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Sunday, June 14th, 2009
2:43 pm
more than one business under one llc.
do you (have to?) use dbas for each one and separate bank accounts or just have all money go through "???, llc"? how come?
Monday, June 1st, 2009
8:30 am
Seeking a generic service contract
I'm starting a couier company and need to obtain a free generic service contract/agreement for new clients.

Anyone know of a resource for truly free contracts OR have one they could email me?
Wednesday, April 8th, 2009
1:43 pm
is this possible/a decent idea?
to get an ein and hire myself as an employee?
Monday, January 5th, 2009
1:23 am
Tru Chocolate Opportunity


Visit http://chocolatenotpounds.chocogevity.com/tru_opportunity.php for more information.

What could be easier than sharing with others a "Guilt-Free Chocolate" that tastes great, supports healthy weight loss, and promotes optimal health?!!!

Consider that:

Chocolate represents a huge and growing market
99% of people like chocolate
Dark Chocolate consumption has increased by 30%

Becoming a CHOCOGEVITY ASSOCIATE is as simple as completing the Associate Distributor Application and paying a mere $10 registration fee, that's it. Read more about the TRU CHOCOLATE opportunity ...Collapse )
Wednesday, December 5th, 2007
9:00 am
The Importance of a Small Business Credit Card
Small business plays a vital role in today's economy. It is now easier than ever to establish a new business. According to the US Small Business Administration, small businesses pay over 45% of the US private payroll. Small businesses also employ over half of all private sector employees and provide 60-80 percent of new jobs over the past 10 years. With about 28.5 million small businesses in the US alone in 2005, virtually all financial institutions now offer small business loans to qualifiers for a percentage. So why apply for a small business credit card?

Keep Track of All Your Small Business Expenses

The first and most obvious reason for a small business credit card is to separate personal finances from business related purchases. With your small business credit card, you can make all your transactions by phone, internet or in person. Then get periodic statements detailing all of your business expenses.

Business credit cards are accepted virtually everywhere that you shop. Covering business purchases with employee's personal money can get very messy. So instead of relying on cash, use a business credit card. Most credit card issuers offer a credit limit for employee cards as well as different methods to monitor how the card is used.

You no longer have to dread the year-end nightmare of trying to track where and when you spent your money. It's like having all your book-keeping done automatically for you! In a digital world, why should your business have to collect every last printed receipt?

Establish Your Small Business

A credit card with your business name on it gives your business credibility. A business credit card looks a lot more professional than paying from your own wallet. It also gains the respect of financial institutions. Just by owning a business credit card, your business can build credit. So when you need that business loan, you will get the best interest rate and qualify for higher amounts. As your credit builds you might also qualify for a lower interest business credit card.

So even if your business doesn't have a 6 figure budget, a business credit card could help your business grow. You never know when your business might suddenly need extra money. Office equipment might need immediate replacement. Without a business credit card, financing could drastically interfere with your daily routine.

Earn Rewards with a Business Credit Card

You can also save money and earn rewards. Certain business credit cards give you cash back on all your purchases. Other cards give you varying cash back percentages depending on where you shop: gas stations, grocery stores, office supply stores, etc. A cash back business credit card is a great way to increase your profit margin.

Other cards give you airline travel rewards just for using your credit card. . For instance, if your company has frequent business plane trips, then small business credit cards that offer travel miles, hotel accommodations or travel insurance are most suitable. This type of credit card could give you travel discounts, free flights, free companion travel or upgraded flight seating.

Not only does a small business credit card provide convenience and rewards, it also helps to build business credit for the future of your company as you watch it grow! Research the business credit cards available and find the card that best suits your business needs. Finance your business for today and tomorrow.
Friday, October 5th, 2007
12:29 am
How important is the MBA degree to start a busineess ????
 Hi All ,

Why many business tycoons never went to Business School  ????

Doesn't a  street hawker have a business skill ????

Or a housewife at home can't manage a office ????

Or a child assisting his dad cant run his business when grown up????


Many questions crop up in one's mind .........................????

If they get the chance to manage a big organisation will not hey be successful  ???? 

How important is  the management degree important  ????

: ) SAY urword ...................................
Monday, August 6th, 2007
9:17 am
Use Administrative Skills to Work at Home
  • If you're tired of 9 to 5
  • If you're tired of expensive wardrobes
  • If you're tired of expensive day care
  • If you're tired of never being able to balance home and work
  • If you're tired of expensive and time consuming commutes
  • If you're tired of having more experience than your boss

It's time for you to consider becoming a virtual assistant and work from the comfort of your own home office.

A virtual assistant is not an employee, but a business.  If you're ready to take that step and become a business owner, Secretaries on Demand is a resource you won't want to miss out on.  We offer free and cheap informational products, articles, forms, generic contracts for you to modify, and coaching sessions.  We tell you the ins and outs of the industry.

Don't spend the rest of your life wishing you did something different with your life.  Do it now.

Because working from home offers some isolation issues, many virtual assistants fail and return to the workforce within one year or LESS.  Our coaches can stay with you step by step through those most tumultuous times and point you in the right direction with the right attitude -- the attitude that will bring you success.

This is not a work at home scam, scheme, or get rich quick opportunity.  You will have to work to make money.  You will not make a six figure income the first year or even the second year of your business.  This is a real opportunity to be a business owner with low investment and great rewards.  We also coach on balancing home life with your home business.

Visit us today!  http://www.secretariesondemand.com

Join our free newsletters, place free ads, and get added to our VA database for VA placement FREE.

We also support businesses who use or think they might be able to use the services of a virtual assistant.  We offer virtual assistant placement services as well - free to the VA and low cost to the business.

