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Don?t Wait for the Perfect Plan
1. Don't Spend Too Much Time Planning
When you are entering a new market, you won't know the hidden problems and challenges you will face. You won't understand those problems until you make a few mistakes. And you won't solve them and go on to making success of your new business of your are capable of direction quickly.
Most successful new businesses ? about 90 per cent of them ? end up following practices that are different than anticipate. That's why it doesn't pay to spend too much time and money on planning. Do some research. Figure out the big action plans and give yourself a bail-out option. Then go for it. He who can adapt, wins.
2. Don't spend too much money
The vast majority of business start-ups that succeed do so on a limited budget, and without the benefit of venture capital funding.
People involved in businesses that have limited funds must think harder, work harder and, most importantly, sell harder. Their primary initial effort is to bring in the cash. And that's how it should be.
There is only one thing that will surely stop any business in its tracks ? and that's the lack of money.
Ironically, limited capital usually means a quicker and stronger cash flow. You are forced to be disciplined from the start, your workers make do with less, and will have a better focus on bringing in much needed revenue.
3. Get Operational Fast
The most common reasons for the failure of a new product or project is time wasted getting ready. Between making over extend and expensive business plans, endlessly tinkering with the products and being embroiled with focus groups, it's very easy to let a good product or project lose steam.
Some entrepreneurs don't mind starting with a copycat idea targeted a small market Imitation saves the cost of market research ? and the start ?up entering a small market is unlikely to face marketing is unlikely to face competition from large, established Companies.
4. Go for Quick Cash First
Contrary to what some business books say, successful entrepreneurs will tell you that they will take the fastest route to get the cash when launching a new venture. They do so because they don't have a choice.
After the cash starts coming in, they then have the time and funds to improve the product., enhance customer service and refine operations.
Keep in mind that the best laid plans are often the most arrogant. You don't know for sure how to best serve the market until you are actually to the field-serving customers:
When launching a new business or product, figure out how you can get to the breakeven, point fastest. This kind of revenue planning will force you to pay closer attention to the market.
5. Forget about Hiring An Expert, you are it
Successful entrepreneurs don't have experts to run their businesses. They figure it out for themselves. When t comes to making your new product or project work, reply on nobody that yourself to make sure it gets done right.
Yes, it may be stressful and time-consuming to do a lot of extra work yourself, but it will pay in the long run. You will understand the project in an way.
Don't dither when it comes to making the first move. If you want to be a business-building genius or just want to make a lot of money this year, here are five secrets of highly successful entrepreneurs.
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Over Disclosure Hurts Businesses
Many investors and business ethics professionals are calling for more transparency and regulators are calling for more disclosure. Yet in the franchising industry this can spell disaster indeed. Often Competitors seeking information about companies will collect these documents and use it to the disadvantage of franchising companies.
Market Makers Play a Significant Role in Reverse Mergers
One overlooked individual in the process of taking a company public through reverse merger is the market maker. The market marker is critical especially if the company is going to be listed on OTC Bulletin Board or the NQB. Pink sheets.
Mobile Carwash; Senior Citizens and Mobile Homes
Senior citizens are generally not a large marketing segment for mobile detailers or car washers, however, they should not be ignored. You will find in a near by area a seniors-only mobile home park. You will also find square dance clubs and senior centers. All of these places can be extremely good places to look for new business. If you want to accelerate word of mouth advertising, you should meet with people in these groups. Wash cars at senior centers while they play cards. Hand out flyers, etc.
Sex Up Your Business Growth
A top executive called up me late in the night. He was still awake at 3 o'clock. He told me that he has not been sleeping for last 3 nights. Problem at his working place is working it effect on his marital life with wife. Although problem in professional life was manageable to some extent. But the bottom line was heading towards south. He was always busy in solving problems to the extent of guilty of ignoring the happening in market. He wanted help in solving problem.
Starting a New Business in a Small Town
Q. I am a former pastor who left the ministry after sixteen years to spend more time with my family. We moved to a very small town (less than ten thousand people) and I want to start an internet café business and also offer PC repair. How can I investigate and then promote this business?
