Three Things You Can Do Today to Save Money and the Planet

October 25, 2009

Little acts can have a big effect if enough people do them. Small and micro-businesess make up 99% of all of companies in America. If each of these companies takes a couple of simple steps to green their business individually they can save some money and, collectively, they will take a big step towards saving […]

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Disaster Recovery Plan for Small Business

October 19, 2009
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What would happen to your business if you couldn’t be there? Big companies spend a lot of time working on disaster recovery plans in case they lose a critical part of their business infrastructure. As a microbusiness owner, you are a critical part of your business. You are your business. You should have a contingency […]

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Small Business Grants — Too Good To Be True?

October 17, 2009
Grant

I hear all the time that there are millions and billions of dollars in grants for small businesses just sitting out there waiting for someone to come and apply for them. Is it true, or too good to be true?
Uncle Sam
The first place to look is the US federal government from Grants.gov and Business.gov, as […]

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Freelancing – For Many Its the Best Choice for Starting a Microbusiness

October 16, 2009

If you are reading this you are probably a freelancer or want to be one. That is what most microbusinesses are and it is the best way for many people to start their own microbusiness. I’ve done freelancing for many years and love it, but it is a work style that might not be for […]

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Top 5 business maxims that need to go

October 16, 2009

A nice little  list list of things we think we know that aren’t really so from Chief Happiness Officer Alexander Kjerulf.

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Is Your Home Biz Legal?

October 13, 2009

Just because you can run a business from your home doesn’t mean that it is legal to do so. For that you have to comply with any local zoning ordinances, which can be found in your city and county offices. You should also check if there are any covenants or restrictions from homeowner or condo […]

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Make Your Home MicroBiz Look Big

October 13, 2009

If your business is entirely on the Web, then move along. Nothing to see here. Get a website, build it up and off you go.
If, however, you are not entirely on the web, then you run into the problem of how to you make your home business look real. If you want people to work […]

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Angel Investors and Venture Capital – Pipe Dreams?

October 13, 2009

Even in the best of times, venture capital was a dream for most small businesses, especially startups. Now it has dried up for almost everyone, so yes it is a pipe dream.
Angel investors are more interesting. Angel investors differ from venture capitalists because they are individual investors instead of a group, they invest their own […]

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Funding Your Business by Hitting Up Friends and Family

October 9, 2009
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Borrowing from friends and family is second most popular form of business funding after self-funding.
They know you, for better or worse, and will lend you money based on trust for you. They are easy to approach because you know them. They are also often likely to be okay with not being repaid right away or […]

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Self-Financing–Just Pay for It Yourself

October 9, 2009

You’ve figured out what kind of business you want to start and you’ve come up with plans. Now you’ve got to figure how to fund it. How the heck do you do that and where do you start.
Look Inward
Self-financing, or bootstrap financing as the entrepreneur-heads call it, is the number one most popular, easiest and, […]

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Choose Your Legal Structure

September 24, 2009

Once you’ve decided to start your microbusiness, you will need to consider what to do to make it legal, taking into account how to protect yourself and how to get the best tax situation. Your choices are to be a corporation, partnership or sole proprietorship. The most common for a microbusiness is sole proprietorship, so […]

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The Name Game

September 24, 2009

You’ve got a business, now you need to come up with a name for it. Big companies hire experts, do studies and spend a fortune to come up with just the right name, and screw it up all the time. So what does the microbusiness owner do? For one thing you can’t do worse than […]

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Market Research for Microbusinesses

September 24, 2009
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You’ve heard a lot about the importance of doing market research, but what is it really, how do you do it? Doesn’t it cost a lot and isn’t something for big companies with lots of money? Why even bother with it for a microbusiness? Let’s take a look at these questions
Market Research – a Definition
Market […]

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Less Is More with Niche Marketing

September 23, 2009

You’ve got a microbiz and all you want to do is sell as much as you can to anyone and everyone who wants to buy. What’s wrong with that and why do all the marketing gurus say it is a recipe for failure? The basic flaw is that no business, large or small can be […]

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Can I Do Direct Sales like Mary Kay and Tupperware?

