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Improving Real Estate Market Gives Plenty of Options For Business


With the real estate market improving ever so gradually but steadily after the 2007 subprime mortgage collapse, many individuals may be wondering whether the market is worth returning to for investment purposes.

There’s actually a great opportunity for business management specialists and entrepreneurs who are looking to capitalize on the upswing in the market today.

Here are some reasons why you might want to consider getting involved in the real estate market right now. More →

ECigarette Industry Braces for Costly Federal Oversight

ECigarettes have become a popular way for smokers to kick their tobacco habit. Vapor produced by the devices is a fulfilling substitute for harmful chemicals in traditional cigarettes. Smokers not only have control over their nicotine doses, they can choose from an ever expanding variety of flavors, some even have caffeine. With the device to the forefront of the smoking market, thriving start-ups who have found a niche among this booming market fear heavy handed regulations by the US government could dampen or even destroy their ability to grow a customer base. ECigarette businesses face an uphill battle against the combined forces of big government, the pharmaceutical industry and the tobacco industry. More →

5 Sensible Tips in Promoting Your Business Blog

Not because your business has a blog doesn’t mean you can just sit back and wait for great results. It doesn’t happen that way. Like in all good things, it would require consistent work that will include active promotion.

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Here are 5 of the most sensible tips you can try to promote your business blog successfully:

Create a Worthy Blog

Creating a blog that is worthy of the effort in promoting is always the foundation. Common sense tells us that no matter how effective marketing and promotional efforts are, no positive long-term results will come out if the blog being promoted is trash. If a business is serious in maintaining a blog, it has to assign people who will handle it. The goals and objectives need to be very clear so that all actions regarding the blog will move towards the same direction. The need for quality and relevant content is of course a standing requirement.

Submit to Blog Directories

One way of creating effective online presence for businesses is to submit blogs to appropriate blog directories. There is no need to submit and register in all. However, due attention should be given to being listed in blog directories that actually matter when online searchers would be looking for a particular business.

Use Social Media

The usefulness of social media in promoting business blogs has been proven. However, businesses should determine the right platforms to use and how to best behave when using them. Social media accounts of business serve as its voice in every platform’s audience. It is very easy to send the wrong messages to the public when it is not used in line with the established goals. Again, it would be wise for the business to assign people who will do this task.

Promote Blog Online and Offline

Companies usually forget that they have one ready venue for promoting their blogs and that is their official websites. They have all the leeway in the site to inform readers of their blogs and how they can be of further use. Offline promotion may consist of including urls of websites and blogs in business cards, promotion of sites in print publications and other media forms, and taking about the site and the blog to friends and business associates especially in related events.

Encourage Possible Links with an Influencer

Influencers have influence and clout over a specific audience that is why they are called as such. Businesses can create an important link to these influencers by mentioning relevant information given in a recent post of the influencer and providing proper attribution for it. Hopefully, this can catch the attention of the influencer enough for him or her to consider looking into the business’ blog as well. Businesses will have to use their better judgment in doing this.


How to Get Started With a Website Redesign

The thought of changing your website might give you the shivers; that’s normal for many business owners. Perhaps you’re concerned that changing your website’s design could upset your loyal fan base, or affect how you are positioned within search engine rankings. While these are valid concerns, successfully redesigning your website can result in huge gains, such as increased search engine rankings, higher conversion rates, better traffic, and improved branding.

Here’s how to wrap your head around a website redesign. More →

How to Make Your Investment a Success

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Who wouldn’t want to have a steady flow of income? With today’s economy, it wouldn’t hurt to have a financial backup plan. There’s simply no guarantee that things will remain peachy all throughout, and one never really knows when they’re going to get hit by the blows from the market.

Young investors tend to be overzealous when it comes to their venture. For first-timers, expectations are high, and their excitement becomes palpable in the air. Amidst that excitement, however, one must remember to keep grounded not only with their mindset, but also with the practicality and feasibility of their business goals. More →

Harness the Power of Video Content [INFOGRAPHIC]

90% if information delivered to your brain is visual. And visual information is processed 60K times faster than textual information.

In general people remember:

* 10% of what they read.
*20% of what they hear
*30% of what they see
*50% of what they see and hear.

