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10 great start-up business ideas to launch in weeks

Take a look around you this morning as you drive or catch the train to work.

From the window cleaner who arrives on your street as you close the front door behind you to the coffee cart serving cappuccinos and lattes at the station, the world is full of thriving and profitable small businesses that have been set up for relatively little initial outlay.

These are not ‘clever’ businesses trading on the strength of innovative new products and nor do they require the backing of deep-pocketed investors to get them off the ground. They succeed because their owners are responding to genuine demand for tried and trusted services.

And with a low initial outlay and overheads, many of these small-scale ventures can be profitable within weeks or months and over time provide their owners with a good income.

So how do you get started? Well, to give you an idea of how it’s done, here are 10 great businesses ideas I’ve come across that you can get up and running within weeks.

1. Mopping up – household cleaning

The lower your outlay, the faster you turn a profit and that’s one of the big attractions of launching a domestic cleaning business. For instance Millie Dark, founder of Sussex cleaners, Mrs Muscle started her company with no real investment. “My customers supply all the equipment and cleaning products,” explains Millie.

Millie worked part-time for a few months before advertising in the local press and word-of mouth generated enough work to go full time. Today she employs 12 part-timers. “It’s taken me a couple of years to get that stage,” she says.

2. On cloud K9 – dog walking

A dog walking and pet sitting service can also be set up with minimal investment. For instance, when Catherine Cleaver started her business – Catherine’s Pet Services – all she needed was £500 for a couple of garden kennels.

Catherine placed a few ads in shop windows. Over time – and with the help of word of mouth recommendation and ads in the local magazine – what started as a part-time activity became a full time job.

“I was earning enough to live on after about three months,” she says “and after about a year I felt I had a sustainable business.” She succeeds by offering a range of services, including dog walking, pet visits and boarding.

3. Cutting it – home hairdressing

Many hairdressers dream of starting their own businesses but are deterred by the cost of renting a salon. Setting up a home visit service can be an ideal way forward.

There is a significant outlay on brushes, tongs, dryers, mirrors and products. “You’re talking several thousands rather than hundreds,” says Ela Lapus, founder of Home Hair and Make Up.

“And customers expect to see the same products they find in a salon. Customers will also expect evidence of recognised skills. I have Level 2 and Level 3.”

The key to profitable success is effective marketing. Hairdressers can use local ads and web directories to publicise their services. Social Media can also be effective. “About 50% of my work comes through Facebook,” says Ela.

Once the initial investment had been made Ela was able to start earning immediately but the present business, operating across several counties has taken a number of years to build.

4. A caffeine hit – mobile coffee bar

We’re a coffee hungry nation and beyond Starbucks and Costa there are thousands of small mobile barista carts selling lattes on the go.

“A coffee maker will cost about £5,000,” says Beth Baxter, co-founder of Camper Cafe. “And then you have to pay for the cart or a van to put it in.”

Prices vary but carts or trailers can cost anything between £5,000 and £10,000. The founders of Camper Cafe were given a Volkswagen van which they kitted out to become their visual signature. Training is an additional cost. Courses for coffee making can be had for between £50 and £200.

Finding pitches is the most challenging aspect as you are often in competition with other vendors. “It took us a year to find out about the market,” says Beth. “After that we took off.”

5. Juiced perfect – mobile juice bar

The rise of coffee carts has been matched by the emergence of juice bars in markets, shopping malls, public thoroughfares and events. The set-up costs are similar to coffee in terms of equipment and training.

6. Bright idea – window cleaning

If you have a car with a roof rack you can start a window cleaning business for a few hundred pounds (bucket, ladder, clothes, etc).

Alternatively you might invest in high pressure pure water sprays, water tanks (around £2,000) and a van to carry them (say £15,000). This is increasingly common.

The challenge then is to build a customer base and that tends to be up close and personal. “Initially the most effective way to do it is to knock on doors and ask,” says Guy Lupton, co-founder of Khameleon Window Cleaning Ltd.

Building a solid base can take time. “We spent about three years of trial and error to get it right,” says Guy. “We’ve been going about five.”

However, when you do get it right the business can grow rapidly. “We still knock on doors,” says Guy. “But we get a lot more business by word of mouth.”

7. Showing drive – ‘Man in a Van’ business

Advertisements for ‘Man in a Van’ and ‘Light Removals’ services are a common sight on shop window advertising boards.

The pre-requisite is a van, probably a Luton-style box van with a tail lift and that’s also the main expense. You’ll need public liability insurance (as is the case for all the businesses listed here). The ongoing costs include petrol, servicing, MOT, and repairs.

The main challenge is building a customer base and most operators use flyers, shop window ads and online directories. Man or woman in a van businesses can be quick to establish but work is required to build a market and perhaps the biggest challenge is getting the pricing right.

8. Highest bidder – an eBay business

Launching an eBay business allows you reach a national and occasionally an international market. You can auction goods or sell at a fixed price.

Most eBay businesses will pay at least £19.99 per month as a subscription fee (rising to £59.99 for a featured shop and £349 for an ‘Anchor Shop’) and on top of that you will pay fees for each auction or fixed price insertion and each sale.

To succeed on eBay you usually have to find goods that can’t be bought elsewhere or offer popular products at knock-down prices. For some it’s a part-time source of pin-money, for others a full-time business. Posters on eBay include Nasty Gal and six years after starting to sell vintage clothing on the auction site it’s now a £60m business .

9. A gem of a business – jewellery and crafts

Many small businesses are based around the skills of their founders. For instance, if you have training as a jeweller or sculptor, an obvious way to sell your work is to market direct to the public via web, craft fairs or through shops.

Tools can cost anything from a few hundred to many thousands of pounds but you can keep costs down by working from a home studio. Ongoing costs include materials, rental at craft fairs (from as little as £20 per day to more than a £1,000).

Jane Faulkner, a jeweller based in Sussex, sells via the web and craft fairs while also having shelf-space in a local co-operative (Billingshurst Creatives) where craftspeople and artists can display their goods in return for taking turns manning the store.

“Craft fairs are my biggest source of income while the shop provides a regular cheque every month,” says Jane. Teaching is also part of the business.

With these revenue streams Jane feels she has a sustainable business, but it has taken around eight years to establish.

10. Snappy work – photography

Photography is another skills-based business. Go to almost any event – from music gigs to vintage car rallies and weddings and you’ll find photographers hard at work.

As Art Hutchins, a freelancer photographer trading as Artseye points out, it’s a business that requires investment in time and money. “Being a serious pro photographer requires a high level of financial investment in good quality equipment and time to acquire the knowledge and skill to use it.”

Starting from scratch would mean buying pro-quality cameras (around £2,000) lenses (£100-£1,000), tripods and lights but many photographers who set up their own businesses will already have acquired some of the equipment over time.

According to Art Hutchins, the best approach is to decide on a target market – in his case small businesses, editorial and family portraits. “The best marketing is word of mouth,” he says.

Very different businesses but all can be started quickly and easily using readily available equipment or existing skills. Importantly most of these businesses take payment either at the point of sale or soon after and that’s great for cashflow.

Demand is there but the key is to market effectively and at the right price.

John Fagan is the head of RBS branch business, England Wales and direct banking. His team work with businesses to build a bigger support network inside the bank and beyond with partners and fellow customers. www.rbsbusinessconnections.co.uk

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The 5 Worst Pieces of Advice for Small Business Owners

When you’re starting a business, there’s no shortage of people eager to hand out advice. It seems that everyone, even someone you’ve just met, has an opinion on how you should be developing your product, running your marketing, handling your finances and much more.

I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve met some very smart people and have had great mentors over the years. Their contributions have been invaluable to my success. Yet after launching two companies over two decades, I’ve come across some terrible advice.

Below are the top five bits of advice that I could have done without.

1. “Hire people you know.”

I’ve had countless people tell me that it’s always better to assemble a team of “known quantities” — friends, colleagues or former employees whom you know and trust. But I’ve discovered that for me, the best hiring decisions are based on the specific positions I need to fill at that moment in time. In other words, I need to focus on the specific expertise and skill sets the company needs, rather than trying to piece together how Jill, Sally and Joe will fit into the new business.

In addition, if things aren’t working out between an employee and your company, you need to part ways (and usually, the sooner the better). You may be more reluctant to let friends go, even if you know they aren’t good fits.

2. “There’s no room for you in the market.”

When my husband and I launched a legal document filing company the second time around, the field was quite crowded, with several big names and established players. Many people told us to find a new space because there simply wasn’t room for us to compete.

However, the key to business success doesn’t always hinge on finding a completely empty field; rather, it’s how you define your company and its place in the market. Starbucks wasn’t the first company to sell coffee, but they did revolutionize the coffee shop by selling an experience along with a caffeine fix. Still, numerous boutique coffee shops are able to open and thrive today, even though there’s a Starbucks around the corner.

Rather than struggling to come up with a brand new idea, take a look at your target industry and see where there’s a void to be filled. Figure out the best possible way to fill that need and run with it. You don’t always have to blaze a new trail, but you need to know who you are.

3. “You have to be cheaper than the other guys.”

I admit that my husband and I fell into this pricing trap with our company. We felt that the only way we could compete with the “big guys” was to undercut them on price. So, we dropped our prices. Our business grew, customers were happy, more customers came in, yet we were nearly losing money with every new order.

Many young companies feel the pressure to discount their prices heavily in order to win business. While customer acquisition is important, attracting customers at unsustainable price levels will just result in a race to the bottom. I’ve learned that you’re better off in the long run to focus on how to bring more value to customers, rather than simply slashing your prices. After all, someone will always be able (or willing) to absorb a lower cost than you. You’ll need to find a new way to stand out, and then work as hard as you can to be exceptional in those differentiating areas.

4. “Social media is free.”

Over the past several years, I’ve had people tell me that starting a small business today is much easier than a decade ago, because of all the free marketing on Facebook. Twitter and Yelp. Sure, you don’t have to spend a dime to join Facebook, create a Twitter account or start a blog. But, I think a more apt comparison is that social media is free like a puppy. It may not cost much to bring a shelter puppy home, but from day one, it’s an endless whirlwind of training, toys and treats.

Likewise, social media is far from free once you factor in the blood, sweat and tears it demands. From developing fresh content to keeping up conversations, social media requires nonstop commitment once you start. Unless you consider your time (or the time of your employees) worthless, then there’s a significant cost involved with social media.

5. “You have to spend money to make money.”

This cliché never applied to our business, particularly at the beginning. We set up shop in our apartment and did everything we could to keep expenses down. Sometimes we thought things would be better if we just had the money for X, Y or Z. But it’s risky to think that throwing money at a problem is your silver bullet. Sometimes, creative thinking and strategy work far better than a checkbook.

We had to learn the difference between spending money and investing in the business. Certainly, money can scale a business faster, but only when you spend money on those things that will produce more money in return.

Final Thoughts

People will always give you advice — some good, some bad. The key is to never forget that you are running the show. Other people’s opinions should always be viewed through the context of your own experiences, convictions and value system.

Final decisions are always up to you, so there’s no blaming someone else for bad advice.

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A List Of The Worst Business Advice You Can Follow Ever

There’s plenty of advice out there for how to start and run a business. But not all of it is good. In fact, there are some common sayings that are actually some of the worst business advice out there. The following includes some of the worst business advice you can follow.

The Worst Business Advice

Do What You Love

Although it may seem like a nice notion, this popular saying is widely considered one of the worst pieces of business advice out there. Just because you love doing something doesn’t mean that others will find it helpful or necessary. And if no one buys what you’re selling, then doing what you love won’t really get you anywhere.

