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  • Top Small Business Mistakes (and potential financial cost!) - Blogtrepreneur - For Busy Entrepreneurs
    the above mentioned action items aren t enough then there s the whole financial side of running a business which can be quite a challenge on its own Thankfully the team at 1800Accountant com have put together a handy infographic on some key financial concepts to consider and keep an eye on Take a look Via 1800Accountant Greg Nunan Blog Grow Greg Nunan Greg Nunan is an online entrepreneur former

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  • The 5 Clients Entrepreneurs Should Avoid | Dana Brownlee
    They may request ridiculously low pricing disrespect you by constantly cancelling meetings last minute or showing up late pay late or try to change the scope terms of the agreement without any additional payment e g Why can t you just add a couple more pages to the website since you re working on it anyway They don t respect you and you want to avoid them Client Type 3 to Avoid The Moocher This client isn t actually a client because they don t want to pay you at all Even though you re running a business they want you to provide product or services for free In their mind you should be happy for the opportunity to provide samples to their team speak to their group or conduct a free initial project This one is tricky because you certainly might choose to offer some pro bono services e g complimentary consultation as part of your business model to provide a sample of your product or service but this should be YOUR offer not their expectation When clients begin to ask for free services at the outset often under the auspices of valuable marketing for your business BEWARE Another variation of the moocher is the client that wants you to participate in tons of meetings before making a decision about working with you Oftentimes they re seeking free consulting and you have to be really clear about how many meetings you ll conduct as part of your business development before you have a signed agreement in place Remember that if your business is providing financial advice suggestions for how they can improve their organization etc don t be lured into giving it away for free Note sometimes the moocher can be a family friend or colleague too Client Type 4 to Avoid Mr Ms Clueless This client has absolutely no clue what they want but they will hold your feet to the fire when you don t deliver They change their mind at every meeting or introduce radically different information throughout your interactions with them They expect you to be a mind reader magician and somehow don t seem to understand how their indecisiveness and vacillation negatively impact your ability to complete the work successfully With this client you simply can t win because their requirements are constantly changing Avoid them like the plague You ll be glad you did Client Type 5 to Avoid Mr Ms Unreliable Although there is certainly a bit of hierarchy inherent in the vendor client relationship there s also tons of partnership and working together Most entrepreneurs heavily depend on clients to provide necessary background information documents feedback on deliverables edits reference data etc to make the project a success When clients are extremely unreliable or even worse unresponsive it makes the entrepreneur s job next to impossible I had a client who contacted me about being a keynote speaker for a major conference in Las Vegas After a couple initial calls I

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  • Greg Nunan - 6/8 - Blogtrepreneur - For Busy Entrepreneurs
    Ideas As the saying goes Do something you love and you ll never work another day in your life Think about what you are passionate about things you enjoy and love to do in your spare time We will show you how you too can turn it into one of those hobbies that make money To do Continue reading Greg Nunan Blog Grow 0 CPA Marketing Understanding the Basics When it comes to Internet marketing there are various different avenues you can pursue CPA marketing is one of the most popular online marketing strategies out there as you don t need to necessarily make a sale in order to get a pay out While the application process puts some people off you shouldn t let that Continue reading Greg Nunan Blog Grow 0 Best Bluetooth Wireless Headphones For Running When attempting to achieve the very best sound quality from your MP3 player or iPhone whilst working out it is imperative to equip yourself with the best Bluetooth running headphones Without the right ones you will not be able to enjoy a comfortable experience and the sound quality will not be superb With that Continue reading Greg Nunan Categories Reviews Technology 0 You Track Your Business KPIs Why Not Your Fitness Goals When it comes to wearable technology fitness trackers activity trackers or fitness bands have been gaining popularity since 2013 With a steady increase in focus on fitness activity and health fitness tracking devices will be leading the consumer electronics pack for a long time So what is the best fitness band out there for busy Continue reading Greg Nunan Categories Health Reviews 0 What is Gamification in Education It s Importance to Small Business Training Programs Whether you ve got the high score on Tetris an addiction to World

