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Contents
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FEATURES
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25+ Secrets to Double Your Profits In 2010.
Spend an hour reviewing these profit-building recommendations and
mapping out a plan to achieve them.
25+ Best Retirement
Businesses.
Savvy business start-ups for 55+ individuals.
Interview with Armando
Montelongo.
Celebrity Entrepreneur and Host of “Flip
This House” on A & E.
Seven Publicity Myths
that Can Hurt Your
Business.
Separate the PR facts from the fiction.
Forget Facebook and
Twitter!
For B2B, it’s all about LinkedIn.
MARKETING & SALES
Generate PR: Before you can get your business the publicity it deserves,
learn about the most common publicity myths and the truths behind them.
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Top Three Green
Savers that are Free.
Here are ways for small businesses to save
money without spending.
Become More Energy
Efficient.
Help your bottom line and reduce your
personal impact on the environment.
Financing in a Cash
Crunch.
Accounts receivable financing is a route
you may want to consider.
Forget the Economy.
Boost your profits now.
MONEY CORNER
HOME OFFICE
Go Green and Save: The perception is that going
“green” costs money, but that just is not true.
Financing in a
Cash Crunch:
Consider accounts
receivable financing,
a form of short-term
borrowing.
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Double Your Profits in 2010:
Discover 25+ profit-building secrets and
apply them to your home business.
Letter from Publisher
Letters to the Editor
Newsstand
Survey shows small business employee
preferences on medical advice… Is
multi-tasking hurting small business?...
Nation’s women-owned firms carry
water… Franchise trends are strong.
Notice to readers
NEWS AND REVIEWS
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Helping Patients Stay on their Diets.
Father and son business creates a hunger-controlling cookie.
Pediatric/Neonatal Nursing Background and
Passion Support Business Goals.
Woman brings awareness to the dangers of poor infant positioning in infant seat products.

Partnering Leads to Merger
for Bigger Opportunities.
Former corporate leaders create a unique publishing
business and redefine an industry.
Foreclosing on Success.
Chance phone call leads to a lucrative foreclosure
cleanout business.
WORK-FROM-HOME SUCCESS STORIES
Merging Companies: Michele Smith and Michelle Gamble-Risley are
partners of M Communications.
Bringing Awareness
to Danger:
From her home, Beth Rumack
runs BGR Juvenile Products,
LLC — educating about
the importance of infant
positioning in infant seat
products and promoting her
Snuggin Go® products.
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BUSINESSES & OPPORTUNITIES
How to Build a Service-Based Business
Through Partners.
Zero in on profitable partners.
Build Your Business by Helping a Charity.
Getting involved with a local charity can benefit society and
your business.
Home Business Directory Listings
Network Marketing Contact Listings
Classified Ads Growing by Leaps: Partners can take their combined services into new
markets, acquire bigger projects and customers, or leapfrog over competitors.
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Income After Retiring: Many 55+
persons are becoming entrepreneurs and are
successfully starting their own businesses to
support themselves or to supplement their
current job earnings or retirement incomes.
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March/April 2010
Identify Tracks in Your Business
that Must Change if You Want to
Generate Increased Net Income
Home-based entrepreneurs face serious
challenges in trying to generate more profits.
They get myopic in focusing on two or
three things to pursue increased net income.
For example, cutting the cost of one or two
major expenditures, or increasing sales of your main product or services.
But a focus on increased profitability has to move beyond cutting major
expenses and generating more sales. In a recession, it may not be possible to
generate more sales, and you may
have already cut major costs to the
bone. So what do you do now?
Our cover story this issue
meets this challenge. We have
brainstormed across the spectrum
to identify 25 steps you can take in
the next 30 days to generate more
profits. Study our recommendations. This is a good time to dust off your
business plans and marketing strategies and update these for 2010 by linking
them to the ideas in our cover story.
At a more fundamental level, our cover story will help you break out of
a psychological business rut that often plagues home-based entrepreneurs.
We tend to work more independently than other business owners, with less
personal interactions. This can cause some of us to get myopic, lost in a
day-to-day struggle of business procedures. By stopping what you’re doing,
and taking time to study the recommendations in our cover story, you will
identify tracks in your business that need to change. You start your own
customized business brainstorming that will lead to identifying additional
ways to double profits in 2010.
As I finish this letter, the U.S. Senate just increased the Federal debt level
to $14 trillion and the President proposed a budget with an incomprehensible
$1.3 trillion deficit. I will hammer on this issue — and each magazine issue
— until something is seriously done about the fiscal insanity. This level of
debt is not sustainable and is pushing the country into a depression.
I have received criticism about focusing on this problem without offering
a constructive solution. The solution, however, is simple. We have to impose
enormous spending cuts and tax increases, with specific goals such as eliminating
the deficit within 5 years and the national debt within 15 years. It’s a generational
challenge with enormous pain and suffering that cannot be avoided.
But our politics have become so polarized and dysfunctional that solving
the problem is likely impossible. One side of the political aisle refuses
to seriously cut spending. The other side of the aisle says it wants to cut
spending but then advocates for policies that increase spending, and offers
little more than “cut taxes, cut taxes, cut taxes.”
How “cut taxes” ever became economic policy shows the political
dysfunction and economic ignorance that has thrown so much debt onto the
backs of our children. If the governing process was functional, both sides of
the aisle would FIRST make the tough political choices about how much to
spend on government, and then, SECOND, make the tough choices about
how to raise the tax revenue to pay for it. If you want to cut taxes, that’s fine,
but start with off-set spending cuts first. The average person lacks these basic
understandings of economics and governance, and politicians continue to
cravenly exploit the ignorance with false promises.
So we’re stuck with a dangerous combination of dysfunctional
governance and a polarized and ignorant voting public. These factors will
prevent the tough solutions that will keep the country from falling into a
debt-fueled depression.
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Everybody Likes to Buy Things, But
No One Likes to Be Sold
The expression, “Everybody likes to
buy things but no one likes to be sold,”
is nothing new, but what does it mean? It
shows the delicate balance in how people
want to feel like they are making their own
buying decisions, yet at the same time enjoy
having an expert who will help them make
an educated choice. As a salesperson, it can
be difficult to accomplish this. Using the
antiquated selling techniques of persuasion
doesn’t result in more sales. Neither does
a passive “information dump” that gives a
customer control. The key to sales is using
“influential selling skills,” a strategy where
the salesperson better understands the
customer with likeability, trust, and influence.
Nathan Jamail, president of the Jamail
Development Group author of “The Sales
Leaders Playbook”

From the Editor: Your customers need to
know you have a sincere interest in them and
their needs and that the product or service
you are selling is a solution for them.
Selling Yourself and Your Ideas to
Senior Management
It’s no secret…the higher up the corporate
ladder you go, the more important your
public speaking and communications skills
become. And the faster you develop and
hone your skills, the faster you’ll climb.
If you have your sights set on increased
responsibility and the job title and salary
that go with them, you will need to position
yourself ahead of the crowd…in advance.
At all stages of your career you need to sell
yourself, your ideas, your value, and your
ability. To position yourself for promotion,
learn what it takes to sell yourself and your
ideas to senior management.
Patricia Fripp, CSP, CPAE
www.Fripp.com, (415) 753-6556,
PFripp@Fripp.com

From the Editor: Enroll in educational and
training courses — offered by your city, a
local college, or a networking organization
(such as www.toastmasters.org) — to
improve or maintain your public speaking
and communication skills.
Cutting Operating Costs in 2010
These days, any company that isn’t looking
for ways to cut costs is looking for trouble.
Although the recession has made every COO
aware of the importance of saving money, it is
surprising how often companies can overlook
simple ways of improving their financial
challenges. Attention, small businesses: It’s
easier than you think to cut costs. Whether
it’s the kitchen supplies in your home office or
the toner cartridges inside your laser printers,
there is an effective cost solution for nearly
every expense out there.
Chuck Mache American TonerServ,
chuck@americantonerserv.com
From the Editor: For ideas on cutting
your operating costs in 2010, read this issue’s
article on the “Top Three Green Savers that
are FREE: Ways for Small Businesses to Save
Money Without Spending.”

Hostile Takeover of Your Own
Company
As you walk into the office you
can feel the Monday-morning blues
from your staff sitting around the
table. There’s no doubt most have not
prepared for the week. Some have left
their creativity at home this morning.
Others have only prepared to cover
their rears. The victim and the judge
both are represented at the table.
Here’s a thought… Fire them. Fire
them all. Initiate a hostile takeover.
Extreme? Of course it is. But so is
the job market today. Extreme is the
competition. Extreme is the economic
state of the union. With a double-digit
unemployment level that continues to
rise, a credit crunch that suffocates
the biggest and best, and a cash flow
drain that can paralyze even the most
efficient…it’s no wonder extreme
measures are required...
Jim Fannin
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strategist and sports & business consultant
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Connect with Customers in a Slow Economy
Once-thriving businesses are struggling to survive in today’s slow economy. Many
are making spending decisions based on “What can I afford?” rather than “Where
can I invest my money to make my business grow?” When payroll and other expenses
take priority, the advertising and marketing budget is the first to go. Lacking the
resources of large corporations, small and medium-sized businesses find it particularly
challenging to keep their heads above water. In addition, they are struggling with
lower-than-average sales, difficulty getting loans, rising interest rates, and the ever-
present threat of increased taxes and government regulation. Most business owners
know that the key to success in any economy, good or bad, is the ability to connect
with customers. Businesses that are firmly established in the community will be in a
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W
hen you think about how
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profits from your business, try
not to think of it as one overwhelming
task. Think of it as a series of things
you need to do. Whether you plan to
start a home-based business in 2010
or you already own one, we at Home
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profit-building recommendations.
1. Decrease Business Start-Up Costs
Here’s some good news about the
recession: Start-up costs tend to be reduced
in a soft economy. Certain expenses end
up being lower due to reduced demand.
You might find that materials, licensing
fees, franchise fees, the cost of buying
an existing business, even marketing and
advertising costs are lower than what they
would be when the economy is booming.
Many companies that serve business start-
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without negotiation. Negotiate anyway,
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Keep track of each expenditure. Analyze
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According to the Cambridge, Mass.-
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The sweeping use of mobile devices
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Over the last year, the syndication of
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waste time clicking through websites to see
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This is a form of advertising that is well
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increase profits in 2010.
5. Co-Op Advertising
Cooperative advertising is a technique
that businesses have used for decades.
Traditionally, the term referred to when
two businesses would share the expenses
of an ad. Today, co-op advertising is
more high tech. Now it entails pooling
resources to get a single advertising
message distributed through multiple
media channels. The platforms include
traditional print and Internet, email,
mobile devices, RSS feeds, digital editions
of magazines or television, and other
media. This is driving advertising towards
packages that group together multi-
platform advertising. Leverage your
limited budget to expand your marketing
reach — and profits — by seeking co-op
opportunities with other business owners
in your industry.
6. Get Positioned with “E-Ink”
Electronic ink, or E-Ink is book, magazine
and periodical content delivered to
electronic readers (ERs) such as Amazon’s
Kindle or Barnes & Noble’s Nook. Amazon
announced that on Christmas Day 2009,
more customers purchased e-books than
printed books. Other companies will soon
launch their own versions of these small
touch screen gadgets. This is a profit-
building medium that you cannot ignore.
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And that once people had been
awarded these judgments... 80
percent of them were never paid.”
This discovery couldn’t have come
at a better time; Christina and her
husband Terry were part owners of a
carpet store and had amassed a
large amount of debt.
They had three small children and
thought that by owning a store they'd
have more money and time for their
family. Initially it was an exciting time
for them, but that dream quickly
turned into a nightmare of debt and
endless hours at work, as Christina
remembers, "We accumulated
monstrous debt. We were truly only a
few paychecks away from being
homeless."
And then she learned about the
big money in small claims. Christina
focused on learning how to recover
judgments for people. She says, "It
was trial and error for six months to a
year. I buried my nose in civil codes.”
Christina contacted a number of
small businesses in her area to see if
they could use her services, and as it
turned out, there was plenty of work
for her. "These people were
overjoyed to give us all of their cases
to collect and were more than willing
to let me keep 50% of what I
collected for them," she says.
In most cases, they had filed away
their judgments a few years prior with
no hope of ever collecting on them.
Christina's business, Sierra
Judgment Recovery, gets that money
back. These people figured they'd
never see any of that money again,
so they're more than happy to pay
Christina's fee.
Another attractive aspect of this
service is there's no up-front cost to
her customers. Any filing fees or
costs incurred by Christina are
reimbursed to her out of the
judgment once it's collected. The
customers don't have to pay
anything out of their own pocket.
From what she says, this is
primarily behind-the-scenes work,
which makes it an entirely non-
confrontational business. She does
everything through the court system
from seizing debtor bank accounts,
garnishing wages and other income,
to placing liens on property.
One year after starting the
judgment recovery business,
Christina and Terry closed the
carpet store. Finally they could work
at home and have money left over
at the end of the month. They've
been running Sierra Judgment
Recovery for over 10 years and are
bringing in a five-figure paycheck
each month. And the most important
aspect is they've got more time for
their kids. “I can attend their events
and my husband gets to go on field
trips now - he's usually the only dad
on them.”
But the story doesn't end there.
Christina wants to share her
knowledge with others across the
country as a home-based business
opportunity.
She has put together a judgment
recovery training course. In addition,
students have access to a National
Network, which can be extremely
helpful in cases where the debtor
has moved out of state. Christina
also includes unlimited support.
The training course is on a
home-study basis and it teaches
A Judgment Recovery Business is Hot
and in Demand. Here’s how to start your own...

