Category : Plans and Goals

Great Opportunities to Win Big for Your Business This Super Bowl Season!

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 case you’ve missed out on all the recent hoopla about this contest, here’s ... [ Read More ]

Think Technology If You Want an IRS Tax Refund This Year

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? Because it’s a great way to reduce your adjusted gross income (AGI). ... [ Read More ]

Holiday Shoppers Are Coming…How Not To Miss Out on This Outstanding Business Opportunity!

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 it be that folks finally are starting to get it that the need ... [ Read More ]

Business Opportunities and Plans for Growth Headed in the Right Direction, According to New Poll

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 much-needed insight on how small business owners are faring and where they believe their greatest business opportunities lie for the foreseeable future. Released late last week, ... [ Read More ]

Setting a Goal for Higher Learning to Make the Most of Every Great Business Opportunity

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 credentials won’t give you a leg up in your particular industry and in your overall desire to be as successful as ... [ Read More ]

FREE Webinar Series Will Help Your Small Business Prepare to Survive Any Disaster

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 is National Preparedness Month. Here’s the thing though. ... [ Read More ]

New FREE Mobile-First App Makes Startup Business Planning Easy

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 head? If so, there’s a new app available to help. Called Elevatr, this mobile-first tool provides a structured and convenient means of converting your most inspiring and creative musings into actual plans and ultimately actionable goals, ... [ Read More ]

How to Set Goals for Your Small Business: First You Zig, Then You Zag

Setting goals as a new start-up business opportunity, franchise or other small business entrepreneur sounds easy, but to get it done right takes some serious thought and effort. Where to begin? A new goal-setting theory proffered by noted author, mentor and small business consultant Rich Christiansen is a great place to start, according to bestselling authors and business success gurus like ... [ Read More ]

A Good New Year’s Goal for Busy Business Opportunity Owners: Hire a Virtual Assistant

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 or other small business owner. While doing everything yourself does save you some money, it could very well be costing you far too much in the way of time and unnecessary headaches, which ... [ Read More ]

New Video Inspires Aspiring Entrepreneurs to Reach Their Goals

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 the newest addition to the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation’s sketchbook video series, “Go Be an Entrepreneur,” Clapp’s core message is clear… Beware! It’s far too ... [ Read More ]

It May Be the Thick of Holiday Season, But It’s Not Too Late to Have a Plan

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 of holiday purchases will be made now through Christmas Day, so it’s not too late to change it ... [ Read More ]

Mobile Tech Offers New Opportunities for Business Events Planning and Management

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 the tools that are currently available and how to use them most effectively. “Mobile technology offers the distinct ... [ Read More ]

Find Your Inspiration at Small Business Owners Speak

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 is a new online platform created by the SBA to highlight the success stories of small business owners nationwide. ... [ Read More ]

FREE Webinar Can Help Your Small Business Prevent a Data Disaster

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 to a study by Carbonite, Inc., a leading provider of online backup solutions for consumers and small- and medium-sized businesses, more than half ... [ Read More ]

Is Your Goal to Turn Your Hobby into Your Business?

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 franchises available in today’s marketplace, it can be done. But before you jump into anything too quickly, it’s important to understand ... [ Read More ]

Understanding Goals and Objectives in Business Planning

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 the startup entrepreneur who is struggling to put together a cohesive planning document where one point logically supports another. When it comes ... [ Read More ]

Selling Your Small Business Requires Advance Planning

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 anymore when it comes to selling a business or transferring ownership of it within a family, not when today’s economic ... [ Read More ]

FREE Small Business Disaster Preparedness Road Show Starts This Month

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 businesses in a number of particularly vulnerable areas across the country, the organization has just announced it will host a FREE three-hour educational ... [ Read More ]

Small Business Owners, Are You Prepared to Retire?

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, especially when times are tough. According to one of the most recent ... [ Read More ]

Setting Work-at-Home or Other Small Business Goals

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 than what you should be doing.  Yard work or laundry anyone?  Let’s be honest ... [ Read More ]

Time Management Tips For 2011

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 of the oh-so-limited time you have at work can be critical to your success.  Why not add to ... [ 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 ]

To MBA or Not To MBA

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 are attending MBA classes at night, or they’re leaving their current employment altogether to start from scratch ... [ Read More ]

How To Grow Your Existing Business

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? Maybe all you need is some growth ideas to blow up like nitro. If you’ve ... [ Read More ]

Is It Time For Plan B?

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 or small franchise opportunity, have you taken a look at your business plan ... [ Read More ]

Wouldn’t You Love To Meet The “Future You”?

If you’re like me, then you must have been wondering your entire business career what you’ll be like and where you’ll be in a year, five, ten or even twenty years. All my life I thought that I’d be self-employed until two years ago when I met the owners of this web site and decided to work for them. This was the first ‘job’ I ever had ... [ Read More ]

How To Establish Your Home-Based Business Opportunity Goals For 2010

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 much on the parent company for direction and not enough on guiding themselves ... [ Read More ]

How To Source New Customers To Expand Your Sales In 2010

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 customer base, eventually you’ll hit the proverbial sales wall and inevitably be forced to do it anyway. If you cater ... [ Read More ]

Getting Organized Can Make Your More Money

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 know that being well organized is one critical and often overlooked step in making your ... [ Read More ]

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