Don’t Forget to Do the Math: Know Your Numbers

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Specific reasons why small businesses fail are as unique as the businesses themselves, but there are some commonalities that explain many small business failures. In some cases, it’s easy to see the problem: there isn’t enough demand for what the business produces at a price that will generate a profit. In other cases, problems aren’t […]

How to Plan a Successful Move to Office 365

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Cloud 365 is a major transitioning step for a small business in moving from a land-based to a cloud-based system. This allows all the workers in an office continuous access to data, apps, and tools. The deciding advantages of migrating to a cloud system like Office 365 include: Free integration to other Microsoft techs tools […]

How to Use Lean Planning to Grow Your Business

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Every week as SmallBizLady, I conduct interviews with experts on my Twitter talk show #SmallBizChat. The show takes place every Wednesday on Twitter from 8-9 pm ET. This is excerpted from my recent interview with Tim Berry (@TimBerry) is the world’s leading business plan expert. Google “business plan expert” to see. Check out his latest book […]

How to Write a Business Plan Part III

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You have developed your business model and your marketing plan. Now, in Part III of my four-part series on how to write a business plan, it’s time to develop your operations plan, budget and sales projections. This is where you go from dreamer to business owner, folks! If your business is not designed to make money, […]

Creating Business Plans that Actually Get Financed

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Every week as SmallBizLady, I conduct interviews with experts on my Twitter talk show #SmallBizChat. The show takes place every Wednesday on Twitter from 8-9 pm ET. This is excerpted from my interview with @bizplangirl. Cheree Warrick writes business plans for companies seeking funding from banks and angel investors. Her book, “Creating Business Plans that […]

Plan Your Ideal Life, Not Your Ideal Business

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Guest Article The best advice I got when I was starting my own business was “plan for the life you want, not the job you want.” I found myself facing the very problem many women entrepreneurs struggle with–we allow ourselves to be defined by our employment, and forget that the life we pursue is so […]

How to Develop a Life Plan for Your Small Business

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So you’ve got your business plan. You’ve got your marketing plan. Heck, you’ve even got a blogging plan. But, what your business needs first, before all of these, is a life plan. No, you won’t see “life plan” on most small business sites, because it’s of my own invention. What I mean when I say […]

10 Ways to Usher Your Small Business Into the New Year

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Most businesses don’t realize that success in January starts long before the first of the New Year. It takes plenty of work and planning to set your year up right. Here are several items you should start checking off your list starting today. Don’t miss these 10 Ways to Usher Your Small Business Into the […]