If You Build It, They Will Come

Likewise, simply building an offering doesn’t mean that you’ll actually attract any customers. This saying implies that if you put in the work, there are customers out there who will support your business. But if you don’t do the research and find a market for your product or service, you very well could be in for a rude awakening.

The Customer is Always Right

This popular saying is meant to encourage business owners and employees to work hard to accommodate customers. And while customers and their opinions are generally important to the success of businesses, they’re not always right. If you’re constantly giving discounts or changing your offerings every time a customer makes a demand, you could be hurting your brand and your bottom line.

Never Turn Down a Paying Customer

Likewise, you shouldn’t assume that every customer you get will help your business. Especially if you have a consulting business or provide some other service where it can be necessary for you to work with someone over the long-term, it may very well be in your best interest to only take on a few very select clients.

Don t Quit Your Day Job

This is some of the worst business advice out there because there’s no right path for every entrepreneur. If you’re just starting out, it may very well be in your best interest to keep your full-time job while building a business. But then again you might be better off quitting and putting all your time and effort into your new venture. When it comes to making this decision, each entrepreneur has to decide based on his or her own set of circumstances, and not listen to a single one-size-fits-all recommendation.

Stay Away From Established Markets

Some experts claim that in order to start a successful business, you need to find a brand new niche or a huge gap in the market. But that’s not always true. You can start a business in an established market as long as you have at least one small thing that customers will appreciate to set you apart.

If You Want Something Done Right, You Have to Do It Yourself

Too many business owners try to do everything themselves because they have a hard time trusting anyone else with their business. But the fact is there are experts and great potential employees out there who can help you do things better than you could all by yourself.

It s All About Who You Know

Personal connections can certainly be helpful when it comes to running a successful business. But putting such a huge emphasis on them can discourage some people who aren’t well connected from starting businesses. You can always build connections as you go.

Stick to Your Plan

A business plan is a helpful tool. But it shouldn’t be the ultimate, unchanging guide for your business. Sometimes things change, and you should be able to adapt your plan to those changes.

Follow an Established Path to Success

Some experts think that there are just one or two ways to make it in the business world. But young, innovative entrepreneurs are forging their own paths every day. So don’t let anyone tell you that there’s one path you HAVE TO take in order to succeed.

Keep Your Business and Personal Life Separate

While there can be some merit to this piece of advice in certain situations, it’s no longer an absolute rule. Some small businesses actually thrive because the owner or the team shares their personality with customers. You don’t need to air all of your personal drama on social media. But being a little bit open and personable with your customers can be a good thing.

All Attention is Good Attention

Drawing attention to your business, especially during the early stages, can be difficult. So when you get any type of attention or press it might seem like a good thing. But if that attention isn’t in line with your brand and the image you want to portray, it could be doing more harm than good.

Hire the Most Experienced People

Experience can be a very good quality when looking to build your team. But it shouldn’t be the only quality you look for. Finding people who are enthusiastic, talented, creative and who share your vision for your business can be just as important if not more so.

Offer the Lowest Prices

Plenty of new businesses fall into the trap of trying to differentiate themselves from the competition by offering the lowest prices. But that isn’t always sustainable depending upon your costs and your business model. And it could damage your reputation moving forward.

Work Hard and Success Will Come

Hard work is certainly important when it comes to running a successful business. But it is not the only thing that matters. Don’t think that just because you’re putting in long hours and trying your best that success will eventually come. Sometimes it s more important to work smart than to work hard. Ultimately, the results you get are what matter.

Don t Try New Things

If you’ve found one or two things that work in your business, it can seem like a safe bet to stick with what works. But doing that won’t allow your business to grow as quickly as you might like. Trying new things can be risky, but it can also be rewarding.

Never Say No

Saying no to new clients, partnerships or opportunities may seem like a bad business strategy. But if you say yes to everything, you could be spreading yourself too thin or taking your business in too many different directions. You need to be very intentional when making those decisions so you can be sure that they’re going to benefit your business in the long run.

You Have to Spend Money to Make Money

This can be true in some circumstances. But you shouldn’t fall into the trap of thinking that making big investments in new equipment, employees, training or other resources, will magically make your business better. You need to be smart about how you spend. And besides, many entrepreneurs have built highly successful businesses with very few or almost no resources at all .

Never Stop Working

You have to work hard to run a successful business. But you also need to find a balance, or else you’ll burn yourself out and find yourself too uninspired to run your business successful. The risk of burnout is one reason work-life balance is an absolute must.

Give Up

Not all businesses succeed. In fact, most don’t. But this is still some of the worst business advice you could ever receive. It’s never up to someone else whether you give up or not. If that’s a decision you need to make, it should be based on more than just outside opinions. Never let others decide when it is time for you to throw in the towel.

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Annie Pilon is a Senior Staff Writer for Small Business Trends, covering entrepreneur profiles, interviews, feature stories, community news and in-depth, expert-based guides. When she’s not writing she can be found on her personal blog Wattlebird. and exploring all that her home state of Michigan has to offer.

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What business to start in 2015

The desire to become your own boss and work for yourself is growing and in election year the economy will inevitably be a key policy battleground, meaning small business-friendly pledges will be made.

With signs of revival and chancellor George Osborne’s recent promises of renewed business support and an extra £1bn funding for regional growth some might argue the climate for starting a business has never been better, making 2015 a great time to take the plunge.

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This appetite for starting a business isn’t just hype; StartUp Britain reported a record 581,173 new businesses for 2014. markedly higher than 2013 and 2012, and the UK’s eco-system appears to be in good health with ONS figures showing a 6% drop in the number of British firms leaving the Companies House register.

Britain is expected to be the fastest growing G7 economy in 2015 – the IMF has predicted a 3.2% overall rise – and while London remains the start-up capital. regional start-up hubs are beginning to flourish with Manchester, Birmingham and Glasgow fast gaining reputations as top cities to start a business in .

It’s on the back of these positive indicators that we look to the coming months and the hot sectors and businesses opportunities that could prove fruitful for those looking to start a new venture. We’ve studied and assessed businesses which are gaining market traction, sought insight from leading research bodies such as Mintel, and analysed consumer trends to bring you our predictions of 14 top businesses to start in 2015.

From foods and fitness to technology, cycling, and even cafes with a twist, there’s a host of start-up prospects to suit a range of skills and backgrounds and this extends to part-time businesses that can offer supplementary income such as starting a niche social network .

With the freelance workforce now over four million strong and more firms than ever before looking to hire freelance talent, we’ve also identified opportunities for freelancers and “solopreneurs”. This includes starting up as a growth hacker ; a combination of smart marketing and tech development which is becoming increasingly sought after in the start-up world.

While several of the business opportunities listed aren’t new, the potential to innovate and target an established market with a disruptive new solution – take protein products for instance – are plentiful.

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    Whether it’s the money-laundering stoner in “Weeds” or the dorky auditor in “Parks and Recreation,” pop culture tends to portray an unsavory picture of accountants, but this profession doesn’t deserve such a bad reputation. Accountants make a pretty good living, and they have a lot of job security. After all, as long as people make money, they’ll need other people to handle it for them.

    Put simply, an accountant is a person who keeps or inspects financial records. They’re “numbers” people who excel at organization and detail-oriented work. Since they deal with money – sometimes significant amounts of it – accountants must also possess a high degree of integrity.And because they’re constantly interacting with clients, accountants should be effective communicators. Patty Pogemiller, the national director for talent and acquisition and mobility for Deloitte, one of the world’s “Big Four” accounting firms, writes in an email, “Problem solving skills are essential in a client business like professional services. Employers are looking for people who demonstrate an ability to think analytically and approach a problem in a structured and methodical way. Can they objectively analyze and solve an issue? And once they have a solution, they must have the ability to communicate it to others – their clients, managers and fellow team members.”

    In addition to preparing taxes for individuals, public accountants can also perform audits, prepare taxes and provide consulting for corporations, nonprofit organizations and governments. Internal accountants create processes to find and eliminate financial waste and fraud. Management accountants record and analyze financial information. Government accountants – at the federal, state or local level – maintain records of government agencies and audit private businesses or individuals whose activities fall under government regulation or taxation.

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that 142,400 new accounting and auditing jobs will open up by 2024. This equates to an 11 percent job growth rate.

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    According to the BLS, the median annual salary for an accountant was $65,940 in 2014. The best-paid 10 percent earned roughly $115,950, while the lowest-paid made approximately $40,850. The best-compensated accountants work in the fields of securities and commodity contracts intermediation and brokerage and for the federal executive branch. The highest-paid accountants work in the metropolitan areas of New York City, San Jose, California and Salinas, California.

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    Although there are some associate degrees for accounting, a bachelor’s degree generally looks better to prospective employers. Some employers may even prefer that their accountants have a master’s degree in accounting or business administration with a concentration in accounting. And some universities and colleges offer a five-year combined bachelor’s and master’s degree program, which is a smart choice for students hoping to take the Certified Public Accountant exam. Most states require graduates to have a total of 150 hours of coursework, which equates to five years of school, before sitting for the exam. After passing, accountants will be able to file reports to the Securities and Exchange Commission, which makes them much more attractive to employers. Christopher Ekimoff, the director of FTI Consulting, a global business advisory firm, says, “Those three letters [CPA] really make your career. They will identify you in the marketplace, in the business world and in your career path as a professional willing to hold yourself to a higher standard and operate under a set of guidelines and principles that really set you apart.”

    In addition to the CPA certification, accountants may also want to get the Certified Management Accountant certification, which requires a bachelor’s degree, two years of work in management accounting and passing an exam. There are also a handful of other certifications that accountants may want to procure down the line, including the Certified Internal Auditor certification and the Certified Information Systems Auditor certification.

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    Market research analysts help their clients figure out who their consumers are, what those consumers want and how much they’ll pay for what they want. Analysts reach these conclusions with traditional methodologies like focus groups and surveys, as well as newer technologies. “Our industry has changed so much even in the last five years,” says Ted Donnelly, managing director for the marketing research and focus group firm Baltimore Research and chairman for the Marketing Research Association’s national board of directors. “We have so many new tools in the tool kit.” One of those new tools is geofencing, which uses GPS or similar technology to construct a virtual fence around a business and deliver targeted advertisements to a customer’s phone as he or she walks through a store. Eyetracking, which monitors how your eye travels around a website, is another technology these professionals use.

    Market research analysts also churn out reports on sales trends and consumer demographics, preferences, needs and buying habits. They must be able to present their findings to clients in an easy-to-understand way. The process of collecting and analyzing data is logical and quantifiable; gauging why target audiences might be attracted to a particular product is anything but. This is why some of the most successful analysts seem to understand human emotions as much as they understand logic.

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts an 18.6 percent employment increase between 2014 and 2024, and 92,300 new job openings. A range of employers, including research companies, colleges and government agencies, should galvanize growth in this field.

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    $61,290 Median Salary

    2.4% Unemployment Rate

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    Market research analysts earned a median salary of $61,290 in 2014, according to the BLS. The best-paid earned more than $116,740, while the lowest-paid earned less than $33,460. The aerospace product and parts manufacturing and semiconductor and electronic component manufacturing industries pay market research analysts particularly well. And if you live on the West Coast, you’re in luck: The top-paying metropolitan areas for market research analysts include San Jose, California; San Francisco; and Seattle.

