Unwrapping Customer Service

There are two types of obsolescence. This gets their people to achieve great results. Quite the contrary, many businesses do well in such an economy if they are helping people weather the storm by providing good prices on necessities or offering solutions to problems caused by the economy. It s …

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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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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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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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Cannibalize your own sales

Six different excellent and experienced people will still do things six different ways. Repeating contract language in an effort to impart greater emphasis is dangerous, as differences in context can lead to confusion in meaning and an unfavorable interpretation in a court of law. You want to build a strong …

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Create a Customer Contact Tracking Chart

And in case you receive social media comments that are not always favorable, you can address such negative comments in a polite manner. In any economy, good or bad, people want to be treated with respect and are more likely to become part of your team if they see advancement …

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Hire labor

Making a net profit starts with knowing how much money you need to earn to cover your fixed indirect costs of doing business, also known as your overhead. It's easy if you are selling to individual customers, of course. Jay Gould began in that way, and forty years later satisfied …

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There is no shortcut

Excellent systems to find, keep, and service customers will maximize your bottom-line by selecting the best opportunities available for your company. Take the time to challenge some of the core assumptions of your prior plan to see if they still hold up. In a large business, a department may have …

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Insurance requirements for Operations

When I wanted to fix my business I tried everything, including reading trade magazines, attending seminars, getting active in industry associations, hiring coaches and consultants, listening to tapes, and reading books. People will pay more for good customer service. In many ways, writing a business plan is an end in …

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Price too high and lose customers

The reason your projects don't finish on time is because you haven't made scheduling, meeting, and communication standards a priority in your company. However, the investors - called equity owners or equity partners - may sell their ownership to other parties. But it s still just a bid, and you know what …

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Myths About Business

In pull strategies, the manufacturer promotes the product directly to consumers, perhaps by providing coupons and free samples, to encourage them to request the item from retailers. Designate a separate part of the house as your office ' a spare room or warm garage is ideal if you have one, a …

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Make above-average profits

But it s a good idea to take the initiative here and propose something that will be used if you suspect a banker will require it. One of the reasons for differences among plans is that industries are different. While the other clerks are joking, do you be learning. Certainly …

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