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At almost some point in your intrepid entrepreneurial career you will find yourself in the need of the financial wherewithal to fund a project you desire to get off the ground.  Maybe it is "off the ground" per say, but needs an infusion of cash to really start producing.  So, how do you find this seed...
Most American households have at least one pet. Pet ownership in the U.S. has more than tripled from the 1970s, when approximately 67 million households had pets, to 2012, when there were 164 million owning pets. In other words, in 2012, 62 percent of American households included at least one pet. So,...
This was my runner-up to the Book-of-the-Month and is our in paperback by Dr Jerry LeMieux (Author), MGen James O Poss (Introduction). If you want to start a drone business, this is the book for you. From horse carriage to car, from standalone PC to internet, drones will revolutionize the aviation industry....
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26 Apr 15 Posted by: Kevin James Culp
in Growth & Profit
"According to a recent study, 81% of B2B Marketing and Sales professionals are using an insights-based approach as part of their strategy. These team of professionals commonly develop four types of insight-driven content, which are:
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18 Apr 15 Posted by: Kevin James Culp
in Growth & Profit
Very often we let our advertisers speak for us and it works out well. “My company has tried several companies in the past to generate good quality leads, then we ran across businessopportunity.com. We conducted a test by purchasing one email blast...
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29 Mar 15 Posted by: Kevin James Culp
in Growth & Profit
Surprisingly, email marketing and being a top sales performer go hand-in-hand. If you can't write a proficient, succinct email that is error free or close to it for everything from a sales proposal to just the mundane conversations representatives have with their clients you are sunk my friend. If...
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28 Mar 15 Posted by: Kevin James Culp
in Growth & Profit
I was asked recently, what tool that I use the most during any given sales day. It took me awhile to figure out a suitable answer because I no longer employ just one piece of technology, I wrap several into one to create a picture of the prospect before I call, while I’m working them and during &...
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22 Mar 15 Posted by: Kevin James Culp
in Growth & Profit
"Nowadays, the best way to get into the Top of Google, is to target long tail keywords because they are much less competitive, more profitable and less risky. In addition, they can bring you the same or even bigger number of visitors as a short keyword if you invest in these long tail...
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17 Mar 15 Posted by: Kevin James Culp
in Growth & Profit
"I recently came across the fifth annual B2B Content Marketing Benchmarks, Budgets, and Trends – North America report by the Content Marketing Institute on the Salesforce website and thought I would share their findings with you. I think you’ll find the stats and trends in content marketing...
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7 Mar 15 Posted by: Kevin James Culp
in Growth & Profit
We make connections with 100's of various business opportunities each day and from what we can gather, gleam and pull from conversations are that people however reluctantly have to agree that things are looking up.
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3 Mar 15 Posted by: Kevin James Culp
in Growth & Profit
Do you really need a Start-up budget to work from?  Answer - yes.  We see people going into business each day without a Start-up budget or such a limited one that success may be fleeting before they really get “into business”. Said person’s will purchase an opportunity of some type and feel that is all...
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23 Nov 14 Posted by: Kevin James Culp
in Growth & Profit

900% Increase Special Sauce Edition v1.4: When To Call & When Not To Call Is The Single Question that InsideSales.com focused on for this study: When should companies call web-generated leads for optimal contact and qualification ratios?

Our agency...
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22 Nov 14 Posted by: Kevin James Culp
in Growth & Profit
Back to Work Special Sauce Edition v1.3: Effective Qualifying - The Critical Selling Skill: Listen & Learn About Your Potential Client’s Needs To Increase Your Close Ratio. Over the years I’ve never strayed from my golden rule #1 in relation to sales and this is especially...
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26 Dec 13 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
in Growth & Profit
Given the recent news that gross domestic product (GDP) grew at a 4.1 percent annualized rate in the third quarter, its fastest pace in almost two years, and that the jobless rate fell to 7 percent in November, which is its lowest level in five years, there are finally some good signs the economy is...
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6 Nov 13 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
in Growth & Profit
If you’re a business opportunity or other small business owner who is looking for a loan to grow your business, a couple of new options came online in the last few weeks that you may want to know more about… Paychex Small Business Loan Resource Center Payroll provider Paychex has...
