1.||8 Things You Must Know To Build A Great Website|
Last week we talked about how a bad website can do your business more harm than good. That column brought several emails asking what is the key to building an effective business website. I replied with the same answer I always give: building an effective business website ...
[Added: 01 Oct 2005 Hits: 576 Words: 1136]
2.||When It Comes To Ebay, Don't Follow The Herd|
Q: I want to start an online business. Since I don't know anything about ecommerce and building websites and such, I'm thinking about starting out selling products on eBay, then pay someone to build a website for me once the money ...
[Added: 13 Sep 2005 Hits: 417 Words: 1105]
3.||Is Your Website Credit Card Friendly?|
In my last column I discussed the process of credit card enabling your brick-and-mortar business. I pointed out that research has shown that accepting credit cards can help increase revenue and enhance cash flow. I also pointed out that you may have to look ...
[Added: 13 Sep 2005 Hits: 461 Words: 1264]
4.||How To Handle Customer Billing Snafus|
Q: I just discovered that for the past six months I have been billing a client half of what I should have been. Should I just include the total of the past due balance on his next bill ...
[Added: 13 Sep 2005 Hits: 360 Words: 896]
5.||What's The Customer Service Buzz About Your Business?|
If you're a regular reader of this column you know that my number one pet peeve is bad customer service. Nothing chaps my backside more than paying hard-earned money for a product or service only to have the provider of said product or service become ...
[Added: 08 Sep 2005 Hits: 780 Words: 348]
6.||The Joy And Hazards Of Finding Your First Office|
Q: I have outgrown my home office and need to find office space for me and two part time employees. I am really excited about opening my first official office, but never having rented commercial space before I don't know anything about how this process works. ...
[Added: 08 Sep 2005 Hits: 301 Words: 1103]
7.||Does Your Website Induce Seizures?|
Q: We promote our web site in all our ad campaigns, but according to my website statistics program, we are getting very few visitors who click past the first page. The site has a cool Flash intro page that the designer said would impress ...
[Added: 08 Sep 2005 Hits: 293 Words: 972]
8.||The Secrets Of Starting A Successful Ebay Business|
Q: I hear so much about people who started selling on eBay and eventually turned it into their full time business. Is it really possible to build a profitable business just selling junk on eBay?
-- Alex K.
A: If Fred Sanford ...
[Added: 08 Sep 2005 Hits: 365 Words: 1095]
9.||Teaching Large Companies To Think Like The Little Guys|
Q: I am an executive at a large company and in our industry we are seeing a trend wherein smaller companies are gaining market share at an alarming rate. Our CEO believes the reason for this is that smaller companies are ...
[Added: 08 Sep 2005 Hits: 237 Words: 1097]
10.||Turnkey Dropship Websites Save You Time, Trouble And Money|
Q: I would like to start an online dropshipping business, but I have no idea how to get started. I would like to specialize in giftware and accessories. Where do I find products and how do I get set up a website without any technical knowledge?
[Added: 08 Sep 2005 Hits: 335 Words: 350]
11.||SBA's 8(a) Program Can Help Some Companies Compete|
Q: A friend told me that as a woman of Native American descent I might be eligible for a special SBA program that will help me start a small business. He said I could compete for government contracts through this program. ...
[Added: 08 Sep 2005 Hits: 239 Words: 745]
12.||Franchises Offer Shortcuts, But Not Control|
Q: I will be retiring this year at age 60 and intend to fulfill my lifelong dream of owning my own business. I'm too old to start from scratch, so I'm looking at several franchise opportunities, including fast food, auto parts, and ...
[Added: 08 Sep 2005 Hits: 926 Words: 820]
13.||Dropship Your Way To Ebay Success|
Dropshipping is a topic that I first addressed in my column way back in April, 2003, which is decades ago in Internet years. But with the continuing growth of eBay and it's positioning of itself as a viable way for ...
[Added: 31 Aug 2005 Hits: 317 Words: 1058]
14.||The "e" In eBusiness Does Not Mean Exempt|
I've gotten quite a few emails recently from ebusiness owners who seem to think that just because their business is conducted online or from the comfort of home that the rules and regulations that govern brick and mortar businesses do not apply to them.
[Added: 19 Aug 2005 Hits: 298 Words: 697]
15.||Veteran Entrepreneurs Are Growing In Ranks|
When I’m not running my own business, writing articles about business, speaking to groups and organizations about business, or consulting with companies who want my advice about the running of their business, I teach a ...
[Added: 13 Aug 2005 Hits: 351 Words: 1030]
16.||Do You Have What It Takes To Be An Entrepreneur?|
Q: I am interested in starting my own business. I have a business degree and lots of experience in my chosen field, but I don't know if I have the necessary skills to really make it on my own. ...
