name of the national campaign designed to enhance public awareness about cybersecurity and its very real threat to America’s safety and its businesses in particular. Its message is definitely a necessary one... A new survey of U.S. small- and medium-sized...

15 Oct 12 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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As the old saying goes, time waits for no man…or woman for that matter. And as a home-based or other small business opportunity or franchise owner who has to do it all, all of the time, nobody knows that better than you. Running your own operation, even if you do have some help, can be overwhelming,...

25 Sep 12 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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As a young person just out of school, the idea of starting a business of your own—especially when the job market is still tight—may sound appealing. And buying into an already established business model like a home-based or other business opportunity or franchise as opposed to starting from scratch may...

19 Sep 12 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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Many business opportunity, distributorship, licensee opportunity and small franchise owners, in fact the vast majority of them, have only one or a just a few employees. In fact, it is estimated that 96% of all firms in the U.S. have fewer than 50 employees, while more than 78% are non-employers—businesses...

4 Sep 12 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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If you’re a business opportunity, distributorship, licensee opportunity, franchise or other small business owner, we invite you to check out our list of this fall’s upcoming events and conferences, all of which are especially for and about you! It’s our most exhaustive list yet. Plus, we'll post a...

22 Aug 12 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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“I’ve been in business for thirty years and in the drug testing industry for more than 13, and I’ve been pitched by every lead company out there. I’ve never spent a penny on outside advertising until I met you guys!” The

10 Aug 12 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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While 77% of small business owners either did not need additional credit to stay in business or were able to obtain all that they needed this past year, 20% who have borrowed and now owe money have struggled to find much-needed funds, according to a recent Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index poll....

2 Aug 12 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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Business opportunities abound when it comes to mobile apps. In fact, the industry is anticipated to top $100 billion by 2015, five times the size that it is today. The reason? It’s simple really. The world is going mobile, and fast! This year alone, it’s estimated that more than one billion people...

9 Jul 12 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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Just over a week after the Supreme Court’s landmark decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act (ACA) (aka Obamacare), the opinions on both sides of the debate as to how the new law might impact small business owners are all over the map. Calling it a “historic win for the nation’s six million small businesses...

28 Jun 12 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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Dealing with customers who are dissatisfied comes with the territory when you own your own home-based or other small business, business opportunity or franchise. Let’s face it, even the best of us mess up every once in a while. The trick is to take steps to mitigate any serious damage as best you can...

25 May 12 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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Once again it’s an age-old question of nature versus nurture: Can entrepreneurship be taught? Do you need to wait until you have some fancy degree or other credentials before launching your startup? What part of being good at home-based, small or other business ownership is science and what part is art? These...

15 May 12 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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One of the greatest obstacles faced by thousands of returning veterans who are transitioning back into civilian life is in finding long-lasting gainful employment, according to Kevin Humes, the President/CEO of American Veterans Alliance/American Alliance for Disabled Veterans (501 C-3) and co-founder...

26 Apr 12 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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Negotiation is something that home-based or other small business, business opportunity or franchise owners need to contend with, like it or not. Unfortunately, far too many of them think it is okay to just wing it. They don't take the time to refine their skills in this area. As a result, they are doing...

19 Apr 12 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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If you’re a mom (or even a dad) who is currently making the job of raising kids your full-time job and who is also wrestling with the idea of buying a business opportunity or franchise, the recent raging and politically charged debate about what constitutes a “working” mom may hit close to home. Personally,...

12 Apr 12 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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When you own a home-based or other small business, business opportunity or franchise, the words, names, phrases, symbols and logos you use to identify your company and all that it stands for are your brand. They are what defines you and sets you apart. They allow you to create a reputation for yourself...

2 Apr 12 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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Every year at this time there are thousands of new home-based business opportunity owners who sit down to file their final income taxes and wrestle with the idea of whether or not to take the home office deduction. If you’re one of them, then you need to know the general rules for 2012 (tax year 2011) when...

27 Mar 12 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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If you are a small business owner you have options when it comes to how you organize your company from a legal standpoint. As you begin to educate yourself on the choices that are at hand, one very important point to keep in mind is the issue of liability. Liability can be a fairly complicated issue,...

23 Mar 12 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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Launched earlier this week, the United States Postal Service’s newest integrated campaign is designed specifically with the targeted marketing and affordable shipping needs of home-based and other small business...

