A business plan template: the best way to start a business

A business plan template: the best way to start a business

An inevitable truth that every businessman faces when trying to find a successful marketing strategy for small business is that starting a business is a hard work. If you try to find ways to get your business, without doing anything, well, you should forget about your pipe dream. Your first step is using a business plan template. A business plan template ...

How to set your goals with an effective business plan

How to set your goals with an effective business plan

When entrepreneurs try to implement their unique ideas, most of them eventually fail. There are a number of reasons for the failure of small businesses, but poor planning is probably the most frequent. Would you cook a delicacy with no idea what ingredients you need? Starting a business without proper planning is like cooking without a recipe. A good business ...

A guide on choosing an online business opportunity

A guide on choosing an online business opportunity

With the emerging trend of online business, more and more entrepreneurs continue to seek profitable business opportunities. Choosing a suitable business opportunity online, however, can be a time-consuming task because a lot of new online businessmen often fall prey to online scammers. These swindlers promise huge income figures, and often produce false or outdated data. The key to making the ...

Why is liability insurance essential for your business?

Why is liability insurance essential for your business?

When you're an entrepreneur, you will need to get liability insurance to protect your business assets and personal assets, in the case of a trial. Of course, all companies like to hope they are never sued by a customer or employee, but the risks are higher, the more successful you become. There is the added responsibility that can occur when ...

NEW YORK — Just one month after Mother Nature defeated Jeff Bezos in a battle for the .amazon domain name, a new conflict is fermenting in these Internet suffixes. This time around, the hotly contested properties are .vin and .wine, and the broad-based attack is being led by a very rankled France.

Winemakers in Europe, Australia and California are protesting a decision by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to move forward with the introduction of .vin and .wine as so-called top-level domains — the familiar appendixes to Web addresses like .com and .edu. The problem, as fine winemakers see it, is that opening up access to .wine and .vin will make it easier for unethical wine sellers to deceive customers about the origin and quality of their goods.

Geography is a big deal when it comes to winemaking and the European Union has strict rules that govern the use of “geographical indications” in marketing and labeling. The

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When times get tough, money gets tight. And when money is more difficult and expensive to borrow, it’s especially important for small businesses to take steps to ensure that their cash flows keep flowing. Here are five ways to protect your cash flow and help your small business ride out the storm.

1) Keep your weather eye open.

One of the key factors in weathering any storm is knowing that it’s coming and what direction it’s moving. Keep an eye on the leading indicators for your business and be aware of changing economic conditions. Prepare cash flow projections for the next year. This will help you to see what changes need to be made and when. If such-and-such happened and your predicted cash flow dropped x%, what could you do?

2) Review your credit policies and the credit histories of customers and/or clients.

Managing your customers’ credit is an important part of cash flow management.

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No-Fault and Workers Compensation

Fortunately, the fact that a state is considered no-fault wont usually come into play during a workers compensation claim. No-fault laws generally apply only to auto accident insurers, so workers compensation insurers wont fall under these laws. In reality, though, workers compensation is basically no fault in and of itself.

When a person is injured on the job, the at-fault party usually isnt even considered. Workers comp insurance is meant to pay the employee benefits regardless of fault, and this leads to a reduction in litigation seen in state courtrooms. This essentially means that workers compensation is no fault everywhere, but in reality, there are some instances where auto insurance no-fault laws could still come into play.

When No Fault may Come Into Play

In truth, countless employees across the nation engage in some form of driving during their day-to-day work routine.

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Bert Burke remembers waiting in a line at a supermarket checkout counter in 1995 when his thoughts turned to heavy handfuls of nickels, dimes and pennies. “There has to be a better way to deal with all of this change,” he recalls thinking. “Nobody wants all of those coins anymore.”

Burke went home and drew up plans for what would become the first plastic gift card — now used by millions of retailers and consumers worldwide.

Unwanted coins eventually led to Burke’s second successful invention, too.

“What If I could put these nickels and pennies directly into savings?” he thought.

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Use these tools wisely

If you are at all concerned with the health of your web site you had better install Google Analytics and Google Webmaster Tools immediately. Both are free programs available with a Gmail account and are integral to understanding how your site is doing in terms of traffic, bounce rate, HTML improvements, links and other important information.

Let’s face it, like it or not, Google is responsible for over 80% of search done throughout the world and if you don’t listen to what they are saying when it comes to optimizing your web site you could be in for some very bad news. At keyword Performance we install and analyze both Analytics and Webmaster Tools for all our clients. Her

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Corporate retreats have been endangered, especially after the AIG scandal in 2008, but has the time come for business travel to flourish once more? For a small to mid-sized company, the expenses of business retreats can be extensive. There’s the cost of the retreat itself flights, venue, activities, food and drink and then there’s the immeasurable loss of time. A day away from the office has it’s own costs in work buildup and lost leads. The advantages of providing corporate retreats are not immediately measurable, either. How do you put numbers to increased morale and a strengthened team?

Corporate retreats exist for a reason. In 2012, Forbes noted it’s reemergence. We’ve had our time during the recession for bypassing the ‘extravagance’, so why do we see it’s persistence as soon as the market picks up? Simply put, it’s good to be rewarded occasionally. People are more p

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1. Utilize Legal Representation

A traffic accident can quickly turn into a financial nightmare if you do not hire an experienced attorney to assist you during a lawsuit. For example, the driver of a pickup truck injured two people, including a police officer, on February 14, 2014, in Warrenton, Missouri. If this driver was working at the time of the incident, both injured parties have the legal right to retain a local legal representative in the area such as a Saint Joseph truck accident lawyer to take action against him and the company he works for. These parties could file suit for monetary compensations such as medical expenses, wages for lost time at work, property damage, and pain and suffering.

In a situation like this, a small business could quickly lose so much money that they will no longer able to continue operating.

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It’s easy to slap a guarantee on a box. As the character Tommy Boy says, “[A] guarantee is put on a box to make you feel all warm and toasty inside. [But] they know all they sold ya was a guaranteed piece of sh*t. I could do that if it’s what you want.” In other words, marking something guaranteed is easy and is not necessarily a guarantee of quality.

A guarantee is a promise and, as such, should not be undertaken lightly. Guaranteeing results when the outcome cannot be controlled turns into a “pie-crust promise,” easily made and easily broken. The only guarantee here is a waste of time and money. Your time and your money.

This doesn’t mean all guarantees are worthless. It simply mea

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