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  • Look After Your Customers - And They'll Look After You! - Blogtrepreneur - For Busy Entrepreneurs
    that someone else had commented after me in the same sort of admiring style to the author s work However the author had written a reply to that person s comment and had neglected mine without even thanking me for dropping by Now just so you know that I wasn t being fussy the same thing happened to me on someone else s blog It s been driving me up the wall and I wanted to talk about how as a blogmaster you should respond to commenters People don t actually have to comment on your posts For most of the time bar the spammers they do so out of kindness and generosity and mostly always have nice things to say humorous comments and great attitudes In return for this all it takes for you is to say at least 1 word Thankyou Being a good host is not only key for blogging and being on the internet but it relates directly to real life as well Most of the time people pay for customer service and quality class Look at Apple Although their iPods are way overpriced compared to the cheapy MP3 players you can get out there and their rivals Zen they still sell bucket loads more than their competitors and have the majority market share but why is this As well as having a flashy website which is easy to use the word iPod means class in itself Also I happen to know that Apple have great customer interaction Whilst their Warranty may be short they live up to their word and I have known people who have got a brand new iPod for free to replace their 11 month old broken one That s brilliant Customer Service in shops and retail is just as important Responding

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  • Set and Accomplish Your Goals: 5 Easy Steps - Blogtrepreneur - For Busy Entrepreneurs
    with the larger goal always in your mind but with the sub goal as your short range target and primary focus until it s hit then celebrate and move to the next one This technique helps to keep you from being overwhelmed with huge goals If your goal is 1 million in sales in three years and the most you ve made to date is 800 there will be a part of your mind saying A million dollars is so much money How will I ever do that Breaking your huge goal into smaller goals helps your mind accept the possibilities and it will help you stay on track too 3 Cross the bridges before you get to them No matter what goal you set for yourself or your business there are bound to be challenges and obstacles along the way If not your goal isn t big enough While you can t plan for every possible contingency you can probably foresee the most likely complications that might prevent or at least slow your progress Working through the what ifs now will make them much easier to overcome when they actually do occur Let s say you write a blog on extreme mountain biking and you have a goal to reach 20 000 subscribers by August of this year You ve been injured before and know that it s not uncommon for those in your sport to be knocked out of commission every now and then If you want to reach your goal you ve got to post relevant interesting articles often so what happens if you break both wrists and aren t able to type for weeks or months Having considered and planned for that possibility you have a reserve of several articles on the ready Because you want your posts to be timely you also decide to begin right now forming relationships with other bloggers in your arena and asking them to occasionally guest blog Now if you do need to be away you won t be panicking about losing readers while you re recovering from your injuries 4 Aaaand Action It s been said that a goal without a plan is just a dream In breaking down your goal and planning for contingencies you have formed a plan that will carry you from where you are to where you want to be Now all that s left is taking the necessary actions to get you to your goal For this it might be helpful to take step 2 and break your goals down even further Ask yourself What actions do I need to take each day that will get me closer to my goal Taking action daily toward accomplishing your goals will keep you focused on the goal as well as on those smaller goals that will get you to the big one Don t let a day pass where you don t take some step no matter how small toward your objective 5 Assess as you

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  • How to Make Money Online For Free Doing What You Love - Blogtrepreneur - For Busy Entrepreneurs
    views You can also make this an extension of what you do offline to help you make money in both sectors Say you have a physical therapy business with no extra money to market your business By creating videos No objections we all have cell phones that record that people can learn from you ll create brand awareness for yourself make money through views through YouTube Pay and by demonstrating that you know what you are doing build confidence in people so those in your area will be more willing to see you versus someone that they don t know Not too bad for a zero cost endeavor While a little more shall we say exotic the Blendtec Will It Blend campaign was an amazing use of video to demonstrate the ability of their blender to teach everyone that this blender wasn t just another option on the store line What can you teach or show people that will help them see something new in a new light or in a way they never thought possible If you can make it fun you could go viral 2 Tutoring Know a topic really well but don t want the world to get to know you on YouTube There are portals that will act as your digital match maker to connect a student in need with the skills you possess remember just because you know the information doesn t mean others do and this transfer of information will help you earn more cash online in the process One of the beautiful things about this avenue is that you do not always have to come up with a new program new marketing angle or anything else to stay relevant assuming you are not teaching something cutting edge like Photoshop think calculus or physics You can take the program that connects with students and continue to refine and refine until you have the perfect way to teach your subject Some avenues include Tutor com They do not reveal their tutor pay structure online until you have completed an application If you have concerns over whether you are qualified or not and what subjects they look for teacher in you can see their list of topics here Smarthinking com Tutors are paid hourly but the exact rate was not posted online Craigslist com The world s classified page is called that for a reason As a tip you can go outside of your geographic area which may have a higher need for your services eg How to get Angel Investors may be a well known fact in San Francisco but not so much in Iowa if you are creative in the way you teach Skype is a great way to be able to have face to face teaching if you cannot physically be in the same area as is screen sharing software The limiting factor to tutoring for the most part is that you are still trading your time for money Ideally you would like

