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4 Simple Ways To Accept Payments For Your Test Product Or Service

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I'm in the line at Starbucks with my client and he's on the phone with one of his mentors. Does she have all the account details?" my client asks.

The Guessing Game? Trying To Figure Out Business Plan Projections

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Today I talked to law students and future Lawyerpreneurs about start-up business planning. He inquired. That's the key. Be Aware of Industry Trends.

3 Costs Your Retail Start-up Should Avoid Paying

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Today I wanted to focus on the thing that most retail business owners miss during the excitement of launching a new business. Costs. Don't Pay Rent.

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How To Sell Your Tech Startup

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You could start by following the example of startup founders who have been there, done that. Pyra Labs (A.K.A. bottom-up document. Whiteboards.

Getting A Mentor

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I had a strategy session with a business start-up owner a few months ago. We started on the conversation of getting a mentor. She sighs on the phone.

5 Things To Know About The Current State of Startups

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So the start-up world is constantly evolving. And it's time you kept up with it. Combinator 's latest startup event was proof. What does this mean?

How To Push For Cash When You're In The Service Business

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One of the well-known cons to owning a service business is that your business depends on your work in order to receive money. What Do You Do?

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Does Lending Club's $25 Million Late Stage Funding Solidify The State of Business Funding?

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Ir's only fair that a peer-to-peer lending site gets the money it needs to get other people the money they need, don't you think? Why now?

Need Funding For A Startup With Global Appeal? Start Up In Chile

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This article first posted to Forbes , where StartupBizTalk contributes. In April, 110 startups were chosen and given one-year visas to Chile. The goal?

Why You Need A 'Tag-Phrase' With Your Business Logo

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I was reading Nathaniel Broughton's post about branding and how i t takes more than a dot.com. Just recently, I was in Raleigh, North Carolina.

How Your Small Business Could Become A Global Contractor

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This post was first published on Forbes. Win, win situation. So why the hoopla? So in order to move the deal forward, Wal-Mart had to “invest $14.4

Simple Steps To Creating Your First Website

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When you make that decision to start a business, you immediately become a multi-tasking maniac. You could be asking yourself, but how?

Why 'Core Competency' Is Important To A Startup

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What is core competency you may ask? Take Amazon for example. They changed the scope of e-reading with the Kindle. hope you find your ah-ha moment.

Marketing Can Be As Simple As.

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What exactly do you want your marketing to do for you? Any advice you can give us, dear wise one?" I asked jokingly. Then he said it. Wrong! Think how.

Can't Decide On A Business To Start? Learn About The Top Startup Industries

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And ironically, I'm also starting an international trade school that will take its roots in West Africa. Technical And Trade Schools. Beauty Industry.

The Peach Advice: Getting To Do The 'Thing' That Keeps You Up At Night

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There's a simple saying that rings true: eat a lot of peaches and soon you'll become a peach. We'll refer to it as the peach advice.

Can You Call Yourself An Entrepreneur When You Start-To-Sell?

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Facebook's refusal to sell their company has also been a hot topic of many business discussions. She had tried to cancel her service with Groupon.

Getting Naked In 2011

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I'm a regular blogger for Entrepreneur's WomenEntrepreneur.com. Recently, I blogged on this topic: To Make Or Not Make It Personal? It's time!

3 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started My Business

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As I work on my business planning for next year, I've paused to reflect on some things. I'll tell you what I told Ms. Perry, it was a learning process.

No One Really Cares About Our Startups.Cheers!

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I'm transforming some office space into a startup incubator and this is the statement I plan to implant in the heads of my participants.

The Pill That Relieves Most Startup Headaches: Finding Your Target Client

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Without a clear picture of the customer, no business can succeed." Everyone wants to "help everyone." You could even consider it completely asinine.

When Business Remodeling Becomes Necessary For Your Startup

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This month, the theme has been: business remodeling. Oftentimes, most business owners portray hesitancy when it comes to a remodel.

What Not To Do During Your First 6 Months In Business

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Don't Listen To Everybody. Take business advice with a "grain of salt." Most people have the best of intentions, but they feed off your vulnerability.

Ask Yourself Why?

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I just hosted a teleconference the other day for my Business Club members, and I talked about the reasoning behind the topic of my new book. But is it?

My Book, "A Different Business; 7 Easy Steps To Starting & Planning A Business Around Your Purpose"

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I'm writing this blog in awe because as time draws near to my book launch event, I can't help but remember how far I've come. Let me explain.

