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Three places to find new clients without a lot of work

1. Don’t ignore your own “Acres of diamonds” – ask your existing clients to refer some of their family, friends and associates to you. If they’re happy with your service they will be more than happy to do it and your job will be much easier since they are coming recommended by someone they trust.

2. Former employers and associates in other fields can be a great resource for finding new business. Give them a call, or better yet – have lunch and catch up with them but don’t be shy to ask for referrals!

3. Ask your current prospects who they know that may need your products or services. It may sound odd at first but give it a try and your opinion may quickly change. Especially if you’ve gone out of your way to help them.

Remember that most good people generally enjoy helping others when you make it easy for them. When you ask the people inside your circle of influence to help you by referring new clients, you’re helping yourself, you’re helping them by enabling them to help you, and you’re helping the potential clients by providing a quality product or service that they need.

Where to Begin

How to Start Your Own Business

You have a great idea and want to start the business. Be your own boss, determine your own hours, all of the things that you have always wanted to do. However, make sure that your business will be a success.  Having a great idea is only a part of the formula for success.  Business planning can be exciting.  It molds and defines your idea, your product, your company, and your goals.  Your business plan is your road map for the future, it plans the course you will follow to be successful.  Successful business planning involves the use of a logical sequence.  Many business owners do not have business plans because they feel that the task for actually preparing the business plan is too hard to do by themselves.  This is like going a vacation to a far away destination without planning how to drive there.  You are going to become lost on the way, wasting time and money.  Arriving to your destination on time and in the most efficient manner does not happen by accident.  It comes from careful planning.

Some of the Features of this Book:

  • Understand how to best set up your business and what to plan for, now and in the future.
  • Identify and improve your product or idea.
  • Understand your company’s industry and how your business will fit.
  • Understand the ingredients to successful manufacturing.
  • How to track your success and plan for even greater business ventures.
  • Understanding the value of and the potential of business websites.
  • And Much, Much More!
Doing Market Research

Some of the Features of this book:

  • Detailed information and instructions of how to plan, develop and write your questionnaire.
  • Ways of issuing questionnaires.
  • Types of questions for the questionnaire.
  • Structuring the questionnaire.
  • Doing your sample survey with the questionnaire.
  • How to write the questionnaire.
Working as an Independent Contractor

Dr. Dan Reeves has been consulting with Fortune 500 Companies for over three decades specifically in the human resource arena of the issues related to independent contractors versus employee status. While the employee-employer relationship and taxation environment has and will continue to change, Dr. Reeves has helped hundreds of companies to avoid the confusion and the expensive penalties of mis-classifying employees as “independent contractors”. Currently making his home in Scottsdale, Arizona, Dr. Reeves continues to consult with large and small companies alike to help the management of these companies navigate the tangled web of federal and state rules and regulations.

Some of the Features of this book:

  • How to work as an independent contractor.
  • IRS rules and regulations with expert advice on how to comply.
  • The Pros and Cons of being or hiring an independent contractor.
  • How to collect and ensure payment for your independent contractor services.
  • Case Studies are provided.
  • The required documentation you will need when you hire independent contractors.
  • Links to IRS and Department of Labor forms that you need.
  • Links to online independent contractor agreements
How to Turn a Business Around

If you don’t plan to succeed you are planning to fail. This book will help you to see where you have gone off track with your business and help you get back on the right path.

Some of the Features of this book:

  • Define the strategy and goals that you want to set for your business.
  • Understand the conditions of the current business and economic situations.
  • How to handle all of the issues related to employees.
  • Define your company’s market; who are you going to sell to, how you going to sell, and where you are going to sell.
  • Devise and plan your distribution method.
  • Understand the relationship and integration of your business with the Internet.
  • How to plan for the ultimate disposition of your business.

Office/Computer/Equipment Needed

A good office setup is critical to smooth running business operations. Controlling purchases and expenses are a key ingredient to a healthy business, especially a new start up venture. This book gives you the information you need to professionally set up your office operation.

Some of the Features of this book:

  • How to determine the office supplies, equipment and furniture you will need for your business.
  • How to buy or lease office furniture and options for second hand furniture.
  • Complete listings on filing systems, desks, shelving, and chairs.
  • How to maximize connectivity, size and legal software.
  • 100 ways to increase your business.