22 Mar 12 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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The NYSE (New York Stock Exchange) Big StartUp℠ is a new nationwide jobs-growth initiative that will connect young companies and entrepreneurs with corporate America so that the former can benefit from the latter’s support, experience...

7 Mar 12 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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Home-based and other small business owners who are trying to make an honest name for themselves as well as an honest living are all too often the victim of aggressive and even unlawful bullying by larger companies who may feel even remotely threatened by their activities for a whole host of reasons....

5 Mar 12 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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A number of influential small business and entrepreneurial interest groups have joined forces to encourage U.S. Senate leaders to bring pending legislation regarding crowdfunding to the Senate floor for a vote as soon as possible. Citing the fact that crowdfunding legislation has already passed the House...

21 Feb 12 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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If you’re a home-based or other small business opportunity or franchise owner, chances are you’ve heard about the newest social networking option that has all of Silicon Valley talking. Cited by...

14 Feb 12 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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If you’re a home-based or other small business opportunity or franchise owner, chances are you’re among the growing number of individuals just like you who are using mobile applications (or apps) to run your company. And why wouldn’t you? Mobile apps are helping small and medium-sized business owners...

10 Feb 12 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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It’s long been thought that pursuing the dream of owning your own business is a risky proposition. And while some element of uncertainty is an inherent part of any entrepreneurial endeavor, the risks associated with being your own boss in this day and age may not be as great as they once were. Why? First...

21 Jan 12 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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Love him or hate him, there’s one thing we all can agree on. Donald Trump sure knows how to make a buck, and he also knows how to rebound from seemingly insurmountable failure too. That being said, is it any wonder that his books are so popular―especially in this day and age when the prospect of taking...


14 Jan 12 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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The events and conferences designed to inform, educate, celebrate and inspire today's prospective and established entrepreneurs are considerable in number once again this year.  Here's a look at what's going on around the U.S. by region: Note: Just click on the event title for more information.

10 Jan 12 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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As of March 1, 2012, business opportunity sellers will be required to comply with the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) new and finalized Business Opportunity Rule. The

28 Dec 11 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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Autonomy and control are two of the key benefits to self-employment that many returning veterans might find attractive, according to Michael Haynie, Director of the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University. In a recent interview on

15 Dec 11 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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Three key pieces of legislation are currently being bandied about in Congress, bringing the debate over government regulation and its effects on small businesses very much into the national spotlight this holiday season. Not surprisingly, the arguments about what the implications of these bills would...

6 Dec 11 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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Although the formal results have yet to be tallied and released by American Express (the driving force behind this year’s second annual Small Business Saturday), all indications are that this newest complement to the annual holiday shopping-kickoff weekend is here to stay. Not only are local merchants...

23 Nov 11 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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Business opportunity and franchise owners who conduct much of their business online have good reason to believe that Cyber Monday 2011 will be a good and profitable day. According to a recent...

8 Nov 11 Posted by: Kevin James Culp
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If ever there was a business concept whose time has arrived when it comes to franchising, it’s the food truck. So I can’t help but wonder why so many of the most successful food truck owners out there today are not jumping at the chance to replicate their success in other areas of the country. For...

25 Oct 11 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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The impending release of Amazon’s new Kindle Fire on November 15 has many home-based and other small business opportunity and franchise owners wondering if this new tablet has what it takes to compete with Apple’s iPad.  With a price tag of just $199 as compared to the iPad’s base model at $499, it sure...

20 Oct 11 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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Launched last year by American Express two days after Thanksgiving, Small Business Saturday is designed to build support for small businesses by encouraging consumers to think small when buying big on the most popular shopping weekend of the year.  It’s any small business owner's

4 Oct 11 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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Facebook, the National Federation of Independent Business Owners (NFIB) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce recently announced a nationwide joint initiative to help small businesses acquire and retain customers....

27 Sep 11 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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BusinessOpportunity.com has announced it will sponsor a California-based expo focused on helping home-based business entrepreneurs in early February 2012.  Scheduled to be held at the Hyatt Regency Valencia and Santa Clarita Conference Center on February 18 and 19, the Biz@Home expo will provide aspiring...

23 Sep 11 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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All of us can always use a few tips on how to become a better and more effective leader, especially if we are business opportunity or franchise owners.  In his new book, “Win,” best-selling author, leading pollster and communications expert, Dr. Frank Luntz focuses on the nine key principles that he...

