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Forum: What Type of Business Should I Start? 15th July 2011, 09:20 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,582
Posted By Biz Optimizer
Right plan - Wrong plan

If you are going to run a business, you are going to have to develop the ability to discern good advice from bad. One method I use is - if there is only 1 answer - if it is ALWAYS or NEVER - it is...
Forum: General Small Business Issues 11th July 2011, 08:36 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,321
Posted By Biz Optimizer
Wow

New owner is buying cash flows, but is going to lay off the people that provide the cash flows? I wouldn't think existing clients are going to gravitate to new people well and therefore those cash...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 5th July 2011, 05:35 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,690
Posted By Biz Optimizer
Results

Resuts are in the eyes of the beholder. I've seen many "results"
people contacting referencing the search

Increased web traffic
The question is - does the result include increased profit?
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 3rd July 2011, 03:05 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,690
Posted By Biz Optimizer
Shame - big guys measure - small guys "feel comfortable"

The big companies have tools, like Regression Analysis, etc. to measure what a campaign contributes to profitability. Unfortunately the small guys do not - nor can they afford the high priced...
Forum: What Type of Business Should I Start? 1st July 2011, 09:58 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,474
Posted By Biz Optimizer
loans come after business

Sounds like you are on a path that most entrepreneurs start on. Then, in time, they realize there aren't many people out there handing out money to people that want to go in busienss - because most...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 30th June 2011, 11:11 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,690
Posted By Biz Optimizer
Business - Advertising, SEO, and Pay Per Click

First, you should add your link to your signature to get that exposure.

Second, you might want to look at your question in a little different way. What do you want that $1,000 to buy? That is...
Forum: General Small Business Issues 22nd February 2011, 08:08 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,772
Posted By Biz Optimizer
You can't deal in your "benefits", you need to...

You can't deal in your "benefits", you need to relate that to the prospect's pain:

Can you imagine those out there who's windmills are just about to pay themselves off and they have an uncovered...
Forum: What Type of Business Should I Start? 16th February 2011, 09:24 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,221
Posted By Biz Optimizer
Business Consulting Problems

The problem I've found you have to overcome in business consulting is:

If they have problems and can't meet monthly rent of $2000, it is a hard sell to convince them the logic of paying you...
Forum: What Type of Business Should I Start? 2nd February 2011, 06:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,713
Posted By Biz Optimizer
Going Wholesale

I would approach the wholesalers depending on your city, like (Cheny Bros, mermaid foods, etc)- those companies that wholesale products (plates, spices, deserts, meats) to the restaurants and see if...
Forum: What Type of Business Should I Start? 29th January 2011, 09:13 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 5,877
Posted By Biz Optimizer
just expressing the risks

I had read the other posts and wasn't intending to disagree - only to express more loudly the risk to those that don't know. I've seen too many cases of those that thought they could do it on their...
Forum: What Type of Business Should I Start? 27th January 2011, 02:47 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 5,877
Posted By Biz Optimizer
complex choice - not for the "no prior experience"

It is my experience franchising is not necessarily safer. Even the SBA came out to quiet the fable that franchisors touted: franchises were "less likely to fail". What I found was the franchise is...
Forum: General Small Business Issues 19th November 2010, 09:30 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,001
Posted By Biz Optimizer
I've seen cases where 100% was leveraged against...

I've seen cases where 100% was leveraged against assets - but that is a big deal with proven management and products.

In your case, the interest rates for the machinery and such will likely be...
Forum: Sales 14th November 2010, 12:55 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,601
Posted By Biz Optimizer
Probably the best format that everyone is...

Probably the best format that everyone is accustomed to and one that will carry you through all the needed areas - is a business plan...
Forum: Direct Mail 14th November 2010, 12:46 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 25,343
Posted By Biz Optimizer
You aren't set up to recieve Private Messages -...

You aren't set up to recieve Private Messages - got following message :
TexasSaver has chosen not to receive private messages or may not be allowed to receive private messages. Therefore you may not...
Forum: Trade Shows, Conferences & Expos 1st November 2010, 06:36 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,052
Posted By Biz Optimizer
Exposure

The "invention" companies I've seen are shams - offering unknowing people boilerplate stats that sound deep to those that don't know. Of course, this is offered at a VERY high price. My experience...
Forum: General Small Business Issues 30th October 2010, 06:19 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,354
Posted By Biz Optimizer
moving for business

As someone who faced what you are going through - - I can tell you it isn't an easy decision. Trying to maintain a job and traveling to locate, offer, and due dilligence a company is hard - and I...
Forum: General Small Business Issues 27th September 2010, 08:25 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 5,596
Posted By Biz Optimizer
Failure is more than waste of time

Failure in these cases is far more than waste of time. Buyer's losing it all because they paid too much - or sellers never getting their money because they sold it for more than it could produce by...
Forum: General Small Business Issues 25th September 2010, 04:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 5,596
Posted By Biz Optimizer
Business Broker

Having worked with many brokers some who knew what they were doing - to those that knew virtually nothing -
Having a financial background and seeing the pitfals that a broker without sound...
Forum: Direct Mail 14th June 2010, 01:52 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,226
Posted By Biz Optimizer
Microsoft Word has a "MERGE" wizard that will...

Microsoft Word has a "MERGE" wizard that will step you through it - although different lazer printers have different number of envelopes that can be fed. SOme allow a stack - some are one at a time...
Forum: Sales 13th May 2010, 10:46 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,455
Posted By Biz Optimizer
PLAN before implement

This is more of a business idea than a business plan. If you have a business plan - you know what your REAL margins are and you've thought of your marketing plan - including path and...
Forum: General Online Marketing Information 18th March 2010, 10:36 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,828
Posted By Biz Optimizer
Price isn't everything, but it matters - a lot

I worked for a software company selling half-million dollar software packages when Bill Gates started selling operating systems for $75. The owner of my company said it would be a fad - can't make a...
Forum: General Small Business Issues 2nd March 2010, 08:54 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 8,954
Posted By Biz Optimizer
Some owners pay themselves in stock - as opposed...

Some owners pay themselves in stock - as opposed to payroll for tax reasons. If not, the payout ratio is 0. It will still tell you your ability to grow without outside investment. This is...
Forum: General Small Business Issues 27th February 2010, 08:10 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 8,954
Posted By Biz Optimizer
sustainable growth

There is a formula for sustainable growth - the amount the company can grow without further capital investment. You can find it on the internet. But sales growth is harder to quantify.

If you...
Forum: New Member Introductions 24th February 2010, 07:45 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,131
Posted By Biz Optimizer
depends - careful

You need to be sure you know how he is using them - may be using them in the bars! (smile)

Seriously, there are legal liabilities if you "look as one company" to people - taxes and such could get...
Forum: General Small Business Issues 28th January 2010, 10:17 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,719
Posted By Biz Optimizer
Contact - and how

Good advice from Logan. I would add:

They probably think they know all you had to offer now. Be ready with a proposal you can present stating:
* what you saw they lacked on your last visits....
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