10 Small Business Startup Tips

Small Business TipsAccording to a recent Forbes.com article, over a half a million small businesses get started each month while more shut down than start-up. With this statistic, it’s not a surprise that some would be leery in joining the almost 30 million small businesses in the United States. It may also come as a surprise that over half of the working population works in a small business and that most small businesses are home-based. Why then do people start small businesses with these kinds of odds? Because many of us are still deciding what we want to be when we grow up. And once we’ve learned that, we choose to make a go of it on our own.

Starting a small business or a home-based business is not something that should be entered into lightly. More often than not you’ll go through a long period languishing while trying to make your business viable. As with many big decisions in life, starting a business is a very big risk. There’s never an assurance of success. Rather, it is expected and statistically likely that you’ll fail. However, if you’re willing to work at beating the odds and fulfill a professional goal, this may still be the route for you.

I’d worked in libraries for over a decade. I spent the majority of that time in library administration. I knew a good deal about how to run a small business because I’d essentially been doing so for quite some time. However, when you go out on your own there are many pitfalls that can be made in your businesses’ infancy. Contrary to the popular song lyrics, the best things in life aren’t free. Shortcuts will likely come back to haunt you and so too will not putting in the sweat equity needed to not only financially succeed, but to also feel emotionally and psychologically empowered.

If you want to start a small business it has to be a deliberate process. However, it doesn’t have to be an expensive one. It doesn’t hurt for you to do some research. The Small Business Administration is a great free resource. So too are the books. Really, there are any number of tools to help you start-up or navigate the waters of small business. If you’re like the almost 75% of all U.S. business who are non-employers (self-employed with no additional payroll or employees), then you can be sure that there is plenty of information to help you achieve your goals.

Running a small home-based business can be inexpensive, not cheap. Don’t scrimp on the stuff that can really make you appear more professional without breaking the budget. Here are a few startup tips for your business:

1. Get a domain name.

You may not need to register your business’s name with the state. The fact is, that process may be unnecessary and It can be costly depending on the nature of your business. However, it helps if you have a domain name so that you can have a traditional online storefront and presence. That isn’t to say that you need to sell products through your site, it just means that you have a place that you can send people to online to find out more information about you and your products and services.

2. Use social media.

No longer can people lament about how they don’t use Facebook or Twitter, being on social media also lends an air of credibility and savviness to your business. Using social media is inexpensive and easy. There are plenty of online tutorials on how to use social media and by getting yourself out there by using the social media networks, it opens you up to more clients and the ability to interact in real-time with them as well. Also, don’t simply have a presence on social media, depending on your demographic, there are still some people who simply aren’t using social media. Thus, you must also have an easily accessible webpage as well.

3. It doesn’t hurt to use old school marketing tools.

Professional business cards as well as marketing items are now nominal in cost. Don’t just settle for free cards, pay that little extra to brand your items. This way you can be fully in charge of the message you’re putting out there. Think about it, what did you think of the person who handed you a business card that were clearly free ones?!

4. Use accounting software.

Quickbooks, Freshbooks, Nutcache and the list goes on. You can even use Excel if you’re so inclined. Regardless, it’s imperative that you start consistent and accurate record keeping from the very start. Make sure that all of your transactions, big and small, are in a place that will make it easy for you come tax time.

5. Work in the cloud and back it up.

Cloud-based software is available for everything. It also doesn’t hurt to use free ones in this case. Google is the gold standard when it comes to free. However, document creation and retention aren’t the only things you can do in the cloud. Accounting software, website administration, almost anything you can think of can be done in the cloud. Plus, it makes your data accessible anywhere that has an Internet connection. And don’t forget to backup your work. If you’re saving your work to your computer or saving it to a virtual drive in the cloud, be sure that you have a backup. Redundancy is key and it can also be very economical. A good rule of thumb is to have a physical and virtual off-site backup because Murphy’s Law always happens.