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  • Bring Dreams to Life in One of These 10 Amazing Cities - Blogtrepreneur - For Busy Entrepreneurs
    full of great cultural offerings Rockford IL The Numbers Unemployment less than 7 percent Cost to purchase a home 94k Cost of living 18 percent less than the national average If you are willing to take a chance you may find that Rockford IL is a city making a comeback The city has attracted a major aircraft maintenance firm and it looks like that is just the beginning of the expansion of the aviation industry in Rockford This will surely bring new opportunities and growth in other industries Memphis TN The Numbers Unemployment less than 7 percent Cost to purchase a home 110k Cost of living 27 percent less than the national average You really can t beat Memphis TN Not only are the numbers great business growth is great as well Of course nobody wants to live in a city that s all business Memphis is full of great restaurants live music bars parks and other local hangouts Rochester NY The Numbers Unemployment less than 7 percent Cost to purchase a home 114k Cost of living 20 percent less than the national average If you are young and passionate about the arts you may want to consider making Rochester your destination city and bypassing the more expensive New York City If art isn t your thing you can still enjoy beautiful upstate living in a growing city that is full of opportunity Grand Rapids MI The Numbers Unemployment less than 5 percent Cost to purchase a home 132k Cost of living 11 percent less than the national average Are you interested in starting a family in a city where jobs are plentiful and quality of life is high If so Grand Rapids is definitely a city to consider Many large employers have offices in and around the city the

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  • Web Design Strategies | Turning Visitors into Customers
    and speed on any device Are You Trustworthy and Reputable Before customers click on the Place Order link they want to know that they are doing business with an entity that they can trust What can web designers do to foster a feeling of confidence in those who visit their website It is important to keep in mind that there are three areas of concern that most people have when making a purchase from a website Whether or not previous customers have been satisfied That their financial information is not at risk if they conduct a transaction That the business has a good reputation and respectable industry standing This can be dealt with in web design by including logos from and links to any accrediting agencies licenses professional organizations or special certifications Including a company bio is also desirable Visitors who can easily access customer testimonials are also more likely to become customers You might also have a small banner announcing the number of satisfied customers to day with a button for testimonials If you are a B2B company then incorporate the logos of other organizations with whom you have conducted business Finally it is of utmost importance to prominently display evidence that financial transactions are processed securely Other issues that can impact customer confidence in negative ways include failure to update content on a regular basis intrusive banner ads and pop ups and poorly written content Attention from Search Engine Spiders First of all you must know a bit of vocabulary to understand this SERP is an acronym that stands for Search Engine Results Page This is essentially the list of web pages a search engine returns after a user has conducted a search SERP will include organic search results websites that naturally appear on the list and sponsored results websites that appear at the top of the results because the owners have paid for that positioning Ideally you want your website to appear at the top of the organic listings This is an indication that your website design has received points from the search engine for very specific things excellent UX keywords in your metatags and rich content in your blogs that is being shared by others so you ll need a professional writer Most important however is the data that is collected based upon speed and navigation bounce rates etc that spiders report Having a user tested site that is loaded within 2 3 seconds is easily navigated and that has content engaging enough don t forget about visuals for visitors to want to stay will go far in improving your rankings One key point of this process is understanding how search engine bots and spiders work Then you must design your website to get those spiders and bots to work to your advantage Incorporating social Media You have to be present everywhere on every social media site and then some And every bit of content every email every post on your blog every infographic you include

