June 30

Small Business Development And Marketing Strategies

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Since most small businesses have suffered during the past several years due to declining sales generally caused by a chaotic economy, it should be helpful to explore the most practical and realistic marketing strategies available to them. Improving business development efforts is desirable during any financial and economic environment, but there are extra benefits to doing so when sales have declined for whatever reason. Because a typical small business owner does not have the luxury of choosing from many strategies available to larger companies, the marketing improvement process for small businesses is necessarily restricted to a relatively short list of business development alternatives. While the choices will vary from case to case, here are three marketing and business development strategies which will often be considered by small businesses:

* Advertising
* Increasing sales staff
* Business proposals

For most smaller companies, declining revenues have led to some financial challenges and the need to reduce operating expenses already. Therefore it is likely that a common limitation and goal in any marketing decision will be to keep the costs reasonable. When dealing with limited funds, small business owners should evaluate which marketing strategy is the most cost effective method. Business proposal writing usually emerges as the leading choice for small companies when cost effectiveness is taken into account.

There are several kinds of business proposals, and not all of them will be realistic options for each company. Here are the two business proposal types which are likely to be worth reviewing closely:

* Formal proposal solicitations
* Informal and unsolicited proposals

Of these two types, the second (unsolicited and informal proposals) usually deserves the most attention by small businesses. Formally solicited proposals are typically announced by a Request for Proposal (RFP) process and are subject to more public awareness and competition by other companies. Depending on competitive circumstances, it is certainly possible that responding to an RFP might be well-suited to some small business situations. In other words, look carefully before deciding to ignore the RFP possibility.

An informal or unsolicited proposal process potentially offers the most freedom for a small business. Timing is frequently a major problem for an RFP because the company or government agency issuing it determines in advance when it will publish the Request for Proposal and in turn will also determine the deadlines for responses. The timing for unsolicited and informal proposals is effectively under the complete control of the small business which is preparing a proposal. The combination of reduced competition and scheduling flexibility usually makes this a compelling approach to business development and proposals.

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June 29

Admirable Traits Of Successful Entrepreneurs

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You may remember in your business subject class, than an entrepreneur is someone who has a great possession of idea, where he is the venture owner and will be accountable for all the adherent tasks it compromise. Being an entrepreneur is a task one should not easily take but will surely embrace all its advantages. Listed below are the admirable traits of a successful entrepreneurs:

Has Vision – in all types of people, whether you are not entrepreneur, people who always succeed are those who see their selves in future and do something for it.

He who set goals – someone plans ahead of time, someone who set parameter to achieve something he would want for his self.

He who is an opportunist – entrepreneurs were known as opportunist because of their attitude to grab the bacon as it was presented to them.

He who knows the Competition – a good entrepreneur is someone who knows the demand in the market. Biz Mirror a real life business magazine featured the life of Lawrence Robinson who gained five business branches in two years. According to him, knowing the demand of the public will surely be an edge, since he is a pool owner, he found out that aqua rite and pool chlorinator are the demand of the market. So what he did was to look for a high end aqua rite and pool chlorinator that he can offer to the public, after a year, his store in Los Angeles, became one of the most sought after pool store in California. He was able to put five branches in two years time and he was so thankful with the idea that he was able to achieve this success because of his aqua rite and pool chlorinator idea.

He who has love and passion for his business – it can be notice that all the successful people are those who love and untiringly work for their work, if you would want to be an entrepreneur, then you must always fall in love and work the best for your business.

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June 28

The Basics of Investment Banking

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There are always entrepreneurs that are looking for cash inflows to help them grow their business and take it to the next level. There are also people that have surplus cash that they would like to grow by means of investments. Investment banking is simply facilitating the transfer of money from the investors to the entrepreneurs. In very simple words, it links one to the other. Investment banks help to bring in cash resources and then distribute it to those who are seeking the funds for their business interests. But that isn’t all that the banks do. They also include asset management for those who are too busy to manage their assets themselves. Generally investment banking services include facets of asset or portfolio management, tax management and other legal formalities related to wealth management.

They act as financial adviser who gives you relevant advice on matters pertaining to growing and managing your wealth. These might include matters like mergers and acquisitions, restructuring to gain better profits and so on. Investment bankers generally focus on initial public offerings or IPOs. They also focus on large share offerings, either public or private. They keep their focus on large companies, though – rather than small or medium level companies. Because they focus largely on fully grown, large scale companies, the banks don’t really bother with trade financing. Large scale companies as well established and don’t really require such services – if trade financing is what you want, then you want to turn to merchant banking instead of investment banking.

