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The Best Business Ideas for Food

If you love food and have cooking skills, there are numerous ways to turn your love of food into a culinary business that can allow you to earn a living doing what you love to do. These food business ideas range in start-up costs, giving you options to fit your budget.

Start Small

  • If you want to get into serving food but don’t have a large budget, consider approaching business owners and asking if you can deliver homemade lunches to the office daily. Paula Deen, the famous Food Network cook, started her restaurant business this way. Making homemade lunches and placing them in paper bags to distribute to local businesses can be a good way to start off without a large investment.

Coffee Service

  • A coffee cart that specializes in a variety of coffees, teas, and pastry items can be a profitable food business that even someone with little cooking experience can take advantage of. Start-up cost can vary between $10,000 and $50,000, depending upon how you go about setting up the business. This is an opportunity to visit local business owners who will allow you to set up a cart for their employees at specified times throughout the day.


  • A catering business can be one of the best ways to get into the food business, especially if you have friends or family that can help you get started. If you have planning skills, consider incorporating party and event planning with your catering to allow you to offer more services to your customers. Catering weddings, graduations, and parties is a food business you can get into for between $10,000 and $50,000, depending upon how small or large you want to start.

Cake Decorating

  • Decorating cakes is a food venture you can begin in your home. Creating cakes for weddings, charities, organizations, and parties allows you to control how much money you put into start-up. Begin with the essentials (cake decorating tools and ingredients for making cakes) and advertise locally. If you create beautiful cakes, word-of-mouth advertising can bring in the business that can help you grow,

Franchise Options

  • Franchising a food business can be easier than starting your own, since most of the business structure is in place. The franchise option also allows you to take advantage of an established name. The downside is the cost can be as high as $70,000 or more, depending upon the franchise you decide to go with. Franchising gives you the option of opening everything from sandwich shops to family dining establishments.

Make Your Hobbies Pay for Your Home Business

Anything you love to do for fun could also become a great at-home gig.

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1. Blogging. It takes some time to grow an audience and find ways to monetize your blog, but if you love to share your point of view with the world, this can be a good way to work from home. Niche blogs are a particular area of growth in this ever-growing profession. Pay can vary widely, but the income potential is nearly limitless.

2. E-book author. Publishing is dead; long live the e-reader! Now that anyone can have their work e-published, it is possible for anyone to make a fortune off their writing. The biggest recent example is the 50 Shades of Grey trilogy, but there are many authors taking advantage of the ease of e-publishing. If you love to write and are willing to do your own promotion (and having a blog can really help in that case), writing an e-book is an excellent way to make money at home.

3. Building furniture. Everyone loves a well-built and handmade piece of furniture. If you’re already spending time in your workshop, why not sell your wares? Etsy is an excellent place to start selling without having to have a physical storefront.

4. Sewing. Whether you’re making onesies and quilts for sale online or at local markets or doing repairs and alterations for locals with ill-fitting clothes, your sewing machine could be your ticket to a work-from-home business.

5. Personal Organizer. If you’re someone who reorganizes closets for fun, offer up your services to harried and disorganized individuals and businesses.

6. Home Staging. If rearranging furniture is your idea of fun, home staging is a great home-based business. You will help sellers get their homes looking beautiful so they sell as quickly as possible.

7. Herb Farming. Gardening can be very relaxing, and potentially very lucrative. With both the increased interest in alternative therapies and the demand for locally grown and organic foods, an herb farmer can find plenty of customers, particularly if you’re in an urban area. While this does require some space for growing, herbs are fairly small and nearly any home can be slightly modified to allow for an extensive herb garden.


8. Electronic Repairs. If you’re the sort who takes apart the computer for fun, operating an electronics repair shop out of your home is a natural decision. In particular, repairing iPads and other tablets would provide you with a great deal of business, as many tablet users are looking for a less expensive way to fix smashed screens and other damages that can be costly through the manufacturer. Median salary: $49,170.

9. Baking. Beautifully decorated cakes and cookies, artisan bread, and artful pastries have become all the rage, partially thanks to shows like Ace of Cakes.

10. Personal Chef. As a personal chef, you would spend your time whipping up delicious meals for those who don’t have time to cook but do have money to burn. The best way to make a name for yourself as a personal chef is to offer meals that fit stringent dietary or allergy requirements.

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11. Mystery Shopping. For many people, the idea of getting paid to shop is a dream come true. There are many mystery shopping scams to beware of, however. Never accept a gig that requires an upfront fee—that’s a good sign it’s not legit.

12. Bargain Hunting. If you love a bargain and know how to make coupons, specials, and unadvertised deals your penny-pinching bitch, then you could help others learn how to save money—and turn a profit.

13. Personal Stylist. You have an eye for clothes and know what styles look best on what body types. So turn your passion for fashion into a business by becoming a personal stylist/shopper. You’ll feel good about making others look great.

14. Catering. If you love to cook on a grand scale, why not start a catering business out of your home? How much you make depends on the scale of the assignments you take, and your ability to correctly decide how much your materials will cost. But this is also an industry where you can start small and work you way up to bigger gigs—and profits.

15. App Designer. Creating a profitable app for smart phones isn’t necessarily about having the best or most innovative idea: it’s about creating the best user experience for that idea. That’s how app designers are able to make their work-from-home a full time job—and then just live off the passive income.

16. Furniture Refinishing and Repair. You might have made a hobby of refinishing and repairing garage sale finds. Now, make your skills profitable by offering to make old furniture as good as new. After all, retro is definitely in.

17. Landscape Design. If you’re never happier than when you are landscaping your yard, landscape design might be the home-based business for you. This is a relatively new field, so you can get some background knowledge through a degree, although schools that offer these degrees are somewhat rare, or you can intern with another landscape designer.

18. Tour Guide. You may love exploring all the fun corners of your hometown, but it might not occur to you to make that hobby a business. This is an especially good idea if you can offer themed tours or other niche tours.

5 Advanced Social Media Marketing Strategies for Small Businesses

Social media marketing and the businesses that utilize it have become more sophisticated. More small businesses are beginning to understand how to best leverage online tools to build a community and recognize that engagement and interaction are the foundations of social marketing, but most don’t know what’s next.

What follows are five advanced strategies for small businesses that may already have small online communities and understand how to create an online presence, but don’t know what to do next.

What Is An Advanced Strategy?

The definition of an advanced social strategy is a technique that goes beyond the normal social media presence. It introduces or reinforces a marketing message while pushing a user to another profile or business site. Before moving forward with an advanced strategy, it’s important that your business understands social marketing, has experience engaging consumers, and that you possess a basic understanding of online marketing.

Strategy 1: Multimedia Usage

The term “A picture is worth a thousand words” has never been truer. Consumers are now using the web to look for product pictures and videos; they want more information and want to see what they’re considering buying. The good news is that it’s easy for a company to create and publish videos and pictures.

In addition to taking photos of products, you can also take pictures at office events as a way to highlight company culture. This not only helps convince others to work with you or to buy from you (consumers see that you are down to earth and one of them, instead of a stuffy company), it also helps your HR department recruit new employees. Who doesn’t want to work for a company that celebrates birthdays and has a good time?

Videos are useful for explaining complex how-tos or concepts. Showing step by step directions can have a greater impact than even the most well written article. Businesses don’t have to invest huge sums of money to create good videos, either. I highly recommend the relatively cheap Flip camcorder, which takes great videos and is easy for even a non-technical marketer to use.

Multimedia can break down the faceless business-to-consumer sales flow and make your company appear friendlier. Use videos and images to show that your business is fun, you care about your employees, and most importantly, that you care about your customers.

Strategy 2: Integrate Offline and Online Advertising

Many small businesses do some sort of offline advertising, whether it be radio, print, or cable. Social marketing allows a business to extend their offline sales pitch.

Including your Facebook Page or blog URL in offline ads act as social proof, inviting potential consumers to see your community and increase trust in your business. Not only can integrating online and offline advertising help the conversion process, but it can also help build your community. Introducing potential consumers to your social profiles means they may join your community now and buy later.

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Strategy 3: Message Adaptation

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As businesses start to become more sophisticated with social media they are starting to leverage more online platforms. However, most deliver the same message over multiple platforms instead of tailoring communications for each individual site.

Social platforms each have an ecosystem of their own. What might be acceptable on Tumblr might be considered spam on Facebook. A specific style of writing might spread on Twitter but fail on FriendFeed. Understanding that each site is different and then customizing your message ensures they do well on each respective site.

Not only does customizing messages across sites help the message spread but it keeps users from receiving multiple identical communications. Be sure to maximize your potential by sending a user that follows the business on Twitter and Facebook two different messages, instead of the same thing.

Strategy 4: Local Social Networks, Beyond Yelp

For a small business, local search can be a big win. Being visible to consumers looking for a business in their area is extremely important. Make sure your site is included in local business directories in order to help ensure that consumers find you when they need you. Sometimes finding that many sites can be difficult, however.

First, make sure you check your competitors. Where are they listed? Check their inbound links to check for business directories you can add yourself to. Also, make sure your business has been added to Google Maps, using the Local Business Center.

Take the time to include all the information you can and update any old news. For many consumers, this will be their first interaction with the business.

Strategy 5: Contests and Discounts

Building a community is only the first part of social marketing. Using that community to drive sales, propagate marketing, or crowdsource operations is the true power of social media. One way to excite the community is to collectively do something to create a contest or offer an exclusive discount (i.e., the contest can create competition between users). Not only does a contest build buzz organically but if contestants need to, for example, publish an article that gets the most comments in order to win, the contest itself becomes viral.

A good social media contest should include some sort of sharing or virality as a requirement for winning.

Discounts are also a great way to connect with your community. By giving exclusive coupons to your social community, you’re rewarding and reminding them that you are not only a brand to engage with, but also to buy from.

Solutions Engineer Job Description

Companies can coordinate and generate ideas more quickly when they have fast networks. Companies can also reach customers more often when they have networks that allow them to efficiently communicate with customers. Many companies do not know how to solve their network problems and solutions engineers are often hired to devise solutions to network problems.


  • Solutions engineers are network engineers who provide solutions to a variety of problems that occur with software or hardware. When customers have a task that they want to accomplish and their network technology is not sufficient, the solutions engineer comes up with solutions that are sold to the customer. These engineers work as a part of a team, designing and implementing the solutions for customers. Solutions engineers are also expected to meet with customers and present the network technology offered by the company that the solutions engineer works for. Solutions engineers are also responsible for creating training programs for customers, when requested.


  • Solutions engineers spend most of their time in clean and comfortable offices and laboratories where they develop software. Solutions engineers often have to travel to the offices of customers in order to perform demonstrations. They must also travel to trade events in order to keep up to date on the latest networking technology and also present their solutions. These engineers usually work 40 hours a week. The time spent in front of a computer can lead to eye strain and carpal tunnel syndrome.


  • Solutions engineers need bachelor’s degrees in computer science or engineering. Previous experience in sales and Internet technology will often help the solutions engineers find work. They must have interpersonal skills, since solutions engineers usually work in teams and must interact frequently with customers in order to determine what these customers need. Because of the rapid advances in networking technology, solutions engineers have to continually retrain in order to keep their skill sets from becoming obsolete.


  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicted that the computer network industry would grow 23 percent from 2008 and 2018. Growth will be driven by the increasing need of companies to communicate effectively both internally and with customers. As more and more commerce is moved online, it is essential that companies have up-to-date networks.


  • In 2008, the median earnings for computer network specialists was $66,310, according to the BLS. The highest 10 percent of network specialists earned more than $104,070, while the lowest 10 percent earned less than $41,000.

How to Start a Home-Based Facial Business

Unlike many business ventures, a home-based facial business has relatively low start-up costs and can be set up fairly quickly. In order to run a successful facial business, though, you need to ensure your state license is in order and obtain all necessary health, safety and business permits required to run the business out of your home.

Get Licensed

Most states require that individuals have an active state cosmetology or esthetician license to perform skin care services like facials, so make sure yours are up to date.

Exact skincare licensing requirements vary but, in general, licenses require a few hundred course hours and may need to be renewed periodically. Visit your state Department of Consumer Affairs website for more information.

Make Your Space Customer-Centric

To make your facial business successful, you need to provide your clients a relaxing, professional and soothing environment. Evaluate the space in your home and optimize it so it meets those standards. BeautyBiz notes that some questions to ask yourself are:

  • Can you designate an entrance for your treatment room that’s distinct from your home entrance?
  • Is there a separate bathroom your clients can use?
  • Do you have a separate room you can use for the facials?
  • Do you have a waiting area for clients to relax in before the treatment begins?

Get Business Permits and Licenses

There are a handful of licenses and permits involved in operating a facial business out of your home. The U.S. Small Business Administration notes that most business owners need to obtain a general business permit from their city or county, and many localities require a special Home Occupation Permit for home-based businesses.


  • The Small Business Administration notes that your city or county may require that your home pass a health and safety inspection before you start seeing clients. Contact your city’s business tax and licenses division for more information.

Protect against Liability

If you accidentally hurt a client or a customer injures themselves on your property, you could face a lawsuit. Hiscox recommends that estheticians purchase both professional liability insurance and general liability insurance to protect themselves financially.