September 23, 2009

Absoutely you can start a microbusiness doing direct sales for all kinds of companies. Direct Sales businesses get a bum rap but they can be a great way to have a home-based part-time business.
It’s a pretty simple business model most people are familar with–have a party and sell stuff. Direct Selling is just the fancy […]

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Buying a Franchise as a Startup Alternative

September 23, 2009

Why go through all the trouble of starting a microbusiness or buying someone else’s existing business when you can get a franchise? It is yet way to get your business dreams up and running. The model is simple. In return for paying certain fees you get:

A proven business model – avoid startup mistakes
Help, training and […]

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Buy a Business Instead of Starting One

September 18, 2009
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Instead of starting a business from scratch why not just buy one? Skip all that soul searching, planning and struggling to get a new business going and take over somebody else’s business. Here are the advantages to buying instead of starting a business

Studies show you are less likely to fail with an existing business than […]

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Consider Part-time before Full-time

September 18, 2009

Taking the full-time business plunge is a like diving off the high board, the really really high board. It can be scary. If it is too scary consider warming up by jumping low board first– start a part-time business.
ADVANTAGES
There are lots of advantages to going part-time first. You can keep earning your nice steady paycheck from […]

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Eight Things to Consider When Choosing a Business

September 17, 2009

Once you’ve decided to take the plunge, the next step is to decide what kind of business you are going to have. There are thousands of choices. For some, the answer is simple, but others struggle to figure out what their startup is going to be. If you went through the lists I suggested in […]

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Set Your Startup Goals

September 16, 2009

It is important to set some goals for starting your business. Think about things like:

What do you want to achieve?
How much money do you want to make?
Where to you want to work? Anywhere, at home in your pajamas? In your own office or store? On Main street or the beach?
How much and long do you want […]

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Learn from Others: The Good, Bad and Ugly of Starting a Business

September 16, 2009

Talk to People
It’s not likely your the first person to try what you want to do. Find people who’ve already done it. Those who’ve been successful can tell you how they did it, what worked and what didn’t. Just as important, try to find people who have failed and talk to them. See if they […]

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Know Your Motivation for Starting a Microbusiness

September 16, 2009
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Your Motivation
What is motivating you to start your own business? Some common reasons are:

Getting fired
Fed up and quit
Want to be in control and not work for somebody else
Want creative freedom
See an opportunity, an unmet need you can fill
You’ve invented a better mousetrap

Are you really ready to give up the steady income and security of your […]

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Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Micropreneur?

September 16, 2009

Are you worried you don’t have what it takes to be a micropreneur? Any of these doubts causing panic:

Wonder if you have the skills or knowledge to start a biz, sell your produce or service, deal with customers?
Have you got the time to put in long hours?
Can you be flexible to meet the time and […]

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The One Page Business Plan

September 15, 2009

I mentioned doing a single page plan in a previous post. The important thing is not how long the plan is but what you actually to put in it to make it worthwhile. Keep it flexible. That’s one of the advantages of being a microbusiness. Here’s what you need for your one pager:
What business you’re […]

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Do You Really Need a Business Plan?

September 15, 2009

Everybody says you need to do a business plan if you want to succeed, or do they? Do a search for “need business plan” and check out the results. There are a few people out there now saying business plans are just a waste of time. They are a minority and go against all that […]

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Ready to take the plunge?

September 14, 2009

Here are some things to consider before you start a business:
 
Money
Have you got enough money to live on while the business is starting? Can you afford to start this business? If not, consider trying your idea as a moonlight business. It isn’t the best idea to jump right into a new venture and hope things […]

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Making Microbusiness Simple

September 10, 2009
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Welcome to Making Micro Business Simple! I’m here to help you start and run your own business the simple way, with real world, down to earth tips and advice.
I spent quite a few years writing about small business, running my own businesses and working with other small and micro business owners. Then I took a […]

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