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

Do People Owe Your Business Money? – Should You Hire a Mobster? No!!!!!!!

Most businesses today have clients that are good people, who want to pay their outstanding balances, but they just can’t seem to pull enough cash together to write that check. What should you do? No, do not hire someone like Luca Brasi. Something much simpler (and legal) is to use a tool like Pay Pal, … 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

How Do I Get More People To My Website?

How can you get more people to your Website? As always I like to keep my answers simple…. The best way to get more people to your Website is to spend time or money getting them there. Sorry, but there’s no magic to it. Just create a detailed plan of how you are going to … Continue reading

Does Your Website Support Your Sales Staff?

They’re out there on a daily basis, toiling the phones, beating the street, flying the skies, meeting and greeting, chasing the buck, etc, etc.  How well does your Website support sales representatives needs? Have you asked them lately what do they think of your Company site? One simple thing like a photo gallery of updated products … Continue reading

So do you Bing? Do Others?

First off, let me explain what Bing is? Bing is the third largest search engine out there. Number 1 is Google, number 2 is Yahoo, and then comes Bing. Bing used to be called MSN Search, but Microsoft wanted to shake up the name and establish a better search engine brand so they upgraded the MSN search engine and … Continue reading

How Do I Get People To Read My Online Newsletter?

As I now approach two years of writing newsletters, I’m finding that about 43% of the people I send them to, on average, open and read them. And, about 25% of those who read them, click the links that I occasionally put in them as well. With that said, those that know me well, know that I always want to … Continue reading

The Perfect Interview Question

How to Tell If A Candidate Is An Ideal Fit For Your Company Wouldn’t it be great to ask one specific 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 … Continue reading

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

Enhance Customer Experience to Win Business in the Down Turn

In a down turn, large businesses slash staff which often leads to poorer customer service – for the small business owner it’s easier than ever to win over these disgruntled customers and increase your market share. It’s a massive advantage to be a small business in this current economic climate.  Small businesses are generally more … 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

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