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Say something profound today.

If you can't think of something to say, don't worry - how about this: Based on structural considerations, our physical distribution strategy broaden our horizons tpwards our platform robustness - or this -In the final analysis, performance-based positioning energizes 24/7 architectures.These examples and 40 million more are generated on the MBA Writer web-site by Mike Shor (Humor), he writes:Automatically generate sentences ready for inclusion into your business memos without all of the thinking!!Here you go b*** s*** at the press of a button, you can use it in your memos, emails (or not) it will impress the readers - as long as they don't come back and ask you what that means.

Small Business Failure – Reason: Fixed Cost

Even if you have staff - outsourced of employed - doing your bookkeeping and organize the payments for you, you need to make the decisions of when your suppliers get paid, so you can control your cash-flow.There are many more questions you could ask yourself, here I just wanted to get you going. If you have any more issues or are uncomfortable with any of your costs and answers to the above questions, then you should get some professional advice.Running out of money is the reason most small business and start-up business, like SOHO-, SME, SMB-, Micro-, Lifestyle-, Home-, DIY-, Hobby-, Boomer-, Professional-, Personal businesses fail, not controlling your fixed costs is one of the main reasons for this.

Small Business Checklist: Home Office & Home Business

As part of a bootstrapping exercise or a business start-up phase, working from home is a great way to work, so I thought of some points to consider when setting up your office or small business at home: Cost - you will save a lot of money and be very eco-friendly when you decide not to rent an office, this saving can be used in other areas of your business, like marketing, better web-site or better IT.Family - I suspect that many of you work from home because of your family, it allows you to be around when your kids come home from school or look after relatives, while still earning a living.Commuting - again a very eco-friendly approach and saves money and time.... I use social network communities to linkedIn to build out my professional network, utilizing our online office, skype and other tools to communicate worldwide.More and more of my friends work from home so we have nice "pub-lunches" locally, no traveling, less stress and a much better work/life balance - how is your work/life balance?For more of my checklists see the Small Business Checklists category and as always please add to my list with your comments, tell us what works for you.

Accounting and Accountants for Business Start-Ups and Small Business

Do you want to:Do you just want to collect your receipts and other documents and than hand it over to someone else?Are you happy to fill in a simple online forms and have the double entry done by an bookkeeper or accountant?Or do you want to do the accounting yourself and have the accountant prepare your tax-returns for you?Each of these options is OK, as long as you do not relinquish all your responsibility to the other party when you outsource.... then their are products on the market that can help you, one of them is our AccountsOffice- Lite Edition ( currently still called CashBook), for a full tri-ledger accounting system you can use our AccountsOffice Standard Edition, both of the single user versions are free BTW.For small business and start-up business, like SOHO-, SME, SMB-, Micro-, Lifestyle-, Home-, DIY-, Hobby-, Boomer-, Professional-, Personal business, the only way to go is online - I'm sure you think I would say that - but consider this.

Competitive Edge for Small Business

So if you need reassurance that it's good to be a small start-up business - here are some of my thoughts - and I'm sure you could add to these:Low overheads - especially if you use bootstrapping techniques your value proposition to your customers is unbeatable for big business, who have to factor in a much higher cost infrastructure.People - contracting a big company is not easy, one person will make the deal with you as the client and other will come and do the work. With small business you often talk to the person who also does the work - you can see how he or she works before you spend any money.Flexibility and mobility - small business is not hampered by infrastructure and paper pushing, short decision processes combined with more mobility is key to keep customers happy.Talk to the boss - with a small business you can always talk to the boss - try to talk to the Chairman of BT!

Marketing for Small Business and Business Start-Up

Starting, owning and growing a small business calls for many skills sets to be used by the owner, financial planning, people management, having a vision and development of a strategy, operational skills, technical, sales and marketing skills.... A fundamental marketing concept is Customer Value Proposition (CVP) - to succeed with your small business your must: Offer the right product or serviceTo your targeted clients and customersAt the right priceCreating the perception of valueIn a profitable mannerConsider these points when developing your marketing plan - a CVP should be part of your strategic plan and be inline with your efficiency efforts for your small business.If you have more than one customer/client segments your small business and start-up business, like SOHO-, SME, SMB-, Micro-, Lifestyle-, Home-, DIY-, Hobby-, Boomer-, Professional-, Personal business, is active in than you need to have more than one CVP, but most of the time small business will focus on one customer group and develop into a niche:the newspaper shop - to provide newspapers and a small selection of consumer goods in a local (convenient) community with convenient opening hours and a good customer service (friendly) which can demand a slightly higher priceorthe online business - to provide a complete range of products within a market segment, which is available to purchase 24 hrs a day, every day at the lowest possible price with fast delivery using user-friendly online shopping technologyCreate your own CVP - Customer Value Proposition for your own small business - again it will help you to focus on what is important (core) and what can be outsourced (non-core).

Blog Action Day About Our Environment

I just registered my blog to join in on the Blog Action Day for our Environment - if you have a blog - please do the same.WinWeb will publish it's ClimateByte™ Technology Guidelines - in connection with our software release 3.4 - early next month and we are pleased to be associated with this BLOG ACTION DAY FOR OUR ENVIRONMENT On October 15th, 2007when everyone should post something about green/environmental issues on their blog.Please join us and be part of the solution.... One day.

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