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Small Business Quotation: Focus

In these times of our economies in a possible depression, small business focus is more important than ever, the japanese merchant Mitsui Takafuse had this to say about family business focus in the 17th century:Never waste your attention on matters that have nothing to do with your work .... Remember that it is the family business that must not be neglected for a moment.Being focused on your small business also means getting all tasks not crucial for your small business eliminated or outsourced.

Discover Small Business Watch

Measuring the economic confidence of small business owners the Discovery Small Business Watch Report for July 2007 is out, and it makes for interesting reading:Economic confidence among small business owners fell in August as small business owners expressed less confidence in the economic conditions for their business and experienced more cash flow issues.... Small business and start-up business, like SOHO-, SME, SMB-, Micro-, Lifestyle-, Home-, DIY-, Hobby-, Boomer-, Professional-, Personal businesses need to implement these techniques to become recession proof.How recession proof is your business?

Social Impact of Working From Home

I would like to list here some challenges I believe our society is facing currently: Child care - in our work dominated society we often outsource most of our child-care, in kindergarten, boarding schools, and other institutions, here our children will not receive the same level of care and love they deserve and need;Care for the Elderly - our lifestyles often separate us from our loved ones and in times of need we are often not able to care for our relatives or friends, because we live in different cities or even countries for example;Environment - many of use spend hours every day alone in cars or on trains - not alone, but still isolated - and contribute to the carbon emissions that change our climate.There are many more examples.... After all, this technology we at WinWeb and others supply makes it possible to work from anywhere, gives you a tremendous amount of freedom to live the life you want, where you want.Let's hope in hundred years from now people will see this era not only as the "Information Age", but also the age when we learned to live a better work/life balance, in tune with our emotional and social needs as individuals, families and society as a whole.

Small Business News Round-Up

A few good posts of today may be interesting to you, so here is what I want to share with you today: Dry Cleaners Targeted in Lawsuit Closing Business on The Entrepreneurial Mind - Jeff tells a outrageous story about a judge who lost more than his pants and I'm sad to say should lose his robe too.Entrepreneur and Productivity Roundup on Bootstrapper - good small business ideas and solutions for your bootstrapping strategy.One Blogger Asks: Is the Grass Really Greener on the Web Worker’s Lawn? on Web Worker Daily - Must read, great piece with some interesting questions?

Small Business Quotation: Delegate

US president and actor Ronald Reagan was quoted in the Fortune Magazine in September 1986:Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority and don't interfere.I'm not sure how true this would be in a small business and start-up business, like SOHO-, SME, SMB-, Micro-, Lifestyle-, Home-, DIY-, Hobby-, Boomer-, Professional-, Personal business environment. So, what may be a good idea for the big organisations may not necessarily a good idea for small business.

Small Business News Round-Up, Sept. 20th, 2007

Some of the news stories and blog postings I enjoyed today: Delegate, Delegate, Delegate! on Blog - Evan Carmichael talks about the need to be able to delegate task and stay in control.Run Silent, Run Deep, Run Out of Money on Planning, Startups, Stories - Tim Berry has "cash-flow" story - a bit one sided - but it makes a valid point.Online Tools Give Office-Style Services on Business Opportunities Weblog - This is a must read example of home based business success using online tools.Recycle Old Computer Equipment Through Dell on Small Business Trends - And they even clean all your data of your hard-disk, great eco-friendly service from Dell Computers.

Small Business Quotation: Efficiency

In a small business world, where many ask for VC money before they even have a product or service, todays quote seems very relevant to me and is attributed to Sarah Tarleton Colvin, US nurse, campaigner for women’s suffrage, and educationalist: A business set up just to make money is rarely efficient, because it is…

Small Business News Round-Up, Sept. 19th, 2007

I will share some of the posts I read with you in this Small Business News Round-Up series of posts: Bad Policy for an Entrepreneurial Econonmy at The Lockesmith Blog - Jeff Cornwall laments the no-change tax policies and it's negative impact on small business.Red tape to worsen, firms predict at AccountingWeb - Needles to mention that the paper-pushing is getting worse and worse, if you need some numbers for this - here they are.20-Something Business Trends at Small Business Trends - Graham Lutz tells us what is what for the Generation-Y entrepreneur, it's a good read.Things I Wish I Knew..... at Dumb Little Man - this is a great list of small business experiences.That is all I have time for today, it's my first day back after my break, do I need to say more.

Daily Small Business Quotation: Change

My quotation of today is not credited to anyone, but is a good quotation on for how people and small businesses deal with with the change in our private and business lives:When the wind of change blows, some build walls, other build windmills.I hope you are building windmills, as it is the best time ever for starting a small business.

Small Business Wisdom – Focus Groups

Scott Adams, the creator of the Dilbert cartoons had this to say about Focus Groups:Focus Groups are people who are selected on the basis of their inexplicable free time and their common love for free sandwiches.Listening to some of the stuff these groups come out with, he has a point!

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