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Formulating Business Ideas

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It can be very annoying to see a newly implemented business idea that has been applied by an entrepreneur in the market and start asking yourself why you didn't come up with that idea first. This can be especially so if you are not creative enough when it comes to formulating business ideas. Listed below are some helpful tips that can help you turn on that creativity faucet that you need in order to come up with ideas for your next business venture: 1. Always expect ideas to come. Although this may sound a little funny, but in reality, ideas [...]

9 Business ideas you can start for less than $1000

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Most people who have a full-time job don’t think about finding other sources that will make for them a passive income. However, there are people who have a small budget and don’t know how to invest that to make extra income. Fortunately, the internet gives a variety of opportunities which you can use to run a small business and get customers from all around the world. You may think it’s a great idea but will cost you more than you can spend. Here is the list of business ideas which you can run under 1000 dollars. 1. Business consulting If [...]

20 Rainy Season Businesses You Can Start Now

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Let's take advantage of these seasonal needs and offer the appropriate business services. You will find below a list of 20 profitable rainy season business ideas. Cold Weather Apparels and Accessories: Starting a cold-weather apparel store can be a great option for those looking for a seasonal business. You can buy products in large quantities and start selling to retail fashion shops and corporate offices. You can even hire sales canvassers and pay them on a commission basis. Lawn care business: Contrary to popular beliefs, the rainy season is a great time to start a lawn care business. Lots of [...]

A Draw-Down Schedule Is Vital For Every Business Plan

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Every business concept has brilliant ideas or elements in them. Unfortunately, great ideas are not enough to produce a great business. I have seen hundreds of great ideas, but few of those great ideas end up creating a new business because so many 'would-be' business owners lack either the experience or the expertise to successfully manage their great concepts into cash-rich businesses. Go ahead and develop your business concept. Identify and consult all the professionals essential to the project [accountants, lawyers, engineers, designers, architects, builders, and trades ]. Now you will have a clear understanding of what is involved in [...]

Free SEO Tools for Small Business Owners

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Small business owners have a million things to do. They may understand the value of SEO, but often assume it is too expensive or too time-consuming to learn and implement. The fact is, SEO can be done fairly simply through the use of online tools and reading online discussion boards, articles, and YouTube videos. While you may find the practice of SEO very difficult to begin with, eventually the concepts will begin to make sense and you will be that much closer to ranking your website on Google’s first page. It’s true that keeping up with Google’s hundreds of algorithm [...]

Customer Retention: 6 Techniques to Cultivate and Build a Stronger Customer Base

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It would be wonderful if businesses could keep all of their customers forever. Obviously, this would lead to long-term sustainable growth and immense success. Unfortunately, this is wishful thinking at best. Assuming every customer cannot be retained, then the next best thing is for a business to retain the majority of its customers—and indeed its best customers. Retaining customers, however, takes more than continuous marketing campaigns, introduction of new products or services, or having competitive pricing. Undoubtedly, a business must provide benefits that customers seek, solutions to problems, quality, value, and a certain amount of service before, during, and after [...]

How Much Money Do You Need To Start A Staffing Agency

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How much money does it really take to start your own staffing agency? I have known some that have started with less than $10,000. I have also seen other companies have deep, deep pocket and begin With over $250,000. Depending on your goals and your particular Niche will determine how much money you need to start your business. I can say for certain that I am a living testament of starting my own medical staffing agency with less than $2,000. I had my own office, I had my own computer, I had my own toll free number, I had a [...]

Work at Home Internet Business – Be Cheap and Still Make Money

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Years ago the average person could not afford to own their work at home internet business. To become an owner you'd either have to be wealthy to start, or throw every cent into your business and risk bankruptcy. Now however, starting a business is a lot more cost effective thanks to the internet. An 18 year old with $100 to spare can become an owner of an internet business. Here are some ways you can start your work at home internet business on a tiny budget. 1. If you have your computer then you can work from the comfort of [...]

