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21 Nov 13 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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Win! Win big! It’s a mantra that strikes at the core of what comprises most if not all “entrepreneur DNA,” and it’s especially top of mind in the run up to this year’s Super Bowl on February 2 in MetLife Stadium as four small businesses are battling it out in the make-or-break competition of a lifetime! In...
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14 Nov 13 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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With the 2014 tax return season coming to a rapid close and if you’re a small business owner in particular, finding ways to reduce your income tax rates is always a great goal. While it might sound counterintuitive, one of the best things you can do, as the old saying goes, is “spend money to save money.” Why?...
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24 Oct 13 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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Results from the newly released Deluxe Annual Holiday Shopping Survey™ show that 35 percent of consumers plan to shop local and small this year, compared to just 27 percent last year. And hey, a full third of the more than $600 billion that is estimated to be spent this year is quite a chunk of change! Could...
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21 Oct 13 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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Twice each year, American Express OPEN’s Small Business Monitor releases its findings from a nationally representative sample survey of more than 1,000 small business owners and managers of companies with fewer than 100 employees. The result? An ongoing year-over-year and bi-annual comparison that provides...
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23 Sep 13 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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The prerequisite for buying a business opportunity, or into any other proven business model, and growing it into a successful enterprise of your very own certainly doesn’t demand any particular level of higher education, not in most instances anyway. However, that’s not to say that earning those extra...
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23 Aug 13 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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With hurricane season upon us and recent news about all the crazy wildfires in the western part of the country, it’s a great time to focus on what you can do as a business opportunity or other small business owner to protect your assets and everything you’ve worked so hard to build. Moreover, September...
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15 May 13 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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Are you an aspiring business opportunity, franchise or other small business entrepreneur who needs help organizing all those great thoughts and ambitious plans rattling around in your...
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18 Jan 13 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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The turnover of a new year is the perfect time to take a hard look at what you can do to preserve your sanity as an overworked business opportunity, franchise...
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4 Dec 12 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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Are you an aspiring home-based or other small business owner who is still struggling with whether or not to make that business opportunity investment or franchise opportunity investment? If so, serially successful entrepreneur Geoffrey Clapp has a message of inspiration for you. As the narrator of...
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29 Nov 12 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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If you’re one of those business opportunity, franchise or other small business owners who naturally assumed the holidays would bring a much-needed boost to your retail or online sales, and you have yet to take a proactive approach, you may want to rethink that. While Black Friday may be over, the bulk...
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14 Nov 12 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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More than 80 percent of small businesses and non-profits expect to increase their use of mobile technology to plan and manage their events in the coming year, according to a new survey from EventSpot™ from Constant Contact, Inc. However, 90 percent of them also said they would like to learn more about...
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7 Sep 12 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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Is your goal to own your very own small business, business opportunity or franchise, but you'd like a much-needed pep talk before you jump in?  Or, are you looking for ways that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) might be able to help you along the way? Small Business Owners Speak...
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20 Aug 12 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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September is National Disaster Preparedness Month, a time for home-based and other small business opportunity, franchise and other business owners to focus on whether or not they are prepared to withstand an unforeseen event that could destroy their livelihood, such as a flood or hurricane. According...
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17 Jul 12 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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Many would argue that the secret to success lies in doing what you love. But can you really turn your passion into profits? Whether starting from scratch all on your own or purchasing one of the thousands of already existing and proven successful business or licensee opportunities, distributorships or...
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15 Jun 12 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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Goals and objectives are two terms that are oftentimes used interchangeably, which can present a problem for any prospective business opportunity or franchise owner who is trying to put together a home-based or other small business plan. This basic misunderstanding can particularly pose problems for...
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30 Apr 12 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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According to yesterday’s WSJ.com, far too many baby-boomer business owners are assuming that, when the time comes, they’ll simply cash out or pass the business on and have what it takes to retire. Not so, according to the experts who specialize in business finance and exit-planning. Things aren’t simple...
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17 Apr 12 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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The Information Technology Disaster Resource Center (ITDRC) is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization of IT professionals who provide technology continuity and recovery assistance to communities and small businesses that are affected by disasters. In an effort to bolster the survivability odds of small...
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5 Apr 12 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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It’s tax time again, time to take a cold hard look at what you make, what you owe and what you need to be doing to save for the future. The trouble is that retirement planning for far too many home-based and other small business, business opportunity or franchise owners in particular just isn’t a priority,...
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5 May 11 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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An unknown author once said that, “In the absence of clearly defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily acts of trivia.”  And boy is it ever true, especially if you work from home each and every day where it’s far too easy to get distracted from the job at hand and do something other...
