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How to Create a Facebook Business Page in 5 Simple Steps Tutorial

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How to Create a Facebook Business Page in 5 Simple Steps [Tutorial]

It’s no longer a “good idea” for most businesses to be on Facebook. With 829 million people actively using Facebook every day, it’s become a go-to component of almost any inbound marketing strategy.

Thing is, as more and more Facebook features change, so does the process of setting up a Page.

Don’t waste another day poking around aimlessly on Facebook, trying to figure out what the heck to do to get your Facebook Page up and running like a social networking pro.

The following presentation provides a visual tutorial to help you get your Page up in no time (you can also read the transcription below). Over 600,000 have found this tutorial helpful, hopefully it proves beneficial for you or a marketer you know, too.

How To Create a Facebook Business Page

Step 1: Choose a Classification.

To begin, navigate to https://www.facebook.com/pages/create.php . This page will showcase six different classifications to choose from:

  1. Local Business or Place
  2. Company, Organization, or Institution
  3. Brand or Product
  4. Artist, Band, or Public Figure
  5. Entertainment
  6. Cause or Community

Each of these classifications provides more relevant fields for your desired Page.

For this tutorial, we’ll select the second option: company, organization, or institution. After selecting our desired classification, we’ll be asked for an official name for our Business Page. I recommend carefully selecting your name. Although Facebook allows you to change your name and URL once. it’s a difficult and tedious process.

Step 2: Complete Basic Information.

Facebook should automatically walk you through the following four basic sections to complete the fundamental aspects of your Page.

Finish “About” Section

The “about” section will serve as the main 2-3 sentence description for your company. It will be on your main page, so make it descriptive but succinct. Be sure to include a link to your company website as well. Also ensure that this information differentiates your brand, making your page even more appealing to potential followers.

This is also where you can select your unique domain (that, as mentioned above, can only be changed once). For example, the Sidekick by HubSpot Facebook Page employs the URL facebook.com/getsidekick.

Upload Profile Picture

Next you’ll be asked to upload a picture. This will serve as the main visual icon of your page, appearing in search results and alongside any comments you publish. While any perfectly square image will work, the recommended size is 180 x 180 pixels.

Add to Favorites

Every individual Facebook user has a vertical navigation bar to the left of their News Feed. You can add your Business Page as a “Favorite” item here — similar to bookmarking a web page in your web browser — for easy access.

Reach More People

Facebook will prompt you to create an advertisement to draw attention to your Page. Whether employing paid tactics is a part of your strategy or not, I recommend avoiding starting any ads at this stage — there’s no compelling content on the Page yet that would convince them to ultimately “Like” your page.

Step 3: Understand the Admin Panel.

The basic skeleton of your Business Page is now live. Facebook will ask if you’d like to “Like” your Page. Again, I recommend avoid doing so at the moment. This activity will appear in News Feeds of those you’re connected to personally to on Facebook. Without any content on the Page, we want to save that organic Timeline story for when you’re really ready for people to view the Page.

In the top navigation, you’ll see an option for “Settings.” Click that. Along the left side, a vertical navigation bar with different sections should appear. We’ll focus on three core ones now:

  • Page Info: This is where you can add additional details about your business. This section will also unveil different fields based on the classification you chose in Step 1.
  • Notifications. This section allows you to customize when and how you’d like to receive Page alerts. Set a frequency that fits your social media marketing schedule.
  • Page Roles. Whether or not you’ll be the main manager of the Page, there may be others at your organization who need access to your Facebook Page. Here, you can invite other colleagues to make changes to your Pages. Some common use cases here include:
    • A public relations manager who needs to respond to any delicate questions.
    • A support representative who can assist those asking technical questions.
    • A designer tasked with uploading new photo creative to the Page.

Step 4: Populate Page With Content.

Now it’s time to actually publish content to your Page and then invite users to be a part of your growing community. Let’s start with the basic content needed to get your Page kicking.


The rest of your Page will populate over time as you publish more updates. Facebook currently provides six different posting options:

  1. Plain text status
  2. Photo with caption
  3. Link with caption
  4. Video with caption
  5. Event page
  6. Location check-in

When posting on your page, just be sure to use a variety of content. What images would your audience like to see? What stats would they like to read? What links would they like to click? You can also click the little grey arrow in the top-right corner of each post and then click “Pin to Top” to move one of your posts to the top of your Page’s Timeline for seven days. Use this feature for product announcements, business anniversaries, and other major events pertinent to your brand.

If you want to dive deeper into Facebook posting best practices, check out this blog post.

Cover Photo

This is the large, horizontal image that spans the top of your Facebook Page. Typically, this is a branded image to help attract people to your Page. The official photo dimensions are 851 x 315 pixels. To help you create these cover photos, we have free PowerPoint templates here pre-sized for the right dimensions.

