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Forum: Success Stories and Profiles 25th March 2012, 10:29 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 6,486
Posted By Hugha
I did not ask for or check references. ...

I did not ask for or check references. Fortunately it only took me 2 months to realize we needed to part ways.

Lesson learned: Always, Always, ALWAYS check references.

The next person I hired...
Forum: General Small Business Issues 12th February 2012, 11:27 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,848
Posted By Hugha
My wife owns a bridal shop and did that kind of...

My wife owns a bridal shop and did that kind of advertising. She did not get any business from that ad.
Forum: General Small Business Issues 26th January 2012, 06:57 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,302
Posted By Hugha
My wife is in the bridal business. She has found...

My wife is in the bridal business. She has found her best vendors at trade shows.

In Dallas they have regular fashion type shows which are for retailers to attend and purchase garments,...
Forum: What Type of Business Should I Start? 31st December 2011, 10:44 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 24,967
Posted By Hugha
"or else just too stupid to understand what this...

"or else just too stupid to understand what this is about."

Underestimating the intelligence of your customers is a pretty sure way of not getting/keeping customers.

Where are you advertising...
Forum: General Small Business Issues 31st December 2011, 10:28 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,679
Posted By Hugha
A 14 year old starting a bike business? Good for...

A 14 year old starting a bike business? Good for you!

Can you order several bikes at a time? I would think your shipping cost per bike would come down.

Do you know who is your target audience...
Forum: General Small Business Issues 21st December 2011, 09:49 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,490
Posted By Hugha
Dunn & Bradstreet is a service that offers...

Dunn & Bradstreet is a service that offers financial info on businesses. It is sort of a credit check for companies.

If you are looking for cash or debt info, I think you'll have to ask the...
Forum: Small Business Finance 26th June 2011, 08:45 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 20,201
Posted By Hugha
I am in construction too. I also use Quickbooks....

I am in construction too. I also use Quickbooks.
I do not use Quickbooks Invoice template but I rely on QB for Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable.

I don't have the budget for a lot of help...
Forum: Small Business Finance 18th April 2011, 10:15 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,438
Posted By Hugha
With the current cost fo fuel, I wish I could...

With the current cost fo fuel, I wish I could find a fuel efficient vehicel that can tow 9,000 pounds.

I have a turbo diesel that gets 15-17 mpg.
Forum: General Small Business Issues 6th April 2011, 09:57 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,026
Posted By Hugha
How about this for a blunt approach: Tell...

How about this for a blunt approach:

Tell him your time is very valuable and you feel his time is very valuable too.
His time would be better spent pursuing other clients as you are not buying...
Forum: General Small Business Issues 3rd February 2011, 11:11 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,556
Posted By Hugha
I started a business where I had to bid for work....

I started a business where I had to bid for work.

Don't go into the meeting feeling like you absolutely must land this contract.

You won't win them all, but if you stick to a plan, things will...
Forum: General Small Business Issues 1st January 2011, 09:23 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,800
Posted By Hugha
If you want to borrow $200k, be prepared to have...

If you want to borrow $200k, be prepared to have at least $100k that you can give the bank to hold onto as collateral.
Forum: General Small Business Issues 15th December 2010, 11:04 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,716
Posted By Hugha
My wife owns a bridal shop. You need to...

My wife owns a bridal shop.

You need to research which manufacturers you want to rep.

What are their terms? They will require you purchase x number of dresses to open an account. So be...
Forum: General Small Business Issues 9th November 2010, 01:08 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,249
Posted By Hugha
I tried Google and Craigslist. Driving...

I tried Google and Craigslist.

Driving around ended up working the best. Unfortunatley I got rushed and did not make the best decision.

Had I spent more time, I would have driven around to...
Forum: General Small Business Issues 18th September 2010, 12:29 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 16,508
Posted By Hugha
We had a company meeting yesterday. I...

We had a company meeting yesterday.

I mentioned I do not do loans.

I also mentioned that many employers do not help with gass expense and what I am doing is a benefit.

Then my operations...
Forum: General Small Business Issues 15th September 2010, 08:25 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 16,508
Posted By Hugha
Employees And Money

My business is now 18 months old. I have 10 employees.

About 5 of them have approached me about loans.

One is constantly telling me he is ready for the next step (read: more pay), but he is...
Forum: General Small Business Issues 14th August 2010, 10:15 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,557
Posted By Hugha
I am a distributor. The discounts I get vary...

I am a distributor. The discounts I get vary from each manufacturer.

I get anywhere from as little as 20% off list up to 60% off list.

I find that some manufacturers who offer higher discounts...
Forum: What Type of Business Should I Start? 2nd August 2010, 08:50 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,152
Posted By Hugha
I am in construction. I worked in the industry...

I am in construction. I worked in the industry 19 years before I opened my own business. A light week for me is 50 hours. It is more common that I work 60-70 hours per week.

Since I am a...
Forum: General Small Business Issues 24th June 2010, 10:28 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,726
Posted By Hugha
Interesting article, especially about...

Interesting article, especially about multi-tasking.

Setting the phone on DND and turning off the pop up e-mail notifications are easy enough, but you have ot check in sometime. So how do you...
Forum: What Type of Business Should I Start? 24th June 2010, 10:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,044
Posted By Hugha
Money is a good place to start. How much are...

Money is a good place to start.

How much are you willing to invest? Don't answer these questions here, they are just things to think about.

Just guessing, but you are going to need 25,000 sf...
Forum: General Small Business Issues 20th May 2010, 09:25 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,011
Posted By Hugha
We sell and install "building specialties" to...

We sell and install "building specialties" to general contractors.

Building specialties are items like projection screens, fire extinguisher cabinets, washroom accessories, and toilet partitions....
Forum: Small Business Finance 19th May 2010, 08:15 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,823
Posted By Hugha
I just tried to get an SBA loan. I have a very...

I just tried to get an SBA loan. I have a very high credit score and a decent amount of liquid assets.
I just finished my first year of business. No SBA loan for me.

This weekend I read an...
Forum: General Small Business Issues 19th May 2010, 08:02 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,011
Posted By Hugha
I count myself as very fortunate. I have a...

I count myself as very fortunate. I have a couple of employees who act as though they have an ownership stake.

My company is now just a year old. We have a lot of opportunity ahead of us and I...
Forum: General Small Business Issues 1st April 2010, 09:52 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 8,971
Posted By Hugha
I am reading a business book right now and this...

I am reading a business book right now and this reminds me of the topic from one chapter.

The company had invented a machine that was 10x faster than anything on the market.

When they made...
Forum: General Small Business Issues 1st April 2010, 09:45 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,151
Posted By Hugha
I think your employee is taking your daily war...

I think your employee is taking your daily war cry to an extreme.

If I was being used by a client in the manor you seem to be getting used, I would fire the client. Likewise, if the employee were...
Forum: General Small Business Issues 1st April 2010, 09:31 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,025
Posted By Hugha
My business is in the commercial construction...

My business is in the commercial construction industry. Specifically, we distribute and install various products to general contractors, schools, and hospitals.

The typical method for getting new...
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