H
ave you ever watched Judge Judy or any of those mid-afternoon
court TV shows where people sue each other for unpaid rent or
services? In many cases, Judge Judy slams down her gavel and barks
orders at the defendant to pay up, but here's a little known fact: the
court does not enforce that judgment. And that goes for non-televised
court cases too.
That's right, just because a judge orders someone to pay a debt
doesn't mean that person is going to do it. Imagine if someone owed
you a few thousand dollars and decided not to pay you, regardless of
what a court of law ordered. Would you know what to do? Most people
don't, so they wait in frustration for the debt to be paid.
Christina Smiley, founder of Sierra Judgment Recovery and self-
proclaimed opportunity junkie, learned how to profit from this little
known market of unpaid debt by helping judgment holders collect. She
explained there was virtually no one who was providing this service.
how to contact judgment holders
to get their business, the steps to
tracking down a debtor and sorting
through the paperwork from the
court.
Christina's motivation for
sharing this business opportunity
with others isn’t to get money from
sales of the course (a one-time
flat fee of $185.00, she only
makes enough to cover the cost of
producing course materials): she
wants to continue to develop the
National Network of judgment
recovery specialists.
Anyone interested in a home-
based business who really likes to
do research could benefit from
this training course, according to
Christina. "This business is filling a
true niche. It provides steady,
predictable home-based income
of $5,000 - $8,000 per month on
average. There is no lack of
customers and no foreseeable
decrease at any time in the
future," says Christina.

If you’d like information on
starting your own home-based
judgment recovery business,
register for their free guide at
www.recoverycourse.com. You
may also contact Sierra
Judgment Recovery directly by
calling them at (912) 882-8190
or email Customer Support at
Support@recoverycourse.com.
Christina Smiley
And that once people had been
awarded these judgments... 80
percent of them were never paid.”
This discovery couldn’t have come
at a better time; Christina and her
husband Terry were part owners of a
carpet store and had amassed a
large amount of debt.
They had three small children and
thought that by owning a store they'd
have more money and time for their
family. Initially it was an exciting time
for them, but that dream quickly
turned into a nightmare of debt and
endless hours at work, as Christina
remembers, "We accumulated
monstrous debt. We were truly only a
few paychecks away from being
homeless."
And then she learned about the
big money in small claims. Christina
focused on learning how to recover
judgments for people. She says, "It
was trial and error for six months to a
year. I buried my nose in civil codes.”
Christina contacted a number of
small businesses in her area to see if
they could use her services, and as it
turned out, there was plenty of work
for her. "These people were
overjoyed to give us all of their cases
to collect and were more than willing
to let me keep 50% of what I
collected for them," she says.
In most cases, they had filed away
their judgments a few years prior with
no hope of ever collecting on them.
Christina's business, Sierra
Judgment Recovery, gets that money
back. These people figured they'd
never see any of that money again,
so they're more than happy to pay
Christina's fee.
Another attractive aspect of this
service is there's no up-front cost to
her customers. Any filing fees or
costs incurred by Christina are
reimbursed to her out of the
judgment once it's collected. The
customers don't have to pay
anything out of their own pocket.
From what she says, this is
primarily behind-the-scenes work,
which makes it an entirely non-
confrontational business. She does
everything through the court system
from seizing debtor bank accounts,
garnishing wages and other income,
to placing liens on property.
One year after starting the
judgment recovery business,
Christina and Terry closed the
carpet store. Finally they could work
at home and have money left over
at the end of the month. They've
been running Sierra Judgment
Recovery for over 10 years and are
bringing in a five-figure paycheck
each month. And the most important
aspect is they've got more time for
their kids. “I can attend their events
and my husband gets to go on field
trips now - he's usually the only dad
on them.”
But the story doesn't end there.
Christina wants to share her
knowledge with others across the
country as a home-based business
opportunity.
She has put together a judgment
recovery training course. In addition,
students have access to a National
Network, which can be extremely
helpful in cases where the debtor
has moved out of state. Christina
also includes unlimited support.
The training course is on a
home-study basis and it teaches
A Judgment Recovery Business is Hot
and in Demand. Here’s how to start your own...

H
ave you ever watched Judge Judy or any of those mid-afternoon
court TV shows where people sue each other for unpaid rent or
services? In many cases, Judge Judy slams down her gavel and barks
orders at the defendant to pay up, but here's a little known fact: the
court does not enforce that judgment. And that goes for non-televised
court cases too.
That's right, just because a judge orders someone to pay a debt
doesn't mean that person is going to do it. Imagine if someone owed
you a few thousand dollars and decided not to pay you, regardless of
what a court of law ordered. Would you know what to do? Most people
don't, so they wait in frustration for the debt to be paid.
Christina Smiley, founder of Sierra Judgment Recovery and self-
proclaimed opportunity junkie, learned how to profit from this little
known market of unpaid debt by helping judgment holders collect. She
explained there was virtually no one who was providing this service.
how to contact judgment holders
to get their business, the steps to
tracking down a debtor and sorting
through the paperwork from the
court.
Christina's motivation for
sharing this business opportunity
with others isn’t to get money from
sales of the course (a one-time
flat fee of $185.00, she only
makes enough to cover the cost of
producing course materials): she
wants to continue to develop the
National Network of judgment
recovery specialists.
Anyone interested in a home-
based business who really likes to
do research could benefit from
this training course, according to
Christina. "This business is filling a
true niche. It provides steady,
predictable home-based income
of $5,000 - $8,000 per month on
average. There is no lack of
customers and no foreseeable
decrease at any time in the
future," says Christina.

If you’d like information on
starting your own home-based
judgment recovery business,
register for their free guide at
www.recoverycourse.com. You
may also contact Sierra
Judgment Recovery directly by
calling them at (912) 882-8190
or email Customer Support at
Support@recoverycourse.com.
Christina Smiley
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Although many ERs do not have
display advertising, you can still deliver
messages through text. For example, a
magazine issue would not have display
advertisers, but it would have a list of
E-Ink sponsors and websites included
in the electronic versions. It is still early
in this realm, and there are not a lot of
E-Ink advertising opportunities yet, but
for those who discover them, the profit
building potential is enormous.
7. Home Business Legal Organization
Take a look at your legal business
organization. Is your business an LLC,
S-Type, DBA, or another structure? This
is critical for new start-ups. Most home-
based businesses, particularly the micro-
size of one or two persons, are loose DBAs
(Doing Business As) or partnerships. These
can put business owners’ assets at risk.
The main reason to incorporate or form
an LLC is to protect your assets. There
are also profit-building reasons to form
one of these structures. They offer greater
credibility for claiming legitimate business
write-offs and tax deductions. When
you’re trying to build profits, decreasing
expenses and tax liabilities is as effective
as increasing sales.
8. Unclaimed Home Office and
Business Deductions
Now that you have your legal business
structure intact, evaluate your business and
office expenses. Make a list of all of your
regular expenses, particularly the recurring
ones. Set up methods to document how
much of these expenses can be applied to
business. Don’t wait until the end of the
year to look at your expenses, because it
may be too late to claim deductions. Expend
the effort now to establish a bookkeeping
system to identify these business expenses
and compile the documentation. You’ll
reduce your tax burden, increase your
profits, and potentially keep yourself IRS
audit-proof. Seek professional accounting
and legal advice for tax matters.

9. Back-End Sales Online
Every business owner should diversify the
business with back-end sales. This is easier
than ever in the digital age. A back-end sale
is a product or service that is closely related
to your core business. You market it to your
business universe. The advantage of back-
end sales in the Internet world is that these
can be obtained at little or no cost beyond
the product cost of sales. Often the only
expenditure is what is required to configure
an ecommerce order from.
Set aside some brainstorming time to
review ways that you can grow or expand
your product line in ways that complement
your core business. The resulting net
income you generate will convert to almost
pure profit after taxes.
10. Diversify into a Related Business
You can even go beyond back-end sales.
Look for ways to diversify your existing
business into a new business. This entails
more risk, but it offers much greater
potential for profit growth.
Seek out businesses that are closely
related to your core business. For example,
if you operate a home exterior restoration
business, you could start a solar panel
installation operation. The close relation
between businesses makes it easier to
25+ Secrets to Double Profits
Continued from page 14

When you’re trying to build profits, decreasing expenses and tax
liabilities is as effective as increasing sales.

BEAT THE RECESSION!
reduce marketing and selling costs, which
tend to be the largest variable costs in
a new business, with a direct impact on
profits. Another benefit is that you can use
your existing customer base to springboard
as a seed pool for the new business.
11. Online Business Presentation & Chat
Many business owners neglect to develop
an effective online sales presentation. This
includes not only your marketing pitch, but
a complete description of services, options
and answers to frequently asked questions.
Most new business prospects want to
research products or services online only.
They don’t want to waste time going back
and forth on the phone or email and waiting
for a response.
You can increase long term profitability
with a better, more comprehensive website
business presentation. Take this connection
one step further by configuring online chat,
so when someone has a question, they can
communicate with you real-time when you
are online, too.

12. Restructure Short Term Loans
Increasing profitability also depends
upon getting your financial house in
order. During the recession, few micro
business owners have been immune
from having to expand credit. Some
credit lines, particularly more liquid
credit cards, will be at interest rates
that are higher than they were before,
which can really cut into your profits.
Look for ways to consolidate loans, to
reduce interest expenses, and to increase
profits. One option is to consider home
equity, not to increase your existing
credit liability, but as a rollover value
for high interest debt you have already
incurred. Increase profits by shaving off
interest expenses.
13. Get Mobile Device Ready
The most overlooked factor in generating
more profits is time. The more time you
can free up to run a business, the greater
will be your profits. This goes double for
the part-time business owner.

