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Questions to Help You Design Your E-zine
Are you looking to grow your business one member at a time? Then start your own e-zine.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-04-30
 
Business Success Checklist
How do you start to plan your business? What is required? What should you research? Where do you start? Use the checklist below to guide you as you build a strong, solid business foundation.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-04-30
 
Article Banks = Internet Marketing Gold!
What is an article bank?
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-04-30
 
Rethinking Your Business Strategy!
More than likely everyone has heard the quote by Michael Michalko of Thinkertoys who coined the phrase, "If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always got." Based upon the assumption that a different result or outcome is desired in regard to our business endeavors, it makes sense that we must be vigilant in our efforts to do things a little differently! But change doesn't come easily to most people. While we want to see effective results, lots of people get stuck in what they perceive as the right way and resist change.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-04-30
 
Are You A Goodwill Business?
"Why do you give so much publicity to other businesses? Don't you see that your potential customers will flock to them rather than you?" When I get this comment, my reply is one or both of the following:
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-04-30
 
Grab ALL the Targeted Search Terms and Customers!
If you want your site to do well in the search engines, you should probably consider dissecting your all - around useful sites and make them more focused. You can keep the all - around site but point the focused ones toward it for the "extras" you offer. The all-around site can easily serve as your "home" page.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-04-30
 
How To Turn Casual Online Visitors Into Eager Buyers
What else can you do? You've carefully selected or created a product to sell online that is in high demand.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-04-30
 
The Power of FEAR
Why is it that so many people SAY they want to operate their own business, but then fail to take any action when required to do so?
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-04-29
 
Beware of the Traffic Thieves!
Building your Internet business can hard enough without falling victim to traffic thieves. No, I'm not talking about software that overrides your affiliate links with those of another, but the kind of thieves that take your money with lies or deception and don't deliver what they promise or what they lead you to believe you will get: the so-called guaranteed traffic sites.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-04-29
 
Debit Card vs. Credit Card, What Are The Differences ?
Ah, the "good old days". If you are a baby boomer, like me, then you probably remember how important it was to rush to the bank on payday. You had to get there before the teller lanes closed so that you could have your "cash allowance" for the week. Otherwise, if you needed cash you had to write a check, then go to the bank, and "cash" the check for real cash.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-04-29
 
Marketing Without Results? How to Fix it Today!
Cindy, a professional life coach, has been frustrated with the results her marketing efforts have been producing lately. Despite everything she is doing, the outcome is still not what she is looking for in her bottom line.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-04-29
 
Jobseekers! Look for smoke, not fire...
"If you always do what you've always done, you will always get what you've always received,"said some wise person. This is certainly true when it comes to job-hunting, especially during a "sucky" economy.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-04-28
 
Top Ten Ways to Increase Web Sales
The ideals and the spirit of the Founding Fathers are very much alive in the 21st Century -- in the lives, and the struggles, of the small business person. In fact, many entrepreneurial dreams begin with the declaration of independence from the tyranny of working for someone else, cutting loose from the unfairness and inequity of the rigid corporate structure.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-04-28
 
Got What It Takes?
Some people have "instant" success--every project they take on instantly turns to gold; they marry well and have good- looking, intelligent children; their health is always good and they seem to know all the "right" people.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-04-28
 
Tips for Writing Effective Sales Copy, Part 1
Without fail, every single time I lead a Search Engine Workshop (http://www.searchengineworkshops.com), I get a bevy of questions on how to write effective ad copy. Obviously, the many elements involved have received voluminous regard in myriad books, lectures and seminars spanning more than seven decades. So, to simplify such a wide ranging subject is difficult, to say the least.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-04-28
 
Tips for Writing Effective Sales Copy, Part 2
Pay particular attention to your headlines. This is where you sell the sizzle, not the steak. Your headline must articulate a benefit, a USP! Many ad copy writers spend more time refining their headline than they do the body copy of the ad. And, don't be afraid to test different headlines against each other while leaving the rest of your offer the same.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-04-28
 
Are You About To Get Eaten?
Successful business people often hate change. The mere thought of making one frightens them. It flat scares some silly. They know what they have, and are unwilling to take even modest risk for greater gain. Their fear is they'll lose some of what they already have.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-04-25
 
Building Consumer Confidence
Consumer confidence is far more difficult to build and sustain online than it is offline.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-04-25
 
What Next for .NET?
.NET is past the growing pains of its development, but it is far from being the dominant technology framework that Microsoft envisions.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-04-25
 
Quickbooks Question + Mileage Deductions
I have a question about payroll items and tax tracking categories in QuickBooks. I have JUST ME and I'm an 1120S, so I don't feel it's worth the $169 subscription price when I can download the tables once for free. I waited until after 2/15/2003 to activate my free download, but now the Payroll area keeps running me through the setup wizard and telling me that my tax tracking categories are all wrong. Even when I check "this payroll item is inactive" for the things I don't use (like Tips Out and Tips In), it still gives me the error.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-04-25
 