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  • 10 Innovative Ways To Get A Huge Twitter Following - Blogtrepreneur - For Busy Entrepreneurs
    brand company CEO or marketing campaign or on a developing news story or a competitor BackTweets With this service find out how many people are tweeting a given URL which you can use to track your business URL Three Follow Leaders and Join Conversations Finding influential leaders in your industry is simple using Klout com Peerindex com and WeFollow com Spotting leaders in your industry will open many doors to increasing your following Start following them and post interesting content and by joining in on conversations people will take notice and start following you back Commenting on popular hashtags and posting relevant replies is the name of the game Capitalizing on other people s influence will prove to be helpful Four Blog Commenting Use Twitter and Blogging Together Actively blogging is a great way to engage with customers and interact Always include Follow me on Twitter include handle and tell me what you think in your blog posts and or your sidebar Follow Me button Doing this will drive traffic to your blog and your site Five Add Social Media Buttons Social Media buttons serve to promote your business presence by generating new followers By placing these buttons on your business website you can help to create visibility for your social media accounts and easily extend your reach there Follow Us Like Us etc will expand the reach of your content to new audiences and generate new visitors back to your website You should add social media sharing links buttons to every piece of content you create including landing pages web pages individual blog articles email content etc Six Host a Twitter Contest Hosting a Twitter contest is a great way to increase brand engagement build buzz and create a larger following Followers will typically be willing to enter a contest if they already like your brand in exchange for a chance to win awesome products or services Twitter has its own guidelines for contests that you may want to check out before you get started Seven Re tweet Often Re tweeting is probably one of the most successful strategies for growing your Twitter following When you share someone else s tweet with your followers it endorses that other person and provides relevant and useful content to your followers Refer to step three where we discussed the power of following influential people in your industry By re tweeting content from well respected sources you demonstrate to your audience that you know what s going on in your industry you respect their time and you are only providing useful and helpful content Note re tweeting useless irrelevant content is a weapon of mass destruction there is no other sure fire way of losing your audience when you carelessly re tweet irrelevant content Seeing that re tweeting is so important consider these 10 tips Keep your character count between 70 100 characters Re tweet relevant tweets Be choosy in what you share Avoid being monotonous Review other people s re tweets Know

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  • The Emerging Entrepreneurs Of Fast Casual Dining - Blogtrepreneur - For Busy Entrepreneurs
    own local market and cashing in on the fast casual movement Modmarket Denver Modmarket is the brainchild of friends Anthony Pigliacampo and Rob McColgan Pigliacampo first came up with the idea after work took him on extensive traveling across the globe He saw there was a missing market segment back in the states for something casual enough to appeal to a large audience but quality enough to make you want to sit for a moment to enjoy The healthy fresh ingredients were something countries abroad simply never questioned of course the beef was local naturally the greens came from some farm nearby Yet teens and adults alike would converge in these casual places to eat together for a time and then leave without the long turnover time of an upscale eatery He did research on the growing popularity of the fast casual market trend then recruited friend McColgan from his job at Goldman Sachs to start up a fast casual concept in Denver together The first Modmarket opened in Denver in 2009 and they ve been rapidly expanding since with seven locations open and three more slated for this spring Denver seems hungry for this fresh locally sourced gluten and high fructose free dining experience Photo Courtesy of http nataliepigliacampo com post 69040594971 modmarket founders True Food Kitchen Phoenix True Food Kitchen is one of the now many smart casual restaurant hubs of creator Sam Fox s Fox Restaurant Concepts Fox Restaurant Concepts operates over 14 concepts and 39 locations of great dining options across the country One of those concepts is the smart casual chain True Food that has caught on like wildfire The concept for True Food Kitchen actually came about as a result of Fox s meeting Dr Andrew Weil famed doctor and naturopath Dr Weil collaborated with Fox to come up with the concept of eating good food that tasted good too On Oct 27 2008 the first True Food Kitchen opened in Phoenix It was popular overnight and it inspired Fox and Dr Weil to open new locations in Arizona and throughout the southwest True Food Kitchen locations use local organic sources whenever possible and are committed to a healthy diet and a community setting for their dining customers The trend is popular as locations have stemmed far beyond Phoenix to include areas of Southern California Texas and Denver just to name just a few Photo Credit http media culturemap com crop 8e 37 600 450 True Food Kitchen Santa Monica Dr Andrew Weil preparing our famous Kale Salad 111052 jpg Tender Greens Los Angeles The three founders of Tender Greens came up with the concept while they were working at the Santa Monica hotel icon Shutters on the Beach Erik Oberholtzer Matt Lyman and David Dressler worked as chefs and Food and Beverage Director respectively but were burned out on the corporate work environment Understanding how to create great food and comprehending the good business practices required in a restaurant the three decided to

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  • 3 Ways To Create An Epic Entrepreneur Mastermind Group - Blogtrepreneur - For Busy Entrepreneurs
    to have in your mastermind Here are a few guidelines on who to consider Make it diverse different ages business niches genders and experience can add a lot to your group You don t want a mastermind of all one sex all one age all one industry That won t get you innovating Mix up the diversity of the group to utilize the different experiences backgrounds and expertise of your group members Keep your group small no more than five or six individuals maximum Start with a list of ten people you d like in your group assuming several will not be able to join or commit Over asking ensures you ll end up with a list of about five or six who will actually commit to the mastermind Research individuals that are slightly out of your league While there should be people of all levels having a few individuals that it feels a little uncomfortable to reach out to means you re pushing yourself to include the best Make sure you reach out to them in a respectful well organized way so you aren t wasting their time A good way to get respected people in your group is to follow the advice in the next step Formalize The Structure Too many times masterminds are created between a group of friends or acquaintances with good intentions but bad structure There needs to be a formality to your group to ensure it lives on in perpetuity and maximizes everyone s time efficiently If you can structure the parameters of your group before you reach out to group members you can give them a document that will show them the value of what you re trying to create while holding them accountable for maintaining that structure if they join This needs

