Imagine you have a toothache and are looking for a dentist.
(Stay with me here, this relates directly to your business, how you sell and especially how many prospects buy from you.)
You try one dentist. The dentist looks at your tooth and says, “You have a cavity. It must be filled. It’s going to take about an hour. First I will fill a syringe with Novocain and inject it into your gums to numb your mouth. Then I will drill for ten minutes until we clean out every single bit of decay in your tooth. Then I will mix up a composite material and use it to fill the hole. Finally, we’ll grind the composite down so that it is like your tooth. The numbness will wear off in about 2 hours, and then you will be able to eat and smile normally again.”
I don’t know about you but, if a dentist said that to me, I’d be out of the chair before the dentist finished saying the word “syringe”.
You try a second dentist. The dentist looks in your mouth and says, “You have a cavity. I’ve filled many cavities. I’ll give you something so you won’t feel a thing. We’ll clean it out and you’ll be good as new in about an hour.”
Both dentists have the same message. It’s just that the second one spared you all of the gory details. You’re given the facts you need and the results.
Which dentist would you let fill your tooth?
I have bad news for you. You may be dentist number 1 during your sales calls.
You may have heard that during sales conversations to share the benefits not the features.
Your clients don’t want, or need all of the details (the features). They absolutely do need to know the basics. They need to know that you understand their problem, know how to solve it, what the results of working with you are and are confident in your skills (the benefits).
When you are having a sales conversation with a prospective client there is a tendency to give them all the facts because we think that our clients need all of the information to make an informed decision or else you may think that by sharing the facts it positions you better as an expert.
However, the details at best confuse prospects and at worst, scare them away. What you want to share with them are the results. In the case of the dentist example above, that they will be good as new in just an hour.
Here’s my suggestion to you, pay attention to what you’re sharing during your sales conversations. Listen to yourself. Listen to your prospective client and ask yourself, am I being dentist number one or dentist number two?
What do you need to change in your sales conversations?
Carrie Greene is a speaker, author & business coach. She is a business strategist & productivity expert helping entrepreneurs get clear on what they want and creating simple plans to get there. She is the author of “Chaos to Cash: An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Eliminating Chaos, Overwhelm & Procrastination So You Can Create Ultimate Profit!” Resources at http://carriegreenecoaching.com/
Has someone has ever caused you emotional pain with careless, mean or sarcastic remarks? What follows are some practical ideas to avoid that sort of pain in the future – and to also make sure that “someone” is not your own self.
Of course criticism can be a positive thing at times – and we must be able process this kind of feedback if we want to progress in our lives. Without some form of feedback it would be hard to improve our performance or behaviors.
But criticism can also inflict pain! It can cut very deep – and even stay with us for our lifetime. Depending upon how well you handle it, criticism has the potential to put serious limits on your life – OR to take you forward into higher levels of personal performance.
Sorting it Out
Let’s start with a sorting technique to separate the facts from the opinions. A fact is something that is somehow provable and can be shown to be true. An opinion is an idea, or someone’s personal interpretation of something. Look at your dog, for example. If you were to say,” That’s a beautiful dog,” it would be an opinion.
The underlying fact it that it’s a dog.
Your neighbor might think your dog is ordinary looking, or even ugly. One judgment It’s a dog is objective, and the other It’s a beautiful dog is subjective.
Many times people will state their opinions as fact – while what they are expressing is only their opinion.
I saw someone step on a scale on a TV program and weigh in at 450 pounds. I was alarmed, but he beamed with joy. I had automatically judged him to be seriously overweight. But he revealed that he had lost almost 400 pounds. Wow! My opinion was just that – and his judgment was quite different!
if someone calls you a “couch potato” (the term could be a lot more painful), you should decide for yourself if this is a fact or an opinion. Check out how you look. Do you look or act like a “couch potato?” No? Then this is just someone’s opinion.
The Question Here’s the really important question! Just whose opinion of you is the most important?
There are periods in life when other peoples’ opinions of us are more important than our own opinion. This especially occurs during our sensitive teenage years. Since we are beginning to take our place as a young man or woman, the opinions of our peer’s often have a huge impact.
Actually that is a natural part of becoming “socialized.” But it’s one we do want to grow beyond as we become adults. Sooner or later we have to make a serious decision to have OUR OWN opinion of ourselves be the most important opinion.