How to Start a Business When You’re an Introvert

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The business world seems like it caters to extroverts. And that makes sense: As a business owner, you need charisma to lead a team, negotiate with partners and engage with them regularly. In addition, you need to network with new people and improve your client relationships. Related: 5 Mega-Successful Entrepreneurs Who Are Introverts For an introvert, therefore, these responsibilities may seem intimidating, or even overwhelming, to deal with. Introverts tend to prefer quieter, solitary environments; but does that mean it’s impossible for them to be successful entrepreneurs? Of course not. If you're an introvert, you have your own strengths and weaknesses; and while you may [...]

The Home Based Business Explosion Is Upon Us!

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INTRODUCTION Perhaps I should start by asking the question "What is a Home Based Business? This is any business operated from the comfort of the residential home of the owner. The next question is who is a Home Based Business owner? This refers to an Entrepreneur who decides to run his business from the comfort of his home. I decided to clarify these terms because there is a huge difference between a Home Based Business owner and a Home worker who might be working with a government/private organization but decides to be working from home once or twice during the [...]

The art of business idea generation – Escalate

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Feb 27, 2017- If you are like many aspiring entrepreneurs, coming up with a potentially profitable idea is one of the hardest things. You have been led to believe that coming up with a good idea for a startup is very hard, so you get intimidated by it. The general belief is that good ideas come by pure chance, they either pop into your head or they don’t. One of the main reasons people think this way is because they over value ideas. They think creating a startup is only a matter of implementing a few amazing initial ideas.  When [...]

Facebook Marketing for Small Business: Ideas, Tips and Examples

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Are you running the Facebook marketing strategy for a small business? Are you looking to maximize the return you get from the time you spend on the platform? For small businesses, time is money, and money matters. Facebook can be a good investment of that time, but only if you know what you’re doing and know what to expect. This article will give you a comprehensive look at both, to give you realistic expectations and a complete strategy to make them happen. Facebook Marketing for Small Business – What to Expect If you were a large corporation with infinite budget [...]

How to Start Your Own Appliance Installer Service Business

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You can start your own business as an appliance installer, and be your own boss, and make good money in this field. Many homeowners buy brand new appliances all the time. Lots of them don't know how to install them, themselves. When a new home owner, buys a brand new house, they usually like to get brand new refrigerators, ovens, microwaves, hoods, dishwashers, and more, installed. Sometimes, an investor will buy a house, to fix it up, and then, resell it. Usually, they will buy brand new appliances from an appliance, electronic, or home improvement store. The store that sold [...]

Factors To Consider In Setting Up A Retail Business

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Experience and knowledge of the business in mind is one of the factors to consider in setting up a retail business. Lack of such expertise may lower the success rate of the business as you would not be able to cope with the problems peculiar to that branch of retailing. Therefore, it pays to work as an employee first. The branch of retailing contemplated is another factor to be considered. You have to bear in mind whether your financial sources are adequate and whether you know enough about the business. For example, to set up a coffee-house you may need [...]

Start a Lawn Care Business – $100,000 Profit Per Year?

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People who want to start a lawn care business often ask the question - Can I make $100,000 profit per year? This article looks at the profits that you can expect during your first few years in the lawn care business and sets out ten points that you must be aware of if you want to get you business started the right way and take it to the $100,000 level. How much is Possible? If you start out right and work hard during your first year and are able to obtain at least 30 clients that you regularly service then [...]

How to Get 500 Supporters for Your Next Business Idea

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Reader Resource Join Entrepreneur's The Goal Standard Challenge and make 2017 yours. Learn more » Have you ever had an idea you thought was brilliant, then spent weeks planning and working to bring it to life, only to share it with the world to find out no one cares? It's a terrible feeling most entrepreneurs know well. The good news is, it doesn't have to be that way and you don't have to go through that anymore. There's a much simpler and common sense approach you can take that will help you build a list of interested people before you [...]

How to Validate Your Business Ideas Without Spending a Dime

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Last night in the shower, you had an ingenious idea for a new business. You rushed to the desk to write it down, with water still dripping down your back. Your [insert the brilliant thing] is going to change the universe! It’s time to call up investors, assemble a team and . . . stop! Stop right there! Before plunging into execution, you should confirm you’re solving a problem and/or meeting a need that people want to pay for. (Unless you’re Beyoncé. Then you can make money selling the air you breathe.) Idea validation should be done on both macro and micro [...]