6. Be virtual.

Depending on the type of services you offer, there are companies out there that can assist you in getting jobs/projects. Companies like Upwork provide you with a place to offer your services to others and provides you with an online workplace. Being a freelancer has never been so easy. As a freelancer, you don’t have to limit how and how many clients you have.

7. You have to pay some to get some.

Yes, you can start a new business with no cost, however, by investing just a little money upfront you’ll almost ensure a return on your investment. Pay for a virtual fax service, marketing materials and other little things that will go a long way in ensuring that your business isn’t like every other “mom and pop” business. Just be careful not to go all in too fast. Recurring costs, though small, can add up fast. If you have recurring costs it means that you have to earn at least that much money per month.

8. Be tax savvy.

You must be cognizant of what kind of tax impact there will be as a result of your business. It’s common, depending on the type of business you have and if you don’t have employees, for you to not withhold any taxes during your first year. Getting a baseline for what your business will be like is important, just don’t forget that Uncle Sam may hit you with a large tax bill at tax time. Visit the IRS website or speak to a tax professional to help you with getting this sorted out before it becomes a very expensive mistake.

9. Make time for yourself.

When you commit to owning a small business the one thing you’re guaranteed is that it’s going to be hard. Despite how challenging it is, you have to take time for yourself. It’s easy to work long hours and to forget that we aren’t machines. Even if it’s just a 15-minute walk each day or something else that will break up your workday, you must not forget that sometimes it’s best to literally walk away to clear your head. This will do wonders for your mood and your process.

10. Be disciplined.

Sure, we all think that working for ourselves would be the best job in the world. But it’s not until you’re actually doing it that you realize just how easy it is to be trapped by the pitfalls of having no other boss than yourself. That quick television break inevitably turns into a television marathon, sleeping in one day turns into not setting the right habits you need to be successful. It’s easy to say that you’re going be disciplined and fully devoted to the success of your business, but old habits do die hard.

Each day brings challenges and uncertainties. You have to be willing to fail spectacularly. But you also have to be willing to love and nurture your business even on the days when you just don’t feel like it. If you don’t work, you don’t get paid. Despite that, the sky’s the limit and your earning potential is limitless when you’ve devoted yourself to doing what it is that you are passionate about. It’s important to remember that you’re not to give up when it gets hard. Those are the times you have to really dig in and remember why it is that you’re doing it in the first place.

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How to Think Differently in Business

Think Different In BusinessTo hit gold in business, you have to think gold. What is your business all about? How do you intend to maximize profits? Here are tips on how to think different in business:

Think back to the future

Don’t wait till the harsh business storm hits your business; rather, always think of what to do better or next. For example, what are the things you need to put in place to ensure business growth? What stage is your business on the business chart, that is, in areas of development, growth or decline? Is your business vision realistic? What is your current profit margin? What is your intended profit margin? How do you intend to speed up your productivity? Evaluating your business, keeps you prepared for the future.

Believe your ideas are valuable

Always think your glass is half full. Think about possibilities not only about likely constraints. As a business owner, you have to nurture a positive mental attitude; believe things will work out fine. If there are possible risks, device means to avoid or manage them. Risks are unforeseen, but you can plan ahead to avoid or mitigate them. Being positive in business enables you take a chance on yourself, be bold to take calculated risks, and believe you are adding value, even when the numbers say otherwise. That is a way of thinking differently in business.

Dig beyond your current offerings

Do not just view things on the surface. Think intensively and carry out research on other ways your business can benefit your target market. Reflect on the true realities of where your business stands at the moment. What are your business challenges? Classify them and analyse them to see how you can make a difference. Outline your business SWOT analysis (Strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats). Go beyond the surface; be realistic.

Your competitors are watching

Understand your business environment; be familiar with your competitors’ strategies – if you are not, you can bet that your competitors are doing their homework. What resources do they have that surpasses yours? How can you leverage to collaborate and partner to get the necessary resources? What’s the best way to build more goodwill? Do a survey on your business, and be cautious of the events happening in your business environment. It’s business, so be prepared for the competition. Business is about profit making and goodwill, be focused on these objectives.