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  • What It Takes To Be Successful In 2014 - Blogtrepreneur - For Busy Entrepreneurs
    and synchronize sales marketing customer service and technical support A CRM system allows fast growing businesses to manage business relationships and the data and information associated with them With CRM you can store customer and prospect contact information accounts leads and sales opportunities in one central location ideally in the cloud so the information is accessible by many in real time A popular CRM system to check out is ZohoCRM 2 Online Marketing Content marketing and social media is the core of any successful business Here are some to check out 99 Social This is your one stop solution for social media and content marketing 99 Social is a media company that serves small businesses and the good news is that it s affordable If you are like most small businesses and you ve accepted social media as a crucial component of brand and customer relationships congrats because you are already one step ahead If you have researched social media companies you might have found that hiring a company can be expensive and long term contracts are a turn off 99 Social has already thought of that and has their small business clients budgets in mind They offer no contracts No hidden fees And no price increases Check out more about them in this video Video by ToonMojo LinkedIn As of June 2013 LinkedIn reports more than 259 million acquired users in more than 200 countries and territories LinkedIn could potentially be the third largest networking site on the Internet What does that mean to success in your business One simple fact if your business isn t LinkedIn it needs to be If your business provides products or services then you can t afford to miss out on the valuable sales marketing and public relations tools that LinkedIn provides for businesses LinkedIn has a wide variety of tools aimed at promoting and engaging with a target audience and your network of professionals There are so many benefits to building your brand and profile and what was once thought of as merely a resource to gain employment is now providing a means to engage and share with your circle of influence LinkedIn is free and easy to use and is very important to the success of your business in 2014 Google Analytics Google Analytics is a service offered by Google that generates detailed statistics about a website s traffic and traffic sources and measures conversions and sales Google Analytics can track visitors from all referrers including search engines and social networks direct visits and referring sites It also displays advertising pay per click networks email marketing and digital collateral such as links within PDF documents Google Analytics is a valuable tool for lead generation and meeting sales goals Quora Quora is a sharing platform that connects people who share the same interests and provides you with relevant and interesting topics and ideas Quora aims to organize people and their interests so that you can find collect and share the information that

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  • 5 Tasks Every Entrepreneur Should Outsource Even On A Start-up Budget - Blogtrepreneur - For Busy Entrepreneurs
    you re building your business is doing the accounts payable really in your best interest If you re the visionary who leads your company does it really make sense for you to spend a few hours a week tracking your expenses and invoices hunting down past due bills or trying to pay the electricity bill Don t be a dummy Hiring a quality skilled bookkeeper even on a part time basis can save you a ton of time and that means save you money You d be surprised how many qualified home business based bookkeepers are out there too You don t need to invest in a full time accounting department as a start up but hiring a competent bookkeeper means you re taking your money seriously and leaving it to a pro to handle One big mistake that many starting Entrepreneurs make is to hand this very important task over to a local college student spouse or part time virtual assistant As the old adage goes you get what you pay for wouldn t you like the person settling your books each month to know what they re doing Look for someone with certifications and education that match the skills you need They can be home based or part time just make sure they have the qualifications For more advice on what to look for in a bookkeeper check out the National Association of Certified Bookkeepers website Secure An Accountant If you have a bookkeeper you don t need an accountant right Wrong These two crucial roles in your business have very different responsibilities Your bookkeeper s job is to keep the daily running of the business finances moving They track your P L handle your invoicing and keep a handle on your outgoing expenses each month Your accountant will work with the bookkeeper to use your records for your taxes a bookkeeper will not be filing taxes for you Your accountant will likely also be the one helping you to file your monthly or quarterly payroll tax requirements Most importantly your accountant is going to help guide your bookkeeper on how to set up your daily business systems and then periodically like at tax time they ll help you interpret all your bookkeeping data to understand how your business is doing Bookkeeping and accounting are probably the least invested in services of Entrepreneurs starting out and that s a big mistake Get a great accountant and you ll be surprised by how well that pays off for your business in the long run Here are some tips of what to look for when you hire your first accountant Get A Web Guru Website design is a big initial investment for many start ups Understandably many try to avoid this cost by doing their website themselves However there are many reasons you should hire and secure a web guru and not try to do this on your own In today s culture the very first step most people take

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