8 Sep 11 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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If you’re a small business owner in one of eleven key states or the District of Columbia, you may be able to benefit from a recent lending initiative announced by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.  Designed to spur private-sector job growth, the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) will...

30 Aug 11 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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Earthquakes, floods, tornados, hurricanes…  Mother Nature has not been kind to us lately.  As a home-based or other small business opportunity or franchise owner, you may be particularly vulnerable to the elements.  In fact, an estimated 25% of the thousands of businesses that are adversely affected...

19 Aug 11 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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It’s no secret that the U.S. Postal Service (USPS)―a quasi-governmental agency that is virtually self-sustaining― has been hemorrhaging money these last few years, to the tune of more than $8 billion in the last year alone to be exact.  As a result, smaller post offices with what has been labeled “low...

4 Aug 11 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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Cloud computing has picked up steam in just the past few years as a staple of business function management according to a whole host of recent studies on the subject.  Furthermore, the prediction is that the increase in cloud computing services by businesses of all shapes and sizes will be nothing less...

2 Aug 11 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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If you’re a home-based or other small business or franchise owner who already knows the answer, then you’re ahead of the pack.  A recent survey by Newtek Business Services, The Small Business Authority found that...

28 Jul 11 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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Home-based and other small business opportunity or franchise owners beware!  A recent study by the Pew Charitable Trusts showed that many of you may be putting...

26 Jul 11 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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The debate over whether or not online retailers should be made to pay sales tax on products sold in states where they do not have a considerable physical presence is at full boil now that the issue is affecting America’s most populous state of California.  The state’s attorney general ruled last week...

22 Jul 11 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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As a home-based or other small business owner, you’re used to having to wear many hats at once.  That being the case, chances are that on more than one occasion you’ve cursed the amount of time you’ve had to spend doing simple tasks like organizing your database of leads, cherry picking targeted contacts...

15 Jul 11 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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BusinessOpportunity.com advertisers can now have their leads automatically uploaded quickly and easily directly to their SalesForce.com CRM account, saving them countless hours of input-computing time and allowing them to manage their leads more effectively.  This FREE, value-added service is just one...

12 Jul 11 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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According to Jim Breyer, Managing Partner of Accel Partners, during a Stanford entrepreneurship lecture series from 2005, the best and most successful entrepreneurs―particularly Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook―are...

22 Jun 11 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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Tired of your home-based or other small business opportunity or franchise being just some ordinary .com, .org or .net?  Thanks to a crucial vote on Monday by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers...

13 Jun 11 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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Linear barcodes, which are one-dimensional and the kind we see most frequently on the products we purchase today, became commonplace in the 1980’s, despite the fact that the technology had been patented some thirty years before.  A new...

10 Jun 11 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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A recent poll of 250 unemployed, middle-aged men commissioned by Newsweek and featured in the April 25 issue’s article entitled “Dead Suit Walking,” found that 84% of them had been unemployed for six months...

6 Jun 11 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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Buying a business opportunity, distributorship or small franchise and going into business for yourself is a risky endeavor.  If you’re an entrepreneur at heart, then you’re certainly no stranger to the concept of risk, that's for sure.  But inherent in anything risky is the possibility, in fact the likelihood,...

18 May 11 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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Chances are that if you're a home-based or other small business or franchise owner, especially one who conducts most of your business online, you're all too familiar with "eTaxes" and the impact they currently have and will have on your livelihood in the coming year or so.  For those reading this who...

17 May 11 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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If you are a home-based or other small business or franchise owner who is already using some type of free, internet-based form of telephony (aka VoIP or voice over IP) to get the job done, consider yourself not only smart, but light years ahead when it comes to business-to-business communications.  For...

16 May 11 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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National Small Business Week 2011 kicks off today with a week-long vigorous line-up of festivities in Washington, DC that includes guest speaker seminars, national award ceremonies and networking events for entrepreneurs, government officials and members of the press.  Hosted by the

28 Apr 11 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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Business owners of all shapes and sizes all too often make a critical misstep in the hiring process―they don’t take the time to learn good, solid interviewing skills.  Unfortunately, this can be a very costly mistake, as hiring the wrong person can take quite a toll on any business’ bottom line in the...

21 Apr 11 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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Two events in the upcoming month of May will focus national attention on America’s small businesses―one primarily in recognition of all that small businesses do to bolster our economic stability and the other to foster the ability of entrepreneurs to make their voices heard in Washington.  Registration...

