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In this section are articles that may stimulate your entrepreneurial growth. The advice includes pointers on how to market your product, build connections, and what to do when the economy turns sour. Please browse the articles below and leave comments if you have any feedback for our authors.
How To Hire A Network Administrator by Joseph C.Panettieri (Friday, December 20th, 2013)
Risky Business by Mark Mehler (Thursday, December 12th, 2013)
Business is all about risk, but how much of a gambler should you be these days? We asked experts and entrepreneurs for their take on rolling the dice—and winning..
Soft SERVE by Joseph C.Panettieri (Thursday, October 3rd, 2013)
Austin is general manger of the Fischer Group, a small marketing firm in Orange, Calif., that has fewer than 50 employees. The company represents major manufacturers of commercial foodservice equipment, such as Hamilton Beach and Reynolds Food Packaging (an Alcoa company). In 2003, The Fischer Group was seeking a software platform that would let the company’s sales team collaborate more effectively with partners and customers. Austin turned to Microsoft Corp. for an answer and deployed the software giant’s Small Business Server (SBS) package, which starts at $599 for a five-user license. SBS runs on standard server hardware from Dell Inc., IBM Corp., Hewlett-Packard Co. and other PC makers, and includes e-mail, database and Internet software. The complete package, bundled with the Windows Server 2003 operating system, is designed for businesses with 75 or fewer employees.
Bankruptcy basics – Is it possible to ditch your income tax debts through this option? by Savion Sage (Monday, September 23rd, 2013)
If you’re someone who’s considering filing bankruptcy, whether Chapter 7 or 13, this certainly means that you’ve got too much debt in accordance with your income. A fact that is mostly seen with the consumers is that they’re not only saddled with personal credit card debt but they’re also drowning up to their eyeballs in […]
Power of Attorney by S. Brett Anderson (Sunday, September 2nd, 2012)
Recently a good friend and client of mine had a loved one in the hospital. It was a serious situation and hospital staff asked some difficult question like “Is there an advanced directive in place?” and “Is there someone with power of attorney?” Fortunately those questions never needed to be answered and the situation passed from serious to stable and eventually to a full recovery. But this situation brought some things up in my own mind and I want to share what I learned with you.
Digital Office by Andy Jones (Thursday, September 2nd, 2010)
Many small businesses are using the same office equipment they bought five or 10 years ago: analog fax machines, outmoded copiers and aging black-and-white printers. Business owners have been reluctant to move to state-of-the-art digital technology because of cost barriers, lack of desire to learn new technology or other reasons.
The Office Battlefield by Self Employed Web Team (Saturday, July 1st, 2006)
The everyday experience of the small business owner is fraught with putting out proverbial fires on every side. This may mean dealing with a dissatisfied customer, or a supplier who wants to raise prices, or a bank loan officer who balks at issuing a new line of credit. But some of the worst and potentially most costly conflicts a small business owner typically has to address come from within the business itself.
Ready to Hit the Road? by Reed Richardson (Saturday, July 1st, 2006)
A little over ten years ago, Ken Shirley’s small, warehousing company, located in a small town outside Sacramento, Calif., was humming along, but profits were increasingly hard to come by. Convinced that he needed to change his business model, Shirley longed to start manufacturing many of the health and beauty aides his company was then distributing in order to improve his cash flow. However, the prospect of expanding his current facility, which he did not own but was merely leasing, in addition to what he calls California’s “antagonistic regulatory environment” led him to believe that only one strategy would allow his business to achieve longterm success: relocation.
Perfect Partners by Reed Richardson (Thursday, May 4th, 2006)
“This business needs both of us.” That’s what Bob Sole, co-owner of Express Blinds and Draperies in Victorville, California, was thinking nearly 14 years ago when his pregnant wife Trish’s part-time decorating business suddenly took off.
Biz Plans by Daniel Lamaute (Thursday, January 19th, 2006)
It’s the start of another new year and once again you have ambitious plans for your business . In the past, those shiny, new schemes have often grown increasingly tarnished as the year has progressed and you’ve become bogged down in the minutiae of your daily operations.
Executing your plans effectively is just as important as conceiving them in the first place by Self Employed Web Team (Saturday, January 7th, 2006)
It’s the start of another new year and once again you have ambitious plans for your business. In the past, those shiny, new schemes have often grown increasingly tarnished as the year has progressed and you’ve become bogged down in the minutiae of your daily operations. Let’s face it, even the most innovative business plan will do little to help the business, if the plan is poorly, or never fully, implemented. So how can you make sure that this year is going to be different? We have a few suggestions.
Keep Them SMILING by Self Employed Web Team (Friday, January 6th, 2006)
Not long ago, an engineering and manufacturing company on the East Coast underwent the lengthy and complicated process of earning ISO (International Organization for Standardization) certification. A team of nearly 50 employees from the company worked for more than eighteen months on the difficult project, often staying late and coming in on weekends. Finally, upon the successful completion of the massive undertaking, they were all ushered into a conference room, where the company’s CEO grandly unveiled his expression of thanks and recognition for all of their hard work and extra effort: a pile of plastic coffee mugs.