Now that there’s content on the Page, we can start strategically inviting users to Like it. I recommend inviting users in the following cadence:

  • First, invite colleagues to Like your page and its content to build some initial activity.
  • Second, invite supporters in your network. Encourage them to engage.
  • Third, invite customers. With some activity now on the Page, they’ll be more interested.

With content published and users invited, you can go to the “Activity” tab in your Page’s top navigation to monitor how people are engaging with your Page and content.

Step 5: Measure Your Growth.

Finally, we need to measure our efforts to ensure we’re making valuable marketing decisions on Facebook. Fortunately, Facebook has embedded in some decently helpful metrics for us to take advantage of. Simply click the “Insights” option in the top navigation to see the following:

  • Overview. This tab shows a 7-day snapshot of your metrics such as Page Likes, post reach, and overall engagement.
  • Likes. This tab shows your overall fan growth and losses. If you’re employing paid efforts, you’ll be able to see the breakdown of paid versus organic growth.
  • Reach. This tab highlights the raw number of people your Page is reaching every day. If you notice spikes on a specific day, try cross-checking what you posted that day to see if you can replicate that reach.
  • Visits. This tab indicates where on Facebook your viewers are coming from. You can see the difference in visits on Facebook Timelines, your information tab, reviews, and others.

And if you really want to spend time perfecting your Facebook content strategy, watch this brief tutorial on how to analyze exactly that .

And voila! You have a Facebook business page. Now go post interesting content and amass a loyal base of fans!

Want to see how HubSpot uses Facebook? Like our Facebook Page here .

Editor’s note: This post was originally published in 2010, and it’s since been completely updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

Steps 1 -5 – Start – a Commercial Cleaning Business #top #business

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How to Start Your Own Commercial Cleaning Business – Steps 1-5

Step 1: What Buildings to Clean:

First and foremost, decide what you want to do with your commercial cleaning business. Do you want to clean small buildings or large buildings? Do you want to keep this business small or do you want to hire employees to do the work for or with you? This will determine what sort of buildings you are going to target.

There are many different areas of commercial cleaning. You can do small buildings such as banks, gyms, day cares, mom and pop shops or convenience stores. You can do small office buildings or large skyscraper buildings and schools. There are many options here. You will need to decide what you want to do.

If it is just you or just you and a partner, you may want to start small. Target smaller buildings that you can do by yourself. Then, when you get the feel for your business and want to hire help, target larger buildings.

So, now you know what sort of building you want to clean. Now, you need to set up the business. First, you need to decide on a business name. You will want to pick something professional since you are dealing with professional people that you will have to sell yourself to. I don’t recommend using a “cutesy” name. This will turn off many of those professionals that will be hiring you. Choose something that shows what you are made of. For example, Florida’s Best Cleaning Service or Tampa Bay’s Professional Commercial Cleaning. Adding your service area to your business name is also a big plus because your clients will be able to relate to you.

Step 3: Business License and Bank Account:

Now that you have a name, it is time to get your business license and bank account. Go to http://www.business.gov/register/licenses-and-permits/ and find your state. Contact a representative to see what sort of license is required for commercial cleaners. Most times you will only have to file for a DBA (doing business as), but this will vary from state to state.

Once you have a business license, you can then get a business checking account. There are many out there that will give you free checks and free transactions, so shop around. My business and personal are at the same bank, so they gave me a plan where I get free checks and free deposits and withdrawals. Check to see if your bank offers the same.

Step 4: Commercial Cleaning Insurance and Bond:

Now that you have a license and bank account, it is time to get liability insurance. Liability insurance will be a requirement for commercial cleaning. They will want to see your insurance certificate and some businesses may even want you to carry a certain limit on your insurance policy. The most any business should need would be a $1Million policy, but usually $500k would suffice.

You can find commercial liability insurance through your local agents as well as by going to http://ww.netquote.com. Just click on business insurance and get a quote right there. This can be costly depending on where you live, but the average is around $500/year. So, be sure to shop around to get the best coverage and quote.

If you are going to hire employees or you have a partner, it would be a good idea to get a bond. A bond will protect your business against employee theft. Bonds are not expensive and most of your clients will want you to have one as well. Your local agent should be able to help you get one or you can get one at http://www.janitorialbonds.com/. You can also shop around for a bond. Just do a search on the web for a janitorial bond. There are many companies.