These services can be either fund based or fee based. You would do best to avoid people who may be getting commissions from investment houses – you have no guarantee that the advice they offer is the best for your money. This is where a good deal of research is required before moving on to hiring an investment banking services provider. Make sure that you thoroughly look into the background of the provider, and pay attention to how successful their advice has been to other clients. You would be handing over the responsibility of handling your wealth to others, it is the least and sensible advice. Remember, you need to make sure that you don’t start taking advice from random strangers about your wealth. This means that you need to know that the profession you hire is, in fact, a professional – and a successful one, at that. Doing your research before you hand over responsibility will save you a great deal of regret later on.

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June 25

Easily Build a Small Business Website with WordPress

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WordPress is one of the most essential and highly flexible content management system. It serves as one of the founder for a blog or for fully fledged small business website especially for the online marketing or ecommerce. Now it has become easy to add new pages and post to your blog with WordPress built site. It does not require any HTML, CSS or any other mind numbing acronyms.

It’s quite easy to customize the look of your website in order to make it unique. Hundreds of Plugins can be added in order to add new capabilities thereafter your site will become search-friendly. By adding All in One SEO Pack you can easily optimize each and every page/post in order to boost website in search engine ranking. So in order to build a site like this for small business website you will have to download WordPress from WordPress.org. Here the software is free this is due to its open source feature. Adding to its better features you can also avail themes and plugins in free. Here the only thing you would have to do is to pay for the web hosting that would be as low as $6 per month. Or on the other hand you can also host WordPress site on your own server.

Thereafter you will need web hosting service that supports PHP version 5.2.4 or greater along with MySQL version 5.0 or greater. In this situation Apache or Nginx is most recommended. It is most robust and full of features for running the WordPress inorder to create free wordpress site. After this work will be done without any problem. In the directory Web hosts is listed here you would have to select Bluehost, in this the service is featured in a very prominent manner, it provides unlimited disk storage, monthly data transfer and email address.

Bluehost hosting account has become quite easy with Bluehost installing WordPress. One would only have to install it by using Bluehost’s Web-based control panel and then follow the steps 2 through 6 to create wordpress site free.

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June 25

Application of Online Database in Banking System

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Suppose your personal important document is stored in an online database and has been connected to the web page with programming thus enabling you to see your personal important document. Think if the database software holding your important document to be full of securities. Only secure web database can save your document and it can be accessible to any part of the Globe. Besides your personal important document another significant application of online database is banking system that became integral part of every individual in modern banking system, whatever may be internet banking, mobile banking or another term used is core banking. Recent advancement of banking system like ATM, core banking using Information Technology people is very safe while they are traveling far way from home. It is still unsafe traveling with good amount of money, some time pulls your life in danger.

The main advantage of using an ATM is the fact that you can have access banking database up to certain level and as your requirement of cash in your bank account from any part of world, whenever you need it.

For instance, you are at a store that does not take checks or credit cards but it has an ATM, you can withdraw the money for your purchase. This also means you can travel anywhere without cash. If the location has an ATM and you have your ATM card, you can access your money instantly. Now days ATMs are not just technology you can use to access cash using online database software. Some ATMs you can transfer funds between accounts, buy stocks, check account balances and even buy stamps. All of these features can be accessed with one debit card or credit card and a PIN number. If you take measures to protect your PIN and account information, having access to an ATM is very convenient and makes life’s little emergencies far less challenging.

Cautions While Using ATM: You do need some carefulness when using an ATM. Identity thief in recent times using useless ATM receipts to get the bank account numbers of innocent customers. Consumers who have an ATM card are assigned a PIN to use when accessing their funds. Shoplifter sometimes stands close behind an ATM user to get this PIN, and then pinch his purse with the ATM card in it to cheat money from the account.

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June 24

Entrepreneur Make It Big in Restaurant Business Is Now Venturing Into Internet Marketing Business

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It is always inspiring to hear personal business stories of entrepreneurs who overcame all odds and doubts in venturing into business and make it big. Last Sunday, I just read about how a 35 years old Thai Express Founder Ivan Lee, who started his F & B business with $300K and eventually sold his controlling stake for a sizeable $114 million in the process netting himself $80 million.

