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Patience for Entrepreneurs

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Its summer and so for that reason Ill break from my insistence on pragmatic advice and write on a topic you might consider fluff. Yet its the biggest mistake I see small business owners make, including me. We have no patience. I think that its a given that a requirement for being an entrepreneur is to have a low grade case of ADD, or in my case, ADHD with an emphasis on the H. And in marketing, that will kill you.

I cant tell you how many times a client tries something and when there are no immediate results says “Well that doesnt work.” Its like lifting weights one day and expecting that tricep cut to develop overnight. Im not suggesting that we all go out and spend a bajillion dollars on advertising during American Idol. But I do think that in order for your PR and marketing tactics to work you have to learn to wait a bit. Here are a few tips to use to figure out if youre too impatient.

1. Are you measuring your campaign results by the number of orders youre getting off each initiative? In a word, DONT. Look at your website hits instead, or the traffic in your store. Whats the first step toward buying your product or service? Do they request a brochure? Do they visit the website? Measure by those “first steps” in the short term.

2. Are you changing your marketing strategy on a weekly or monthly basis? WRONG. You had better have confidence in your strategy (or your consultant) from the start. Nothing works if you dont believe in it 100% from the beginning. Switching around what youre doing on a constant basis and youll end up running circles.

3. Are you relying on only one outreach method? It may work now, but it will stop working eventually. Or youll end up trying one thing after another. BLEND your messaging channels. If youre doing radio, connect it to an online promotion as well. Trying guerilla marketing? Make sure youve got some PR working in conjunction with those “on the ground” techniques.

Particularly in the online world, patience is the key to success. Jay Conrad Levinson, the founder of Guerilla Marketing, believes that patience is the most important characteristic of successful entrepreneurs. Be confident in your approach. Measure it wisely. And then, like that old farmer in the field, be patient and watch the seeds of your marketing work grow.

The Real Deal With Bank Properties Listings

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While there are indeed many bargains that can be found in the foreclosures market, you should not expect that every property that appears in bank properties listings is a bargain. There are many factors that could drive property prices either up or down. Knowing how to appreciate the market as well as the forces that move behind foreclosures and the entire real estate industry can level your expectations. When dealing with bank properties in particular, take note of the following as smart guides so that you may be able to purchase properties wisely.

The Real Deal With Bank Offerings

It is a common notion that bank properties are the safest to buy in the foreclosures market, owing to its ability to erase all liens and transfer clean, good property titles to the buyer. However, despite the screaming ads that boast of low prices and steep discounts, you should be aware that banks do not pass everything on a golden plate.

When pricing a property and before putting up in bank properties listings, the bank would usually price it almost near to what it is worth, unless it foresees that the property would hardly sell in the market. To attract buyers, banks would commonly employ marketing strategies that would entice the average buyer. This includes offering the property as a move-in-ready property or including some furniture with the sale or even waiving some of its closing costs.

Also, while banks generally aim for quick sales, this does not mean that they jump in on every offer that they receive for a property. In fact, many foreclosures stay on the market for several months before signs of its being sold even become apparent. The main reason is because it could take weeks or even months for a bank to respond to a buyers offer. And when it does, it almost always makes a counter-offer which could again prolong the negotiation.

Another thing to be aware of when dealing with bank properties is the fact that defects in property conditions are hardly disclosed by the banks. This is understandable, since many state laws do not or even exempt them from disclosure liability. Another reason is that banks could not be expected to know the condition of all the properties in its inventory.

Finally, when looking at bank properties listings, bear in mind that there are very few banks that will offer or even entertain pre-closing repairs. If you think that you can insert the deal at any time in your negotiations, you may be in for a surprise. The way to deal with this is to do your own inspection and approximate the repair costs to determine its level of acceptability to you.

Small Business Bank – How Specialized Banking Works for You

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If you’re opening a small business, you need a small business bank, pure and simple. Using your regular bank won’t net you the benefits that a specialized banking account can come with. No matter who you choose as a host for your banking needs, you always need to open a new account for a business. Never use your personal bank account as this can make it next to impossible to discern your business income and expenses from more personal sources. Always choose a new account, and look for a specialized bank whenever possible. The right bank will have a deep understanding of your business needs.

One of the most important features of a small business bank is an assortment of affordable banking solutions. Money is usually tight when you’re starting out. You don’t want to have a high minimum amount on your account that you can’t possibly sustain. If you need to make a large withdrawal for business purposes, you should know that you can do so without jeopardizing your bank account. It’s also important that you’re able to make deposits and withdrawals without a lot of fees. The right business bank will work with you so that you can maximize your profits early on.