Create a war-room

Now that you know who your competitors are and understand your type of business. Identify the threats and evaluate them. Compare your business to your closest competitor. Be battle-ready. Draft a graph of your sales and profits. Can your business survive in business storm or in an unstable economy? Figure out what you can do better? What is not working? Are your key employees performing as expected? Carry out a performance appraisal. Take action: pave the way for more business improvements, do some advertisements, up your business game. Remember it is a game of profit, and that should be your aim.

Thump your chest

What makes you outstanding makes you great. Build on your business competence and promote it. Every product or service must have its own uniqueness, that thing that makes it different from others. Device means to make your business goals and objectives unique. Distinctive competence is that special attribute that shows how your business is similar to your competitors, but different in aspects of branding, concept and product offerings.

Business is nothing without profits. A business seed can only grow if the business soil is fertile, and the fertility starts from your business thoughts. Be better by thinking differently.

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Why Businesses Do Not Sell

Business Don't SellIt would be nice to live in a world where every business-for-sale was sold at top dollar. While there is no such thing as a perfect business free from all defects, there are a number of problems that can hinder a sale that could be remedied, if given enough time. This article lists ten of the reasons which are often cited as contributing factors in an unsuccessful sale or a completed deal for less than potential value.

Business intermediaries need to be up-front with their seller clients, educating them on the challenges faced, and the likely impact that one or more of these issues will have on completing a successful transaction.

1. UNREALISTIC EXPECTATIONS

a. Valuation/Listing Price:

Arguably, the price a business is listed at is one of the critical elements to a successful sale. An owner’s emotional attachment to their business, coupled with an inexperienced business intermediary’s desire to obtain the listing and please the seller, can be a recipe for disaster. Overpricing a business will deter knowledgeable buyers from establishing communications. Additionally, it will be extremely difficult to defend the valuation when a business has been priced unrealistically. The typical outcome is that the listing will languish in the marketplace and recovery becomes more difficult. Once on the market for months on end at the wrong price, the process in re-pricing and re-listing creates a whole new set of challenges, the least of which is maintaining credibility.

b. Unrealistic Terms and/or Structure

Deal structure, asset allocation and tax management must be addressed proactively and early in the process. Often the Buyer and Seller place all of the focus on the sale price at the expense of the ‘net after-tax results’ of a business transaction. In most cases, a seller could achieve a deal that provides a greater economic benefit when an experienced Tax Attorney/CPA assists with structuring the transaction. In addition to structure there are a number of other issues that could be problematic, including:

Seller insists on all cash at closing and is inflexible in negotiating other terms.
The buyer’s unwillingness to sign a personal guarantee
The lack of consensus on the Asset Allocation
Seller insisting on only selling stock (typically with a C-Corp)
Inability to negotiate equitable seller financing, an earn-out, or terms for the non-compete

2. PROFESSIONAL ADVISORS

For a successful sale to occur, a business owner must have the right team of advisors in place. An experienced mergers & acquisitions intermediary will play the most critical role – from the business valuation to negotiating the terms, conditions, and price of the sale as well as everything in between (confidential marketing, buyer qualification, etc). Aside from the M&A advisor, a business attorney who specializes in business transactions is critical. Once again, “who specializes in business transactions”. Any professional who has been in the industry for more than a year will be able to point to a transaction that has failed because the lawyer that was chosen did not have the specialized expertise in handling business transactions. Additionally, a competent CPA who is knowledgeable about structuring business transactions will be the third key role. While a business owner’s current legal and tax advisors may have the best of intentions in assisting their client with the business sale, if they are not experienced with mergers and acquisitions it would be highly recommended to evaluate alternatives. In some cases, there is one shot when an offer has been received and it is therefore imperative not to attempt to make a deal that is out of reach and impossible to complete.