What’s Your Frame of Reference
The best way to correct any tendency to judge yourself poorly is to learn to choose your ‘frame of reference’. A ‘frame of reference’ is the criteria by which we judge something, or determine if it is valid.
There are two possible frames of reference: internal and external. Here’s how to understand the two:
Suppose you have completed a task at work. How do you know you’ve done it well? Does your direct supervisor tell you “Great job!”- or do you just know without anyone saying so? The first “frame of reference” is external, and the second is internal.
Actually neither frame of reference is better than the other – both can have their own importance.
For example, when learning something new, an external frame of reference is very useful. It’s otherwise difficult to learn anything other than what you already know. That’s why the learning experience is based on external feedback … until we have enough experience to decide for ourselves what’s working.
An internal frame of reference has YOU deciding what’s good, bad, or otherwise.
If you have an internal “feeling” that you’re using to judge yourself, this is an internal frame of reference. If you know what you’re doing, that’s probably appropriate. But if you’re doing something totally new, you may still benefit from some external feedback.
Dealing Positively With Opinions When you are thinking about your self and how you’re regarded, it’s beneficial to create some solid, positive internal frames of reference.
People with healthy self-esteem operate from a positive internal frame of reference in regard to their personal worth. People with weaker self-esteem operate from an external frame of reference – and are more likely to listen to other people’s opinions of their worth. And in some cases – they actually allow others to totally decide their worth. This is does not lead to a positive life experience!
So can you change this? Here are few simple suggestions: Start by paying attention to what you say to yourself about your own self. If you hear negative self talk YOU are creating a negative internal frame of reference. Begin to correct this by paying more attention to the things you appreciate about yourself. Put more focus on what you do well, and realize that none of us are perfect in all aspects of our lives. Be a little kinder and forgiving of yourself and others. Forget past pain and judgments, and stop re-creating them by bringing them into the present moment. Take a course, read a book, or attend a seminar on personal empowerment or self-esteem.
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Many people aspire to one day work for themselves. The best way to be successful and independent at the same time is to have a firm foundation of information. Use these tips to make a profitable and efficient online business.
If you must take clients out, you can itemize these expenses. Anything you spend on business can be deducted, even food! Make sure that the clients are going to remain clients, because otherwise these outings aren’t tax deductible.
TIP! Join some forums that focus on home business. You can easily find many reputable sites from a simple Google search.
Be sure you can talk about business via a soundbite. Boiling your business’ offering down to a sentence or two will help you impress possible clients when you are out. Making your soundbite too long will lose the interest of potential customers.
You should set up your home office and stock it appropriately before starting your business. This may seem silly or trivial, but you’ll need a comfortable office and the right supplies to be able to get to work.
TIP! Once your home business grows enough to require employees, you need to check up thoroughly on your potential workers before you hire them. Be certain that all potential employees are highly qualified for the product or service that you are selling to avoid any damage to your business.
Go above and beyond when trying to please your customers. Give customers free stuff when they buy your products, and let them know that you appreciate their business by thanking them for their orders. People enjoy getting free things, and they also like to know that they are appreciated. Let them know that they are important to your business.
Follow all your local laws and ordinances when running your home business. If you do not, you could get shut down as well as fined and that can be fairly embarrassing. You want good neighbor relations through keeping a low profile. For example, keep signage tasteful and unobtrusive. Reduce traffic and noise. Try to be as courteous as possible.
TIP! Always look toward the future. Celebrating your previous successes is good, but remember that they’re over.
Be sure to do your best to hire competent people by conducting the proper research before hiring employees for your work from home business. You need to be certain that all of your employees are skilled and reliable so that they don’t destroy your business.
Think about what the objective is for your business. This should include a short description of what you do in your business. If you create an objective, you will have an answer ready when someone asks you to describe your business. This can help you speak confidently about what you sell, and this may help you get potential clients.
TIP! Do not pass up opportunities to promote your home business, it is like leaving money on the table. When the conversation turns toward something that applies to your business, talk about it.
Try to limit family interruptions while you are on the clock. Advise your family and friends of your work hours to avoid unnecessary interruptions. Tell them you must be left alone to get your work done. Children should be supervised by another family member, but you should be available in the event of an emergency.
If you run a home based business such as a daycare, you may need to have additional staff members ready to help. Without enough help, it will be difficult to properly care for the children.
TIP! Beginning your home based business is not as difficult as you may think. There are a lot of easy business models that can successfully be run out of your home, saving you lots of overhead on a storefront or office location.
