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Day November 14, 2007

Making the best out of change or riding a trend.

While I always caution people, that change is not necessarily progress, it is also correct that change is what is creating new business opportunities every day.It is living with this change and realizing the opportunities change generates that is the important process here. So how could a small business and start-up business, like SOHO-, SME, SMB-, Micro-, Lifestyle-, Home-, DIY-, Hobby-, Boomer- or Personal business, like professional, contractors, freelancer, self-employed, sole-trader and virtual assistants go about seeing these opportunities?The answer sounds easy, but requires patience, you need to look at your chosen market segment from the out-side.

Small Business Maxim: What If?

Look outside of your box, read books from other business entrepreneurs, try and see how they made a change work for them, read your wife's Cosmopolitan - your husband's Mens Health magazine, look at other industries, ask your kids what they like, be interested in anything and ask yourself all the time, what if.....?Your customer calls to complain about the last order - what if?... What if, applies to all aspects of your small business or startup business, like SOHO-, SME, SMB-, Micro-, Lifestyle-, Home-, DIY-, Hobby-, Boomer- or Personal business, like professional, contractors, freelancer, self-employed, sole-trader and virtual assistants: Customer Care & Support;Sales;Marketing & PR;Accounting & Credit ControlEspecially Business Planning, and so on ....It just does not end, you may not be the next Einstein, but I bet you, you will get some pretty good answers from yourself, if you bother to find the right "What If....?"

Senator John Kerry – Live Chat

Jennifer Lee emailed me yesterday, to tell me about this event:Hello Stefan,I'm writing to let you know that Senator John Kerry, Chair of the U.S. Senate on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, will be live online tomorrow, Nov.... He'll answer questions on health care, tax incentives, entrepreneurial development and other small business issues.

Little Switch – Big Small Business Collaboration

Whatever your virtual service is, typing, bookkeeping, web-dasign, translations, telephone answering, diary management, PR, it does not matter with OnlineOffice and the Quick Switch facility you will easily stay in control.Accountants can use this in the same fashion, so when a client calls, "switch" to the up-to-date data and give advice.... Combine this with the benefits of online technology and it eco-friendly impact, and you will be excused for feeling good about your business.To use this technology, all you need is your find your LiveNet ID - in My LiveNet > My Profile - give it to your client and he/she can set you up as a user on their OnlineOffice system and restrict what you have access to.This means you can work for anyone in the world who uses OnlineOffice, or you can add contractors, virtual assistants, freelancers or free agents to your system at will.

New Small Business Startup Idea: Coworking Space

It may be that you have some spare space in your house, out-building, or you even a whole house, you can't or don't want to sell or rent out, then you could generate income by setting it up as a coworking space, a coworking wiki-site explains it like this:Coworking is cafe-like community/collaboration space for developers, writers and independents.Or, it's like this: start with a shared office and add cafe culture.... Have a look at the website for coworking to get some more ideas.It will be a great place for working, socializing, and getting ideas and help from others.

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