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  • #91
    We know you want to start your own professional servicing business; hopefully, you now know what it will be.

    Being used to a steady paycheck from a regular job, with a family or other financial obligations, makes stepping out of your comfort zone a little risky. It doesn't seem to matter how miserable you are in that job, the alternative scares the pants off many of us. There is a safer way of jumping off that cliff and it entails your current boss.

    Your employer could be your ticket to a successful freelance business if his business doesn't conflict with your dreams. If you were thinking of starting a freelance copywriting business, you could negotiate a contract with your current employer for 50% of your time for the first year after you leave. This would give you a springboard for finding other clients while still covering your monthly expenses.

    You're probably wondering about now, why your employer would agree to sign a contract for half of your time? There are a number of reasons, and they can result in a "win-win" situation for both of you.

    If you're on good terms with your employer, chances are he doesn't want to lose you. It takes the time to train someone to fill your job and train them to the company's way of being productive.

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    • #92
      How many times have you heard the story about the guy who just lost his job, had no money, and his credit history was shot? Yet somehow he made fortunes by investing in real estate. Believe it or not, this can happen. Many success stories happen because of joint ventures in real estate.

      The concept is not new. It is simply a matter of using someone else's money for profit. There are many people who are very interested in becoming real estate investors; however, they do not know the first thing about the real estate market. This is where someone like the guy mentioned above can profit.

      If you have a keen sense of real estate and finance and know what would make a good investment, but have no cash flow, then you are a good candidate for a joint venture in real estate. Your knowledge and someone else's money can generate a profitable venture for both of you. It just takes some know how to get it all done.

      There are many people who are willing to use their credit or finances to gain a profit in the real estate investment world. You will need to find these people, either by soliciting in the local papers, on the Internet or by forming a local real estate investment group. This type of group is beneficial to everyone involved.

      There are times when an investor has done nothing but buy and flip properties. He or she knows nothing about renting the properties. The typical investor also usually has one niche he or she sticks with. Someone who buys strictly commercial properties may know nothing about residential and vice versa. By forming a real estate investment group in your area, this knowledge from all the investors in the group can be shared.

      This can also work to your advantage should you come across a property you may want to invest in but lack the information that comes with the type of property. There may be another investor in the group who will want to form a joint venture with you in order to take advantage of the deal. Many times there may be two or three investors who are willing to make the deal happen. This is also a great way to break into commercial investing. The more investors there are on a project the less out of pocket expense each one has. You may also find the odds slightly more in your favor with the lenders when you have a team of investors who want to purchase a large commercial property together as a joint venture.

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      • Marta
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        Joint ventures in real estate can offer you the ability to obtain properties you once thought were not in your budget. You can gain knowledge from seasoned investors or you can profit from a new investor who is willing to back you financially in a real estate deal. The list is endless when it comes to the benefits of joint ventures in real estate. By forming the real estate investment group in your area, you can open a whole new world of real estate investing.

    • #93
      The widespread availability of high-speed Internet access has resulted in ever-greater numbers of consumers making online purchases. This means that business owners of all stripes - from individuals working from home to big box mass merchandisers - can reach more buyers and can generate exponentially greater revenue than ever before.

      There are many theories about and tips for marketing and advertising your online store, and marketing and advertising is certainly a consideration. But in focusing so much attention on marketing, many business owners neglect a fundamental aspect of successful e-commerce: web page design.

      If you don't have a professional web page design, it doesn't matter how much traffic you generate to your site because those visitors won't convert to customers. It's crucial to have a website that is compelling and that makes visitors want to stay long enough to buy. Here, then, are few tips to help your web design transform visitors into customers:

      Keep it Clean. A professional web page designer will tell you that to keep your virtual storefront clean and free of clutter. It should be immediately clear to the visitor the types of items you sell without overwhelming them with dozens of hyperlinks, fonts, and flashing buttons and words. You can certainly incorporate a flash introduction in your web design, but if you do, give the visitor control. He or she should be able to bypass or pause the flash so that the annoyance factor is kept to a minimum.