One of the most helpful things for a home business owner is a group of peers who can offer input and advice. If there are none available, gather up other online business owners with a view to starting your own. While it would be helpful for them to be in a similar industry, anyone who has the determination to run a successful business would be good to connect with.
Support your home business idea with a well-researched and thought out plan. Create your plan and have a professional consultant take a look at it. They will give you an objective analysis. Once you’ve created a workable business plan, you are off and running! After your entity is launched, the details can be ironed out.
TIP! Have a means of communication that is available to your customers. This may be a phone number, email or mailing address.
You should have a dedicated office space when working from home. Your office doesn’t need to be huge, but it does need to be inviting. It is important to feel comfortable and ready to work in your home office. The size does not matter, as long as you feel you can produce in that space.
If your home business taxes are complicated, consider hiring on an accountant to look over your books. Trying to learn the complicated world of business taxes only takes time away from the responsibilities of your new business.
TIP! Every business MUST have a website to be taken seriously today. Having a website can increase the business you receive.
Choose a business name that personally resonates with you. Even if you haven’t planned a business site, buy the domain name. Domains often cost less than ten dollars annually, so get yours before someone else takes it. Initially, use a one page site which gives your business information.
You need to make up a list of needed supplies when you decide to open a home business. You can then take this list as you shop around and locate the best prices for your needs.
TIP! Keep track of the miles you travel for business. Deductions for those expenses are available.
Make sure you give yourself daily goals. Some things may be harder to achieve than others, but a set of reasonable goals can be reached with effort and time. Allow yourself to have concrete boundaries so that you’re getting the respect you need from others.
You are unlikely to complete chores while you work at home. Working from home allows you more time for household chores, but you shouldn’t be doing them while you are working at the same time. When you get distracted then mistakes are inevitable, so be sure that you use your time wisely and keep focused on your business during work hours.
TIP! When working from home, you should spend 20 percent of your time learning. The rest of the time you should be DOING things.
Set up your domain name and an email account that is associated with it. This will be your business account. It will help you prevent getting business email mixed up with your personal email. Use different email providers or separate accounts. For instance, personal emails can be done through Gmail, while business emails can be done through Outlook.
TIP! Learn all you can about advertising your home business and the products you sell. Try to brainstorm ways to complement the things you are already selling.
Online forums specifically for home business owners can be a great source of encouragement and advice. Online resources for business owners are plentiful. The information and help from other business professionals can be a great way to increase your business knowledge. Here you will find people who understand your challenges and will share their solutions with you. They can help you conquer any difficulties you encounter.
Have a separate bank account to use for your business. Do not use one account for your personal expenses and your business. The more firmly-separated your business and personal finances are, the easier it will be to do your taxes. Your taxes are more apt to be completed correctly when the information is handled separately to begin with.
TIP! Keep any reference books you use often within easy reach. You may need to have a thesaurus nearby or even a dictionary.
If your work from home business is a daycare, then you may need to hire some help to keep the kids in line. It will be extremely difficult to take care of the kids, if you are not manned with the right amount of staff.
Only use these sites to promote your business. It is so easy to be distracted by these mediums, and you can waste a lot of precious time. You can socialize on Facebook later.
Many people would like to be their own boss. You need the right advice when pursuing this type of business. By choosing to use the great advice from this article, you are setting your business up for optimal success.
Look for ways that your family (especially your kids) can get some involvement with your business. Should your cousin design websites, you can ask for help with setting up your business site. If your wife is an expert cook, she can cater your events. Children can help with sorting mail or even bills.
Almost anyone can write and send an email to a subscriber base but these are not always the best email marketing campaigns that are possible for their business. Email marketing best practices involve more than just writing a few lines of text and sending it without any thought of what you are sending or who you are sending it to.
For that reason, many people are spending their time sending out emails and not receiving the results they want. The 6 email marketing tips listed below are some of the best email marketing strategies used by professional marketers. Follow these and you’ll improve the results from your email communications.
1. What’s The Objective Of The Email?
The best email marketing campaign has to have an objective. What is the purpose of your email? Are you telling your subscriber what you want to share and what you want from them? Emails should always be action orientated with a clear and concise message. If you’re not sure, ask someone not familiar with what you are doing to read your email and get their response.
