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  • What's Your Company's Email Policy?  By : Tim-Knox
    Does your company have an email policy? Did you even know there was such a thing? Well, there is, and if your company doesn't have one you are not only risking the professional image of your firm,
  • How To Boost Your Bottom Line With Just Two Little Words  By : Tim-Knox
    I hate to sound like one of those cheesy get-rich-quick commercials, but this week I am going to let you in on a little secret that is so powerful that it will immediately change the way you do business.
  • Are You Mentor Material?  By : Tim-Knox
    Typically, there are three things every good mentor should have: time, patience, and a genuine desire to help another person succeed without expecting anything in return.
  • Is Brick and Mortar A Passing Fad?  By : Tim-Knox
    During the dot-com boom the mantra was “Brick and mortar is dead!” Then when most of the dot-com’s crashed like an elephant sitting on a wicker chair, the mantra suddenly changed back to “The Internet is dead! Long live brick and mortar!”
  • To Go or No Go, That Is The Question  By : Tim-Knox
    Many entrepreneurs would rather have their front teeth pulled without anesthetic than go to the time and trouble of creating a feasibility plan; often because they are afraid of what it will reveal
  • How Good Is Your Big Idea  By : Tim-Knox
    Every business idea, no matter how good it sounds while bouncing around inside your head, should be put to the test before you invest time and money into its execution.
  • Teaching The Big Boys To Think Small  By : Tim-Knox
    Last week I told you about a recent report from The Conference Board that has a lot of big company CEOs concerned about competition from smaller, more innovative and entrepreneurially-minded companies.
  • Teaching Large Companies To Think Like The Little Guys  By : Tim-Knox
    The fact that innovation and entrepreneurship run rampant in smaller companies, but is often suppressed in larger companies is nothing new. Management guru Peter Drucker first addressed the issue in his 1985 book, Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
  • Don't Be Afraid To Give Problem Customers The Boot  By : Tim-Knox
    We have all had customers who expected far more than was their due: customers who were unreasonable, overly-demanding, condescending, hard to please and sometimes, even dishonest in their dealings with you.
  • Is Your Website Credit Card Friendly?  By : Tim-Knox
    If you think hooking up a brick-and-mortar location with a credit card system stymies most bankers, try asking them how to do it on your website.
  • Credit Cards, Merchant Accounts, and Your Bottomline  By : Tim-Knox
    The decision to accept credit cards is a wise one for any retailer. I agree with financial guru Dave Ramsey's teachings regarding the use and abuse of credit cards. Many people dig deep holes with credit cards that are hard to climb out of.
  • What's In A Name? When It Comes To Your Business, Plenty!  By : Tim-Knox
    In fact, deciding on a business name is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. The right business name can help you rise above the crowd while the wrong business name can leave you trampled in the rush.
  • Do You Have What It Taks To Be An Entrepreneur  By : Tim-Knox
    There are a variety of skills you'll need to succeed as an entrepreneur and chances are do not possess them all.
  • How To Handle Customer Billing Snafus  By : Tim-Knox
    Seriously, whether the client owes you the money or not is a moot point. Yes, you made an accounting mistake, but if the client agreed to pay you a certain amount each month in exchange for certain services rendered,
  • Entrepreneurs Just Get Better With Age  By : Tim-Knox
    According to recent studies 22 percent of men and 14 percent of women over 65 are self-employed. That's compared to just 7 percent for other age groups.
  • There Are No Dumb Business Questions, Not!  By : Tim-Knox
    I've gotten a few head-scratchers in response to this column. You know who you are, but don't worry, your secret is safe with me. I have a confession to make.
  • The Thick Line Between Buddy and Boss  By : Tim-Knox
    I have made just about every business blunder you can imagine. I am like the Evel Knievel of the small business world, if Evel Knievel wrote a weekly column on motorcycle safety.
  • The Business Autopsy: A Fact Of Life  By : Tim-Knox
    Last week we discussed the importance of performing an autopsy on a dead business. No, I haven't been watching too many of those wonderfully graphic, TV forensic investigation shows.
  • The "Other" New Year's Resolution  By : Tim-Knox
    "This year I will start my own business!" I call it "The American Dream Resolution," and like most New Year's resolutions it is a proclamation of intent that is often made, but seldom carried out (at least in an effective manner).
  • Perceived Value Is In The Eye Of The Beholder  By : Tim-Knox
    Pricing is an important aspect of every business because price is used to create financial projections, establish a break even point, and calculate profit and loss.
  • Investing In Son's Business Could Cause A Real Family Feud  By : Tim-Knox
    It sounds like your wife wants to make a gift of the money, expecting nothing in return but the undying love of her last born son. You, on the other hand, don't know if you should offer the money as a loan (should I loan him the money).
  • How To Create Your Own Info Product  By : Tim-Knox
    In the last article we talked about why informational products are the best type of products to sell online. An informational product can be a digital book (known as an e-book), a digital report or a white paper,
  • Use Noncompete Agreements To Help Protect Your Business From  By : Tim-Knox
    Renegade former employees riding the free enterprise wave is one reason noncompete agreements are gaining in popularity among employers who hope to use them to help protect their business from competitive threats launched by former employees.
  • The Joy and Hazards Of Finding Your First Office  By : Tim-Knox
    Putting your name on a commercial lease is one of the first tangible commitments an entrepreneur makes to his or her business and searching for that first office or retail space can be a truly invigorating experience.
  • Starting Your Business By The Book  By : Tim-Knox
    To begin, here's the best legal advice I can give you as a new business person: find yourself a good lawyer and make him or her your very best friend.
  • SBA's 8(a) Program Can Help Some Companies Compete  By : Tim-Knox
    The 8(a) Program (named after the section of the Small Business Act from which it comes) is an SBA program created to help small disadvantaged businesses better compete in the U.S. marketplace and within the arena of government procurement.
  • Navigating The Internet Sales Tax Laws  By : Tim-Knox
    Internet sales taxation has always been a hot topic for those of us who make our living selling goods and services online. One of the more controversial points is that no one, including our own government,
  • If It Was Easy Everybody Would Do It  By : Tim-Knox
    Even on the best of days running a business can be incredibly stressful, not to mention overwhelming and exhausting. It's only natural that there will
  • How To Handle The Occasional Oop-See!  By : Tim-Knox
    First off, it's important that you understand that the magnitude of your mistake will determine the course of action you take to make amends.
  • Achievements Outweigh Education and Experience  By : Tim-Knox
    Even on the best of days running a business can be incredibly stressful, not to mention overwhelming and exhausting. It's only natural that there will be times when you wonder if it's really worth it.

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