Pyrography (Fire Art on Wood) for Pleasure or Profit – Eight Tips For Starting Up A Small Business

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1. Make a simple plan listing the Pyrography items you want to sell and the prices you aim to sell them at. If you are unsure of the mark up price, then think about how much you would be prepared to be paid per hour to do this work. Next factor into your equation the price of the raw materials used = Price of materials + how many hours it took to produce your piece of work (what you decide is a fair hourly rate of pay.) I recommend you do your research at craft venues etc. to find out [...]

How to Create Successful Business Ideas Without Epiphanies

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A lot of people give inspiration too much credit. Contrary to popular belief, artists don't sit around waiting for inspiration before they create something. When trying to come up with a business idea, you shouldn't wait for inspiration, either. Let's talk about how to come up with great business ideas without the inconvenience of waiting for inspiration to strike. Dots and Lines Coming up with good business ideas is like identifying dots and connecting them with lines. For example, you see a niche to fill in one industry (dot) and you read about a new technology that's being developed for [...]

5 Ways to Validate a Business Idea, Right Now

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Last year, I embarked upon a personal challenge to validate a business idea in 30 days. To make it even more difficult, it was a random idea chosen by my readers. They asked me to do it without using my existing website, traffic and business connections and without spending more than 20 hours per week on the project. On top of that, I limited myself to spending no more than $500 validating this idea. The experiment was a success. In just two weeks, I built an email list of 565 subscribers without having an actual website. Then, I reached out to a handful of those subscribers and [...]

3 Home-Based Business Ideas You Didn’t Think Of

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These 3 home-based business ideas probably weren't on your radar until now. You'll open your eyes to the many unique opportunities awaiting. Starting a home-based business is a dream that many of us share. What could be better than earning a living from the comfort of your own home? The low overhead and flexibility they can provide is very lucrative. In fact, more than half of all small businesses are based out of an owner's home. You may have your heart set on starting a home-based business, but not sure which kind to try. There are many common ideas [...]

Steps To Success In Running A Minibus Company

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A minibus driving operation is one of the thriving businesses today. In fact, running a minibus business can be a good asset to enhance your existing vehicle business. If you are living in London, you would notice numerous people taking a ride in a minibus to reach their destinations. This could mean that a minibus driving operation is a potential business opportunity. There are several types of minibus business that you can start off. You may consider starting a minibus hire service, start your own minibus driving operation, provide hired drivers to clients, or run your own company. Considering the [...]

4 Reasons Why Video Is the New Star of a Small Business’s Marketing Strategy

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Video is the new star of a small business’s marketing strategy. In fact, 96% of B2B marketers today engage in video content marketing, and nearly three-quarters of marketers say that video marketing brings positive results to their company. Video marketing is “efficient” too. “A minute of video is the equivalent of 1.8 million words,” says Dr. James McQuivey of Forrester Research. Those 1.8 million words translate to roughly 3,600 pages of web content, and if you were creating content at the speed of a single web page per hour, it would take nearly five months to produce enough content to create [...]

50 Random Acts of Kindness Your Customers Will Love

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Want to improve your community and help your business at the same time? You can accomplish both of those things and more through random acts of kindness. It might not seem like these simple acts should be at the top of your priority list. But being helpful and kind can really improve your reputation with customers. Here are 50 random acts of kindness your customers are sure to love. Random Acts of Kindness Ideas to Delight Your Customers Put a Handwritten Note in Shipped Packages If you have an eCommerce business, your shipments can provide a great opportunity for random [...]

Five Advantages and Disadvantages to Franchise Businesses

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Many Americans dream of owning their own business and being in control of their destiny. The only issue is that very few folks will actually dive in and take the risk to become their own boss. The reason for this holdback: it's the fear of failing. The rate of failures on startup businesses varies from person to person. However, Scott Shane of Case Western Reserve University often has his data cited. He states that failure rates in one year are about 25 percent and 10-year failure is about 71 percent. What do these numbers mean? If four businesses begin in [...]