Cultural Differences - Making it Work Virtually
Working virtually adds a whole new dimension to the phrase "cultural differences."
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-04-23
 
Debunking the Top Ten Internet Home Business Myths
Spend a few days online and you'd think that the Internet is a community of multi-millionaires.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-04-23
 
Four Things You Must Do For Online Business Success
Starting a business online can be one of the easiest things you can do. It doesn't take much money, and with all of the free software available, it is very easy to automate every aspect of your business.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-04-23
 
Caring for Your Customers
You probably think I am going to say something like, "The customer is always right." Right?? Wrong. I have many philosophies when dealing with customers, but I definitely do not believe that the customer is always right. However, when the customer is wrong, you must handle the situation delicately.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-04-22
 
Winning Investors: High Fives, KISS & Tell, and Slippery Fingers
By far, the most common question we receive at BizPro is a simple "How do I get my business started?" or "How do I get money for my business?" While these seem to be the most basic, obvious questions anyone could ask, you'd be surprised just how many people forget to. The answer is quite simple: prove, beyond a doubt, to anyone with sufficient cash that your idea/company model will function, survive, and profit. That's it! Maybe the simplicity and vagueness of the answer is what drives many entrepreneurs to loose sight of that most important part of planning a new business; how will it get started? In order to successfully communicate your proof to any lender or investor, it would help to understand what they consider to be valid "proof". While the possibilities here are virtually endless, there are at least five main items any lender is sure to evaluate. Be sure they're in your plan!
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-04-22
 
What is Sp^m?
Ask anybody and with a very few exceptions they will tell you "I hate sp^m." Heck, even people who send spam say they hate it. Hating spam is so universal it's almost like hating cancer. Problem is, everyone defines *sp^m* differently:
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-04-22
 
Do Your Table Manners Really Matter in the Business World?
When I was growing up, my family had dinner together every night. This was an important time for all of us to catch up on the day's events, to share ideas and values, and of course, to learn good table manners.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-04-21
 
What to Look for in a Web Hosting Package
It is not a small decision to choose a web host for your web site. Once your website begins to flourish and grow, it will become very difficult to move your website to some other host. It is critical to "get it right the first time". Find out as much as you can about your prospective host before making any decisions.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-04-21
 
Your Web Designer Left You... Now What?
If you rely solely on your web designer, you may find yourself wondering how to take care of your web site if he or she can no longer maintain it for you.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-04-21
 
10 Minute Search Engine Optimization
Many small businesses simply do not have the resources to hire a search engine optimization (SEO) company to promote their web site. There are countless resources online for do-it-yourself (DIY) optimizers where professional SEO's offer general recommendations and advice. This article is my opportunity to offer more of my SEO experience in the form of a 10-minute optimization process.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-04-21
 
How to Profit from Initial Consultations
"I'd love to work with you, but..." How many times have you heard these words? As a professional service provider looking to grow your business, isn't it sometimes frustrating to hold an initial session with someone who you'd love to work with but the potential client has a whole list of reasons why s/he would love to work with you, but...?
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-04-21
 
How To Increase Affiliate Click-Through Rates
When you join an affiliate programs, what is it that you want to achieve? Of course, we want to gain commission from the merchant. How can we do that? Commissions are gain when visitors that we refer purchase products or services on the merchant's website. But when the visitors are at the merchant's website, we don not have any control, do we? So, think again. We want the commissions and commissions are only possible when we refer visitors through affiliate links. In my opinion, our actual role as an affiliate is to get visitors to the merchant's website through the affiliate links. After that, it is all up to the merchant. There is a special term for this, click-through rate (CTR).
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-04-21
 
Working at Home: Both Sides of the Coin
If you're considering a home-based business, why not begin a special list of the advantages and disadvantages of running such a business. While the following article may seem flippant, there is a serious side to almost every phrase.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-04-21
 
Using Your Emotional Intelligence to Get & Retain the Best Employees
A major problem for employers today is getting the best employees and then keeping them. How do you do this? By understanding what it is employees really want. Being able to sense what others feel and want is empathy, an emotional intelligence competency.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-04-21
 
The Top 10 Bully-at-a-Glance Statistics
From the US Hostile Workplace Survey, 2000. About mobbing, bullying and harassment, Jim Landgraf, president of Education Testing Service said: "We don't see $8 billion worth of antidepressants in this country for nothing. The corporate culture is so accepting of these kinds of aggressive actions, it's not going to go away."
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-04-20
 
The Top 10 Attributes of the Kind of Person Likely to be the Victim of Mobbing or Bullying at Work
WHO ARE THE VICTIMS? Karl Aquino, Ph.D., associate professor of management at U. of Delaware thinks mobbing, bullying and harassment are on the rise because of the increasing number of young managers. "With age, people are better able to handle stress or mistreatment without passing it down," he says.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-04-20
 
Don't Make Excuses, Make Things Happen!
You know that your excuses are seldom truthful, often handy and rarely productive. So, why make them?
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-04-20
 