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11 Oct 13 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
in Growth & Profit
Business opportunity and other small- to medium-sized business (SMB) owners who want to learn more about how they can track and manage their own travel expenses and that of their employees have a FREE resource to get them started. It’s a sample expense policy template and guide from Concur, a leading...
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26 Aug 13 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
in Growth & Profit
For business opportunity and other small business and medium sized (SMB) owners who already use Twitter as a professional networking and marketing tool and for those who have wondered whether or not tweeting pays off when it comes to generating more business, the verdict is in. Getting Twitter followers...
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19 Aug 13 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
in Growth & Profit
For the second year running, direct marketing leader Valpak® has announced it will be giving some nice chunks of change to small businesses who want to grow their operations as part of its Dough to Grow Award initiative for 2013. The contest runs from September 1 through October 31.
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26 Apr 13 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
in Growth & Profit
Ever since the President proposed raising the minimum wage from the current rate of $7.25 an hour to $9 during his State of the Union address back in February,
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25 Mar 13 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
in Growth & Profit
The past few weeks have witnessed a flurry of activity when it comes to new tools, services and products that home-based and other small business opportunity, franchise and other small business owners can use to run their businesses more efficiently, to grow and become more profitable. Here are five...
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12 Mar 13 Posted by: admin
in Growth & Profit
Getting the word out in your community so folks are aware of your new company and the products or services it provides is a critical first step. If you ultimately want to be successful, you will need to create as many alliances as you can. One great, low-cost way to do this is by
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16 Jan 13 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
in Growth & Profit
Unfortunately, a number of scams and cybersecurity threats are once again making national news, especially because they are oftentimes targeting small business owners in particular. If you are a business opportunity,
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8 Jan 13 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
in Growth & Profit
Okay, so now that the dust has settled on the most recent fiscal cliff crisis, it’s time to take stock of what it all means for small business owners, especially given that there was so much attention paid to the impact that actually going over the cliff would have had on them specifically. While the...
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26 Dec 12 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
in Growth & Profit
While growth in the franchise business opportunity category in the coming year is expected to be a little bit slower than it was in 2012, the overall franchising industry will continue to outpace growth in many other business sectors, according to a new report. Prepared for the International Franchise...
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28 Nov 12 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
in Growth & Profit
Now that all the numbers have been crunched and the data is in, it’s safe to say that this year’s Small Business Saturday was on balance a great success. But then many of you business opportunity, franchise and other small business owners know that already, right? At least we hope so given that an estimated...
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13 Nov 12 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
in Growth & Profit
Just when we thought Skype was giving the phone companies enough of a run for their money, now Microsoft’s relatively recent acquisition has added something new. It’s a platform designed especially for business opportunity and other small business and franchise owners that connects them free-of-charge...
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10 Oct 12 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
in Growth & Profit
According to projections released last week by both the National Retail Federation (NRF) and its digital division Shop.org, the forecasts for holiday sales in 2012 are looking good. In fact, NRF’s anticipated increase of 4.1% to $586.1 billion in sales this year is higher than the 10-year average of...
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3 Oct 12 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
in Growth & Profit
During the month of October, Valpak®, the well-known leader in print and digital coupons, is searching for North America’s favorite small business, and the winner will receive $10,000! Recognizing how difficult it is for small businesses to overcome obstacles and grow, especially given today’s tough...
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19 Jul 12 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
in Growth & Profit
Are you a small- or medium-sized business (SMB), business opportunity, distributorship, licensee or franchise owner who could take your business to a whole other level if you could travel further more often? Maybe you work from home and having the ability to visit with prospective customers in different...
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11 Jun 12 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
in Growth & Profit
A SWOT analysis is something every small business opportunity or franchise owner needs to know about and execute on a regular basis. It’s one of the easiest―and dare we say most fun―strategic planning tools you have at your disposal.

The acronym, SWOT, simply stands for Strengths, Weaknesses,...
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17 May 12 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
in Growth & Profit
When starting your own work-at-home or other small business, it’s always a challenge to know what to charge for your products and services, that is if you are doing things correctly. The biggest mistake many small business owners make―especially those who are relatively new to entrepreneurship―is that...