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23 Dec 10 Posted by: Kevin James Culp
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So you think you’re organized?  Maybe that’s true of your dusty, messy desk that you cleaned up just the other day.  Windex, Pledge, a few file folders and a shredder can work wonders, it’s true.  However, have you given the same degree of thought to organizing your time?  Getting added value out...
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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...
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18 Aug 10 Posted by: Zipporah Porton
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You’d like to own your business, but you don’t have an MBA. Does this mean you’re making a bad move? Not necessarily. Earning an MBA appears to be the “thing to do” right now as more and more college graduates opt to continue their education by enrolling in business school. Additionally, more professionals...
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25 Feb 10 Posted by: Kevin James Culp
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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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23 Feb 10 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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If you’ve ever operated a home-based business opportunity or even a large franchise you know that setting goals is critical to gagging your success. Setting goals should be an integral part of your overall business strategy from the very first day. Taking advice on what those goals should be can be tricky...
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10 Feb 10 Posted by: Kevin James Culp
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For many, it is no secret that the economy isn’t doing as well on the recovery side as planned. As a result, this affords you the chance to take a few small steps back to make some revised or new plans. Question: Assuming you wrote one when you purchased your business opportunity, home-based business...
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22 Dec 09 Posted by: Kevin James Culp
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In business, if you don’t know where you’ve been or where you’re going how do you know when you’ve arrived? The simple answer is that you don’t and need a well-established road map in getting there. I have seen many people struggle when buying a business opportunity or small franchise. They rely too...
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20 Dec 09 Posted by: Kevin James Culp
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Seeking new types of customers should be something you do each week as a basic exercise for your budding home-based business, distributorship, or small franchise. I dislike the cliché “think outside the box” however; it does seem to apply here. If you don’t consistently expand your prospects and/or...
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18 Dec 09 Posted by: Kevin James Culp
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One really easy thing you can do to make more money while being more efficient with your valuable time is getting organized as much as possible before you start any task. If you own a home-based business or an online internet business operated from your home, staying focused is key. However, did you...
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16 Dec 09 Posted by: Kevin James Culp
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If you want to get noticed by the media, you need a media kit. A media kit is a packet of information about your business, product or service that is created for use by the press. Its purpose is to provide media members with the necessary data to report on your business. In many cases, your media...
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24 Nov 09 Posted by: Kevin James Culp
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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 difficult, yet equally important task is knowing what to look for when you...
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23 Nov 09 Posted by: Kevin James Culp
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If you don’t know how to track your existing website traffic, you’re missing out on a critical marketing element that can aid you in many ways, not the least of which is sales. You can turn visitors into customers using a few easy tools. You just need to know what they are and how to apply them. The...
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13 Nov 09 Posted by: Kevin James Culp
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A well-written press release is nothing without the distribution channels that “gets the word out”. In some cases, this can cost you a pretty penny if you don’t know where to source free methods. Often, for home-based business owners it is a matter of “how much and for what you get in return” that...
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11 Nov 09 Posted by: Kevin James Culp
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Advertising programs, and especially lead generation programs, take time to develop. In some cases, you need to be committed for a long period of time 
to determine how it develops before drawing conclusions in terms of its efficacy. For over two years now, I've discovered while working in the Business...
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5 Nov 09 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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With every venture large and small there comes a time when you can’t do it all. It’s at this juncture, as you are  reaching a critical mass, that you can potentially make a tremendous costly mistake that can come back to haunt you for many a moon. Many home-based business owners start out on their...
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4 Nov 09 Posted by: Kevin James Culp
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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 I love about a home-based business is the flexibility it gives you. However,...
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27 Oct 09 Posted by: Kevin James Culp
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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, BusinessOppotunity.com has dozens of Home Based businesses...
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13 Oct 09 Posted by: Kevin James Culp
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Starting a home based business requires passion, time, money, faith, and a lot of hard work. It is not an easy thing to do and success is not a given. However, there are certain practices that can help your home based business be successful. Whether you want to grow into a worldwide, multi-million...
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6 Oct 09 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
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There are many factors that go into whether or not a small or home based business is a success or a failure. Competition, the economy, or just bad luck could all play a factor in how far a business goes. The most important element however is still the person or group of people that started the business...
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6 Aug 09 Posted by: Kevin James Culp
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If you're reading this, it's safe to say you have spent a great deal of time researching many different Home Based Business Opportunities trying to find the one that is the best fit for you. This can be a daunting task as there are 1000's upon 1000's of opportunities out there and it's very easy to be...
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