Small businesses today are far different than what they were in the past. A mom and pop shop used to be a brick and mortar store with an easily-defined address and actual location. Today, many businesses are run online. You could be running your business from locations all over the country, or all over the globe. You can’t always work with the bank down the street. You need a small business bank that will go with you everywhere you happen to be. Online banking, mobile banking, and more are essential for a business banking account. You don’t want to be tied down to one location, and with the right account you won’t be.

When you’re getting ready to open a new banking account for your business, it’s important to take the time to do your research. Look into a variety of banking opportunities to find the small business bank that’s right for you. When you look at other offers, you’re sure to notice where the best deal really lies. It’s important to understand what’s out there so you don’t get sucked into the first well-worded advertisement you see. Compare your options and look for a small business banking account that provides all the services, benefits, and convenience you need to make your company a success.

Retirement Planning for Small Business 3 options

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Wondering if your business is too small for a group retirement plan?

One of the keys to attracting and retaining top employees is to offer a high-quality retirement plan. A group savings plan conveniently helps employees save money for the future while reducing and deferring taxes today. Plus, the investment you make in a group retirement plan is an investment you make in your organization, your employees and your reputation. Everyone’s a winner.

Three options stand-out depending on what you want to accomplish with your plan and how much flexibility you need. These are: 401(k) plans, SEP IRAs and SIMPLE IRAs.

The 401(k) Offers the Most Flexibility and High Contribution Limits The traditional 401(k) is probably the most widely known retirement product on the market. It’s the fully loaded, high performance SUV of retirement plans. It’s generally defined as one that enables a business owner and employees to make consistent, tax-deferred contributions during the length of their careers.

SEP IRAs are Pretty Easy to Start and 100% Funded by the Employer Simplified Employee Pensions, more commonly referred to as SEPs, are also a popular retirement plan choice as they offer a contribution limit that’s similar to a 401(k). It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of a 401(k) plan, but it’s got a good engine under the hood. One of the most important things to understand about SEPs is that 100 percent of the contributions made are by the employer (no employee contributions allowed) and these dollars are immediately vested for the employee.

The SIMPLE IRA is a Solid, Affordable Third Option

The SIMPLE IRA’s name is a bit misleading (it actually stands for Savings Incentive Match Plan for Employees). While both employer and employee can contribute to the plan, the employer must match and matching is vested immediately.

If you do decide that you want to offer a retirement plan, you are definitely going to need some professional advice and guidance. Pension rules are complex, and the tax aspects of retirement plans can also be confusing.

As a financial planning and wealth management professional firm, Mintco Financial has been helping its clients effectively plan for comfortable retirements.

Michael Minter, as a managing partner of Mintco Financial, is a trusted investment management professional who carries more than 16 years of experience in this challenging career field.

Throughout his professional history, Michael Minter has gained strong insight into what skills and knowledge is necessary to perform investment management, wealth building services, small business development and retirement plans.

Michael MInter is also author of the book I-Plan, a guide for your financial security.

Call Michael Minter at 813-964-7100 at Mintco Financial.

Retirement Planning for Small Business

Entrepreneurship How the Internet Helps Entrepreneurs’ Home Businesses

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The Internet brought a radical change in the way we do everything. It has made the world smaller, and has brought people closer together through high speed connection. In fact, the Internet has made us realize that we now live in a global community and that everything we do affects the world around us.

The Internet not only changed the way we live, but it has changed entrepreneurs’ home businesses too.

Due to the fact that the Internet has brought the world closer together,every business has the potential for a global market. That means that the Internet has made it possible for entrepreneurs’ home businesses to have customers far away from home.

In the past “home business” meant that an entrepreneur would have to get customers from his or her immediate community. Your market was limited,but now you can get your enterprise out of the house and into the world.

No wonder that the big companies of today had to work hard in order to get out of their homes. Many of the today’s big corporations often started as home-based business.

Many entrepreneurs actually take their business to the Internet,because the Internet helps people shorten the time they have to wait until their business gets off the ground. It helps entrepreneurs’ home businesses get the push it needs to provide a global market. The Internet actually allows you to have the whole world as a target.

More and more people are opening up on-line businesses because of the simple fact that they get to make money easier this way. Today’s entrepreneurs’ home businesses actually mean that the lucky businessmen actually get to stay at home while they make their cash, because of the Internet.

Keep in mind that entrepreneurs are the richest people in the world. Professionals, lawyers, doctors, may make a lot of money, executives may have big salaries, but entrepreneurs pay these people for their services. So who do you think is really at the top of the chain?

With the Internet, you can have all the information you need at your fingertips. This means that you virtually have the whole world at the palm of your hand.

Entrepreneurs now have access to every piece of information that can affect their business. We all know how attentive one must be of things that one cannot control. The market is a very unpredictable factor in business, with people changing their preferences all the time. Through the Internet, one can be prepared for any possible events.

A simple search on the Internet allows you to take a closer look at competition. What sets those businesses apart? What is the competition’s weakness? How can you get ahead in the market?

