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Repackage Your Products to Boost Sales

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One way to increase profits is by increasing sales, and that might be done by repackaging your products or services. Can Sales Become Subscriptions? One of the ways a small business can repackage its products or services is to consider a subscription sales model. Instead of making a one-time sale to a client, consider the possibility of licensing your product, and adding a maintenance service for ongoing revenue. Many software companies have followed this business model and now receive small, ...

Why It’s Essential to Know Who Is Working for You

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Research First, Avoid Problems Later Running a small business is no easy task. From setting up your corporate website, to establishing and monitoring your business credit, to keeping your company’s books in order, you end up doing a lot more than just sitting in the big office. When it comes to hiring personnel to help build your business, there are few things that will be crucial to your overall success. Many small businesses start out just that way: small. And in a small office with just a ...

How to Use Pinterest to Generate Business Ideas

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Create an Online Vision Board to Keep Your Business Goals in View Pinterest might not be the first thing that older business owners think about when coming up with a business plan, or a business goal generator, but it is certainly gaining a lot of traction among today’s younger generation of business entrepreneurs. The visually-dominant social media website allows users to post (or “pin”) pictures in a variety of customizable collections, making it a very powerful and versatile tool for ...

Plan for the Possibility of Deflation

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Small business owners are often concerned with what inflation would mean to them, but it may be equally wise to plan for deflation. Deflation Is Possible Although prices have been steadily rising over time, deflation is almost always a possibility. Deflation is a general decline in prices, and can be relatively mild, as it has been in Japan in the first years of the twenty-first century, or severe, as it was around most of the world during the Great Depression. If deflation were to occur, we ...

Three Tips for Creating a Mobile Website for Your Business

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How to Build a Mobile-Friendly Website That Works With nearly half of all Americans currently using smartphones, making a mobile website for your business not only makes sense business-wise, but it also greatly improves your business’s online visibility. This can all add up to more loyal customers, and to improved sales. Smartphone users turn to their phones to find the information they need when they are out of the house, and nothing turns them off faster than a slow-loading webpage, or one ...

How Windows 8 Can Help the Traveling Entrepreneur

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Getting the Most out of Business Software The business world is carefully watching the release of Windows 8, watching as the details begin to unfold. With beta testing already underway, small business entrepreneurs are already taking note of one major feature of Windows 8: its portability. Initially, the new interface will require an adjustment. It’s a different look from the Windows we’re used to, with the group of icons replaced by large blocks in the center of the screen. It’s an ...

Four Part-Time Businesses to Start With No Investment

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Part-time businesses can provide a bridge to full-time self employment. Here are four ideas that could help you get started. Each of these four business ideas may seem small and trivial on its own. However, each can lead to something bigger, and could be expanded by hiring additional employees who work as independent contractors. These employees would get paid only when their services are needed. 1. Blogs with affiliate marketing. This is ideal for someone looking to enter a knowledge-based ...

Home Prices Illustrate Small Business Profits

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Changes in home prices reflect changes in the local economy to some degree, and can have an impact on profits. Home Prices Go Both Up and Down It was only a few years ago that home owners believed home prices only went up. Many smart people bought homes that were more expensive than they could afford, planning to refinance or sell quickly at a higher price. Real estate created many winners, as some home buyers were able to successfully purchase at a high price, and then sell at an even higher ...

How Much Can I Really Make With My Own Business?

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Small businesses can be the source of great wealth, but entrepreneurs should be realistic and understand the likely potential. An Investment Is Always Required A small business usually requires an investment of both money and time. When thinking about starting a business, it is important to remember the value of your time. If someone can make $30,000 a year at their job, this is equivalent to about $15 an hour. Any time they spend working on their business should be thought of as being worth at ...

Road Warrior Productivity: Mobile Apps

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A Review of 10 Apps for Road Warriors If you spend most of your business day on the road, then you likely have grown accustomed to doing all of your work through smartphones and tablets. The cloud (online applications) has become your friend, as you seek constant access to all of the documents you need to conduct business. But there have to be apps that can make you more productive on the road. These ten apps can help you stay on track and save time. iOnRoad—We’ve all watched with envy as ...