Stock up with the Right Supplies

Buy the equipment you need and stock up on supplies. At a very minimum, you’ll need chairs, couches, tables and towels to operate your facial business. You also may want to invest in a hot towel cabinet, gowns, a facial system and storage and carts.

You’ll need supplies, like gloves, applicators, mixing dishes, jars, measuring cups, facial brushes, facial masks and eye masks to do your work. Talk to wholesalers to get the best prices on supplies.

Get the Word Out

Start marketing before your salon opens for business. Join a local chamber of commerce or beauty business association to connect with other local business owners in the area. Make flyers promoting your new salon and drop them off at businesses in the vicinity.

Create a Facebook page, a Twitter page, and an Instagram account. Start connecting with individuals and businesses through your social media outlets. You also may want to call local newspapers and media outlets and let them know that your business is about to open.

Why You Need A Business Credit Card


A considerable measure of little to medium-sized entrepreneurs use charge cards over the span of business. The issue is, numerous commit the error of utilizing their own cards. There are two or three noteworthy issues with this:

In the first place, in the event that you utilize your own Visas for your business you are obscuring the line amongst business and individual accounts. The better detachment you can accomplish between your business accounts and individual funds, the better off you will be. Therefore, a Mastercard in your business name is the best course.

Second, utilizing your own cards for your business puts your own credit at danger. On the off chance that the obligation has a place with the business, shouldn’t it be on the business’ credit?

The vast majority don’t think this is a major ordeal until they keep running into issues and didn’t really have their own credit to fall back on.

In one case, a couple in business together piled on over $100,000 of unsecured unpaid liability on their own credit for their business. At the point when the business’ salary dropped, despite the fact that the business was at first ready to stay above water, the couple was compelled to petition for liquidation.

The Power of Business Cards


It might come as a shock that, in today’s exceedingly digitized world, business cards are still very helpful systems administration apparatuses. A decent card resemble a decent suit or even an office: it’s a bit much in the strictest feeling of the word, however it signs to different experts that you’re the real deal. Your business cards ought to be an expansion of your expert persona, one that helps the holder to remember why they got your data in any case. At the point when customized to your own image, they can be an entryway for expert open doors. For such little bits of paper, business cards convey a great deal of weight. Here are a few tips to help you get the right print.

Try not to Skimp on the Stock

One of the most effortless ways a print shop can make business cards more reasonable is by diminishing the thickness, or stock, of the paper utilized. While financial obligation is dependably a vital rule in business, this is one region where you shouldn’t compromise. It’s more than a bit of paper; it’s an enduring indication of that initial introduction. A feeble bit of paper sends the sign that the expert it speaks to is unstable, as well. You need to pass on accomplishment with your card, regardless of the fact that you’re simply beginning.

Disturbing Signals to Watch Out For When Negotiating a Business Opportunity


Each great representative is dependably vigilant for good chances to work together. Such open doors may simply be plain purchasing and offering or offering products for others to procure commissions. Other more propelled business opportunities could arrange Franchises, Partnerships, Distributorships and Suppliers bargains. Whatever it is, you should have a nose to sniff out impediments to these arrangements right from the beginning. You may run over legitimate arrangements which may not as a matter of course be great arrangements. The best exhortation is dependably to proceed with alert. Nobody can blame you for being exceptionally careful while arranging business opportunities. All things considered, it is your time, cash and different assets that are in question here.

Be suspicious of any business opportunity if their leaflets and Web webpage don’t offer any foundation data about their top administration. Each business dependably has people in charge who move the business. It is a pride to that business to showcase these persons on the off chance that they are glad for themselves and their business. Something is certainly fishy when a business intentionally escapes others the personalities of their top administration.

Be suspicious of any business opportunity if their leaflets and Web webpage don’t demonstrate a connection to a bigger, understood association or a posting of supports from organizations in the same business, for example, Entrepreneur Media Inc. on the other hand Yahoo! Little Business. Each business works in a specialty which it is known for and its rivals who are likewise in the same corner must think about it. Be careful about any business not known by its adversaries.

Be suspicious of any business opportunity on the off chance that they require a major forthright, non-refundable charge, particularly on the off chance that it’s a surprisingly high sum. It is not a decent sign as well on the off chance that they require you to pay an altered sum on a normal timetable paying little heed to whether you profit. What is great is the point at which you have to pay just a rate of offers. That implies, if deals are not made, no one profits.

5 Things You Must Consider When Starting Your Own Business


Beginning your own business may include a great deal of migraines. There’s finding office space, getting grants, enlisting individuals, and the sky is the limit from there. Beside those, you likewise require a strategy for success. In what heading do you need the business to go? What amount of cash might you want to make five, ten, or so years from now? Those are vital things to ask, yet since you’re still in the early periods of your business, you ought to likewise genuinely consider these five things.

1. What division will you be in?

Suppose you need to be in IT (data innovation). It’s a tremendous, merciless industry, with bunches of organizations, both of all shapes and sizes, seeking piece of the pie. It’s a great deal harder for you as somebody simply beginning in the event that you need to bounce into the business too. So then, you first need to discover your corner. What kind of items or administrations will you have some expertise in? What would you be able to offer that your rivals don’t have? Don’t simply take the path of least resistance. Be one of a kind and offer something truly important to your potential clients. In a perfect world it’s something they’re searching for that your rivals can’t offer them. That way, your business will emerge over the rest!

2. What amount of will you contribute?

Obviously, as a business, you require cash-flow to transform your business thoughts into a reality. On the off chance that you don’t pour in the capital, your home business thought will be only a major lemon. One critical thing to know is the amount of cash your business needs to both start and look after itself.

Where might you get the cash? You could utilize your investment funds, on the off chance that you have a considerable measure. If not, you could discover some business accomplices and approach them for a venture. On the other hand, you could take out a credit from a bank or a trustworthy money bunch. You could even take a stab at crowdfunding like numerous startup proprietors do nowadays. Last yet not the minimum, you can look for expert counsel from budgetary organizers, business specialists, or business mentors.

3. Who will work the business?

Dealing with your little business without anyone else is never a simple errand. It’s even less simple when your organization is now extending. Somehow, you should enroll the assistance of all around prepared individuals to maintain your business. Their insight and abilities will be awesome advantages for your extending little business, helping it become further.

4. At the point when do you hope to profit?

Surely you would need to profit eventually. How could any entrepreneur not have any desire to profit? In light of that, it’s great to set a deadline for recouping your capital and winning benefit. What’s more, on the off chance that you have an objective, you require an activity arrangement. Suppose you need to recuperate capital following one year of beginning your home business. What moves will you make to accomplish that objective?

5. Do you have what it takes to fabricate your own business?

Maintaining your own little business requires a great deal of penances on your part. What’s more, there’s even the chance that your business thought won’t work out. That is something you need to fight with. You can’t abstain from running into a couple (or numerous) obstructions along the way. In any case, in case you’re persuaded that maintaining a business is your street to budgetary opportunity, then proceed! Definitely, put forth a valiant effort!

You may discover these inquiries awfully genuine to consider, yet somehow you need to answer them. Beginning your own particular business is a noteworthy life choice, and as with any real life choice, you must be completely certain before you say yes. The more you recognize what you have to do to succeed, the more probable you will succeed. Keep in mind that these inquiries are not here to dishearten you from beginning a business. Or maybe, they serve to set you up for the voyage ahead. So simply ahead and begin your business, for it might change your life until the end of time!

The Origin Of The Term Dumbwaiter


Dumbwaiters, that is to say little modern cargo lifts, are a practically pervasive sight in lodgings, bars and eateries these days. Regularly used to lessen trips and rearrange ordinary errands for kitchen and inn staff, these gadgets are to a great degree prominent for their minimal size, adaptability, usability and relative strength.

However while numerous individuals are acquainted with the idea of a dumbwaiter, not very many are liable to have really halted and considered where that name starts from, and why it was embraced for that particular actualize in any case. Beside being normal in the kitchen zones of lodgings and eateries, what other connection is there between a modern lift and a server? Where does the “imbecilic” part start from? Does it allude to absence of insight, or absence of capacity to talk? These inquiries and more will be tended to in the lines underneath.

The Unspeaking Staffer

The accurate starting point of the term dumbwaiter is difficult to pinpoint, yet its derivation is generally uncontroversial. The expression got from the way that the little cargo lifts of the same name were frequently utilized as a soulless stand-as a part of for a genuine individual from staff; ‘imbecilic server’ in this way alluded to the route in which these gadgets did a portion of the errands that the assistance would typically deal with, while in the meantime being inconspicuous and unheard, or at the end of the day, “stupid.”

The term is thought to have first been utilized at some point as a part of the mid-nineteenth century, in well off homes and homes in the United States. It appears to be consensual, nonetheless, that the term first rose to noticeable quality out in the open cognizance when it was utilized as a part of a theater play, ‘The Dumb Waiter’, by Harold Pinter. Initially performed in 1957, the piece rapidly rose to worldwide popularity and eminence, and with it, the expression “dumbwaiter” as an equivalent word for a little scale mechanical cargo lift. It is because of this play the expression is thought to have entered open cognizance for the last time, and thusly, it can be viewed as its actual originator, or in any event in charge of its dispersion crosswise over western culture.

Crusade for Change

Maybe more astonishing than the inception or importance of the term dumbwaiter is the way that, lately, a few gatherings have been campaigning for it to be changed. The expression is these days seen as somewhat censorious, and various substitution terms have gradually yet without a doubt been having its spot in the course of recent decades. Elective names for these sorts of gadgets incorporate microlift, lethargic Susan, and serving plate, all of which are viewed as more worthy and politically rectify than the term characterized in the lines above.

Despite these endeavors, in any case, it appears to be improbable that the term dumbwaiter will slip out of open cognizance at any point in the near future. Regardless of the possibility that these substitute divisions do get on with an undeniably all the more socially cognizant overall population, the move won’t happen overnight; the procedure is liable to take various years, and until then, these little, helpful executes will keep on being known by their present name.

Whatever name they are known by, be that as it may, one thing appears to be clear: dumbwaiters ought to keep on playing generally as key a part in the neighborliness and cooking industry in up and coming decades as they do now. The flexible and simple to utilize nature of these lifts makes them a fundamental resource in any huge, modern style kitchen or pantry, and this status hopes to stay unaltered for a long time to come. Whether they are known as dumbwaiters, microlifts, languid Susans, serving plate or whatever other name, these lifts ought to keep on being inn and healing center staff’s closest companions for whatever length of time that they stay underway.

Why Does a Butcher Need a Biltong Smoking Cabinet?


Running a butchery is no simple undertaking; it takes aptitude, responsibility, and quality to guarantee its prosperity. A talented butcher will know which butchery hardware is most appropriate for their prerequisites, therefore you will see a great deal of value items in a decent butchery shop. In any case, would a Biltong Smoking Cabinet be one of these items? Does a butcher need a Biltong Smoking Cabinet?

All things considered, that will rely on upon the extra administrations that they offer their clients. On the off chance that the butchery just cuts and offers crude meat, then they presumably don’t require a Biltong Smoking Cabinet. In any case, on the off chance that they offer quality included items, for example, biltong, then it merits putting resources into one of these units. Biltong is the kind of item that clients will purchase in the event that they can taste tests of it while they sit tight for their meat request to be readied. So it can absolutely build the income for a butchery.

The Butcherquip Smoking Cabinet is a choice worth considering as it is made with two 2.5 kilowatt drying components and one 0.75 kilowatt sawdust ignition component. It has 3 stages (nonpartisan and earth) and works at 230 volts. It is a huge unit with a 600 liter limit and a chamber size of 1000 x 655 x 1020 millimeters. So it is reasonable for butcheries that have a popularity for biltong. For included accommodation, it incorporates 15 aluminum poles to hang the biltong on, a sawdust lattice, an ashtray, a component defensive network, and an extended cross section plate.

The Butcherquip Junior Smoking Cabinet is a littler unit with a 170 liter limit and aggregate size of 1015 x 610 x 940 millimeters. This unit is appropriate for littler butcheries and home commercial ventures that have a littler interest for biltong. As it is littler, it is made with a 230 volts single stage. It has two 1 kilowatt drying components and one 0.5 kilowatt sawdust ignition component. Regardless of its littler size it incorporates 10 aluminum poles, a sawdust network, an ashtray, a component defensive lattice and an extended cross section plate. To the extent butchery gear is concerned, this unit is a significant contender.

In rundown, it is vital for butcheries who offer biltong to have their own particular Biltong Smoking Cabinets. This specific cooking gear permits them to take the biltong making process into their own particular hands which gives them more control over the last item. They will have the capacity to add their own particular exceptional fixings to the procedure which will urge clients to return for additional.

CaterWeb stocks a full scope of business kitchen items and we even offer free shows and in addition hands on preparing if essential. Visit our site to get to our online store or on the other hand we invite you to visit our new showroom.