Obtaining Customers

How to get new accounts and new customers is the #1 concern of any business. How to get the new customers you need to provide the income your business requires is a matter of prime importance to survival and growth. Many businesses, large and small, approached new customer acquisition in a haphazard, unplanned, and uncoordinated way. The results are usually disappointing, expensive, and inadequate from the standpoint of a contribution of to the profitability and success of your business.

Maintaining Customers

Good customer relations will give you a sense of achievement, satisfied customers and the improved chance of further promoting your business. So, how can you ensure that your customers will stay loyal to your business?

Some of the Features of this Book:

  • The Six Steps to getting your new customers, clients and accounts.
  • How to understand your customers needs.
  • How to know who your clients are and where they are located
  • How to conduct your own full scale market research with emphasis on the two ways to conduct your market research
  • The four methods for getting your first customers for start-up businesses!
  • How to implement a successful marketing program!
  • How to use direct mail, telemarketing, printed materials, exhibitions, surveys, websites, promotions, press releases and public relations to acquire new customers, clients and accounts.
  • How to develop a customer retention program.
  • How keep your customers coming back!
  • How to establish Loyalty and Rewards programs!
  • Includes six bonus sections with information regarding community work, advertising, exploring business opportunities, financing your business, pricing policies and income goals.    

Some of the Features of this book:

  • How to improve customer care and customer relations.
  • How to establish your Customer Relationship Management (CRM) program.
  • Selling and building customer relationships over the telephone.
  • How to handle customer complaints and establish solutions.
  • How to establish the programs that will reflect your business.
  • How to establish automatic email responses, set up telephone call centers, direct mail campaigns and loyalty cards.
  • How to handle gatekeepers.
  • How to establish customer loyalty programs.
  • How to keep customers loyal to your business.
  • How to make telephone sales and appointments.
  • How to expand your customer database.
  • How to encourage old and new customers to buy again.
  • How to generate more profit with direct mail and email marketing.
  • What you need to know about customer retention.

Staff/Personnel Needed

Hiring and retaining the best employees does not happen by accident. This book will show you how to find, hire and manage the best people for maximum productivity. The book will guide you through developing your policies and procedures and formulating your own Employee Handbook. It will help you establish an environment where employees can reach their full potential and enrich your business.

Some of the Features of this Book:

  • 20 Customizable Forms ... Job Description, Application, Orientation Checklist, Offer Letter, Discussion forms, Training Plan, Performance, and more!
  • How to develop policies and procedures and formulate a Procedures Guide
  • Improve profitability with your attendance program
  • How to create the best working environment for maximum employee satisfaction
  • How to hire and keep the best people
  • Writing and using an effective job description
  • Design your compensation system
  • Establish goals
  • Set salary ranges
  • Fair and Equitable
  • Affordable
  • How to determine benefits that you will offer
  • Where to find the most up-to-date laws and regulations governing the management of human resources
  • How to recruit, hire, train and retain the best people
  • Writing the job description
  • Advertising
  • Interviewing
  • Hiring
  • Effective employee Communication
  • Performance management...Getting the best out of your people
  • Coaching and Counseling for maximum effectiveness
  • Conflict resolution
  • How to set up employee recognition systems to increase employee satisfaction and encourage longevity of your workforce
  • Links to local and government websites to assist you in the management of all phases of human resources

Associations/Organizations

National Organizations

Small Business Association

Created in 1953, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) continues to help small business owners and entrepreneurs pursue the American dream. The SBA is the only cabinet-level federal agency fully dedicated to small business and provides counseling, capital, and contracting expertise as the nation’s only go-to resource and voice for small businesses.

National Small Business Association

Celebrating more than 80 years representing America’s small-business owners, NSBA is a staunchly nonpartisan organization with 65,000 members in every state and every industry in the U.S. We are proud to be the nation’s first small-business advocacy organization.

NSBA boasts decades of small-business advocacy expertise, from our long-serving leadership to our knowledgeable and well-connected government affairs team—we have who it takes to get the job done.

We offer access to the latest resources, information, and best practices in advocacy and communications for our members, government offices, and the media.

National Association of Women Business Owners

Founded in 1975, the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) is the unified voice  of over 10 million women-owned businesses in the United States representing the fastest growing segment of the economy.