    75th Percentile. $86,170

    25th Percentile. $44,350

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    Training

    Becoming a market research analyst requires at least a bachelor’s degree, but you could choose from a range of majors. The BLS notes that statistics, math, computer science and business administration are good specialties, but studying one of the social sciences, like communication, may also serve a budding analyst well. For instance, Donnelly has degrees in psychology, marketing research and consumer psychology. He says market research analysts should have both analytic skills and an innate curiosity about people. He recommends taking business management and statistical courses and says a familiarization with different software programs used for data analysis is helpful. Donnelly also recommends that analysts get their Professional Research Certification, which isn’t yet a requirement for most employers, but “it helps demonstrate that you’re very serious about what you do,” he says.

    Job Satisfaction

    Average Americans work well into their 60s, so workers might as well have a job that’s enjoyable and a career that’s fulfilling. A job with a low stress level, good work-life balance and solid prospects to improve, get promoted and earn a higher salary would make many employees happy. Here’s how this job’s satisfaction is rated in terms of upward mobility, stress level and flexibility.

    Upward Mobility. High
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    Stress Level. Above Average
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    Flexibility. Below Average
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    The 5 Worst Pieces of Advice for Small Business Owners

    When you’re starting a business, there’s no shortage of people eager to hand out advice. It seems that everyone, even someone you’ve just met, has an opinion on how you should be developing your product, running your marketing, handling your finances and much more.

    I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve met some very smart people and have had great mentors over the years. Their contributions have been invaluable to my success. Yet after launching two companies over two decades, I’ve come across some terrible advice.

    Below are the top five bits of advice that I could have done without.

    1. “Hire people you know.”

    I’ve had countless people tell me that it’s always better to assemble a team of “known quantities” — friends, colleagues or former employees whom you know and trust. But I’ve discovered that for me, the best hiring decisions are based on the specific positions I need to fill at that moment in time. In other words, I need to focus on the specific expertise and skill sets the company needs, rather than trying to piece together how Jill, Sally and Joe will fit into the new business.

    In addition, if things aren’t working out between an employee and your company, you need to part ways (and usually, the sooner the better). You may be more reluctant to let friends go, even if you know they aren’t good fits.

    2. “There’s no room for you in the market.”

    When my husband and I launched a legal document filing company the second time around, the field was quite crowded, with several big names and established players. Many people told us to find a new space because there simply wasn’t room for us to compete.

    However, the key to business success doesn’t always hinge on finding a completely empty field; rather, it’s how you define your company and its place in the market. Starbucks wasn’t the first company to sell coffee, but they did revolutionize the coffee shop by selling an experience along with a caffeine fix. Still, numerous boutique coffee shops are able to open and thrive today, even though there’s a Starbucks around the corner.

    Rather than struggling to come up with a brand new idea, take a look at your target industry and see where there’s a void to be filled. Figure out the best possible way to fill that need and run with it. You don’t always have to blaze a new trail, but you need to know who you are.

    3. “You have to be cheaper than the other guys.”

    I admit that my husband and I fell into this pricing trap with our company. We felt that the only way we could compete with the “big guys” was to undercut them on price. So, we dropped our prices. Our business grew, customers were happy, more customers came in, yet we were nearly losing money with every new order.

    Many young companies feel the pressure to discount their prices heavily in order to win business. While customer acquisition is important, attracting customers at unsustainable price levels will just result in a race to the bottom. I’ve learned that you’re better off in the long run to focus on how to bring more value to customers, rather than simply slashing your prices. After all, someone will always be able (or willing) to absorb a lower cost than you. You’ll need to find a new way to stand out, and then work as hard as you can to be exceptional in those differentiating areas.

    4. “Social media is free.”

    Over the past several years, I’ve had people tell me that starting a small business today is much easier than a decade ago, because of all the free marketing on Facebook. Twitter and Yelp. Sure, you don’t have to spend a dime to join Facebook, create a Twitter account or start a blog. But, I think a more apt comparison is that social media is free like a puppy. It may not cost much to bring a shelter puppy home, but from day one, it’s an endless whirlwind of training, toys and treats.

    Likewise, social media is far from free once you factor in the blood, sweat and tears it demands. From developing fresh content to keeping up conversations, social media requires nonstop commitment once you start. Unless you consider your time (or the time of your employees) worthless, then there’s a significant cost involved with social media.

    5. “You have to spend money to make money.”

    This cliché never applied to our business, particularly at the beginning. We set up shop in our apartment and did everything we could to keep expenses down. Sometimes we thought things would be better if we just had the money for X, Y or Z. But it’s risky to think that throwing money at a problem is your silver bullet. Sometimes, creative thinking and strategy work far better than a checkbook.

    We had to learn the difference between spending money and investing in the business. Certainly, money can scale a business faster, but only when you spend money on those things that will produce more money in return.

    Final Thoughts

    People will always give you advice — some good, some bad. The key is to never forget that you are running the show. Other people’s opinions should always be viewed through the context of your own experiences, convictions and value system.

    Final decisions are always up to you, so there’s no blaming someone else for bad advice.

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    Starting a small business is easy using our step-by-step guides. The 10 steps below will teach you how to start a business, taking you through each of the key stages of the start-up process – from evaluating your business idea and choosing a company name through to designing your business cards, developing a website and, finally, getting ready to launch.

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    Very few schools offer accredited DVM programs, but of those that do, which is the best?

    According to U.S. News and World Report. the top-rated veterinary school in 2011 was Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Find out who else joined the impressive ranks of the 10 top-notch vet programs in the nation.

    Cornell University

    This Ivy League university, based in Ithaca, New York is often considered the best veterinary school in the United States.

    Cornell’s vet program specializes in animal medicine, biomedical research and public health.

    The College of Veterinary Medicine was established at Cornell in 1894. Having graduated over 5,000 students, the college is internationally recognized for its excellent veterinary program. The school has a student body of around 335 students enrolled in its full-time post baccalaureate program.

    Graduates can receive a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM).

    University of California, Davis

    Located between San Francisco and Sacramento in Davis, California, the School of Veterinary Medicine educates veterinarians in research, clinical service and public service to better the health of animals, public health and the environment.

    Graduates from Davis can focus on everything from livestock, poultry, pets, and free-ranging wildlife to exotic animals, aquatic mammals, and fish.

    The school opened with just 42 students in 1948, and enrolls about 524 students in its current DVM program.

    Colorado State University

    Located in Fort Collins, Colorado, the College of Veterinary Medicine Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State is another well-regarded veterinary school.

    The program prides itself on providing hands-on instruction from world-class researchers, while focusing on everything from microbiology and environmental health to the biomedical sciences.

    North Carolina State University

    This 180-acre campus near downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, graduated its first class of vets in 1985. While a relatively young program compared to some of the others on this list, the College of Veterinary Medicine is very competitive and well respected.

    The program prides itself on training vets and veterinarian scientist to improve animal and human health at both the cellular level and on large-scale biological ecosystems.

    Students focus their studies in three concentrations: Clinical Sciences, Molecular Biomedical Sciences, and Population Health Pathobiology. The school has 155 faculty and 313 DVM students with around 160 more students in graduate, internship, and resident programs.

    Ohio State University

    Located in Columbus, Ohio, the College of Veterinary Medicine at Ohio State offers both a Graduate Program in Comparative and a Veterinary Medicine Graduate program. Both degree programs provide advanced training to professional and graduate students getting their master’s or PhDs.

    Graduates can leave prepared to pursue careers in epidemiological field research, clinical research, and biomedical research.

    The Veterinary Medical Center has hospitals for companion animals, farm animals, and horses. The school admits 160 new veterinary students each year, and reserves up to 100 seats for in-state Ohio residents. The remaining seats (up to 80) are for students from outside of Ohio.

    University of Pennsylvania

    Founded in 1884, the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine was established because the University’s School of Medicine recognized that controlling the spread of animal diseases would reduce the amount of human diseases troubling their patients.

    The University adopted a holistic view of animal and human medicine as an inter-related discipline and championed the idea of one medicine.

    Curriculum at the University of Pennsylvania can include a foundation of clinical rotations followed by major areas of study like Small Animal, Large Animal, Food Animal, Mixed (Small Animal, Large Animal) and Equine.

    University of Wisconsin, Madison

    Based in the popular college town of Madison, Wisconsin, the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital offers a four-year professional degree, or a DVM.

    The school strives to provide graduates with a broad scope of expertise so that each student can choose from a wide range of career options. Careers of Wisconsin graduates have included jobs in government and armed forces, private practices, industry, research, and academia.

    The university teaches its students to recognize disease conditions in animals, provides clinical training, and also focuses on problem solving and interpersonal skills to help students interact with clients and the public once they embark upon their veterinary career.

    Texas A M University, College Station

    Housed in the oldest public university in Texas, the Texas A M College of Veterinary Medicine Biomedical Sciences started training veterinarians in 1916.

    The school’s faculty emphasizes the central role that veterinarians can provide in improving environmental, animal, and human health. Students are taught to to develop remedies, prevent and cure animal diseases, while uncovering new knowledge through research. The university is also interested in creating new therapies to reach these goals.

    Classes can include clinical rotations as well as a solid educational base in disease recognition. The classes of admitted DVM students number about 132, with Texas residents making up the lion’s share of the student population.

    Michigan State University

    Based in East Lansing, Michigan, Michigan State (MSU) has a long history of teaching veterinary science. In fact, veterinary courses have been taught at NSY since the school’s founding in 1855. The formal College of Veterinary Medicine was established to grant four-year degrees in 1910.

    The school has four distinct departments offering different concentrations. These include molecular genetics, pathobiology, pharmacology and physiology as well as clinical departments focusing on both large animal and small-animal sciences.

    University of Georgia

    The College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia was founded in 1946. The school enrolls 102 students each fall, and has a faculty of 159. Total enrollment of DVM students is 401. Seventy-four percent of the student body are women.

    The college focuses on wildlife, food-producing animals, and companion animals. The school uses its high-tech equipment to research, study and safeguard both animals and humans through constant training and investigation.

    Besides offering a DVM, the University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine also boasts interdisciplinary master’s degrees in veterinary and biomedical science and a dual-degree DVM-Masters of Public Health.

    A doctoral degree is also available in parasitology, infectious disease, physiology, pharmacology and pathology.




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    Vending machines are pretty much part of our everyday lives. Drinks, snacks and all manner of personal goods are dispensed into our waiting grasp at the push of a button. But just because this process involves no human interaction doesn t mean the machine did it all by itself.

    A vending franchise is the means to this end and it often proves to be a surprisingly varied career opportunity.

    What is it?

    The world of vending machine franchises is not large but considering the products on offer, it is significant. Unusually among franchises there are a number that can be run on a part time basis as well as full time so you can largely choose your hours. Although be aware this is not the case with all.

    Drinkmaster largely does what it says on the franchise. It provides machine dispensed coffee, tea, chocolate and soft drinks as well as soft drinks like orange, blackcurrant and so on.

    The franchisee s job is to promote the brand to potential customers throughout a designated territory, deliver products and provide customer care. And although it is their job to grow the territory, they have an existing client base from day one.

    SSL International is the parent company of Durex vending, which services mainly pubs with condom vending machines. Unlike the others this is only a fulltime franchise but you make your own appointments so is therefore still flexible in terms of hours.

    Some technical aptitude is required for the work as you are required to service machines as well as re-stock and collect money. But to really grow the business, you will also need to find new business so a good way with people is also a helpful attribute.

    A Vendor supplies bottled Evian and Volvic flavoured water to any public space that might provide a marketplace: schools, leisure centres and so on. This is really a part time franchise at least to start with 10 machines can be serviced in one day. It is ideally suited to people who want an extra income.