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  • How to Sell a Business No One Understands - Blogtrepreneur - For Busy Entrepreneurs
    to get on the radar of prospective buyers A simple example Let s say Bob owns a widget polishing business Widgets are vital to the efficient operation of large scale printing machines such as those owned by newspapers magazines and book publishers If the widgets go unpolished they tend to wear out within 2 3 years requiring a costly replacement With the proper polishing however they can last as long as 7 10 years greatly enhancing the printer s return on investment That s where Bob makes his money he and his staff have the technical know how to take apart the printing machines quickly and efficiently effectively polish the widgets and put it all back together without costing the printer egregious downtime And he does it at a fair price Bob pulled down nearly a quarter of a million dollars in revenue last year polishing widgets Obviously Bob is running a successful business in a specialized niche To those printing operations who know what a widget is what it costs to replace one and how valuable it is to keep it polished Bob is a God send because he s the only company on the East Coast that offers this service But to everyone else including you and me Bob may as well be speaking ancient Greek when he tries to sell his business to us We have no idea what he s talking about much less can we see ourselves taking over his thriving widget polishing business and making a go of it Start with the basics The basic best practices mentioned earlier still apply every bit in the case of Bob s Widget Polishing as they do if you re selling a restaurant a laundromat a drug store or an online retail shop so that s where Bob needs to start Get the records in order Organize things to run smoothly without you Clean up the physical premises Sell while the business is on an upswing These are common sense rules that apply to every business sale No matter what your company does a prospective buyer is going to want to verify that it s making money and should reasonably be able to continue doing so They should be able to see themselves taking over for you without a huge upheaval or long drawn out learning curve They shouldn t be turned off by poor curbside appeal So even when you re selling a business that no one understands you should make sure these bases are covered Get professional help Although it s advisable to pull together a team of professionals to assist with any business sale when the business is difficult to explain it s even more important to do so A qualified accountant can help Bob arrange and annotate his business records in such a way that the financial health of the company shines through even if the prospective buyer has no knowledge of widgets and their need for polishing A lawyer with experience in

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  • Getting the Most Value from Selling Your Business in 2016 - Blogtrepreneur - For Busy Entrepreneurs
    order will present your company in the very best light as you meet with prospective buyers Physically cleaning up the premises and equipment will have a psychological impact on the buyer similar to curb appeal when buying a home Having a realistic understanding of the time it takes to sell a business successfully will prevent you from rushing the sale and settling for a lower price By setting things up to remove yourself from the day to day running of the business prior to the sale you improve the chances a buyer can see themselves or a manager of their choice handling it Slow down and take your time As you know for any business transaction if you want to come out of it in the best shape financially you need to approach the negotiation from a position of power In other words you can t expect to get top dollar for your business if your prospective buyer knows you need to sell and it needs to be fast Here s another reason why preparation and a clear understanding of how long the process takes works to your advantage you ll be able to approach the sales negotiations realizing you can walk away if the buyer isn t offering top dollar And just knowing that in the back of your mind greatly enhances your negotiating power Get the right team behind you No one should go into the sale of their business alone It s a complicated process with a lot of moving parts and it s very easy to get overwhelmed if you re trying to handle it all The chances of your doing so and managing to negotiate the maximum value sale for your business are all but nonexistent Instead as early in the process as possible bring

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  • How to Prepare to Sell Your Business Simply in 2016 - Blogtrepreneur - For Busy Entrepreneurs
    ll be able to optimize the rest of the steps outlined below Start with a realistic estimate of your business value The initial ballpark valuation you get early in the process must be obtained from an independent source like an experienced accountant who specializes in business valuation or a business broker These unbiased sources are in a better position to come up with a realistic estimate of your business value because they re not emotionally tied to the business like you are You can also check the price that similar businesses are selling for on BusinessesForSale com Get your business records and financials in order Incomplete or inaccurate records tell potential buyers one of two things You re incompetent or You re hiding something In both cases your business becomes far less appealing to them If you want to look best to a potential buyer you need to make sure your financial and business records are in order Be sure to review all legal documents leases permits and contracts to make sure everything is up to date easily accessible and you re personally familiar with what each document contains Do a thorough spring cleaning and maintenance on the property Much like when buyers tour a potential home curbside appeal has a huge impact on the perceived value of a business If the property staff and equipment are messy and unkempt the buyer may assume the entire business has been neglected In contrast a neat and clean place of business allows the buyer to focus on the true financial value of the business itself Start separating yourself from the business It would be disturbing to a prospective buyer if both you and the buyer could not imagine the business running without you To avoid this perception take definitive steps long before

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