19 Apr 11 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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We’re all seriously cell phone dependent at this point, for sure.  But as a home-based or other small business owner, your cell phone may very well be of particular importance to you and your livelihood.  In fact, it may be all that stands between you and closing the next deal.  Introduced in 2008,...

13 Apr 11 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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A somewhat buried, three-paragraph pay-for in last year’s new healthcare legislation has been approved by the Senate for repeal, much to the relief of the nation’s small businesses and their advocates.  The provision would have required companies to report to the IRS payments of more than $600 per year...

12 Apr 11 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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A recent Gallup poll showed that 16.3% of adults in the U.S. were uninsured as of February 2011.  And the percentage of Americans who receive health insurance benefits through their employer dropped to a low of 44.6%, the lowest it has been in the past three years.  On the flip side, the percentage of...

8 Apr 11 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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One of the key provisions set forth in the new 2010 healthcare law allows for the creation of healthcare exchanges.  A healthcare exchange is in essence an organized marketplace where both individuals and small employers can shop for insurance coverage.  The basic premise is that risk is diffused when...

6 Apr 11 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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Findings from a recently conducted poll of small, California-based employers reveal that the majority of them are unfamiliar with the provisions in the new healthcare...

1 Apr 11 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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While many home-based and other small businesses and franchises continue to  struggle in the wake of the most recent economic downturn, there are some indicators from both the past month and week that are cause for optimism.  The Index of Small-Business Optimism, the number of jobless claims and consumer...

24 Mar 11 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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If you’re currently unemployed or in a job that you hate and just need that extra nudge to start your own home-based or other small business opportunity or franchise, look no further than a recent study that shows just how much having the wrong job can negatively affect you―every bit as much or more...

21 Mar 11 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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In the largest worldwide acquisition in almost a year, AT&T has announced its purchase of T-Mobile USA for $39 billion.  Should the deal meet with regulatory approval, AT&T will become the biggest U.S. mobile-phone carrier by far―surpassing Verizon Wireless, its closest rival, and controlling...

15 Mar 11 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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Any small or even home-based business owner knows all too well that plastic reigns supreme in today’s marketplace.  According to the Federal Reserve, debit card payments in particular have grown more than any other form of payment in the last decade to a height of 37.9 billion total transactions in 2009....

4 Mar 11 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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Google recently announced that it would be making considerable changes to its search-results algorithm.  Why?  Two reasons:  content farms and webspam. For far too long now, many sites have been guilty of “gaming” the system when it comes to their rankings.  As opposed to offering fresh and original...

22 Feb 11 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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As a home-based or other small business owner, if you’ve at all been hesitant to invest in a website or actively market your business online or via social media such as Facebook or Twitter, a recent research study by the Pew Research Center proves you might be making a very big mistake.  It found significant...

16 Feb 11 Posted by: Kevin James Culp
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The answer is simple really and three-fold.  One, working with kids or pets requires true commitment and a passion for what you do.  Two, both fields can be incredibly rewarding both personally and financially.  And three, given how much we all love our kids and our pets―they are a member of the family...

14 Feb 11 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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This month the Commerce Department’s U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced its new “Three Track” program, which allows for patent applicants to choose the speed with which their application is processed.  Acknowledging the key role that intellectual property plays in promoting innovation...

9 Feb 11 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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If you own a home-based or other small business, chances are you’ve struggled over the last few years to obtain credit―so much so that you may have given up trying.  According to new survey data collected by The Gallup Organization for the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), you aren’t...

4 Feb 11 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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BusinessOpportunity.com now naturally ranks for more than 500 of the most popular keyword search terms―in both the singular and plural forms in most cases―used by individuals who are proactively searching for a business opportunity, distributorship, licensee opportunity or small franchise.  Moreover,...

1 Feb 11 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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Owners of small or home-based business opportunity enterprises, beware the short-sighted sale!  While it might seem financially prudent in the short-term to hire just about anyone who says they’ve got what it takes to replicate your success, you’d be foolish to do so.  “Why?” you ask.  After all, isn’t...

26 Jan 11 Posted by: Kevin James Culp
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An old joke, I know―one that isn’t particularly funny once you find out it may be true.  And it gets even worse when you find it to be true only after you’ve spent money with someone and bought their act.  It is one thing to try using a particular advertising medium only to find out that it did not work...

24 Jan 11 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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As a small business owner, you should know about the debate that is raging right now regarding whether or not a growing number of states have the right to demand that online retailers, such as Amazon.com, collect sales tax on products sold to customers in those states.  Perhaps surprisingly to some,...