Creative Business Card Marketing
Announcements can be handed out as a business card
Encouraging Your Customers to Pay On Time
Nothing can drive a business down faster than customers who don't pay their bills as agreed. When you sell to customers on credit you are making an agreement with them. You will provide them with goods or services in exchange for their payment within the terms you agree upon. Period.
Tracking Revenue For MORE Profits
The revenue history is a vital piece of your power page and you need to record that information. Keeping track of client revenues should not be done in a paper format, it should be recorded electronically. It is too easy to make mistakes when calculating by hand, the results of the data entry can then be recorded into your power page. You need to date these numbers as they can change quite rapidly and you will want to know if there is a growth pattern. You will also be aware of diminishing returns and flat areas. Familiarize yourself with how they report earnings because each company has their own unique way of presenting the information to the public or its employees. You are probably asking yourself why you would bother tracking financial earnings of a company you are doing business with, or even one that is not yet a client. Believe it or not, financial information gives hints as to the success of the sales force, the marketing efforts, and the leadership of the executives. The financials can paint a picture that says more than what you are being told. If you still do not believe me, read through the next example.
Setting Up as an Electronic Repair Authorized Service Center
If you plan to upgrade your workshop into an Authorized Service Center, this should guarantee plenty of work and a secure future. Setting up from scratch as an Authorized Service Center is not an easy job. Your workshop need to meet the manufacturers' requirement first before they can appoint your company as an Authorized Service Center.
Are You Using a Chess or Checkers Small Business Marketing Strategy?
Until the day I learned to play chess I loved playing checkers. Both games require a strategy that maximizes a player's ability to capture her opponents pieces without first losing her own. Checkers was fun. But the complexities of chess lead to more satisfying victories and defeats.
Should I Franchise or Not?
A reader of one of my online sessions asked should he franchise his business or not. He had set up a service business and was getting ready to expand and wanted to know if franchising was a good potential strategy for this. How do I franchise my business? There are many criteria for franchising and if you have ever thought you might wish to franchise your business then this advice could be of value to you:
Making a Donation to Bring MORE Business
How a donation is different from a sponsorship and what is the advantage to you?
Knowledge is Power
Why does research and education play an important part of the business relationship?
Small Business Debt Collection Laws
In your small business debt collection laws will eventually become important, as your debt grows and some clients do not pay. To collect small business debts legally, you must send a written notice that collections have begun, within five days of first contacting the debtor for collections. The letter must include dispute instructions.
But This Is Just My Opinion
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The Workers? Compensation Situation in this Country is Nuts, Arnold in CA Takes Action
The Workers' Compensation situation in this country is unbelievable. Why, well because of lawsuits and attorneys mostly. The costs of workmen's compensation on the business community is part of the reason for the slow return of high paying blue collar jobs in this country and the demise of the manufacturing sector. The system covers some 122 million workers nationally, but it is regulated state by state, not nationally and there is nothing close to being a Federal Oversight on this, not that I or anyone else cares to add another layer of bureaucracy to an already broken system.
Franchise Buyers from Hell
I ran a franchise company for many years, a car wash franchise, and we use to get the most ridiculous franchise buyers who thought they wanted a franchise. It seems we had to deal with these Kookoo birds because they have consumer rights and the Federal Trade Commission, which looks over franchising goes out of their way to let these consumers get away with these tall tales.
Small Business Failures in America - Cash Flow Issues
We are noticing an increase in the length of time it takes Large corporations to pay on their invoices to our team. Fortune 500s are tending to pay their vendors more slowly, which will hurt the already strapped small businesses in America. These same small businesses employ 2/3 the population and do a great service in supplying the needs of corporations.
Business Pain Defined
Every company has business pain, but the pain does not necessarily mean that they have a success problem. Pain can be anything from a minor dent, as when a marketing event does not produce the anticipated results, to a major process issue, as when reporting is not accurate. As you set out to find your customer's business pain, you should remember that you are not necessarily looking for huge issues, rather you are looking for issues that hurt the profitability of the company.
How to Increase the Cash Flow in Your Private Practice in 30 Days
If you have a busy private practice, chances are you also have pockets of cash lying around available for the plucking. It simply hasn't been collected yet, and may even have been overlooked. Here are 10 ways to increase your cash flow over the next 30 days.
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