3. DECREASING REVENUES/PROFITS

The majority of buyers are seeking profitable businesses with year-over-year increasing revenue and profits. When a business has a less stellar track record with varied results or possibly declining revenue and/or profits, complications with the business sale are likely to occur. Not only will decreasing profits and revenue impact the availability of third party funding but it will have a material impact on the business valuation. While buyers traditionally purchase businesses based on anticipated future performance, they will value the business on its historical earnings with the major focus on the prior 12-36 months. For those businesses which have deteriorating financials, the seller should be able to articulate accurate reasons for the decline. Both the lender and the buyer will need to obtain a realistic understanding of the underperformance to assess the impact it is likely to have on future results. In cases where the seller is confident that the decline was an anomaly and is not likely to repeat itself, structuring a component of the purchase price in the form of an earn-out would probably be necessary. In other circumstances, when there are two or more years of declines, the buyer and lender will question “where is the bottom?” and what is the new normal. In this situation, a decrease in valuation will be inevitable. Cash flow is the driver behind business valuations and business acquisitions. The consistency and quality of revenue and income will be one of the key focal points when assessing an acquisition. It all relates to risk. Those businesses with dependable recurring revenue generated from contractual arrangements will generally be in greater demand than businesses who produce income based on a project based model.

4. INACCURATE OR INCOMPLETE BOOKS

One of the most critical components to a successful business sale is for the business to maintain accurate, detailed, and clean financial statements that match the filed tax returns. Not only will these financial statements be the basis for the business valuation but they will also be the criteria for whether the business will qualify for bank transaction funding. Too often the business is managed as purely a lifestyle business that is focused only on short term owner compensation, without regard to building long term value. In these cases, the owner has taken very liberal personal expenses that may not be able to be added back when deriving the adjusted earnings. Given the importance these documents represent, a business owner should ensure that the books are professionally managed and up to date. Records that are messy, incomplete, out-of-date or containing too many personal expenses will only give prospective buyers and lenders reasons to question the accuracy of the books. Last but not least, businesses that have a ‘cash component’ will need to report 100% of this income for it to be incorporated in the valuation.

5. CUSTOMER CONCENTRATION

Businesses that have a handful of customers that produce a large percentage of the company’s revenues, will probably have customer concentration issues, especially if one client represents greater than 10% of sales. It is important for a business owner to recognize that a business which lacks a broad and diverse base of customers possesses a higher degree of risk for a buyer as the loss of any one of these large clients could have a material impact on the future earnings. As a result, customer concentration will have an effect on the valuation, deal structure, and salability of the business. Vendor and industry concentration can also pose complications when selling a business. Specialization can be a competitive advantage for a business and assist in winning contracts. However, this same narrow industry focus could be a detriment if it is perceived that the business does possess a broad supply chain and ample options to source products and materials.

6. THE OWNER IS THE BUSINESS

It is not uncommon for the owner to play a significant role in the operation and management of the business. This is particularly true with smaller enterprises. Where this situation can present a problem is when the owner is not only the face of the business but also deeply involved with all facets of the company – sales, marketing, operations, management, marketing, and financial. If there are no key employees and there are few written processes and procedures, the business lacks a dependable and repeatable work flow. When it becomes evident that the business cannot operate effectively without the owner’s hands on involvement and personal know-how, it becomes problematic. Of equal concern is the relationship the owner may have with the customers of the business. If the customer does business with the firm largely in part of the relationship with the owner, this situation will create customer retention concerns and possible transition problems when the business is being sold. In summary, buyers want a business that can operate independently from the current business owner.

7. THE OWNER(S) IS AGING AND HAS SLOWED-DOWN

It is not uncommon for a business owner to become complacent after running the company for an extended period of time. Becoming tired and lacking the previous ‘fire in the belly’ has a way of spilling over into the business fundamentals. The number of trade shows that the business participates in decreases, the travel and new customer sales calls that routinely took place on a daily basis in the early years, have been paired down. The investment spending on equipment upgrades, vehicle replacement or marketing programs have been cut back. Innovation has come to a grinding halt and the business is on auto pilot. The financials have luckily held steady but for how long? An owner who has become burnt out almost unavoidably transmits their lack of zeal and drive to their staff and clients in a number of subtle ways. The net result is the company’s performance slowly begins to deteriorate. Unfortunately, this situation can become even more pronounced when the owner finally makes the decision to sell the business and mentally checks out at the worst possible time. Transferring ownership can be viewed by some as a highly emotional process, and the decision to sell at the right time is often ignored until the issue is forced upon the owner (failing health, divorce, disability, etc.) and usually at a fraction of the former valuation.

