Five Questions to Ask Yourself Before Launching a New Business

Written by Nancy Wurtzel

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4. Are you a “water-cooler person” at heart? When you become a business owner, your days of taking a long lunch or chatting withrepparttar guys aroundrepparttar 116790 water cooler are over. Can you makerepparttar 116791 transition from “worker bee” to boss? It can be lonely.

On your own, you’ll be making countless decisions every day -- fromrepparttar 116792 mundane torepparttar 116793 critical. And, you alone must shoulderrepparttar 116794 daily ups and downs that come with running a business. However, it can also have tremendous rewards in that you are building something from scratch. So, if you believe you can weatherrepparttar 116795 isolation and roll withrepparttar 116796 punches, you might be a good candidate for owning your own business.

5. Can you create an organized environment? Where you work is certainly important. You’ll need an acceptable work space andrepparttar 116797 right office tools in order to be creative and successful. Even more important, however, is how you work.

For example, you can have an incredible sales presentation withrepparttar 116798 latest technology that will wow clients, but if you’re constantly late for meetings and lose important documents, you’ll probably also lose business. Ask yourself if you can flourish in an environment where creativity and operational systems are equally important? Many entrepreneurs makerepparttar 116799 mistake of thinkingrepparttar 116800 company will simply “run itself” if they just come up with great ideas and business leads. They pay scant attention torepparttar 116801 details of building a business. Too often this is a recipe for failure.

To be a success, you must combine your fantastic ideas and business tools with solid planning and organization.

Success for any new business is never guaranteed. There are too many variables, and many factors will be totally out of your control. But you can avoid making a costly mistake by asking yourself, honestly -- before you takerepparttar 116802 plunge: Do I have what it takes to run a business? The answer should tell you ifrepparttar 116803 new “American Dream” isrepparttar 116804 right fit for you.

Nancy Wurtzel is the founder and owner of All About Baby, an ecommerce site located at All About Baby specializes in personalized and memorable gifts for children as well as interesting and helpful child-related site content. Ms. Wurtzel has over 20 years of marketing and communications experience. She consults with small businesses seeking to enter the marketplace or grow their existing ecommerce business

Simple Business Tactics Are Your Key To Success

Written by Cathy Qazalbash

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#3 The Ultimate Marketer using all these simple businesses tactics:

A small girl was selling lemonade for 30c and she wasrepparttar talk ofrepparttar 116789 neighborhood. She was selling more and charging more, how could that be? Here were her simple businesses tactics.

Her notice did not just say Lemonade 30c. It said “Freshly Squeezed Lemonade, Made Just For You”

She greeted all her customers personally. She took obvious pride in her wares and stand. Her stand was simply and nicely decorated and spotlessly clean.

However she did not stop here. She set up her stand next door torepparttar 116790 most popular Hot Dog/snack stand. This vender was well known throughoutrepparttar 116791 neighborhood for his great food and service. He had a great location near many offices on a busy street and he was not just seasonal he was there all year round so everybody knew him. He wasrepparttar 116792 perfect compliment torepparttar 116793 little girl’s lemonade stand. Plus he was a friendly fellow and always recommended his customers to have some delicious lemonade with their lunch/snacks. Of course she also returnedrepparttar 116794 favor.

Now we can all learn fromrepparttar 116795 simple businesses tactics that made this small entrepreneurrepparttar 116796 talk ofrepparttar 116797 town. To recap:

She hadrepparttar 116798 market (thirsty people) The product: Great tasting lemonade She improved her ad copy, her notice was better than her competitors. She treated all her customers well, going out of her way to make them feel comfortable. Added value. Happy customers=repeat customers, good service = word of mouth marketing, a very powerful form of promotion. A clean, attractive and professional stand attracted more customers. Her strong link with a large popular seller helped her to sell more. Because of all these factors andrepparttar 116799 added value of customer service she could charge premium price.

All these simple business tactics can be applied to your business and not only help you get ahead ofrepparttar 116800 competition but make more money with less fuss. No need for, time consuming think tanks, and board meetings. These simple principles are right under our noses, we just have to apply them. Think withrepparttar 116801 simple business tactics of a child and your business will run more smoothly, be more efficient, and ultimately make you more money.

Article written by Cathy Qazalbash (Cathy Q) Publisher of the A-Y-B newsletter And A1-Newsletter Cathy is a successful Freelance writer, specializing in Ghostwriting, Web content, Copywriting and promotional articles

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