2. Who Is The Email From?
This sounds obvious as you know that you are sending the email, but does your recipient know that? Make sure that your email is seen to be coming from a real person, company, or brand in the ‘from’ name box. People today are much more cautious and if they cannot connect the email to someone real, it’s going to land in the trash or even in their spam. For the best email marketing results, avoid using email addresses like info@ or sales@ These will not be nearly as effective as using an email address that’s from a person like jon@ or sarah@. Subscribers want to connect with real people.
3. Does Your Subject Line Make You Want To Open The Email?
The decision made by your prospects and customers on whether or not to open your email is based on what is written in your subject line. The subject line is like the headline of an advertisement and is important to the success of your email marketing campaign. Would you open an email with your subject line?
4. Do You Know Your Audience?
Know the fears, needs, desires or want that your prospects have and know how your product or service can resolve them. Research from the best email marketing campaigns shows that men prefer subject lines and text that communicate news or compelling information while most women prefer discounts or special offers. Use up to date market research to fine tune your subject line and text.
5. Do You Let People Easily Unsubscribe?
If somebody wants to unsubscribe from your subscriber list, let them. If you make it difficult, they may label you as spam. If a recipient has no interest in even getting or reading your emails, it is very unlikely that they will ever become a customer. You will not have any success with your email marketing if you worry over someone unsubscribing to your emails.
6. Is It All Sell, Sell, Sell?
The best email marketing campaigns are about offering and providing information rather than being a blatant sales pitch. Provide useful information and be subtle with your sales messages. Think of getting clicks to your squeeze page rather than trying to sell in the email.
As your email database grows, you will need to automate the process as it will become impossible to manage your database manually. Reliable email software can handle many more emails than you could ever process manually and allows you to get on with running your business. To learn more email marketing campaign tips check out the free tutorials available on the official AWeber website.
If you have decided on new flooring for your home for updating or preparation for resale, you can purchase tiles and stone that are considered natural and have not been fabricated from any chemical processes. Natural stone can come from a variety of mountains and each stone has inherent features and benefits as well as disadvantages. Homeowners have a host of stone to choose from including slate, marble, sandstone, limestone, travertine and granite.
Non-vitreous is the highest absorption level. In most cases non-vitreous tiles should not be used in any damp environment. While semi-vitreous tiles are less absorbent, the more liquid they are exposed to, the more maintenance they will require.Vitreous is the standard absorption level for flooring tiles and these materials are generally considered appropriate for most low to mid traffic indoor and outdoor applications.Impervious materials are resistant to the absorption of liquids and thus will be easier to maintain. They are often used in high traffic commercial applications.
In general, sandstone is the most porous natural stone material. Travertine, limestone and slate have medium absorbency. Granite is relatively waterproof. Polished materials also absorb less water than honed or cleft surfaces.
While there is some debate about the ecological impact of quarrying and transporting stone materials, the tiles themselves are natural, nonpolluting, eco-friendly pieces. Purchasing stones which were acquired locally can cut down on the environmental impact of transport
Consider where you will be placing your tile flooring and decide on what kind of absorption rating you need. The absorption rating refers to how porous a given material is. The more absorbent it is, the more susceptible it will be to stains, as well as cracking damage in freezing conditions.
You may also look at the many types of recycled tiles. Re-cycled-content tile will outlast most, if not all, other types of flooring. Tile resists scratching and is fire-resistant. And because it’s so durable, you will save money over the long haul by not having to replace it.Tile is easy to clean and, if glazed, won’t absorb liquids or release unpleasant odors like carpeting can. Another advantage over carpet is that tile doesn’t harbor potentially harmful mold spores, pollen, dust, or dust mites. Unlike vinyl “linoleum” and many other flooring products — including some “green” options — tile doesn’t contain toxic chemicals and won’t give off fumes.
According to Mother Earth News, “Recycled-content tile can be used for floors, countertops, and walls, and may be made from either recycled glass or wastes from mines or factories. Tiles come in two varieties: ceramic and glass. Ceramic tiles may be made from factory waste (known as post-industrial waste) generated by the production of conventional tiles. Some manufacturers produce tiles that contain 50 percent to 100 percent in-house manufacturing waste — waste that would otherwise have ended up in landfills.”
Although recycled-content glass tiles are good for the environment, they are also prized by many interior designers because some types have special decorative qualities, such as translucent iridescence, not found in other tiles.
The major objective of metal fabrication firms is to produce high-quality products and increase the satisfaction of customers. However, it also strives to reduce operating costs so revenue opportunities are maximized.