The last step for setting up the backbone of your business before you start the operations part of the business is determining your rates. This doesn’t have to be as difficult as people make it out to be. There doesn’t have to be some magical formula. You can make up one if you want, but the best thing to do is determine what you need your hourly rate to be to make the kind of profit you want to make. Don’t forget to factor in things like expenses (insurance, license, gas, maintenace, supplies, etc.). Once you determine your hourly rates, do you think your service area can pay that kind of money or is that even lower than the norm for your area? Don’t know, just ask.

Once you figure out your hourly rate, you will have to figure out how many hours it will take for you to complete the cleaning job. Many factors will determine this. What kind of floor, how many rooms, how large is the building, how many employees, how many bathrooms.

This will be a learning curve for your to get your calculations correct, but don’t worry. Even if it took you longer to clean than you thought, you will get better and faster as you get used to the building.

Once you know how many hours, multiply by your hourly rate. Then multiply that by how many times you will clean in a month and put the monthly rate on your bid sheet. Most businesses will pay by the month, so you need to give them a monthly rate. Don’t tell them your hourly rate because they will start to nit-pick at certain areas or question why you need this much time to clean. Just give them your bottom line price, unless they ask for a breakdown.

That is all there is to the back end of your business. In steps 5-10, we will go over the operations of the business.

How to Market a Home Party Business: 6 Steps #starting #own #business

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How to Market a Home Party Business

Start with your friends and family.

  • Nobody can help you market yourself and your business better than those that know you the best. Let your friends and family know you are looking for hosts and hostesses for your business and let word-of-mouth take its course.
  • Ask your friends and family to host your first parties to get the ball rolling. They can benefit from the hostess rewards and you can get valuable experience at the same time. You also may be able to get some of their guests to book future parties.

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Befriend local business owners.

  • Not only can they pass on your information to their customers, but they also may let you post fliers or set out your business card in their place of business. Consider offering them a free product or service in return for use of their already established client base.
  • Be sure to select businesses that appeal to the same type of clients that would be interested in your home party business.

Connect with potential clients through social networking.

  • Social networking has spread beyond the traditional networking happy hour after work. Social networking can now be done online. There are many web sites through which you can connect with old friends who can be the source for a wider client base. These web sites can also lead to whole networks of people with specific interests in your niche.

Combine your efforts.

  • Join forces with other in-home party consultants to throw a one-stop-shopping party. Clients who may come with an interest in another home business may end up finding an interest in your party business. Choosing businesses that are different, yet, that compliment each other can make for a very interesting mix of customers.

Use your mailing options.

  • Electronic mail (e-mail) can cover quite a large territory. Distribute e-mails detailing the hostess special for a month along with an attached flier of the benefits of being a host. Send the note to your whole address book and ask recipients to forward it on to anyone they think might be interested. This is a cheap and quick way to market your home party business.
  • Although regular mail costs a little more, it appeals to a different set of people. Many of these potential clients that are not computer savvy, so a flier in their mailboxes is more likely to do the trick. If you have the time, you can hand-deliver the fliers.

Offer incentives.

  • Create your own incentive plan beyond the company’s offerings. Even if you just throw in an extra lipstick or a small food storage container, it gives your clients a great incentive to want to spread the word of your private party business.

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7 Steps To Selling Your Small Business #business #website

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7 Steps To Selling Your Small Business

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Selling a small business is a complex venture that involves several considerations. It can require that you enlist a broker. accountant and an attorney as you proceed. Whether you profit will depend on the reason for the sale, the timing of the sale, the strength of the business’s operation and its structure. The business sale will also require much of your time and, once the business is sold, you’ll need to determine some smart ways to handle the profit. Reviewing these seven considerations can help you build a solid plan and make negotiations a success.

1.Reasons for the Sale
You’ve decided to sell your business. Why? That’s one of the first questions a potential buyer will ask. Owners commonly sell their businesses for any of the following reasons:

  • Retirement
  • Partnership disputes
  • Illness and death
  • Becoming overworked
  • Boredom

Some owners consider selling the business when it is not profitable, but this can make it harder to attract buyers. Consider the business’s ability to sell, its readiness and your timing. There are many attributes that can make your business appear more attractive, including:

  • Increasing profits
  • Consistent income figures
  • A strong customer base
  • A major contract that spans several years

2.Timing of the Sale
Prepare for the sale as early as possible, preferably a year or two ahead of time. The preparation will help you to improve your financial records, business structure and customer base to make the business more profitable. These improvements will also ease the transition for the buyer and keep the business running smoothly. (Make sure the business you built continues to thrive long after you’ve left the helm by reading How To Create A Business Succession Plan .)

3.Business Valuation
Next, you’ll want to determine the worth of your business to make sure you don’t price it too high or too low. Locate a business appraiser to get a valuation. The appraiser will draw up a detailed explanation of the business’s worth. The document will bring credibility to the asking price and can serve as a gauge for your listing price.

