5 ways to use your Business Cards more effectively

Written by Brandon Hopkins

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Since most of us are not in a need based business we have to get our potential clients a reason to remember us and keep our cards.

Why does someone want your business card? If you cannot answer that easily, maybe it is time to think about a new business card design.

Does your business card have valuable information on it? By valuable I mean a map, discount, calendar, measurements, charts or anything relevant to your industry?

If it doesn't, you may want to think about adding a value feature to your business card.

4. Leave them where you spend your money

Just last night I went to eat at a Mexican restaurant, and sitting onrepparttar counter I saw about 30 cards for a car salesman sitting in a plastic business card holder. I askedrepparttar 149435 girl atrepparttar 149436 counter why they were there and she said "He said he was going to leave them for customers."

This is just one example of somewhere you could leave your business cards. Other places include barber or beauty shops, medical offices including dentists, family medicine, chiropractors, and hospitals.

These places are prime territory!

Remember to ask if they mind, and tell they how much you appreciate it.

5. Ask for an opinion

"Can I ask you a quick question? What do you think of my new business card design?" Then you hand them a business card.

No matter what they say, now they have your business card. When they try to hand it back, tell them you had thousands printed, and they can have that one.

Thank them for their time and tell them if they ever need what you sell or promote, your contact information is onrepparttar 149437 card.

If you were able to implement just one of these 5 ideas each day, you would have more business that you could handle!

Brandon Hopkins is the owner and founder of Business Cards Free, the most informative business card site on the internet. He is available for speaking engagements, article writing and business card advice. He may be contacted through his website at http://www.Business-Cards-Free.com.

Making every penny count...

Written by Lawrence Groves

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On May 25, 2005 and retroactive back to January 1, 2005repparttar IRS has redefined section 415 Compensation to include post severance compensation if itís paid within 2-1/2 months after separation from service. But this is only for payments that would have been paid ifrepparttar 149331 participant had continued in employment or if they are for bona fide sick, vacation and other leave. The leave-related payments can be included only ifrepparttar 149332 employee could have usedrepparttar 149333 leave had employment continued. This new definition will still exclude severance payments due to severance of employment

Employers can now amend their 401 k or 403 b plans to accommodaterepparttar 149334 new definition but may find themselves making additional contributions for compensation paid inrepparttar 149335 next year. Employees can add more contributions to their accounts. Plan administrators may find thatrepparttar 149336 new definition of Section 415 compensation presents some administrative challenges in trackingrepparttar 149337 information, separating it from non eligible compensation and performing timely non discrimination testing.

About the Author: Lawrence Groves is the Small Business Retirement Services Director for The Retirement Group. He has helped thousands of small businesses set up retirement plans. Visit the site for more information http://www.solo-k.com.

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