8. INDUSTRY IS DIMINISHING OR THREATENED

Over the last two centuries there have been a number of industries that have developed and grown significantly. In this same time frame, many new industries have been created while others have become extinct. The future outlook for a given industry will have a direct impact on the valuation and marketability of the business during a sale. Businesses facing obsolescence or mired in a shrinking industry will face an uphill battle when it comes time to transitioning or selling the company. Maintaining a diverse offering of products and services that are relevant to the market, not just today, but also with an eye to the future, will enable a business owner to avoid this situation. Not only will this assist in mitigating the impact from declining sales but also demonstrate to a prospective buyer that the business has a clear path to grow in the future.

9. CHOOSING THE WRONG LENDER

From loan application approval to transaction funding is a process in business transactions that can take six weeks or more, that is with an ‘experienced’ business acquisition financier. Many deals have fallen apart during this time frame because the buyer became aligned with the wrong financial institution. There is nothing worse, for all parties involved, to find out four weeks into the process that either the loan terms previously promised were not correct or worse, that the bank underwriter declined the loan.

In the field of business acquisitions, not all banks/lenders are the same. There are conventional loans, SBA backed loans, and there are lenders that provide cash-flow based financing and others that only provide asset based funding. One bank may turn down a borrower for an SBA 7a loan while another institution will readily accept it. Every lender has its own unique and frequently modified lending criteria. Therefore, buyers need to ensure they are working with the right lender from day one, or valuable time is wasted causing the deal to be compromised, or lost to another, better prepared candidate. Buyers should consult with the business intermediary representing the sale to determine which lenders have reviewed and/or pre-approved the transaction for funding. Obviously, buyers who are prequalified from the start and verify that the bank’s lending criteria conforms to the type of businesses they are evaluating, will be the best positioned for a successful acquisition.

10. COMMERCIAL PROPERTY ISSUES

For some businesses the saying “location, location, location” cannot be more important to the value of the company. Typically, this will pertain to retail businesses. If the physical location is of major importance, the business buyer will seek assurances that they can either purchase the real estate or be able to sign a long term lease. On the flip side, the business could be located in a part of town that has fallen on hard times or could be located on the owner’s personal property, both situations necessitating that the business be relocated. Also, some businesses are not easily relocatable without affecting the current customer base. All of these circumstances add another layer of complexity to the transaction.

Additionally, the type and size of facility can also have a material impact on the sale. If the facility is not large enough to provide the enterprise a sustained growth path, a buyer could become disinterested. Another situation could be the value of the property. If the current owner purchased the land/building a decade or two earlier and the financials or recast do not reflect a current FMV rent/lease payment, valuation problems will occur.

Business transactions involving the sale of commercial real estate can be hampered by the Environmental Site Assessments (ESA’s) – Phase 1 and Phase 2. Property that is contaminated can be very costly to clean up and will have an impact on the closing. When this situation arises, it will be important for the buyer and seller to have a clear understanding of the costs to resolve the issue, which party is responsible, and whether a price offset will be warranted.

Other complicating factors involving commercial real estate include zoning changes that require a property to be brought up to new codes, and clear definition of who bears responsibility and the cost of this process. Last but not least, the agreement by the landlord with either a lease assignment or offering a new lease at comparable rates.