4.Selling on Your Own vs. Using a Broker
Selling the business yourself allows you to save money and avoid paying a broker’s commission. It’s also the best route when the sale is to a trusted family member or current employee. In other circumstances, a broker can help free up time for you to keep the business up and running, keep the sale quiet and get the highest price (because the broker will want to maximize his or her commission). Discuss expectations and advertisements with the broker and maintain constant communication. (For more insight, read Do Your Need A Real Estate Agent? )

5.Preparing Documents
Gather your financial statements and tax returns dating back three to four years and review them with an accountant. In addition, develop a list of equipment that’s being sold with the business. Also, create a list of contacts related to sales transactions and supplies, and dig up any relevant paperwork such as your current lease. Create copies of these documents to distribute to financially qualified potential buyers.

Your information packet should also provide a summary describing how the business is conducted and/or an up-to-date operating manual. You’ll also want to make sure the business is presentable. Any areas of the business or equipment that are broken or run down should be fixed or replaced prior to the sale. (For related reading, see Prepare To Sell Your Business .)

6.Finding a Buyer
A business sale may take between six months and two years according to SCORE, a nonprofit association for entrepreneurs and partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Finding the right buyer can be a challenge. Try not to limit your advertising, and you’ll attract more potential buyers. (To learn more, read Finding The Best Buyer For Your Small Business .)

Once you have prospective buyers, keep the process moving along:

  • Get two to three potential buyers just in case the initial deal falters.
  • Stay in contact with the potential buyers.
  • Find out whether the potential buyer prequalifies for financing before giving out information about your business. If you plan to finance the sale, work out the details with an accountant or lawyer so you can reach an agreement with the buyer.
  • Allow some room to negotiate, but stand firm on the price that is reasonable and considers the company’s future worth.
  • Put any agreements in writing. The potential buyers should sign a nondisclosure/confidentiality agreement to protect your information.
  • Try to get the signed purchase agreement into escrow. (For related reading, check out Understanding The Escrow Process .)

You may encounter the following documents after the sale:

In addition, the buyer may have you sign a noncompete agreement, in which you would agree to not start a new, competing business and woo away customers.

7.Handling the Profits
Take some time, at least few months, before spending the profits from the sale. Create a plan outlining your financial goals, and learn about any tax consequences associated with the sudden wealth. Speak with a financial professional to determine how you want to invest the money and focus on long-term benefits, such as getting out of debt and saving for retirement. (There are several areas you should research when seeking professional financial help. Learn more in Advice For Finding The Best Advisor .)

Selling a business is time-consuming and for many, an emotional venture. A good reason to sell or the existence of a “hot” market can ease the burden, as can the help of professionals. It may also be possible to receive free counseling from organizations such as SCORE, and your local chamber of commerce may offer relevant seminars and workshops. When all is said and done, the large sum of money in your bank account and your newfound free time will make the grueling process seem worthwhile.

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Complete the FAFSA

You must apply for financial aid each academic year, and completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form is the first step. Go to www.fafsa.ed.gov to get started. Apply for your Personal Identification Number (PIN). You will need a PIN to sign your FAFSA electronically or make corrections to your FAFSA. Your FAFSA application is used to apply for the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Work Study, SEOG, Federal Direct Loans and the PHEAA State Grant. Use Community College of Philadelphia School Code 003249 when filing your FAFSA. In addition to completing the FAFSA, students applying for the Direct Loans must also complete a Master Promissory Note (MPN) and an entrance counseling session at www.studentloans.gov.

Changes to the 2017-2018 FAFSA

What’s changing for the 2017–2018 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)? Students can now submit a 2017-18 FAFSA as early as October 1, 2016 rather than beginning on January 1, 2017. Also, beginning with the 2017-18 FAFSA, students will report income and tax information from an earlier tax year. For the 2017-18 FAFSA, use the 2015 income and tax information.

You are strongly encouraged to submit/renew you FAFSA in February/March after you have filed your tax return, and you must file before April 15 if you are planning to attend College in the fall semester. If you need assistance, please call 1-800-433-3243. Remember, the FAFSA application is always free.


Read Your Student Aid Report

Once you have completed the FAFSA application, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) via email. Review your Student Aid Report carefully and take appropriate steps.


Check Your MyCCP and College email Accounts

We will review your FAFSA application and post any outstanding requirements to your MyCCP account. Please provide the Office of Financial Aid the documents and forms requested as soon as possible so we may assist you in finalizing your application. You may download financial aid forms and worksheets online.