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    Sally G. Goodman does not mince words. I am passionate about criminal defense, she says, even of crimes that strike most people as reprehensible, such as child molestation and rape. Everyone who is accused of a crime should be vigorously defended. It s a constitutional thing. And it matters a lot.

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    It’s now over 10 years since the first episode of Dragons’ Den aired on British TV screens and in that time we’ve seen some brilliant, and not so brilliant, businesses pass through the Den.

    While many of the start-ups which have appeared on the BBC show have since floundered or failed to gain traction, a number have gone on to achieve huge success – with and without the Dragons’ backing.

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    From the infamous Levi Roots to the £65m-valued Tangle Teezer dubbed “hair-brained” by Peter Jones, read on to find out just what happened once the Den’s cameras stopped rolling…

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    Our Connecticut medical malpractice lawyers represent patients and families throughout the state who have suffered serious personal injury or wrongful death from a medical error. We have an experienced physician on staff who is deeply involved in the investigation of our cases.

    In what was the highest medical malpractice verdict in Connecticut history at that time. Richard A. Silver and Angelo A. Ziotas presented expert testimony that an emergency C-section should take only five minutes and that Dr. Corrine de Cholnoky responded too slowly. Silver Golub Teitell LLP recovered $38.5 million for the client.

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    Many more people are seriously and permanently injured as a result of medical malpractice or surgical malpractice. At Silver Golub Teitell LLP, we are proud that our top medical malpractice attorneys and their cases have caused Connecticut hospitals to implement many changes in their procedures that are now preventing unnecessary injuries and deaths.

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    Our medical malpractice lawyers represent patients and families in Connecticut and other states who have suffered catastrophic injuries or wrongful death due to medical errors and negligence, including the following:

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    Market research analysts help their clients figure out who their consumers are, what those consumers want and how much they’ll pay for what they want. Analysts reach these conclusions with traditional methodologies like focus groups and surveys, as well as newer technologies. “Our industry has changed so much even in the last five years,” says Ted Donnelly, managing director for the marketing research and focus group firm Baltimore Research and chairman for the Marketing Research Association’s national board of directors. “We have so many new tools in the tool kit.” One of those new tools is geofencing, which uses GPS or similar technology to construct a virtual fence around a business and deliver targeted advertisements to a customer’s phone as he or she walks through a store. Eyetracking, which monitors how your eye travels around a website, is another technology these professionals use.

    Market research analysts also churn out reports on sales trends and consumer demographics, preferences, needs and buying habits. They must be able to present their findings to clients in an easy-to-understand way. The process of collecting and analyzing data is logical and quantifiable; gauging why target audiences might be attracted to a particular product is anything but. This is why some of the most successful analysts seem to understand human emotions as much as they understand logic.

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts an 18.6 percent employment increase between 2014 and 2024, and 92,300 new job openings. A range of employers, including research companies, colleges and government agencies, should galvanize growth in this field.

    Quick Stats

    $61,290 Median Salary

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    92,300 Number of Jobs

    Salary

    Market research analysts earned a median salary of $61,290 in 2014, according to the BLS. The best-paid earned more than $116,740, while the lowest-paid earned less than $33,460. The aerospace product and parts manufacturing and semiconductor and electronic component manufacturing industries pay market research analysts particularly well. And if you live on the West Coast, you’re in luck: The top-paying metropolitan areas for market research analysts include San Jose, California; San Francisco; and Seattle.

    75th Percentile. $86,170

    25th Percentile. $44,350

    How much do Market Research Analysts make in your city?

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    Training

    Becoming a market research analyst requires at least a bachelor’s degree, but you could choose from a range of majors. The BLS notes that statistics, math, computer science and business administration are good specialties, but studying one of the social sciences, like communication, may also serve a budding analyst well. For instance, Donnelly has degrees in psychology, marketing research and consumer psychology. He says market research analysts should have both analytic skills and an innate curiosity about people. He recommends taking business management and statistical courses and says a familiarization with different software programs used for data analysis is helpful. Donnelly also recommends that analysts get their Professional Research Certification, which isn’t yet a requirement for most employers, but “it helps demonstrate that you’re very serious about what you do,” he says.

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    Hi, my name is Dave and I run my own successful window cleaning business called ShineTime in Birmingham, England.

    The reason I’ve created this website is because I found that there was a lack of free information on setting up your own window cleaning business when I first started.

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    The reason for this generosity you might ask? Well window cleaning helped me out of a tight spot: I was working in a dead-end factory for minimum wage and wasn’t too happy about the situation.

    I finally decided to start my own window cleaning business, and after a lot of trial and error my business became successful. I want to help other people thinking of starting their own window cleaning company avoid some of the mistakes I made when I first started by doing this informative website.

    Let’s get one thing straight, being a window cleaner is a horrible job: in Winter you feel like your hands are going to drop off, if you’re working by yourself it can become very lonely, and sometimes your customers can give you hassle. As you’re the head of the company you’re the one who has to deal with troublesome customers because there’s nobody to pass the blame onto.

    It’s not easy either, most people seem to think it’s just a case of buying a bucket, getting a chammy and you’re away. Sadly there’s a lot of competition out there, it’s highly likely you’ll find all the best areas where you live (the posh ones that make you the most money) are taken.

    You have to be prepared to work hard to build up your round and be able to discipline yourself because there’s no boss to kick you up the arse when you feel like having an impromptu day off. It’s very easy to slip into the habit of thinking: I can’t be bothered with it today. or I think I’ll knock off early .

    It’s good to have the freedom that only comes with being your own boss, but it still doesn’t mean you can spend every other day in bed. Disappointing I know, but that’s life.

    I want to make it clear that not everybody is suited to self-employment, some people need a person watching over them to make them work. If this is a description of you then you probably shouldn’t bother wasting anymore of your time on this site. Instead, you may want to consider looking for other cleaning jobs first to get some experience and see if a window cleaning career is really for you.

    Despite all the drawbacks however, I believe if you’re desperate, i.e. stuck in a job you absolutely hate, or unemployed and on the dole, then window cleaning could be for you because it’s a realistic way of making a respectable living for a person who has no other options, just don’t expect to be driving around in a Bentley anytime soon.




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    Window cleaning is not all buckets and suds and step ladders. It s a lot more dangerous than that. If you believe research conducted by Churchill Insurance way back in 2004, window cleaning might even be the most dangerous job in Britain. Thankfully, it s not quite as risky as such surveys suggest: things have become a little safer with the passing of time. Window cleaners now have equipment that allows them to completely eliminate the need to work at height, Damian Whittaker of the British Window Cleaning Academy (BWCA) explains, Modern window cleaning is no longer the dangerous job it once was.

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    Perhaps because of this dangerous reputation, window cleaning has suffered from something of a poor public image in the past, but don t let that deter you. Window cleaners come from all all walks of life. While a City background may not be what you expect from the MD of a successful window cleaning company, there are many who have just that.

    Christopher Turner, who set up The London Window Cleaner in 2006, for instance, is a former hedge fund manager. I was actually in a hedge fund for the charitable sector; and I spent eight years in charity work before I left, he says. There are lots of people in the business from the City. I got out because I wanted to go back to something that was fundamental, something practical and useful and that would always have a market.

    A City background is not a prerequisite of course although it might help with your start-up costs. Window cleaning is often a family business and, according to Damien of the BWCA, there are a few husband-and-wife teams around. Like most start-up businesses, entry is limited only by commitment and interest. In times of downturn especially, many people who have lost their job use their redundancy payment to start a business in something like window cleaning. So if you want to take up your squeegee and ladder, don t let the scare stories put you off. Read on for our tips on how best to start up.

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    Healthcare Administration

    by Patrick Brady on September 2, 2013

    Congratulations on deciding to start or advance your career in health administration!

    The field of healthcare is in very high demand, and it will remain that way for the foreseeable future. Your likelihood of finding a job in this field is very high compared to many other potential career paths that are available.

    If you are an undergraduate student and are looking to find a Master level program that focuses on health administration, please begin by using the map on our schools page to find schools that are in your state of interest. This map tool makes it very easy to find some of the top schools and programs within your search area. We will be updating the links on the map regularly, so if your state does not have any information yet we will get to it soon!

    Healthcare Administrator

    A healthcare administrator is an individual who uses their business and healthcare expertise to guide a hospital, health system, clinic or other health-related institution. An administrator will generally have at least a Bachelor degree, but the trend in hiring is shifting heavily toward those who have a Master level education.

    The role of an administrator is extremely important, and the financial and operational well being of a health organization relies heavily on the performance of an administrator. The need for individuals who have a firm understanding of the health field is growing rapidly as new healthcare laws and regulations are put in to place. In addition, a new wave of administrators will be needed to fill the vacant positions left by the baby boomer generation. Several more reasons why you ve chosen a good field to get into.

    Health Administrator Job Description

    The job description for a health administrator will vary widely depending on what area of healthcare you are interested in.

    In general, a health administrator focuses heavily on the day-to-day operation of health organizations. These organizations can be public, private or government run. They can also be for-profit or non-profit.

    Administrators have a huge number of responsibilities that they must take on, and these responsibilities grow as they move up in the ranks of an organization. Here are just a few examples of the daily responsibilities of a health admin:

    • Manage personnel and staffing
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    • Make decisions pertaining to everyday operations
    • Coordinate teams of health providers
    • Coordinate projects pertaining to their specific departments

    The list goes on and on, and it is very difficult to narrow down the specific job requirements for a healthcare administrator. Many times it depends on the specific department the admin is working in and at what level he or she is in the organization.

    Job Opportunities and Outlook

    The job outlook for healthcare in general is very good. This goes for the health admin field as well. With the aging of our population and the increased need for medical services, it is highly likely that the demand for health administrators is going to rise rapidly. Accoridng to salary.com, many of the fastest growing jobs between 2012 and 2020 will be in the healthcare field.

    This graph from SimplyHired shows the trend in healthcare job growth over the past year. Job growth has been approximately 31% over the past year alone.

    Trends in healthcare jobs over past year.

    If you are currently looking for jobs in health administration, please visit our mapping section. This will provide an easy way for you to find jobs in your area that might fit your needs and interests. Remember that if you have a Master level education you are more likely to land a job at the administrative level. It also helps to have some previous work experience that related to the job. Healthcare is a very complicated industry, and it can be very difficult to jump into an administrative role without at least some health experience.

    If you are very early in your career and are looking for experience you should think about applying for a fellowship. A fellowship will allow you to not only work in a hospital setting but also learn what areas of healthcare you are most interested in. This can be an incredible benefit since it gives you the opportunity to try multiple jobs before jumping into a permanent positions.

    Healthcare Degrees in Administration

    If you are an undergraduate student you might be thinking of continuing on to get your Master degree in something related to health administration. This will give you a leg up on the competition in the job market, and it will help prepare for a job in the complicated field of healthcare.

    One of the difficult parts about applying for a Master degree is deciding which school to attend. Fortunately, we have made it easy for you to find schools in your geographical areas of interests by creating a mapping tool. The mapping tool will take you to a list of the best Master level health administration degree programs in a particular state, and each school will have useful information to help you narrow down your list of possibilities.

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    Marketing Manager Overview

    Overview

    “I wasn’t terribly interested in marketing in college,” says Kate Beihl, chief marketing officer at MetaCommunications in Iowa City.

    But in 2003, when Beihl was hunting for a job in Chicago, where she lived at the time, she applied for a marketing position at what was then called Children’s Memorial Hospital (now called the Ann Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago).