Every business owner should diversify the business with
back-end sales.

Continued on page 18
“Going Green” to Increase Profits
Being environmentally responsible could get you a contract with a government agency
that is required to consider green attributes in their contract selection criteria.
On your website and online marketing presentations, highlight steps you’ve taken to go
green, such as that you bought wind power offsets, your company vehicle is a hybrid or
you saved trees by going paperless.
Put a green logo on your website.
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The best new way to increase your time
available is to get “mobile device ready.”
Link your personal information manager
(PIM), such as Microsoft Outlook, and
email to a handheld device that is Internet-
and phone-ready. This will help you take
advantage of opportunities for “mini-
productivity” — responding to emails,
returning phone calls, etc. — while on the
go. Instead of being overcome by emails
and events, use a mobile device to get
organized and plan your day.
14. Calibrate Your Marketing Plan
A big hit on profitability is haphazard
marketing, where you choose options
to advertise and promote without any
real plan. This leads to inefficiencies, and
inability to achieve economies of scale.
A majority of small business owners
do not have a viable marketing plan.
Don’t make that mistake. A marketing
plan is easy to configure and can be
created in a matter of hours. Research the
various media including online, digital,
direct marketing, publicity, advertising,
telemarketing, email, etc. Create a rough
budget and timeline for different types of
ads. Make sure your plan is comprehensive,
and revisit it at least quarterly.
15. Take Time Each
Day for Direct
Sales or Business
Development
The day-to-
day of running
a business can be
o v e r wh e l mi n g .
You might find
yourself caught
up in business
operations, and not
focus on business
development. As a
business owner, you also have to be
a salesperson. Look at your to-do list
that you loaded onto your mobile device
PIM, and add one more task: working
on personal direct selling. Establishing a
daily sales routine will also create mental
structure, making it easier as time goes
on to go through the mental discipline of
making sales contacts. Learn to structure
times of the day to keep your prime time
open for personal selling activities. There’s
no better way to increase profits.
16. Account Expense Categorization Review
An excellent way to reduce expenses
and increase profits is to categorize your
expenses. That means identifying expenses
so they can be grouped under headings
such as marketing, raw materials, phone
bill, etc., so you can figure out which
expenses to deduct from business income.
More importantly, you make it easier
for your accountant to understand your
expenses and to maximize deductions when
completing your annual business taxes.
Even if you’ve already started a business and
set up a business checking account, you can
still make these changes. If you use financial
management software such as Quicken, that
will make the categorization even easier.
17. Credit Line Replenishment
Credit markets are loosening up.
Hopefully you don’t require additional
credit right now for your business, but if
you do, now is an opportune time to seek
out and apply for fresh lines of credit.
If you don’t need credit now, consider
applying for a line so you can lock in lower
rates. The best time to apply for credit is
when you don’t actually need it, when your
credit report and FICO score are at the
highest levels. Later, if you do need credit
and your credit background has taken a hit
due to late payments or other setbacks, you
might have to endure higher interest rates,
or, worse, a rejection from the lender.
18. Computer Productivity Increase
How is the old computer doing? The
center of just about any business today is
the computer. With most adequate desktop
computer models available for under
$2,000, the price is inexpensive in the big
scheme of things. A computer slows down
with time. If each keystroke takes a few
milliseconds longer than it should, these
bits of micro time add up to real time. If
a new computer gained you a half hour of
productivity each day, that would add up
to six or seven days of extra time each year
to build profits.
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Look for ways to consolidate
loans, to reduce interest expenses,
and to increase profits.

You can increase long term profitability with a better, more
comprehensive website business presentation.
25+ Secrets to Double Profits
Continued from page 17
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If you don’t think you need a new
computer, at least invest in a service that
will clean up the operating system to
minimize processing time.
19. Go Paperless Now
Now’s the time to fully make the transition
to a paperless office. If you still receive
invoices, statements, and business documents
by mail, get your bank and other parties
to email you these documents as PDF
documents. Don’t print these, and don’t
create a paper file. Instead, create a folder on
your computer or your email program.
If you do have paper items, scan them
into your computer, and create a “Scan File”
so you can store these items electronically.
Give the file a descriptive name so you can
later find it with a simple Windows search.
You’ll free up more time that you can put
to better use selling and generating more
profits, not thumbing through paper files.
A mobile device will help you take
advantage of opportunities for “mini-
productivity” — responding to emails,
returning phone calls, etc. — while on
the go.

If you don’t think you need a
new computer, at least invest in
a service that will clean up the
operating system to minimize
processing time.

Continued on page 58
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T
hough it is illegal to discriminate
in hiring individuals who are forty
years or older, recent studies reveal
prospective employers have been reluctant
to hire older, jobless workers in these slow
economic times because they believe they
will have to pay them higher wages, or
that they may lack updated job skills or
for other reasons. As a result, many jobless,
55-plus persons have been compelled to
become entrepreneurs and are successfully
starting their own businesses to support
themselves or to supplement their current
job earnings or retirement incomes. If you
are an older adult who is looking for a
needed income opportunity and/or to fulfill
an entrepreneurial dream, here are fifteen
business ideas (and an additional ten in the
sidebar) for you to consider:
**Please note: Professional associations
are primarily networking organizations
and generally do not provide start-up
information. Include a business-sized, self-
addressed, stamped envelope with any
postal correspondence.
1. CONSULTING**
Professional consultants are individuals
who have experience and expertise, and are
recognized as authorities in their professions
or industries. They are in high demand in
both good and slow economic times as they
offer clients advice to help solve problems
and expand their businesses or expertise;
or they may work in temporary positions
as needed by their clients.
Success Tips: Market your services in
specialty markets niches rather than as a
generalist. Offer to talk to target groups
and to conduct workshops at industry
conferences. Encourage
referrals from satisfied
clients; and utilize a web
site to reach regular and
potential clients with
articles and e-newsletters.
Build residual income in offering CDs,
ebooks, video presentations, and other
products related to your profession and
consulting practice.
Suggested Resources
*Association of Professional Consultants, http://www.consultapc.org/
*Get Clients Now by C.J. Hayden, MCC **See the Home Business©
Magazine article, “Getting Started as a Consultant” in the October
2009 issue.
2. CRAFTS-FINE ARTS
If you have handmade products you
would like to sell as a business venture,
conduct a thorough market research and
testing at wholesale and craft shows to
see if they have the profit potential that
warrants your work and time. Subscribe
to professional arts and crafts publications
and groups for business and production
tips. Refine your skills by enrolling in
courses at art or craft centers.
Success Tips: Research competitors
to see how your designs can stand out
from theirs. Conduct trial sales on
online auction and craft-selling sites to
determine demand and pricing. Decide
if mass-production or creating one-of-
a-kind items is the best way to produce
your items. Advertise in publications or
through your web site or others to reach
your best customers.
Suggested Resources
*The Crafts Report, www.craftsreport.com - arts-crafts business print
publication *The Crafts Business Answer Book by Barbara Brabec.
3. E-COMMERCE**
With present online retail sales reaching
over 200 billion dollars and no signs of
slowing down, it is an ideal time to consider
selling a product or service using the
Internet. Research your chosen e-commerce
business idea(s) to see what you can offer
that potential competitors cannot.
Success Tips: Test-market your products
and services through online auctions and
other sites offering low-cost stores, before
launching full-time into a full-service web
site with shopping cart software and credit
card capabilities. Stay connected to paying
customers through regular e-mails and
e-zines; and providing excellent customer
service with follow-up satisfaction queries.
Attract new customers with print and media
articles and ads.
Suggested Resources
*Start an Online Business, www.business.gov/start/online-business/
**See the Home Business© Magazine article, “25+ E-Commerce
Start-Ups” in the February 2010 issue.
4. FOOD SPECIALTIES
The popularity of television food-
preparation shows has spurred the interest
in learning how to cook foods of many
local and ethnic cuisines. You may want
to turn a dessert, condiment, or a special
family recipe into a commercial product.
Success Tips: Previous cooking
experience, especially in a commercial
kitchen is recommended. Produce your
product in your own licensed kitchen or
a rented one. Take time to learn all that
is involved in taking a food product to
market from other food entrepreneurs
and experts. Test-market your product at
farmers’ markets or specialty food stores
25 Best
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Savvy Business Start-Ups for 55+ Individuals
By Priscilla Y. Huff

Consultants are in high demand in both good and
slow economic times as they offer clients advice to
help solve problems…