What was even more impressive was Ivan had no background or experience in F & B business before he first ventured into his first F & B business. Despite all his doubters, including his family members, about the viability of his business when he first started, he persevered and carried on. Apparently, his father-in-law was also a successful entrepreneur who founded the contract manufacturing firm JIT Holdings and sold it to Fortune 500 company Flextronics for $1 billion in 2000. This deal netted the senior Mr Goh some
$300 million. When starting out, he had benefitted from the financial and advisory support given by his father-in-law, but, subsequently, he went against his father-in-law advise by venturing into other restaurant businesses which were highly successful and are now contributing about two thirds of the business turnovers. An element of luck also play an important part in his business success as he had opened close to 100 stores but about 10 to 20 percent of the stores were not profitable. So he was lucky that his first 10 ventures were successful which provided the cash flow for his subsequent business expansion.

He is now venturing into the internet market in China despite not being in the IT industry. When The Sunday Times journalist contacted him, it found the entrepreneur in Shenzhen, experiencing growing pains all over again. He says that his friends and family are again doubting his new venture. His remark was: “I am a rooke now playing in a much bigger league and I feel like I am nine years back, starting all over again.” This young millionaire is setting his eye on his next big venture where he wants to build the next Baidu (China’s equivalent of Google) or even the next Facebook.

Lesson learnt: To make it big in business you need to be bold, have perseverance and be unique and certainly having financial support from family helps and also an element of luck. He is certainly one hack of a brave entrepreneur!

My advise is learn about internet and social media marketing before plunging into the business and be better prepared for your business venture into the internet marketing world. I am making use of my internet skills to help develop and launch community websites Henley Brunel MBA Alumni (Singapore) and other commercial websites for corporate businesses.

Good luck to all of you out there running your start-up businesses!

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June 23

Small Business Bank – How Specialized Banking Works for You

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If you’re opening a small business, you need a small business bank, pure and simple. Using your regular bank won’t net you the benefits that a specialized banking account can come with. No matter who you choose as a host for your banking needs, you always need to open a new account for a business. Never use your personal bank account as this can make it next to impossible to discern your business income and expenses from more personal sources. Always choose a new account, and look for a specialized bank whenever possible. The right bank will have a deep understanding of your business needs.

One of the most important features of a small business bank is an assortment of affordable banking solutions. Money is usually tight when you’re starting out. You don’t want to have a high minimum amount on your account that you can’t possibly sustain. If you need to make a large withdrawal for business purposes, you should know that you can do so without jeopardizing your bank account. It’s also important that you’re able to make deposits and withdrawals without a lot of fees. The right business bank will work with you so that you can maximize your profits early on.

Small businesses today are far different than what they were in the past. A mom and pop shop used to be a brick and mortar store with an easily-defined address and actual location. Today, many businesses are run online. You could be running your business from locations all over the country, or all over the globe. You can’t always work with the bank down the street. You need a small business bank that will go with you everywhere you happen to be. Online banking, mobile banking, and more are essential for a business banking account. You don’t want to be tied down to one location, and with the right account you won’t be.

When you’re getting ready to open a new banking account for your business, it’s important to take the time to do your research. Look into a variety of banking opportunities to find the small business bank that’s right for you. When you look at other offers, you’re sure to notice where the best deal really lies. It’s important to understand what’s out there so you don’t get sucked into the first well-worded advertisement you see. Compare your options and look for a small business banking account that provides all the services, benefits, and convenience you need to make your company a success.

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June 23

Can Spirit Play A Role In Financial Success

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At quick glance, whether or not a person experiences financial success in life may seem arbitrary. Some people seemed to have earned it through hard work, while others were handed money on a silver platter. Still others engage in unscrupulous tactics to achieve it and many of them ultimately pay the price. While we struggle to support ourselves, we wonder why we were not selected to experience financial riches.

The truth is, our life is what we make it. We can climb the corporate ladder while working for someone else or we can create our own destiny in a different way, by becoming entrepreneurs. Either one may offer intrinsic and financial reward, depending on who we are. Some people are not content to be restricted by a corporate structure and choose to embark on their own ventures. Though this is often an admirable move, success is not guaranteed.

Starting a small business is expensive and most entrepreneurs spend some sleepless nights wondering how they will pay the bills. Along the way, these individuals rely strongly on their core beliefs, one of which is often a strong sense of faith. Even those who started with little spiritual values may come to believe in a higher being who guides them down the right path. They place their trust in something outside of themselves, hoping it will make their career more rewarding.