3 Big Reasons People Fail Building Business Credit


There are three principle reasons numerous individuals fall flat building business credit. The first BIG reason individuals fall flat, is that their business isn’t setup soundly in the bank’s eyes. The observation moneylenders, sellers, and loan bosses have of your business is basic. Before applying for business credit a business must protect it meets or surpasses all loan specialist believability principles. There are more than 20 validity focuses that are fundamental for a business to have a solid, tenable establishment.

To guarantee you are seen solidly, it is imperative that you utilize your precise business lawful name. Your full business name ought to incorporate any recorded DBA documenting you will utilize. Safeguard your business name is precisely the same on your company papers, licenses, and bank articulations.

Whether you have workers or not your business element must have a Federal Tax ID Number (EIN) to begin getting business credit. Much the same as you have a Social Security Number, your business has an EIN. Your Tax ID number is utilized to open your financial balance and to assemble your business credit profile. Take an ideal opportunity to check that all organizations, banks, and exchange credit merchants have your business recorded with the same Tax ID number.

Your work locale must be a genuine block and-mortar building, deliverable physical location. It can’t be a street number, can’t be a PO Box and can’t be an UPS address. A few banks won’t affirm and finance unless this criteria is met. There are Business Address Solutions accessible at organizations like Regus including address just where you get mail and bundles at your devoted place of work.

You should have a devoted business telephone number that is recorded with 411 index help, under the business name, to effectively get business credit. Loan specialists, merchants, leasers, and even protection suppliers will check that your business is recorded with 411. A sans toll number will give your business believability, however you should have a LOCAL business number for the posting with 411.

It’s Not Personal, It’s Business


This week I have seen a typical subject going through different Facebook bunches for VAs.

Indeed, I see it frequently however for reasons unknown this week it truly got to be observable on a few gatherings.

It’s about individual versus business. The entire idea.

Something I have learned in my business life is that most men handle business choices VERY uniquely in contrast to most ladies do.

Most men treat their systematic a business. They settle on choices for the benefit of the business, not on the grounds that they think individuals will like them better or in light of the fact that they feel that individuals will judge them for settling on a hard choice.

Image Restoration – An Overview


Pictures have enormous impact in our lives and as we as a whole know we click pictures at each minute which we feel is extraordinary in our lives. Old pictures are unquestionably not replaceable and from numerous points of view we tend to snap pictures past our stockpiling limits and they are not found for a very long time. At the point when once we locate these departed pictures, they are unsalvageably harmed and needs consideration. Numerous may think about whether there is an approach to get them reestablished rapidly and for the individuals who do, there is an answer. Picture Restoration is an administration that specialists utilizing Adobe Photoshop to alter pictures and take them back to their unique self.

Picture Restoration is a method that can’t be performed by everybody; it requires a man with the most masterful feeling of the style of a picture to perform it precisely. At the point when pictures are left in the capacity places in colossal loft structures, they by and large blur; numerous folds happen which thus makes wrinkles that ruin the feel of the picture. Such events are numerous and just a prepared master in computerized reclamation can do the fundamental rebuilding. A portion of the systems took after while performing Image Restoration takes years to ace and consequently one must be confrontational in finding the right source to complete the rebuilding.

Evacuating soil spots and stains

Recreating missing areas

Altering scratches, wrinkles, and tears

The Value Of Personalised Print In Direct Marketing


The estimation of personalisation in promoting has been shown commonly. Study after study demonstrates that shoppers react all the more promptly to correspondences that are custom fitted to their circumstance, needs and longings than to cover ‘one size fits all’ publicizing. Contingent upon the vertical part, customized battles can outflank static ones by an element of up to 10. While email and other computerized channels of correspondence have been seen as the simplest and least expensive to customize, print holds various points of interest: it can pass on quality, has perpetual quality, achieves all demographics and slices through the advanced mess.

The issue with print – until late years – has been that it couldn’t bolster complex personalisation past straightforward overprinting of content, for example, name and address, in light of the cost structure of balance litho and other simple print innovations, which exceed expectations at delivering various indistinguishable duplicates of records at low unit cost.

Advanced presses have transformed this, empowering reports to be printed at gainful paces and at high caliber while permitting each component of each page to appear as something else, if craved. This makes conceivable a definitive in personalisation – an alternate printed record for each beneficiary.


Help your outcomes with this business preparing tip that demonstrates to you a speedy and fun system to take in the advantages and elements of the items and administrations that you offer.

This is a basic approach to find and retain extra elements and advantages of your items and review them right away while you chat with

clients. By utilizing this preparation you will have the capacity to coordinate any need a client presents with a component, and clarify how the advantages of that element satisfies their necessities.

Regardless of what offering style you utilize the advantages of adapting more components and advantages of what you offer, and having the capacity to review them, will be of awesome worth to you.

The most effective method to Learn and Recall Features and Benefits of Your Products and Services

We should begin with a need the client could have. We’ll make this one simple so think about an exceptionally broad need that a considerable lot of your clients or prospects need your items or administrations to satisfy. Presently review the best element of what you offer to address that issue. At that point give an extremely concise clarification of the advantages the component supplies that will coordinate the requirements of the client.

Presently attempt another of these connecting chains. You can utilize another client need or stay with the same need and connection another component to it that gives an advantage that will address the issue. You could likewise utilize the same need, keep the same component of your item, however utilize an alternate advantage that the element can supply.

All You Need to Know About Hiring Professional Tailors


Each man longs for an impeccable fitting matching suit, something that they have found in the Wall Street. Yet, most of the male society is slightest intrigued by design and dressing. For them, a pounded grimy shirt, a couple of tough pants and scarcely flourishing sleepers is all that anyone could need to pause dramatically for the outside world. Be that as it may, in the gatherings and at office meeting you can’t convey your bohemian look and subsequently, you require assistance from men’s tailor. They will have the capacity to give answers for your design trouble.

Criticalness of employing tailors

You should believe that various cleaned brands are accessible out there in the retail advertise, showing some select suit gathering then there is no point of taking the torment of finding a suit authority. Presently the answer here is basic, the instant suit, however assert bespoke fittings, at last, we as a whole are distinctive and have redone essential measurements. So what fits for your companion having the same tallness as yours, may not suit you by any stretch of the imagination. Additionally, if your suit does not fit you well, then that will humiliate you among the cleaned swarm. To maintain a strategic distance from such circumstances pick a pro.

Business Travel Security Good Practice


Voyaging, particularly abroad, unavoidably takes individuals out of their recognizable surroundings. Moreover, when going for business purposes the voyagers themselves regularly need to battle with a bustling timetable and the impacts of plane slack, all in an occasionally outsider atmosphere and remote dialect. Given the weights on organizations to be productive it is all the time the case that business travel arranging is surged and business travel security is disregarded or overlooked totally. It is just when an occurrence happens that the significance of business travel security gets to be evident and by then it is past the point of no return.

It is constantly preferable to counteract issues over need to manage them and watching business travel security great practice can give genuine feelings of serenity and permit representatives to concentrate on their center business errands. This brings advantages to both the businesses and voyagers themselves. The businesses can demonstrate that they have practiced an obligation of consideration towards their staff and be sure that they have found a way to ensure their organization resources, human, physical and basic data. The individual business voyager can profit by improved individual wellbeing and in addition guaranteeing the insurance of their own information by taking after basic business security great practice.

Business Management Consultants – Your Partner in Growth


The structures and styles of administration fluctuate starting with one organization then onto the next. When it is about guaranteeing an organization’s prosperity, its authority needs to deal with the business both deliberately and strategically. The majority of the times, an administration procedure has a couple of barriers that get to be gridlocks on the off chance that they are not expelled. What’s more, numerous a period, organizations do not have the aptitude to expel these detours.

Now, business administration counseling organizations become an integral factor. These organizations have the best procedures and the right individuals so that these administrative barriers change into venturing stones to achievement.

These difficulties that the organization is confronting to deal with its business proficiently can get to be opportunities once the authority has sharpened its administrative abilities. Presently, these aptitudes can be redone once the business’ procedure is broke down well. The administration advisors, which a business brings on board, have the mastery and the experience to inspect the current procedures and give their proposals.

Keeping It Simple: The Key To Customer Engagement


Why has Uber begun to supplant conventional method for getting a taxi? What’s more, why are more customers utilizing Seamless to get their staple goods conveyed?

The way to connecting with clients in B2C situations is by all accounts in the capacity to rearrange lives, streamline understanding what the item or administration does, and to make it simple to join or change from another supplier.

Any pointless multifaceted nature is avoided by the present day client for something that is straightforward and use.

Where does this requirement for effortlessness originate from?

Effortlessness is a human need

When we take a gander at the neuroscience maybe this pattern is not shocking.

Research from the UCLA in the U.S. also, the University of Queensland in Australia has recognized six social and intellectual needs of the human mind: relatedness, expression, status, interpersonal association, seeing and measuring improvement, and trust later on.

Are Small Business Plans Really Needed?


Composing a marketable strategy or notwithstanding considering doing it scrounges up sentiments of fear. It is somewhat monotonous and takes some committed time. You may even think it isn’t generally required for your little business. Be that as it may, you are incorrect!

Your business won’t achieve its maximum capacity in the event that you don’t know where you are going. You need your business objectives recorded so you can perceive how far you have come. It is so fulfilling to take a gander at your marketable strategy (or objectives) after one year and say, “Stunning, I surpassed the majority of my objectives!” If that is the situation, it’s an ideal opportunity to compose another marketable strategy with greater objectives. It is an advancing thing.

More often than not, the main reason little organizations set up a strategy for success is out of need. They have to show it to their broker or financial specialist to raise reserves for their little business. That is fine, however this report ought to be a need when beginning your business. You need to AIM for something and make an arrangement on the most proficient method to get it going. That is the thing that every effective business person do.

This applies to every single little business. You can be a blogger, an autonomous home advisor for one of the numerous organizations out there offering crucial oils or excellence items, an auto repair shop, or an expert lawyer or bookkeeper. It doesn’t make a difference which business you make, you need an arrangement set up for your development.

Improve Your Small Business Marketing to Increase Your Profits


In spite of the fact that we call them “little” organizations, maintaining a little business is no little undertaking. Contrasted with bigger enterprises, little business have a much littler edge for mistake with regards to promoting activities – when an advertising effort falls flat, bigger companies shake their heads, make modification, and proceed onward however for little organizations, a major disappointment could mean the end of the organization. Here are some incredible showcasing tips to help your promoting endeavors stay successful and your business stay focused.

Better Use of Data

Information about your intended interest group is precious to little organizations. This sort of data permits entrepreneurs and advertisers to distinguish the sorts of individuals who are destined to work with them and buy their items and/or administrations. Knowing your intended interest group can likewise help you to better tailor and center your showcasing messages to those sorts of purchasers. In the event that it is in the financial backing, procuring an expert information group can truly help a little business make the most out of this data.

Use Email More Effectively

Email can be an intense device with regards to speaking with your present clients. Messages are an incredible chance to interface with clients and give them data on updates, cross-offering opportunities, and extra deals or arrangements your business might offer. Utilizing email is an incredible, non-shifty approach to stay associated with those buyers who definitely know your business and your image. You can even make email promoting a stride further by separating your contact list into gatherings by fragments, for example, buy history, age bunch, topographical region, and other critical information focuses.

How Do I Communicate Better With People at a Distance?


The truism goes; nonappearance makes the heart become fonder.

While that might be valid now and again, another well-known axiom is likewise valid:

Out of the picture, therefore irrelevant.

Both hold shades of truth for any of us needing to convey all the more adequately with individuals when we are isolated by space. All the more regularly however, the second holds more truth at work than does the first.

In the event that you are good to go today, you likely manage this circumstance at any rate periodically. In any case, the majority of us manage it consistently. This circumstance is; Communicating with clients or prospects, Communicating with sellers, Communicating with associates on tasks, or, Communicating with individuals we lead who don’t live close-by.

Why should Businesses Use Club Flyers for Promotion?

A good marketing strategy is crucial for any business. In order to be successful in your business, it is very important that people know all about the brand and the products and services that you are offering. You need to improve the visibility of your business and club flyer is the marketing tool that will help you with that.

Benefits of Using a Club Flyer

  • The most important aspect of a club flyer is that it is easily available and that too at very reasonable price. Even it though it is the cheapest, yet it is the best method of providing information about your business to your prospective buyers.
  • At times, people seem to run out of patience to read all the information that is provided on the advertisement and the brochure. Flyers are the best option for these kinds of people. The reason is that they are not only easy to read but also easy to understand. It contains sufficient information that will help them to decide what they want.
  • Flyers are the kind of marketing tools that are portable. Thus, it can be carried anywhere to spread information in a very short period of time.
  • It is also helpful in capturing a large number of audiences. All that you need to do is to print it in a bulk from Printing VIP.

Reasons for Using a Club Flyer

They are Cheap: Flyers are the printing marketing tool that is available in the market. When you print the flyers make sure that they are printed in bulk so that you are able to reach out to large section of audience. This, in turn, will help you cutting down the advertising cost since you would not require a large sum of money to print the flyers.

They Help in Enhancing Communication: This is the most effective way of improving the communication between the business owners and the potential customers. Well designed flyers have comprehensive but important details about the business. Thus, the customers who are interested in your business contact you after reading it. This goes a long way in enhancing the relationship between the customers and the owner of the business.

