SpikeTV and SCORE Offer New Resource for Food Entrepreneurs

SpikeTV —  which just launched its Sunday night series “Bar Rescue” — and SCORE the non-profit small business mentoring association, have customized a toolkit called “Serve Up Success” available free of charge at http://www.score.org/restaurants/spike-tv-serve-up-success   in order to help aspiring entrepreneurs and struggling businesses find success despite this challenging economic climate. The toolkit is particularly timely as … Continue reading

Save time with the Cloud

What’s the one thing we’re all given for free, but once it’s spent, we can never get it back? It’s time, of course.  I can’t believe it – almost twelve months have passed since my last post.  It’s not been entirely a result of procrastination mind you:  In that twelve months I’ve moved interstate, changed … Continue reading

Expert Tips on Raising Capital

Richard Singer, co-founder and CEO of RaiseCapital.com and RaiseCapital TV, both outlets for entrepreneurs with start-ups, or existing businesses, to connect and share ideas with an array of investors regardless of geographic location, says that besides a killer business plan and concept, there are keys to attracting funding. He shares a few tips for success: … Continue reading

Don’t Sell. Train Customers to Buy

One of the great things we all love about social media at Small Business Daily is it’s ability to quickly deliver the latest information.  Information that we can easily deliver back to our readers.  Amongst other things, it helps us stay in touch with what friends and colleagues are up to. This article by Robert … Continue reading

Women – Time to Take The Plunge

There are more women entrepreneurs in the U.S. today than ever before, but until the recent worldwide financial crisis, it was still a different set of rules for women than for men. Can women entrepreneurs come out of the global recession having reset those rules? Absolutely! Before the onset of this economic breakdown, women entrepreneurs … Continue reading

Hiring a Friend: Help or Hurt You

When it comes to being small business owners and entrepreneurs we all know that the one way to grow is by outsourcing or delegating responsibilities to employees.  However, cash-strapped these “employees” sometimes turn out to be friends who offer to do it on the cheap or volunteer. While  it’s wonderful to have an extra  pair … Continue reading

KC Web Specialists Nominated for Award

Great News!!! KC Web Specialists was nominated for the KC KS 2010 New Small Business of the Year Award. Stay Tuned for More Details.

Bing – The New Google? – Probably Not!

If you don’t know, Bing is the new version of MSN. MSN was the number three search engine on the market. Yahoo was number two, then of course the mighty number one is Google. Will Bing replace Google’s dominance in the search engine arena? Probably not anytime soon. Let’s approach this by the numbers.  Here’s a … Continue reading

Top 10 Reasons To Start Your Business In A Down Economy

Everything is cheaper – From raw materials to real estate, these are the lowest prices you’ll see. You can hire more and better-qualified people – Obviously… People are looking to change suppliers if they can find one offering a better product or service for a lower price. Ownership equals tax incentives related to business deductions … Continue reading

Getting started in your business…

Or Don’t Spend a Dollar When a Dime Will Do – Starting small is a slower path, but it’s also a safer way of building both a sustainable business and a long career as an entrepreneur. Plenty of well-known companies have started small. Space inside Kinko’s first store was reportedly so tight that founder Paul … Continue reading

Be Insightful to Grow Your Small Business.

A few years ago I was conversing with someone older and wiser than I.  We were discussing some issues with the technology industry in general when, in response to one of my comments, this senior executive said to me “actually, that’s a great point – it’s very insightful”. Immediately I knew what she meant because … Continue reading

Effective Delegation in Six (Almost) Easy Steps

Delegation is more than just a way of getting people to do things for you. It is also a powerful leadership and coaching tool. When used properly, delegation enables you to increase productivity and profitability, improve morale and increase retention. Perhaps most important for overworked and overstressed entrepreneurs, it allows you to enjoy professional success … Continue reading

What You Might Learn From An Exit Interview

Want to hear unfiltered feedback about your company? Try using an Exit Interview. This exit survey focuses on the issues that come into play when an employee decides to leave a company. The survey will help employers understand the factors that are involved. It focuses on issues dealing with the manager, job, and overall satisfaction. … Continue reading

Small Business Don’t Twitter your Time Away!

Here a Twitter, There a Twitter, Everywhere a Twitter, Twitter.  Twitter “comments” seems to be everywhere don’t they? So before I actually talk about what Twitter is, maybe the first step is to consider how did you actually hear about Twitter. Did you see it on the news mentioned about Twittering a huge event like … Continue reading

Top 10 Most Common Mistakes that Entrepreneurs Make

No Business Plan – If you rely on instinct to guide your business instead of a written plan, you’re headed for trouble. A plan helps you see where your company is, where it’s going, why and how you’re doing along the way. 2. No Sales Plan – Without a sales plan, you lack the ability … Continue reading

Four Ways To Determine If a Candidate Is a Good Fit For Your Company

Wouldn’t it be nice to ask one question that uncovers at least four areas of your candidate’s general personality, giving you an idea of their overall behaviors, traits and values? Well, you can. On your next interview, guide the conversation towards personality and ask, “Tell me about a time when a co-worker gave you advice.” … Continue reading

Turning Your Idea in to a Business – Fast!

How many of us are full of great business ideas?  I know I am.  Laying in bed late at night I’ve solved global problems and brought to market cutting edge products and services – all in my head.  Without so much as a fleeting thought about a real plan, I’m already dreaming of the luxury … Continue reading

How Do Blogs Make My Company Money?

A blog can your increase your business in one or a combination of primarily three ways. 1. You get a huge following to your blog and people wonder about who the author is and what they do. Their curiosity leads them to click on your “About Us” page on the blog. From there, if you … Continue reading

Quarterly Revenue Planning

It’s the beginning of a new quarter – the last of the financial year for most businesses here in Australia.  So in the last few days I completed my usual start-of-quarter routine:  Setting revenue objectives.  I thought I’d share this relatively simple process with you because I find it extremely useful in identifying areas I … Continue reading

Sourcing External Advice to Grow Your Business

I was chatting to some friends of mine during the week about my “Growing the Family Business” post.  The conversation was about the fact that many small business owners simply don’t have the skills, or sometimes even the confidence, to interview and identify candidates that might be the right fit for their business.  In a … Continue reading