For those who are not familiar with the procedure, steel fabrication is the assembly of welded parts to form the fabricated metal. These are rolled metal rods, sheets and. Castings are liquefied metal products without joints. There are substantial differences between the two which are cost and impact on design.
Production is relatively complicated. One technique is the raw material or integrated methodology. Over ½ of fabrication is done through this process. The fabricator melts the material before blending it with this alloy. The primary components are carbon and iron with minimal amounts of silicon, sulphur, oxygen, and phosphorus. Steel generally comprises one percent manganese and below two percent carbon.
Fabricated steel materials are fully protected. As a general rule, galvanized steel last longer compared to other similar materials. You immerse the metal in a tub of melted zinc. The entire material is protected. Inspection is performed by way of damage-free methodology. It is possible to produce steel products in multiple sizes and shapes.
These can be huge structural items or smaller bolts, screws, nuts, and fasteners. It is even possible to fabricate the most detailed art pieces. Convoluted fabrications can be coated for absolute protection against oxidation due to the total immersion technique. Aside from these, there are no preconditions with regards to temperature and moisture.
There are several preparatory steps before the actual fabrication is carried out. Raw materials are trimmed according to the appropriate measurements. This involves cutting large pieces of rough steel with using equipment that can cut across the material without difficulty. Steel fabricators also make use of small and special cutters for precision. Steel fabrication facilities use modern equipment to cope with production volumes.
If at all possible, materials testing and timetable for fabrication is highly dependent on the expertise of steel detailers, knowledge of domain and available information in construction diagrams. Bending is a familiar method of steel fabrication. Fabricators bend metal plates to create a groove or curve in metal sheets. The system calls for the use of machine press in conjunction with the punch and die. Steel-bending equipment can form troughs or fold sheets based on your desired specifications. The bending process is expected to increase the length of the metal.
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Yoga has been used as a practice for furthering the health of mind, body and spirit for more than 5,000 years. Although yoga originated in the east, its appearance and place in western culture has increased in recent years. It has become a regular part of health and exercise routines for busy moms, earth-loving hippies and professional athletes alike. The benefits of regular yoga practice are many, but yoga for skeletal health is one of the most important and often overlooked reasons for practicing yoga.
When we think of getting into shape and being physically healthy, we usually think about toning and shaping our muscles, keeping off extra weight and maintaining the shape of our outward physiques, which yoga can certainly help us do. We don’t always think about our bones, our spine and our skeletal system. Yet, our skeletal system is what holds the rest of it together. When things go wrong in our spine and joints, it’s like falling apart from the inside out.
Let’s explore some of the ways yoga practice can help the body stay structurally aligned so everything else can keep doing its beautiful job.
Yoga Helps Maintain Bone Density
The bones in the body contain living tissues that need to be built and replenished in order to be healthy. Regular yoga practice has been shown to increase the density and mass of the bones, giving the bones a better chance of staying strong and guarding against osteoporosis. Focus on tree pose, bridge pose or any triangle poses to help build bone strength.
Yoga Improves the Flow of Fluids in the Joints
In order for joints to work properly, they need to produce a fluid called synovial fluid. Regular practice of yoga poses promote the flow and production of this fluid in the body creating joint mobility and healthy cartilage for an active, healthy lifestyle. No one likes being slowed down by achy joints. Try sun salutations to stimulate the production and flow of needed fluids for the joints.
Yoga Strengthens the Supporting Muscles around the Joints
Yoga poses that target balance and stability cause the smaller stabilizer muscles around the joints to kick in and strengthen themselves. Strong stabilizer muscles around the joints protects them from misuse and injury during activity and movement in everyday life. Focus on chair pose, tree pose, eagle pose and star pose for building the supporting muscles around the joints.
Yoga Improves Posture
Regular practice of yoga poses is one of the best ways to align and lengthen the spine. It also strengthens the core and brings awareness to the way we are holding our bodies. Many people who practice yoga regularly report having increased awareness of their posture in other daily activities. Try bridge pose, boat pose, mountain pose and forward bends for good posture.
As always, remember yoga is not a race or a competition. Practice yoga safely, and never sacrifice good form for a pose. Listen to your body, and modify poses when needed. Choose the practice that fits best with your body, and reap the benefits of being aligned in mind, body and spirit.
With home business enterprise, comes both satisfaction and frustration. Your business will pay off based on the time you can put into it. After a while the business can take off, but when you first start things will seem like an uphill battle. In order to see results, you will have to put in the work.