You must complete, print and sign the appropriate forms before submitting it to the Office of Financial Aid. You may also be required to provide copies of your (and if a dependent student, your parents’) IRS tax return transcripts, W2s, citizenship papers and other documents. For instructions on checking your outstanding requirements in MyCCP, login and click on the “Check Your Overall Financial Aid Status” link.

HTML Fonts #html, #tutorial, #beginners, #develop, #website, #simple, #easy, #steps, #starting, #overview,


HTML Fonts

Fonts play very important role in making a website more user friendly and increasing content readability. Font face and color depends entirely on the computer and browser that is being used to view your page but you can use HTML font tag to add style, size, and color to the text on your website. You can use a basefont tag to set all of your text to the same size, face, and color.

The font tag is having three attributes called size, color. and face to customize your fonts. To change any of the font attributes at any time within your webpage, simply use the font tag. The text that follows will remain changed until you close with the /font tag. You can change one or all of the font attributes within one font tag.

Note: The font and basefont tags are deprecated and it is supposed to be removed in a future version of HTML. So they should not be used rather, it’s suggested to use CSS styles to manipulate your fonts. But still for learning purpose, this chapter will explain font and basefont tags in detail.

Set Font Size

You can set content font size using size attribute. The range of accepted values is from 1(smallest) to 7(largest). The default size of a font is 3.


This will produce following result:

Font size=”1″
Font size=”2″
Font size=”3″
Font size=”4″
Font size=”5″
Font size=”6″
Font size=”7″

Relative Font Size

You can specify how many sizes larger or how many sizes smaller than the preset font size should be. You can specify it like font size=”+n” or font size=”-n”


This will produce following result:

Font size=”-1″
Font size=”+1″
Font size=”+2″
Font size=”+3″
Font size=”+4″

Setting Font Face

You can set font face using face attribute but be aware that if the user viewing the page doesn’t have the font installed, they will not be able to see it. Instead user will see the default font face applicable to the user’s computer.


This will produce following result:

Times New Roman
Comic Sans MS

Specify alternate font faces

A visitor will only be able to see your font if they have that font installed on their computer. So, it is possible to specify two or more font face alternatives by listing the font face names, separated by a comma.

When your page is loaded, their browser will display the first font face available. If none of the given fonts are installed, then it will display the default font face Times New Roman .

Note: Check a complete list of HTML Standard Fonts .

Setting Font Color

You can set any font color you like using color attribute. You can specify the color that you want by either the color name or hexadecimal code for that color.

Note: You can check a complete list of HTML Color Name with Codes .


This will produce following result:

This text is in pink
This text is red

The basefont Element:

The basefont element is supposed to set a default font size, color, and typeface for any parts of the document that are not otherwise contained within a font tag. You can use the font elements to override the basefont settings.

The basefont tag also takes color, size and face attributes and it will support relative font setting by giving size a value of +1 for a size larger or -2 for two sizes smaller.


This will produce following result:

This is the page’s default font.

Example of the basefont Element

This is darkgray text with two sizes larger

It is a courier font, a size smaller and black in color.

Step Three, our meeting with God #sobriety, #aa, #grace, #bill #w., #dr.


Note:This page is to assist twelve steppers in spiritual growth. It is not an official page of AA World Service. To reach the official AA site click here.

Alcoholics Anonymous and its Twelve Steps have blessed mankind for over seventy years. In those years, millions of people in over 180 counties from all over the world have successfully used this great spiritual fellowship program.

Thousands of others have not benefited from the Twelve Steps. Some of those who did not benefit from Alcoholics Anonymous became detractors of A. A. and even enemies of the Twelve Steps and anyone who endorses them.

We wonder why. Why are so many good Alcoholics Anonymous results dotted with so many highly visible failures?

Most of those who have succeeded in the Alcoholics Anonymous program attribute their success to the spiritual nature of the Twelve Steps. These are the ones who thank God for their release from addiction slavery. They know their release was beyond their ability because they often sought their self-healing by will power. Will power always failed them. Freedom from addiction came only after they met Alcoholics Anonymous and the Twelve Step Program.

The testimonies of those who have made the program always give credit for their success to their Higher Power, who usually is called God as seen in Step Five.

In my personal experience with the Twelve Step Program, I have found there are two important keys for improving my spiritual life and spiritual growth.

First. I discovered a simple key was to properly take Step Three. Properly done, the step is simple. Properly done, it allows anyone to move quickly ahead with the Steps that follow. My experience is that those who did not make the program are those who never completed the third step.

While the Big Book clarifies the key element of Step Three, reading the Step as it is written can confuse a new comer. The step says We made a decision but doesn’t say what to do with that decision. I call this decision part Step Three (a). Step Three (b) is in the Big Book, page 63, paragraph two, lines 14-19. That paragraph offers wording for a prayer.