SUMMARY

Most small business owners have spent the majority of their life building their business. It is not uncommon for a business seller to become so emotionally attached to the company that they look past some rather glaring problems that a business intermediary, a lender, or prospective buyer will immediately recognize. It is natural for a seller to want to obtain the highest price possible for their business. There is so much bad information on the web related to multiples and business valuations that this should not come as a surprise. M&A Advisors need to be honest and direct in educating a business seller on the challenges faced in a potential sale, the range for a realistic transaction price, as well as creative terms and structuring options that might be utilized. Being a people pleaser and ignoring any potential problems will only provide the seller with unrealistic expectations. In the arena of business negotiations there are few if any “pleasant surprises”. Dealing with issues up front rather than late in the sales cycle process should be the golden rule.

Michael Fekkes is a Senior Broker at ENLIGN Business Brokers in Nashville, TN. Michael is a Certified Business Intermediary [CBI], a Certified Exit Planning Advisor [CEPA], Chairman of the International Business Brokers Association [IBBA] – Communications Committee, as well as a former business owner. He can be reached at 910.691.2202 or mfekkes@enlign.com. ENLIGN Business Brokers is a Professional Services Firm serving the Southeast that is headquartered in Raleigh, NC providing business intermediary services ranging from valuation and sale to exit & succession planning strategies.

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Internet Business Opportunity- Sell Self Defense Products

The World Wide Web has created many new industries all by itself and enhanced many others. Think of a business today that does not have an internet presence in some way and I’ll show you a business that will fail.

The internet as big as it is now is only in its’ infancy in terms of growth. Now that is a scary thought. It seems some businesses do better than others in that world.

The self defense products business is one of them. Selling stun guns, pepper sprays, hidden cameras, TASERs, home security devices and personal alarms on the internet is one of the few bright spots in a failing economy.

The demand for these unique, hard to find, easy to sell products has never been higher.

They are not readily available in stores. You can make as much as $100’s to $1000’s a week selling these items that most people have only heard about but not seen. Now is the time.

Self-defense and personal protection wholesale products sell really well these days. Why? Because they have become essential products these days. If you can make them available, people will come in huge numbers to get them. So now is the time to profit and make some fast money with such home business ideas.

So start distributing our wholesale products and become your own boss.

People the world over prefer to opt for their own home business. This is how they can achieve financial freedom quick… by working from the convenience of home.

We will show how you can sell at flea markets, guns shows, through mail order, at house parties and set up retail routes. You don’t even have to stock any products… we will drop ship for you! Now is the time.

Think about this: HOW MANY RETAILERS OR SMALL BUSINESSES IN YOUR TOWN SELL STUN GUNS AND PEPPER SPRAYS? Hmmmmmmm?

Not too many if your town is like most in the country

There is no minimum investment other than $3.00 for a 32 page color catalog that you can use to take orders.

Once you get your catalog you can start ordering right away. How hard is that?

Establish a wholesale account today and be the first to market and sell Self Defense Products to retailers and small businesses in your town. Now is the time!

All it takes to get going is the determination to be successful and $3 for a catalog. It is really that easy to get started. I will help you along the way to be successful.

If you are good at marketing and sales and love helping people especially to defend themselves this could be the opportunity you have been looking for.

The longest journey starts with the first step. What are you waiting for? Now is the time!

Please note: stun guns and pepper sprays have restrictions in some cities and states.

Why Business Administration Is So Important And Required At Business Industry

Although the concept of a Business Administration qualification seems fairly recent, the first business school opened in the early 19th century, and by the mid-20th century numerous schools in Europe were offering qualifications in business. With the first program launched in Barcelona in 1959, students studying todays Bachelor of Business Administration in Barcelona can benefit from the citys 60-plus years of experience in this area.

Business Administration itself is very diverse. Generally speaking, it consists in effectively managing a business and helping it to grow and achieve more, whilst ensuring growth is achievable, realistic and that stability is maintained in the company. More precisely, there are many different sides to business administration and studying a Bachelor of Business Administration in Barcelona can give you not only all-round knowledge of these areas (useful in todays job market where many find themselves performing multiple roles, or transferring to other departments), but can allow you to specialize in an area you find particularly stimulating.