You Need a Little Willingness to Handle Your Anger
Every person who has ever lived has experienced anger. The capacity to become angry is an impressive gift which comes as part of our biological inheritance, but, what we do with our anger makes all the difference.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-04-20
 
12 Free Tools For Starting A Home Business With No Money
Want to start your own home business but short on cash? These proven 12 free tools can help you make the move from corporate life to calling the shots.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-04-18
 
The Facts About Online Fraud
The MSNBC article had a blaring headline, "One in every 20 consumers has been the victim of credit card fraud in the past 12 months and one 1 in 50 has been the victim of identity theft." Actually, it was 5.2 percent of every 1000 online adults in the United States were victims of the fraud and 1.9 percent of the people were victims of identity theft---but that’s nitpicking the numbers. Importantly, the victims of identity theft didn’t know if their identity was stolen online or offline. Either way, it is scary to know that online thieves stole more than $700 million dollars. This loss of 1.14 percent of total online sales means that online fraud was 19 times the dollar numbers of offline fraud. This finding was done by a recent survey by Gartner Inc.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-04-18
 
Which Products Should I Sell On My Site?
Far too many people make the mistake of trying to sell only products that they like on their web sites. Others make the mistake of trying to sell only the coolest and flashiest things they can find. The whole point of starting an Ecommerce web site is to make money. That's something you must not lose sight of (no pun intended!).
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-04-18
 
Choosing A Web Host: What I Wish I Had Known
Two years ago, I walked into my office for the first time with the assignment to make a useful and successful website for our company. We already had a hosting company and a domain name. All I needed to do was create some web pages…
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-04-17
 
Joint Ventures: How to Make Money without Spending Any Money
In this article I’ll give you special steps to follow that will help you to start making money quickly online. Most techniques I usually give you will take time to make you substantial profits. Every business takes time to build, but I’ll give you some speedy help while you continue to plan your long-term success. The amazing Win-Win proposition of a Joint Venture that is set up correctly is that any business can do it. Whether your company is old or new or offers products or services does not matter. What does matter is that this tip produces more profits than anything else you will ever be shown.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-04-17
 
Learning Merchant Accounts
  • An on-line store or e-commerce web site is one where goods or services can be selected and bought with minimum risk to the creditcard being used.
  • Almost any site can take orders and payments for goods and services. You can either do it yourself or have someone process your payments for a fee.
  • To accept credit card payment over the Web, you must first have a merchant account.
  • A merchant account allows merchants to accept and process credit card transactions.
  • Many hosting services and ISPs have partnerships that help Web vendors obtain merchant accounts at better rates.

  • Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
    Date: 2003-04-17
     
    Beat Procrastination With Your GPS
    Researchers estimate we only use around two to ten per cent of our brainpower each day.
    Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
    Date: 2003-04-17
     
    Are You Backing Up Your BIGGEST Asset?
    Have you ever accidentally lost an important file on your computer?
    Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
    Date: 2003-04-16
     
    Software vs Hardware Firewalls - The Basics
    Was that the right decision? That is a problem not many think about when it comes to protecting their computer or network with a firewall. Although both software-based firewalls and hardware-based firewalls attempt to do the same thing, they perform in different ways.
    Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
    Date: 2003-04-16
     
    Windows gets tough on spam, viruses
    Microsoft on Monday will detail a future version of Windows that will make it easier to detect and isolate viruses.
    Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
    Date: 2003-04-16
     
    'Super-DMCA' fears suppress security research
    Steganography and honeypot expert Niels Provos may risk four years in prison by completing his Ph.D.
    Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
    Date: 2003-04-16
     
    Presentation Is A Major Key To Success
    Just as it is in person, you have only one opportunity to make a good impression on your website visitors. The challenge is to decide exactly what you want their first impression of your business to be long before you get to any of the steps in putting your site online.
    Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
    Date: 2003-04-16
     
    TEN QUESTIONS TO ASK IF YOU WANT TO GO GLOBAL ON THE INTERNET
    1. Are you getting emails with strange extensions? Start getting familiar with the extensions: ca=Canada, au=Australia, sp=spain, mx=mexico, nz=New Zealand, ar=Argentina, as=American Samoa. I send all my subscribers a personal welcoming note, and it’s good to know what country they’re from. Here's a list of foreign extensions all over the world: http://www.norid.no/domenenavnbaser/domreg.html .
    Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
    Date: 2003-04-16
     
    Are You In Business To Help Customers?
    Customers want to believe you are in business to help them. They don't mind if you make a profit by helping them. But they won't buy from you if they believe you are only in business to get their money. Here are 4 ways you can assure customers that you are in business to help them.
    Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
    Date: 2003-04-15
     
    Why You Should Replace Paper Notes with a Tablet PC
    Tablet PCs are powerful, light-weight, portable computers that combine many of the features of a standard laptop with those of a personal digital assistant like a Palm handheld. While Tablet PCs are often seen as fancy tools for doctors, lawyers, and other high-paid information workers, one of their best uses is a low-tech activity that almost everyone does - taking notes. While at first, it sounds crazy to replace pencil and paper with a comparatively expensive, heavy, fragile, battery-powered Tablet PC, it really isn't.
    Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
    Date: 2003-04-15
     
