Category : Growth and Profit

Two New Loan-Finding Options for Business Opportunity and Other Small Business Owners

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 partnered with online credit resource hub Biz2Credit to provide small business owners with one-stop access to more than 1,200 lenders nationwide, ... [ Read More ]

FREE Travel Expense Management Guide for Small Business Owners

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 provider of integrated travel and expense management solutions for businesses of all sizes. ... [ Read More ]

How to Win Some Dough to Grow Your Home-Based or Other Small Business

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. Home-based and other small business owners who want to enter this year’s contest do not ... [ Read More ]

America’s Most and Least Friendliest Cities and States for Small Business Owners 2013

Looking to start your own small business, start a company of your own or buy a business opportunity, franchise or maybe even a home-based business? While we’re sure you’re excited about your new venture and what it is you’re about to do, don’t forget that the where is every bit as important—starting with the city and state in which ... [ Read More ]

Five NEW Tools Help Business Opportunity and Other Small Business Owners Grow and Prosper

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 in particular that we think are worth a mention: Simple Performance-Based ... [ Read More ]

Smart Networking to Grow Your Home-Based or Other Small Business for Less

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 networking. This article is intended to provide a few networking tips for ... [ Read More ]

Don’t Let These Latest Small Business Scams Get in The Way of Your Growth and 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, franchise or home-based or other small business owner, or even if you’re simply shopping to buy into one, you may want to be on the lookout for these scams and ... [ Read More ]

2012-13 Fiscal Cliff Deal Tax Incentives for Business Opportunity and Other Small Business Owners

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 details of the deal are somewhat complex and parts of it will undoubtedly have ... [ Read More ]

Franchise Business Opportunity Investment Still A Smart Bet Heading into 2013

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 Association (IFA)’s Educational Foundation by IHS Global Insight, this year’s The Franchise Business Economic Outlook: 2013 ... [ Read More ]

Small Business Saturday. “Black Weekend.” The Results Are In…

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 46% of you made the effort to incorporate Small Business Saturday into your holiday ... [ Read More ]

New Skype Platform Caters to Needs of Small Business Owners

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 and instantly with their potential customers, partners and suppliers…worldwide! With its official launch last week coming on the heels of a six-month beta trial, Skype ... [ Read More ]

Holidays Offer Much in the Way of Business Opportunity…Are You Ready?

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 3.5%, which is some much-needed good news for large and small business owners alike. “This is the most optimistic forecast ... [ Read More ]

Don’t Miss This Opportunity to Win $10k for Your Small Business!

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 economic climate, the company’s first ever Dough-to-Grow Award demonstrates its commitment to “moving businesses forward,” said Michael Vivo, president of Cox Target Media, providers ... [ Read More ]

Win Dozens of Round-Trip Airline Tickets to Grow Your Business

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 cities would make all the difference in whether or not you achieve your goals. What if you could travel for free? What would you ... [ Read More ]

Every Small Business Needs a SWOT Team

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, Opportunities and Threats. When it comes to business, your strengths and weaknesses are considered internal factors over which you can exercise a great ... [ Read More ]

The Biggest Pricing Mistake Small Business Owners Can Make

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 they set a price for their products or services based solely on what the competition is charging. As is true of most ... [ Read More ]

New President’s Club Peer Advisory Group Could Help You Take Your Business to the Next Level

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 come their way. By fostering peer-group exchange among “non-competing” business owners, USCFE hopes to encourage open, honest and confidential feedback that will increase the likelihood that all involved parties ... [ Read More ]

Is Your Business Franchise-Ready?

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 to explore franchising or creating a business opportunity, distributorship, licensee opportunity or some other similar entity, any option ... [ Read More ]

Five Basic Rules for Extending Your Customers Credit

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 owners don’t have much experience when it comes to extending credit to their customers. If you think offering your customers the ... [ Read More ]

Grow Your Business by Getting LinkedIn

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 on just what LinkedIn is all about, it can be best described as a virtual meeting place for anyone ... [ Read More ]

Growing Your Small Business or Franchise in Turbulent Times

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 and franchise owners, many of whom now have become somewhat expert at surviving when things are tight, are now wondering ... [ Read More ]

Using Loss Leaders to Grow Your Existing Business

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 consumers with a company’s products and services, thus assuring their brand loyalty.  Although the ... [ Read More ]

Small Businesses in Growth Mode According to American Express

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 time since 2006.  While the survey reveals that 65% of entrepreneurs anticipate that growth will be slow and steady, the majority of them (56%) are confident enough that things have taken a turn for the better that they ... [ Read More ]

Are You Mature Enough to Grow Your Home-Based or Other Small Business or Franchise?

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 bit as relevant on a number of levels. Take for example the concept of interdependence and how it might relate to ... [ Read More ]

Small Business Profitability in Six-Part Harmony

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 its part, small business profitability often boils down to the consistent, orderly and, yes, pleasing arrangement of six key factors, all ... [ Read More ]

Costly Business Mistakes to Avoid

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 a lot more than a huge enterprise. As a budding entrepreneur, pay ... [ Read More ]

The Top 10 Reasons Why Businesses Fail

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 attitude.  If your attitude going into any new business venture is that failure is not ... [ Read More ]

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