Eight Mistakes Business Owners Make Their First Year.

business planThis article is contributed by Brian Smith.

The first year of small business ownership can be challenging to say the least. The learning curve is steep, the hours long and the odds  very much against you. It’s therefore hardly surprising that many don’t make it through. Continue reading

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Payroll Service Software Features That Earn Their Keep

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This article is contributed by Alex Cole.

When you run a business, the whole point of having payroll service software is to make it much easier to make payments to your employees. This means that when you are trying to buy such software, you need to find solutions that will take over most of the processes related to making such payments. Continue reading

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Online Business Training Tools For Entrepreneurs

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This article is contributed by Wayne Boyd Wayne.

Running a small business isn’t easy. You probably don’t have the resources or funds that larger business owners have, yet you have to compete with these large businesses on a daily basis. In the past, small business owners had an even more difficult time keeping up with larger corporations, but the Internet can help level the playing field. There are plenty of great online training tools that you can utilise in order to prepare your employees and yourself to give your customers the best possible service. Continue reading

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6 Things Successful Business Owners Do That You Don’t

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This article is contributed by Anthony Davis.

Successful business owners don’t wake up one morning and have a huge bank balance. You aren’t born with the skills needed to start a business and reach levels only a tiny percentage of people ever accomplish. When you’re starting out or struggling to take your business to the next level, the successful business owners are the people you need to emulate. It’s only then that you will get to the stage you dream about every night. People may also pick up a few things along the way from other people. Maybe you don’t have those connections, so let’s look at some great qualities you should have if you want your business to become a huge success. Continue reading

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Seven Reasons Franchises Fail

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This article is contributed by Tyler William.

For those looking to invest in a business, the franchise model is certainly appealing. Rather than starting a new business from scratch, a franchise comes complete with both a proven product and a popular brand.

Though there’s no denying such assets, many investors don’t realise that franchises still come with their fair share of risk. And when such risk is underestimated, it’s very easy to wind up with little other than an expensive failure. Continue reading

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3 Essential Keys To Small Business Startup Success

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This article is contributed by William Anderson.

You could start a business now and it could take off before you even know what’s happening. Some people say there’s no such thing as instant riches. Now I agree with that and nothing is ever instant, but there’s no denying that some people do seem to get very lucky. It’s almost like they start a business and they’re sipping cocktails from a coconut within a few years. This only happens to a tiny proportion of people. It’s more luck that anything else, but all of them have one thing is common: they start out with the right keys. Continue reading

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6 Ways To Improve Your Business By Becoming Great At Networking

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This article is contributed by Fred Hunter.

One of the most important parts of business is the ability to network with people. Once you make a great number of connections it can open up a whole new world of opportunities for you. To be able to share ideas with other successful people can take your business from good to great. The amount of work you can get from referrals will improve. If you keep to yourself you still have a good chance of being successful, but not nearly as much as when you’re well connected. But how exactly do you become a great networker? Continue reading

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Top Ten Tips for Success in Business

This article is contributed by Bill Mosby.

Success in business is a lot like success in life, it takes hard work, determination and a little bit of luck. Unfortunately however, working hard and being determined are a lot easier said than done. And luck tends to have a mind of its own. Continue reading

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What E-Businesses And Bricks-and-Mortar Businesses Have In Common

This article is contributed by Kristie Lewis.

Most of you who visit here most likely own or are otherwise involved in an e-business, just like I am now. However, I spent nearly two decades in the construction business, at one time as a manager and several years as an owner. While it may seem that the construction business and e-business ventures are completely incompatible, there are many things I learned during my time in construction that I think can help and inspire online business owners. Continue reading

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3 Top Tips for Conducting Due Diligence

This article is contributed by Keith Tully.

Due diligence process is one of the most important processes of the business world. Whether negotiating a small business deal or a massive acquisition, no contracts are ever signed until due diligence has been conducted. The primary reason for conducting due diligence is to protect business interests from frauds and conmen. Continue reading

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