They Always Keep the Customers Up-to-Date: You can take the help of flyers to inform the customers about any recent development that have been made in the business. If there are weekly changes then you can print the fliers weekly. You also need to make sure that to cover all the important details.

Creating a proper flyer can be a very daunting task. However, if you are able to plan it in a proper manner then there is nothing simpler than using flyers. You need to make your own strategy and put it into use. You should not at all be afraid to implement new ideas and find out if it works. All things have to be planned according to the needs of the target audience. For that, you have to do a substantial amount of research on them.

Top 5 Best Twitter Business Ideas

Entrepreneurs get ready! Here is the top 5 business ideas you have been looking for to promote on Twitter, the worlds most popular micro-blogging platform. Get ready now to face the competition for the favours of the Twitter people. These 5 business ideas will take off fast once introduced to the community. So what do you offer the Twitter crowd? Tough sell for sure, but check out these great ideas:

Spot on direct fact checking services:
People are always looking for answers to anything between heaven and earth and lets face it, most are to lazy to even bother Googling, especially when busy Twittering. Now Twitters do not have to suffer being away, but can tweet their questions straight to and receive feedback and answers from a Yahoo Answers kind of site. The popular media site has just introduced this feature to Twitters. Similar to Yahoo, users can vote on the best answers and give comments.

Cure For Insomnia Business:
Twitter users are prime prospects for insomnia treatment, since most stay up until the wee hours tweeting to their hearts content and as we all know, it is not so easy to fall asleep once birds start singing outside or your neighbour is singing in the shower! Of course getting off Twitter may actually solve this problem, but would you really want to? Of course not. You get paid for sleeping on the job as well and in most jobs sleeping is not considered gross misconduct, so compensation is due if your services are no longer needed.
Hugging Business
Everyone needs a good hug once in a while and Twitter users need them more than any. Having a hug delivery service would serve all Twitter users well. There are actually organisations offering free hugs, but that would mean having to get out on the street and log off Twitter, essentially a no-go. Better have the hug delivered straight to your doorstep. There would have to be a good selection of huggers available of course, depending on what kind of hug you want, strong or soft, caring or dramatic!
Power Nap Businesses

Clearly loss of sleep due to Tweeting must be made back somewhere and work seems to be a good solution. Now if only there were a company that delivered a soft pillow and blanket on demand. What a massive success that would be to have a goose feather pillow delivered to you in the lunch break or during another “very important” evaluation meeting! Remember, science has already approved of power napping!

24 Hour Concierge
Twittering is an exhausting business. And with no refreshments how can you keep yourself ready and alert. 24 hour delivery of soft drinks and snack would take care of that problem. Macadamia nuts and lemon juice or your favourite candy bar, with no fuss and no disapproving looks from the others in supermarket line. Or your bellboy could take care of your business card printing service and hand them out to potential clients who can’t get in touch with you because you are “in a meeting”!

7 Tips for Your Home Business with “Food”

1. Become a personal chef

Personal chefs prepare a week’s worth of meals for 5 – 15 clients. They package them with reheating instructions and deliver them to their clients once a week.

2. Home-cooked, heat & eat meals

This is great if you like to keep things simple. You will prepare and package your favorite meals with reheating instructions. Deliver them or have customers pick them up at a designated place on their way home from work.

I’ve seen this work really well with corporate relationships or by targeting large office complexes. Distribute your simple menu selection to all of the employees in a large office building. It’s best to do this in person…with samples in hand. (Of course you’ll ask permission from the powers that be first, right?)

Then you’ll take orders and payments over the phone or online. Prepare the meals and deliver them to the lobby within an hour or so before quitting time. You can even send a tweet or bulk text to let your customers know you’re in the building with their dinner. They’ll love you!

3. Cater meetings and small events

Every meeting planner knows that food is a critical part of a successful event. Introduce yourself to those smart folks. Many meeting venues don’t offer catering. So get your menu placed in their facility information packets. You can also contact wedding planners, non-profit development directors, anyone who has to regularly plan small to mid-sized events.

Be aware that catering takes a bit more cash to start up. You’ll need equipment, transportation, chafing dishes, serving sets, table cloths and more. But if you have the resources, enjoy making connections and cook great food, this is a potentially lucrative option for you.

4. Teach cooking lessons

Seriously there is no end to the line of people who want to learn how to cook. Your skill is in demand!

You can teach certain styles of cooking, like grilling, baking, crockpot or holiday meals. Or teach people how to cook for special diets, like gluten free, paleo or vegan. Or teach certain types of people how to cook meals, like young couples, teenagers, new parents or empty nesters.

You can teach private lessons in client’s homes, offer small group lessons in homes…think tupperware meets dinner party, or teach full-sized groups at the local community centers and churches…pretty much anywhere there’s a commercial kitchen available.

5. Be a private chef

This is actually quite different from being a personal chef and it’s also different from catering. A private chef will work directly with clients to create a menu for a specific event. You’ll then prepare the meal in their kitchen or in a space they provide.

To succeed as a private chef, you need to have at least a few connections with the kinds of people who would hire someone else to cook for their dinner party. You also need to be great under pressure, able to improvise and familiar with preparing gourmet meals.

In all honesty, this is not an easy game to break into. But it might be perfect for the person with the right combination of contacts and skills.

6. Become a mealtime concierge

Yes, I made that up. Maybe we can call it a Mealtime Assistant. I don’t know. But I do know that there are TONS of couples and families out there who would love to experience cooking and eating dinner together.  The problem is, they don’t have the time or the know-how to plan a menu or buy the ingredients they need to have that bonding experience.

As a mealtime concierge/assistant you would clear the way for family mealtime by creating a customized menu, doing the food shopping and providing them with proven, simple, step-by-step recipes they can prepare together.

Okay, okay. You aren’t actually doing any cooking here. But you are making it possible for people to create memories and family traditions around food that will last for lifetimes to come. How cool is that?

7. Write a food blog

I hesitate to put this here because a food blog, on it’s own, isn’t a business. But tons of people are blogging about food, so it’s easy to assume there’s money in it. Is there? The quick answer is “maybe…eventually.”

Most successful food blogs make money through advertising. Sure, some people sell e-books or write the blog as a way to market their other services (see items 1 through 6). But most straight-up food blogs are monetized through ads.

The thing is, until you have a measurable and engaged audience, it’s almost impossible to command high enough ad rates to replace an income. Which is why most bloggers write as a side gig knowing that, once the audience is there, they should start seeing reveune. It takes time and patience and passion. And entering the blogging world has a pretty steep learning curve.

How To Select Small Business Marketing Consultant For Proper Tips And Advices

Starting a business might turn out to be a daunting task, if you are not aware of the changing rules, in the market. If you are a novice in this field, it is better to take the help of a reliable Small Business Marketing Consultant, for your help. Now, when you have made up your mind in choosing a consultant for your firm, you are likely to come across thousands of options, online. Choosing the reliable name among so many is next to impossible. In order to make the impossible work possible, you need to be aware of the points, first.

Tips on choosing the best market consultant

It is a known fact that small business consulting and coaching is works of skilled professionals. It needs a lot of educational means and practice while mastering the skill set. Therefore, you need to choose the best Small Business Marketing Consultant, after taking a look at his working experience and knowledge, associated with this market field.

As small consulting service is not regulated industries, therefore; anyone can claim to be an expert. Thus, you need to choose a professional, after taking look at his working lifestyle.
You need to be aware of your business size and try to select a consultant, accordingly. Some business coaches primarily specialize in small business executives, where the number of employees is not more than 100. On the other hand, some other companies are going to offer coaching services for solos entrepreneurs and business owners.

You need to choose a reliable consultant, who can work on both businesses and coaching grounds. They are well acquainted with Small Business Marketing Servicesand can offer you advice on the latest trends or the upcoming ones. They can help you to create a solid marketing and business model, and implement a stronger action plan.

Reliable professionals have proper marketing skills along with planning skills and business strategies. Moreover, they can even help you to focus towards good time management services. The business coaches must be well accustomed with the marketing skills, of the same genre.

Learn and check the testimonials

Apart from learning the present consulting skills, the reliable coaches can easily learn a new business tricks and skills, associated with Small Business Marketing Services. Moreover, do not waste time and check the testimonials of the coaches, presented by previous client base. Reliable professionals are going to offer you with additional offerings and free consultation services. Thus, with these points, choosing best business consultant is a piece of cake.

Business ideas for work-at-home mums

The business trend to outsource can be of great value to all stay-at-home mums who would usually be forced to take a break from their careers. Nowadays, parenting and working can be easily combined in one single place – your home. Here are some of the most interesting ideas for starting a business for stay-at-home mums.


This is a great opportunity for those with strong opinions or captivating hobbies. Creating an online space for exploring the subject you’re interested in is very self-fulfilling and the technical side of starting a blog is a piece of cake these days. But how to turn you blog into a source of income?

First, you need to think about its end product – what exactly you will sell, who is your target audience and whether you’ve got enough to say about it all to actually write regular posts. Once you share something you’re really passionate about, you’ll be able to draw people to your blog and raise income through advertising.


If you’re good with numbers and quick to learn new software, consider bookkeeping. Today companies tend to use online accounting software and the demand for full-time bookkeepers considerably decreased. Becoming a freelance accountant, you’ll be able to provide your services for a reasonable price, gaining both cash and experience on the job.


If wordplay is your kind of game, you can substantially improve your household income by becoming a copywriter. Content marketing is expected to grow in the next few years – marketers will be in need of good quality content and what can be a better place to find expert writers than the web? As a professional editor, you’ll make your own schedule and won’t be constrained by anything other than deadlines.

Arts, Crafts and Decoration Business

If you’ve always felt the need to creatively express yourself, this can be the right moment to translate your talent into a viable source of income. From decorating cakes, homemade goods and handmade jewellery to graphics and paintings, the web gives you lots of options for marketing and selling your products.
Bridal Consultant

If you’ve got some time on your hands and are a precise and well-organized person, the job of bridal consultant might be for you. Many women find it hard to organize a wedding with their busy professional and home lives, so they’re likely to seek a professional guidance. If you love all things bridal, the job can be a great fit for your stay-at-home career.


If you like helping people to figure out the best paths for their lives and careers, consider becoming a life or career coach. This is a great job for stay-at-home mums, who can easily meet with clients without leaving the house. In order to become a coach, you might need some additional training in psychology and behavioural sciences – an online course will do the trick!

Business Consultant

If you boast an in-depth knowledge of an industry or a particular sector, you’re already on your way to become a business consultant. Knowing how to break into creative industries or having acquired years of wisdom on startup management, you can become the person who sells their knowledge to others.

To finish off, here are two tips that apply to each and every position described above:

Get and distribute business cards. It makes you look professional and helps other to remember you (and your service!)
If you can’t afford to have a website, set up a Facebook page or a tutorial blog, where you’ll show some behind-the-scenes footage on how to make some of your beautiful creations.

How to Turn Business-Ideas into Achievable Business-Goals

Three birds were sitting on a tree. One bird decided to fly away.

How many birds are sitting on the tree?

Three! Why? Because as you and I know from our life-experience, DECIDING to do something does not mean you WILL do it. How to turn dreams, wants and ideas into achievable goals? That is what I will talk to you about – SMART goals:

The first known use of the term SMART GOALS occurs in the November 1981 issue of Management Review by George T. Doran

Specific answers the questions What? Why? and How?

The What is your head – it identifies WHAT it is that you need to accomplish.

The Why is your soul – it specifies WHY you should accomplish it. It gives meaning to your goal. It outlines the purpose or the benefit of achieving the goal.

The How is your hands – it focuses on the tools and strategies need for achieving your goal.

Answering all these three questions is ESSENTIAL for motivating you, helping you stay on the right truck and keeping you accountable for the progress as well as for the results.

Measurable answers the questions How much? How many? or How will I know when I progress?

Action-oriented. Every time you set a goal, it HAS to start with a verb to identify the specific ACTION that’s needed to be taken in order to successfully achieve your goal.

Realistic. Don’t forget to check your reality-testing! The goal “Lose 25 lb in two days to fit the wedding dress” is very specific, measurable, action-oriented and time-bound, however it IS NOT realistic.
So if the goal fails to be realistic, there is no chance it will be achieved. And if you set unrealistic goals too often, that creates disappointment and frustration and discourages you from trying. So, remember it is ESSENTIAL for a goal to be realistic.

Time-bound. Youhave to set the time framefor accomplishing your goal. If you don’t,then it may take forever and you will get tired and change your focus.

So, to stay focused on your GOAL and to be able to check your progress, you have to set a deadline by which the goal has to be achieved. If you haven’t achieved it by the deadline, don’t give up – be flexible and adjust your deadline in accordance to your progress. It’s ok not to meet every deadline, but at least you know that you ARE moving toward it. Also, it helps you figure out what it is that you need to do EVERY DAY that will contribute to achieving your goal.

Clarity and Focus is what separates those who DO achieve their goals from those who don’t. That’s the POWER of setting goals and WRITING them down! Why you ask? Because this very process helps you become really CLEAR on what it is that you want and need to accomplish, and FOCUSED on the HOW TO of the process.