Today’s Banks Offer Small Businesses More Services Than Ever, How Can You Choose The Right One? by Self Employed Web Team (Sunday, January 1st, 2006)
IN THE OLD DAYS THERE WASN’T A LOT to know about banking for small businesses. Banks offered deposit accounts, loans, and not much else, and small business owners probably knew the
handful of bankers in town personally. Times have changed. Cutthroat competition, the rise of giant, nationwide banks and the emergence of the Internet as a reliable financial medium have led to a new era in business banking. Banks today offer a wide array of products and services to lure small business customers, from new kinds of loans to credit card and payroll processing to insurance and Web-based “branchless” banking. The selection of banking services can be empowering—but it also can be downright overwhelming. What’s more, the complexity of the new services allows some banks to pad profits by tacking on hidden fees. “Small business owners and managers don’t have PhDs in finance,” says Mark Drewes, a manager in the Indianapolis, Indiana, office of Fiducial, which provides integrated financial services to small businesses. “It can be difficult for them to figure out how much they’ll get charged—and whether those charges are justified.”
Get Out of the OFFICE by Nate Hardcastle (Sunday, July 3rd, 2005)
It’s a typical day at your small business: You have ringing phones to answer, appointments to juggle, and emergencies to address. That daily routine can drain your time and energy—and leave you with little opportunity to consider bigger issues such as your firm’s long-term plans or the cohesiveness of your staff. “Small businesses spend most of their time frantically managing daily operations,” says Bob Frisch, a principal at Boston meeting-planning firm Strategic Offsites. “They need to go somewhere where the phone will stop ringing in order to see the big picture.”
Shred Documents? by Sean Donahue (Saturday, July 2nd, 2005)
Before you drown in a sea of paper, consider streamlining your operations by scanning, shredding, or both.
Buy Vs. Leas by Self Employed Web Team (Tuesday, March 1st, 2005)
All business owners face that inevitable day of needing capital equipment. Whether a manufacturing tool, a copier, a computer or a company car, you can bet it will be costly.
Transactional Mail by Bernie Gracy (Thursday, December 2nd, 2004)
For small businesses, transactional mail – specifically, customer bills and statements – can help build loyalty and bolster the bottom line.
Today, with Do Not Call lists and pending anti-spam legislation, staying in touch with customers has become more and more of a challenge. But one channel is always open: transactional mail. It is the one form of B2C communications that customers can’t ignore.
Cronyism by Elizabeth Macdonald (Monday, June 21st, 2004)
Are these people in the corner office tone-deaf? The public is clamoring for clean corporate governance, and here they are cutting themselves cute little side deals with shareholders’ money.
Fun Factor by Patricia Edmonds (Saturday, November 1st, 2003)
The first quarter of 2003 was no laughing matter at Realityworks (www.realityworksinc.com). The 47-person educational-equipment manufacturer missed its sales goal by a mere $60. But instead of delivering a glum report, the goals committee paraded through the building, serenading co-workers with makeshift musical instruments and handing out “Near Miss” slips, ice cream bars and envelopes with a micro-bonus of
$5 apiece. “It was amazing how that got people excited and motivated them to keep going,” says public relations manager Carol Lambert of the Eau Claire, Wis.–based company. “It was only $5, and we didn’t meet our goal—but we had fun.”
Future Tense by Peter Krass (Sunday, May 4th, 2003)
To help you through these unsettled economic times, here’s a peek at what experts in management, sales and marketing, finance and information technology see as they gaze into their crystal balls.
Prime Cuts by Laton McCartney (Saturday, May 3rd, 2003)
Eliminating fat from the budget can boost profits, but cutbacks that are too deep—or misdirected—can get your company into trouble. Here’s how to stay lean and mean in tough times.
Office New by Bob Violino (Thursday, May 1st, 2003)
Are you ready for the office of the future? You can free up space, save money and bolster productivity with the new multifunction devices. We explore the options that might be right for you.
The Money Trail by Peter Krass (Monday, March 3rd, 2003)
Mark Kreisel thought he had it made.
His company, Tradewinds Engine Services, was doing nicely. Since its founding in 1996, sales for the Coconut Creek, Fla., aircraft-engine refurbisher had ramped up smartly. By 2001, Kreisel added a handful of employees and expanded business services, and the company outgrew its 7,000-square-foot facility. To keep the business purring during cash-flow gaps, he had two lines of credit from a large, nationally recognized bank: one based on Tradewinds’ assets; the other, on foreign receivables insured by the U.S. Export-Import Bank of the United States.
Breaking Away by Gay Jervey (Saturday, January 4th, 2003)
Admit it. You need a vacation. But the idea of leaving the office behind makes your head pound. That’s why hundreds of vacation spots worldwide have reinvented the getaway—creating venues where you can stay connected to the office and still have the time of your life.
Dirty Deeds by Mel Duvall (Saturday, January 4th, 2003)
These days, theft and fraud know no bounds—even in companies with small staffs. If you think your business is immune, think again. We give you a primer on how to protect your business from the devastating impact of felony. Even on the Internet.
The Success Factor by Mark Mehler (Saturday, January 4th, 2003)
You know where your company has been. Any idea where it’s going next month or the rest of 2003? Benchmarking, which sounds about as much fun as a weekend of tax preparation, isn’t all that painful. And it can help your company grow faster than ever before.
Who Are You? by Mark Mehler (Friday, October 4th, 2002)
Whether you’ve been in business for 20 years or 20 days, taking inventory of your business personality is the first — and most crucial — step toward maintaining or establishing a successful business.