    “I didn’t have very much of an idea of what it was. But it was this cool job where you were going to work on a website and on print materials. You were going to do a little design. You were going to do some writing and planning and events. And that diversity of tasks was intriguing to me.”

    Beihl ended up landing the job as marketing coordinator at the hospital and found that, in fact, she loved marketing. “I loved the variety of work that we were doing,” she says. “I loved the inside marketing that we were doing: Having a single client and being able to really, deeply understand the way the work that we did, whether it was creating brochures or a new campaign or signage, all led back to the growth of the organization.”

    The American Marketing Association defines its trade like this: “Marketing is the activity, set of institutions, and processes for creating, communicating, delivering, and exchanging offerings that have value for customers, clients, partners, and society at large.”

    In addition to the actual marketing work, marketing managers have the added responsibilities of hiring staff and team building; vision casting and strategic planning; and managing budgets and tracking their results.

    Successful marketing brings in major revenue for companies and organizations, which is why the Bureau of Labor Statistic predicts steady job growth in this sector. In fact, the BLS expects this profession to grow at a rate of 9 percent from 2014 to 2024, resulting in 18,200 new jobs for marketing managers.

    Quick Stats

    $127,130 Median Salary

    3.5% Unemployment Rate

    Training

    Most marketing managers have at least a bachelor’s degree in marketing, business, communications or another similar field. Marketing programs generally include courses in everything from business law and economics to finance and statistics. Courses in computer science are becoming increasingly important, as more and more marketing is directed through digital means. Work experience and internships are also important, if not required, parts of marketing programs.

    Job Satisfaction

    Average Americans work well into their 60s, so workers might as well have a job that’s enjoyable and a career that’s fulfilling. A job with a low stress level, good work-life balance and solid prospects to improve, get promoted and earn a higher salary would make many employees happy. Here’s how this job’s satisfaction is rated in terms of upward mobility, stress level and flexibility.

    Upward Mobility. Above Average
    Opportunities for advancements and salary

    Stress Level. Above Average
    Work environment and complexities of the job s responsibilities

    Flexibility. Below Average
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    Marketing Manager – Career Rankings, Salary, Reviews and Advice #business #insurance


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    Marketing Manager Overview

    Overview

    “I wasn’t terribly interested in marketing in college,” says Kate Beihl, chief marketing officer at MetaCommunications in Iowa City.

    But in 2003, when Beihl was hunting for a job in Chicago, where she lived at the time, she applied for a marketing position at what was then called Children’s Memorial Hospital (now called the Ann Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago).

    “I didn’t have very much of an idea of what it was. But it was this cool job where you were going to work on a website and on print materials. You were going to do a little design. You were going to do some writing and planning and events. And that diversity of tasks was intriguing to me.”

    Beihl ended up landing the job as marketing coordinator at the hospital and found that, in fact, she loved marketing. “I loved the variety of work that we were doing,” she says. “I loved the inside marketing that we were doing: Having a single client and being able to really, deeply understand the way the work that we did, whether it was creating brochures or a new campaign or signage, all led back to the growth of the organization.”

    The American Marketing Association defines its trade like this: “Marketing is the activity, set of institutions, and processes for creating, communicating, delivering, and exchanging offerings that have value for customers, clients, partners, and society at large.”

    In addition to the actual marketing work, marketing managers have the added responsibilities of hiring staff and team building; vision casting and strategic planning; and managing budgets and tracking their results.

    Successful marketing brings in major revenue for companies and organizations, which is why the Bureau of Labor Statistic predicts steady job growth in this sector. In fact, the BLS expects this profession to grow at a rate of 9 percent from 2014 to 2024, resulting in 18,200 new jobs for marketing managers.

    Quick Stats

    $127,130 Median Salary

    3.5% Unemployment Rate

    Training

    Most marketing managers have at least a bachelor’s degree in marketing, business, communications or another similar field. Marketing programs generally include courses in everything from business law and economics to finance and statistics. Courses in computer science are becoming increasingly important, as more and more marketing is directed through digital means. Work experience and internships are also important, if not required, parts of marketing programs.

    Job Satisfaction

    Average Americans work well into their 60s, so workers might as well have a job that’s enjoyable and a career that’s fulfilling. A job with a low stress level, good work-life balance and solid prospects to improve, get promoted and earn a higher salary would make many employees happy. Here’s how this job’s satisfaction is rated in terms of upward mobility, stress level and flexibility.

    Upward Mobility. Above Average
    Opportunities for advancements and salary

    Stress Level. Above Average
    Work environment and complexities of the job s responsibilities

    Flexibility. Below Average
    Alternative working schedule and work life balance

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    A List Of The Worst Business Advice You Can Follow Ever

    There’s plenty of advice out there for how to start and run a business. But not all of it is good. In fact, there are some common sayings that are actually some of the worst business advice out there. The following includes some of the worst business advice you can follow.

    The Worst Business Advice

    Do What You Love

    Although it may seem like a nice notion, this popular saying is widely considered one of the worst pieces of business advice out there. Just because you love doing something doesn’t mean that others will find it helpful or necessary. And if no one buys what you’re selling, then doing what you love won’t really get you anywhere.

    If You Build It, They Will Come

    Likewise, simply building an offering doesn’t mean that you’ll actually attract any customers. This saying implies that if you put in the work, there are customers out there who will support your business. But if you don’t do the research and find a market for your product or service, you very well could be in for a rude awakening.

    The Customer is Always Right

    This popular saying is meant to encourage business owners and employees to work hard to accommodate customers. And while customers and their opinions are generally important to the success of businesses, they’re not always right. If you’re constantly giving discounts or changing your offerings every time a customer makes a demand, you could be hurting your brand and your bottom line.

    Never Turn Down a Paying Customer

    Likewise, you shouldn’t assume that every customer you get will help your business. Especially if you have a consulting business or provide some other service where it can be necessary for you to work with someone over the long-term, it may very well be in your best interest to only take on a few very select clients.

    Don t Quit Your Day Job

    This is some of the worst business advice out there because there’s no right path for every entrepreneur. If you’re just starting out, it may very well be in your best interest to keep your full-time job while building a business. But then again you might be better off quitting and putting all your time and effort into your new venture. When it comes to making this decision, each entrepreneur has to decide based on his or her own set of circumstances, and not listen to a single one-size-fits-all recommendation.

    Stay Away From Established Markets

    Some experts claim that in order to start a successful business, you need to find a brand new niche or a huge gap in the market. But that’s not always true. You can start a business in an established market as long as you have at least one small thing that customers will appreciate to set you apart.

    If You Want Something Done Right, You Have to Do It Yourself

    Too many business owners try to do everything themselves because they have a hard time trusting anyone else with their business. But the fact is there are experts and great potential employees out there who can help you do things better than you could all by yourself.

    It s All About Who You Know

    Personal connections can certainly be helpful when it comes to running a successful business. But putting such a huge emphasis on them can discourage some people who aren’t well connected from starting businesses. You can always build connections as you go.

    Stick to Your Plan

    A business plan is a helpful tool. But it shouldn’t be the ultimate, unchanging guide for your business. Sometimes things change, and you should be able to adapt your plan to those changes.

    Follow an Established Path to Success

    Some experts think that there are just one or two ways to make it in the business world. But young, innovative entrepreneurs are forging their own paths every day. So don’t let anyone tell you that there’s one path you HAVE TO take in order to succeed.

    Keep Your Business and Personal Life Separate

    While there can be some merit to this piece of advice in certain situations, it’s no longer an absolute rule. Some small businesses actually thrive because the owner or the team shares their personality with customers. You don’t need to air all of your personal drama on social media. But being a little bit open and personable with your customers can be a good thing.

    All Attention is Good Attention

    Drawing attention to your business, especially during the early stages, can be difficult. So when you get any type of attention or press it might seem like a good thing. But if that attention isn’t in line with your brand and the image you want to portray, it could be doing more harm than good.

    Hire the Most Experienced People

    Experience can be a very good quality when looking to build your team. But it shouldn’t be the only quality you look for. Finding people who are enthusiastic, talented, creative and who share your vision for your business can be just as important if not more so.

    Offer the Lowest Prices

    Plenty of new businesses fall into the trap of trying to differentiate themselves from the competition by offering the lowest prices. But that isn’t always sustainable depending upon your costs and your business model. And it could damage your reputation moving forward.

    Work Hard and Success Will Come

    Hard work is certainly important when it comes to running a successful business. But it is not the only thing that matters. Don’t think that just because you’re putting in long hours and trying your best that success will eventually come. Sometimes it s more important to work smart than to work hard. Ultimately, the results you get are what matter.

    Don t Try New Things

    If you’ve found one or two things that work in your business, it can seem like a safe bet to stick with what works. But doing that won’t allow your business to grow as quickly as you might like. Trying new things can be risky, but it can also be rewarding.

    Never Say No

    Saying no to new clients, partnerships or opportunities may seem like a bad business strategy. But if you say yes to everything, you could be spreading yourself too thin or taking your business in too many different directions. You need to be very intentional when making those decisions so you can be sure that they’re going to benefit your business in the long run.

    You Have to Spend Money to Make Money

    This can be true in some circumstances. But you shouldn’t fall into the trap of thinking that making big investments in new equipment, employees, training or other resources, will magically make your business better. You need to be smart about how you spend. And besides, many entrepreneurs have built highly successful businesses with very few or almost no resources at all .

    Never Stop Working

    You have to work hard to run a successful business. But you also need to find a balance, or else you’ll burn yourself out and find yourself too uninspired to run your business successful. The risk of burnout is one reason work-life balance is an absolute must.

    Give Up

    Not all businesses succeed. In fact, most don’t. But this is still some of the worst business advice you could ever receive. It’s never up to someone else whether you give up or not. If that’s a decision you need to make, it should be based on more than just outside opinions. Never let others decide when it is time for you to throw in the towel.

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    Market Research Analyst Overview

    Overview

    Market research analysts help their clients figure out who their consumers are, what those consumers want and how much they’ll pay for what they want. Analysts reach these conclusions with traditional methodologies like focus groups and surveys, as well as newer technologies. “Our industry has changed so much even in the last five years,” says Ted Donnelly, managing director for the marketing research and focus group firm Baltimore Research and chairman for the Marketing Research Association’s national board of directors. “We have so many new tools in the tool kit.” One of those new tools is geofencing, which uses GPS or similar technology to construct a virtual fence around a business and deliver targeted advertisements to a customer’s phone as he or she walks through a store. Eyetracking, which monitors how your eye travels around a website, is another technology these professionals use.

    Market research analysts also churn out reports on sales trends and consumer demographics, preferences, needs and buying habits. They must be able to present their findings to clients in an easy-to-understand way. The process of collecting and analyzing data is logical and quantifiable; gauging why target audiences might be attracted to a particular product is anything but. This is why some of the most successful analysts seem to understand human emotions as much as they understand logic.

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts an 18.6 percent employment increase between 2014 and 2024, and 92,300 new job openings. A range of employers, including research companies, colleges and government agencies, should galvanize growth in this field.

    Quick Stats

    $61,290 Median Salary

    2.4% Unemployment Rate

    92,300 Number of Jobs

    Salary

    Market research analysts earned a median salary of $61,290 in 2014, according to the BLS. The best-paid earned more than $116,740, while the lowest-paid earned less than $33,460. The aerospace product and parts manufacturing and semiconductor and electronic component manufacturing industries pay market research analysts particularly well. And if you live on the West Coast, you’re in luck: The top-paying metropolitan areas for market research analysts include San Jose, California; San Francisco; and Seattle.