As you try to set your goal, remember to ask yourself: On a scale from 1 to 10, how committed will I be to achieving this goal? If the answer is lower than 8, you need a different goal with a different WHY, maybe a more meaningful WHY. Also ask yourself: What can I do EVERY day that will contribute to my success.

Home Businesses Ideas That Require Training

1. Graphic Design. Businesses always need graphic designers to help them convey information visually, through logos, advertisements, posters, websites, and the like. While it is possible to be an entirely self-taught graphic designer, most have either a certification or a degree. Other than the cost of design software, this business has very little overhead and can be done anywhere with a dedicated computer.

2. Bookkeeping. This is a perfect business idea for trained accountants who would like to work from home, although it is not necessary to be a Certified Public Accountant in order to become a freelance bookkeeper—it’s just necessary to have the background knowledge that bookkeeping courses at any community college can offer. This kind of freelance work is especially helpful for small businesses that do not need or cannot afford a fulltime bookkeeper, making it possible for you to have full time work through several smaller clients. Median salary: $34,000.

3. Home Inspection. An important part of the home buying process is having a professional home inspector go through the house to determine the condition of the building and point out any potential problems. A home inspector needs to meet the state regulations for the profession, which varies from state to state, although anyone who has worked in the construction or housing industry will have a leg up. Median salary: $52,000.

4. Massage Therapist. While licensing requirements for massage therapy can vary from state to state, the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork can help any budding masseuse fulfill their local requirements. Massage therapists can either work out of their own home or make house calls with a portable massage table. Median salary: $34,900.

5. Tax Preparation. No one likes doing taxes, and they need to be paid whether the economy is booming or tanking. This is why at-home tax preparation can be a great business for anyone with a tax background, or anyone willing to take training courses. Since there are annual changes to the tax code, you will need to refresh your training each year, and you will also need to register with the IRS as a tax preparer. This is more of a seasonal business than a year-round endeavor, but it can be a great way to earn some extra income each winter/spring.

home based business ideas tax preparation

6. Doula. A doula is a labor coach that can help a birthing mother in any labor environment, from a hospital to a midwife clinic to home. Doulas are non-medical professionals who offer information, emotional support, and physical assistance in the process of giving birth. While licensing for doulas is not required by most states, getting certified by DONA International, the only certifying body for this profession, is a good idea. Doulas do have to deal with unpredictable schedules, but they easily can do this work from home. Doulas generally charge between $500 and $1000 per birth.

7. Hairstylist. If you have experience cutting hair and giving manicures, opening up shop from your home is an excellent way to start your own salon. Make sure that you follow all of your state’s requirements for doing salon care in a home, as they can be stringent.

8. Interior Designer. While you do not need a degree or certification in order to set out an interior designer shingle, it is really necessary in order to make sure you can meet the needs of many clients. An education in the history and theory of design will allow you to understand trends that you may not like, but your clients do.

At Home Business Ideas for the Handicapped or Disabled

As of March 2009, the official unemployment rate for disabled Americans was 13.2%. If you are one of the many who want to work and are looking, consider starting a business from home in this forgotten niche.

The best home based business ideas begin with knowing your niche. If you are one of the many handicapped people who want to contribute, remember, you have certain skills, life experience, interests and values that others may not have, so finding your niche is going to be much easier.

Here are the 10 best home based (handicapped accessible) business ideas you may want to consider:

If you live in a large home and love visitors, this is a ready-made, handicapped accessible business to help the disabled get out there and travel. A great work at home business.
I know so many people who would like to go away for a weekend but have no one to leave their pets with who will love them as much as they do.
Jewelry Designer – Did you see the Oprah show about 10-year-old Shiloh Peppin who wants to grow up to be a jewelry designer? Her handicap of fused legs will not stop her from the career of her dreams, nor should it stop you.
Gift Basket Service – The entrepreneur can design them at home to specific niches and mail them to buyers or make them available in local specialty stores.
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Life Coaching – Who knows better than you what it’s like to survive and thrive with a handicap or challenge of any kind? So many people are waiting for your encouraging words.
Song Writer – For those with a love of music, why not write & sell your music for a living?
Or maybe your niche is spiritual music, rock ‘n roll or weddings.
Why not share your story with the rest of us?
You could speak at churches, community organizations, business meetings and even write and publish a book or EBook to motivate others.

If you were born challenged or experienced a life altering event and became handicapped or disabled later in life, and you want to work, you can and should.

Think seriously about starting a small business from home. These are just ten simple business ideas.

I know you can come up with more home based business ideas that are specific to your skills, values and interests. Here’s to your business success.

Why small business owners choose credit card processing for their business?

There are many companies who already use different card processing facility to their clients. But presently, there are several small companies who implement this processing system to their business. It has gained importance and popularity both. Still, numerous business owners are resisting, concerned about blunt costs and hesitant over how to obtain in on the trend. A business owner should know the importance and advantages of this process. So, they will utilize this process for their business.

Importance of credit card processing

If you are a restaurant owner or the shopping store owner or any other small and medium business owner where daily cash transaction is occurring, then you should buy credit card processing machines for your business purpose. It will make your customer happy and they can buy more products from your store. If you have this process, then you customer doesn’t need to carry cash and they can easily transfer their money from their account to your account using this machine.

There are several online stores, which provide different kinds of credit card processing machines to their customers. You can choose a machine as per your need and requirements. Credit cards being the newest in payment mode have produced a whole new habit in the business world. Today, both the traders and the customers are making sure that they cash on the credit card processing. The fact that credit card processing creates a great blow in business also implies on small trades or business. Even a trader or small business owner can enjoy the lavishness and the advantages offered by this novel tool of business.
This processing system is the best for the small and average traders. While a large business operate credit card processing to put into its status and reputation, a small business can also do the same. But you have to choose a company very carefully. Due to the tough competition in the market, each and every online e-commerce site provides attractive offer and discounts to generate more sales. Now, you have to choose a machine as per your requirement. Before purchase any product, check the size and features properly and choose a machine that suit with your requirements.

Overview about the credit card process

A credit card processing means a process through which people can transfer money via electronic device to a customer’s account. If you want to pay something, you can swipe the credit card or debit card through the credit card machine and a customer’s gets to pay for her or his shopping directly from its account. This complete procedure creates credit card a requirement for clients and this is where a small business can create benefit easily.

A client also is inclined to think of the business or business owner as secure and reliable to deal with. It also provides a strong security system. So, business owner and a customer can safely transact money after purchasing done. Choose an online website properly and install this superb facility for your business.

Accounting Mistakes That Can Put Small Businesses At Risk

Accounting is an integral part of any business and it is not simple and easy like addition and subtraction. Most of the time small businesses think of saving some money and doing their accounting themselves- but this is not the right idea they have developed. Any accounting errors can cost the company to a major extent and can hamper the growth of a business. Small business owners make major mistakes during their initial years of set up with accounting, so along with other tax services Mississauga, business plans Mississauga, they also need accounting services Mississauga.

Here are some common mistakes that small business owners make and must avoid at any cost:

  • The primary mistake that small businesses make is doing everything on their own. As they are new entrepreneurs, they are filled with passion and the desire to work. This leads them to think that they can do everything on their own and manage every aspect of the business. Maintaining account is important as with time, they grow, but it is also time consuming. Learn to delegate and save valuable time. Hiring an accounting professional is the best method to get much needed aid.
  • Small businesses have the tendency to go for the cheapest methods to save any costing money or business expenses. This clearly means that when hiring a professional, the companies to choose hire a professional with lower rates. Without thinking, this decision can be a major mistake, as a professional with low rates may lack in experience and skill. This will lead to more mistakes in work and more cost. Spend a little extra and get quality work done.
  • The difference between profit and cash flow is quite confusing for many. Cash flow is the money that flows in and out of a company from financial activities, operations and investments. Whereas, profit is the remains from sales revenue, after the company’s expenses are deducted. Keep a track of expenditures; review your monthly statements to understand the condition of the business.
  • Mixing personal finances and business finances is another mistake companies make. Open a separate bank account or your business and run all income and expenditure through this bank account. Keep a record of all the expenses you do, as they may be tax deductions.
  • A backup is a source of keeping the important data handy. Most new companies do not bother to keep a backup of their accounting data. In case of natural calamities or technical difficulties and crashes, this can lead to major data loss resulting in loss of money and time. For maximum security, multiple backup is necessary. Keep them in encrypted format for added security.

Small businesses should use cloud technology to keep their data handy and ready for instant use. They should also perform regular backup for their data. Routine backups of the financial data can save time and business from disasters.

16 Surprising Statistics About Small Businesses

In the last 6 years, we’ve amassed a wealth of knowledge about the state of small business from our 38 million members and we never cease to be surprised.  Here are 16 vital (and surprising) statistics we’ve uncovered about the small business landscape:

1)   The SBA defines a small business as an enterprise having fewer than 500 employees

2)   There are almost 28 million small businesses in the US and over 22 million are self employed with no additional payroll or employees (these are called nonemployers)

3)  Over 50% of the working population (120 million individuals) works in a small business

4)   Small businesses have generated over 65% of the net new jobs since 1995

5)   Approximately 543,000 new businesses get started each month (but more employer businesses shut down than start up each month)

6)   7 out of 10 new employer firms survive at least 2 years, half at least 5 years, a third at least 10 years and a quarter stay in business 15 years or more

7)  52% of all small businesses are home-based

8)   There were 22.5 million nonemployer firms in 2011 (up almost 2% from the year before).

9)   To classify as a “nonemployer” business you must have annual business receipts of $1,000 or more and be subject to federal income taxes

10)   Approximately 75% of all U.S. businesses are nonemployer businesses

11)   19.4 million nonemployer businesses are sole proprietorships, 1.6 million are partnerships and 1.4 million are corporations

12)   The fastest growing sector for freelance businesses in 2011 included auto repair shops, beauty salons and dry cleaners

13)   Total TOT +4.35% revenues from nonemployers hit $989.6 billion in 2011 (up 4.1% from 2010)

14)   Nonemployers had average revenues of $44,000

Top 15 Business Mistakes Consultants Make

There are a lot of Top 10 lists out there, some of them focusing on the most common mistakes that small business owners make.  While they contain some good points such as getting the support of your family, establishing a dedicated work space, focusing on good customer service, etc.  Some others are good planning, but may not apply as much to an independent contractor in the software industry, or at least not for your first couple of jobs, such as establishing a good mission statement, and developing a detailed marketing plan.

While these are all relevant and may be important to you at some point in time, I have found that there is another set of common business mistakes that are much more practical, some are even stunning that anyone would commit.  But before we get into my list, I suggest you read my post Doing Business – The Series for a little background.  Now, with that out of the way, following is my list of the Top 15 Mistakes Consultants Make.

  1. Forgetting to bill the client
  2. Losing track of unpaid invoices
  3. Not setting aside money for taxes
  4. Bad contract negotiations / terms – no lawyer
  5. Poor tax records
  6. Setting bill rate too low / Discounting services
  7. Poor estimating / Over-promising
  8. Procrastination
  9. Bad attitude
  10. Lack of market focus (trying to be everything to everyone)
  11. Delaying bad news
  12. Ignoring referrals
  13. No savings for a rainy day
  14. Dependent on a single client.
  15. All tech skills, no soft skills

I will expand on some of these subjects, and when that happens, this article will be updated with links to the more detailed posts.  You may also want to check out the full Doing Business archive for more commentary on doing business right.

And remember, just because you’re good at your job (or hobby) doesn’t mean you know how to run a business.  Many dot-com failures were cool ideas, maybe even fun hobbies, but not smart businesses.  Many good cooks discover there’s a whole lot more than cooking involved in running a restaurant.  Being self-employed is awesome!  It is a fantastic adventure if you do things right more than you do them wrong.  And it’s a right we have in the United States that doesn’t exist everywhere in the world, so take advantage of it, if you dare.

Myth buster : Startup or MNC

Once out of college, everyone wants to get hired in a big company. Well…almost everyone! A handful rich and fortunate guys decide to have their own venture or join their family business. And the rest, who don’t get a job in any MNC decide to step in a small company, be it a startup. This is a myth that most of the path and join a less known company, you have failed.”

This myth has ruined many talents in the past and to do a justice to the future, today I am going to bust it.

Myth 1 – All smart people get hired in MNC.

Idyllic Spftware Mythbuster - Busted

A big company doesn’t look at how smart you are. It sees if, with an average intelligence, you would be a fit with the work culture of the company. Most of the companies do not hire the top and the bottom of the curve. Bottom ones are neglected for obvious reasons. The top ones are said ‘no’ for they can be the first one to switch jobs for better pay. Who wants to waste money and time trying to stop iterations?


Myth 2 – Those who won’t get a job anywhere else, they just join a startup.

Idyllic Software Mythbuster - Busted

Those who won’t get a job anywhere else won’t qualify for a startup either. This lot gets hired in mass recruitment drive only, which of course is done by big companies. Startups are quiet choosey about who they want to work with. They would prefer being under-manpower and working double-shifts than to hire an underperforming employee. A startup needs real talent for that push to make things happen and they settle for nothing less.