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Many 55-plus persons are becoming entrepreneurs and
are successfully starting their own businesses to support
themselves or to supplement their current job earnings or
retirement incomes.
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before making a large monetary investment. Exhibit at food
specialty shows to find distributors, or market and sell via
the Internet.
Suggested Resources
*Food Entrepreneur Resources, http://foodsafety.psu.edu/processor/resources.htm *National
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5. COLLECTIBLES’ APPRAISER-SELLER
Individuals, estate lawyers, non-profit organizations, and
collectors often need their antiques and collections appraised for
their value for insurance coverage, to settle estates, or to price for
selling. You can charge a fee for your written reports that evaluate
your clients’ items’ true market worth, as well as provide the best
selling avenues for them. You can choose to also be a consigner and
sell clients’ items for a percentage of the sales.
Success Tips: Specialize in the items you prefer and have
knowledge about. Join trade associations for further study,
credentials, and networking opportunities. Learning how to detect
imitations or fakes will add to your service’s marketability. Promote
your services at shows, to auction houses, through referrals, by
writing columns, and with a web site. Stay current with trends that
affect pricing and the demand for certain items.
Suggested Resources
*Appraisers Assn. of America, www.appraisersassoc.org/ *www.kovels.com/ - site of antique and
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6. RADIO SHOW
If you are an expert in gardening, parenting, finances, or other
professions, you might consider hosting a radio show from your
own home studio. Many entrepreneurs are also broadcasting
a variety of programming with their own Web-based radio
stations. Make money with advertisers and residual products of
books, CDs, and other related products.
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Success Tips: A background and/or experience in broadcasting
and communications, as well as the technological know-how
are essential. Increase your listening audience by offering to do
regular spots on other stations, local outlets, or web sites’ shows,
or at web conferences. Build your name recognition by writing
articles and books and by speaking in your profession and
industry until you can afford the equipment and funding to fully-
operate your own program.
Suggested Resources
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7. MOVING SPECIALIST/COORDINATOR
If you are well-organized, have good people skills, and have
an active network of other professionals with whom you can
partner, consider starting a moving-specialty and coordinating
service. Potential customers might include seniors who are
downsizing; business executives and military families who are
moving across the country; and other individuals who do not
have the time to handle all the integrated tasks that moving
one’s household involves. You may also specialize in moving
livestock, boats, machinery, antiques, pianos, or fine art for
businesses and organizations.
Success Tips: Previous experience in the moving industry
or certain products is helpful. Have the necessary insurance
(liability, bonding) and any licenses and certifications needed.
Add services such as shipping items; contacting utility companies;
assisting with change of address notifications; taking items to
auctions; staging homes for sale; organizing new spaces, and the
coordination of arrangements that lead to a well-orchestrated
move for your clients. Attention to detail and having caring,
courteous help and consideration, will foster satisfied clients
and their referrals.
Suggested Resources
*American Moving and Storage Assn., www.moving.org *How to Survive A Move by Hundreds of
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8. PROFESSIONAL SPEAKER
If you enjoy speaking to groups and have a presentation
that will inspire, teach, or relay a compelling story or
events that appeal to your particular audience, you can
consider speaking on a professional basis. Most successful
speakers start part-time while working in their professions,
giving workshops and keynote speeches and perfecting their
presentations over several years until they earn enough to
become full-time professionals.
Success Tips: Join local or national chapters of speakers’
organizations to get feedback and tips from professional
speakers to improve your speaking and delivery skills.
Offer to speak at local organizations, colleges, and business
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groups and to get referrals for more
engagements. Concentrate on delivering
what your audience wants to hear and
caring about their interests.
Suggested Resources
*The National Speakers Assn., www.nsaspeaker.org/ *Toastmasters
International, www.toastmasters.org/.
9. RENT-A-GRANDPARENT
If you love children and being a
grandparent or wish to be one, you
can advertise your services to baby-
sit children on special occasions; assist
new mothers and fathers in caring for
newborns in their homes; attend special
events or vacation with families; or
carry-out additional activities or tasks
associated with being a grandparent.
Success Tips: Complete background
checks and clearances that you may be
required to have to work with children.
Experience and/or education credentials and
an understanding of the ages of the children
with whom you are working are important
to be a success. Market your services through
local family publications and referrals from
families or social organizations.
Suggested Resources
*www.Grandparents.com – resource site with activities, advice, product
reviews. *The Grandparent Guide…by Arthur Kornhaber, founder,
www.Grandparenting.org.
10. REPAIR SPECIALIST
Take advantage of the growing “Green”
movement as yesterday’s throw-away
society is changing to one of recycling,
and reusing by offering to repair quality
specialty items from vintage clocks and
jewelry, to musical instruments, bicycles,
old toys, and even designer shoes. Set-
up areas in a refurbished garage or
outbuilding where customers can pick-up
or drop-off items; or offer to pick up and
deliver repaired items for them.
Success Tips: Apprentice with
experts to gain additional skills.
Conduct preliminary research to see if
a potential, paying market exists for
your services. Advertise in local classified
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Encourage customer referrals.
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11. SPECIALTY DRIVING SERVICE
If you like people and have a good
driving record, consider starting a specialty
driving service, focusing on transporting
children to and from after-school activities;
picking up and delivering people to
public transportation centers and night-
time events; taking seniors to medical
appointments; or even driving pets to
groomers or veterinarians.
Success Tips: Fulfill all commercial
licensing and insurance and business
regulations; as well as any required
background security checks. Conduct surveys
to determine what types of transportations
are needed most in your area.
Suggested Resources
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Reports) by Dana Carter.
12. AUDIO-VIDEO PRODUCTION SERVICES
Multi-media specialists consult with
business owners, agencies, organizations,
and professionals to create videos, CDs,
DVDs, audio tapes, and other related
products for staff training, sales promotions,
presentations at seminars, trade shows, or
workshops; and also film for television,
documentaries, and video for web and
social marketing sites. Check with local
colleges or technical schools for related
courses if you need additional skills.
Success Tips: Experience and operating
knowledge of the latest computer and
equipment technology are required. When
starting out, lease or rent equipment to save
money, and determine what is the best for
your project. Network with others in your
industry to find an open market niche in
this highly-competitive line of work. Partner
with other entrepreneurs to provide a total
package tailored to your clients’ needs.
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13. SPECIALTY FARMING
Fear of food-related illnesses, toxic
chemicals from fertilizers and contaminated
water, and a demand for healthier meals, are
all creating a demand for natural foods and
beverages. Organic and natural growers sell
to local consumers, eating establishments,
and institutions and through online and mail
order venues, depending on the produce or
products. Eating establishments and grocery
stores are also looking for fresh foods and
antibiotic-free eggs and meats.
Success Tips: Research the potential
markets for your products, and test
buyer responses at local farmers’
markets and trade shows. Enroll in
courses offered by agriculture colleges
and county extension offices. Join local
growers’ or farmers associations for tips
and networking opportunities.
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A
rmando Montelongo wasn’t always
the brash, wildly successful real
estate mogul presented weekly on
A&E’s “Flip This House.” Five years ago, his
family’s unexpected medical problems left
him unemployed, broke, with poor credit,
and $50,000 in debt. They borrowed $1,000
to move from his in-law’s garage on a
cross country adventure to start over in San
Antonio. Within two months, he flipped his
first house and hasn’t looked back since.
Home Business® Magazine recently spoke
with Armando about his secrets for turning
over a quick profit.
Home Business Magazine (HBM): What
are the top principles you’ve learned about
quick profitability that can apply to any
home-based business?
Armando Montelongo (AM): Without
much education, you’ll lose tons of money and
you won’t be successful. Find a mentor who’s
been incredibly successful. There are really
multiple parts to any business. With real estate
flipping, there’s buying at the right ratios,
fixing them up, and making sure you’re not
spending all your time doing any one thing.
It is about balance. Eighty percent of your
time needs to be about buying properties.
HBM: What mistakes do most home-based
entrepreneurs make when it comes to making
a quick profit?
AM: It goes back to thinking they know
the answers, but the system has the answers.
It is the answers. Also, never get greedy. I
see this happen so much. People try to eke
out every dime of payables or receivables.
Remember your overall strategy. Don’t be
penny wise and pound foolish.
HBM: It’s currently a “buyer’s market” in
real estate. How can entrepreneurs make
a profit when their industry is stagnate or
in decline?
AM: If it’s a buyer’s market, there are
still people buying. At a time when it’s
a recession, the average person works 70
percent less. If you work 30 percent smarter,
you’ll do better than the competition. I have
seen so many people just go and shut it down
and throw their hands up and say, “Oh,
I can’t do well.” They lose their focus. All
money making is a head game, and not about
the circumstances around you. I’m so huge
on having mentors, because they’ve already
been thru these circumstances.
HBM: After turning a profit —what’s next?
AM: It depends upon how big they want to
go. For me, once it’s turning a profit, it’s about
systemizing. We “whiteboard” our entire
business every six months. We see what we’d
change if we were restarting our business right
now. It keeps customers incredibly happy. We
work on what we can do to make it more
profitable and keep our students happy. It
works amazingly. Focus on the systems.
HBM: How important is networking when
it comes to making money?
AM: Networking with productivity is
everything. You get way too many people
who go out there and entertain themselves by
networking and being part of an association
under the illusion that they’re going to make
more money. Be very careful about that. I’m
not big on associations, but spending time
with people who have more money than I do.
HBM: You practice Tae Kwon Do and as
with any martial art, success depends upon a
positive attitude and consistency. How do you
apply those principles to business?
AM: There are no problems, only
challenges and you look forward to those
challenges. Most people won’t ever figure
them out. It goes from “I’m going to have a
positive attitude” to becoming who you are.
Some people have to fake being positive, and
there’s nothing wrong with that as long as
you’re not deceiving people. It’s a habit you
have to practice.
HBM: As their companies grow, how
can home business entrepreneurs effectively
delegate to employees and/or contractors?
AM: The control factor is hardest. No one
wants to lose control. Any successful person
will have a sense of control. I’ll slow my
business down and make sure everyone is
properly trained, and then I feel comfortable
in letting go. I’ve come to a point where I
know what I’m good at. I’ve focused on my
realty business that makes me the money.
What makes money in this business is being
creative. Everything else is leveraged out.
Deborah Jeanne Sergeant writes from her
home office in Wolcott, N.Y., penning trade
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t’s no doubt that Americans are looking for ways to save on
health care costs. CIGNA recently issued the results of a survey
of consumers across the country that found that employees
at small companies (250 or less employees) are more likely than
those employed by larger companies (251 or more employees)
to look for ways to save money on prescription drugs. The same
study found that 60 percent of consumers are willing to spend
30 minutes on a site comparing health costs and services if it will
save them $100. Yet, only 40 percent say that they have actually
compared prices for their prescriptions, even though switching
from a brand name drug to a generic drug can save $200 per year
on average per prescription. Additional survey findings include:
■ Employees of smaller companies are more likely than those employed
by large employers to ask their doctor (65 percent) and pharmacist
(61 percent) for ways to save money.
■ Compared to those employed by larger companies, people who work
at smaller companies are also more likely to ask their physician for
the most cost-effective drug.
■ Regardless of the size of their company, men are more likely (43
percent) than women (30 percent) to take what their doctor tells
them to without asking questions about generic alternatives.
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omen-owned businesses contribute nearly $3 trillion
to our national economy and create or maintain 23
million jobs according to new research conducted by
the Center for Women’s Business Research and funded by
the National Women’s Business Council and Walmart. This
report, “The Economic Impact of Women-Owned Businesses
in the United States,” adds to the current understanding of
the economic contributions of women-owned firms that to
date has relied only on number of firms, revenues and direct
employment. For the first time, this research provides a much
more comprehensive picture of the total economic impact of
women-owned firms, including the impact of the businesses’
purchases AND the purchasing power of their employees and
suppliers. Major findings include:
■ Approximately 8% of the total labor force work directly for a
woman-owned firm.
■ If women-owned businesses were their own country, they would
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pressure to pick up the slack and find ways to do more
with less. According to a recent survey conducted by
online payroll provider SurePayroll, business owners are multi-
tasking to address the challenges of the current economy, keep
customers happy, and keep their businesses running smoothly.
The survey found that 88 percent of small business owners
think multi-tasking is now a key component in running a
successful business that business owners should embrace.
Indeed, 56 percent of respondents indicated that they often
handle three or more tasks simultaneously. SurePayroll
attributes the increasing tendency to multi-task to current
economic conditions that force businesses to produce the same
output levels with fewer resources.
Despite the widespread acceptance of multi-tasking, one in
four small business owners report that multi-tasking in some
way hinders their working ability. Multi-tasking skeptics cited
everything from decreased quality in work, tasks taking longer
than in the past, and becoming burned out more quickly:
According to SurePayroll President Michael Alter, business
owners can avoid feeling overburdened with tasks by getting
organized and finding ways to eliminate unnecessary processes.
Instead of going out alone and trying to be everywhere at once,
Alter suggests these methods for cutting down workload stress:
■ Make a prioritized list of tasks.
■ Outsource business operations to save time and money.
■ Take advantage of down time — relax and get recharged.
■ Let others help with the business’s daily operations.