Because the Internet also allows you access to people, you can get expert advice quickly, therefore you can reach important contacts and make business decisions faster. Entrepreneurs’ home businesses prosper because the Internet allows these businesses to have the best of help.

What is the Difference Between a Credit Union and a Bank

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Banks and credit unions seem very similar to most people. They both offer deposit accounts and various types of credit. They have many of the same services, telephone banking, online banking and ATMs; but there are some major differences between the two. If youre wondering where to turn for your next personal loan or arent sure where to open a savings account consider the following differences between a credit union and a bank.

Credit Unions

A Credit Union is a member-owned not-for-profit financial cooperative governed by a Board of Directors elected by the credit unions members. The members of a credit union usually have something in common, such as living in the same geographical region or belonging to the same organization.

Credit Unions offer everything from checking and savings accounts to small business loans, car loans, mortgages, personal loans, and more. A credit unions main focus, however, is on savings and it will usually offer higher interest on savings products than a bank. A credit unions not-for-profit status means that any income it earns is given back to its members, usually via lower interest rates and fees.

Banks

A bank is a stockholder-owned financial institution. Its main goal is to make its investors money and it does so by investing its customers money or lending it to other customers. When you make a deposit at the bank you are essentially loaning money to it. The bank pays you back in interest for that loan but the rates vary depending on the bank (consider that 0.05% youre now making on a savings account you opened several years ago when interest rates were much higher).

Banks also make their money in fees (ATM fees, overdraft fees, late payment fees, etc.). Banks carry the same products as credit unions, deposit accounts, IRAs, credit cards, and so on, but unlike a credit union, a banks products are FDIC insured. (Credit unions are insured by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) so funds are still guaranteed should the credit union fail).

While it may seem that banks and credit unions both offer the same products and the only difference is in who owns them, credit unions lead the way when it comes to service. Surveys of bank customers and credit union members consistently show a higher rate of satisfaction among credit union members. And while banks are often able to provide more convenience, in that they typically offer more branch locations, customer satisfaction is not as high.

Uniformmarket At 2013 Naumd Trade Show

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The 2013 NAUMD trade extravaganza, Innovation in Action are going to be held April 5-8, 2013 at the Renaissance Orlando perplexed World. UniformMarket continually attends the NAUMD trade extravaganza to be told what’s new within the Uniform, Footwear, Gear and Accent Trade.

Throughout the year, UniformMarket asks its purchasers that new suppliers they’d prefer to see added the seller Alliance Program, which forms the premise for the work that the executives of UniformMarket do at the NAUMD convention. UniformMarket goes to the NAUMD expo, introducing their business ideas to new uniform trade suppliers and discussing with these suppliers how their participation within the Vendor Alliance Program will profit their distributors additionally as their own businesses. The fullview of the UniformMarket private Store (Company store) ideas, additionally because the on-line uniforms store builder is usually a watch opener for the suppliers at the NAUMD trade extravaganza.

NAUMD 2013 are going to be no totally different, with UniformMarket visiting current suppliers and looking out to fulfill new suppliers. If you’re a retailer, reseller or distributor of uniform, gear, footwear and accent who has interest in a very web site store builder, whereas you’re at the 2013 NAUMD trade extravaganza, offer us a decision and tell us who you would like added to the seller Alliance Program or talk over with us concerning our personal company store ideas.

UniformMarkets Vendor Alliance Program allows makers to share their entire family of uniform programs, images, products, videos, size charts and different promoting materials all the way down to the SKU level to be used in their approved resellers websites. Your approved dealers will simply deploy and maintain up-to-date Uniform eCommerce Websites along with your product, that makes the uniform getting method a lot of seamless and economical.

At UniformMarket, we tend to are committed to advancing the uniform trade makers and their retail channel by increasing their selling hours, client service, and shopper reach through the utilization of advanced on-line company store services. Over the past 5 years, uniform resellers are able to access and sell over 1,000,000 product using the UniformMarket Store System (UMSS). Resellers have deployed each public internet stores additionally personal stores from that complete Uniform Programs are sold and managed.

UniformMarket allows approved retailers to use your product info with our Vendor Alliance Program. The seller Alliance Program dramatically improves the potency of the retailers to come up with incremental revenue via Uniform eCommerce Solutions additionally to their retail stores.

Choose the Right Home Builders to Save Time and Money

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When you are building your own custom-built dream home, there are many things that you need to consider. One of the most important aspects of the process is finding the right home builders for your project.

The first thing you need to do when you meet with potential contractors is to make them aware of what your needs are. Some have certain areas and styles that they specialize in, such as price range and style, which can be seen in a portfolio that can be viewed in a meeting, or in a model home that you can tour. During this initial meeting, you should be able to learn about the company’s experience in the industry.