Myth 3 – You can’t get real learning experience if you work in a startup. MNCs have copyright on learning.

Idyllic Software Mythbuster - Busted

MNC gives you defined role. A book of previous learning is given and you never have to start from scratch. But then, you lose on innovation too and probability of ‘what-if’. Startup, on the other hand gives you wider scope of learning different things, things that you might not learn in a routine job. It gives you freedom to experiment, take risk, apply the bookish to see if it really works and learn from your own mistakes. A 360 degree enriched learning experience!


Myth 4 – If you join a startup, your dad will pay your bills.

Idyllic Software Mythbuster - Busted

Yes, startups seldom have pockets as deep as MNCs. But then do MNCs share their huge profits with their employees? Not really. MNCs offer huge CTCs, startups quote less. But wait a minute! What is this CTC? Cost to Company is not what you get paid in your salary account. It is what company

thinks is spending on keeping you. This includes all it claims to give you as benefit including the desktop/laptop, internet connection, cafeteria, big office corridors and centralized air-conditioner. What really comes in your hand is about the same or sometimes lesser than what a person with same experience and educational background gets working for a startup. By the way, irrespective of which company you work for, your dad doesn’t pay your bill unless…you want him to pay.

Myth 5 – The bigger the company you work for, the more are your chances to grow in the company.

Idyllic Software Mythbuster - Busted

A big company has hierarchy to tackle dissatisfaction of non-promotion amongst a big pool of employees, out of which only few can actually reach the top management level. A promotion in MNC means you get a new job title, a hike, a new place to sit, sometimes a new team and often a new city in a foreign country. What remains same is you daily routine work. Where is the growth? Growth is in a flat organization that you joined when it was a startup. Joining early and staying there helps you grow with the startup and have a chance of being the big-shot of the company when it becomes a billion dollar baby.


7 Benefits of Using Microsoft Project Server for Better Business Solutions

Many companies prefer to have quick and easy end-to-end business solutions that can reduce cost and improve output efficiencies. The concept of Microsoft SharePoint has proven to be a huge advantage for those companies that want extensive reports and profiles within a short period of time. Almost 75% of fortune 500 companies have adapted to this concept of using Microsoft SharePoint. Project Server is a program used for excel sheet in Microsoft SharePoint that guides businesses for better decision making, capital planning, reduced strategic planning efforts, etc.

One of the biggest advantages of Microsoft Project server is that companies can read through extensive reports via excel sheet in SharePoint while sitting anywhere in the world. There are various Project Server Consulting companies that specialize in Project and Portfolio Management and provide customized apps, packs of reports and configured solutions to their customers worldwide. There can be various benefits to a company if it adopts the concept of Project Server by the use of Microsoft SharePoint. Here are the 7 organizational benefits of Project Server:

1. Wiser Decision Making: Project Server not only benefits project manager with better decision making but it is also beneficial to everyone else involved in project. A collection of good and accurate company data is compiled with Project Server for better and precise information, which helps every employee involved in the project to understand his role in the project in a much better form.

2. Easy accessibility: Project Server empowers workforce and web-based project scheduling together. This means that it allows project managers to work and edit data scheduling from any location in no time. Project Server has powerful diagnostic capabilities that help managers undo projects to many previous levels and find better techniques to resolve business-related queries.

3.Powerful reporting infrastructure: Project Server has flexible tools that help organization to provide visibility and control to only those employees who are part of the project. Project server uses various platforms, which include Excel service, SQL reporting services, performance point, etc. for delivering comprehensive business solution.

4. Extensible platform: Project Server is an open program that ensures customized solutions and effectiveness in business output. There are brilliant tools like Business Connectivity Services, Microsoft Visual Studio, Microsoft SharePoint Designer, Windows Communication server, etc. that help with consistent and rapid business solutions.

5. Flexible and quick: Project Server can easily be configured to meet organizational requirements and provide flexible business solutions. There are new tools in the Project server that reduce the burden on the administrative team and empowers user action that helps employees focus more upon project delivery.

6. Variety of portfolios: Project Server offers best-practice portfolio selection techniques. This feature of portfolio management and strong analytical system in Project Server helps to run commands effectively and execute them using various strategies.

7. Accountability and Control in work flow: Project Server helps various organizations to find different ways for executing project. The right governance to investment decisions and effective output helps to drive accountability. The Project Management Office in SharePoint helps in effective communication and guides employees to attain compliance and project satisfaction.

Tips to Design Logos with Hidden Meanings for Your Business

our company logo is the stamp of what your business and brand is all about. So, its design must spell out your business message clearly for your existing and potential customers to understand. Remember, business message is crucial to convert viewers and suitors into customers. But how do you incorporate a meaning in your brand’s logo?
One of the most effective ways to send your business message to your target audiences is to create logos with hidden meanings. Such logos unfold your business message and the the purpose or meaning of the design slowly and gradually to the onlookers. Such surprise elements that unfolds as the hidden meaning behind your logo never fails to impress and inspire viewers. In fact, such clever logo designs help you win customers and recognition for your business.

Here are some useful tips that can help you create such fabulous logos with hidden meanings.

Create A Sense of Illusion – There is usually some illusionary object or element incorporated in most logos with hidden meanings. Just as people stare at the easily visible parts such as colors and lines of the logos, some concealed figure or element emerges up from the background. For example, famous FedEx logo is a nicely created logotype with blue and brown colors dominating the design. But if you look at this logo carefully, you’ll find that there’s hidden arrow between letters ‘E’ and ‘X’. The arrow appears due to the illusion created by the vacant space between the letters. Once the symbolic arrow is visible, viewers get to know that it stands for efficient and speedy delivery provided by the popular American courier company. Just like FedEx, there are many other company logos and their meanings that surprise viewers with an illusionary object or element and spread their business message effectively.

Clever Use of Negative Space – Negative space, also known as white space, is an excellent roadmap through your design and communications that surprises onlookers with important yet surprising elements. Remember, when the empty space in the logo is interrupted by a surprise object or element, eye are automatically drawn there. In fact, the figure emerging up in the empty space becomes the hidden meaning or message for your consumers.

Popular Car tyre maker Continental’s logo, for one, uses letters ‘C’ and ‘Ó’ to create an illusion of tyre. This amazing element shaped in the form a car tyre effectively spreads the message that the company manufactures and sells high-quality car tyres.
Use Colors and Symbols – But you dont necessarily need to learn the tact of negative space to make a logo with hidden meaning. Colors and symbols can also add hidden meanings and a sense of illusion to your logo. In fact, a fair share of experts believe that colors, signs or symbols can aptly convey your company message and add glittering stars to your company logo .

Take the example of fast food company Subway. Its logotype does not use white space. Instead, it makes clever use of colors and symbols to convey its message. In this logo, letters ‘S’ and ‘Y’ have been twisted to create entrance and exist arrows. In addition, the logo features yellow and green colors to symbolize a satisfied customer and healthy food respectively. Thus, the logo represents that Subway speedily delivers healthy food to even the busiest of souls who are always on the move.

Ensure Simple Designs – No matter what you do, try to keep your logo design simple. Don’t overdo the design in your zeal to impress viewers. Instead, keep the design simple as simple and minimal designs are much more impactful. If you check out the world’s best company logos and their meanings, you will find that most popular companies have logos that are simple and yet impress with their hidden meanings.

Some classic examples of such simple logos with hidden meanings include the logos of global brands such as Amazon, A G Constructions and Subway.

Your business message becomes effective and readily acceptable is it is aesthetically obscured in your logo design. There are in fact number of different ways to create simple, unique and durable logos with hidden meanings. If you’re looking for more examples of logos with hidden meanings, do well to check out Designhill’s new Interact Guide to Popular Logos and Their Hidden Meanings.

This amazing, interactive guide will entertain and educate you about some of the world’s most popular logos and the hidden facts, untold truths and unknown stories behind them. The interactive guide will provide you all the relevant information and inspiration about popular company logos and their meanings with the dozens of interactive inforgraphics, interactive data, entertaining videos, thoughtful presentations and a host of interactive white papers.

So, if you’re looking for an extravagant dose of inspiration and create an inspiring logo with hidden meaning for your company, do well to check out the Interact Guide to Popular Logos and Their Hidden Meanings.

How to Integrate Ecommerce Solutions into your Business

According to Wikipedia, electronic commerce or ecommerce, as it is more commonly referred to now, is defined in the following excerpt:

“Electronic commerce, commonly known as e-commerce or eCommerce, consists of the buying and selling of products or services over electronic systems such as the Internet and other computer networks. The amount of trade conducted electronically has grown extraordinarily since the spread of the Internet.”

From small businesses to major corporations, ecommerce has been the buzz word on everyone’s lips for the last few years. Although it’s been a hot topic whose benefits have been heavily written about and reviewed by a myriad of different resources, there still remains a lot of misconception in the minds of companies who want implement an ecommerce system within their business strategy. Many contemporary businessmen think of ecommerce as merely setting up their website and selling the products online. The reality is that ecommerce is not simply a website selling online products – in fact, ecommerce is a complete drift of your business strategy from conventional to online.

In order to be successful, businesses must realize that ecommerce requires a complete business model – just as you operate your businesses, similarly, you need to form a model for ecommerce business. And since this is different from conventional business, the model also needs to be different. However, although they may be aware of the importance of ecommerce from a business standpoint, most of us need to turn to the experts in order to properly facilitate ecommerce strategies so that our online presence is maximized.


In today’s increasingly competitive online merchandising methodologies, ecommerce-enabled web sites have become a must-have for nearly everyone with an online presence. At Ecommerce Partners, for example, they specialize in custom enterprise level ecommerce solutions, in other words an ecommerce solution provider that empower some of the country’s most recognized brands by giving them the ability to simplify their businesses, manage product offerings and provide their consumers with unparalleled service on the web.
DID YOU KNOW…Approximately 60% of all ecommerce shopping carts are abandoned before checkout because of confusion, impatience or mistrust? Avoid this common mishap and consult one of our team experts to find an ecommerce solution to fit your company’s needs, budget and goals. We’ve streamlined our web designs to make each shopping experience not only easy, but memorable, even for the least-experienced user. Don’t forget to ask us about ECP eShop (cart functionality checklist), an innovative custom shopping-cart solution that will provide your company with the service, expertise, and tools to build a successful Web business. E-Shop will enable your business to reach new markets while increasing your bottom line – without the need for experienced technical staff!

They offer the following benefits:

• Flexibility – Our team will customize ECP E-Shop to support your unique business requirements.

• Business Focus – Our software puts the manager in control of your Web business, eliminating the need for technical staff to run a powerful e-commerce system – all through an intuitive Web interface.

• Scalability – ECP E-Shop works as well for 10,000 products as it does for 10, without additional performance or service issues.

• Integration – Our solutions work with your existing site, our suite of e-business solutions, and leading third-party transaction and fulfillment technologies.

• Best-of-Breed Features – ECP E-Shop goes beyond transactions, offering the best tools available to build and grow your business successfully.

With nearly a decade of experience in custom ecommerce,, understand the importance of your company’s unique identity – they will tailor your website to meet your specific needs, each and every time.

Enterprise Monkey: E-Business Solutions and ERP for Small Businesses

E-commerce has become a large and popular business in the present scenario. It has attracted small to large enterprises of various countries and now taking a great pitch in the industry. Moreover, there are quite a number of e-business solution providers focusing to help the starters to launch their business on the internet. E-commerce stores are open round the clock, and the customer can experience several benefits rather than shopping in traditional stores. They can purchase, or add their favorite items to their cart and purchase whenever they wish.

The payment options are made easy using the latest technology and advanced payment features. It is true that one has to maintain and enhance their e-commerce store time to time to keep it updated in the market. They need to bring visitors to their store and ensure the conversion rates is high maximum. The E-business solution providers play an active role in improving the store, reconstructing the website if necessary, add exclusive features on the website and market the website to target consumers. They spend their time and take things on their shoulders to improve your business.

At the start, you may feel a lot of unwanted tensions and confusions in your E-commerce store. But when the E-business solution provider’s innovation and skills combine with your business and marketing strategy, you will feel satisfied and provide best services to your customers. Enterprise Monkey is an experienced E-business solution provider in Australia. We start to service in several ways, and it includes researching the market, search ways to get qualified traffic and ways to transform hits to business.

If you wish to transform your new business into profit generating business, you need to get help from Enterprise Monkey E-business consultants. We have more than ten years of experience in the E-commerce industry. We ensure to combine our talent, skills and research with latest technology and strategies to make the E-Commerce store a grand success in the market.
Our E-business consulting team will search for means and ways to bring visitors to your website and gain traffic in the search engine. We first understand the mentality of the visitor and their commonly used keywords. Once we are confident about the terms and keywords, we would develop a user-friendly and informative website to help the visitors. Apart from this, our consulting team would indulge in the internet marketing and digital marketing techniques to attract visitors and convert them into valuable customers. We know well that enterprise management, site management, and promotion are the basic foundations for a business to remain successful. So, we work on all these basic factors to make our client’s business a grand success in the market.