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tasking more than ever, but some say it’s leading to lower
quality work.”
Growth in the Baby Boomer Industries:
In-home senior care is doing very well.
They are mostly under 100k, and they
have a product that many people need,
not just want. There is demand for this
product, and the supply (number of
concepts) has increased more than any
other industry that we have in the last two
years. These, too, have increased their
spending with us. The best example is
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Research provides a much more comprehensive picture of the total economic impact of women-owned firms.
have the 5th largest GDP in the world,
ahead of countries including France, the
United Kingdom, and Italy.
■ If women-owned businesses were
their own country, they would have a
greater GDP than Canada, India and
Vietnam COMBINED.
■ Industries where women-owned
businesses have the highest revenues
include professional, scientific,
technical services; retail, wholesale;
business services; communication,
media; and administrative, support,
waste remediation.
For more information on The National
Women’s Business Council, visit www.nwbc.
gov. For more information on The Center
for Women’s Business Research, visit www.
womensbusinessresearch.org.
Franchise Trends Strong
Future Projections for 2010
and Beyond
B
est Performing Franchises of 2009:
Franchises that have an “all-in” cost
below $100k are far and away doing
the best. These concepts are less likely
to need financing and thus are more in
demand. Businesses that can be run from
home and/or run as a second source of
income are also doing very well. Vending
concepts are very popular right now as well
as they fit both of these profiles.
Popularity vs. Profitability: There is still
a lot of interest in the food franchises,
but the entry point is prohibitive for many
given the credit crunch.
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to keep their names, their products or
their services in front of their prospects
and customers. For many business owners,
publicity is the key to such recognition
and awareness. When done correctly,
publicity develops your name recognition,
gives your business instant credibility, and
ultimately leads to increased sales. And best
of all, publicity is absolutely free.A thorough
internal and external assessment is a starting
point, bringing together the company’s
communications needs and
how they relate to competitors’
movements. Those elements help
with the visualization of several
opportunities to convey messages
at a reasonable cost, in very
efficient ways.
Publicity can come from
anywhere and in many different
forms. It can be as simple as having your
product reviewed by a blogger, or as
dynamic as having your company’s name
splashed across the headlines of a magazine
or newspaper. Unfortunately, because of
the many myths that shroud the concept
of publicity, many business owners fail to
seek it out.
Before you can get your business the
publicity it deserves, you need to separate
the PR facts from the fiction. Below are
the most common publicity myths and the
truths behind them.
MYTH #1 – I NEED TO OWN A “BIG”
BUSINESS TO GET THE MEDIA’S ATTENTION.
While it’s true that big business names
are common in magazine and trade
journal articles, the fact is big business
makes up only a small percentage of the
American economy. Most readers know
the big business names, but they often
can’t identify with them or their challenges.
That’s why many magazines and trade
journals are eager to hear the opinions
and perspectives from owners of small and
medium-sized businesses. So whether you’re
a solo entrepreneur, a franchise operator or
a family business owner, find out what the
reporters want and then enthusiastically
give your slant on the topic.
MYTH #2 – MY BUSINESS WILL BE A
HOUSEHOLD NAME FROM ONE BIG HIT.
Getting mentioned in or interviewed
by a major national publication with a
circulation of over one million readers
is certainly impressive. But will such
a stroke of luck make your business a
household name? Not likely. To become
a household name, you need to develop
“top-of-mind awareness.” What is top of
mind awareness? It’s when people think
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When done correctly, publicity develops your name
recognition, gives your business instant credibility, and
ultimately leads to increased sales.
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It used to be that the only way
to be a celebrity was to be on TV,
in the movies, or to do something
completely lame. However, over the
last decade, a new kind of celebrity
has emerged — the expert celebrity.
These are people who are absolutely
at the top of their professions, and
find a way to use the media to offer
their expertise to the masses.
In today’s world of specialty
programming on TV and radio and
with the explosion of web marketing,
online media and social media
marketing — becoming a celebrity
is no longer just for the A list of
movie stars and recording artists we
normally think of. If you’re in business
and are focused on expansion, there
is no better way than to become a
celebrity expert in your field.
The first step that many experts take
to establish their celebrity is to write
a book about their area of expertise.
In order to be successful, experts
should ask themselves five questions
before putting pen to paper:
1. What message am I enthusiastic
about that I want to convey?
2. Who can benefit from it?
3. How will it help them?
4. Why am I the one to bring this
idea to them?
5. How can I make my points
unique and different from what
has already been said on the
topic by others?
You must “zero-in” on the one
singular, unifying idea that excites
and energizes you — the one that
urges you to get out of bed every
morning — the one that defines who
you are and what you represent. This
one central idea will be the driving
force behind every single work within
your book.
Success in today’s world requires
business leaders to market in
a way they may never have done
before. They need to rise above their
competition, and become THE ‘go-
to’ guy in their field, the recognized
expert people want to deal with.
The credibility that comes with this
recognition can build a business or
turn one around that’s failing.

Marsha Friedman is a prominent business woman who has run her
company successfully through prosperity and adversity, ironically having
one of her best revenue years in the midst of 2008’s recession.
She is the author of Celebtritize Yourself from Warren Publishing
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of you first to fulfill their product or service needs. It’s when
publications of all sizes quote you and publish your articles.
It’s when customers and prospects say, “I’ve seen your
company everywhere.” Most important, it’s when people
purchase your products or services because they know your
company’s name and they perceive you as the marketplace
leader. The only way to get top-of-mind awareness (to
become a household name) is through constant exposure in
a variety of publications, not just one big placement.
MYTH #3 – I NEED TO USE BIG WORDS TO IMPRESS THE INTERVIEWER.
In most cases, the person interviewing you, as well as the
publication’s readers, are not as intimate with your industry as
you are. Therefore, they need the information you give them
to be understandable and at a layperson’s comprehension
level. The best approach is to avoid speaking with industry
jargon or using techno-terms. Instead, speak as if you were
explaining something for the first time. The simpler you can
make your information, the better your chances of being
quoted as the expert source.
MYTH #4 – I NEED A UNIQUE THEORY OR INSIGHT.
While you don’t want to rehash old news, there’s no need
to rack your brain for a totally new theory or perspective. The
best approach is to present your findings, opinions, or topic of
expertise in a new light — one that may be close to someone
else’s, but that catches the reporter’s or editor’s interest. Perhaps
you have information that can refute a recent claim or shows
how a current business challenge is affecting the publication’s
target readership. When you simply put a new spin on a
current theory or insight that interests the publication’s readers,
reporters will want to present your findings.
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It’s common for small and medium-sized business owners to
feel intimidated by the big name publications. They envision
high-powered magazine editors schmoozing with big company
CEOs and lining up interviews with well-known figureheads for
the next six months. In reality, editors scramble daily to find
people to interview who have knowledge on the latest trends
and topics. Realize, too, that editors must find new and exciting
people to interview either weekly or monthly, so the more
knowledgeable people they can add to their database, the better.
Make yourself stand out as a reliable information source and
you will get the media’s attention.
MYTH #6 – SMALL PUBLICATIONS DON’T MATTER.
Small publications are just as important as the big ones. Why?
Because you never know who reads them. You may think that a
magazine with a 10,000-15,000 circulation could never get your
business the kind of publicity you want, but what if half of those
readers were your target customers? Even better, what if your
interview or article in a small publication prompted an editor
from a large publication to call you? So target small publications
as well as the large ones. As long as your information is interesting
and accurate, you will gain more attention and get the publicity
you need. Digital and online circulation of print magazines can
greatly increase traditional print circulation.
MYTH #7 – I DON’T NEED PRINT PUBLICITY NOW THAT I HAVE
PROFILES ON SOCIAL MEDIA SITES.
Don’t assume that you can abandon traditional PR tools
just because you start having some success with social media
marketing. It’s a useful and inexpensive element of publicity,
but you also need the credibility and marketing from other
traditional tools, such as print publicity in newspapers and
magazines. In addition, some online reputation sites will give
you a lower ranking if you don’t have anything in the “real
world.” Just remember, you still need media exposure and a
physical presence, in addition to your online presence.
Getting publicity is the best way to promote your business.
And when you know the facts of the PR business, you can
attain the publicity you need easily and then use it to your
best advantage. With a constant stream of good publicity,
your business is destined to grow.

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is author of “I See Your Name Everywhere: Leverage the Power of the Media to Grow
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W
hen the ball dropped on 2010,
many people made resolutions
to make this a year of financial
success. Whether this means brokering
new business relationships, increasing
your current client base, or even reaching
a new demographic of clientele, your
resolution will no doubt require you to
network more efficiently.
However, networking has changed a
great deal in the last few years. Meeting
up and “doing lunch” is still a beloved
practice, but it has taken a back seat
to other forms of communication, such
as online social networking. Through
online social networking, you can reach
hundreds, if not thousands, of potential
contacts and clients, all with the click of
a mouse.
Indeed, thanks to online social networks
such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn,
networking has never been easier or more
efficient. However, choosing between these
3 valuable sites can be complicated — but
no one wants to waste valuable time and
energy trying to navigate all three.
For home business owners, LinkedIn is
generally the best bet. Here’s why:
■ It brings the separation gap from 6° to 2°.
LinkedIn not only allows you to connect
with people you know, but it shows you
the degree of separation between you
and others you are not yet connected to.
This allows you to discover who your
connections are connected with, and
many times they’re just the people you
need to know!
■ It allows you to reach the white collar
crowd. When you’re using social
networking to build your home business,
LinkedIn is the best tool because it is
used by so many white collar workers.
This helps you not only reach a large
audience, but your target audience.
■ You can easily find people you know
through school and work. Because
the profile includes an extensive area
to profile your school and work
experience, it’s a great
way to re-connect with
people you’ve lost
touch with along the
way and someone you
went to college with
could now be your
ideal business partner!
■ You can use it to get quality introductions.
LinkedIn has a very unique tool that
allows you to ask people you are
connected with to connect you with
people they know in a professional
way. A quality introduction like this is
a great way to get your foot in the door
and gives you more credibility than a
cold call would.
If you are new to LinkedIn and
aren’t sure where to start, consider the
following pointers:
MAKE A GAME PLAN
Understand what you are looking to
accomplish before beginning — many
people jump into using social media
without a plan. If you are looking for
more sales, be sure to create a large but
focused network within the LinkedIn site.
Going in blind is never a good idea.
LEARN THE LAYOUT
Take an hour to go through the LinkedIn
tutorials or attend a seminar — in less
than two hours, you should be able to find
a tutorial or explanation of LinkedIn to
be sure you save valuable time down the
road. You don’t want to realize too late
that the way you are using LinkedIn is just
a waste of your time.
KNOW THE TRICKS
There are three keys to being effective
on LinkedIn. First, create a complete
and sophisticated profile. Second, have a
strategy for building your network. Larger
networks provide more contacts, but they
may not get you in the door as well as
a tighter group. Third, use the advanced
search tool to target the industries or
companies that will get you the best
results in less time.
In today’s information era, the Internet
is a crucial part of every business success
plan. If you don’t utilize the Internet and
online social networks, you are missing
out on free, easy ways to expand your
client base in as little as 30 minutes.

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Facebook
and Twitter

LinkedIn not only
allows you to connect
with people you know,
but it shows you the
degree of separation
between you and
others you are not yet
connected to.

