Listen respectfully to the very best advice

Remember that his profound belief in you--belief in you when out of business hours as well as in--is your surest stepping-stone to promotion. Even the most modest new data on a market, client, or technology, when probed seriously, can provoke expansive new insights that point toward a more informed decision …

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Every product has a life cycle

If you are just going to use your plan for internal purposes to manage an ongoing business, a much more abbreviated version may suffice. Consequently, a business that is profitable may be short of cash until payment is received. That s true no matter what you intend to use your …

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Choosing your Campsite Location

There are six especially essential things that you should think about before you want a campsite. These are necessary steps that you can do even if you are in the wilderness. Of course, if you are in a campground, you may not have the option to choose, in which case …

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Finding England in Books

Before you go on your British holiday it’s always fun to whet your appetite for a place by reading about it. When it comes to reading about England, you have almost endless possibilities. Here are a few suggestions.

Has any country produced as many great and enduring writers as …

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You shouldn?t build a business without a plan

Decide which customers need more attention and how you can get a bigger return on the marketing money you invest to maintain customer relationships and increase your net profit potential. Set yourself apart from your competition, find your niche market, create strong customer relationships, and seek value-added opportunities to offer …

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Human Resource Management on a shoestring

Various policy measures have been conceived and generously funded based on market models. But there are downsides to starting a business in booming economies, including the fact that unemployment is usually low (which means good employees are hard to find). Depending on your industry and the software you are using …

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Read a wide variety of periodicals

The #1 reason customers stop using companies, frequenting businesses, or buying services is because of a perceived attitude of indifference. Changing conditions are the order of the day, for enlightenment has worked wonders. Successful men in several lines of business assert that they owe much of their good fortune to …

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Why your company?

Of course, you don t have to use specific business plan software to write your plan. Employers are keeping the sharpest kind of a watch for the right man. It should point readers with questions requiring detailed responses to the full-length sections of your plan where they can get answers …

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How green are your sales?

Another problem with business deals is the very uncertainty over the future events they are based upon or aim to regulate (such as the actual sales performance of a product): unexpected value creation patterns (such as the appearance of unplanned customer groups) can emerge that were not accounted for at …

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Spotting Trouble Early

If you continue to do business the same way, you won't improve or get better. You are riding a bicycle and it begins to fall to the left which way should you turn the handlebars to stay balanced? Install an employee development and training program to motivate, recognize, appreciate, and …

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A lazy person's guide to Sourcing

All these moves, and many more you could take, have a good chance of working if your careful comparison of plan projections with actual results warns you of impending danger. The element of truth in the first theory is that wages can never, for any length of time, fall below …

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Remember less is more

You need accurate reports of what each part of your company's production costs are. Freedom to say no to bad customers, jobs, employees, or contracts. Subcontractors also tend to round up small extras. What expertise, skills, or talent do you have that can add value to a venture?

Workers in …

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Company gross profit

In other words, what the company is worth if the company is closed, all the equipment and fixtures are sold, all the bills and debts are paid, and every amount it is due is collected. When your direct costs increase you're in trouble, because your only choice is more sales …

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