Making a decision must be joined with knowing what to do with the decision. There must be action! Make your decision, then go to a private place. When alone, read the prayer on page 63. Can you pray this prayer to your higher power? You must if you are ever going to enjoy the benefits of the Twelve Step Program.

The Big Book suggested prayer is: God, I offer myself to you – to build me anddo with me as you will . Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better do your will. Take away my difficulties, that victory over them may bear witness to those I would help of your power, your love, and The Way of life. May I do your will always!

This is a prayer of surrender of your self and all your rights and belongings to God to do with as he pleases. Because God is smarter than us, and loves us more than we love ourselves, he will always do a better job running our lives than we can do for ourselves.





Say the prayer to your Higher Power. Say it again to show you really mean it. Say it the third time to make it really stick in your memory. You must remember what you did on Step Three if you are to affirm Step Twelve. You need to be honest and always remember something was done for you. This was not something you did for yourself.

I f you prefer prayer words different than those of the Big Book, use your own words. It is your intent that matters. Are you willing to give yourself back to your maker in this life, right now? We might as well do it now because we must do that when we die. If we wait until then, we will have to explain why we didn’t do it now!

When you finish Step Three, you should actually feel different. Did you? If not, rethink the prayer and its meaning and continue to pray it until you know you mean what you said and God accepts it. You will know! Keep at it. I had to work on this prayer for several days to fully understand its meaning and honestly commit my intentions to it.

Also, review the Step Seven prayer in the second paragraph of Big Book, page 76. Step Eleven cements our willingness.

The second most important key to me is learning about the spiritual experience, and how to nurture it. Twelve Steps are to conquer addictions and to prevent slipping. The Twelve Step Program does not attempt to provide all the spiritual directions and answers you will want after addiction release.

In the fifty years since I found Alcoholics Anonymous and its Twelve Step Program, I have explained it to many newcomers. My sharing stories with old timers has caused me to review my early experiences and needs in my early times working the Program.

To pass on what I have learned, I have written GOD 101. I believe you will find it is a clear and simple guide for your spiritual progress. Click below to find it. Like the Twelve Step Program, there is no charge. It is free. Come and get it. Print it and read it in your own good time. It gives a clear understanding ot the Lord’s Prayer used for closing meetings.

If you are a Stepper who wants greater understanding and spiritual growth, read GOD 101. It is free and can be read at your own leisure. It has been read by thousands in over 144 countries plus the USA and the US Military. An explanation of the Lords Prayer that is used in many A. A. meetings, is at www.Lordsprayer-101.info/

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Key Steps To Building A Great Financial Planning Practice

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Steps in financial planning

How can fledgling financial planners successfully roll out a financial advisory practice? By planning ahead, and prioritizing five key elements of a solid practice: financing, team-building, technology, sales and marketing.

Pamela Plick, a financial planner and founder of her own firm, pamelaplick.com, says planners should find a niche and dominate it. “As financial planners, we cannot be all things to all people,” she says. “By targeting a niche, you become an expert in the providing solutions for this particular group.”

For example, Plick says you can choose to work with female entrepreneurs, widows or dentists, or the niche can also be based on location. “Or, you could target retirees in a certain gated community or country club,” she says.

Plick also advises focusing on what’s important and what you are good at – and either delegate or outsource the rest. “Focus on important tasks like marketing, networking and meeting with clients. If you can, outsource the administrative tasks,” she advises.

Customize your client’s needsand connect with that client

Leonard Wright, CPA, financial planner and member of the AICPA’s National CPA Financial Literacy Commission, says a client has a specific mission, vision, values and goals, and the good planners get to know what these expectations are. “While they may not know them specifically, it is our job to bring them out,” he says. “If the planning and advice related to the planning does not connect to the client’s mission, vision, values and goals, the client will migrate away. If the client does not understand why the advisor makes recommendations for their benefit, they will wonder why the advisor does what they recommend and have an instinctive emotional reaction to seek someone that understands them.”

Get involved with your community

Steven Kolinsky, co-founder of Kolinsky Wealth Management and a 30-year industry veteran, advises getting to know your community and getting involved in your town. Being generous with your time and talent in your community raises your profile and lets you get to know the people around you,” he says. “We recently had a meeting with a young couple who was not ready to invest, but was looking for advice about their financial parameters in buying their first home.”

Kolinsky says that connecting with local CPAs is a great way to improve your assets under management. “A great deal of business has been referred to us through the genuine relationships we have cultivated with CPAs, showing them how we do business and that they can entrust their clients to us,” he says. “These relationships have taken time to build, but have been mutually beneficial.”