    Realtors - Unlock the Secret To "Closing" Internet Homebuyers
    According to the National Association of Realtors - 69% of new homebuyers plan to use the Internet the next time they purchase a home. Now, if this doesn't make you stand-up and take notice - then nothing else will.
    Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
    Date: 2003-04-15
     
    QuickBooks Q+A
    Send Scott the QuickBooks questions that are on your mind. He may not be able to answer your questions individually, but your e-mails will be used to shape future QuickBooks Q+A and QuickBooks Insights articles.
    Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
    Date: 2003-04-15
     
    Rating Certifications
    Most experts and IT professionals consider numerous criteria when rating IT certifications. Here, I introduce and explain some of those I consider to be most important.
    Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
    Date: 2003-04-15
     
    4 QuickBooks Insights
    #1 Which Version is Right for Me? The old days of having 2 different "flavors" of QuickBooks are long gone. The folks at Intuit (the creators of QuickBooks) have been very busy working to tailor their products for the ever-changing needs of the marketplace. First, the core QuickBooks software is broken down into the following versions:
    Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
    Date: 2003-04-15
     
    Cisco registers over 70% growth in networking certifications
    Networking company Cisco Systems today said it registered over 70 per cent growth in 2002 in its networking certifications in the country.
    Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
    Date: 2003-04-15
     
    How To Encourage Your Team's Ideas At Meetings
    You're at a meeting with key staff. You want some new ideas to address the topic. Looking around at this group of creative, ambitious, bright people, you say, "Let's get some fresh ideas on this. Who's got something?"
    Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
    Date: 2003-04-15
     
    3 Fast Ways To Increase Your Ezine Subscribers!
    1) Showoff Well Known People You could publish a list of well known, famous, or respected people who have subscribed to your free e-zine. For example, you could say, "Just look at who else is subscribed!" Another example, "Look at all the experts who have subscribed to our e-zine!"
    Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
    Date: 2003-04-15
     
    The Sky is Falling!
    All is lost! You will never make it! Everyone's out to get you! Your business is DOOMED!
    Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
    Date: 2003-04-15
     
    What Introverted Bunnies Do at Easter
    Not all Easter bunnies like to put on their bonnets and join the Easter parade! Some 10% of us are introverts, and holidays can be stressful -- the family get-together for Easter, then those spring outings at work -- here come the golf tournaments, softball games, picnics, and if you live in San Antonio, TX, Fiesta time! What's a shy bunny to do?
    Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
    Date: 2003-04-15
     
    Growth From Within
    Business on the Net is a fast paced proposition. Net entrepreneurs are looking for the edge that will take their business to the next level. Who doesn't want more business, right? Here's a simple yet POWERFUL idea for increasing your income.
    Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
    Date: 2003-04-14
     
    Virus Basics
    Everyday computer users are at risk by a computer virus. A computer virus is a computer program that will reproduce itself. It does this by copying itself into other files that are on the computer. The virus may be a little harmless prank or cause data loss. It is up to the computer user to stop a computer virus from spreading.
    Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
    Date: 2003-04-14
     
    Competing with the Big Guys
    When starting a business or web site on the Internet, it is often easy to become intimidated by large companies or web sites offering similar services to you. While you may not be able to match the million dollar advertising budgets, or employee numbers of your competitors, there are many things you can do to make your business or web site stand out from the rest. The aim of this article is to provide you with an approach, and the motivation to take on those competitors you never thought you could match!
    Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
    Date: 2003-04-14
     
    Five Free Cool Tools To Help Make Your Business Grow
    One of the great things about the net is all the free things you can find and use. Uh-oh, there's that word again, "free'. It's got to be one of the most over used words ever, especially on the net! Still, it never fails to thrill, or set the pulse racing! We love the idea of freebies, of getting something useful, cool, beautiful, profitable, functional and a whole list of other things without spending with any money.
    Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
    Date: 2003-04-14
     
    Reaping The Amazing Benefits Of Writing E-Zine Articles
    Marketing on a budget is tough. This is a universal truth that all small business owners face.
    Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
    Date: 2003-04-14
     
    Feature Your Benefits
    Sales Copy… eventually every small business owner must consider what needs to be included in order to produce a successful advertisement or piece of marketing material.
    Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
    Date: 2003-04-14
     
    Setdate
    The "setdate" is just a more user-friendly front end to changing the date and time:
    Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
    Date: 2003-04-14
     
    Basics- ssh
    This article primarily discusses OpenSSH. If you are using SSH1 or SSH2, some of what is covered here will not apply to you or may have slightly different syntax.
    Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
    Date: 2003-04-14
     
