Home and Small Business

21 Steps to Home Business Success

Twenty million home-based businesses will be in operation by 1999, according to Link Resource's 1995 National Work-at Home Survey. All around the country, people who want more control over their lives are starting home businesses

A Basic Guide on Trademarks

A trademark may be a word, symbol, design or combination word and design, a slogan or even a distinctive sound which identifies and distinguishes the goods or services of one party from those of another.

An Excellent Customer Service Tip

So often we forget that our customers are our boss. I think I discovered one significant reason why most of us fall into this "rut." The day we began our business we were as happy as could be. The customer was king!

Are You Making Money or Building a Business?

There is a difference, you know!

Avoiding Patent, Trademark and Copyright Problems

Patents, copyrights and trademarks, as well as know- how or trade secrets, are often collectively referred to as intellectual property. Many firms have such property without even being aware of it or of the need to take measures to protect it.

Bookkeeping Techniques For "Morons"

Please don't think I am calling you a "moron" to hurt your feelings in any way. I was a moron when I first started setting up my files.

Business Letter Writing Tips

Now that more people are writing cover letters and correspondence (versus sticking a bunch of unrelated circulars in an envelope and mailing them to people they don't know), they have only taken the first step.

Copy Success

Don't be ashamed to be a "Copycat". Most everything that is worthwhile today is an approximate copy of something that came before it.

Customer Response Card

We all do it. If we get good service or order a product we like - we order from the company again.

DOL Small Business Handbook

This Handbook on the basic regulations and related services administered by the Department of Labor (DOL) is designed primarily for small businesses in general industry. It begins with a general overview of DOL requirements.

Handling Impossible Customers

There isn't a day that goes by that I don't hear another small business owners complaining about some of the customers they have to do business with. And some of them REALLY are legitimate complaints.

Home Business Guide to Easy Money

Because tens of thousands of people all across America want to know how they can work at home and earn enough money to run a household, there is a special need for this report. Today the need for women to work out of the home is stronger than ever.

Home-Based Businesses for Fun and Profit

Your Guide to Setting Up Your Own Business at Home

How Small Businesses Affect Our Economy

Very few of us are aware of the contribution small businesses make to the American economy. According to the Small Business Administration, in 1988, the United States had approximately 19 million businesses.

How to Accommodate a Home-Based Business

Almost everyone needs or wants more money than they currently have, and with this desire most of these people would like to start some sort of extra income producing project.

How to be Audit-Proof

If you're in business, you have around a 1 in 100 chance of being audited by the IRS. If you run a business from home, your chances go up about four times. As long as you keep your books in good order, though, an audit is nothing to be scared of.

How to Collect Debts Other People Owe You

How many "bad debt accounts" do you have? How many of these do you expect to ever finally collect?

How to Evaluate The Customer Base You Currently Have

When people call my office and start telling me about a marketing problem they have, I always start out by asking them What type of a customer base do you have right now. Most of them will tell the truth and say they don't know.

How to Get Free Medical (and Dental) Care

Once you have formed your own non-profit organization, you merely place in your corporate charter the provision that medical care be paid by the organization of which you are a member.

How to Increase Your Cash Flow

For most companies, accelerating receipts to make cash available quickly may be far more important financially than earning the maximum interest on a disbursement float.

How to Prepare a Business Plan that Guarantees Big Profits

Success in business comes as a result of planning. You have to have a detailed, written plan that shows you what the ultimate goal is, the reason for the goal, and each milestone that must be passed in order to reach your goal.

How to Reorganize Your Time to Accommodate a Home-Based Business

Almost everyone needs or wants more money coming in, and with this desire most would like to start some sort of extra income-producing project. The trouble is, not many of these people seem able to fit "a second job" into their time schedules.

How to Select the Best Business Name

Ask 500 people already in business how they decided upon their business name and you will get 500 different answers. Everyone has a story behind how they chose their own business name.

How to Set Up a Simple Low-Cost Record Keeping System

Every mail order business requires an accurate record-keeping system. This is necessary to keep tabs on orders, record shipments, prevent duplication, etc. It is also important for tax purposes.

How to Set Up a Tax-Saving Bookkeeping System

One of the most important, but least understood or appreciated aspects of any business is its bookkeeping or accounting system.