5 ways to use your Business Cards more effectively

Written by Brandon Hopkins

5 ways to use your Business Cards more effectively

Contrary to popular belief,repparttar best use of business cards is not making origami or collecting dust. But, in this article you will find 5 ofrepparttar 149435 most effective ways to use your business cards on a daily basis!

When Joe Girard,repparttar 149436 world's greatest salesman, was selling cars he would frequently go to Detroit Lions football games.

Even though he could afford more expensive seats, he chose to sit inrepparttar 149437 upper deck and wheneverrepparttar 149438 Lions scored, he would throw business cards offrepparttar 149439 top deck ontorepparttar 149440 expensive seats below that offered a discount on a new car that was only goodrepparttar 149441 following day.

Joe Girard's example leads us to our first point:

1. Be Creative

An instructor at a karate class might hand out business cards at his son's t-ball game that say "First Lesson Free with this card". A pet store owner might give out business cards that have an offer for a free goldfish, or 10% off a purchase over $100.

No matter what your type of business, there is a creative way to get your business cards intorepparttar 149442 hands of buyers.

If you can think of these creative ways before your competition does, you are one step ahead, and you will seerepparttar 149443 increase in business.

2. Rememberrepparttar 149444 1 to 1 ratio

The 1 to 1 ratio isrepparttar 149445 easiest formula you'll ever need to know. If you talk to someone for more than 1 minute, they should have 1 of your business cards in their hand. That isrepparttar 149446 1 to 1 ratio.

Basically that means that you need to find a way to talk about what you do, and get your business card in their hand withinrepparttar 149447 first minute ofrepparttar 149448 conversation.

Think of it as an elevator conversation. This prospect will be getting off of your elevator soon, so you have a short time to get that business card into their hand.

3. Make them keepers

Once you have your business card inrepparttar 149449 hand of your potential prospects, what is going to make them keep it?

Unless you are selling air and water, potential clients probably don't need what you sell, but hopefully they want what you sell.

Making every penny count...

Written by Lawrence Groves

Making every penny count…. By Lawrence Groves- July 2005

More and more workers are leaving their jobs and taking their 401 k retirement plan funds with them. While some are rolling their funds over into IRAs or other qualified plans; many are taking their distributions in cash. Once an employee has leftrepparttar job, any payments of earned vacation, sick or other leave made after leavingrepparttar 149331 job were not considered for inclusion in deferrals to Solo 401k, 401(k), or 403(b) plans. These plans’ definition of compensation excluded any post employment earnings asrepparttar 149332 IRS excluded it fromrepparttar 149333 definition. As far as these plans’ were concerned, it’s as ifrepparttar 149334 money was never earned.

Sincerepparttar 149335 post employment earnings were not included in 401 k or 403 b compensation, these earnings were not a factor in any non discrimination or top heavy testing, as well as not being available for profit sharing or matching contributions.

Depending uponrepparttar 149336 employers’ policy on vacation, sick or other leave accumulation, this exclusion could be a substantial amount. As an example, suppose you are earning $50,000 when you leave your company. You’ve been working hard, haven’t needed a sick day in 3 years and haven’t taken a vacation in two years. You have accumulated four weeks of vacation and twelve sick days. The vacation and sick leave represent $6400 in additional income. Had you had been contributing 10% to your plan; $640 extra would have been deposited into your account. That $640 at 7% for 20 years is $2,476.60 for a 400% return. But that 400% return has been left onrepparttar 149337 table up until now.

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