    Why Your Ad Didn't Work: 5 Common Problems and Their Quick Fixes
    Ever run an ad in an ezine or newspaper and get no response? When this happens, most people are baffled. They blame the publication, ezine, or website for the lack of response. But the problem is usually the ad itself. No one wants to hear that their lack of response is due to the ad they painstakingly crafted. But with a few simple fixes, that ad can pull sales the way it was supposed to.
    Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
    Date: 2003-04-14
     
    7 Successful Promotion Tips
    Every week I receive a number of articles published in various newsletters and groups. These articles outline dozens of avenues to market my site, to increase my site traffic and newsletter subscribers, to turn my site visitors into sales, to increase my site's search engine position, to earn extra income from my site and the list goes on. Though I am very grateful for all the tips I have received; I am surprised that none of the articles are from webmasters like myself. People who run sites which have no direct relation to web site promotion or marketing but who can tell me what strategy works for them and what don't in marketing their sites especially on a tight budget. Here, I want to briefly explain what has worked for me and the results I am getting.
    Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
    Date: 2003-04-14
     
    Exhausted or Exhilarated, Which Do You Choose?
    The answer to that question would seem to be obvious. If we stop to look at behavior, though, it seems many folks prefer exhaustion. They might say differently, but, behavior seldom lies. There is no question that folks are busy beyond belief. But, what are they busy about?
    Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
    Date: 2003-04-14
     
    Draw Lines In The Sand With Ink
    We are one hundred per cent responsible for teaching people how to treat us. That's true! If someone tells a racist joke in front of you and it is something you do not appreciate, you must say something. If you do not, you have just told the joke teller that it is all right with you. It's that easy!
    Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
    Date: 2003-04-14
     
    Profting From Mistakes
    For many years now, getting traffic from search engines when people misspell a word has been a popular technique. I've often read that you should include spelling errors in the meta keyword tag on your page. Unfortunately, there is a problem with this advice.
    Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
    Date: 2003-04-13
     
    Well-Designed CD Business Cards Add Value
    Businesses have a large amount of information to convey. CD Business cards are an effective means to expand the presentation of a company and its products. Although more expensive than many media, a well designed CD Business Card can offer extensive information useful to interested parties.
    Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
    Date: 2003-04-11
     
    Kurant's StoreSense Makes Sense For Small Business
    According to research from IDC, there are approximately 5.7 million small and medium-size businesses connected to the Internet, but only a fraction of these organizations are conducting full-fledged e-business over the Web. Kurant, a San Francisco-based provider of e-commerce software, believes it can tip the scales in favor of smaller e-business initiatives.
    Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
    Date: 2003-04-11
     
    Ways To Reduce Spam In Your Inbox
    After years of internet experience I've learned ways to keep Spam out of my personal email accounts. Below you will find a few tricks in keeping Spam AWAY!
    Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
    Date: 2003-04-11
     
    Shameless Self-Promotion
    Hi! My name is Janice Byer and I am the owner of Docu-Type Administrative & Web Design Services: http://www.docutype.net. I am the winner of several prestigious awards (information is on our website) and have a slew of happy customers, as the testimonials on our site will attest to. My services are professional, creative and in demand. Now, wasn't that easy? In one small paragraph, I have shamelessly self-promoted my business and its success.
    Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
    Date: 2003-04-11
     
    What is Intuition and How Do You Develop Yours?
    In recent years intuition has emerged from obscurity, even suspicion, to be honored as the valuable life tool that it is.
    Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
    Date: 2003-04-11
     
    How to Market Your Unsold Books on the Internet: It's Easy
    Your book expresses your wondrous information, your creativity, your genius. It's your dream come true. Or is it? You have already tried a few venues--maybe an expo, book signings, press releases, book reviews, distributors, wholesalers, speaking and book tours.
    Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
    Date: 2003-04-11
     
    The Whys and Hows of Prospect/Customer Qualification
    "Junk Mail" could well be defined as mail that's not relevant. Well, there's still too much junk mail abounding. So being relevant is of increasing relevance. It's in our own best financial interests, in the best interests of our prospects and clients... and in the best interests of our environment.
    Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
    Date: 2003-04-10
     
    It's Worth It!
    Starting a business is hard work. Let me repeat that...STARTING A BUSINESS IS HARD WORK.
    Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
    Date: 2003-04-10
     
    Set Yourself Up To Be Successfully Focused
    Being focused and successful requires structure, a supportive framework. It's similar to the poles which successfully hold up the canvas of a tent. Without the required poles there wouldn't be enough structure to successfully create the tent. You too need to put in place sufficient structure to support your goals and dreams.
    Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
    Date: 2003-04-10
     
    Telephone Collection Tips
    Advantages & Tips for Collecting by Telephone ·Inexpensive – Compared to personal visits and individually typed letters ·Immediate – Produces some sore of answer the moment the contact is made
    Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
    Date: 2003-04-09
     
    Realtors - How To Start A Traffic Explosion In Your Spare Time
    I know that you are busy. The average realtor works 14 hours a day showing homes, doing paperwork, listing presentations, and advertising. When you are stretched for time - something usually drops and that "something" is usually your website. I know that you want to get that website to pump out a steady stream of leads - but you don't have the time to get started.
    Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
    Date: 2003-04-09
     