How to Start a Discount Card Business

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Things you will need: Business cards, business cards, and more business cards! You can easily find 1,000 quality cards for under $25, and this is an essential tool when promoting your service to local businesses. Your business name. Something catchy, something available, and something that will appeal to your community. Registering your business name is important, if only to ensure that you don't set up all the work just to have someone steal the name out from under you. Getting your business license should be put off. The first year you will not charge anything, assuming you build the business [...]

10 Important Business Tips You Shouldn’t Overlook

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When running a small business, it can be easy to overlook some things. Little things like social media profiles, customer insights and even your own happiness can make a big difference, even though they might not always be your main focus. Gain some valuable tips and insights by following the advice below from members of our small business community. Avoid These Overused Buzzwords on Your Social Media Profiles When creating your social media profiles, it’s important that you accurately describe yourself and your business. But there are some overused buzzwords that can make your profile fade into the background, like [...]

How to Start a Welcome Service

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First, let's cover our bases. What exactly is a Welcoming Service? A Welcoming Service serves two purposes: 1.) to welcome newcomers to the area & 2.) to support and market area businesses. This service involves soliciting sponsors from area businesses, creating a pretty gift bag, compiling a list of newcomers and making the delivery. Sound easy? Well, it is, in theory. Putting these ideas to work can be a little more complicated. Basically, what the consumer (newcomer) gets is a nice, friendly welcome from you & a beautiful gift bag filled with goodies from area businesses. Since Welcome Services are [...]

How to Run an Auto Mechanic Business From Home

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It is very easy to earn money especially for those that have the skills and knowledge. One basic skill that can make you become productive than you are now is the skill and knowledge about machines and automobiles. If you are skillful, have the training and knowledge for these things, then you might want to start learning about how to start your own small business from home that offers auto mechanic services. With the increase in the demand for cars these days, it is no wonder why there are also lots of auto mechanic shops that have also become in [...]

Hair Bow Business: 11 Tips to Start Selling Hair Bows

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1) Caution! Don't Start Online"..."Yet: Everyone wants to sell on the internet as it opens your business up to the entire world. Many people try to immediately start selling online via a website only to find out they make very few sales. Why? No one is finding their site. Selling online is great, but it can take time to get sites set up or traffic to your site. Simply put, starting a website will get you nowhere if you don't get traffic to see it. There are lots of variables in getting your website noticed by Google but we will [...]

5 Reasons to Be in the Restaurant Business

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Restaurants can be found in almost everywhere that you may go and this is proof that this kind of business is really good. Every once in while, someone makes a decision to open up a restaurant for whatever reasons he/she has. There are evidently many reasons why people choose to open such business and you do not need to have the same reasons. You just have to evaluate what you want and to help you out, here are 5 reasons why you should be in the restaurant business. The fact that all people need to eat is one of the [...]

Understanding WineShop At Home: Can You Really Make Money With WineShop At Home?

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WineShop At Home began in 1995 and offers a large variety of wine and wine related products in addition to a business or income opportunity for those that would like to make an income stream marketing their company or products. However, can you really make money with WineShop? To answer this question, we will take a look at their compensation plan. I will also explain the products and give specific explanations of a few of them while also going over the cost it's going to take to actually join the company itself and start making money all from home, if [...]

Top 5 Tips for Starting a Family Entertainment Center

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People with big dreams usually get them from a point in time when two events collide-often a bad experience followed quickly by a realization of a solution. Many family entertainment centers, as example started with a bad experience at the local fun center, followed by the thought "I bet I could run a better center than this." With that thought, another entrepreneur is born! If this is your story, you're definitely not alone. Likely there are a few other motivators to your story: A 9-5 job that no longer challenges you A desire to do something positive for your family [...]

Startups Seeking Funding Should Consider Corporate Venture Capital Arms

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Venture capital funds capitalized and run by major corporations are becoming more popular, and are commonly referred to as “venture capital arms” or “corporate venture arms.” For example, companies such as Google, Qualcomm, Comcast, Dell, Microsoft, Nokia, and Intel all have professional active venture arms. This is an important development for entrepreneurs and startups, as these corporate venture arms can invest significant capital and provide substantial assistance to a startup. Companies in many industries, from technology, software, and consumer retail to aviation, media, and mobile telecommunications, have corporate venture arms that make strategic investments. An excellent report by CB Insights shows the [...]