21 Jan 11 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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In a recent op-ed for The Wall Street Journal featured on WSJ.com on January 18, President Barack Obama announced he would sign an executive order stipulating that a reasonable balance between...

18 Jan 11 Posted by: Zipporah Porton
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The grandfather of all smartphones, the BlackBerry was the product that started the entire revolution.  While some think that using a BlackBerry is the only way to do business, others feel that the Droid and iPhone have surpassed the BlackBerry and are in a league of their own.  In the last part of this...

13 Jan 11 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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An independent agency of the U.S. government, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is tasked with protecting consumers through the elimination and prevention of what regulators perceive to be "anti-competitive" business activities.  Inherent to the agency's mission are the concepts of fairness and the...

10 Jan 11 Posted by: Zipporah Porton
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In this day and age, a smartphone is a must, but the tough part is figuring out which one is the best choice for you as a home-based or any other type of business or business opportunity owner.  In the first part of this series, we examined what makes the iPhone a good fit for any small business entrepreneur....

7 Jan 11 Posted by: Zipporah Porton
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For small business owners, having a smartphone is a must.  You never know when you’re going to need to contact a client or solve a crisis on the go.  Having access to e-mails and other important business-related documents at a moment’s notice at all times is therefore critical.  While it's more likely when...

27 Dec 10 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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These exciting and informative conferences, forums and meetings are designed to help you with all aspects of your home-based or other small or medium- sized business, distributorship, licensee opportunity or franchise.   Check out what’s going on in your region of the country this winter and throughout...

7 Dec 10 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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Whether you own a home-based or other small business, distributorship, licensee operation or franchise, chances are you run so hard all year long that you feel as if you can barely catch your breath.  For many of you, the slowdown in business that often occurs at this time of year can be somewhat of...

30 Nov 10 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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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...

21 Oct 10 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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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...

27 Sep 10 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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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...

17 Sep 10 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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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...

7 Sep 10 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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You’re a self-made business owner with a great product/service to sell and a brand you can be proud of.  You’ve been in business long enough that you think it’s time to expand your operations.  Sure, there’s always the option to just open more stores/outlets of your own.  But then you somehow have to...

13 Aug 10 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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Today’s technology is here to assist all of us in a big way when it comes to sales and marketing, but relying on it too heavily can be a huge mistake!  Here’s why… Autoresponders…it’s a relatively new term for a relatively new concept.  In the old days, a lead would come in and you’d get busy working...

28 Jul 10 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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It’s an age-old argument in business…Which is more important?  Which one should command the most attention and effort?  Marketing or sales?  Here’s why the battle about which one matters most really needs to be about balance… Imagine for a moment a balance scale with an empty plate hung by chains...

26 Jun 10 Posted by: admin
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Chicago, IL BusinessOpportunity.com launched its completely re-engineered website today.  The site’s new design and its associated functions will enhance end-user navigability and customer satisfaction...

23 Jun 10 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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It’s Monday morning at 8 a.m., time for your weekly sales meeting.  Chances are, if you’re a salesperson, you’re dreading yet one more session where one or more of the following occurs:
  • There’s really no concrete agenda, so the conversation just wanders with no real set goal in mind.  In...

21 Apr 10 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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Working from home has its benefits, that’s for sure. No commute, no overhead, the money you make is your own, you’ve got the flexibility to do what you need to do when you need to do it, you’re your own boss… Wait a minute! These last two can certainly be great perks of the work-at-home lifestyle, but...

12 Apr 10 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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Cold Calling Is Still a Worthwhile Sales and Marketing Strategy, but Only If It’s Done the Right Way With the arrival of computer technology the likes of which we’ve never seen before, not to mention cell phones and social marketing beyond our wildest dreams,...

9 Apr 10 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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Pundits from all sides are arguing over the best approaches to financial reform… BusinessOpportunity.com takes a look at the debate over how the proposed Consumer Financial Protection Agency (CFPA) might impact the nation’s small businesses. When the nation’s mainstream press, newspaper op-ed pages...

19 Mar 10 Posted by: Kevin James Culp
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Are you looking to increase sales but seem to lack that ultra-creative subject line that catches everyone’s attention? Do you want to attract more customers and turn your website visitors, newsletter signup data and leads into real, measurable consumer impressions? I’m thinking that if you’re still...