That makes video an incredibly effective teaching tool. It also makes video an incredibly effective tool at getting your message across for any reason–for business purposes, for political purposes, for whatever purpose you’d care to name.

So when you’re writing your business plan, make sure that there’s budget for a video rolled into the line-item you included about budget for your website!  No one wants to read your home page these days.  These days, “Seeing is the new reading.”

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Never Write a Business Plan Without These Elements

business planStarting up your own business can be a very exciting, yet at the same time, nerve-wracking experience. Especially for first-timers, it is very easy to become overwhelmed with all the things that would need to be accomplished. There is the matter of coming up with a feasible and practicable idea, an identification of an accessible target market, a practical financing scheme, and of course, profitable execution.

Businesses, however, are not founded on good intentions alone. Before a budding entrepreneur can even begin to call himself as one, he should be able to draw up a concrete business plan. More →

Why Quick Fixes Aren’t Always Best: Handy Advice for Small Businesses

When you own a small business, you become handy out of necessity. You learn how to unclog drains, repair buckling floorboards, rewire a lighting fixture — whatever you can do to keep your costs down. But not all hasty repairs last forever, so you need to either do the job correctly the first time or revisit your handiwork and make it better.

Following are some common maintenance shortcuts that can cause headaches down the road if not corrected.

The wrong tool for the job

Did you disassemble that basement drain pipe and remove a stubborn clog? If so, you probably saved yourself a pretty penny in plumbing costs. But did you put it back together and “secure” the pipe using the same rusty coat hanger that’s been there for ages? That’s a shortcut that can cost you.

Maybe the building’s previous owner thought coat hangers were an acceptable substitute for heavy-duty pipe hangers, but when wastewater pipes don’t have proper supports, you increase your risk of a nasty pipe failure. Don’t cut corners when it comes to plumbing.

Duct tape has its limits

There’s a lot you can do with duct tape. You can wrap it around a hose to plug a leak, tape wires to a desk to keep them out the way — the hosts of the TV show MythBusters even constructed a suspension bridge out of duct tape! What you shouldn’t do is use it to fix furniture.

If you want to fix your own lawn chair with duct tape, that’s fine. But if you were to repair a piece of furniture that employees or customers use and it collapsed, you could be liable for any injuries. Replace broken-down furniture, or have it professionally repaired.

Don’t fix it more than once

The first time a floor tile or piece of trim comes loose, it’s OK to temporarily secure it with whatever you have on hand — duct tape or glue, most likely. But don’t get in the habit of fixing the same problem over and over. If a tile is insistent on detaching itself from the sub-floor, it’s probably warped and needs to be replaced. Trim or baseboards that are loose should be secured to the wall with nails. If you apply adhesive repeatedly, the underside of the trim can become lumpy or uneven, and the trim won’t lay flat. Save yourself the hassle of replacing the entire piece by fixing it correctly.

Those little ‘tricks’ won’t last

If any of the interior doors in your building can be opened only with a special maneuver, you’re eventually going to encounter a time when that maneuver doesn’t work. Say, for example, you have to jiggle the pantry doorknob in just the right way to get the door open, that doorknob probably needs to be replaced. Do that before it falls out of the door and makes it impossible for you to get to the coffee supply. And if you have sticky doors that require brute force to pull open, you’re probably going to sustain a door-to-the-face someday. Try planing the edges so the door can move freely.

It’s hard to find time for maintenance if you’re overseeing payroll, inventory and everything else that comes with running a small business. But setting aside a few hours a week to make minor repairs will make your building safer and help you avoid potentially costly problems in the future.


How Your Tech Startup Can Catch Investor Eyes

In this uber competitive market, tech start-ups need more than just a good idea to grab the attention of Venture Capitalists and Angel Investors. Every tech start-up would be wise to include the following things in their “pitching tool box”: More →

5 Things You Need to Know Before Starting a Business Partnership

The prospect of entering a partnership with another business can be very exciting. The shared responsibilities can suggest a stimulating endeavor that will generate new ideas and potential market growth.

But before you take the plunge into this unknown territory, there is much you need to know and consider — for example, the following five key issues. More →