ERP for Small Businesses

Enterprise Monkey is the right choice and destination for ERP solutions. In the present fast scenario, every business faces a tough time to serve their customers and serve according to their fast changing demands. Moreover, the business owners have to manage their finance and enterprise side by side to reap better profits for themselves and their partner. It is common to face several hindrances in areas like data maintenance, payroll management, accounting and inventory management and sticking to certain regulation. If you are finding difficulty in such tasks, you need to get in touch with the experts of Enterprise Monkey. We have various solutions for your business needs and ensure to customize our applications according to your business demands and market. Our enterprise management and business process management software perform the basic functions. It will completely manage your entire tasks and allied business management process. Our ERP for SMEs are used by small to medium sized companies, non-banking and financial companies.

Useful Tips for Starting ACarpet Cleaning Business

No matter what kind of business you do, it is important that you make a most suitable and perfect strategy for getting the success. If you are providing the services such as carpet cleaning to youronline customers it becomes important for you to make a good online presence so that your customers can find you easily. They should know about all the things they are looking for and find about how your services can prove to be useful for their requirements.

There are so many things that a business owner should do for building a most reputed business.One cannot afford to do any sort of compromises in their business. People usually misunderstand the meaning of strategy planning because they just think that doing things in the general way is enough and not doing any mistake in business is just like following right strategy. Well, this is very wrong thinking and here I am sharing with you some tips that will help you to understand the meaning of strategy planning and then you would be able to make your business a most successful one with minimum effort requirement and you would be able to achieve success in such a short period of time that you cannot even imagine.

First of all, you should understand that strategy planning is most important thing for every business. It is like making a map for any path so that you would not get lost in the way. Making the right strategy plan will allow you to know what you have to do at every step of your business and you should take the professional advice on this matter. Or, you should at least do lots of research about upholstery cleaning Newport Beach Cabefore making the strategy.

The strategy that you will make for your company should be suitable for it. You would not need to analyze only the market preferences but also your own company’s needs. The strategy planning would be incomplete without both researches and doing research about your market and your company will allow you to make perfect strategy which will lead your business to higher levels of success.The efficiency of services should be higher preference if you want to make your business adorable and admirable for your clients. You can get many clients from the advertisements and other sources but no one will last for long time if you will not satisfy them with your efficient services. So, make sure that your services are professional and highly customer satisfactory as well.

Don’t provide any service in which you cannot offer higher level efficiency and professionalism. And most importantly, for all new business owners, it is really very important that they reach to the clients thru advertisements and other general sources. There are so many competitors in this industry so if you want to achieve success then make sure that you are visible when customer searches for upholstery cleaning Huntington Beach Ca requirements.

Home Business with Cooking At Home

A: You are smart to want to start a homebased business: Statistics show homebased businesses have higher survival rates than overall business start-ups. And you’re going about this the right way by trying to find the holes in the market. But you have a lot of work ahead of you, given the particular idea you’re pursuing.

Homebased businesses are regulated at the local level throughout the nation. That means you and your business will be subject to local zoning ordinances. These ordinances vary greatly in what they allow people to do. And when it comes to food businesses, even more regulations apply (usually from your state’s department of health).

So the first thing you need to do is find out what you are legally able to do from your home. In many cases, food for public consumption is not allowed to be prepared in home kitchens. Many localities and state (and/or city) departments of health require that homebased food entrepreneurs use commercial kitchens for food preparation. If this is the case in your area, you need to find a commercial kitchen to rent. Look in your local yellow pages or online for a commercial kitchen near you. (And make sure you figure the cost of kitchen leasing into your overall pricing strategy.)

Another potential area of concern for this type of business is liability. Since people will be eating food you prepare, you need to have adequate liability insurance to cover you in case anyone gets sick after eating one of your meals. And make sure you thoroughly interview not only the elderly customers, but their families as well. You need to know the details about potential problems like food allergies and dietary restrictions. In some areas, the health department may require certification for food preparers.

Targeting the elderly for this type of service makes sense. But the decisions to buy will likely be made by their families, and that’s where you should target your marketing. Go wherever you think children of elderly parents might be. PTA meetings are a good start. Also, talk to the human resources departments of some of your area’s largest companies. They frequently inform their employees about these kinds of services. But also check out senior living complexes (where no care is provided) and doctors’ offices that specialize in gerontology.

To get the word out, you’ll need to let the local media know about you and your service. You might want to deliver an educational message about the importance of healthy food intake for elderly. Once people see you’re knowledgeable about the topic, they’ll be more likely to become customers. I know this all sounds like a lot to be concerned about, but no solid business is built easily (or overnight).

5 tips to choose the best business lawyer

For many business professionals, hiring and working with a lawyer can become an intimidating process. There are only a few resources available for finding great lawyers for small business firms. It is also difficult to know how to make the best use of a lawyer to ensure that the desired results are obtained. Knowing what is needed from a lawyer is an important step that helps to find a great lawyer for any firm. Hiring a lawyer can become a costly endeavor but in the long run is highly effective in solving disputes that may have cost much more if not handled by a law professional.

There are certain understandable doubts which come along with the process of working with a professional business lawyer. The value of having a lawyer on your team is indispensable in today’s world. Entrepreneurs who struggle on a regular basis to move their business a step forward should consider working with a lawyer who may be able to help their business reach that next level.

A well trained business lawyer will support their clients business efforts and prevent the firm from incurring any losses by minimizing risks and ultimately allowing a larger profit to be generated.

Before hiring a business lawyer for your firm, read the following tips which will help you to hire a quintessential lawyer and achieve your business goals.

Understand what you are paying for. Sit and discuss with the lawyer about how he will be assisting you in making your firm stand out among others.
Ensure that the lawyer has experience. Having more experience ensures that the lawyer has more knowledge on laws regarding business. A solo practitioner who has worked in a large law firm is a great option to consider. This way you will be paying the fees as per the rates of a solo practitioner but will be reaping the benefits of the big law firm experience. There are several lawyers out there who bring big law firm experiences to small start-up clients.

Be cautious of a lawyer who actively solicits your business. If a lawyer contacts you and expresses desire to work with your business, proceed with caution as they may not be the best lawyer to represent your firm.

Check out the lawyer’s previous records. Consult with the state bar association to ensure that the lawyer you are planning to hire has not been the subject of any ethical complaint.

Research the wide ranges of options your lawyer can provide you with. Suing is not always the best option, although it is widely used. It is important to discuss with your lawyer what other options there are. Look for some other options a Palo Alto Business Lawyer can offer, such as arbitration or mediation.

These are five important tips you should consider before hiring any business lawyer for your firm. Get started in finding a lawyer today and make your business the best it can be.

Entrepreneur Business Ideas

Can you think of the million dollar Idea?

Entrepreneurship and business fascinates a lot of people. People start businesses for different reasons, some people are sick of working in a corporate job, stuck in a cubicle all day watching the clock, and not being in control of their destiny. Some people become an entrepreneur, just because they are fed up with their boring routine and want to stretch themselves and try something different.

They want to challenge and push themselves to be independent and work the hours that they want to do. When they want and not have anyone telling them what to do. Others start an Entrepreneur business because they think that their current job doesn’t get them enough money. No job satisfaction. Maybe they want to get multiple income streams going in a variety of business ventures.

Above all it all starts with an idea. To get a highly original idea and get it to market has for many been almost impossible, however a lot of very successful entrepreneurs in a lot of different and diverse industries have took an existing idea and made it better in some way. Maybe put a unique spin or twist on it. Also they have studied successful entrepreneurs and copied what they have been doing, following the money as we are sometimes told.

Do as much research as possible to determine whether your idea, product or service has a hungry market. Are there buyers in that market? If you are selling a product through the internet, set up a one page website with a questionnaire or poll on it and then spend a small amount of money on pay per click advertising, to drive traffic to get feedback about the idea, product or service. If the product is a digital one you will soon see if there is interest in the product. Make sure you have an interest in what you decide to do. Because it will make it a lot easier in the long run.
After you have decided on the idea, plan the next week, six, months and five years, Be serious about the idea and that it has a solid foundation to work with. Then you must then start to implement it and start to build the business strategy. Get a good business plan, look at the numbers are they realistic, do they add up.

Then massive action is now required to get it going as fast as possible. Get the idea going and start to make you money as soon as possible. Decide what resources you are going to need. What plan have you got to move the idea forward? When will you see revenue coming back into the business? Earnings are determined by how well you run your business and the effort you are prepared to put in to make it a success.

You will need to get customers for your business and you will need to ensure that you deliver high quality goods and services, establish yourself in the marketplace. Look at back end products that will compliment yours. How can you add value to your product range? If you employ people, then you will need to manage/ guide them and you will need to take care of things like payroll, administration, office, facilities, appraisals etc. Business accounting, financial planning, business planning, marketing, sales and just about everything will fall in your realm as an entrepreneur.

Be sure to test as much as possible; check the numbers frequently, automate as much as possible within your business. Above all be open to other ideas and learn all the time and have fun with your business.

Hire Small Business Accounting Services And Manage Your Finances In The Best Way

Small business accounting services provide an affordable way to keep your firm’s monetary information up to the minute, track your assets and costs, and retain tax compliant year after year. While at a look, the expense floor shrinking an accounting service seems huge, you should take the time to consider the expense of not utilizing one.

An important service

Unless you are a chartered accountant, you, as a small business owner, do not have the talent to handle your own monetary statements and reports. If you are a financier, you do not have the time to handle these jobs as it takes you away from your most essential duties, which are those that are straight away associated to producing revenue. But, your accounting is not a bureaucratic task that can securely bee brushed away under a cover: your books, bank balances, and monetary reports must be kept up to the minute for the interest of the health of your firm.

Your choices:

With this in mind, you have some choices, you can rent someone, you can engage in your own accounting or you can hire a firm that provides small business accounting services. We have already said that performing your own accounting is not a viable choice for the long term; however you may consider bringing in your own long-lasting accountant. This will be an expensive job, from the day you publish the advertisement until the day you write his first salary check, and pay for the advantages and unemployment insurance.

Using online small business accounting services puts able, able experts at your beck and call, at a normal rate that you only pay when you have a requirement. This suggests that if have a week during which your firm actually needs a few ledger eateries, you are not paying a full time pay so your cashier can find few tasks to do.

What they provide?

When you search for small business accounting online, you will desire to get a firm that provides a wide array of accounting services. These should embrace income statement generation, chasing outstanding and receivables, handling the usual ledger, and month end, quarter end, and year-end study and coverage. An established service will employ certified accountants who can also offer budgeting and tax suggestions depending upon on your firm’s revenue and cost activities.


A huge component of your expense saving will be the software utilized. A competent business accounting services firm will make use of a top of the line software package such as Quickbooks. By contracting a firm like this, you are clearing yourself of the requirement to buy the software or train a staff how to utilize it. A package like this is costly, and you want to be aware of that your financier is a champion at utilizing everything it has to provide. Small business accounting services comprehend this and they offer the required training and continuous education to their staff and contractors to make sure that they can utilize the software to make the most of your firm’s assets.

4 Simple Christian Business Ideas

The Internet is a great place to look if you are looking for ways to make extra money and be true to your Christian faith. It is easy to start a business from home and run it if you have enough Christian business ideas to choose from. In this article we are going to give you four quick, no cost, ideas to help you get your creative juices flowing.

1. You can create products of your own and sell them online. For example you could write informational reports and sell them on your own website. You could also write ebooks that specifically target problems that people have in their everyday lives. You could include your own ideas from a Christianity point of view in these ebooks.

2. If you are a creative person that likes craft you could create and sell Christian crafts online. You could do this out of your home and do it on either a website or a blog.

You can run this business out of your home by manufacturing or creating the crafts and then shipping out the orders as they come in. If you are unsure how to go about marketing your business you try and find a partner to do the marketing on the internet and split the profits with them.
3. Blogging is big business online and something you could do to make money. There are potential business partners you could work with by Google searching the words Christian blogs. An easy way to make money blogging is to join the Google Adsense affiliate program and include these on your blog.

A fast way to do that is to start a blog for free with Google owns blogger therefore getting approved for their affiliate program is much easier. You can also find products to sell on your blog as an affiliate at websites such as and

4. You could start and publish your own Christian ezine. An ezine is an electronic way to send email in a newsletter format. You can hire writers to write content if you do not enjoy writing. As your subscriber base increases you could sell advertising in your ezine and use it as an income stream.

These are four simple Christian business ideas that we can think of right here. There is an unlimited number of ways to make money on the Internet and still hold onto your Christian business values. Find one you like and start today making money in a Godly way.

Reliable Business Solutions

A business website and marketing solution designed for small business owners, BLD Online Solutions helps write success stories. Creating a website has never been so easy with just a few clicks you can create an online store using the state of the art content management and lead generation tools. Mobile compatible and the best thing is you don’t need any coding experience.

