Business Tips and Hints
Are you researching businesses you could start? Looking for research to write your business plan? Wondering how much money you can expect to make in various kinds of businesses? Here are various resources that can help you get business statistics you need for little or no fee >>
Industry trade shows can be a highly effective means for getting your products or services in front of a large audience of targeted customers. Here's what you need to know about starting to exhibit at trade shows.
Sales – and payments – happen faster for many companies who do business on the Internet. The Internet – specifically your own company website – allows you to give demonstrations and provide fact sheets, brochures and other information on demand and at low relatively low cost. If you accept credit cards online, the Internet can take the lag out of payments, too. Instead of waiting 30, 60 or maybe 90 days to get paid, you will usually see payments from credit card sales rolling into your bank account in one to three days. Learn more about selling online >>
Tradeshow Ideas and Tips
Exhibiting at an industry trade show is a major expense for a small business. Here are ideas and tips to make your time and cash investment in exhibiting at a tradeshow pay off >>
Easy Way To Get More Things Done
Do you get to the end of the day and find you haven't gotten anything done? Here's one quick and easy way to be more productive >>
How To Find Suppliers For Your Business
Good, reliable suppliers are critical to your business. But where can you find them? How can you locate the manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors and service providers you need? Here are ways to find suppliers >>
Capitalize on Demographic Trends
In many parts of the country the new “majority” is made up of minority groups. And even where minority groups don’t collectively make up the majority, they are growing in number. Paying attention to these and other demographic trends and making sure your ads and products target important demographic groups in your area will help your business prosper.
Business Names That Sell
Do people know what you do when they hear your business name? If they don't, you could be losing business. Read more >>
Borrow Money When You Don't Need It
Banks make money by lending money. So, if you do need a loan in the future, your bank will welcome your business, right? Not necessarily. Here's what you need to know about business loans and lines of credit.
Spin Off a More Lucrative Business
Are you dissatisfied with your current business? Are you making too little profit for the time you put into it? Are you burned out, or maybe just burned because you just can't bring in enough business to be successful? Stop complaining and start looking at your business experience and contacts from new angles. You may be sitting on a pot of gold that you just haven't uncovered yet. Here are some tips to spin off a new business from the old.
Cut Research Projects Down To Size
Do you get bogged down by research projects? Do they sit undone, or go on forever and ever wasting time and money. Here's a way to get research done quickly and efficiently.
Beware of Fading Ink on Receipts
The receipt for that new computer you bought might be too faded to read three months from now if it breaks down. Here's what you need to know about fading receipts.
Breaking Bad News to Customers
Giving customers bad news is not an easy task, but it's one that every small business owner must face. Use these five strategies to help you soften the blow.
How to Sound Like You Mean Business
There comes a time in life when we need to be taken seriously, command attention or take a stand for something. With these three steps, you can learn how to speak with power and authority, no matter how you're actually feeling on the inside.
Give Holiday Shoppers Your Website URL
Why do customers walk out of your store without buying? During the busy holiday season shoppers often leave a store because the line is too long or there's no one immediately available to help them. In years past, those sales were usually lost. But these days savvy, time-pressed shoppers go online to purchase what they saw but didn't have time to buy at the store. Help them buy from you by promoting your website from your retail store. Put the url on signs and on business cards. Discover more ways to get more sales from holiday shoppers >>