Investors want profit

Many old-school bosses don't offer motivation, praise, recognition, or encouragement. Maybe you stand for the right to education for every child around the world, or are very sensitive to gender equality. Good trained help is a result of you making people a priority, building a great place to work, and …

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Do you feel confident in Strategy

At the highest executive levels, officers and board members may be concerned with the philosophical direction of the company, the organization s mission, and the meanings of the company s brand in the market. Purchasing debt is a bit of a misnomer: When one buys debt he or she does …

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Pay employees to refer potential new hires

Depending on the makeup and size of the group, the issues to be discussed, and other factors, you may need to set rules for behavior, e.g., only two minutes per person, everyone in the room must be heard from, etc. Over 80 percent of all small business owners don't …

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Want to step up your sales?

Essentially, your brand is your identity. If you find that managing the day-to-day headaches of a small business isn't for you, perhaps a viable alternative would be to consider investing in someone else's small business ' assuming that you have the ability to identify potentially successful businesses. What expertise, skills, or …

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A good lawyer can help you

The accounting calculations and measurements are not a neutral model of the activated resources, but are the outcome of complex constellations of management choices. Even if your plan excites initial interest, it may receive only a few minutes of attention to begin with. Eventually, the consumer may face financial ruin …

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Managing Advertising

I successfully use advertising in specific industry trade magazines to sell my books, speaking services, and business-owner boot camps. The point is, the quality of your plan may have little or nothing to do with your prospects for getting funded by a particular investor. If you find that managing the …

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Unwrapping Marketing

Create a perception of value by letting customers know why they should hire your company or buy only from you. While mass marketing can be effective, the return on cost can be very low, as only a small percent of the audience actually needs or wants what you are selling …

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Paperwork

When he sees you working, he will watch you. Most of your competitors won't invest enough, if anything, on this important part of their business. In my survey, I discovered that less than 30 percent of small business owners actually know their annual overhead budget. Include a homepage, business profile …

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Delay major decisions on Research and Development for one year

At the same time various problems, born of the new conditions, have arisen, such as the growth of large-scale production, the elimination of the small producer and the independent artisan, the growth of trusts, the rhythmic recurrence of speculative periods and industrial crises, the relations of labor and capital, and …

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A poor approach to Accounting

They are relentless and unbending and have to be paid whether you are selling five units or 100 units or even no units at all. Dealing with it may be as simple as merely including a statement to the effect that you foresee no significant liability issues arising from your …

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Write it once

It is related of a Yankee book-peddler that he sold three copies of the same book to a family in one day--to the husband in the store, to the wife who was calling at a neighbor's, and to the daughter at home. But successful business owners know that the business …

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A poor approach to Strategy

In order to make customers aware of your company's uniqueness and expertise, and to develop loyal customer relationships, you must be willing to dedicate a small amount of time, energy, and money to your marketing program and sales systems. Somehow in her projections of steadily rising sales volume, she had …

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Be the Best in the Business at Production

In any economy, good or bad, people want to be treated with respect and are more likely to become part of your team if they see advancement and a corporate culture they can embrace. Jay Gould began in that way, and forty years later satisfied certain doubters of his financial …

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You may be truly innovative

There is nothing mystic, nothing mysterious in the applied method of the really resourceful men in this day of great successes, of marvelous achievements in business enterprise. Contact the customer a few days before the bill is due to remind them it needs paying, and then ring them the day …

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Is Your Company Getting Rusty?

The same might go for a software startup that comes out with a new program just before Microsoft unveils a top-secret, long-term development effort to create something that does the same job for a lot less money. Other fixed costs include depreciation, insurance, mortgage, and rent. Your job is NOT …

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Do you feel confident in Sourcing

The approach selected may be affected by the downstream market strategy. In order to make customers aware of your company's uniqueness and expertise, and to develop loyal customer relationships, you must be willing to dedicate a small amount of time, energy, and money to your marketing program and sales systems …

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