    75th Percentile. $86,170

    25th Percentile. $44,350

    How much do Market Research Analysts make in your city?

    See current salary offers for jobs in this field

    Training

    Becoming a market research analyst requires at least a bachelor’s degree, but you could choose from a range of majors. The BLS notes that statistics, math, computer science and business administration are good specialties, but studying one of the social sciences, like communication, may also serve a budding analyst well. For instance, Donnelly has degrees in psychology, marketing research and consumer psychology. He says market research analysts should have both analytic skills and an innate curiosity about people. He recommends taking business management and statistical courses and says a familiarization with different software programs used for data analysis is helpful. Donnelly also recommends that analysts get their Professional Research Certification, which isn’t yet a requirement for most employers, but “it helps demonstrate that you’re very serious about what you do,” he says.

    Job Satisfaction

    Average Americans work well into their 60s, so workers might as well have a job that’s enjoyable and a career that’s fulfilling. A job with a low stress level, good work-life balance and solid prospects to improve, get promoted and earn a higher salary would make many employees happy. Here’s how this job’s satisfaction is rated in terms of upward mobility, stress level and flexibility.

    Upward Mobility. High
    Opportunities for advancements and salary

    Stress Level. Above Average
    Work environment and complexities of the job s responsibilities

    Flexibility. Below Average
    Alternative working schedule and work life balance

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    Advice For Start Home Based Business

    After deciding on the type of business you want to start, it will be time to take the next steps.

    Even though you will be working from home. this is still a business, and you must always remember that.

    There are a few things you should ask before start home based business:

    1. Will you work specific hours each day?
    2. Will it be necessary for you to separate your family and work spaces?
    3. Are customers going to come to your physical location, or will everything be done with the help of your home computer, phone and any mobile devices?
    4. Will this be a full-time situation, or are you planning to continue working at your current job?

    The answers to all of these questions will help you determine how much of an effect your home business will have on your family life. If you plan to work at home in addition to a current job, there is a chance that you may become overworked.

    It is a good idea to break up your day a bit. You can also ask a family member for help if you become overwhelmed. They can assist you with things like answering phones, printing shipping labels and responding to emails.

    There are other tasks that you will need to complete yourself. These include calling clients or writing articles. You can do these after everyone has gone to bed for the night. This means that your work day will not have to dip so far into your family time.

    It is crucial that you are very disciplined and consistent when you are working from home. This means that you should continue learning more each day and using it to better your business. This will help you reach the heights of success you have been striving for.

    When you first start your business, you will have to work very hard with promotions. Becoming a household name is not something that happens overnight, so you will need to be patient and persistent.

    When you are working from home, no one is able to see you. It will be your job to find people who will be interested in your products and services.

    This means that you will have to put a great deal of time and effort into the marketing of your home business. It may sound hard, but it will pay off later.

    Having a phone number and a web address on all of your promotional materials will make it easy for people to contact you in order to get what they need.

    It will be necessary for you to have a decent source of income until you can get your business off of the ground.

    You should plan ahead and make sure that you have a substantial amount in your savings. It is recommended that you have enough money to last you for six months to one tear.

    Cooking more meals at home and streaming content online can help you save more money in the interim.

    You can also consider a part-time job since that can help you cover basic business expenses. You should also consider selling any household items you had no use for if you are looking for extra cash for your business.

    Your business will do particularly well if y ou are able to get a great start. Having the right mindset and remaining optimistic when you get started will help you become as successful as you could have ever imagined.

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    Where can you go for the best business advice?

    Starting a business is an exhilarating experience but can also be quite treacherous, if you’re really sure where you’re going. Luckily there is a wealth of information out there to help you prepare. The only issue is, where to start?

    Ever on the pilgrimage to make your business endeavors easier, we have collated a list of the best places to look for startup and small business advice. The best part is, most of them are completely free.

    1. Startup advice

    Gov.uk provides a range of business and financial support options, including advice on writing a business plan. help with finance and support, loans and Growth Voucher opportunities.

    The government’s Growth Accelerator scheme is also well worth checking out. Eligible small businesses can access coaching and advice, as well as up to £2,000 of match funding per senior manager involved in the strategic direction of the business.

    The government isn’t the only place you can find funding for your business more funding info here .

    Startup Britain is characterised as a “national campaign by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs” and provides free events and advice for budding businesses. They also work with the government in order to create better initiatives and funding options for startups, which aims to give small businesses the opportunity to have their say.

    99u is online portfolio company, Behance’s effort to “make ideas happen”. The site offers a selection of articles, videos and advice on innovation and creative thinking. If you’re feeling a little depleted and you need some business motivation, 99u is a great place to start.

    2. HR advice for small business

    ACAS provides information, advice, training and other services for employers and employees relating to employment and HR issues. As well as advice and training, ACAS also offers online modules to help you achieve the ‘model workplace’ and get to grips with employment law.

    Early conciliation is a particularly useful section of the ACAS site if you find yourself in a workplace dispute. The free service offers the opportunity to resolve issues without having to go to an employment tribunal.

    HR Zone has a decent mix of informative blog posts, white papers and employment law features. They also have a library and online resource centre, which offers a 14 day free trial for all new members. It is free to join and you will be alerted of all up-and-coming events near your area.

    Human Resource Solutions support small businesses who may not have the capital or need to hire HR professionals. The website offers professionally written free resources, as well as downloadable HR policies and procedures templates.

    3. Accounting advice

    J4b provides funding and grant information to startups and small businesses. The site also offers advice and guidance on relevant awards and tax relief and is easier to navigate than HMRC.

    HMRC is the almighty ruler of all British tax issues and has all of the financial information required to set up your business and manage your finances. It is not the easiest website to navigate so here are some of the most useful areas for you:

    • Starting a business Help and support for new businesses, including what you need to register to get set up, limited company, VAT, PAYE for employers, record keeping ect.
    • Corporation tax Information on how to register, calculate and manage your corporation tax.
    • Import and export Tax laws on international trade, import control system and how to apply.

    The new HMRC section on the gov.uk website is much more user friendly.

    4. Business mentoring services

    Horsesmouth describes itself as “the social network for informal mentoring” and offers the opportunity to sign up to have or be a mentor. They have a specific section on starting a business where you can search for mentors on a variety of subjects including, interviewing, managing people, business plan and investment.

    Mentorsme is designed to help you find a business mentor as quickly and easily as possible. You can also find a range of useful resources on their website, including accounting a business advice, better financial control and how to complete a lending request.




    Small Business Advice – Consulting Services #business #plan #writers


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    Small Business Consulting Services To Help Achieve Your Dreams

    Strategic and Detailed

    Loss of sleep and stress are common amongst small business owners. You have plenty on your mind. But, it doesn’t have to be this way. You don’t have to go at it alone. Padgett’s small business consulting services reduce the stress of running your business.

    Rest easy with the backing of small business advice, guidance, tax services and support on a regular basis. When you have a question, you know where to turn.

    CFO – Consultative Financial Outsourcing

    Small businesses have limited resources, requiring employees to wear many hats. Do you have the utmost confidence in your financial decisions? What if you could lean on CFO-level support?

    With deep knowledge of your small business, Padgett is empowered to give you all of the support you need – providing strategic and creative counsel on running and growing your business, just like an in-house CFO would do. This small business consulting service enables you to:

    • Stay ahead of the curve
    • Be proactive, not reactive
    • Recieve strategic guidance on how to improve your business
    • Speak with us in person on a monthly basis to review your financials and more
    • Call or email Padgett when you need us most – at no additional cost

    Financials And Reporting

    Get the personal time and attention you need to benefit from accurate financials and reporting. Padgett will even come to your place of business to collect any necessary records and return with your completed reports. With tools that save you time on record keeping and administration, you’re sure to shorten your day and feel confident that:

    • Records are organized and complete
    • Your business is government compliant
    • All filing deadlines are met
    • Employees are paid on time. and deductions are calculated accurately and remitted
    • Your results are available in a consistent, timely and concise manner

    Small Business Consulting Services And Strategic Support

    You need to consult with a trusted advisor regularly on all facets of your small business in order to work toward reaching your goals. Even small business owners deal with complex issues from time to time. Padgett takes the time to answer your questions – no matter how complex – and be strategic about helping you achieve your business dreams.

    With a consistent, accurate and complete set of records, as well as our Reality Check database, we compare your business results to the industry standards developed from our thousands of clients and identify any areas of improvement.




    What business to start in 2016: Starting a business advice and business ideas #small #business #development #center


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    What business to start in 2016

    Do you dream of starting a business? You’re not alone. 25% of UK adults want to start a business in 2016. rising to 70% among those aged 25-34 as more people aspire to experience the kind of independence and fulfilment rarely gained in their day jobs.

    These start-up ambitions have already been realised by some with 581,000 start-up businesses launched in the UK last year and the number of self-employed continuing to soar. but the taste for entrepreneurship is growing – boosted by an increasingly supportive start-up landscape.

    Action point: Need a loan to start a business of your own? See how we can help here and here

    These statistics coupled with chancellor George Osborne’s recent pledge to extend small business rate relief, expand the Start Up Loans scheme, and invest heavily in building the UK’s ‘Northern Powerhouse’, lend weight to the argument that there has never been a better time to start a business in the UK.

    But just how do you turn your dream of starting up into a reality? And what are the hottest sectors and business ideas that you should pursue in 2016?

    We’ve studied the sectors which are evolving at a rapid rate and proving popular with investors, gained insights from leading market research groups such as Mintel, IDC and Euromonitor, and assessed consumer trends to offer 16 great areas where start-up business ideas could flourish in 2016.

    What’s more, we’ve consulted with start-ups and experts working within these growth hotspots – our business insiders – to give you a deeper analysis of the business opportunities on offer.

    Spanning a cross-section of industries from fashion to food to fitness, we’ve identified a vast array of start-up opportunities which cater to a range of skills and backgrounds, extending to business prospects for freelancers as well as sideline ideas to generate cash from what you do anyway, such as becoming an ‘Instapreneur’.

    With the UK’s franchise industry operating at an “all-time high”, we’ve also included a trend that offers a great deal of scope for prospective franchisees in 2016 with expert commentary from the British Franchise Association (bfa).

    There’s something for everyone in this list; for aspiring tech entrepreneurs we’ve got information on fittech and edtech, for budding foodies we’ve got opportunities in fermented food and gourmet burgers, and for those who want to target the leisure and hospitality market we’ve got activity bars, live music festivals and much more.

    You may notice that some of the start-up opportunities listed aren’t necessarily ‘new ideas’ – such as starting a gin brand or gin distillery – but the possibilities to disrupt the market with a new, innovative solution or niche focus, seem endless.

    Click on the buttons above and below to find out which business ideas might take you on the path to independence in 2016…

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    Business Advice: Enterprise First #business #partnership #agreement


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    Business Advice

    We offer workshops and events across the South East.

    • Event date: 13/09/2016
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    • First class help and advice
    • Advisor very personable, felt at ease, gave me confidence that I was making the right decision
    • A nice man, easy to talk to and very helpful and gave me some great advice, thank you
    • The key issues for action plans given to me really helped me focus on my next strategy in setting up my business
    • Very helpful; gave me all the info I needed and answered any questions I may have had
    • Good feedback as always from Henry. I’ve come away with some fresh ideas
    • Very Good, very helpful, raised various points
    • Excellent service from a very professional man. Thank you so much

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    Enterprise First and Business South merger will bring a boost to Southern regional economy

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    Quality face-to-face advice from Small Biz Connect – NSW Small Business Commissioner

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    Quality face-to-face advice from Small Biz Connect

    Small Biz Connect is a quality, personalised and highly subsidised business advisory program for small businesses in NSW.

