Startup Articles Archive: October 2014

Hot Business Ideas: The Best Ways to Get More Referrals

It all started with a friendly tennis match. Mike Beckman, owner of Proforma BPM in Atlanta, had been part of a group that played casually for several years, never realizing that his partner...
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9 Creative Ways to Save Money

Looking to save money? What small business isn't? Here are some creative ways to trim your expenses today. Ask for a discount. Whether it's your Internet provider or your credit card vendor,...
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4 Easy Ways to Get Organized at Work--Today!

Is your desk littered with Post-It Notes, old client invoices and random pieces of mail? Is your chair overflowing with samples from your last client visit? If you answered "yes" to either (or...
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Accounting for Small Business: Staying in the Money

Here are nine ways to make sure cash flow concerns don’t impact your business.
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How to Work From Home & Save Your Sanity

Here are three pitfalls to avoid when working from your home office.
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How to Make More Money from Home This Winter

You’ve just launched your home-based distributor business and the orders are rolling in. How can you ramp up sales even further? Here are five ways to make more money from home during the colder mo...
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Managing a Small Business: Be a Better Boss

How to become a more effective leader
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How to Save Time at Work

Promotional products salespeople can easily fall prey to time-consuming detail work, from product research and placing cold calls to filling out purchase orders and chasing payment. Here are 20 tip...
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"How I Started My Own $2 Million Business From Home"

Scott Mollahan started his business and quickly racked up more than $2 million in revenues. Here’s how he did it – and how he intends to keep it up.
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Tips for Small Business Owners: Find Funding for Your Business

When your start-up business needs capital, create a solid business plan before trying to obtain funding.
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Desk Organization Tips

Six smart ways to organize your workspace
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5 Hot Ideas to Buid Your Small Business

Building your small business in today's economy might seem like a daunting task, but Marcia McGinn, owner of Distinctive Togs, makes an astute observation. In-person and online, "networking is...
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Managing a Small Business: Tips to Make Your First Hire

Picking the right person to hire as your company's first employee is among the most critical decisions any small business owner will make, according to consultant Lori Davila. "It really is...
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Accounting for Small Businesses: Improve Your Cash Flow

Whether you're a distributor or screen printer, adequate cash flow is the heartbeat of your business. Without it, the life-blood of an organization ceases circulating, and fatal cardiac arrest...
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Successful Business Ideas: The Sign Market

Looking for ideas to expand your distributor business? Take a look at the sign market. It’s a natural fit—and it’s ever-expanding. Here’s a primer on how to capitalize on this hot opportunity.
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Five Tips to Stay Healthy at Work

Some people are so busy at work that they let their normally-healthy habits "fly out the window," says personal training and nutritional consultant Abbie Bennett. But stressful times are when you...
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Low-Cost Opportunities to Build Business

There are opportunities to promote your business every single day, whether you realize it or not. Are you overlooking a sale that could be right under your nose?
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Hot Opportunities: Here are five hot markets that should be on every distributors’ radar

These five up-and-coming sectors are ripe for promotional products sales.
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Leading the Way: How to Manage a Business

You’re building a great business, but are you the best leader you can be? Here are some smart ways to manage your business—and propel your team to the top.
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Time-Saving Tips for Work

You don’t have to work harder to be more productive—you just have to work smarter. Follow these five time-saving tips to pump up your productivity.
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Hot Idea: Keep Your Home Office Organized

Your home office has limited space. So how can promo product pros deal with all of the samples, catalogs and mail that can pile up quickly? When Jacque Zakorchemny, president of Friendliness Inc....
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Advice Column: Funding Your Start-Up Business

When finding a small business loan becomes a series of closed doors, to where does a frustrated borrower turn?
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Home-Based Businesses Predict Late-Year Success

Small business owners expect to have a successful second half of the year
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5 Tips to Starting a Successful Embroidery Business

Want to know the tricks of the trade to make your part-time embroidery job your full-time gig? How do you keep those embroidery machines running up to 16 hours a day? We’ll tell you how other shop ...
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Low-Cost Ideas to Increase Business

While the economy is growing (albeit it at a slow pace), distributors and decorators are on the lookout for low-cost ideas to increase promotional apparel sales with minimal investment - a must...
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Home Office Design: Show Off Your Artsy Side

Enhancing your home office with art creates an inspiring and pleasing place to spend your workdays.
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How to Be More Efficient at Home

Looking to pump up productivity while working from home? Mental health experts say the #1 way to boost efficiencyis to simply think positive. Indeed, thinking happy thoughts (i.e. "The next cold...
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Office Organization Tips: Best Ways to Declutter Your Desktop

Have 15 minutes to spare? De-clutter your cyber desktop. Organization expert Martin Johnson of the Clutter Buster Center and author of Bust Clutter Out of Your Life: Renew Your Life, House and...
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9 Ways to Rejuvenate Your Spirit & Improve Productivity

Even the busiest souls can spare some time to rejuvenate. Whether it's a power nap or a power walk, activities that don't use a lot of time often produce positive results to help you through a...
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