LinkedIn has a very unique tool that allows
you to ask people you are connected with
to connect you with people they know in a
professional way.
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Zeroing in on Profitable Partners
By Sue Anderson-Lenz, Marketing Lure, Inc.
How to Build
a Service-Based
Business through
Partners

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here is an old saying in marketing and
sales: People do business with people
they know, like, and trust. That’s fine
for tangible products where customers can
“kick the tires” before buying, but what can
a service-based business do to gain the trust
of someone who really has no idea how the
product will turn out?
Two ways to overcome the trust issue are
with guarantees and testimonials. But even
then, you are asking prospective customers
to trust unknown endorsers, and you, that
you will stay true to your word. A far
better way to break down the trust barrier
is through business partnerships. Look
around, and you will find many examples of
service-based partnerships in everyday life:
■ Airlines partner with hotels and car
rental agencies;
■ Real estate agents routinely refer home
buyers to inspectors;
■ Doctors and hospitals refer their
patients to other doctors for specialty
or follow-up care;
■ Landscapers and tree trimmers work
together on projects; and so forth.
Service-based partnerships work because
the buyer trusts the business making the
referral. As a result, customers are more
inclined to trust
the new business,
too. Business
partnerships get your name in front of
a bigger audience of buyers. They help
expand your reach into new markets or
geographic regions. They can open up the
door to bigger, better projects, and the
return on investment can be phenomenal
when partners act as advertisers.
In general, partnerships can be divided
into four categories. As you progress
up the partnership pyramid, the level
of commitment increases in-line with
the likelihood of success and benefits
gained. Let’s briefly examine these four
partnerships in detail.
ASSOCIATIONS
Associations are relationships that you
develop through daily contacts. Minimally,
associations serve as connection points that
give your business greater exposure through
the people that you know. The Chamber of
Commerce and trade associations are two
ways to connect with other businesses. Since
many groups publish their membership
lists, they also help get your business name
on the Internet.
Social networking sites like LinkedIn,
Xing, and BizSugar also give you Internet
exposure, and you can demonstrate your
expertise through conversations with
other members. Or, you can join Business
Matchmaking and meet actual buyers in
regional, speed-dating-like events.
In all cases, there is little investment,
trust, or commitment to get involved. It
is likely that you will get more leads
through your associations, but don’t count
on personal endorsements. For this, you
need to develop higher-level partnerships
with individual businesses.
SUBCONTRACTING PARTNERSHIPS
Next in the pyramid, subcontracting
partnerships can be a great source of
steady work. In this type of relationship,
the contractor takes the lead and is
responsible for earning the customer’s
trust. Subcontractors in turn, must earn the
contractor’s trust.
When the partnership works well, the
subcontractor benefits from the contractor’s
marketing efforts and good reputation.
Likewise, the contractor benefits from more
projects, customers, and money.
The contractor, however, may want to
protect their reputation by requiring that the
subcontractor work through them. If that’s
the case, there will be few opportunities to
establish relationships with customers.
Relying exclusively on subcontracted
partnerships can be risky, too. When business
is slow, contracting partners may opt to do
the work themselves rather than outsource,
and if their jobs dry up, yours do, too.
REFERRAL NETWORKS
Referral-based partnerships eliminate
some of the baggage mentioned above. In
this type of arrangement, businesses refer
partners when one of their customers is in
the market for a partner’s services. Partners
operate independently, which gives both
businesses the opportunity to establish
their own reputations.
Customers initially trust the new business
because they trust the referral partner.
The referred business subsequently earns
the new customer’s trust and builds their
reputation by the work they perform.
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Partnerships
Partnerships can be divided into
four categories. As you progress up
the partnership pyramid, the level
of commitment increases in-line
with the likelihood of success and
benefts gained.
Service-based partnerships can open up the door to bigger, better
projects, and the return on investment can be phenomenal when
partners act as advertisers.

As you progress up
the partnership pyramid,
the level of commitment
increases in-line
with the likelihood of
success and benefits
gained.

Strategic Alliances
Referral Networks
Subcontracting Partnerships
Associations
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Still with most referral networks, there is minimal incentive to
refer partners, and the relationship can become lopsided if one
partner does most of the referring.
STRATEGIC ALLIANCES
At the top of the pyramid, strategic alliances can be the hardest
to achieve, but hold the greatest promise in terms of real business
growth. Ideal partnerships complement and leverage each other’s
core strengths. For the partnership to work, both must share a
common vision. What should be accomplished, what is valued or
of interest, and what is required or expected from the partnership
should be clear to both parties.
Customers win because the partnership creates a better product,
better customer experience, or increased value. Partners win because
together they can take their combined services into new markets,
acquire bigger projects and customers, or leapfrog over competitors.
Recognized as “one of the smartest strategies for competing
in the government market,” Teaming USA is a relatively new
resource that helps small businesses forge strategic partnerships
to win government contracts. You don’t need an organization
like Teaming USA to form strategic alliances, but all successful
partnerships require a strategy.
SECRETS TO SUCCESS
In terms of partners, there is no one formula for success. You
can have any number of partners and types of partnerships
depending on your goals. However, the strongest partnerships
have three necessary ingredients:
■ The partnership is mutually beneficial for both parties;
■ Partners complement each other, that is, each partner brings
unique value and skills to the partnership; and
■ Both partners work in the same industry or serve the
same customers.
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Partners win because together they can take their combined
services into new markets, acquire bigger projects and
customers, or leapfrog over competitors.

Once you know what you want, what you
bring, and what your ideal partner looks like, it’s
time to start your search.

How to Build a Service-Based Business
through Partners
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Before you embark on a partnership search, first prioritize
your goals. For example, are you purely interested in more jobs,
wanting more leads, or wanting a partnership that will help you
establish your own reputation? Next, list out what things (skills,
values, and/or benefits) you will bring to the partnership.
Third, create a profile for your ideal partner. One way to do
this is by figuring out where your services fit in the ecosystem.
Think about what’s going on in the customers’ lives at the time
when they need your services, and what customers typically do
immediately before and after they hire you.
If, for example, you own a dog kennel, chances are the first thing
your customers do after they pick up their dog is give it a bath. By
partnering with a groomer, you and your partner can make extra
money doing something your customers would otherwise have to
do themselves.
LOOK BEYOND THE OBVIOUS
To uncover richer partnership opportunities, think outside of the
box. Using my own writing services as an example, my obvious
partners are marketing and public relation agencies. They can be
great sources of work. However, since most marketers are willing
and able to create their own content, my value to them is limited.
Alternatively, I could partner with e-mail marketing vendors that
serve customers by distributing e-mails and managing their contact
lists. Normally these businesses do not assist with content creation,
which creates a gap that a marketing writer like me can fill.
The partnership is a win-win because the e-mail vendors win with
a way to attract customers that do not want to do it themselves, and
I win because the partnership gives me access to more customers.
WORK TO GAIN TRUST
Once you know what you want, what you bring, and what
your ideal partner looks like, it’s time to start your search.
Network with people you already know through your associa-
tions. If nobody fits your ideal partner profile, figure out where
ideal partners would hang out and get involved.
When talking with prospective partners, don’t just talk about
you. Highlight the benefits you’ll both gain by partnering, volun-
teer your services as a way to prove yourself, and suggest a few
small projects to test the partnership.
INCENT IF NECESSARY
If you stand to gain more from a proposed partnership, or just
want to “grease the wheels,” don’t be afraid to offer incentives.
Two simple ways to encourage partners are to give them money
for their referrals, and to create special discounts that they can
pass on to their customers.
Business partnerships have been around for centuries, and with
good reason: Partnerships are some of the best ways businesses
of any size can grow customers and revenue. Sites like Teaming
USA, business schools, and books are wonderful resources to tap
for advice. Ultimately though, success hinges on two things: your
ability to find great partners, and to be a great partner.
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B
esides running your home business,
you need to reach outside your private
enclave in order to promote yourself
and to make the many contacts you will need.
Beyond making your business known, you
must also make yourself known. Since you
are the business, your business success will
ultimately rise or fall on your reputation.
But that’s something you can’t very well
demonstrate through an ad. The best way to
prove yourself if through your actual business
dealings. But how can you prove your mettle
to prospective customers before you get their
business? One of the best ways is by partici-
pating in charity work. Charities tend to draw
lots of important people and free publicity.
Not only can you make lots of useful contacts
and make yourself better known, but you can
also demonstrate your capabilities.
Through your participation you can:
■ Help raise funds.
■ Participate in promotional or educa-
tional activities.
■ Render special services that might be
needed.
MEETING PEOPLE AND MAKING CONTACTS
If your goal is to meet certain types of
people, some groups will be better than
others. You can’t know what sort of people
you’ll meet until you join and see for your-
self. But through most charitable causes,
you will meet movers and shakers and
many of the most prominent and ambitious
businesspeople in your community. Indeed,
few charitable groups can make it without
the help of such prominent civic leaders.
Most charities’ local boards of directors are
dominated by such folks. And many local
business enterprises will also be involved in
any number of ways, such as:
■ Donating money or equipment
■ Hosting special events on their premises
■ Actively participating in various fund rais-
ing, promotional or educational activities
Even if you don’t meet the people you
want, you can still make valuable inter-
mediary contacts
through whom
you might make many additional contacts.
CHARITY WORK’S PERSONAL DIMENSION
There’s also a personal dimension to char-
ity work. Entrepreneurs are doers, and doers
like to accomplish things. For them, achieve-
ment is not just a good feeling, but a neces-
sity. Feeling useful and successful on any level
is the psychological tonic that gives such
people the sense of peace and satisfaction
that helps them through life’s difficulties.
According to aptitude specialists, people
need to use all their special aptitudes in
order to feel healthy and happy. Failure
to do so causes frustration and unhappi-
ness. That’s one reason why entrepreneurs
should choose businesses in which they will
utilize their special gifts. But since it’s not
likely that you will utilize all of your special
aptitudes in your work, it’s important that
you find other constructive outlets for those
pent-up abilities that are dying to be useful.
Charity work can give you that opportunity.
DO...
■ Pick a charity you believe in. Not only
would it be disingenuous to work with a
charity to which you’re not attached, but
you may lack the enthusiasm to make
a really meaningful contribution to the
cause. Shop around for something that
excites you.
■ Avoid controversy. Controversial causes
might offend other people—the last thing
you want to do! So choose something
outside of political or controversial areas.
Health-related or civic improvement
groups are usually safe bets.
DON’T...
■ Over-commit yourself. Charitable par-
ticipation can be like stepping into a
black hole—they’ll be happy to let you
do as much as possible, and they might
call on you to do even more. So start
slowly, see how much you can handle,
and be sure to keep your commitments.
You want to prove yourself to be a
dependable person who honors commit-
ments and performs competently.
■ Expect miracles. There’s no guarantee
that you will make useful contacts or
even get favorable publicity. But even if
by some chance you make no tangible
business gains, remember two points: (1)
You certainly won’t make useful contacts
or generate publicity by sitting quietly at
home; and (2) No matter what your busi-
ness gains may be, you can still make an
important contribution to a good cause!
Thus, the payoff is guaranteed!
FINDING CHARITIES
Many groups advertise or post notices in
churches or other public places. You’re also
likely to hear or read about such groups
through the media. The Yellow Pages and
the Internet are good places to begin your
hunt. Look under various listings such as
charities, health charities, or civic groups.
Also try these sources:
■ Charity Navigator –
http://www.charitynavigator.org
■ Better Business Bureau – www.bbb.org
(check under “For Charities and Donors”)
■ The American Institute of
Philanthropy’s “Charity Watch” site –
http://www.charitywatch.org
■ The Charity Guide –
http://www.charity-charities.org
Christopher J. Bachler is a 20+-year
veteran business writer and editor,
based in Drexel Hill, PA.
For more information visit
www.homebusinessmag.com and click the
Business Growth Channel.
Getting Involved with a Local Charity Can
Benefit Society and Your Business
By Christopher J. Bachler
BUILD YOUR
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You make lots of useful contacts and make yourself better known by
helping a charity, and you can also demonstrate your capabilities.
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T
hirty years ago, Dr. Sanford Siegal, a
young Miami physician, realized that
Hunger Wrecks Diets™. He knew
that if he could control his patients’ hunger
he could help them stick to their diets and
lose weight. Drawing on his chemistry back-
ground and passion for cooking, he discov-
ered that combining certain food substances
in a particular way produces a mixture of
proteins that offers unusual hunger control
per calorie. Dr. Siegal used his discovery
to create an appetizing, hunger-controlling
cookie to help his patients stay on their diets.
Encouraged by his patients’ weight-loss suc-
cess, Dr. Siegal added shake mixes and soups
to his line of food products.
Matthew Siegal, the son and now CEO
of Dr. Siegal’s COOKIE DIET® weight-loss
system, says their system has helped over
500,000 customers lose weight. In their
private bakery Matthew says, “My father
personally mixes every batch of his propri-
etary hunger-controlling protein formula.”
Due to increased inquiries, the Siegals
launched their web site, www.CookieDiet.com
to take direct orders.” They also opened
seven kiosks and a Beverly Hills store, and
began selling through retailers in the U. S.,
Canada, and Latin America. With so much
media attention, the Siegals do little paid
advertising. Referrals from satisfied dieters
are their best promotional method. “One
woman who lost weight with our system,
opened a mall kiosk and says she is selling
over $100,000 a month worth of our cook-
ies,” Matthew says.
He says working from home gives him
the opportunity to “bounce” between simul-
taneous projects. “I may work on research-
ing locations for future stores, then take
a break and water the lawn, then go back
inside and resume (business) work.”
The Siegals believe the slow economy
has helped their sales’ growth. “People need
to eat, and one reason why our business is
booming is that most of our customers find
it costs less be on Dr. Siegal’s Cookie Diet
than not to be on it,” says Matthew.
With 80,000 existing web site members
and growing by 10,000 more per month,
the Siegals predict $15 to $18 million
dollars in sales this year alone with sweet
(non-fattening) success. For more infor-
mation about the Siegal’s products, visit
www.CookieDiet.com.
Father and Son Business Creates a
Hunger-Controlling Cookie
By Priscilla Y. Huff
Helping Patients Stay
on their Diets
Matthew Siegal and Dr. Sanford Siegal of
COOKIE DIET® say, “In recessions, deliver
necessities, not frivolous luxuries.”
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eth Rumack, creator of the Snuggin
Go®, comes from a long line of entre-
preneurs and was inspired to start
her own company by her great grandfather.
Beth’s great grandfather started a Hoy Shoe
Company after WWII, still owned and oper-
ated by her family, which makes the famous
Salt-Water Sandals for children. It is the
American dream to start your own business
and to have the ability to run a business from
home, which allows Beth as a mother to have
the best of both worlds. It allows her the
flexibility of being with her young children,
as well as having a career. “Taking an idea
from a concept to a reality and having the
opportunity for others to benefit from it is
truly amazing,” says Beth.
From her home, Beth runs BGR Juvenile
Products, LLC, a growing manufacturing
company, which licenses her invented/pat-
ented Snuggin Go® &
Snuggin Go Too® posi-
tioners. She promotes her
home-based business by educating about the
importance of infant positioning and using
different media outlets to bring awareness
and to promote Snuggin Go® products. BGR
Juvenile Products, LLC has a large follow-
ing of online customers and is expanding its
presence in small boutiques and larger retail
stores. According to Beth, Snuggin Go® and
Snuggin Go Too® will be staple-must-have
products in every family’s home in the next
3 to 5 years.
Beth’s background, as a pediatric/neonatal
nurse for over 10 years and as a Neonatal
Nurse Practitioner for 5 years, helped her
develop the Snuggin Go® with her exper-
tise in safe parenting products. She currently
practices as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
and specializes in taking care of infants born
with Congenital Heart Disease. Beth spent
over five years researching infant positioning
and designing Snuggin Go®. It is her passion
and goal to bring awareness to the dangers of
poor infant positioning in infant seat products
as well as put a quality product on the mar-
ket that works and that parents can trust to
reduce Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
Beth is helping her home-based business
grow by attending trade shows, market-
ing to brick and mortar stores, making TV
appearances to discuss infant and car seat
safety, and reaching out to the media to
share her innovative mom invention. She is
excited to embark on this new adventure in
her life.
Pediatric/Neonatal Nursing
Background and Passion
Support Woman’s
Business Goal:
To Bring Awareness to the Dangers of Poor Infant
Positioning in Infant Seat Products
By Home Business Magazine
From her home, Beth Rumack runs BGR Juvenile Products, LLC
and licenses her invented/patented Snuggin Go
®
& Snuggin Go
Too
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positioners.
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our cash is tied up, yet you are
facing an opportunity you just can’t
pass up, a chance to expand into
a new market or a capital investment you
need in order to conduct your business
efficiently and effectively. But these are wild
and crazy times. You can hear the snap of
the leather as business belts are tightening;
banks and financial lenders being no
different. Everyone is cracking down on
their extensions of credit, and tightening
up on their lending windows. You wonder
what alternative options are available to
you to move forward with your plans.
Where can you turn before your golden
opportunity slips through your fingers?
ACCOUNTS RECEIVABLE FINANCING
This is another route you may
want to consider in order to be able jump
on that opportunity which has manifested
itself to you. This is a form of short-term
borrowing, where an advance is made to a
business as a loan or against the purchase
of its accounts receivables. It is prudent for
you to know what you are heading into
in order to negotiate the best arrangement
for you and your business. After all, this
is a more expensive form of financing,
and borrowing against your receivables
inevitably lowers your profit margin. Your
best strategy would be to mitigate those
losses the best you can. In order to do so,
you should go into your meet and greet
with your institution of choice armed with
a fairly good understanding of where your
portfolio’s strengths and weaknesses lie.
It would help to understand the different
avenues of financial institutions you can
approach, and what type of product
they offer in terms of purchase or loan
agreements. You have to weigh the cost
of the missed opportunity against the cost
of this form of short term borrowing or
relinquishing of your assets, so you can
make a decision of what best suits you and
your vision.
WHO DO YOU GO TO?
There are three options available to you,
and each one operates slightly different from
the other. You can approach Banks, Financial
Service Agencies, or “The Receivables
Exchange.” Each one offers its pros and
cons in relation to the control and servicing
of your receivable customers, the final
costs of the agreements, and the freedoms
allowed you in terms of re-investing your
cash allocations, as well as how they would
qualify you, and the receivable accounts you
offer in trade.
A bank’s approach to Accounts
Receivable/Inventory Financing (ARIF) is
either via: a simple single advance note
secured by a blanket lien on the receivables;
or a fully followed assets-based loan
where the lender secures control over the
borrower’s cash receipts and disbursements,
as well as the quality of collateral. Generally
the borrower still manages the accounts
receivables, but is required to report to
the lending institution regularly regarding
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Accounts Receivable Financing a form of short-
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business as a loan or against the purchase of its
accounts receivables.
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… you should go into your meet
and greet with your institution
of choice armed with a fairly
good understanding of where
your portfolio’s strengths and
weaknesses lie.