There’s a dramatic shift in assets underway, in the U.S. and across the globe, and it’s trending toward younger investors. In fact, the asset management industry can expect to see $28 trillion in total wealth by 2018, according to Deloitte Wealth Management.

A 2012 survey of “elite” financial advisors by Financial Planning

reveals that most $1 million-plus annual earners tend to serve fewer – not more – clients. With fewer clients, advisors can spend more time working on client relationships and building client satisfaction. That, in turn, creates greater customer loyalty and increases the odds that your clients will refer to you other affluent clients.

As the tips above attest show, building a better financial advisory practice is all about focusing on a few game-changing steps – and doing them well.

How To Start A Blog And Make Money In 5 Easy Steps

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How To Start A Blog And Make Money

Blogging has opened up a whole new world to online marketing, if you want to know how to start a blog and make money online then follow this step by step guide.

Starting a blog has never been easier. I have created and managed dozens of blogs over the past few years and I have gathered quite a lot of experience in that time. There are lots of ways to make money blogging but I ll cover what I have found to be the best ones right here, but first I am going to run through how to set up your own blog today. You can actually follow along and do it right now!

If you want your own online business you are going to need a blog or site! Creating a blog is really easy and there is no need for any complicated coding, HTML. CSS skills or anything technical.

Step 1 Decide on a blogging platform

There are lots of different platforms which you can build your blog on. But the most popular by far is WordPress. I have used WordPress for years and it does everything you could possibly want. Some of the leading websites in the world are built on WordPress including this blog!

The last I heard, WordPress has been downloaded over 72 Million times, so that in itself should be enough to tell you that it is the best platform to use.

The advantages of WordPress are:

  • There are thousands of free themes and layouts to choose from
  • WordPress uses plugins, there is a plugin for almost everything, so no need for coding
  • Easily add images and multimedia
  • Simple to install (takes 2 minutes)

With WordPress you can create what is called a self hosted blog , and this is what we are going to be doing. This means that we can use our own hosting and most importantly, our own domain name. If you use the free blogging platform on blogger.com or Tumbler.com you will be given a subdomain, which will look something like this (startablog.tumblr.com). This also restricts you to many of the features of hosting your own blog.

It also gives your blog more credit if it is self hosted on your own domain, and you have full ownership of it. For this reason I ALWAYS self host my blogs.

Step 2 Choosing A Domain Name And Host

You want to put a bit of thought into selecting your domain name. You can choose to use your business name, your own name or a domain that contains keywords related to the type of site you are building. My advice is to choose something that is brand-able and easy to remember, keep it short if possible.

There are lots of Domain registrar s where you can check and register a domain, here are a few that I have used:

Where To Host My Blog

There are hundreds of hosting companies out there, I ve tried many of them and encountered bad experiences with almost all of them at some point. I then came across BlueHost. Since I started using their hosting I have never had any problems. Their support is fantastic, their servers are fast and reliable and best of all, they are cheap.

I think it s around $4.95 per month. which is great value. Having a reliable host is the foundation for your whole online business, so don t get it wrong.

You can register a BlueHost account right now. and continue following my step by step guide.

Almost forgot; you can host as many sites as you want on just 1 BlueHost account.

Step 3 How To Install WordPress In Less Than 2 Minutes

This is the part where a lot of people are afraid of. It can seem daunting, the thought of installing WP and setting everything up correctly! Luckily BlueHost have a quick 1 click installation.

Simply login to your BlueHost account:

You should have set up a domain when you opened the account

Scroll to the wordPress Installation Tab

Now Click The install Button

Now simply select your domain where you want to install WordPress and fill in the remaining

The application will install WordPress and all of the files and database in just a few seconds.

Here is a video to show you the process:

Step 4 My Installation Is Complete. Now What?

Congratulations, you now have your very own blog hosted on your own domain. Now if you have never used WordPress before you are going to have to learn how it all works.

There is far too much to explain in this post, so I have found a few links which will take you through the process of setting up your new blog:

Step 5 How to make money from your blog

Making money from your blog can be a difficult task. It took me a long time before I started making any money from blogs, mainly because I was inexperienced and didn t really know what I was doing at the time. Luckily I gained a lot of experience from my failures and now I can pass that experience on to you.

There are tons of ways to monetize your blog to make money, some of them include things like,

  • Adsense Get paid when people click on ads
  • selling a product
  • Selling other peoples products as affiliates
  • selling a service
  • blog advertising,
  • Drop Shipping Selling physical products that you don t actually own

These are the main areas to focus on and I have used all of these myself to make money on my blogs.

The first thing you need to determine is what your blog is all about . If for example you are writing a blog that provides a lot of information, similar to this blog, then you may want to think about using Google Adsense or selling advertising space on your blog.

