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Small Biz Tip: Start Up Questions: Business Type

Tips from February 8, 2010 The Small Business tips today discuss types of business to start that are economy-specific. Debt Collection: A very unpleasant job to say the least, but in a tight economy, bills go unpaid and there is always a need for debt collectors. Job Search Agency: Are you personable? Outgoing? Have a number of contacts in your industry? This could prove to be a great business to start Computer Security: If you're computer savvy, look into this industry. You would be protecting networks and systems against unauthorized use and abuse. Energy Auditors: A great job for the green-friendly people. Businesses and homes need help to save money by reducing energy costs. Daily Overview: Start a job that this economy NEEDS. Find your niche based on your experience and get started! [Read Full Article]

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In The News Workplace Shootings in Florida, Texas Again Put Focus on Violence on the Job The two shootings are the highest-profile incidents of workplace violence since a Yale University student’s strangled body was found in the university laboratory where she conducted research. A co-worker, Raymond J. Clark III, was later charged with the murder. Workforce.comManagement and OperationsHow to Resolve Workplace Conflict Conflict in the workplace is a painful reality and a key reason for poor productivity and frustration. Do you have people in your workplace that cause problems for everyone else? Do they create additional work for o... [Read Full Article]

Small Biz Tip: Start Up Concerns: Legal Issues

Tips from November 4, 2009 The Small Business tips today discuss legal concerns for start up businesses. Sole proprietors should incorporate their home-based businesses with tax benefits and protect personal assets from business liabilities. You can use your own name as your business name in most states without having to register it. Everything else needs some type of registration. Minimize disputes with clients by having thorough contracts, detailed wording with no room for excuses, multiple signatures, and clarity from both parties. General rule of thumb: a business that sells goods, needs a business license; a business that offers professional services (regulated by the state) needs a business certificate. Daily Overview: All business legal concerns should be taken to a lawyer who knows the laws in your state, specific to your situation. [Read Full Article]

Small Biz Tip: Start Up Concerns: Marketing Budget

Tips from November 3, 2009 The Small Business tips today discuss a marketing budget for start up businesses. Plan for travel expenses, phone bills, commission to reps, and other hidden costs that comes with marketing. Determine how much you need to sell in order to make sales projections. Give yourself a cushion, allocate extra money towards marketing. Inventive and unique product lines generate free word of mouth marketing, saving marketing money. Allocate that money towards the actual product. Determine your target audience and market to them. Direct promotion helps you stand out and use your money more efficiently.  Daily Overview: Allocate a portion of your budget to marketing. Keep sale projections, product lines and techniques in mind. Don't throw your money into the wind without a good idea of where it's going to land. [Read Full Article]

Small Biz Tip: Start Up Concerns: Money

Tips from November 2, 2009 The Small Business tips today discuss money concerns for start up businesses. Create a plan. Map out what you have in order to fund your business to start a savings plan. Predict your cash flow. You could consider using personal savings, remortgaging property, credit cards or personal property as an initial financial resource. An established credit history and collateral make it easier to receive a small business loan. Plan, know your finances and apply. Keep track of each penny. Balance your checkbook and be conscious of spending. Saving a few cents will add up yearly. Daily Overview: Funding a start up business is no easy process. You're best off to plan, have a history of being responsible and don't forget.. PLAN. [Read Full Article]

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