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How Startups Can Get Cheap Office Space

Posted on 9/11/2013 by EDTP Coordinator in Small Business Planning

If you're running your company from your kitchen table, you probably wish you could get out of the house and find more professional digs. But lining up space in an office building can be pricey. Checkout these strategies for how to get cheap office space!

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Figuring Out What Time Is the Right Time to Start Hiring

Posted on 8/29/2013 by EDTP Coordinator in Managing Your Business Small Business Planning

Like a lot of business owners, Willan Johnson worries about hiring employees to meet demand — and then having that demand fade.

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The Top 25 Home-Based Business Ideas

Posted on 8/13/2013 by Ray Lamboy in Small Business Planning

If you're thinking about starting your own home-based business, the available options can seem overwhelming. What type of business is the best fit for your background, skills, and interests? If you don't have a lot of initial capital to invest, which ones can be started at a low cost? And, most important, which home business has the best chance of succeeding, especially with the U.S. economy still on the rebound?

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Your Hobby as a Business

Posted on 8/6/2013 by Ray Lamboy in Small Business Planning

Many people wonder if it is possible to convert hobby time into business time. Turning the wrong hobby into a business could leave you unemployed and in a great deal of debt. Here are some tips for turning your personal hobby into a bona fide business or avoiding that first big misstep.

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The Secret to Making More Cash as a Freelancer

Posted on 7/11/2013 by Ray Lamboy in Small Business Planning

Are you struggling to make it as a freelancer? Even though you’re always busy, you’re always broke. What gives? The reason you don’t make enough money is because you spend too much time working for too little cash.

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10 Questions to Ask Before Naming Your Business

Posted on 5/14/2013 by Ray Lamboy in Small Business Planning

What's in a name? When deciding what to call your company, the answer is plenty. A business name can be too broad or too confining. It can be too quirky or not memorable enough. The challenge is to pick a name that's catchy, but also fits well with your particular type of business. Here are 10 questions to ask as you ponder various names. Remember, this decision could be the difference between success and failure in your business!

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Top 5 Expenses a Startup Cannot Avoid

Posted on 5/7/2013 by Ray Lamboy in Small Business Planning

Initiating a business is exciting, fun even. But startup dreamers shouldn’t forget the business of starting a business. Sure, it’s enjoyable to pick out a cool logo, a mission statement, a team of professionals to back your vision and a sweet office rental. But don’t let the looming, obligatory startup expenses involved in getting your startup off the ground get lost in the excitement.

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When Is the Best Time to Write Your Business Plan?

Posted on 3/28/2013 by Ray Lamboy in Small Business Planning

If you're serious about starting your business -- even if you don't have anything down in writing -- you've already started to plan. So how do you find time to write a business plan? You don't. You are always planning. Your plan is never done, but your planning process is your key to good management.

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10 Questions to Ask Before Quitting Your Job to Start a Business

Posted on 3/21/2013 by Ray Lamboy in Small Business Planning

Giving up the security of a full-time job to start your own business is a risky, often stressful move. "The biggest reason people don't end up quitting is the fear of uncertainty. They don't know what might happen and they don't want to give up the security that they already have," says Sean Ogle, who quit a job in finance to live in Thailand and run a virtual search engine optimization and Web consultancy. How do you know when the time is right to make the leap? Here are 10 questions to ask before you quit your job.

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7 Ways to Help Ensure Your Business Succeeds from Entrepreneur Magazine

Posted on 12/18/2012 by Ray Lamboy in Small Business Planning

The darkest days of the Great Recession are over, so we are told, but I'm finding that sales have increased only slightly for some small-business owners, while revenue remains deeply depressed for many. While some customers are loosening up their wallets a little, it is clear purchasing habits have changed.

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