15 Mar 10 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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This Is The New Business Start-Up Planning Pep Talk You Might Not Want But You Definitely Need! The idea of starting your own business is so exciting. You start looking for the right business or licensee opportunity, distributorship or other small franchise to meet your goals and...

11 Mar 10 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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Foreclosure Cleanouts: It’s A DIRTY JOB, But Somebody’s Got To Make Great Money Doing It!  Why Not You? An estimated 2.8 million U.S. properties became foreclosure casualties in 2009, according to RealtyTrac®, the leading online marketplace for foreclosure properties. That’s a 21%...

16 Feb 10 Posted by: Kevin James Culp
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In this article, I’ll help you understand what an Alexa ranking is, how the Alexa ranking system works, ways that you can boost your rankings and what you need to do to keep your rankings up. Also, I’ll expose some weaknesses involved in using Alexa as a reliable means to measure your traffic and overall...

14 Jan 10 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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Thousands of dollars worth of gold, platinum and silver is discarded everyday by consumers, and they don’t even realize it. Scrap electronics, catalytic converters from junked cars and old jewelry are just a few of the sources at your disposal to generate significant additional income. That is if you...

11 Jan 10 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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Excellent customer service is the ability of an organization to constantly and consistently exceed the customer's expectations… No one is certain just where this definition came from, but it seems to be the one most experts agree best articulates just what customer service...

9 Jan 10 Posted by: Kevin James Culp
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The number one reason why more advertisers or lead buyers don’t close on more leads that they either receive from an online ad or buy is that they don’t “work” the leads properly. You might be one of those who receives leads every day only to not know how to work...

9 Jan 10 Posted by: Kevin James Culp
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There are dozens of quality Web Directories, Business Directories and Article Resource Directories on which to place your company’s URL. They play a critical role in how you can drive both free and paid traffic to your website. Let’s talk about free directories first, as they might...

7 Jan 10 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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Any entrepreneur with an ounce of street smarts can see the potential profits to be made by owning one of the most exciting, interactive and unique crowd pleasers ever invented… a genuine Surf Simulators Hawaii indoor surf simulator. These totally portable, lightweight and easy-to-assemble attractions...

18 Dec 09 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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If you’re someone who’s interested in starting a vending business of your own or expanding the one you already have, then why not choose one that’s not only going to generate some serious revenue, but that makes a positive impact...

28 Oct 09 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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Unemployment and tight credit still pose significant challenges to many individuals and businesses, but all signs are that we’re making a slow ascent out of perhaps the greatest economic downturn of our time. “Cautiously optimistic” is the buzz phrase of the day. If the leading economic...

25 Sep 09 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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You’ve spent much of your career in a boardroom. You’re well spoken. Dealing with movers and shakers is second nature to you. You’d like to find a way to build a business of your own that’s profitable and flexible, providing in-demand products and services to businesses of all shapes and sizes. Well,...

3 Sep 09 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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If you love animals and want to make a respectable living providing a much-needed and in-demand service in your community…all from your own home, then the At Home Pet Network might be just the right option for you! There’s never been an opportunity for you to start a business of your very own quite...

26 Feb 09 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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Some Good News for the Home Improvement Industry… Opportunities Abound If You Seize Them! The housing market is in somewhat of a slump. Okay, maybe it’s more than a slump. Any way you want to look at it, many Americans are coming to grips with the fact that they won’t be moving...

9 Jan 09 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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Jason* always wanted to own his own business. When he was young, he was always hatching a plan to sell something or provide a service so he could make money. He worked hard. Shoveling snow, raking leaves, mowing lawns, selling stationary…no job was too small or too dirty, as long as the dough rolled...

23 Jul 08 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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The world’s gasoline reserves are running out. It’s not a matter of if, but when. Supply will never be able to keep up with demand. Oh sure, we can debate the merits of off- shore drilling or tapping the known and yet undiscovered wealth of resources beneath our own, often protected, soil. But...

1 Jul 08 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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Well over 300 people turn 60 every hour in the United States. Each of them is a Baby Boomer. They are an unprecedented generation both in terms of their sheer numbers and their collective insistence on reinventing the overall American landscape with oftentimes progressive notions of what it means to...

16 Jun 08 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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Maybe it’s because you haven’t yet landed that dream job you hoped for right out of college. Or, you’ve lost faith in what was once the more traditional standard for employment, where employee loyalty was reciprocated by employers. Perhaps, you’ve always been someone who takes the initiative and works...





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