Remarkable in every aspect, powerful and intent on providing the best business results, BLD Online Solutions helps small business owners create a name for themselves through customer relationship management tools. Delivering exemplary results they provide

Flexible, hosted content management by building a website or helping choose a pre-built template and using own HTML/CSS. It saves you money and time, is search-engine friendly, offers foolproof real-time editing, ensure unique mobile experiences and you can manage the site through the desktop or tablet.
Powerful e-commerce to set up a SEO-friendly online store. Well suited to sell physical and digital products it guarantees easy billing, shipping and integration as well as heightened sales with discounts, vouchers and referrals. With automated recurring orders, easy order management tools, and features to seamlessly sync orders and process data, all in one place making everything so convenient.
Targeted email marketing to send personalized emails which ensure automated sales responses with loyalty campaigns help build targeted lists and provides a range of professional email templates, the results of which can be analyzed within a short span.
Integrated customer database/web-forms for better service to the customers. It not only helps drag and drop web-form builder but also helps in capturing the real time data easily.
Blogs and web Apps for heightened functionality and attain business requirements without plug-ins and server-side coding. From creating photo galleries to promoting and managing events, it enhances the reach with optimum success rates.
Powerful reports & analytics as the interactions with customers are recorded throughout the site, which can be analyzed effortlessly without using 3rd party solutions and extra tracking codes.

The pricing packages offered by BLD Online Solutions are competitive. Starting at $10.99/month plus Web Basics, $16.99/month plus Web Marketing and $34.99/month plus Web Commerce, all the aspects are well checked to deliver excellent results. Discounts and benefits too are commendable as they give 10% off on yearly packages and 15% off on bi-yearly packages. The team can be contacted to learn more at Eager to be of help, they provide priority support, unlimited storage and bandwidth, dedicated infrastructure, unlimited user accounts and certified PCI compliant features for effective marketing strategies.

Checking their portal helps one understand the power of their marketing strategies and effective solutions offered that help build up businesses. Whatever be the business, healthcare, brewery, zoo, tourism sites, designing web systems, holiday packages and more, the team at BLD Online Solutions is dedicated to augment profits through their unique and proven methods. Helping you to connect with others worldwide through social media, thereby widening the prospects of sales and marketing is also taken up by them. Checking their portal or contacting them helps clients to understand the extent of their performance. Simple, effective and proven and well suited for small business houses too, they offer perfect packages that are affordable while success rates are truly remarkable!

Tips on Starting a Cheap Profitable Small Business

Starting your own business is an exciting step, but sometimes the hardest part is figuring out just what to do to get started. Think about what you like, what people need, and what you could do without having to go out and buy anything. If you don’t have a lot of money to invest, work from home to reduce your business expenses. The Small Business Administration has tips on how to make the most of working from your home.

Online Sales

  • Selling things online can be very profitable and it costs very little to start. If you have an expertise in a certain area, such as antiques, motorcycles, or toys, set up an online store. While it is harder to sell large items, such as furniture or motorcycles, it is not difficult to sell small antiques or motorcycle parts and accessories. Build a web site using one of the inexpensive site builders or sell your items on an auction site such as eBay.

    If you decide to sell on eBay, open an inexpensive eBay store as well. Keep a steady flow of products by going to yard sales, flea markets, and auctions. Second-hand stores and storage locker sales are also good sources of items to sell online.Many small businesses are completely online.


  • A cleanup business is very inexpensive to start, and can be very profitable, with little overhead. People are willing to pay premium prices for cleanup services because it’s something they don’t want to do. You can do heavy cleaning, such as a clean-out service for abandoned or foreclosed homes. You need to either be able to rent a dumpster and have it delivered to the site or you will need a pickup truck. Then it is simply a matter of hauling everything out of the dwelling and getting rid of it.

    If you don’t want to do so much heavy work, housecleaning is another option. Depending on where you live and how much work you want, you should have no trouble earning $75 per day or more. This job is very inexpensive to start, as you can use the homeowner’s cleaning supplies and vacuum.Housecleaning is inexpensive and profitable.


  • Startup costs are also minimal for many service businesses. Make a list of services you think people in your area could use. Shopping, babysitting, gardening, dog walking, car washing, handyman, etc. Be creative. Ask yourself what services you have ever wished for, and add those to the list. Pick a few of the services from the list that seem to go together, and make those the foundation of your business. Walk the dog and clean the yard, for example. Chances are that if you have listed things that people need done, someone will pay you to do them. There is almost no investment required to start any of these service jobs as a small business. It just takes getting started.Walking dogs for busy people is one kind of service job.

How to Get Small Business Liability Insurance

Liabilities for small businesses can be widely varied. For instance, your product may injure a client, your business may operate in what is seen as an irresponsible fashion, or any of a number of other fault situations may develop. To protect your assets in such cases, you need liability insurance, which can be used to pay fines associated with liability cases. The cost of insurance can be rather steep, so you may need to shop around to find the best rates for liability coverage.


  1. Determine the level of liability coverage your small business needs by considering such factors as how often liability cases are brought against other companies in your industry and what the typical payouts are in such cases. Some types of businesses need significantly more liability insurance than others.
  2. Decide which of the three types of liability insurance you need to get for your company: general, professional or product. Professional liability insurance covers malpractice issues, negligence, errors and omissions while product liability insurance covers any instance of your product harming a customer. General liability insurance covers property damage and injury claims.
  3. Purchase liability insurance through a professional or trade association. Group rates for liability insurance can be much lower than if you get it alone. However, if you do work with a group, be careful that no member of the group is likely to have liability issues.
  4. Ask your insurance agent or broker whether your insurer offers an insurance package for small business owners. Many agents and brokers do, and liability insurance is typically part of such packages. Many insurers also offer specialized liability insurance for certain types of businesses.
  5. Check what is included in an insurance company’s policy before you choose specific liability insurance. Many do not offer coverage for legal fees in liability cases, which can be a costly part of the process. You may have to request additional coverage or pick a different policy to ensure that you are fully covered.

The Best Tips For Building A Successful Home Business

Utilize social networking to the best of your abilities and then some. If you aren’t using social networking within your home business, you are losing out on a great communication method that is used by countless businesses today. Social networking improves your communication, visibility, and even your reputation within the target group you have chosen.

Running a business from home can be a double edged sword. You could blunt the blade however by accepting that even though you are running it from home, it is still a business. This will prevent you from being lackadaisical about it, and ultimately running it into the ground because of that.

When you’re running your home business, don’t let yourself become overwhelmed by your email. When you receive inquiries about your business, respond to them immediately and mark this progress somewhere. Keeping files of correspondence also makes it significantly easier to refer back to discussions had with customers. You’ll thank yourself for being organized later.

Never underestimate the power of freebies. Your products should always be delivered on time, but also consider what goodies you can pack in your shipments as well. Free promotional items or other goodies will entice customers to come back. It is also a testament of your dedication to your customer’s satisfaction.

Potential investors will question you about how you plan on setting up your business and how you will plan to run it. Use the money you have available right now to your advantage.

Running a home business may be challenging, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Many people successfully work from their homes every day. Now that you’ve finished this article, you should have a good idea of where to start to make your own home business successful. There is plenty more information out there though, so if you’re not confident, keep looking!

Business Solutions – Reasons Why You Must Embrace Technological Advancement

Globally big and small businesses are under pressure to adopt new technology in order to make an impact in the business world. Lack to go with the times has caused some businesses to stagnate and in the process become obsolete. A company like Microsoft has gone to great lengths to make sure it comes up with up-to-date software to ensure smooth business operations.

As a business owner if you keenly observe, your competitors have implemented and embraced information technology in their day to day operations. So, in order to remain in business and also operate effectively you will need to embrace these new technologies.

Embracing advanced technology will help you to increase the rate at which you conduct business activities. Install your computers with modern software to make it easy to collect data, process and store information. The operating systems also ensure that the same information is disseminated to the various departments of the company efficiently.
Accuracy of work is an aspect of business that is very crucial and one way to ensure this is by the use of modern technology. In order for a business to enhance its accuracy in calculation and documentation of receipts and invoices then it must embrace technology.

A business owner who wants to increase his popularity in the business arena must constantly upgrade his products and services. The way to do this is by implementing modern operating systems that are current and offer better services to customers. Therefore, evaluate your business procedures periodically and find ways to improve your production by integrating modern technology.

4 Character to be Successful


Will people buy from you if you are not a good person?

Then does it matter if an entrepreneur is a good person or not?
Yes it does.

Over the past few years I have stumbled across a dozen or so articles which listed the traits of successful entrepreneurs. You know these, you’ve read the lists and have figured out ways to implement these ideas into your life.

• Ambition
• Self-Motivation
• Perseverance
• Passion
• Flexibility
• and Creativity are some of the big ones which come mind.

Don’t get me wrong, these are essential to success as an entrepreneur. But what about success as a human being?

Entrepreneurship, at its core, is about people being authentic.

Brilliant, motivated people creating solutions for the masses because they want to put their mark on the world – that’s how I see entrepreneurship. It’s a sacred chase.We have to keep in mind that while we are building, we are also becoming. Whether you are creating the latest app or transforming the way people buy a cup of coffee, you are influencing the world with your character.

Character consists of more than how ambitious we are or how well we can bounce back from failure. Character is our ultimate message to the tomorrow we are building, even more than our business.

Here are four character traits every entrepreneur should practice becoming while they are building:


This is the ability to bring what we know and put it into action. Entrepreneurs have to be skilled at learning from experiences, understanding the situations they are in, and figuring out the next step. This is more than just a business skill, it’s a life skill.

Wisdom keeps us from getting stuck, whether it’s a bad deal or a bad relationship. Knowledge gives us the facts, wisdom shows us the steps.


If you are an entrepreneur than you have undoubtedly faced your share of fears and painful situations to get to where you are.

Courage is more than starting risky ventures or fulfilling some primal urges to wrest wild animals (I’d recommend staying away from the second option).

Courage comes into play when you find out your partner was stealing from your business, how do you approach that situation? You’re only employee just quit on you, what do you do?

Courage accepts difficulty, knowing there is always a reward to be gained from it.


Unless you run an organization or a non-profit dealing with social issues, the word justice probably doesn’t come across your list of necessary character traits.

Justice also reaches simpler things than humanitarian issues. Are you paying your employees fairly? Are you creating a company culture which treats customer, workers and even competitors well? And do you play by the rules, the legal ones?

The practice of justice shows onlookers, and yourself, that you didn’t take any shortcuts to get where you are so you won’t take any with them.


The last one is definitely an oddball for American culture where the mindset of more dominates.

Moderation is not about material restraint; although that is just smart planning. It’s also about emotional restraint. What do you do when a customer or investor really ticks you off? Are you impulsive with your ideas or do you take advice from your mentors? Are you the person whose ego needs an entire conference room to itself?

Moderation is not about small thinking, it’s about control. Practicing moderation makes sure you are the driving force behind your life and business related decisions. It saves you from being reactionary by ensuring there is always a reserve available.

Becoming a person of character might not immediately increase your number of customers. However, it’s something you can never lose, no matter how the economy or life rumbles. You will take your character with you every where you go, make sure its worth bringing along.

While you’re building your dreams, don’t forget to build yourself.

 Author: David Ramos

Manage Your Small Business Effectively

Finance is an important element for all business to take decisions. A company’s growth can also be determined on the basis of the financial growth of the company. Therefore the accountant plays a very crucial role in the company. They should have expertise and in depth knowledge about finance related matters. There are many financial software’s also available to ease the task of accounting. The financial management of the business can also be outsourced to the professionals having expert knowledge in this field.

Small businesses can manage their own accounts. But they should have knowledge of the following accounting concepts

Cash flow projections: Small businesses should record all transactions related to expenses and incomes. They should also be able to the projections for future expenses and incomes. This will help them to monitor their cash and inventory and will help in taking decisions.

Bookkeeping and accounting: A small business owner should have the basic knowledge of accounting. Even if they hire an accountant it is necessary to keep a check on the accounts to ensure the growth of the business.

Marketing Expenses: Marketing is the key to the growth of the business. Proper marketing strategies adopted by the company can work best for small businessmen to increase their revenue. Marketing expenses should also be monitored and unnecessary expenses should be avoided.

Credit: Small businesses work on credit basis. The business owner should have complete knowledge about the credit terms and conditions about its clients. He should also frame his credit terms and policies and convey to their clients.
Savings and investments: Investments are necessary as the small business can earn interest n investment. Investment can be made in stocks, bonds, cash deposits etc

Payroll: Small business owner should have complete knowledge about the payment terms to its employees and staff. The payroll process should be streamlined and followed appropriately. Taxes, medical leaves, annual leaves, LOP’s, Provident fund etc should be considered before deciding on the payroll of its employees.

Points to be considered for smooth financial management for small businesses

Calculate the minimum cost of living: Small business run on small scale hence it is necessary to estimate the profit that can be earned from it so that some amount can be saved after removing some cash for daily expenses.
Hiring staff: Too many staff can only add to the expenses of the company. Unless it is necessary do not hire additional staff. Small businesses do not require too many staff as the business owner has to manage many different activities and departments of the business.
Credit: Do not take unnecessary loans and credit in the name of the business. This will add burden on the business. The business owner should take loans only when needed.In this way they can save on many things.
Negotiate: The business owner should negotiate the credit terms with their vendors. Working n credit basis is beneficial to the small business owner as they can utilize their money until the grace period