What Form of Business Organization Works Best?

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This article looks at three forms of business organizations and their pros and cons. What Form of Business Organization Works Best? There are several forms of business organizations. This article looks at the pros and cons of three out of them - Sole Proprietorship, Partnership and Corporation. Sole Proprietorship Sole proprietorship is considered the oldest form of business organization. Since it has such a simple set up, it is among the more preferred forms too. In a sole proprietorship, the entire business is managed by one person, who looks after the operations, and financial and legal aspects. There aren't many [...]

Mompreneurs: Make Sure You’re Not Making These 7 Mistakes in Your Business

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By Evan Brown Juggling the incessant demands of being a full-time parent with the pressing needs of running a full-scale business would even have Superwoman balking in fear. But for the many “mompreneurs” who manage to run successful businesses while also overseeing their children at home, it’s just another day in the office. For any mom (or, in fact, anyone) who is thinking of taking the entrepreneurial plunge, here are a few deadly mistakes to avoid. 1. Failing to Delegate: The “I Can Do It All” Mentality Here’s a classic dilemma that most mompreneurs fall prey to: Instead of relinquishing control, [...]

4 Platform Types For Building Online Courses That Make Money

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You have four options to choose from if you want to build online courses for profit. Four options sounds as if your choices are limited, but within those four options are independent varieties that are endless. But your choice starts with your strategy, and where you see your business in five years time. Before you start fiddling with platform types, it’s essential to know what you want from a platform, or there’s the danger of making a choice, going with it and finding out a few months down the line that you’re not satisfied with the features. Big problem. Once [...]

The Basic Components of a Business Plan for a Catering Business

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Creating a business plan for a catering business may not be as tough as some of us consider. Moreover, developing a business plan is very important for all of us that are interested in starting their own catering business. A catering business plan helps lay the foundation for the main components of your business. It also serves as a vital tool if you are seeking funding for your start-up; since all lenders will request your business plan. Keep in mind that starting a small catering business is also a start-up option which may only require the use of some of [...]

50 Handmade Business Ideas You Can Start From Home

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There are plenty of home based business ideas out there. But if you’re looking for something that will let you exercise your creativity and work from home with supplies that are easily attainable, then a handmade business might be for you. Here are 50 handmade business ideas that you can do right from your own home. Handmade Business Ideas Greeting Card Maker Design your own greeting cards from home using paper, stamps, stencils and your own artistic talents. Then sell your creations online. Beaded Jewelry Maker You can also design and create your own jewelry using beads and other supplies you [...]

It’s 2017. How Can You Not Have a Website Yet?

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by Rieva Lesonsky for SCORE It’s hard to believe that in 2017, a sizeable percentage of small business owners still don’t have websites. Even among those who do, many of their websites are less effective than they could be. Is yours one of them? In a recent Capital One study, just 56 percent of small businesses say they have a company website. Of those, only 53 percent of their websites are mobile-optimized. This kind of statistic makes me want to tear my hair out. If your small business doesn’t have a website, here are some of the many ways you’re [...]

13 Ways You Can Encourage Your Employees to Be Brand Builders

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Your employees are your brand’s biggest cheerleaders behind-the-scenes, so why not let them come out from backstage? There are plenty of ways you can encourage your team to be brand builders, from tapping into their creative abilities to simply asking them to spread the word. That’s why we asked 13 successful entrepreneurs from Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) the following question: Q. What’s one specific way my employees can help contribute to my branding efforts? How can I encourage them to do so? 1. Invest in Brand Apparel The best technique I have found to expand my brand is to get [...]

Avoiding Healthcare Fraud In Small Business

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When you own a small business, having healthcare is important. You want to know that you’re accounted for when it comes to medical issues, and you want to know that your employees are in good hands as well. In order to make sure that is possible, you have to have the right people on your side. There is a lot of information that relates itself to healthcare insurance and such, which makes navigating this issue difficult for most people. The average person doesn’t know much about health insurance, they just go to work and know that a certain amount of [...]