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Continued from page 44
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Financing is a loan; therefore you will
be structured to pay back the principle
+ interest + any service fees accrued.
the status of the collateral for the term of
the agreement. The bank’s advance rates
are generally in between 70%–80% of the
receivables for what they define lower risk,
but this depends on their view of the quality
of the accounts. The rates can go down as
their view of quality goes down. The lower
advance rates are applied when the lender
perceives heightened risks of doing business
with your accounts receivable clientele.
They will look at the overall quality of your
customer base, taking into account whether
they are publicly-rated companies, small
privately owned companies, or individuals
as consumers. Finally this type of financing
is a loan; therefore, you will be structured
to pay back the principle + interest + any
service fees accrued.
Financial Service Agencies (FSAs)
use a technique called Factoring, which
involves the direct purchase of certain
approved receivables altogether. They
purchase these accounts at a discounted

Safe to say the lower advance
rates are applied when the lender
perceives heightened risks of
doing business with your accounts
receivable clientele.

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price, say on average 80% of the face
value which it will pay to you the seller
minus their service fees. Unlike the
banks, the FSAs assume all credit risks
for the purchased amounts, frequently
performing all accounting functions in
connection with the receivables, and
purchasers are notified to remit payments
directly to the factors, (the FSAs).
The Receivables Exchange (TRE) is an
online marketplace at receivablesexchange.
com, which houses under one roof all the
accredited institutional lenders in the market
for purchasing receivables. TRE is in the
business of buying and selling receivables
through real time auctions. Sellers post one
or more receivables, control the pricing
parameters, and set the minimum amount
of advance they are willing to accept, as
well as the maximum fee they are willing
to pay. They also determine the length that
their receivables are open for bid (average
3–10 days.). There are entry requirements
you have to meet in the application process,
like having your doors open for business
for a minimum of two years, as well as a
minimum annual sales of no less than half a
million dollars.
WHAT INFORMATION DO YOU NEED TO
PROVIDE?
You will be bringing with you your
financial statements, recent tax returns,
and your “aged” accounts receivables
in the form of a report listing your
accounts and detailing the current status
of delinquency of the balance owed.
Delinquency is commonly defined as 30,
60, and 90 days overdue relative to the
terms listed on the invoice.
HOW WILL YOUR ACCOUNTS RECEIVABLES
BE VALUED?
For you to effectively be able to negotiate
and decide if you are getting a fair deal,
understand what institutions are looking
for as qualifications. If it is a loan that
you are looking to take out against your
receivables, then the banks will take into
consideration your purpose for the loan,
your anticipated source of repayment, and
the quality of the receivables you lay down.
In fact, all of the institutions will give a
close look at this. In addition, they will
all look at your Cash Conversion Cycle.
Even TRE will, when qualifying you in
the application process. (In its simplest
terms, the cycle refers to the number of
days between when a business pays for its
materials/inventory and when it receives
cash for these goods. It represents the time
in which working capital is “tied up.”)
The institutions will not look at
delinquent receivables older than 90
days, and they would prefer to bargain
with those sitting at 30 days. They will
look closely at delinquency trends within
the receivables base. Rising delinquency
means increased risk, which may signal
problems with the borrower and the
capacity to collect. That is going to affect
your advance percentages, if not your
eligibility altogether.
The institutions will scrutinize your
business and your industry’s performance
in the current economic environment at
the time of the application, as well as your
position within the industry and your
customer base. They will check for
lien searches. Some will even ask for a
criminal records search, and they will
be looking in particular for registrations
of “purchase money interests” and “tax
liens,” because these take legal priority
over a lender’s lien, or an outright
purchaser.
What would put a smile on everyone’s
face is if the receivables have a 3rd party
guarantee or insurance. This reduces the
risks, and thereby justifiably supports
higher advance percentages. Some
examples of these types of guarantees or
insurance are government-sponsored and
private insurance programs. No doubt
these can significantly influence eligibility
considerations.