Wednesday, June 13th, 2007
7:29 am
disability income insurance
anyone you recommend? tips in searching???
Tuesday, November 28th, 2006
9:34 pm
15% Commission
Hello everyone.

I work with Sostre & Associates, a small business that is focused on Internet design, development, and consulting.

We are currently seeking individuals who are interested in earning 15% commission on sales.

Here's how it works:
- You contact people who need a company to develop their web site. (Preferably large-scale projects.)
- If they choose our company to create the site, you receive 15% of the sale.

Commission rate increases once you meet a sales goal of $250,000.

Visit our Web site for additional information:
Sostre & Associates

Please reply to this post if you are interested.
Friday, November 17th, 2006
4:00 am
A little quiz
I have recently started my own accounting firm and I was hoping that could help me by answering a few questions:

Do you use a CPA or other professional to do your taxes?

How many times a year do you speak with your tax professional?

What do/did you like about the tax professionals you've used? What don't/didn't you like?

Any other feedback would be extremely helpful. Most of my clients have told me they are switching because of lack of service. Many of them feel ignored by their current tax professional and are looking for a higher level or service.

Thanks for all your help.

x-posted to entrepreneurs
Saturday, November 4th, 2006
7:59 pm
i could use another set of eyes over here...:)
I designed this for the inside of a trifold brochure. I would appreciate any and all critiques and further suggestions
regarding it's effectiveness before I send it off for print... Thank you!Collapse )

Current Mood: content
Wednesday, October 18th, 2006
3:18 pm
correlation between our personal happiness and business success (crossposted)

Hi all

I am conducting a research project for university studying the correlation between ones personal growth (ie- their pursuit for happiness) and growth in their business. And how adverse situations in your life can affect such pursuits.

I am looking for a broad range of people to answer a quick questionnaire, everyone from university/college students, business managers and leaders, entrepreneurs, aspiring entrepreneurs, small business owners and basically anyone interested in business.

The questions are under the cut, and I would be ever so grateful if you could take 5 or so minutes of your time to do the questionnaire so that we can gain some insight on the correlation between personal happiness and business aspirations. Really….it’s interesting stuff.

Once the research is done I’m happy to send it around to anyone who is interested in the findings.

Please e-mail your answers back to my e-mail address at juljuni@hotmail.com (obviously some of these questions are better left private and not for the entire LJ community to see)

Thanks heaps,

enter the questionnaireCollapse )
Sunday, October 1st, 2006
10:58 pm
I'm interested in starting a small business someday, but I need to know what type of education to pursue.

1. What graduate schools/programs are needed for entrepreneurship?
2. What should I study while still in college?
3. What can I do to learn more about managing finances?
4. What communities or kinds of communities allow you to run a business from home?
5. Where can I find out about any possible rules concerning that in Florida?
6. Do you know if I can have an apprenticeship with a small business as part of the month-long project in January?


Current Mood: curious
Wednesday, September 27th, 2006
4:25 pm
I live here on Long Island. I found a Networking site geared toward LI Biz Owners such as myself...


Has anyone here been to anything like this?
Are they worth the time and/or money in some cases?
What should I expect if I attend?
What is expected of me other than handing out a bunch of business cards?

I've never been to anything of this nature and want to gather some intel before I show up and look like the fool....



slightly x-posted to twygsta and small_business , entrepreneurs and longisland

Current Mood: curious
Monday, May 15th, 2006
12:05 pm
I’ve decided to purchase a delivery route, but just found out I need to qualify as a driver to do so, which..well.. Is impossible because I’m “legally blind”. So, the way around that is start a “company” with a partner as the advocate.
I know what I need to do, I just don’t’ know how *laughs*

Anyone who could point me in the right direction with paperwork or make suggestions as far as grants, loans for women/the disabled would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,
Friday, April 14th, 2006
1:03 pm
Hi there!

I'm involved in a small business that involves gathering businesses to be in our coupon book (similiar to the entertainment book). We're at the point where we are calling local business to try and get them into our book, but so far we haven't had much luck. I was wondering if maybe someone in the community knows what would be the most effective way to approach businesses. It is free for the businesses to be added into the book, so it can act as a free advertising tool for them. In my opinion it seems like it would be a good business move, but so far businesses aren't biting.

Are there other ways of approaching this situation? It seems more intrusive to stop by unannounced than calling, but maybe that's what it takes. Any advice is greatly appreciated.

- Jen
Tuesday, April 11th, 2006
10:50 am
Can anyone recommend any business plan writing software?
10:17 am
Health insurance
My business plans are starting to shape up. But there is one major question I haven't been able to answer yet:

What about health insurance?

I have several health conditions. I have never had any trouble getting insurance because it's always been through a spouse (I am now separated from him and therefore still covered but hoping to start divorce proceedings eventually) or through a job. It is my understand that it is hard (or expensive) to get individual health insurance if you have a pre-existing condition.

What have you all done, or what do you plan to do, about health insurance? How much can one expect to pay?
I have to be covered due to being on expensive medications, and needing occasional visits to specialists.

Any info or suggestions would be much appreciated.
Wednesday, April 5th, 2006
3:39 pm
I've created two different polls about crafty business. Please answer either or both, whichever pertain to you. Also, please refer other people to this post and encourage them to fill them out...the larger the number of people who respond, the more accurate the polls will be. My hope is that the results can be a useful resource for everyone.

A poll for crafty business people.

A poll for consumers of handcrafted and indie goods.

Thanks in advance for your responses!

Monday, April 3rd, 2006
11:09 am
I just wanted to say thank you to everyone for your input on the printing services. I placed an order with them, and am so far very pleased.

I do have another question. Can anyone give some input on direct mail? It's kind of a broad question, I know, but really I'm just looking to educate myself a little bit on it. Is there a website, or company that does customized mailing lists?

Really any input would be appreciated.
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