From Bootstrapped Startup to More than $1 Million in Annual Revenue

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How many times do we hear the millions of excuses for why we, or the people around us, are incapable of realizing our dreams? An Indian start-up decided to trade in those millions of excuses for a design platform now worth millions of dollars. If you think that funding is the only reason you can’t get from A to B, then you need to pay attention to the takeaways in this article. You’ll see that with some grit, determination and networking, anything is possible. Related: 3 Questions That You Should Regularly Ask Yourself That Can Transform Your Life The true [...]

What is a Google Knowledge Panel and How Can It Benefit Your Business?

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Google’s Knowledge Panel offers a whole lot of information on people and movies among other subjects — or your business. Does your business have one of the panels for customers find? The feature essentially offers an overview of information related to a particular topic, while pointing towards additional links. Knowledge panels are the aggregated blocks of content that pop up to the right of main search on certain topics. But these knowledge panels are also among the features listed on MozCast as important in getting a high ranking on Google (NASDAQ:GOOGL) searches for your site. What is a Google Knowledge [...]

Tips on How to Start a Home-Based Facial Business

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Beauty is a very lucrative business. Every year, billions, even trillions of dollars are spent all over the world just on hair care, cosmetics, and skin care. This is the reason why it's not surprising to see beauty based businesses popping up like mushrooms all over the place. Cosmetology, or anything that has to do with the beauty industry is probably one of the most popular professions at present. It provides a lot of opportunities for growth and profit which makes it one of the fastest growing careers. However, a lot of people get intimidated to put up their own [...]

Video Blogging Is an Easy Yet Effective Addition to Any Content Marketing Strategy

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By Jini Maxin Video blogging, or “vlogging,” has become big business today. Video sharing website YouTube is driving vlogging’s explosive climb, with its mobile site reaching more 18- to 49-year-olds during primetime than any cable network in the United States. That said, traditional blogging is still alive and kicking—it’s a multi-million-dollar industry. In fact, both big and small businesses are still relying heavily on blogs to get ranked high on search engines. “Written content is critically important and always will be because this is one of the primary ways people learn and absorb information,” according to Mark Schaefer of Schaefer Marketing Solutions. [...]

Baby Hand Casting – Home Based Business for Moms

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You've probably seen examples of this wonderful art form on TV or on the internet- full size, 3 dimensional, stone sculptures of baby hands and feet. These are called LifeCasts. You've probably wondered how they did it and most people assume that it is very complicated or expensive to do. Not so... The materials and techniques used by professional LifeCasters are neither expensive nor are they beyond the reach of most amateurs. In fact the materials cost for a baby hand cast is no more than $4.00. New parents are always agog with the cuteness of their baby. They can't [...]

Your Small Business Should Outsource These Marketing Tasks

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As I recently mentioned, I did another round of outsourcing in my business recently. As I’m learning to delegate and let a manager take over a lot of things, I’m also learning about the things business owners may want to outsource this year. Here’s a list of all the things business owners may want to consider outsourcing in 2017. Just note that depending on your business you may not have to do all of these. Also note that you don’t have to do it all at once. You can ease into it as your budget allows. Outsource These Marketing Tasks [...]

5 Questions New Business Owners Need to Ask About Estimated Taxes

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Transitioning from being a full-time employee to an entrepreneur means approaching the way you do taxes differently. For anyone who is new to being self-employed (from a sole proprietor to a part-time business owner), your tax obligations now include filing an annual return and paying an estimated quarterly tax. What is this tax and how often do you have to pay it, anyway? Here’s what first-time entrepreneurs need to know about their quarterly estimated taxes. 1. What’s the difference between estimated tax and self-employment tax? Before we go any further, it’s a good idea to define what both of these [...]

How to Start Your Own Lawn Aeration Business

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You can be in business for yourself, if you start your own lawn aeration business, that will let you be your own boss, and you can make good money doing it also. Usually, lawn aeration is a process where a machine, like a big lawnmower, basically, has spikes sticking out that press into the ground. These spikes, or hollow tubes, push down into the dirt, and pull plugs of dirt out, so that the roots underground can breathe better, and get better water and oxygen to the roots, to keep them green and healthy. Most landscapers will tell you, you [...]