Cannibalize your own sales

We have argued that the task of management in the interactive context hinges on making sense of a complex and ambiguous context, constructing narratives, interacting, developing and assembling complex solutions with external counterparts. An exchange medium'minerals, spices, cash, or something else'has typically been used to attach value to items being …

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Forecast trends is by test marketing

Entrepreneurs want to grow their companies and create an organized and systemized business that works, is management-run, has great loyal customers, makes a robust profit, and creates wealth and freedom. This will get everyone in your company doing things the same way, producing consistent results without your constant supervision and …

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Ideas are commodity. Execution of them is not

But the vast majority of retail stores are not destinations; customers do not travel specifically to them. Many of the companies who started up in the mid-1990s boom years, particularly the first wave of dot com companies, discovered that when the good times ended they were totally ill equipped to …

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A Simple Guide to Purchasing

For example, if your marketing plan calls for a half-page Yellow Pages advertisement plus an ongoing monthly outbound direct-mail campaign, keep track of the return you get for the dollars you invest in this marketing. Relationships grow when you are together having fun, enjoying a meal or event, or discussing …

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Managing Quality

Financial wealth creates passive income that grows in value over the long haul while it reduces debt. Then you ll want to emphasize such things as stock options and other aspects of compensation, as well as location, work environment, corporate culture, and opportunities for growth and advancement. Intrinsic motivation can …

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Push and pull

Always be ready and well prepared. Simple as that. Are you bold and adventurous, or are you disciplined and down-to-earth? It's simple when you have no overhead, no employees, only one project, and only one customer.

Looking for equity-building ventures

Suppliers want to sell only to people who can pay …

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Rumors about the competition

In a struggling economy, more highly skilled employees will be seeking work, but you may not be in a position to risk high salaries. You can sign up and pay to attend an event at which up-and-coming entrepreneurs, like yourself, get to meet with many angel investors and VCs in …

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Why I Hate Finance

But the key word is honestly. You certainly shouldn t play down your strengths in a plan, but don t try to hide your weaknesses either. Give them birthday, anniversary, and thank you gifts. There are groups formed by angels and other organizations, such as Funding Post (fundingpost.com), that …

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Here's what no-one tells you about Purchasing

If your initial discussions with family members reveal problems that aren't easy to resolve, the time to get help is before your business is up and running. Do what you want to do first, not last, as unimportant things, challenges, commitments, and your busy life tend to get in the …

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