NAWBO is the only dues-based organization representing the interests of all women entrepreneurs across all industries; and with chapters across the country. With far-reaching clout and impact, NAWBO is a one-stop resource to propelling women business owners into greater economic, social and political spheres of power worldwide.

Respected with elected officials in Washington, D.C. and state capitals across the country, recognized in the media as a thought leader on women’s business issues, and joined with corporate partners and other non-profit organizations who share our mission and expand our influence, NAWBO is the country’s premier women’s business organization. 

NAWBO’s many milestones and awards over the decades exemplify the rich history of success the organization and its thousands of members have enjoyed.

Our Vision and Mission

The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) propels women entrepreneurs into economic, social and political spheres of power worldwide by:

  • Strengthening the wealth creating capacity of our members and promoting economic development within the entrepreneurial community
  • Creating innovative and effective change in the business culture
  • Building strategic alliances, coalitions and affiliations
  • Transforming public policy and influencing opinion makers 
Diversity Statement

In principle and in practice, NAWBO values and seeks a diverse and inclusive membership.  NAWBO seeks full participation in the organization by all business owners who support our mission to empower women entrepreneurs, regardless of race, religion, age, sexual orientation, national origin or disability. NAWBO’s goal is to effectively represent the full diversity of the women business owner community and to expand access to leadership opportunities across the full spectrum of our membership.

EO - Entrepreneurs' Organization

The Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO) is a Global business network of 14,000+ leading entrepreneurs in 196 chapters and 62 countries. Founded in 1987 by a group of young entrepreneurs, EO enables business owners to learn from each other, leading to greater business success and an enriched personal life.

We educate, we transform, we inspire and we offer invaluable resources in the form of global events, leadership-development programs, an online entrepreneur forum and executive education opportunities, among other offerings designed for personal and professional growth.

At its core, EO is a collection of like-minded entrepreneurs focused on business growth, personal development and community engagement. In addition to our mission, vision and core values, our global makeup is comprised of nearly 14,000+ individual member stories.

Mission

To engage leading entrepreneurs to learn and grow.

Vision

To build the world’s most influential community of entrepreneurs.

NFIB -

Here’s what sets NFIB apart as the voice of small business:

Exclusive Focus on Small Business: NFIB stands for America’s small and independent businesses. This sole focus distinguishes us from other business organizations in the country.

State and Federal Advocacy: NFIB advocates in every state and in Washington, D.C., giving our members a voice in public policy debates on the local, state, and national level.

One Member, One Vote: NFIB members define our work through their responses to our surveys. Each member has an equal say in the policy positions NFIB takes.

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Training Program for Starting Your Own Business

Are you ready to start a new business? This training program takes you through the process of determining if your idea is feasible and can really be successful to the actual startup and management process. Support is available for you through StartYourBusinessHelp.com and MyBusinessTraining.org. Call them toll free at 866-900-7887 for more information

With This Training Program, You Will:

  • Assess the feasibility of your business venture through a series of self examinations and case studies.
  • Take a complete entrepreneur exam with checklist to make sure that you are ready to start the business.
  • Complete a study of your own strengths, weakness and possible corrective action to remedy problems before they occur.
  • Complete a study of success possibilities and how to improve your chances of success.
  • Complete a list of questions you should ask yourself before starting a business.
  • Complete a preliminary analysis of considerations including project requirements, potential flaws, desired income, supply, expenses and much more.
  • Learn the personal qualities of successful entrepreneurs and how to apply these to yourself and your business.
  • Learn tips for starting a home based business and learn the pros and cons of operating a home based business.
  • Determine a business structure.
  • Learn about legalities, licensing and permits related to your business venture.
  • Learn how to complete the business plan which is included with your training materials.  This eleven (11) step business plan is very user friendly and prepared with the ProBP business plan solution.
  • Learn business management strategy related to pricing, locations and managing the workplace.
  • Learn how to conduct your human resource needs related to hiring people and outsourcing work.
  • Learn how to develop and implement marketing and promotional strategies.
  • Learn from an in-depth study of the financial considerations to starting the business from a funding position.
  • Learn about the key considerations about setting prices.
  • Learn how to develop new accounts and customers by implementing a New Customer Development Program, which is included in the training materials.
  • Have on hand a large amount of resource material and government links important to you and your business.
  • Available as hard copy workbooks, on CD-ROM or can be downloaded.
  • And much more.
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