Some people have seen what faith can do first-hand and they share their experience with others. By providing the lessons they learned and explaining the life-altering change they made, they hope to help other people transform their own lives. Many of them believe that being blessed with the success they have requires that they share the method of realizing it with the public.

This sharing, they believe, is their calling and duty, the price they must pay for their riches. In reality, it is not a sacrifice because every time they show others how to be more successful, they feel an internal satisfaction. What better thing can a person do than help someone else realize a dream? Even the most stubborn audience can take away valuable lessons from this conversation.

Whatever our faith is at this point may undergo a radical transformation when we find ourselves on the receiving end of such a powerful message. As we embark on our own journey to put ourselves in the financially secure category, we may remember this information and incorporate it into our lives. When we achieve financial security, it will be our turn to share the valuable lesson with others.

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June 21

Self Employed Short Term Loan for Entrepreneurs

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Life is always forcing people to do many things, like the world these days, the economy in different countries have different situations in which people work in different ways. Sometimes people want to be independent because of the environment where they live, and they may need loans for their own account. So if you are self-employed, such as a contractor or a freelancer, then entrepreneurs loans are designed specially for you. In today’s ever-growing needs of yours and at the same time due to lack of resources to meet them, you get worried. Also, if you do not have a good credit score in earlier times, adding to concerns. It can happen to anyone despite of their salary.

Self-employed loan is a short term loan and they are there to help entrepreneurs. But very often, self-employed is difficult to demonstrate to lenders because of variable monthly income. But at all times have their own problems in their businesses on their own loans, self-employed workers are there to help and support.

Self employed loans are small term loans, so if you are self-employed and looking for the proper settlement of cash, these loans are for you. You may pay any tax burden and desires as the payment of unpaid household bills, food expenses, tuition fees, collection fees, fixed costs, and small travel expenses, which are few examples of the charges the same regardless of the costs that you may need auto loans are there to help employees.

To establish financial imbalances, self-employment loans can be easily done by self employed people. This funding source may be easy to take care of your financial needs at home. You do not even have to go through any credit checking process because it accepts the application of all borrowers, irrespective of credit record. The presence of arrears, defaults, bankruptcy, foreclosures, CCJ, late payments do nothing to insult.

Just get used to the ease of online application method. Do not move from the comfort of your home or office. The loan you are looking for will be sent directly to your account after obtaining approval. The applicant can apply for low cost and very lucrative business loans to persons with proper research online.

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June 20

How Business Cash Advance Can Save Your Business from Financial Crux

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Cash flow is the interior and exterior of your business and is the lifeline for all businesses. Income could be referred to as cycle: your company uses cash to get assets which are then used to create products or services. They are then offered to get some funds and so the cycle is repeated. But what’s most important is that you positively manage and control these cash inflows and outflows.

Sometimes, when individuals are battling for capital to help keep businesses running, they get eccentric assets for financial help. Many banking institutions don’t really extend cash rather offer assistance and counseling that increase the cost of caring the client.

Cash advances and unsecured loans really are a better option to get your business quick money in crunch financial situations. The micro-banking companies offer several kinds of loans and cash advances to businesses for all needed reasons. Financing might be granted as secured or unsecured. In secured loan, collateral is provided to assist guarantee payment in case of default. In unsecured loan, no collateral is provided except just the borrower signature being a legal promise to pay back the loan amount as contracted.

Unsecured business loans and cash advances come in good belief that the borrower will repay the loan amount as contracted. Such cash advances can be for a lot of productive reasons including purchasing equipment and appliances, renovation, paying for bills or financing that dream franchise.

The opportunity to pay back the current and proposed obligations is crucial while approving financing. Cash advance loans are usually declined to those who’ve a present past due advance. Generally cash advance schemes the borrower’s ability to pay back is dependent upon the borrower’s monthly credit card sales receipts.

There are many benefits of business cash advance lending. The cash advance lenders are very flexible while approving this type of business loan. Even if your business has a low credit score, you can still get cash advance financing. Also the process of getting a business cash advance is instant. The loan application process is very simple, you just have to fill an online application form and the money will be transferred to you in just few business days. The cash advance can also be used for any business purpose without any restrictions. This way you can distribute the cash any where you deems fit.

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