Drop Shipping For Success

If you are thinking of basing your blog around certain products (something like a blog about PC s and Tablets) then you would benefit from selling products. For this you would need to use Drop Shipping.

Here is the best Drop Shipping Wholesale directory that I have used – SaleHoo

Ever wondered how people make a fortune on Ebay? Here is the answer They use Drop shipping. I have done it myself with Ebay and Amazon .

The great thing about Drop shipping is I DONT HAVE TO BUY THE ITEMS until the customer buys them!!

So you can open an online store with absolutely no stock, and then when a customer purchases an Item, you simply order it from the drop shipper and have it delivered straight to the customer!


I hope this guide has provided you with some good information to get you started. You should now have your WordPress blog set up and you now have the knowledge to know how to start a blog and make money anytime you like. So the next step in the process is to take action. Taking action is the best piece of advise I was given. It s no good reading posts like this if you don t take action. If you haven t already done so, get your Bluehost account and start building your blog!

I’m an internet Marketer with a love for online business. Get in touch if you need a helping hand with Internet marketing, SEO or Business

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Three Steps to Finding a Business Mentor #business #analyst #salary

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Three Steps to Finding a Business Mentor

November 14, 2011

Great business mentors can have an enormous impact on early-stage startups. Their connections can open doors that would otherwise be closed and their experiences can save entrepreneurs from suffering from the same startup mistakes they ve already made.

But finding the best mentor for your business isn t as simple as picking a name from a hat. You ll need to be able to recognize what makes a great mentor, know how to approach one and then how to maximize the relationship. At TechStars. the mentorship-driven seed stage investment fund I co-founded in 2006, we ve seen all types of mentor relationships, successful and not.

Here are three steps for finding the most experienced mentor to help bring your startup idea to the next level:

1. Recognize what makes a great mentor.
At TechStars, we ve found that the best mentors are those who ask a lot of tough questions and challenge you to exceed your goals. In doing so, they should share their own experiences and help you uncover new opportunities.

But the best mentors shouldn t tell you exactly what to do. They understand their role as an advisor and that it s your company to run, not theirs. Those who tell entrepreneurs what to do, and become upset when their instructions aren t followed, often cause more damage than good.

Sometimes a mentor may ask to be compensated for his or her help and advice. But the best mentors will usually never ask for compensation and will be satisfied just by helping out.

2. Find a good fit.
A common mistake we ve seen is going straight at the busiest, most well-known, most visible mentors. While this may occasionally work, it s often more productive to analyze your own close network and look locally for mentors whom you respect with relevant experience.

Think about approaching the founders and key executives of companies in your space who you admire. Those people are usually more likely to invest time in your business than those with crushing demand from strangers.

To make that first connection, you might try sending a short email explaining what your startup is doing and why you are reaching out. Avoid form emails and always make it relevant and easy for the prospective mentor to help. Take a few minutes to read the person s blog or Twitter account and learn about his or her background so you can personalize your note.

Most of the cold emails I receive from entrepreneurs start off by requesting a meeting over coffee. While this might seem like a good first request, it isn t always. For example, I m an introvert who doesn t drink coffee. Even if I did, I d have to leave my office to meet with the person and most busy mentors won t initially have time to meet.

Build up to that first meeting by establishing a rhythm of interesting and thought-provoking email communication. Demonstrate that you re making regular progress on your product and close the feedback loop so the mentor knows you re listening, analyzing and reacting. When you do eventually ask to speak face-to-face, request a 15-minute meeting at his or her office.

Approaching a smaller number of mentors who have an actual connection to your business or your market and making sure they understand that connection early on usually leads to better long-term engagement between the mentor and the mentee.

3. Maximize the mentor relationship.
Once you ve established a connection, and there is interest from both sides, it s important to build a relationship over time. One way to do this is to check in regularly by email. Mentors should love to see your progress and take pride in knowing that their input has been helpful. Send a monthly email that reminds them of your past conversations and updates them on your progress.

Ask one new question in these emails to ensure the conversation continues. It s important to keep these check-in emails short and to the point and not ask for too much at a time. For example, requesting a two-hour phone call once a week is probably going to be an unrealistic demand. Getting together at the mentor s office for 30 minutes once a quarter can be an easier request to be fulfilled once you ve established a real relationship.

While mentors shouldn t ask for financial compensation, if they are consistently spending a considerable amount of time helping you get going, you might consider granting them a small amount of equity in your company to offer a long-term incentive.

Great founders intuitively understand the importance and role of mentors. They recognize that startups are difficult, but realize that a great team paired with the presence of experienced and engaged mentors can make an enormous difference — and is often a strong indicator of future success.