    Through the program, you can:

    • Get expert advice on managing your small business
    • Access face-to-face support
    • Develop key business skills

    Small Biz Connect is funded by the NSW Government and will link with other business support services such as the Commonwealth Government’s Entrepreneurs’ Infrastructure program, as well as initiatives of Local Government and private enterprise.

    Whether you’re just starting out, want to expand your business or are ready to retire, take the next step with Small Biz Connect.

    Please call 1300 134 359 or download the Business Advisor Locations in NSW (PDF 1.4MB)to make an appointment with your local advisor.

    Progroom’s story

    Every day Small Biz Connect works with small business owners to assist them to achieve their goals through personalised, in depth support.

    This video tells the story of the journey of southern-Sydney based small business, Progroom, and explains how working with a business advisor helped them set out a clear path for getting their business to where they want it to be.

    Progroom’s story is a shining example of how small businesses can really benefit from the Small Biz Connect program.




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    Business Advice

    We offer workshops and events across the South East.

    • Event date: 13/09/2016
      Bookkeeping – Enterprise First
    • Event date: 13/10/2016
      Bookkeeping – Enterprise First
    • Event date: 15/11/2016
      Bookkeeping – Enterprise First
    • Event date: 08/12/2016
      Bookkeeping – Enterprise First
    • First class help and advice
    • Advisor very personable, felt at ease, gave me confidence that I was making the right decision
    • A nice man, easy to talk to and very helpful and gave me some great advice, thank you
    • The key issues for action plans given to me really helped me focus on my next strategy in setting up my business
    • Very helpful; gave me all the info I needed and answered any questions I may have had
    • Good feedback as always from Henry. I’ve come away with some fresh ideas
    • Very Good, very helpful, raised various points
    • Excellent service from a very professional man. Thank you so much

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    Enterprise First and Business South merger will bring a boost to Southern regional economy

    Enterprise First and Business South merger will bring a boost to Southern regional economy A MERGER has been agreed between two Hampshire based not-for-profit companies with the aim.

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    Advice on how to sell my business #finance #companies


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    How to sell my business

    • Are you looking for advice on selling a business?
    • Are you wanting to gain the maximum possible reward?
    • Are you wondering ‘how do I sell my business?’

    How do I sell my business?

    Remember, getting the top best value for your business is when someone wants a company like yours, not necessarily when you want to sell it!

    We focus on maximising the value of your business and help smooth the procedures, all the way through the business selling process.

    After spending the time necessary to understand your business and what your plans and expectations are, we compile a confidential report on all aspects of your business, including your accounts.

    The confidential report will be sent to prospective purchasers, with your consent, after researching in-depth all the potential buyers that might be suitable to buy your business.

    Selling a business is not an easy task and many factors need to be taken into consideration. We are experienced with all the possible pitfalls, and will guide you through the sale of your business.

    We have regional offices nationwide, all managed by highly-experienced regional directors, who will take a very active and ‘hands on’ roll to selling your business. You will not find call centres at Diverco!

    Reasons for selling your business

    There may be a number of reasons why you are looking to sell your business:

    • Divorce
    • Change in direction
    • Medical, health, personal and family reasons
    • Disillusioned
    • Been approached by a interested party
    • Economic downturn
    • Relocation
    • Cashing in
    • Shareholders split in direction
    • Relocation
    • Bereavement

    Each of these situations can be stressful to deal with and as you already have your hands full running your business, having Diverco help you through the selling process – right from the start, means you can concentrate on what you do best and keep your company running smoothly as this is the most important time for you not take your eye of things!

    Diverco’s experienced regional directors, most of whom have been in your shoes in the past, will be on hand at every stage of the selling process to handle the sale of your business, keeping you informed, giving you advice and support at every step of the transaction.

    We only act for you – the vendor

    Some of our clients have been in contact with us for many years before deciding to sell, so plan ahead, call us on 01905 23383 for a free consultation. Alternatively use our online form and arrange your confidential consultation .

    Diverco Ltd 2015 | Registered in England | Company No. 01220421 – Registered Office: Estate House, Evesham Street, Redditch Worcs. B97 4HP

    Diverco’s divestment advice conforms to the provisions of the Financial Services Act




    Buying a business: Starting a business advice and business ideas #new #businesses


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    Buying a business

    Buying an existing business can be a successful route to becoming your own boss. Take a look at the steps involved in finding, valuing and buying a small business to decide if buying a business is the right direction for you.

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    Financial Advisor Overview

    Overview

    It’s an exciting time to be a financial advisor, since several decades ago, the position didn’t really exist. You were either a stockbroker or a community banker or even in insurance sales, according to James Kinney, a certified financial planner and founder of the New Jersey-based Financial Pathways. Now, however, financial advisors perform all these roles, from small independent practices to big investment firms.

    “As a larger portion of the industry shifts away from the banks, brokers and insurance companies, additional opportunities have opened,” writes Eric Schaefer of the Virginia-based wealth management, investment and financial planning firm Savant Capitalin an email. “As this transition takes place, many advisors have gone independent or created ensemble relationships in new businesses. These new businesses need young, energetic and driven professionals to leverage the time of senior advisors and provide for the future continuity of the business.”

    Put simply, financial advisors meet with clients and counsel them on their finances. This could mean sitting down and creating budgets to firming up retirement plans to giving advice about investing. Financial advisors can also invest a client’s funds and meet with him or her regularly to discuss their investments. Some are also licensed to sell insurance. Many times, financial advisors help plan a safe, comfortable future for their clients, but they’re also called upon when the unexpected occurs –perhaps an aging parent suddenly requires a live-in nurse, a couple plans on divorcing or a child needs to transfer to an expensive private school. Financial advisors may step in and make sense of these fiscal troubles and create a plan for moving forward. For that reason, Schaefer explains, “Good financial advisors and good teachers tend to have a lot of traits in common.” He points out that advisors must be able to listen to their clients; explain complex ideas in easy-to-understand ways; and be able to sympathize with their clients.

    This is expected to be one of the faster-growing occupations over the next decade, with a projected growth rate of 30 percent through 2024, according to the Labor Department. That’s an additional 73,900 new positions on top of the 249,400 jobs financial advisors held in 2014. The retirement of baby boomers in need of financial planning advice is one driver of the expected growth. Still, employment may be tempered by the increasing number of online advisory tools, which may divert clients from seeking financial advice in person.

    Quick Stats

    $81,060 Median Salary

    3.3% Unemployment Rate

    73,900 Number of Jobs

    Salary

    The median annual salary for financial advisors was $81,060 in 2014, with the lowest-paid earning less than $35,500 and the highest-paid earning more than $187,199. On top of their salaries, many advisors also earn substantial bonuses. The best-paid financial advisors live in the metropolitan areas of Danbury, Connecticut; Panama City, Florida; and Great Falls, Montana.

    75th Percentile. $139,350

    25th Percentile. $52,590

    How much do Financial Advisors make in your city?

    See current salary offers for jobs in this field

    Training

    To be a financial advisor, you need financial expertise and a desire to help people. A bachelor’s degree is typically a good starting place, but you can choose a broad range of degrees – from finance to business to something entirely different. Increasingly, universities have begun offering financial planning degrees, too.

    However, Schaefer says, “My colleagues and I agree that 80 percent of our job is psychology, and only 20 percent is financial. I know successful owners of financial advisory firms that specifically recruit psychology majors for this reason. Though a business or economics degree will better prepare a professional to take industry exams or explain financial products, the ability to understand the core concerns and goals of a client or prospective client is much more valuable.”

    The Certified Financial Planner exam is required to become a CFP –a distinction that looks good to employers. You can also acquire other designations if you want to specialize in a certain area of financial planning. For instance, you can complete the necessary coursework and exam to acquire the Chartered Retirement Plans Specialist, or CRPS, designation. And if you plan on buying or selling stocks or selling insurance, you’ll need to procure state-specific licenses.

    Job Satisfaction

    Average Americans work well into their 60s, so workers might as well have a job that’s enjoyable and a career that’s fulfilling. A job with a low stress level, good work-life balance and solid prospects to improve, get promoted and earn a higher salary would make many employees happy. Here’s how this job’s satisfaction is rated in terms of upward mobility, stress level and flexibility.

    Upward Mobility. Above Average
    Opportunities for advancements and salary

    Stress Level. Above Average
    Work environment and complexities of the job s responsibilities

    Flexibility. Average
    Alternative working schedule and work life balance

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    Cern Basher featured in exclusive Cincinnati Business Courier article – Brilliant Advice™ Wealth Management #at #home #businesses


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    Cern Basher featured in exclusive Cincinnati Business Courier article

    EXCLUSIVE. Cincinnati money manager Cern Basher leaves firm he helped found to start new company.

    Cern Basher has left the investment advisory firm he co-founded nearly 16 years ago to start a new one.

    Basher left Madison Wealth Management in January, but he didn’t have much time off. Last week, he launched Brilliant Advice, a Kenwood-based investment advisory firm with a couple of twists on the typical formula.

    Basher was one of six owners at Madison, which manages more than $400 million and is also located on Montgomery Road in Kenwood, when he decided to depart.

    “I had some ideas and a vision of how I wanted to work with clients, and it didn’t really mesh with my partners,” Basher said. “So I made a decision to leave Madison.”

    Among the things that make Basher’s firm different from most: It’s completely open about the fees it charges, it doesn’t negotiate fees and they’re significantly lower than what most firms charge.

    “All wealth managers say they can negotiate fees,” Basher told me. “But the challenge as a client is it’s a bit like being on an airplane. You’re not sure how much the person sitting next to you paid, and you don’t want to be the one who paid the most. It just doesn’t seem fair to me. The fact we don’t negotiate is actually better for you as a client. You know that it’s fair and everyone is paying equal.

    The homepage of Brilliant’s website has a prominent feature allowing potential clients to compare fees. It not only shows how much they’ll pay but how much they’ll save compared to a typical adviser.

    Brilliant charges no more than 0.9 percent of assets. Most advisers charge 1 percent unless accounts have an enormous amount of assets. And Brilliant’s percentage rate drops as the account gets bigger. Basher also caps the fee at $50,000 a year, regardless of account size. Any account above $12.3 million is charged the same $50,000 annual fee.

    Basher also will work closely with clients to develop a plan. That probably doesn’t sound different from most advisers, but he takes it to another level. He’ll actually develop a financial plan during a meeting with a client rather than gathering information and coming back later with a strategy.

    “I want them to sit down with me as we do it,” Basher said. “With a typical plan, the client doesn’t know what you considered but didn’t use.”

    He also uses technology to give clients constant access to their financial plan and current investment reports. There s no need for them to wait for a quarterly report.

    In addition to investment management and financial planning, he’s offering what he calls lifestyle design. That’s a process that helps clients decide what’s most important to them and how they want to live after retirement. Then, Basher can tailor a financial plan to meet those lifestyle goals.

    “We break it down into needs, wants and wishes,” he said. “Wishes tend to be the things people care the most about. Wouldn’t it be nice to make those wishes come true?”

    About the company name: It’s not meant to tout that Basher’s advice is outstanding. He pointed out that brilliant means distinctive, excellent, and light and transparent. He’s striving for all of those.

    Basher brought over two others from Madison: Holly Purcell. a portfolio manager, and Danya Karram. a financial planner.

    He has a two-year non-solicitation agreement with Madison, so he can’t contact former clients to get them to move, but they can contact him and make that choice on their own.

