There Are No Dumb Business Questions, Not!

Written by Tim Knox

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Since you askedrepparttar question, Norris, I feel obligated to give you an answer. What isrepparttar 150466 dumbest business question I've ever been asked? I'll let you decide.

The following are real questions from real people that are running around loose among us. If you recognize your question please don't be offended. This is all in good fun and remember, ridicule isrepparttar 150467 sincerest form of flattery. Or something like that.

Here's a question I get at least once a week: "I have never been in business before, but I think I'd be really good at it. Can you tell me what would berepparttar 150468 best business for me to start?"

Hmm, how about one that involvesrepparttar 150469 Psychic Hotline, since that's who I will have to consult to answer your question. I don't know anything about you, your background, your abilities, your talents, your experience, or anything else. How can I possibly tell you what would berepparttar 150470 best business for you? Who do I look like, Miss Cleo?

Here's one of my favorites: "I need to make a lot of money really fast. What business should I start?"

You need to make a lot of money fast, huh. No problem. I have one word for you, my friend: counterfeiting… Somebody hand me an umbrella. It's raining stupid in here.

Here's an oldie but a goodie: "I have a killer business idea, but I don't have any money. Do you ever invest in businesses or just give advice?" Unfortunately, I only invest in non-lethal business ideas, so I'll have to pass on your killer idea. Thanks for thinking of me, though. This window is now closed…

And my all-time favorite: "I have a great product that nobody wants to buy. How can I make customers buy my product."

How can you make a customer buy your product? Piece of cake, buddy boy. Try usingrepparttar 150471 same method I use to make my kids mind. Threaten to put your customer in time out if he doesn't buy something from you right this second! Don't make me get up and sell you something, young man…

I could go on, but I thinkrepparttar 150472 point is made. Keep those cards and letters coming, boys and girls. It's readers like you that make this job so darn interesting.

Here's to your success.

Tim Knox

Tim serves as the president and CEO of three successful technology companies and is the founder of Related Links:

NAHB’s Voluntary Model Green Home Building Guidelines

Written by Neda Dabestani-Ryba

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Occupancy Comfort and Indoor Environmental Quality – Details in this part ofrepparttar guidelines will indicate how to effectively manage moisture, ventilation, and other issues in order to create a comfortable indoor living environment. Homeowner Education - Givenrepparttar 150465 level of effort a homebuilder goes through to create a well thought out home system, it would be a shame not to giverepparttar 150466 homeowner some guidance on how to optimally operate and maintainrepparttar 150467 house. Line items from this section show a builder how best to educate homeowners on a variety of homeownership matters. Each section contains a set of provisions that explain how a builder can incorporate green building concepts into a project. In addition, local builders and green building program developers may apply points torepparttar 150468 provisions to further define green building through a scoring methodology currently being developed. Local homebuilder associations will be given a user guide that will provide additional information and guidance on ways to customizerepparttar 150469 guidelines to accommodate local conditions. The draft presented at Fall Board in Columbus, OH was a piloting version for dissemination amongst HBAs and builders for accuracy and practicality. A number of HBAs and High Production Builders have expressed an interest in helping NAHB to pilot testrepparttar 150470 document. The deadline for pilot testing was December 1st andrepparttar 150471 final version will be rolled out duringrepparttar 150472 2005 IBS in January in Orlando, FL. Currently, NAHB staff fromrepparttar 150473 Energy and Green Building Dept. are traveling throughoutrepparttar 150474 country presentingrepparttar 150475 guidelines to builders and HBAs who have expressed an interest in implementing green building in their respective businesses/communities. To date over 20 HBAs have voiced their interest and support, with many more to follow inrepparttar 150476 new year. In summary,repparttar 150477 voluntary Model Green Home Building Guidelines are forrepparttar 150478 mainstream home builders, many of whom are already incorporating some green building methods and materials into their construction practices. These voluntary guidelines will help systematizerepparttar 150479 green design and construction process and assistrepparttar 150480 builder toward incorporating more green building features into homes. As NAHB Research Center data indicates that there is a growing number of green homes built annually, it is expected that these voluntary guidelines will help builders meetrepparttar 150481 needs of this growing market.

Neda Dabestani-Ryba is a licensed Realtor in Maryland. She is a member of the President's Circle of Top Real Estate Professionals. She can be reached at (800) 536-3806 or visit her website for more information:

Prudential Carruthers REALTORS is an independently owned and operated member of Prudential Real Estate Affiliates, Inc., a Prudential Financial company. Equal Housing Opportunity.

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