    How To Avoid Bad Checks
    The Do's of Check Acceptance: Name address and phone number imprinted. Current date only. Compare ID picture with that of the person cashing or writing the check.
    Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
    Date: 2003-04-09
     
    Leveraging the Internet for Segment-Based Marketing
    An emerging mass-marketing trend over the past couple of years is segment-based marketing. Though not new at all (the Direct Marketing Association was founded in 1917, and I am sure it existed in some form prior to that), the principles are being applied to mass initiatives more often than ever. The shift is fueled by marketers' calls for greater accountability and efficiency, as well as continued emergence of digital communication channels that support segment identification and targeting. The Internet plays an invaluable role in this approach and demonstrates an ability to execute on segment-based marketing more efficiently and effectively than previously possible.
    Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
    Date: 2003-04-09
     
    Get the FAQ's* on Web Advertising
    What is the Internet and how did it start? The Internet was formed in 1969 as a Department of Defense computernetwork designed to withstand a nuclear attack. Mainly linked toscientific and educational institutions, the Internet soon became ahuge information database linking users worldwide. However, to useit you had to first learn the programming language and have accessto mainframe-connected terminal.
    Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
    Date: 2003-04-09
     
    Retirement Investing For The Independent Contractor
    Hi Ulli, Thanks for offering your knowledge to help WebProNews readers out! Here's my question: I work for a small family owned company. Although I have worked here for over a year and work a 40 hour week, I am not hired as an "employee" because they can't afford to offer me any sort of benefits yet. I am an "independent contractor" for them and file my taxes as such. Because of this, I do not have a 401K and need to start investing for my future in ways other then my savings account! My salary is 55K per year. What are my options and what do you suggest? Thanks for your help!
    Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
    Date: 2003-04-09
     
    Your Target Audience: Who Are They and What Do They Want?
    It still amazes me. When I write copy for a company, I always ask about their target audience. I have to know who I'm writing to in order to create a message that will bring a response. But about half the time, the client is absolutely stumped about who their target audience is and what they want.
    Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
    Date: 2003-04-09
     
    Web Surfers Revolt Against "Pushy" Advertising
    As the Internet continues to populate with websites trying to turn a buck, two drastically different schools of thought have developed on how to advertise online - "Push" and "Pull." "Push" advertising involves the use of "in-your-face" advertising tactics such as pop-up windows and direct email. "Pull" advertising entails using search engines and posting articles that literally "pull" interested consumers to a website on their own terms.
    Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
    Date: 2003-04-09
     
    Five Ways To Promote Your Unique Business Identity
    Where's the Beef? These words became a national catch phrase in the mid 1980's and catapulted the Wendy's hamburger chain into the limelight as a major player in fast food sales.
    Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
    Date: 2003-04-09
     
    Dynamic Marketing: Seven High-Powered Success Strategies
    Marketing is about results. Key to achieving results is your ability to be adaptive and forward-thinking -- involved in a process that lets you evolve your marketing campaign as new information enters the picture. People who achieve great results from their promotional efforts understand the marketing process. You'll often notice they have high levels of energy and a ceaseless flow of great ideas. Indeed, it would appear they have the ability to create "marketing magic."
    Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
    Date: 2003-04-09
     
    10 Ways To Form Lasting Customer Relationships
    A profitable business starts and ends with the customer. Without this focus your business fails to deliver what the customer wants. By placing the customer at the center of all your thinking you create an environment which fosters long term success. A key component of success lies in your ability to generate repeat and referral business, and a sure way to do this is by forming lasting relationships with your customers.
    Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
    Date: 2003-04-09
     
    Making Your Business Legal
    It's important that your business be on the "up-and-up" right from the start. Taking care of the legal issues associated with starting a new business will keep you out of hot water in the future. Here are the first steps you need to take: 1. Register Your Business Name
    Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
    Date: 2003-04-09
     
    Market analysis: Your Plan for Profits
    Market analysis is a necessary part of planning a profitable business. Before investing any money in your business, you must gather information about your potential customers and the demand for your product of service. BENEFITS OF MARKET ANALYSIS
    Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
    Date: 2003-04-09
     
    Asking for Referrals, Getting Them and Keeping Them, Part I
    I'm a professional coach. I'm not in it to see if I like it, or how much I can make how fast, or because it's the latest fad. I'm in it because it's my profession. I love the work and I'm in it for the long haul. It took years to learn the skills and build the practice base and my product is people's lives. Therefore, yes, I take it seriously, and I think most professionals do. When I refer someone to someone else for professional services, this is going to reflect on my judgment, and also on how I care for my clients.
    Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
    Date: 2003-04-09
     
    Ten Intuition Busters
    Intuition is a factor of emotional intelligence -- it's a quick and sure way of knowing. Everyone has intuition; it's hard-wired in us, but you have to have a certain mindset to develop and strengthen it. Here are 10 ways NOT to hear its messages.
    Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
    Date: 2003-04-09
     