      Intuitive Navigation. Your website designer should think like your customer and design a navigation system that easily takes your customer from your home page to the product or products of interest. The fewer number of clicks it takes to get from point A to point B, the more likely it is that your visitor will make a purchase.

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      • guru1
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        Search Functionalit-. Customers need to be able to find what they need quickly and easily. Allowing customers to search by keyword or product number is a great start. Going one step further and allowing "fuzzy" searches that will also return matches for common misspellings is even better.

        Seamless Shopping Cart- Many e-commerce sites lose customers at the critical juncture between selecting items and committing to buy them. An intuitive and easy-to-use shopping cart is essential to the online shopping experience. Again, your web page designer should think like your customer and utilize a shopping cart that makes checkout a breeze.

      • guru1
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        SSL Certificate. If you're an online merchant, there's simply no getting around the need for an SSL certificate. With the problems associated with identity theft, your customers need to have confidence that your website is secure.

        Leave it to the Professionals. When it comes to web page design, don't succumb to the temptation to do it yourself. Even if you have a web design program, you should hire a business web page designer to create your web site. Professionals have a variety of tools that will help your business succeed online, and will act as your partner in developing e-commerce solutions that will encourage visitors to stick around and purchase your products.

      • davidtwo
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        If you are looking for ways to attract customers and increase conversion rates from them then here I have a solution: conversion gorilla. you can read it from my site:twotreview [dot] com. I have written a review on this product so that you have a clearer perspective on how it draws customers and navigates them.

    • #94
      Hello everyone. Maxwell here.
      I just joined here.

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      • Marta
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        Welcome, Maxwell !

    • #95
      People are more likely to read news than ads - that is! They are thinking that ads are just a bunch of self-serving 'puffing' so they divert to a more interesting activity and that is reading news.

      The news keeps them updated with the current events, ads don't. In addition, they are not interested in reading purely marketing pitches. That is the reason why newsletters are a hit! Newsletters are informative letters mailed to subscribers. They are printed and mailed so as to inform and to profit as well. Quality and reliable newsletter printing services are thus, a must in order to come up with valuable work of art. Moreover, a good interaction and mutual purpose to succeed must be the goal of both the printing company and the customers. This goal will lead to persuasion. Persuasion will then result to an intimate contact and trust between the company and the target recipients. These elements will trigger the boost in your business sales.

      Newsletter printing services is a great way to keep your business associates, their employees and other subscribers aware of your company's endeavors, announcements, innovations and other changes. Printing options are ample - color printing, digital printing, offset printing and the likes. These printing processes are of high-quality and budget-wise. Features like graphic and custom design can also be availed of. With these features, you can make your newsletters flashy and eye-catching. With the latter, you can personalize by using your own images, logos, and pictures. That way your company will be identifiable and retention will likely to take place. Further, when they decide to purchase or subscribe, your product or service will be on top of the list.

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      • guru1
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        Newsletter printing services also suggest having 90-95% news or content and only 10-5% ads so as not to bore the readers and close the pages to your business detriment. Do not forget to edit and proofread your contents. Any flaw or defect will reflect on your company. Editing and revision will surely improve the quality of your newsletter. To be more economical, you can opt for a one or two-color newsletter which measures 8.5 x 11 page-size saddle-stitched. Also, use quality paper to complement the content and to give your newsletter an aura of finesse and an air of class. When you find it troublesome in various newsletter phases, seek assistance from the printing experts. Basically, newsletter printing services are backed up by skilled professional makers to assist customers in the complex environment of printing.

    • #96
      People have been starting and running their own professional servicing businesses for years. Some of the most successful people in business today are people who took a small idea and made it into something big. This was the chance they needed to make themselves into something big. There are many types of professional servicing businesses out there from offering a service to make people's lives easier to sell a product such as with the food service industry. Recently popular in food service is purchasing a concession trailer as a mobile food kitchen. There are several positive aspects of owning a mobile concession trailer as opposed to a stationary restaurant at a static location.

