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| ||How To Protect Yourself From HMRC & IRS Tax Refund Scams|
This post is written for the HMRC but it is equally applicable for the IRS in the U.S. Recently I had a call from an IRS fraudster telling me I owed $5,000 but he could settle it immediately if I paid him $2,500. I called the IRS directly and they said they NEVER call to collect funds. Read this article and do beware of the scammers out there.
| ||What Exactly Is A Franchise & How Can They Help You Make Money?|
If you’re looking for a business opportunity which allows you to jump on board with an established brand and work to a tried and tested formula, a franchise could be the perfect solution for you. There are all kinds of business opportunities out there online, most of which start with something along the lines of ‘"Make a Ton of Money an hour from your front room." Guess what? If it looks to good to be true...it probably is.
| ||Is Your ERP Provider Giving You What You Need? 6 Essential Tools List|
There are lots of advantages to working with an ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) provider. First and foremost, you know you are using a product that has proven value. The market does a good job of weeding out the bad ERP products. You also get expert assistance throughout the implementation process so that you can take advantage of a customized ERP faster. But the greatest advantage may be the ongoing customer support you receive.
| ||Six Paths to Discovering a Blue Ocean Business Idea|
Blue ocean ideas are prolific and there are more just waiting to be discovered. But finding them is often like a trying to find a specific shell on a huge beach. Commercially compelling blue ocean ideas are surrounded by cool but unprofitable ideas, red ocean ideas and some truly awful ones.
There are six methods that can be used to sift viable blue ocean ideas from the random tangle of possibilities. Business owners should be prepared to begin with the end in mind when building-out business strategies.
| ||Technology Tools To Take Your Freelance Business To The Next Level|
Here is a nice guest post that discusses the technology a start up or existing free lance company can use to really grow their business.
Gone are the days when you need to spend a ton of dough to open a business. Today, you can begin your personal training or dog walking business over night - with very little cash. Read on...
| ||4 Steps To A Successful Affiliate Marketing Campaign|
Affiliate Marketing is an amazing thing and more and more people seem to want to know how to become involved in it. Here is a guest post from author Patrick Panuncillon where he tells you the 4 Step Process & the importance of selecting your Niche
| ||How To Get The Lowest Auto Insurance Rates For Business|
In today’s world good sense and law makers have made it an absolute necessity to carry adequate insurance. While auto insurance can be costly, business owners should consider it just another cost of doing business along with vehicle payments, tires, oil changes and gasoline. With the high costs, it is only natural for people and business owners to look for policies that provide cost-effective insurance with adequate coverage.
| ||How To Avoid Shopping Cart Abandonment On Your Business Website|
Shopping cart abandonment remains a big concern for merchants across all industries. According to the latest research, an average of 75% of all online purchases ends up being abandoned; a statistic that is up from 68% in previous years.
There will always be customers who change their mind, but there are a few strategies that you can employ to lower your cart’s abandonment rate.
By taking the right actions, you can take steps to ensure more customers adding items to your merchant cart will make the purchase.
| ||Going Green in More Ways than One: Launch An Eco-Landscaping Business|
Starting a landscaping business can be quite lucrative - especially if you have a bit of a green thumb. It is easy to find people almost anywhere that don’t like to do yard work themselves or who want to change their yard but don’t have the technical knowledge to do so.
The good news is that you can launch an eco-friendly landscaping business that not only makes you money, but looks out for the environment as well. There doesn’t need to be any compromise between owning a business and staying green, so if you are thinking about launching your own landscaping business, here are a few tips on how you can help make people’s lawns look better while watching out for the environment.
| ||Six Ways Your Business Can Outsmart Cybercriminals|
The ancient Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu once said, “Know thy self, know thy enemy. A thousand battles, a thousand victories.”
Although technologies and battles have changed, these words and their meaning are immortal. The same is true for the ever-evolving cybersecurity challenge. After all, the best way to combat hackers and cybercriminals is to understand your own vulnerabilities.
Here are six tips to outmaneuver digital threats and improve your cybersecurity.
| ||Business Writing Vs. Creative Writing – What You Need To Know|
Those who think that business writing and creative writing are the same thing, are sorely mistaken. There is a clear difference between business writing (attempting to make an audience aware of and potentially purchase your product), and writing creatively (for the benefit of someone’s imagination or enjoyment).
While there are pieces of creative writing that may mimic business styles, rarely will you see an example of business writing that imitates creative styles so it’s important to know the differences. Perhaps a more drastic comparison cannot be made than one between business writing and creative writing.
| ||Should Your Business Buy Or Lease Needed Equipment|
There’s always a buzz around installing a new piece of equipment at work. Whether it is a $100 coffee maker in the break room or a $100,000 assembly machine on the factory floor, people get excited. And while both should hopefully make a positive difference, it is only the larger piece that can decipher whether your business succeeds or fails.
| ||How To Get Your Website Working For Your Small Business|
A website is one of the most powerful marketing tools available to a small business. It increases a small business’ visibility, their ability to discover leads, and to convert those leads into sales. However, the success of a website depends on much more than aesthetic appeal. It also must be functional, accessible, user-friendly, and reliable. There are several essential components that must be included in order to maximize a website’s success.
| ||How To Open A Spirit Halloween Shop|
It is about that time of year again - orange and black in every store window, the fragrant aroma of cinnamon sticks and apple cider in the air, and a Halloween Store in every city - maybe more than one.
Have you ever wondered about these great big giant stores that pop up out of nowhere, last for 2 months and then close back up almost over night? Well we did a little research and discovered how they operate. While it may be too late for this year, you might want to think about opening one for next year.
| ||How Safe Is Apple Pay?|
Whether you are a major department store selling designer goods or a local farmer selling your harvest at a local farmers market, accepting credit cards and processing wireless payments has never been easier. Services such as Apple Pay, Android Pay and Google Wallet ensure that this process doesn’t take longer than a couple of seconds. But how does this technology actually work and is it safe for you and your customers?
| ||Online Reputation Management For Your Business|
Social media has been great for businesses—but it can also be a scary place. Nowadays, all it takes is one angry customer to quickly share their displeasure across the social networks to put a hurt on your business. The idea of a customer complaint going viral and spreading around the web is the stuff of nightmares for many businesses. But smart businesses know that they still can control the situation by practicing good reputation management.
So how do you go about doing this for your business?
| ||Tips for Opening A Successful Restaurant Business|
This is a guest post from Mason Bruce. He started his culinary adventure a couple of years ago and he tells us, “Despite the hard work and long hours, I am so glad I took the leap into opening my own restaurant.” Here are Mason’s tips for you to help you get your own restaurant business started.
| ||How To Start A Laser Engraving Business|
A field that has been progressing for quite some time is laser engraving. In fact, manufacturers of laser machines have seen increased interest and year over year sales growth in their machines and say the industry continues to grow at a rapid pace.
What Is Laser Engraving?
Laser engraving is cutting and/or etching into different product types including rubber, wood, metal, glass and mirror. Different engraving types require different types of equipment so it is important to do a bit of homework before you rush out and buy a machine. With the sophisticated engraving equipment offered for sale today, your business is only limited by your imagination.
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