It is important that you dress for success, regardless of the physical location of where you work. You might feel the need to work in pajamas in your home office. Try dressing up like you would for another company. Doing this will give you the right attitude to be as fruitful and creative as possible.
TIP! When your business is in your home, reduce distractions from your loved ones. When you are interrupted while working, you will be less productive.
Before hiring anyone to help with your home based business, do a thorough check into their background and employment history. The key is to ensure their suitability for the position for which you are hiring them, or else you may doom yourself to failure.
Look for price ranges for a product in today’s market before you start trying to sell. Check out the competition and try to offer prices that are a bit more competitive. Instead of focusing on the competition’s negative qualities, put the focus on your product’s positive qualities.
TIP! You may be able to learn from other home business owners by joining an online forum. Talking to others trying to do the same thing as you can be helpful.
When you no longer have inventory of a given item, be sure to inform potential buyers. One way to upset your customers is to have them buy something and not let them know that it will not arrive for several weeks. Be up front about items that aren’t in stock, so that customers can choose a different product and save the wait time.
A special business checking account will help you keep accurate records for your company. Business expenses and orders should be transacted using this account. This gives you a clearer picture of how your business is performing financially. Get a business credit card as well to use for related expenses.
TIP! Through online message boards, you can find support from different home business owners for improving your home business. There are many sites that offer support and ideas to help home businesses succeed.
You need a post office box for business mail. You don’t want to use your home address when setting things up online. This will protect both you and your family.
If you are artistic, consider a business that provides graphic designing services to other local businesses. A variety of nearby companies would rather use a local designer to allow for great service and flexibility. This can be used to your advantage.
TIP! When it comes tax time, you want to make sure that you are taking all of the deductions and credits available that you can legitimately qualify for. You will be surprised how much money you could save on your taxes just by taking advantage of your entitled deductions.
Avoid being interrupted by your family while you work. You should let your household know when you will be working to avoid interruptions. Also, don’t forget to let people know when you are available. It is important that they understand that privacy is needed and will allow you to spend time with them just as soon as you complete your work. Be sure that your kids have supervision and you’re able to be reached in case something goes wrong.
Make safety in your workplace a priority. You should be sure you have a fire extinguisher and a smoke detector. A computer that is designed specifically for your business’ needs can make a big difference. If you have good fire protection you will have a better insurance cost, while having a great desk can make sure that you’re not going to get any injuries from working.
TIP! It’s simple to market a business when you have done your research. A great option is to consider setting up a website for your home business.
You should have a short paragraph stating your goals for your business objective, keeping it to a couple brief sentences. Putting this in writing will give people a clear idea of what your company is about. Come up with a concise statement that describes your company and future business goals in just a few sentences.
You must promote your home business every chance you get. Any time conversation is on the subject of your business, bring it up. Keep your business cards handy and pass them out when the opportunity arises. But pick appropriate spots so you don’t come off as a bore.
TIP! Make sure you keep all your receipts as well as detailed accounts of what you spend. Most of the expenses you incur as a business owner, from transportation costs to office equipment, can be deducted from your taxable income.
When you solicit investments for your company, the people who give you money are entitled to review your business practices in extreme detail. Instead, you should try to do everything you can with the cash you have on hand.
TIP! You should always try and sell a products that satisfies a need that people have. Customers are sure to be interested in purchasing something with the ability to help with an issue they regularly confront.
Build yourself a business mailing list. You don’t want to spam, though. Many businesses send out product and sales announcements to their mailing list. Other people utilize it to forward helpful information and articles to their customers, with an ad or coupon. Make sure you have a prominent place on your website where people can sign up for your list.
Educate yourself – with the use of tax professionals, if necessary – about which business expenses you can deduct. Discuss your business with your accountant prior to starting it. Expenses such as mileage and the cost of your work space at home can be deducted, so keep a record of these things.
TIP! Compare your new home business to similar businesses in the area to determine what kind of price points you need to set up to stay competitive. Set your rates using the information you have gleaned from your competitors.
Be sure to create a detailed business plan to guide your home business. Every small business needs an outline of what its goals are. A well planned business strategy should include business goals and what is needed to accomplish them. A business plan helps you stay on track as you grow your business.
It is important to keep track of your daily spending since these have a direct effect on the business you operate. Make sure you stay on top of record keeping so you can get the most out of your tax deductions and also to help if you are audited.
