Business Tips and Hints

Business Statistics To Go

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 >>

Tradeshows Get Your Name In Front Of Buyers

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.

Shorten Your Sales Cycle

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 >>


Watch Out for Invoice Scams
That bill for Internet search services you just paid - was it really a bill, or was it a well crafted fake? Learn to spot invoice scams and protect yourself with these tips.

Trade Show Dos and Don'ts
Exhibiting at trade shows is a great way to attract new business, but it's not cheap. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to better your chances for success. Read more >> 

Keeping Visitors at Your Site
You worked long and hard building your web site and attracting visitors, so don't let them slip through your fingers! Here are three quick and easy tips to keep visitors at your site. 

Test ads for free
Don't make expensive mistakes. Here's a way to test your banner ads on the cheap

Web Site Usability
Once you get people to your web site, you want them to USE it. Here's a checklist to help evaluate your site's usability.

Networking Tips
Need to brush up on your networking skills? These ten easy tips can help!

Keep 'em Coming
Want to guarantee return visits to your site? Then heed this tip!

Calculate the cost of your time
Motivate yourself to stop wasting time. Learn what your time is really worth.

Are You Owed Money?
There's millions of dollars in unclaimed funds out there. Some of it could belong to you.

Be a data maven
You don't have to be a big business to benefit from a database. Use these tips to reel in new business.

Get paid sooner

Speed up your cash flow with this simple trick.

You, Inc?
Should you incorporate your business to limit liability?

How to choose a home for your web site
There's more than out-of-pocket expense to consider.

Cut corporate phone bills
Surprising fax about your phone bills.

Help For Business Card Clutter
They're in your drawer. In your wallet. On top of your dresser. Tacked to a bulletin board. Wouldn't it be nice if there were an easy way to organize all of those business cards so you could find contacts when you want them? Rejoice. There is. Read about it here. 

Fly Free on Uncle Sam
Here's a way to ease the pain of paying your tax bill. 

Web Site Planning
Like everything else, successful web sites take careful planning. Click here for a planning check list. 

Telephone Marketing Tips
Put the telephone to better use in your business. Get through to the right people with these ten telephone marketing tips. 

Lower Phone Costs
Tired of paying expensive long distance rates when you travel? Give prepaid phone cards a try!

Persistence pays off!
What's the difference between businesses that grow and those that never get much beyond the startup stage? In a word, persistence. Read why.

Buying a computer?
Don't get stung. The vendor who sells you the computer or other electronic equipment is just as important as the brand name and model you buy. Read these buying tips before you reach for your credit card.

Low Cost Computer Clip Art
Liven up print or web pages with low-cost graphic art images.

The Wrong Kind of Gem
Will customers find the wrong kind of "gems" buried in your web pages?


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