So what exactly is Business Administration when broken down? Henri Fayol, an engineer born in 1841, who is best-known for his General and Industrial Administration, based on his own management experiences, is seen as a trailblazer in defining business administration. He defined 5 primary functions of management, or Business Administration:

Planning and Forecasting

Organization

Direction

Coordination

Feedback

We can see how these principles have influenced business management today by equating these management functions to departments in all areas of modern businesses, such as Operations, Logistics, HR. Marketing, Economics, and of course Management. Thus it can be seen that Business Administration is a key part of most areas of company management.

Now that we have seen how key Business Administration is to companies operating today, there still remains the question of what you will learn when studying for a Bachelor of Business Administration in Barcelona. Course contents vary depending on the institution but at GBS the emphasis is on innovation and preparing you to work in global business, as well as equipping you with the basic core business concepts everyone needs in order to be successful in business. This international focus not only prepares you to work in markets as diverse as Asia, Europe and Latin America, but as you will be studying with students from all over the world, you are sure to gain much cultural sensitivity and learn from interactions with students from all over the world!

In addition, the Bachelor of Business Administration in Barcelona (or BBA for short) allows you to study modules in global Communications, Marketing, Management and Entrepreneurship. It also allows you to take elective modules in areas of particular interest, such as the study of markets you may be less familiar with. What is certain is that Business Administration embraces all areas of corporate activity, and studying a Bachelor of Business Administration in Barcelona is one of the best ways to increase your adaptability, cultural knowledge and to improve your future career prospects.

Growing Profitable Plants – A Perfect Home-based Business For Gardeners

Many stay-at-home moms love spending time in their garden. Watching plants sprout and grow can be so rewarding. But many people do don’t realize you can make a great income growing plants, averaging as much as $ 20 to $ 30 an hour. Yes, you really can. It’s all possible by growing plants for profit. It’s simply a perfect business for anyone who wants to work at home. Here’s why:

Many stay-at home moms love what they do, but would still like to make some extra cash. The big question is, how to do that when you have so many responsibilities at home? You need freedom to pick up the kids from school, to run errands and so on. So what business could give you that, plus make you good money? That’s easy, growing profitable plants. Growing plants does doesn’t require a full-time commitment. You can work plant care into your daily schedule, doing it whenever you’re able.

First, you pick the plants you want to grow. Visit local nurseries to see what plants are popular.. Do you have favorites – succulents or ground covers, for example? See if the nurseries are stocking lots of your favorites, as that’s a good clue about their popularity. Talk to local landscapers to find out what their favorite varieties are. Next, get planting! Make sure you have a suitable potting soil mix, plant labels so you can tell which plant is which, slow-release fertilizer (also known as time-release fertilizer) to give your plants healthy nutrients on a slow basis, and a good number of the right size containers to put your plants in. Thrifty growers can often get free containers from local landscapers, who would rather recycle them than haul them to the dump.

When you’re ready to sell your plants, you have lots of ways to market your plants. Here are some popular choices:

Farmers’ markets continue to be popular events drawing big crowds eager to buy high quality plants from local growers.

Fundraisers are a way to bring positive attention to your business. Donate some of your profits to a good cause or charity, and it can benefit the charity or cause and still give you a tidy profit. People are usually more willing to spend money on good products if they know some of the profits are going towards a good cause.

Selling directly to landscapers is a way to make big profits and have steady repeat business. If you can supply landscapers with what they’re looking for at reasonable prices, they’ll be calling you a lot.

These are just three of several ways to make good money growing for market. And get this, it’s the perfect activity to do with your kids and other family members. For one, it can keep your kids involved and close to you. Instead of playing video games, your kids can learn the process of growing plants and how to take care of a living thing. It’s an on-going education in life for everyone.

If you’re a stay-at-home mom that wants to start a rewarding business that you can do on your time, then you should consider starting a backyard plant nursery. Soon you can be growing plants for profit. To learn more, read How to Start a Profitable Backyard Plant Nursery, available at profitableplants.com. There, you can also sign up for a free mini-course, 8 Most Profitable Plants to Grow.

