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18 Easy Tips to Start Your Business

Blueprint to starting a business -from ideas to implementation.

Starting a business, where do I begin? Information overload. I've complied what I've learned over the last 8 years of being on the internet.


Write down a list of services in your area that could be filled.

Write down a list of what your hobbies, interests are.

Research and see if there is a need for the service. Check if there is competition. If there is, see if you can do something easier/better/different. Is there a problem you can solve for your customers? In our area, I would love a delivery place that offered healthy foods such as good old-fashioned green beans with a hamburger instead of fries. Research a need in your area and see if you can fill it. Research the laws in your state. If you're thinking of starting a bakery, check with your local health inspector to find out what is allowed. If you're thinking of running a business out of your home and will have customers pick up orders, make sure and chec…
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Leadership Gifts From the Sea

Estimates of the numbers of species of animals and insects range into the millions. Of them all, it is only the male seahorse that gets pregnant and gives birth. Just as many humans like to hold hands as they walk together, this underwater creatures likes to swim with another seahorse, tails joined. Able to escape predators by virtue of their protective coloration, seahorses use their tails to connect to corals. Then, they use their long snouts to get their food-plankton and other tiny ocean inhabitants.

There are leadership lessons to be derived from this seaside snapshot:

o Be known for a distinctive capability.
o Most work-related tasks are not gender-specific.
o Let your subject-matter expertise be your protective coloration.

Consider these questions and discuss your thoughts with someone whose business acumen you respect:

How many examples can you cite of "linking" with another person to accomplish a leadership objective?
What sustains you?
To what are you "connected"…

ISO 9001 Standard Quality Framework and Their Benefits

ISO 9001 Standard Quality framework display an administration structure that empowers your firm to actualize the required controls in tending to dangers, checking and measuring execution of your organization. It is likewise an essential outline, maybe, for use in overseeing picture of your business and furthermore notoriety. Regardless of the possibility that you have invested a superior measure of energy in business school and have enough involvement in directing the whole operations of your firm, having the vital approaches and conventions set up will in any case defend your business from potential emergencies later on.

Maybe one of the more critical parts of an ISO 9001 standard quality administration is that you will have the capacity to make general enhancements by the way you run your organization. From dealing with your risks better to driving down working expenses, from enhancing your piece of the pie to expanding your fulfill client list, this ISO 9001 standard QMS framework w…

No College Careers: 3 High-Paying Careers With No College

Completing college will take a decent amount of time. For some the idea of college doesn't even interest them. Some don't have any interest in racking up thousands of dollars in debt to pay off for the rest of their lives. However, bills are still real and need to be paid! In order to pay these bills you will need money! So, here's a few high-paying jobs you can do without any college!

1. Real Estate Brokers - Medium annual wage for this profession is around 58K! Real Estate Brokers are essentially the "middleman" between buyers and sellers. In order to do this, you don't have to have any college, however, there is a license and you have to do what your state requires of you in order to obtain that license.

2. Gaming Managers - Unfortunately, this isn't for digital video games. By Gaming Manager, I'm talking more across the lines of casino related games. Gaming Managers have a medium annual wage of 65K! You can do this with no college, however, there is…

HR Lesson - Why Succession Planning Is A Data-Driven Discipline

Do you know... How many employees will retire or leave your organization in the next 1 or 2 years? What if these employees are managing key roles in your organization?

Are you prepared for their exit?

Untimely death, sudden resignation and a gradual replacement plan are some of the situations that may require you to be prepared with the potential leaders and fill key positions, whenever required.

Even if it is sudden exit of key employees, succession planning, when tied with smart strategies, can make a huge difference between success and failure in an organization. Succession management is a systematic process of analyzing data to identify and develop potential leaders, when old leaders leave, retire or die.

To manage complex succession planning process, many software vendors provide integrated succession management software to help organizations in preparing future leaders and staying competent. It also helps in identifying skill-gaps so that the missing skills in employees can be iden…

Lean Practices Can Help Any Business

I started practicing Lean Management in the 1980's when I was responsible for the smooth operation of 16 adhesives manufacturing plants, and believe me I have heard nearly all of the reasons why Lean will not work in a given business. Excuses such as "We are low volume, high mix," "We are high volume, low mix," "We are a custom shop," "We are not manufacturing," "We don't make automobiles" and the ultimate excuse, "We are unique."

It is true that each business is different or "unique" and the Lean approach needs to be customized for each individual company. In all of my years of experience, I have never run into a situation where Lean did not have the opportunity to considerably improve a company's safety, quality, delivery, lead-time, cost, customer satisfaction, employee morale and stockholder value.

The origins of Lean rest with the Toyota Production System implemented decades ago. Toyota was inspired b…

Make Bid Bonds Great Again

You used to love them. They were so easy. Now they are in dollar amounts and percentages, sometimes with a limited maximum value. They can be electronic or digital. Sometimes a letter is required instead. Sometimes nothing is required instead! There may be a single or annual charge for it or maybe it is free! It's outta control...

So here is your chance to catch up with everybody's favorite: The fun and fascinating world of Bid Bonds.

The Basics

These instruments accompany a contractor's proposal during the acquisition process for a new project. This is routine on public work, such as federal state and local municipal contracts. The procedure may also be used on private projects at the contract owner's discretion.

The bond guarantees that, if awarded, the bidder will sign the contract, furnish the required Performance and Payment Bond, and commence with the work - or - pay the difference between their bid and the next higher bidder (subject to the maximum dollar value of …

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