A lazy person's guide to Research and Development

Then you ll want to emphasize such things as stock options and other aspects of compensation, as well as location, work environment, corporate culture, and opportunities for growth and advancement. In any economy, good or bad, people want to be treated with respect and are more likely to become part …

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What do you do to help customers?

Don't give up. Many companies'such as business-to-business service providers, consultants, contractors, printers, wholesale distributors, and insurance agents'have less than twenty major customers who make up the majority of their business. Added to this are the huge number of qualified graduates coming out of colleges and universities who would normally have …

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Verify Insurance Requirements for Operations

Once sales have reached the $500,000 per month level, approximately six months after startup, a dedicated vice president of marketing will be retained to fulfill that function. In some cases, particularly if you re in a really shaky startup and you need solid talent, you may have to describe …

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Set up equipment

These solutions require access to the resources and activities owned and carried out by other businesses and organisations, particularly customers and suppliers. Common stockholders elect a board of directors to oversee the company's management, and are usually paid a dividend if the company is profitable. Simple as that. On every …

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Do you walk your talk?

That s the only negative feedback you should bother to listen to and be concerned about. You ll detect and understand their problems, goals, and motivations, and then be better suited to create the best solution (product) for them. Your marketing program must include materials, reasons, and requests for customers …

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Seeking wealth-building opportunities

Tell them your story. Profit is everything that's left over after you've collected your receivables, paid your bills, and paid the owner's salary for the work he or she performed. Finally, the adequate combination of roles and interfaces depends on the priorities and capabilities of the various suppliers. Wear magnifying …

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Developing an inspiring vision

This means that the colors and fonts you decide to use to create your visual identity should be consistent. The good news is you are in a great position, because in order to get this right you really need to put the right structure in place at the start before …

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Don't take too much advice

Even New York City hot dog vendors must be licensed by the city before they can unfurl their carts colorful umbrellas. Ask yourself those same two questions. Look at every overhead check you sign. Also, you must consider what incursions are likely to be made by out-of-town dealers, and what …

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Managing Finance

You can have someone else pay your bills, send out the invoices, prepare financial reports, and do the accounting, but the owner MUST be responsible for the numbers every day, week, and month. Wealth-building assets create regular positive cash-flow, reduce debt, and are passive instead of needing constant attention and …

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Ease of doing business

For example, the plan for a one-person professional service business indicated that rising sales were not, in general, accompanied by rising costs. They determine the position of each company within the network and form a focus for the managerial activities of organising and developing a company. Written systems that are …

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Customer Service on a shoestring

If you are starting out without much money, choose something which is relatively low-cost per unit ' first because buying stock will cost you less, and second because in a tough economic climate people are reluctant to shell out for high-ticket items, at least not without carefully thinking about it first …

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