Why Should I Use Silk Business Cards To Promote My Business

Are you looking for the absolute and most professional looking business card? Are you looking for a card that suits your high profile clients who attend million dollar business meetings? Do not worry nor panic. Silk Business Cards are the best choice for you. These kinds of business cards are of very high quality and are laminated with silk. The silk lamination protects the card from bending and creasing. They are the worlds smoothest business cards with considerably perfect thickness. Silk cards are 17pt and this makes it 60% thickness of a credit card, which make them the thickest cards you can ever own.

The silk Business Cards are highly durable and last up to six times longer as compared to regular cards. The 17pt thickness is an exclusive feature that makes you business card to impress all your clients. It is a feature that makes these business cards to belong to a distinct class.

What Makes Silk Business Cards The Best Choice?

Silk cards are perfect and distinct from any other cards around the world. They are designed with unique features that make the silk cards to be the choice for very visionary business operator. The following features make the silk business cards to be distinct:-
Silk lamination that makes the cards look elegant
Durability of the cards
17pt thickness which is a unique feature
It has an optional foil stamping feature that allows you to place your own desire foil type such as silver foil, gold foil or colored foil
You also add a UV gloss layer to the card which makes a pretty separation between the finishes, silk and gloss
During printing, you do not have to budget for a first impression since it is priceless.

These features make the silk business cards to be the only perfect choice for anyone who values quality, class and making a permanent impression to all clients. The price is highly affordable to ensure that you get a quality service at a favorable price. If you order these business cards online, you are sure to get the satisfaction you desire. It takes approximately 48 hours from the time you submit an order to the time you receive them. Business cards have remained a very strong marketing tool over a long time and nothing seems to overtake it.

What Are Premium Business Cards?

Premium Business Cards are rated the best business cards of all time. They are durable since the cards are designed and printed with great thicknesses that allow them to remain useful for long periods before renewal. This means that the cards are convenient, elegant and cheap. If you want to choose a premium quality for your cards then it will be a great idea if you choose a thickness of 16pt and 17pt, which is 50% to 60% the thickness of a credit card. These cards are of the best quality and they will impress all you clients. Choose a premium business card today and you see the difference.

My Honest Tips For Establishing A Home Business

All of us learned about home business concepts on the Internet and a lot of folks have been trying them out in the past couple of years. Some people actually succeeded on this endeavor while a few are still considering the probability of generating a lot. Home-based business won’t be depending on luck alone. You’ll need the skill and comprehension if you wish to be successful.

Some people still doubt these home-based businesses, but lots of them already began their job on this field. If you’re still thinking that starting a small business at house isn’t a great idea, you must look at the different advantages below.

The main thing that you’ve got got to understand is the possibility to work at your own house without the need to go to your office. This setting is very famous to people who already have a family simply because they can be with them the whole day. It is also cool to work at home as you are generating revenue without going outside of your house. It is a great thing if you are speaking about it with your friends. We understand that going to your office is extremely stressing especially when you are driving or commuting. You are able to eliminate this tension by thinking about the various world wide web business concepts.

A lot of people actually desired to have flexible working hours and you’ll need to expect that home-based organizations will help provide this. Are you already sick and tired of working from early morning until afternoon? You will certainly have a flexible time if you’re going to work in your home and start out generating revenue.

You’ve got all the time in the world to work so you can just do your work for a few hours and start out late if you desire. This is something that you cannot do if you are working for a organization because they are very stringent on the timeframe that they are implementing. Home-based businesses can provide you the versatility that you always desired.

The most essential thing about online firm tips is you don’t need lots of money to start your business. It is possible to do everything in the comfort of your house. You’ll be able to consider your house as your workplace and you can accommodate all the products that you are selling as well without making use of a physical store. You can take advantage of social media networks to sell your items and services and everything will start from there. You don’t need to produce a massive amount of money to start your company because it is feasible to begin at home.

It’s always wonderful to check a few house based business ideas because they offer a lot of advantages. It is feasible to definitely earn lots of money without spending a lot for the operation costs and large capital. You will surely benefit from this if you know what your are performing.