    What Do People Know Who Are Resilient?
    Resilience is one of the most important emotional intelligence competencies you can have in today's fast-changing world. It means being able to bounce back after setbacks, failures, and losses. It means not giving up, and continuing to face the future with optimism and courage. You can bolster your resilience by understanding what makes people resilient and then working with a coach to improve your skills in these areas.
    Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
    Date: 2003-04-09
     
    If I Had To Do It All Over Again
    I've been marketing for almost 4 years now. I've spent a lot of money, wasted a lot of money; spent a lot of time, wasted a lot of time; listened to a lot of advice, followed a lot of bad advice.
    Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
    Date: 2003-04-08
     
    Choosing a Site that Sells
    Often times when we embark on web business we talk about "getting a web site."
    Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
    Date: 2003-04-08
     
    Outsourcing Your IT Workload
    Have you been considering outsourcing some of your IT workload? If you decide to, you'll join the ranks of Oracle, Cisco, and IBM, all of whom have outsourced projects and large-scale initiatives to programmers and systems architects around the world. Before you choose your outsourcing firm, there are a number of things you should consider. Time is money, sure, but if you spend a little time deciding if outsourcing is right for you then you could end up saving your company a lot of money.
    Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
    Date: 2003-04-07
     
    Savvy Tax Professional Uses Smart Marketing to Immediately Profit
    How would you like to add thousands of dollars in immediate profit plus gain a steady stream of new customers to your professional practice? The profit strategy described below works well for most small businesses and especially professional practices such as accountants, doctors, consultants, etc
    Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
    Date: 2003-04-07
     
    Mini-Marketing - Before You Get Started
    Promotion of your business is essential to its growth; this we know. But for many of us the frustration is where to go from there. Here are some simple starter tips to keep in mind: 1. Demographics – your target consumer.
    Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
    Date: 2003-04-07
     
    Surviving a Relocation on a Shoestring
    Getting ready to move to a new city? Start a business? Risk a new career? Nearly always, your first consideration will be, "Can I afford to make this move?" You count up for savings. How long can you live before you lose your house or go on welfare? Can you afford the cost of living in Los Angeles or Boston? Can you find a job in one of those charming low-cost, low-employment towns?
    Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
    Date: 2003-04-07
     
    New Processing Cuts "Float" Time on Payments
    If you've counted on those few extra days from the time you write a check to a utility company and the time the check clears your bank, beware. Several of the nation's largest banks are now shifting from the traditional method of processing checks to a new electronic process. The new process will shave off a day or more from the traditional process it normally takes for your check to clear.
    Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
    Date: 2003-04-07
     
    Cut Out The Middle Man For Maximum Profits
    We all know the secret to saving big money when buying something in the off-line world is buying it wholesale. We know that the more hands an item passes through on the way to us, the more it's going to cost. Everybody involved in the process has to mark the item up in order to cover their expenses and give themselves a little profit.
    Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
    Date: 2003-04-07
     
    What Ideal Team Work Looks Like: Decluttered
    I got a new website designed, up and running last week. Yes, last WEEK. And it was no cookie-cutter either. I'm well-organized, but the speed with which Nancy, the web designer, worked was amazing.
    Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
    Date: 2003-04-07
     
    One Key to Happiness
    What is happiness? I remember many different times in my life when I have tried to answer that question--both for myself and for the people I have worked with in seminars and workshops.
    Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
    Date: 2003-04-07
     
    The Benefits of Employing Your Children
    How many times a week do you hear, "Mom, I need a new pair of shoes!" or "Dad, can I have money to go to a movie?" Not to mention the cost of school supplies, braces, and college tuition that haunt every parent. If you're like the average parent, you probably spend several thousand dollars a year providing for all the needs and wants of your children. But unlike most Americans, if you are a home-based business owner, you can make those thousands work for you.
    Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
    Date: 2003-04-04
     
    Three Steps to a Professional Image
    One of the biggest reasons home-based business entrepreneurs often fail to attract customers is that they also fail to create a professional image. A professional image is an element of your credibility and without credibility winning customers is an uphill battle.
    Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
    Date: 2003-04-04
     
    Tips for easy credit forms for businesses
    If your business extends credit to its customers, you probably use different forms and notices. Here are four reasons why your forms should be simple and easy to understand:
    Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
    Date: 2003-04-04
     
    Small Biz Spring Growth Tactics
    Now that Old Man Winter has hit the road, small businesses can increase cash flow this spring and summer by implementing four affordable marketing tactics while spending very little, including: leveraging community events, partnering with complementing businesses, launching a spring promotion and tailoring sales messages to include spring solutions.
    Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
    Date: 2003-04-04
     
    Mini-Marketing - Before you get started.
    Promotion of your business is essential to its growth; this we know. But for many of us the frustration is where to go from there. Here are some simple starter tips to keep in mind:
    Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
    Date: 2003-04-04
     