TIP! Write out a list of every supply you’ll need to begin your home business. Also, try to find the best rates so that you can save a lot of money.
Reduce your business expenses by taking any and all tax deductions that are available to you. There are substantial savings to be had with claiming as many deductions as you can on your taxes.
Make a concerted effort to point out to your customers why they need your product or service. Several home businesses are excellent at letting customers know the “hows” and “whats” of their business. They often forget to explain ‘why.’ You need to explain why they should buy from you. That’s the central message for closing a sale. The ‘why’ should be evident both on your site and within your promotional materials.
TIP! If your business is located outside of your home, use that address rather than a PO box. Customers like to know that you are not faceless, but have a stable location.
Make sure that you make timely deposits in your bank account, shortly after you are paid. Consider making daily bank deposits rather than monthly or weekly. The less time a check lies around, the less likely you are to lose it. Additionally, you should walk inside the bank and see a teller, rather than using the ATM. Tellers have a lower error rate with checks than ATMs do.
You should research all the requirements needed for running your home business before you get started. Leave no stone unturned when evaluating the potential business opportunity.
TIP! While home businesses can involve a great deal of hard work, that is not necessarily the case. Your goal should be to have the money roll in while you sleep.
You could make a home business enterprise out of selling used books. Many sites online let you sell your books. It may be smart to use several of these sites at once. Rank the sites by quality, usability and responsiveness. Just because books are cheap doesn’t mean they will sell. People will pay a bit more for a site with a better service reputation.
There are many options for a home business including a personal shopper for the elderly or infirm, daycare services, or catering. You can help those around you with a little ingenuity, so sit down and have a brainstorming session.
TIP! Removable storage devices such as portable hard drives should be used to back up the computer you use for your business. This could potentially cost you in time and money if you were to lose something important like your vital tax documents.
Ask other companies to advertise your business and do the same for them. You can use this tactic to increase the number of visitors to your site and, in turn, possibly increase your search results rankings. Make sure your business is properly advertised, and that people know what they are clicking on.
If you are running a home business, meticulously track every mile you drive for tax purposes. As an entrepreneur, if you have any automobile expenses, they will be eligible for a deduction on your business taxes. If you are one of the people who does business door-to-door, the tax savings can be significant.
Make an email address, mailing address and telephone number available for your customers to reach you. You can measure conversion rates by tracking the percentage of individuals who made a purchase after contacting you for information. If they did buy a product after asking a question, maybe your answer is what caused them to pull the trigger.
It goes without saying that you should choose a field that you enjoy. You will have a better chance for success if you enjoy working each and every day. This can be a big help to expanding your world of loyal customers.
Document your business mileage. You may be able to deduct those miles come tax time! Provided that your record keeping is accurate and capable of audit if required.
A great tip for your home business is to decide whether or not you will have a business partner. You could benefit from expertise you may not have or even from additional financial capital. If you choose the wrong person, you might end up regretting your decision.
It may seem like running a business from home won’t pay off, but all successful businesses start off and succeed thanks to hard work. No one gets rich overnight because if they could, everyone would be rich. If you work hard and prepare well, your business is likely to stand the test of time.
Blinds offer a great solution to creating and indoor shade from direct sunlight. Not only that, they also prevent the snow and rain in addition to adding charm and chic to your room. Homeowners looking to cover their windows using blinds will also need to make a few considerations, including the cost. However, even with better prices, it is important to ensure that these window treatment solutions are of high quality.
With the stiff competition between blinds suppliers, you are likely to come across a few blinds sale outlets on your way. You will also find at least one or two companies offering products at a discount in an effort to clear the blinds that have stayed in their stores for a long time. Such outlets usually advertise their discount sales, and you are bound to find a good quality product you can use as part of your window treatment solutions.
Other reasons why a blinds sale is a suitable option is because at times some blinds stores offer discount sales for their blinds to celebrate an anniversary, when introducing a new product, launching a new sales company or when shifting a blinds store to a new area with a rare blind type. This means you are even likely to find more blinds of high quality than from a typical sale whose aim is to clear old stock.
Whatever the reason the blinds sale is being conducted, it is important for you as a homeowner to go through the products and carefully scrutinize them. Never accept a product or buy one simply because it is on sale. The price of a product should not be the motivation to buy your window treatments – your motivation should be its quality. Always endeavor not to compromise on quality.