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6 Apr 12 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
in Growth & Profit
The United States Center for Entrepreneurship (USCFE) announced this week that it is launching a “President’s Club Peer Advisory Groups” initiative designed to help small business owners handle the challenges they face and accept the opportunities that...
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11 Oct 11 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
in Growth & Profit
For successful home-based and other small business owners, the next logical step on your road to success may involve franchising your operation or turning it into a business opportunity.  But how do you know if you’ve got what it takes?  How do you know if your business is ready?  Whether you decide...
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29 Sep 11 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
in Growth & Profit
In a tight economy, offering customers the option to pay over time or in installments can be mighty tempting.  In fact, it oftentimes means the difference between getting work and having the work go elsewhere.  The only problem is that many home-based or other small business opportunity or franchise...
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23 Aug 11 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
in Growth & Profit
With more than 85 million users worldwide and growing at a rate of one new member every second, LinkedIn has become a major presence in today’s business world for professionals of all kinds, including home-based and other small business opportunity and franchise owners.  For those of you who aren’t clear...
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17 Aug 11 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
in Growth & Profit
Okay, so the economic outlook is once again uncertain right now given the recent debt ceiling squabble, Standard and Poor’s recent U.S. downgrade and all the contentious debate and uprisings over in Europe, all of which show no sign of being resolved anytime soon.  Home-based and other small business...
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10 Aug 11 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
in Growth & Profit
A loss leader is a product or service that is priced well below what is usual or customary with two key goals in mind.  One, it draws customers in the hopes that they will make more expensive and profitable purchases with any money they save and once they are paying attention.  And two, it familiarizes...
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22 Jul 11 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
in Growth & Profit
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...
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29 Apr 11 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
in Growth & Profit
According to the spring 2011 edition of the American Express OPEN® Small Business Monitor, a decade-old semi-annual survey of business owners, small-business growth is prevailing over survival for the first...
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22 Apr 11 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
in Growth & Profit
It’s been more than 20 years since Stephen R. Covey wrote his inspiring national bestseller and what has become the definitive work on personal leadership and success, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.”  Fortunately, the wisdom he so ably put forth those many years ago is today every...
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9 Mar 11 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
in Growth & Profit
Harmony:  a consistent, orderly or pleasing arrangement of parts... Much like a great piece of music, a well-run and profitable home-based or other small business is the result of the harmonious melding of a number of critical elements.  Although many would argue that some degree of luck also plays...
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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...
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25 Feb 10 Posted by: Kevin James Culp
in Growth & Profit
Are you living the American Dream by owning your own business? Is your business doing well but you now need to grow? Maybe you aren’t seeing the returns on your business that you thought you would have when you first opened. Maybe you decided to open a home-based business after being laid off or fired?...
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2 Feb 10 Posted by: Kevin James Culp
in Growth & Profit
Auto Responder software programs are not new. These days they are commonplace if you’re used to working with emails or own a website. Many people are comfortable using Auto Response messages for personal purposes to say that you are “out of town” or that you “won’t be returning until after lunch” and...
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31 Dec 09 Posted by: Kevin James Culp
in Growth & Profit
First, let me say Happy New Year and what a year it has been! 2009 was one of the most challenging years for any home-based business in recent memory. Many have learned from the past and plan to get well organized in 2010. Also, many will open a new venture that will thrive in any market climate....
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24 Nov 09 Posted by: Kevin James Culp
in Growth & Profit
If you haven’t assessed how your home-based business stacks up against your competition it's time you faced that challenge. It’s critical to first find your competition (you can probably do that pretty easily). A slightly more...
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4 Nov 09 Posted by: Kevin James Culp
in Growth & Profit
Starting a home-based business is a lot easier than you might think. You can start with your own, or even buy an existing one. But the real challenge comes not in running the business, but in making it grow. The main perk...
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27 Oct 09 Posted by: Kevin James Culp
in Growth & Profit
If you’re trying to be all things to all people you could be missing the boat and tossing money right out the window. Buying a Home-Based Business can be an easy proposition these days. For instance,...
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13 Aug 09 Posted by: Kevin James Culp
in Growth & Profit
Starting your own Home Based Business can be a difficult task, and one that demands a great deal of hard work and organization in order to be successful. However, sometimes as entrepreneurs we get stuck in our routine of daily tasks and “to-do” lists, which can ultimately keep the business from growing.
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