    “I’m sure former clients are interested, and we’ll also work with anyone else who’s interested,” Basher said.

    Click here to read the full article about Cern Basher and Brilliant Advice in PDF format.

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    Window Cleaning Coach: How to Start a Window Washing Business, Tips, Advice, Training, Tools, Equipment and Supplies #small #companies


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    Hi, my name is Dave and I run my own successful window cleaning business called ShineTime in Birmingham, England.

    The reason I’ve created this website is because I found that there was a lack of free information on setting up your own window cleaning business when I first started.

    Instead I found there are a lot of opportunist window cleaners on the internet who are selling their knowledge (you can’t blame them really can you).

    I realise when you’re setting up your own business funds are tight, so I’ve decided to give my expertise away for free.

    The reason for this generosity you might ask? Well window cleaning helped me out of a tight spot: I was working in a dead-end factory for minimum wage and wasn’t too happy about the situation.

    I finally decided to start my own window cleaning business, and after a lot of trial and error my business became successful. I want to help other people thinking of starting their own window cleaning company avoid some of the mistakes I made when I first started by doing this informative website.

    Let’s get one thing straight, being a window cleaner is a horrible job: in Winter you feel like your hands are going to drop off, if you’re working by yourself it can become very lonely, and sometimes your customers can give you hassle. As you’re the head of the company you’re the one who has to deal with troublesome customers because there’s nobody to pass the blame onto.

    It’s not easy either, most people seem to think it’s just a case of buying a bucket, getting a chammy and you’re away. Sadly there’s a lot of competition out there, it’s highly likely you’ll find all the best areas where you live (the posh ones that make you the most money) are taken.

    You have to be prepared to work hard to build up your round and be able to discipline yourself because there’s no boss to kick you up the arse when you feel like having an impromptu day off. It’s very easy to slip into the habit of thinking: I can’t be bothered with it today. or I think I’ll knock off early .

    It’s good to have the freedom that only comes with being your own boss, but it still doesn’t mean you can spend every other day in bed. Disappointing I know, but that’s life.

    I want to make it clear that not everybody is suited to self-employment, some people need a person watching over them to make them work. If this is a description of you then you probably shouldn’t bother wasting anymore of your time on this site. Instead, you may want to consider looking for other cleaning jobs first to get some experience and see if a window cleaning career is really for you.

    Despite all the drawbacks however, I believe if you’re desperate, i.e. stuck in a job you absolutely hate, or unemployed and on the dole, then window cleaning could be for you because it’s a realistic way of making a respectable living for a person who has no other options, just don’t expect to be driving around in a Bentley anytime soon.




    NSW Small Business Commissioner – Quality face-to-face advice from Small Biz Connect #business #acquisition #loan


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    Quality face-to-face advice from Small Biz Connect – NSW Small Business Commissioner

    Open Side Navigation

    Quality face-to-face advice from Small Biz Connect

    Small Biz Connect is a quality, personalised and highly subsidised business advisory program for small businesses in NSW.

    Through the program, you can:

    • Get expert advice on managing your small business
    • Access face-to-face support
    • Develop key business skills

    Small Biz Connect is funded by the NSW Government and will link with other business support services such as the Commonwealth Government’s Entrepreneurs’ Infrastructure program, as well as initiatives of Local Government and private enterprise.

    Whether you’re just starting out, want to expand your business or are ready to retire, take the next step with Small Biz Connect.

    Please call 1300 134 359 or download the Business Advisor Locations in NSW (PDF 1.4MB)to make an appointment with your local advisor.

    Progroom’s story

    Every day Small Biz Connect works with small business owners to assist them to achieve their goals through personalised, in depth support.

    This video tells the story of the journey of southern-Sydney based small business, Progroom, and explains how working with a business advisor helped them set out a clear path for getting their business to where they want it to be.

    Progroom’s story is a shining example of how small businesses can really benefit from the Small Biz Connect program.




    Advice on how to sell my business #small #business #funding


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    How to sell my business

    • Are you looking for advice on selling a business?
    • Are you wanting to gain the maximum possible reward?
    • Are you wondering ‘how do I sell my business?’

    How do I sell my business?

    Remember, getting the top best value for your business is when someone wants a company like yours, not necessarily when you want to sell it!

    We focus on maximising the value of your business and help smooth the procedures, all the way through the business selling process.

    After spending the time necessary to understand your business and what your plans and expectations are, we compile a confidential report on all aspects of your business, including your accounts.

    The confidential report will be sent to prospective purchasers, with your consent, after researching in-depth all the potential buyers that might be suitable to buy your business.

    Selling a business is not an easy task and many factors need to be taken into consideration. We are experienced with all the possible pitfalls, and will guide you through the sale of your business.

    We have regional offices nationwide, all managed by highly-experienced regional directors, who will take a very active and ‘hands on’ roll to selling your business. You will not find call centres at Diverco!

    Reasons for selling your business

    There may be a number of reasons why you are looking to sell your business:

    • Divorce
    • Change in direction
    • Medical, health, personal and family reasons
    • Disillusioned
    • Been approached by a interested party
    • Economic downturn
    • Relocation
    • Cashing in
    • Shareholders split in direction
    • Relocation
    • Bereavement

    Each of these situations can be stressful to deal with and as you already have your hands full running your business, having Diverco help you through the selling process – right from the start, means you can concentrate on what you do best and keep your company running smoothly as this is the most important time for you not take your eye of things!

    Diverco’s experienced regional directors, most of whom have been in your shoes in the past, will be on hand at every stage of the selling process to handle the sale of your business, keeping you informed, giving you advice and support at every step of the transaction.

    We only act for you – the vendor

    Some of our clients have been in contact with us for many years before deciding to sell, so plan ahead, call us on 01905 23383 for a free consultation. Alternatively use our online form and arrange your confidential consultation .

    Diverco Ltd 2015 | Registered in England | Company No. 01220421 – Registered Office: Estate House, Evesham Street, Redditch Worcs. B97 4HP

    Diverco’s divestment advice conforms to the provisions of the Financial Services Act




    10 steps to starting a business: Starting a business advice and business ideas #simple #business #plan


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    10 steps to starting a business

    Starting a small business is easy using our step-by-step guides. The 10 steps below will teach you how to start a business, taking you through each of the key stages of the start-up process – from evaluating your business idea and choosing a company name through to designing your business cards, developing a website and, finally, getting ready to launch.

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    Field research is a key part of analysing your market and will help you build a successful business plan and brand. Here’s how to carry it out effectively.

    Sole trader, partnership, limited company or LLP? We look at how to choose the right legal structure for your start-up

    Choosing the right start-up name is extremely important. Here’s a practical guide on how to pick out the best name to ultimately build a better business

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  • Marketing Manager – Career Rankings, Salary, Reviews and Advice #print #business #cards


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    Marketing Manager Overview

    Overview

    “I wasn’t terribly interested in marketing in college,” says Kate Beihl, chief marketing officer at MetaCommunications in Iowa City.

    But in 2003, when Beihl was hunting for a job in Chicago, where she lived at the time, she applied for a marketing position at what was then called Children’s Memorial Hospital (now called the Ann Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago).

    “I didn’t have very much of an idea of what it was. But it was this cool job where you were going to work on a website and on print materials. You were going to do a little design. You were going to do some writing and planning and events. And that diversity of tasks was intriguing to me.”

    Beihl ended up landing the job as marketing coordinator at the hospital and found that, in fact, she loved marketing. “I loved the variety of work that we were doing,” she says. “I loved the inside marketing that we were doing: Having a single client and being able to really, deeply understand the way the work that we did, whether it was creating brochures or a new campaign or signage, all led back to the growth of the organization.”

    The American Marketing Association defines its trade like this: “Marketing is the activity, set of institutions, and processes for creating, communicating, delivering, and exchanging offerings that have value for customers, clients, partners, and society at large.”

    In addition to the actual marketing work, marketing managers have the added responsibilities of hiring staff and team building; vision casting and strategic planning; and managing budgets and tracking their results.

    Successful marketing brings in major revenue for companies and organizations, which is why the Bureau of Labor Statistic predicts steady job growth in this sector. In fact, the BLS expects this profession to grow at a rate of 9 percent from 2014 to 2024, resulting in 18,200 new jobs for marketing managers.

    Quick Stats

    $127,130 Median Salary

    3.5% Unemployment Rate

    Training

    Most marketing managers have at least a bachelor’s degree in marketing, business, communications or another similar field. Marketing programs generally include courses in everything from business law and economics to finance and statistics. Courses in computer science are becoming increasingly important, as more and more marketing is directed through digital means. Work experience and internships are also important, if not required, parts of marketing programs.

    Job Satisfaction

    Average Americans work well into their 60s, so workers might as well have a job that’s enjoyable and a career that’s fulfilling. A job with a low stress level, good work-life balance and solid prospects to improve, get promoted and earn a higher salary would make many employees happy. Here’s how this job’s satisfaction is rated in terms of upward mobility, stress level and flexibility.

    Upward Mobility. Above Average
    Opportunities for advancements and salary

    Stress Level. Above Average
    Work environment and complexities of the job s responsibilities

    Flexibility. Below Average
    Alternative working schedule and work life balance

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    Window Cleaning Coach: How to Start a Window Washing Business, Tips, Advice, Training, Tools, Equipment and Supplies #business #english


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    Hi, my name is Dave and I run my own successful window cleaning business called ShineTime in Birmingham, England.

    The reason I’ve created this website is because I found that there was a lack of free information on setting up your own window cleaning business when I first started.

    Instead I found there are a lot of opportunist window cleaners on the internet who are selling their knowledge (you can’t blame them really can you).

    I realise when you’re setting up your own business funds are tight, so I’ve decided to give my expertise away for free.

    The reason for this generosity you might ask? Well window cleaning helped me out of a tight spot: I was working in a dead-end factory for minimum wage and wasn’t too happy about the situation.

    I finally decided to start my own window cleaning business, and after a lot of trial and error my business became successful. I want to help other people thinking of starting their own window cleaning company avoid some of the mistakes I made when I first started by doing this informative website.

    Let’s get one thing straight, being a window cleaner is a horrible job: in Winter you feel like your hands are going to drop off, if you’re working by yourself it can become very lonely, and sometimes your customers can give you hassle. As you’re the head of the company you’re the one who has to deal with troublesome customers because there’s nobody to pass the blame onto.

    It’s not easy either, most people seem to think it’s just a case of buying a bucket, getting a chammy and you’re away. Sadly there’s a lot of competition out there, it’s highly likely you’ll find all the best areas where you live (the posh ones that make you the most money) are taken.

    You have to be prepared to work hard to build up your round and be able to discipline yourself because there’s no boss to kick you up the arse when you feel like having an impromptu day off. It’s very easy to slip into the habit of thinking: I can’t be bothered with it today. or I think I’ll knock off early .

    It’s good to have the freedom that only comes with being your own boss, but it still doesn’t mean you can spend every other day in bed. Disappointing I know, but that’s life.

    I want to make it clear that not everybody is suited to self-employment, some people need a person watching over them to make them work. If this is a description of you then you probably shouldn’t bother wasting anymore of your time on this site. Instead, you may want to consider looking for other cleaning jobs first to get some experience and see if a window cleaning career is really for you.

    Despite all the drawbacks however, I believe if you’re desperate, i.e. stuck in a job you absolutely hate, or unemployed and on the dole, then window cleaning could be for you because it’s a realistic way of making a respectable living for a person who has no other options, just don’t expect to be driving around in a Bentley anytime soon.