Where To Find The Sale Outlets
If you are looking for a sale outlet that will assure you of the best quality blinds at a discounted price, then the best place to start looking would the internet. Most sales stores are unable to compete with the online sales stores. The reason behind this is because a typical sales store will have scores of overheads that will not allow it to go below a certain price point. Online stores usually enjoy minimized overheads and therefore will usually offer you good quality products at an affordable rate.
In addition, shopping for your blinds online will assure you of a variety of companies offering blinds at competitive prices. Such online stores will have all kinds of information about their products from the design, grade, quality and durability to the prices they offer, and you can also find out whether there is a current blinds sale. You are also privileged to compare these products with those from similar websites. The result of such a comprehensive internet search is that you will be best placed to make a satisfactory decision about the exact quality, design and brand of blinds you will purchase at the best possible price.
You can always get useful tips from Andrew Johnston to help you achieve the best home improvement. He enjoys seeing the joy of satisfied clients. Expect to get this from Elite Home Improvements Australia website at www.ehiaustralia.com.au/blinds.
It has been said that we are in the midst of a large-scale global awakening. That many people are waking up left, right and centre to the realization there is a grand deception taking place perpetrated by elite corporate/banker ruling oligarchs: That more and more people are realizing the government is not acting in our best interest but is in power to serve these ruling oligarchs with plans that can only serve to enslave humanity.
Is there really a revolution of conscious going on acting as a catalyst that’s so desperately needed to bring about significant planetary changes away from the current destructive insanity?
First it must be remembered that this is not about a revolution as in rioting on the streets, seizing of property… etc. but creating the transformation needed to bring about liberty and the pursuit of happiness, as instilled hundreds of years ago by American forefathers, requiring governance by an honest government that serves to protect and promote truth, justice, liberty and equality.
-In short a government for the people by THE PEOPLE.
So, to answer the question is there really a revolution of conscious going on?’ let’s review the evidence.
1. Increasing alternative media popularity
Yes, the alternative media realm is gaining more and more of the lion’s share, presenting news, views and opinions that mainstream media would not be brave enough to publish. No longer are alternative media websites regarded merely as material for a few paranoid conspiracy theory kooks… People in increasing numbers are waking up to the realization that many of the so-called conspiracy theories are conspiracy facts: thus turning myth into reality by changing points of view, while discovering the propagandist lies and cover-ups by the mainstream media…
2. Alternative news related public speakers find increasing audiences
In line with the above I’ve heard it said from a number of alternative media related public speakers that their audiences are increasing in numbers. For example, alternative health author and speaker Phillip Day said that not only are his audiences increasing on his tours but are also questioning more, showing their increasing interest and alertness…
3. Decreasing ratings in mainstream media
In recent years there has been a continuing slump in mainstream media ratings. This includes some of the biggest names such as CNN, MSNBC and Fox News. For example, a recent study by Pew Research found that 3 mainstream media mega-corporations had their prime-time viewers’ fall in ratings by 11 percent. According to Michael Snyder in his report the slump is caused by American people increasingly losing faith in the establishment-controlled manipulated mainstream media with their political and corporate self-interests…
Consequentially, people are turning to alternative media sources for more truthful, honest reporting. This is quite significant when you realize that the entire mainstream media is owned and controlled by only 6 corporations!
4. Public opinion prevented a war on Syria
We saw waves of protest and a groundswell of public opinion which had prevented Obama’s plans to order military intervention in Syria. British Prime Minister Cameron had also failed to get parliamentary backing for the strikes having been outvoted by MP’s. The call for military intervention was centred on the allegation that Syria had not handed over all their chemical weapon of mass destruction… now where had we heard all that before?!
5. There is a growing awareness of political corruption
More and more are getting the realization that political corruption is endemic and politicians are increasingly out-of-touch with the people their supposed to serve. More than ever people are seeing right through the lies and ulterior motives: Politicians continue to fail to maintain peace, are major culprits in preventing health’s biggest problems such heart disease, cancer and dementia getting solved… They aid and abet harmful technologies to us and the environment like GMO, fracking and geo-engineering while having a significant hand in the growing rift between the rich and poor…
-All this because of self-interest, corrupt governmental practices and monopolistic greed resulting in the ongoing planetary devastation, suffering and financial destitution of hundreds of millions of people.
To answer the question ‘is there really a revolution of consciousness going on?’ the answer has to be yes. Will the threshold number of aware people be enough to influence the necessary planetary changes needed to take us away from the doom and gloom..? Well, that indeed remains to be seen.
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