      One advantage to having a mobile kitchen is a word in its title "mobile." Rather than staying in one location, someone with a mobile kitchen can attend events and sit in places for business in areas all over. This allows for high-paying events to be in reach for the business owner. The traditional stationary restaurant does not have the luxury of moving from one place to another based on potential profit. This is definitely one advantage to having a mobile kitchen over a stationary restaurant.

      Another reason being able to move a restaurant can be a great advantage over a stay-in-place restaurant is that, if the business is bad in a certain area, a mobile kitchen can get up and move to a location that will provide more customers and therefore more cash flow. With a restaurant in a building in one location, if a restaurant is failing because of the location such as scarcely populated area, or food that does not go together with the area, the owner can not just get up and move his business. He must figure out another alternative to moving in order to save his business.

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      • bizexpert
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        One final reason that purchasing a concession trailer can be advantageous over a restaurant in a building is the fact that it is very affordable compared to the cost of a stationary restaurant. Hundreds of thousands of dollars may be required to successfully get a traditional restaurant off the ground. For as relatively little as $25,000 - $30,000, you can purchase an almost new, spacious concession trailer equipped with a grill, deep fryers and other cooking equipment suitable for running a restaurant. This is a fraction of the cost a traditional restaurant would cost just to get it ready to run, much less order food and other miscellaneous supplies.

      • bizexpert
        bizexpert commented
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        There are several reasons that a mobile kitchen could be more beneficial to purchase than a regular restaurant. Some of them include that mobility is a very advantageous thing to be able to do with a restaurant, particularly if you are not having any luck in the location you are currently at. Another reason is that concession trailers cost much less to purchase, supply, insure, and maintain than any traditional restaurant you can find. Having a concession trailer does not have to be the end of the business line for you. Purchasing a concession food trailer can be just the stepping stone you need to move on to purchasing a traditional restaurant.

    • #97
      How many times have we heard the saying "we learn from our mistakes"? I have to agree with this saying, and also that the lessons we learn hardest we learn best! I have learned a lot from my mistakes, sadly (for me) most of them were made before the Internet existed as the fantastic networking tool it is today. Today it is possible to read articles or join a forum and get great advice (and not so great advice) from forums.

      While it is great to learn from our mistakes, it is better to learn from the mistakes of others, or by 'standing on the shoulders of giants' as Newton said.

      These are my 'business mistakes' I have learned from.
      • Keep your monthly fixed costs as low as possible, and make your number one priority to arrange an equal amount of regular income on a regular monthly basis to cover this amount. If there was one piece of advice I would give it would be the above, as more businesses go broken due to poor cash flow than anything else!
      • Thoroughly research and work in your mind and bounced off other trusted people, your idea. Market test it as much as possible while keeping the idea as quiet as possible.

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      • 2smallbiz
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        Keep your focus, decide what the targets are, work out how to get them, and focus on doing that. If you need $1000 a month to pay the bills, then this is what you MUST do. If you lose focus of your core objective, you are going to lose out big time, and end up failing.

        If you doubt the power of focus, then try this test:-

        Get a friend to hold 3 tennis balls in their hand
        Get the friend to throw all three at you in one go
        Try to catch the balls
        Repeat three times. I bet you will not catch many if any at all.

        Now get them to throw them again, and this time focus on catching one ball.

        Repeat three times

        Now you will have caught one ball three times.

      • Snizhana
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        It is true in professional servicing business that you must focus on the core objective, just as with the balls once you catch one, you move onto the next until you have achieved all your goals or at least your most important ones.

        Of all the skills needed to succeed, I would say the focus is up there with the top 3 along with enthusiasm and determination.

      • homesmitth
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        i agree with these....

    • #98
      It been awhile, I am happy to be back!

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      • #99
        Was gone for awhile it is great to be back and sharing ideas with other professional service firms

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        • Welcome Jac

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          • Hi everyone I am new to this forum, hoping to get insights from here and wish will enjoy the community.
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            • Hello Friends, I'm new to this forum, but very curious to learn some business fundamental from this forum, I hope you guys will help me.

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              • Hi Jac, welcome to the forum. I am also new here.

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