3 Reasons Why You Need a Cash Flow Statement

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So you're planning a new business and wondering, why a Cash Flow Statement? Know how much you can possibly get in vs. how much you will pay out.

The Start-up Internet Plan

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I started my business writing business plans for start-ups and medium-sized small businesses. Quite recently, I've shifted most of my service offerings to business planning training. While I still write plans and conduct private planning for a select few businesses, I now concentrate on empowering people to take control of their own plans.

The Icing On Your Business Planning Cake

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This article first appeared on WomenEntrepreneur.com where Cheryl Isaac is a regular contributor. Here's the multiple-answer question that always gets asked by business startups : "What is the best way to get clients?" The answers to this question are often displayed with various tools encompassing sales and marketing strategies.

Sometimes You Have To Get Smaller, In Order To Get Bigger

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Next month, I'm helping people create a business plan on wheels-- my 48Hour Business Plan Challenge. In my case, planning for this event has led to phone conversations and pep talks to help entrepreneurs decide which route to take. even posted a video to my YouTube Channel on this-- A Different Business YouTube channel. thought, wow!

Ask For The Business

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I learned this perfect-conclusion-to-a-speech line from a teleseminar featuring speaker Jane Atkinson: "As you can see, I'm passionate about if you know of someone who can benefit from this topic, please _." You can fill in the blanks as you see fit, but I think you get the point. So how do YOU ask for YOUR business? I'll just need a signature here.

MicroFinance And The New Small Business Owner

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You may have this business start-up idea. Perhaps you only need a few thousand dollars to start and get the equipment that you need. However, you're jobless or living from paycheck to paycheck. You've started selling some of your products as a side business, but you need some funding in order to pursue this full-time. So why not go to a bank?

Don't Be Fooled-There Are Simple Ways to Plan A New Business

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"How would you like to go into the shrimping business with me?" Bubba asks Forrest in the movie Forrest Gump. Bubba goes on to tell Forrest that he can find a way for them to use a boat without paying rent. Then he goes on to mention low overhead costs and how the management of the operation will be run. Then along comes a hurricane.

Start-Up Business Tip For The Week: A Website With Answers

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The tons of questions you sometimes have, can most likely be answered by going to this website: Business.Gov This is a great tool for a number of reasons: It gives you a link to federal mandates and/or resources for small businesses It provides you with state requirements for your business. It provides you with grant and funding information.

Why Do We Listen To Everybody?

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You're starting a new business. Your first instinct is to listen to everyone. You call up Mary, Peter, Paul, doctor, lawyer, repair man, uncle, mom, everybody! Here's the problem: most of these folks are not entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs dance to the beat of a different drum. It's akin to considering joining the military. You freak out.

Start-Up Focus

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New York City is such a good example for startup business focus. When you walk by a restaurant in Mid-Town East, you know which dish is the focus of the day. There are huge signs in the windows, walking billboards on the streets, and mock plates and tables set on the sidewalk. My point is that they don't give you choices. Ouch !

Don't Hate The Business Plan When You Don't Hate The Business!

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"I don't need a business plan, I've started TEN businesses!" "I don't need a plan, I just need to get to work on my business!" "A business plan?!" Smirk. "I just need a customer and I'm IN business!" Business plans are useless and just crappy documents!" I can go on and on about the business plan sentiments I hear frequently. They amuse me.

Why Artists Can Be Great Candidates for Product-Based Start-ups

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A unique business product usually includes a tour of the patent process. If you want to see your product on the shelves of WalMart, Macy's, or some other big department store or retailer, you want to protect it. An initial sweep of the United States Patent & Trademark Office will help you during your brainstorming process. The creativity.

Are You a Pioneer in Business?

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I was reading through some notes I took at a conference and I ran across this quote that I like a lot: " You're a pioneer when you're doing something that nobody's succeeding at but you're trying to succeed." James Marker) A lot of business advisors may say that this thought is silly. Why re-invent the wheel when you don't have to?

Business Planning Tip Of the Week

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Forget about the status quo! Get a plan that can help YOU move forward. great way to business planning is starting small and then figuring out what you really need as you go along. Here was someone who was an employee, had never written a business plan or owned a business, trying to make other people miserable. Yet, almost anyone can write a book.

Release Your Business Inhibitions With My New Book

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Have you ever received some sort of unexpected motivation from a popular song? While writing my new book, I heard the lyrics to a song and thought, "Ah-Ha!" That was the theme I wanted to portray throughout the book--release your business inhibition. Go For It! Why not? I'm excited because the book is out you guys! Here are the lyrics to the song.