[Added: 13 Aug 2005 Hits: 303 Words: 829]
17.||Cut Start-Up Costs By Using A Dropshipper|
Q: I'm starting an online specialty shop that sells gifts and home accessories. I want to be able to have items dropshipped to customers through my site. I already have a Web site and a domain reserved, but I don't have a lot of money ...
[Added: 13 Aug 2005 Hits: 267 Words: 727]
18.||Choosing A Business That's Right For You|
Q: I really want to start my own business, but I have no idea what business would be best suited for me. I'm also eager to get started, but I don't want to pick the wrong business just because I'm impatient. ...
[Added: 13 Aug 2005 Hits: 255 Words: 1221]
19.||Business Is No Guarantee Of Riches|
Q: I'm thinking about starting a business since that seems to be how most rich people get rich. I don't have any business experience or much money, but I'm a fast learner and have lots of energy. Any free advice?
[Added: 09 Aug 2005 Hits: 320 Words: 977]
20.||Credit Cards, Merchant Accounts, And Your Bottomline|
Q: I'm opening a gift shop and want to be able to accept credit cards. I talked to the branch manager at my bank, but he didn't seem to know much about how it all worked. He did say that I would ...
[Added: 03 Aug 2005 Hits: 250 Words: 1220]
21.||What Makes A Good Leader? Ask Uncle Sam|
What do the major generals who are leading the war efforts in Iraq have in common with executives and entrepreneurs who are conducting business back home? When it comes to leadership, the answer is probably a lot more than you think.
In a recent study conducted by ...
[Added: 03 Aug 2005 Hits: 265 Words: 819]
22.||How To Boost Your Bottom Line With Just Two Little Words|
I hate to sound like one of those cheesy get-rich-quick commercials, but this week I am going to let you in on a little secret that is so powerful that it will immediately change the way you do ...
[Added: 23 Jul 2005 Hits: 276 Words: 904]
23.||For Entrepreneurs A Simple IRA May Be Best|
Q: I own a small decorating business and I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t know anything about taxes or retirement plans. I’d like to set up a 401(k) or an IRA or some other kind ...
[Added: 21 Jul 2005 Hits: 324 Words: 1093]
24.||Writing The Book On Great Customer Service|
Q: One of the big chain bookstores recently opened up near my small book store. Already I can see my business starting to decline. Is there anything I can do to compete with the bigger store or should I just accept the inevitable?
-- Peter Q.
A: A ...
[Added: 21 Jul 2005 Hits: 762 Words: 1007]
25.||There Are No Dumb Business Questions, Not!|
Q: I'm curious. What is the dumbest business question you've ever been asked?
-- Norris W.
A: Shame on you, Norris. There is no such thing as a dumb business question. OK, that's not exactly true. There are ...
[Added: 19 Jul 2005 Hits: 293 Words: 848]
26.||Achievements Outweigh Education And Experience|
Q: When it comes to succeeding in business, which do you think is more important: education or experience?
-- Regina M.
A: Regina, have you seen the television show, Fear Factor? If you haven't seen it you've probably heard about it. Fear Factor ...
[Added: 12 Jul 2005 Hits: 293 Words: 895]
27.||SWOT Analysis Is No Magic 8 Ball|
Q: A key investor in my business has suggested that I hire a consultant to do a SWOT Analysis to help plan for the future. I try not to argue with my investors, but I'm not so sure I need to have this done. What do you think?
[Added: 12 Jul 2005 Hits: 451 Words: 1186]
28.||Business Lessons Learned At The Mall|
Normally I dispense highly-intelligent small business advice in response to thought-provoking questions submitted by future and fellow entrepreneurs. This week, however, I have a couple of questions for myself, one of which makes me wonder how truly ...
[Added: 12 Jul 2005 Hits: 291 Words: 1155]
29.||The Business Autopsy: A Fact Of Life|
Last time we discussed the importance of performing an autopsy on a dead business. No, I haven't been watching too many of those wonderfully graphic, TV forensic investigation shows. The reason I recommend you do a business autopsy is to uncover the exact reasons why the business ...
[Added: 08 Jul 2005 Hits: 287 Words: 1005]
30.||The Business Failed, But Did You?|
Q: After years of dreaming about starting my own business, I finally took the plunge a little over a year ago. To say the least, my dream quickly became a nightmare. The business didn't do nearly as well as I had hoped. I ran out of money within six months ...
[Added: 07 Jul 2005 Hits: 278 Words: 1050]
31.||An Entrepreneur And A Life To Be Remembered|
I was reminded of my own mortality today. I guess you can say I had a near death experience, though the death I experienced was not my own.
No, I was never in any danger, nor was my life ...
[Added: 07 Jun 2005 Hits: 325 Words: 1140]