    How to Go on, When the Going Gets Rough!
    There has never been a more opportune time to follow your heart and realize your dreams. However getting to the pot of gold is not always easy. It takes dedication, commitment and the willingness to do whatever it takes.
    Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
    Date: 2003-04-04
     
    7 Tips for Finding and Hiring a Good Copywriter
    A search on Google for "copywriter" will turn up no less than 174,000 names. Writers who call themselves copywriters may be plentiful, but real copywriters who are good are hard to find. Ernest Hemingway and George Bernard Shaw tried it and decided they couldn't do it. John Marquand and Stephen Vincent Benet gave up almost as quickly as they started. Aldous Huxley said it was "easier to write a passable sonnet than a passable advertisement." And the lore of the advertising business is filled with tales of other successful novelists, journalists, playwrights and poets who have tried their hand at advertising copy and failed.
    Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
    Date: 2003-04-03
     
    Job vs. Business: Risk Revisited
    Many people start a business to "be my own boss" or "find meaning in my work." Yet increasingly I talk to clients who realize they have few choices in the workplace.
    Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
    Date: 2003-04-03
     
    Would You Rather Be Wealthy?
    Would you rather be wealthy or poverty-stricken? Not a difficult question to answer, is it? How do you think your thoughts impact on your financial state?
    Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
    Date: 2003-04-03
     
    The Importance of Uninterrupted Time
    Have you ever been right in the middle of writing the perfect sentence when a co-worker or spouse appeared at the door with a need? Ever been working on a proposal and just as it really begins to come together your phone rings? Not only are these events annoying, irritating and downright infuriating, they are extremely inefficient uses of your time.
    Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
    Date: 2003-04-03
     
    Use Your GPS (Goal Positioning System) To Achieve
    How's your motor running? Are you powering through your daily tasks and accomplishing all the goals you set for yourself, or are you stuck in life's slow lane?
    Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
    Date: 2003-04-03
     
    Business Modelling: Know Your Model, Grow Your Profits
    Put three business people in a room and ask then the question “What is a business model?” and you will get at least four replies – none of which may be correct! The usual picture that comes to the minds of business people, consultants and analysts when they hear the term “business model” is what might be called a “financial class” of business model, for example:
    Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
    Date: 2003-04-02
     
    Creating Products That Will Make You Money
    Most products will NOT make money online. The ones that will have the proper combination of demand, supply and profit margin. Wise Internet business people take the time to do the research first--and know whether or not the demand is there BEFORE they build a site and advertise it.
    Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
    Date: 2003-04-02
     
    An Office In Your Pocket
    Even with such a large body of potential prospects to work with, sales online still are only a tiny fraction of all sales reported. One of the biggest concerns online continues to be security. And, a big part of this concern comes in not knowing whom it is that you are dealing with behind that web page. How can you help to put your potential customer's fear at rest?
    Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
    Date: 2003-04-02
     
    Funding Just Got Tougher
    Funding services just took a BIG hit this past week - with funders pulling out of many types of cases - even ones in progress. This came about primarily due to the Fen Phen case, where now it looks like more cases will be turned down after audit, paying less people, and having no guarantee of paying back funds already advanced. The possibility of the company running out of money is a very real possibility - for anyone looking to get paid in the future.
    Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
    Date: 2003-04-02
     
    Why Re-Design?
    My site is working fine. The links work. Content is added regularly. We have new features. Why does my company need a re-design?
    Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
    Date: 2003-04-02
     
    Hiring a Professional Designer
    The reasons for hiring a professional designer are the same reasons as hiring any other professional.
    Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
    Date: 2003-04-02
     
    Help! I Made a Big Tax Mistake
    Dear Wayne, I make a big mistake. I am currently in a lot of debt so I decided a few years ago to change my number of dependents on my W4 so that I can get more money on my paycheck. Well, the problem is I put too many and now for the first time ever I owe back taxes. Although I have two dependents I still owe and the worst is I have not filed for 1999-2002.
    Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
    Date: 2003-04-02
     
    Boosting the ROI on Your Investment in People - Part 1
    More and more, technical executives and managers are challenged to measure and improve the ROI on projects and infrastructure investments. 
    Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
    Date: 2003-04-02
     
    $800K From His Home Business!
    There are people who are successful on the web--making $100K or so--and then there are SUPER successes, people like Chad Tackett. Chad makes over $800,000 per year from his single website.
    Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
    Date: 2003-04-02
     
    Do You Have What It Takes?
    It was a simple, rather quiet affair, no big splash, no thousands of guests and catered dinner. There wasn't a polka band or DJ spinning the top forty.
    Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
    Date: 2003-04-01
     
    Take A Reality Check On Time
    You have more than enough time for the things you've chosen to focus on, haven't you? Perhaps your focus is on your personal life, your career, being a leader, developing your business or whatever is important to you. If your use of time doesn't reflect these focused activities, the route to achieving personal success will be a long one.
    Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
    Date: 2003-04-01
     
    Products That Make You Money
    When the Internet was young, most people thought it was a gold-mine. Just put any old product "online" and you will make thousands of sales overnight.
    Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
    Date: 2003-04-01
     
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