Another thing you need to look for when you are considering home builders for your new custom residence is the satisfaction of past customers. Most contractors have referral lists and references that they will gladly share with you because they want to earn your business. Definitely review them and ask these former customers the important questions, such as if they would hire them for a project again, and why or why not.

Thirdly, you want to make sure that they are insured. This is important because if someone on the crew is not insured and injures themselves, your insurance will end up covering it, therefore, costing you more money.

Good home builders will also have a good warranty and offer top customer service to make customers want to hire them again. This warranty should include the roof, structure, and other major parts of the home. The contractor should offer fast and friendly service if there is a problem and should be able to explain how to properly maintain the home.

Next, you want to make sure that your builder has enough of a good reputation to ensure that your home will not lose resale value. Some loss cannot be helped in a bad economy. However, a home built by a reputable contractor will keep a higher value.

Finally, you want to make sure that your contractor is involved in the community in some way. By doing this, you know that it is not a “fly by night”, company and that they truly are a part of the community, because they care.

Things to remember when you are choosing your home builders are that you are dealing with friendly people, they have a good reputation, and they provide quality work for a reasonable price. Dealing with the right people will make you a happy and loyal customer for years to come.

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Hedge Funds – How To Make The Right Investment Choices

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After the 2008 world economic crisis, finding the right investment vehicles seems much harder and trickier. Worldwide currency, which everyone believed in, has shown its face value and, overall people have lost their confidence in the popular investment means available on the global market. However, one of the post crisis positive effects is that individuals became more aware and cautious about the significance of managing their resources appropriately and securing their assets.

Although the present day market openings sets forth an apparently endless variety of choices, making the right investment is all about selecting that alternative apposite for your means, objectives and goals on short, medium and long term. Resorting to professionals is one of the best ways to drive your worth to the right target as long as you manage to find some trustworthy, skilled, and dependable experts.

In nowadays context, the hedge fund is fairly set at the higher end of the investment opportunities scale. Working as a private pool of capital, little known to the wide public, such funds rather address the sophisticated investor that can afford hefty net investments in the prospect of likewise gains. Unlike most types of funds, a hedge fund gathers capital from a fairly limited number of individuals and, naturally the investment amounts are significantly greater, being typically believed to range between one million and six million dollars. Nevertheless, there is no investment maximal threshold regulation in place.

The hedge fund is actively run by a manager, who is in charge with all financial strategies and decisions. Once in, the investors can not set a veto on his decisions. Drawing back the capital ahead of a predetermined time span usually calls upon considerable penalties, which remain in the fund and are finally split between the remaining investors. The hedge fund manager takes up an operational commission and a performance brokerage.

In comparison with other type of investments, the hedge fund primarily differs through a wider range of investment strategies it can adopt and a more regulatory-free area of action, including short selling and hilt leveraging. No such fund is risk free, yet primarily depending on the objects of ventures, the manager can draw in high gains with relatively small risks. For instance, precious metal investments have proved to be such nest eggs. Although, one needs to be no expert to know that investing in gold – the ultimate safe heaven of all seasons- is the right investment choice for all kinds of financial portfolios, the profits of a hedge fund may considerably overrun those achievable from independent investments.

Seeking Professional Help for Home Loan Modification

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Everyone who experiences problems with paying their mortgage are advised to seek for professional help and apply for a home loan modification. Once your application is approved by your lender or the bank, you will have the capability to modify your terms in order to make it more favorable for you. This method is said to be the best way to deal with mortgage problems, and is rapidly becoming popular because of its effectiveness.

If you are looking for a home loan modification, you can search the Internet and look for online quotes provided by accredited companies. Using the details that you have provided, you will be sent to financial services who dedicated in helping people like you to ease the burdens of their mortgages. You can also ask the help of a licensed modified loan attorney. He will be asking a few questions regarding your finances, and after careful examinations, he will be giving you advices regarding your application for a home loan modification.

Applications for a modified loan are often times approved, especially if you seek professional help. However, you need to understand that having a professional to help you with your application doesn’t guarantee that you will get a home loan modification. There are several factors that are being considered for an application and you should be aware of these things if you are serious about clearing off your mortgage.

When looking for professional help online, you should always look for testimonials and feedback of previous clients, because this will help you determine whether a particular company is really capable of helping you solve your financial problems. You can also check forums and blogs that are dedicated to this topic; because these websites will help you learn more about this method.

Filing bankruptcy should never be included in your options when you are dealing with your mortgage. Aside from the risk of losing your property, you will also ruin your good credit rating, which will prevent you from taking out loans in the future. There are a lot of methods that you can use, and home loan modification program is one of them.

For detailed facts and essential tips about how you can be approved for a home loan modification, visit this simple, easy to understand loan modification guide and resource: