The Community Advantage

Written by Lois M. Jeary

The Community Advantage by Lois M. Jeary, March 2004

If you've been working online for any length of time, you already know that it's pretty tough trying to 'do' everything by yourself. Withoutrepparttar assistance and guidance of fellow publishers and mentors, you would not come as far as you have in your business.

The right software can also eliminate some ofrepparttar 116999 workload, but it'srepparttar 117000 people we come into to contact with andrepparttar 117001 relationships we build that are vital to our success.

Sharing Knowledge and Skills

This is why forums have become so popular. They offer advice, suggestions and assistance to those looking for answers. It's a great way to develop your internet presence while helping others to succeed. Websites that offer 'how-to' tutorials or videos are also gaining recognition and popularity.

Eliminaterepparttar 117002 Need For eMail

If I was just starting out and had to rely on email as my method of delivery today, I would not start publishing. When I first started publishing KIT in 2001, delivering my content and receiving feedback from my readers was a relatively simple task.

Today, it's become something of a nightmare. You see more publishers sending out notes to let you know that if you didn't receiverepparttar 117003 latest issue, it probably got killed byrepparttar 117004 filters. I would suggest that another reason for this second notice is that publishers are no longer receivingrepparttar 117005 kinds responses they are used to when they send out their latest issue.

Each time we step up our level of security or protection by switching from single opt-in to double opt-in for instance, our subscribers are also being asked to jump through hoops just to stay with us.

The reason: email is broken. Untilrepparttar 117006 protocol for email is modified, you will continue to see invalid email addresses, false headers, spoofing and phishing scams that directly affect your business while putting everyone at risk. It's time to put an end to this risk.

Direct To Desktop Publishing

There are no two ways about it. If you are a publisher, you know how much time, effort and commitment is involved to put out good content on a regular basis.

Now add allrepparttar 117007 nonsense that goes hand in hand with publishing through email today. Masking words so they don't triprepparttar 117008 filters. Invalid email addresses. Handling bouncebacks. ISP blocking and filtering. The list goes on and on and it's costing you.

Usingrepparttar 117009 rss (real simple syndication) technology to deliver your content isrepparttar 117010 best solution I've come across in a long time. All your subscriber is required to do is download what is known as a reader and from then on, all your content arrives on their desktop automatically and unaltered. It's also cross- browser, cross-platform friendly at Quikonnex. That's why I chose them. You don't have to worry about which browser or operating system your readers use. Unlike a regular weblog,repparttar 117011 rss feed updates your content automatically which means you don't have to send out a message telling your readers that your content has been updated.

Five Steps to An Effective Business Plan

Written by Vishal P. Rao

Copyright 2004 Vishal P. Rao

You have an idea for a business. You know what you want to sell, who you can sell it to, and how much you stand to earn from it. There's just one more thing you need: a business plan.

Many people dreadrepparttar idea of preparing a business plan. They think of them as complicated, unnecessary documents that exist only to make it more difficult for them to get started as an entrepreneur. They are wrong.

Business plans are necessary because they help you "see" your business. Instead of just talking in abstract ways about your "customer base" and your "profit potential," it lets you put those things in writing and in concrete terms. It forces you to think through every aspect of your business in advance so downrepparttar 116998 road you don't realize you've made a mistake that's cost you your business, your life's savings, and your job.

Besides all of that, they are also important tools for getting other people interested in your business. For one, if you've takenrepparttar 116999 time to create a business plan, others will realize that you are serious about this endeavor and that it isn't just some pie-in-the-sky dream. A business plan also shows people that you are a professional and that you understand what it takes to start and manage a business. This is all extremely important, particularly if you need any type of outside funding, such as loans or investors.

So whilerepparttar 117000 bad news may be that you definitely do need a business plan,repparttar 117001 good news is that they don't have to be complicated. The truth is that your plan only needs to cover seven main areas and none of these areas are going to require you to write a full-length novel. These five sections arerepparttar 117002 executive summary,repparttar 117003 company overview,repparttar 117004 business environment,repparttar 117005 company description, andrepparttar 117006 action plan. All of those sections may sound complex, but most of them won't involve information that you don't already know.

Executive Summary

Even though this section will technically be first in your business plan, you should actually write it last because, just as its name implies, it summarizesrepparttar 117007 entire contents of your business plan. Because many readers never bother to get beyondrepparttar 117008 executive summary, you must make sure that it is comprehensive and well-written.

If that sounds difficult, it isn't. Just make sure to read through your entire business plan before you start writingrepparttar 117009 executive summary. Make a list of information that you think isrepparttar 117010 most important or that would really stand out to a reader, and be sure to include all of it in your summary.

Company Overview

This section explainsrepparttar 117011 guiding force behind your business. It gives them a chance to see what you have in mind forrepparttar 117012 business and how you plan to get there. Generally,repparttar 117013 overview does this by providing a mission statement, goals, and objectives for your business.

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