Know what you hold in your accounts
receivable portfolio. Even if you are not
at the moment considering Accounts
Receivable Financing, it may serve you
well to look at some of the issues put forth
and tighten up on the areas that you feel
may currently not stack up in
respect to these accounts. It
can only improve your bottom
line.
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You have to weigh the cost
of the missed opportunity
against the cost of this form
of short term borrowing /
or relinquishing of your
assets…

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14. TOUR LEADER
Travel is no longer for wealthy
individuals. Competition and the recent
slow economic times have created
affordable prices that have made travel
a popular pastime for all ages. You can
lead bike, bus, rail, ship, and/or flight
tours to local, state-, nation-, or worldwide
destinations. You can subcontract your
services to local travel agencies, tourists
bureaus, schools, volunteer agencies, and
other organizations; or you can operate
your own tour business.
Success Tips: Check to see what
licensing and business regulations you must
follow. It is helpful to have a travel industry
background; or enroll in courses for needed
certification. Decide what type of tours
you want to lead and write a business
and marketing plan to reach potential
customers. Advertise in travel publications,
radio and television ads, by writing articles,
and with a web site. Add additional income
with travel CDs and publications of tours;
and by offering to find the best deals and
packages for your clients.
Suggested Resources
*The Business of Tour Operations, 3rd ed., by Pat Yale
*www.itmitourtraining.com/ - Tour director training.
15. VINTAGE REPRODUCTIONS OR RESTORATION
Theatre, movie, and television companies;
collectors, and different mature age groups
seek reproductions of vintage clothing,
jewelry, old toys, and other bygone
items for various purposes or for their
collections. Antique specialists, museums,
and collectors will also pay for the repair
or restoration of original items ranging
from fountain pens, vehicles, telephones,
and countless other items.
Success Tips: Enroll in old-world craft
centers, or take private lessons to learn the
skills needed to reproduce or restore the
items in which you plan to specialize. Test-
market your items, selling on online auction
sites, as well as on craft and specialty
sites. Find new customers by writing and
advertising in related trade publications and
collectors’ sites.
Suggested Resources
*http://AntiqueRestorers.com/ - information. *Vintage Indie™
Magazine, http://vintageindie.typepad.com/vintage_indie/about_.
html - vintage entrepreneurs.
For more business start-up information,
visit web sites like the U. S. Small
Business Administration’s www.sba.
gov/50plusentrepreneur/index.html; www.
SCORE.org; the Kauffman Foundation’s Fast-
Trac business development programs, www.
fasttrac.org/; and local community resources.
Research your idea, consult with experts, write
a business plan, and then launch into your own
home business. Start today and operate it the
rest of your life, if you choose, earning money
while doing work you love!
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1. Green Consultant – Advise home and business
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column specializing in experiences and/or products,
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their grandchildren.
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5. Inventions/Innovations – Use your industry and/or
hobby training and experiences to create, patent, and
license new products.
6. Mobile Business – Bring your services, tutoring,
grooming, hair styling, and car detailing directly to
clients’ homes or offices.
7. School Assembly Presentations – Schools, home-
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on animal, science, and other topics for their students,
clients, and patients.
8. Teaching-Tutoring – Share your knowledge and
expertise with others instructing through online,
in-school, or private classes.
9. Technology Installer – Set-up, install, and provide
basic operating instructions to buyers of televisions,
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D
o you own a small business?
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• Correctly Set the Thermostat.
• Put a Paper Reduction Program
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• Replace typical tube bulbs with
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the savings!
See: http://www.greenandsave.com/greenoffice
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home office.
1) CORRECTLY SET THE THERMOSTAT
SAVE up to $230 each year... ROI = 200%
By pre-setting the temperature, you can
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winter or “cool-down” in the summer just
before you come in to work. Programmable
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effective ways to save money, and the
environment. Heating and Cooling accounts
for up to 40% of an office’s annual energy
costs. You can save up to 10% when
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ENERGY STAR® qualified
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on the average US employee generating an annual heating and cooling
of $238. The 10% annual savings per employee is over $23. So, for an
office of ten, including family in the home, the savings is over $230.
Payback
Time in
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Added
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Annual
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Investment
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0.5 $115 * $230 $1,150 200.0%
*This cost is included only if the business does not already have a Programmable Thermostat
2) PUT A PAPER REDUCTION PROGRAM IN MOTION
SAVE up to $1,250 each year... ROI = 312.5%
If you take just a few steps to reduce paper consumption in your
office, you will receive one of the most cost-effective paybacks. On
average, US office employees use 1.5 pounds of paper each work
day. Legal and Financial firms generate 2 pounds or more. Over 250
work days, the 1.5 pound level generates 375 lbs/year. At $.88/lb,
the cost of paper is $333 per employee or year. A 10-ream carton
of office paper weighs about 45 lbs with 500 sheets per ream and
5,000 sheets per carton. The average is 111 sheets per pound, and
the high average volume of daily paper use at over 150 sheets is due
to factoring in everything that is ‘unseen’ by an individual employee
such as quarterly reports, human resource and medical files, sales
proposals, marketing letters, as well as emails, and even printing
personal files like Internet map directions.
The increases in office paper consumption have surprised many
of the research groups that expected the “information technology”
revolution to reduce demand. Experts initially believed that email
would specifically reduce our demand for paper, but the “cc”
factor and high speed printing have let many people along any
given communications chain simply hit print out of convenience.
Even in a digital e-business world, over the course of 250 business
days, average US employees and home office workers generate a
staggering 375 lbs of paper per year.
Time is money, so factor in four hours of administrative time at
an opportunity cost of $100 per hour. Naturally, this is an average
that may vary based on the value of time in any given business and
the efficiency of the program administrator to oversee and circulate
the policies provided in this resource. The ROI Calculation is based
on reducing one of the average 1.5 lbs of paper produced by an
average employee per day, and the cost of a ream of paper at $40.
At the average cost of $.88/lb, each employee uses $333 of paper.
Saving $125 per employee...simply starts to add up significantly.

Payback
Time in
Years:
Added
Cost:
Annual
SAVINGS
5 Year
SAVINGS
Return on
Investment
(ROI):
0.3 $400 * $1,250 $6,250 312.5%
*This cost is just a factor for the administrative labor, so it could be ‘”free” if it’s time that is not spent
generating money in a down a market.
3) REPLACE TYPICAL TUBE BULBS WITH LEDS AND PAY ONLY
WHEN YOU SEE THE SAVINGS!
This is the newest weapon in the GREENandSAVE fight to
reduce energy costs for small business owners and property
managers. Lighting accounts for about 21% of an office’s energy
costs. A single bay or home office of four traditional fluorescent
tubes can cost over $125 a year to operate. Just take a quick
look around the ceiling and you can see the money leaving the
building. You may have heard in “home energy” conversations
that LEDs use less energy and last 100 times longer than
incandescent bulbs and last 10 times longer than Compact
Fluorescents. Now, the LEDs have come to the workplace. The
new bulbs are like four foot crystalline tubes of efficiency, but
they can cost over $60 each. So, a retrofit for a 2,500 square
foot office could cost $6,000 or more. However, for every $1.00
spent you can save $.40, that adds up to $400 for every $1,000.
Even though the payback comes in just over 2 years, the retrofit
up-front cost is still a deal buster for most business decision
makers — especially in this recession.
Making small adjustments towards going green can save
money for any business. This is all in an effort to start shifting
the wave of inertia and move America in the direction of Energy
Independence.
GREENandSAVE is one of America’s leading free “Green” home and office remodeling resources for
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on experience to the culture of sustainable living and cost-savings for property design and remodel-
ing. He focuses on ‘high performance’ architecture, and in the early 90s, he wrote his Masters of
Architecture thesis on sustainable design, entitled “Eco-Humanism.” He has taken a leadership role
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For more information visit
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Top Three ‘Green’ Savers That Are Free
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M
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commute to and from work. Time
with her family was suffering, and she had to
make a change. She met Michelle Gamble-
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and she immediately quit her job afterward.
She launched M Communications. The ladies
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and merged their companies.
Michelle Gamble-Risley’s last
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communications at a marketing agency.
She supervised a staff of five
people to create marketing and
public relations campaigns.
She also did a lot of business
development and networking
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After a year of putting up with
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W
hat started as a typical small-town
eastern Ohio summer workday
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Ohio — renting dumpsters to businesses and
contractors from his small, spare bedroom-
sized home office — ended in anything but
a typical day. A chance phone call changed
his business life forever.
The call was from a local real estate
agent who sold foreclosed homes, asking
if he knew anyone who could supply a
dumpster and also load it with debris from
a foreclosed home she was selling. “I wasn’t
even sure where she got my number but,
being the consummate salesman, I told her I
could do the job,” Stewart said. Using tools
that he begged for and borrowed, Stewart
completed the project and made a $500.00
profit. “After doing a few more similar jobs,
I quickly realized I was on to something and
a new business was born,” he said.
Stewart worked the business part-time
over the next year, taking
on more and more jobs. He
worked from home using his
own truck and additional
rentals when needed. “I finally
decided to work this lucrative
foreclosure cleanout business full-time,”
he said. Stewart actively promoted his
business, and his customer base expanded
to multiple brokers, large banks, lenders,
and governmental agencies in the real
estate business. “Over the next ten years,
my company grew from one employee to
more than sixteen at times,” he said, “and
we performed thousands and thousands
of cleanouts and other foreclosure-related
maintenance services.” Today, the company
services customers in 24 counties in Ohio,
West Virginia, and Pennsylvania.
Stewart’s says his biggest achievement
was “inspired by the large number of
people asking me how to get into this
niche market.” Expanding upon a training
manual he had written for new employees,
he embarked on a two-year writing project
and created a step-by-step manual on
starting and running a successful foreclosure
property maintenance business. The manual
detailed how to clean out foreclosures
and turned into a 184-page manual
with a forms CD, aptly titled Cleanout
Foreclosures: Make Money Cleaning Out
and Maintaining Foreclosures. Sales of the
manual have remained strong, Stewart says,
as foreclosures continue to climb nationwide
and the need for trained people in this
field increases. The manual is available at
www.cleanoutforeclosures.com.
Foreclosing on
Success
JT Stewart runs a foreclosure cleanout business and
teaches others to start this type of business.
Chance Phone Call Leads to a Lucrative
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20. Hire a Part-Time Assistant
One bright side to the recession is there
are plenty of unemployed or underemployed
workers who have office skills. Start with
a local search, and you might find people
who have flexible schedules and want to
work part-time. They might even work from
their own homes. Consider hiring a family
member, such as a college student willing
to work at minimal cost to gain experience.
By hiring someone to handle clerical work,
you free up your time to generate income.
Make sure the cost of the employee or
contractor is covered by the extra revenue
you generate while the person works for you.
Part-time arrangements are easy to set up,
and can even be configured as outsourced
employees, to minimize your risk.
21. Green Image Promotion
The green revolution is sweeping the big
business world. Now it’s small business’s
turn to invest in green technologies. Take
easy steps now to “go green” in your
business and gain a competitive advantage.
By using more efficient lights, recycling,
and reducing your carbon footprint,
your business can build goodwill among
a rapidly growing influential consumer
group. Some environmental advocates
might not even do business with you if
you’re not green.
22. Negotiate With Vendors
Another benefit of tough times is that
vendors might be open to negotiating the
cost of goods and services. But you have to
ask. Start with other small businesses from
which you require services. Each dollar you
save is a dollar added to your net income.
If you are uncomfortable with
negotiating, tell yourself the goal is not
to squeeze more money for you, but to
ensure your business survival. Approach
your vendors and explain the tough
circumstances that threaten your business,
and ask if there is anything that can be
done to reduce your costs. If you go out
of business, they lose, too. If they decline,
consider moving to other vendors who
understand that expense reductions will
allow you to grow your business, and
as you grow they will share in increased
future business from you.
23. Consolidate Your Communication Billing
As wireless communications grow, so
do their expenses. Most business owners
have multiple devices and multiple users,
particularly home-based business owners
who have family members rolled into
their wireless plans. From your cell
phone, you might have added mobile
Internet-connected handheld devices and
wireless plans.
Remember that if you added on new
accounts and features haphazardly, no
one from the communications company
is going to notify you that you might
be wasting money. They look at your
confusion as a way to profit. So find
a local office for your communications
company and go in for a face-to-face
visit. Have them pull up your account,
go over all the options, and ask them to
put together a consolidated plan that cuts
costs. You might have to upgrade some
equipment and extend the term of your
services. Many home business owners
have cut over a hundred dollars per month
on total wireless communications, money
added to their profit bottom line.
24. Re-Price Your Products and Services
Look at the current volume of your
business and the prices you charge for
a unit of product or services. Using a
spreadsheet analysis, determine what price
will maximize your revenue in 2010.
That price may be below, or above, your
current pricing. If you have only so much
time you can devote to your business, and
increasing your fees will not drive enough
clients away so that you have downtime,
then you should increase your prices.
Consider also decreasing your prices, if it
means increasing the amount of work you
can do, and thus the revenues.
25. Strategic Plan Roll-Up
Finally, roll all of your cost-cutting
and profit-building initiatives into your
strategic plan. Every business, no matter
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