How green are your sales?

Venture capitalists are not as likely to provide seed money as some other, less tough-minded financing sources, such as family investors. This is a good way to advertise when the article is a cheap affair which can be shown in the street. Many, many businesses never make it past the …

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Collect money

Functional obsolescence means a device can no longer perform its intended function or cannot perform it efficiently or safely, and should be replaced. It is related of a Yankee book-peddler that he sold three copies of the same book to a family in one day--to the husband in the store …

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The decision tree

Instead, he or she stumbles on the right opportunity. In actual practice, no. But one cost that didn t seem especially variable went up sharply as business volume climbed. The better an organisation becomes in understanding and selecting the appropriate roles and interfaces, the more likely it is to leverage …

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The Lazy Man's Guide To Investors

Having justification for what you put in your plan is essential for winning over someone reading it. By asking people to sign a non-disclosure agreement for a hardcopy or an electronic business plan, you are making it clear that you are trusting them and making them think harder about sharing …

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Have recruiting business cards made

And they particularly don't want to feel that their hard-earned cash is going on unnecessary glitz. Have every lineal foot of your counters calculated at a certain rate of profit. You can also provide plan readers with information and even apps to look at what it is you are proposing …

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Keep customers happy

Lower price, higher quality, and better name recognition are examples of competitive advantages. The existence of relationships is challenging for accounting and for the sharing and appropriation of values. As the weak businesses disappear, they leave in their place an opportunity for newer, stronger competitors to surface. The glut of …

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A lazy person's guide to Operations

The cost structure is like the architect's plan of a building ' simple to tweak when the plans are just a drawing on a piece of paper and the building doesn't yet exist, a nightmare to change when the building is half built. The next step is to implement the process …

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Collect money

Profit is the company owner's reward for taking business risk. that s you! The more you're seen doing good things and helping out, the more people will see the good in you, and call on you to help them out. The sliding scale, or a system of premiums or bonus …

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Insurance requirements for Distribution

A manager often lacks such specific knowledge but has generalized understandings of personnel, training, motivation techniques, evaluation, product distribution, compensation, and budgeting. You must have an attorney s advice on almost anything you plan to market. The SBA website provides a very comprehensive overview of all its loan programs and …

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Showing customers your products

There are all kinds of reasons why a venture capitalist, banker, or other investor may refuse to fund your company. Emphasize a cogent, succinct summary and explanation of the basic business concept, and do not stint on the details about the impressive backgrounds of your management team. Entrepreneurs know that …

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Company gross profit

When you know your costs, you will manage better and make more profit. Yet, measuring value is important for orienting managers behaviours, and it affects the solutions implemented in business relationships on which value creation and appropriation depend. Be quick to change. Here are a few of the ways in …

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Be the Best in the Business at Accounting

Many men fail because they undertake a business without considering whether there is room for it; others because they do not thoroughly establish themselves in the place, making no effort to get a constituency; and yet others because they do not keep the goods that are in demand, or do …

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Background information on Governance

Most business owners are so busy keeping their customer commitments, providing the right services and products, getting their jobs finished, and keeping employees working, they don't sweat the BIG $tuff. Because your business is valuable, spell out who owns what. One way to minimize the risk of starting a full-time …

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Taking care of your Finance team

Just raising questions can sometimes lead to a solution, or at least ensure that if conditions change you won t be forced to make decisions hastily. It s likely as well that with better planning skills will come improved business skills, boosting the odds that each successive company you start …

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Read a wide variety of periodicals

If you go on to start several ventures during your career, you ll naturally write several business plans, and each one will be better than the last. Don t be afraid to talk about fees. Even if you don t learn anything new, getting a firm handle on your goals …

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