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Is Small Business Coaching for You?

You have come to the point in your life where you are opening up to the question “Do I need a business coach?”  Well, I can assure you, if you are having that question arise, then the answer is ‘Yes! You do deserve coaching.’  This question has been aroused in you for a couple of reasons, and this question is answered so easily for one reason.  Here we will help you understand why.

This question has popped up either because you are encountering some major challenges and looking for some assistance in overcoming them.  Or, this question has popped up because you believe in coaching to set new bars in your business and life.  Equally as important is the answer.  We begin our life with a coach….called parents.  They teach us to speak, walk, eat, behave, and so on.  Then we go to school and we have coaches or teachers to lead us to learn many different things.  On through high school and college we have teachers and coaches.  Somewhere, after our traditional education we let go of the idea to have a coach or teacher and we just go follow our career.  Some of us will find a mentor through our career to lead us but that usually does not last long.  Then we see people with ultra success and we ask ourselves “Why, don’t I have that level of success?”  The answer is because those people have some type of coach, mentor, or teacher.  The best of the best in any venture have coaches.  Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky, Tiger Woods, they all have coaches and for us to continue and hold our success in whatever we choose we need a coach.  It does not matter if it is small business coaching, relationship coaching, life coaching, or spiritual coaching they are essential to have and to follow.

The author invites you to learn more about small business coaching and entrepreneurial skills necessary for success.

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How To Structure A Business Proposal

Structure A Business Proposal

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The key to writing a good business proposal is satisfying the needs and requirements from the request for proposal (RFP). The basic structure of your proposal should include an executive summary, followed by all of your supporting/backup information.

When the customer is reading your business proposals they may only get as far as the initial executive summary. Therefore this section needs to be very punchy and include details of the exact approach and delivery techniques you use for executing their new business ideas. You want to make sure it satisfies all the key requirements detailed in their RFP. This is not an opportunity to promote extraneous information which the customer may not be interested in.

The remainder of the document (i.e. the second section) includes all the supporting data and information. It should highlight who will actually perform the work, the management techniques being used, the list of work activities that need to be done, initial costing analysis, delivery expectations, production approaches, reporting techniques and monitoring/evaluation criteria.

It is commonplace these days to include an appendix section for any in-depth data. This is often done for including lists of who will do the work or in-depth cost information. You should always realize that many executives reading the business proposal will only get as far as the executive summary. Therefore each section needs to be lead on from the next and stay as concise as possible.

With an initial draft of the business proposal complete you should then use the evaluation criteria (in the RFP) to establish its current score. This will give you a baseline on which to improve further drafts. With this in mind, you should always be trying to get rid of generalities or global truths. Always focus back on the needs/benefits which the customer is looking for and explain clearly how your company’s the right one for completing this work.

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Tips For Starting Your First Engineering Business

Choose Your Location Carefully

There are two primary choices when selecting the premises for an engineering business: home and away. Many entrepreneurial engineers choose to start out by working from home. It’s cheap, convenient (there’s never a shorter commute to work than a walk down the stairs!) and it’s fantastic if you’re trying to fit your business around family life.

However, many people dislike working from home, since it doesn’t allow them to properly separate themselves from their work at the end of the day. It also doesn’t allow any room for business expansion, so if you choose to work from home, you will need to bear in mind that relocation may be necessary in the future.

Hone and Widen Your Skills

If you’re out on your own there is no one else to blame should something go wrong. Therefore you should ensure your skills and abilities are absolutely first-rate to ensure that you’re always achieving the best results.  You should also never stop learning, particularly if you have plans for expansion. For example, those proficient in welding should also become accommodated with profile cutting, if profile cutting is not already part of the skill-set. There are certain skills that are natural progressions and such avenues should always be followed if you want to keep on top of your game and be the best you can be.

Choose Your Staff Carefully

When it comes to expanding and recruiting other people into your company, it’s important that you choose the right people, since choosing the wrong ones could cost hefty amounts of money. In engineering an interview stage should not only be verbal, it should be practical too. There’s also no harm in suggesting a paid trial to ensure this person is definitely the one you’re looking for, before deciding to take them on personally.

However, there is also the option to choose less experienced staff, in order to keep costs down. Those fresh out of College or University should be keen and rife with knowledge, and will not be requiring salaries as high as those with more experience. There is also the option to employ an apprentice. Running an apprenticeship is a very cost-effective of increasing your manpower, but it will involve a lot of training in the skills your company employs. This could involve welding, profile cutting, electrical and mechanical skills as well as even management skills.

Seek Advice From Experienced Entrepreneurial Engineers

Never assume you know enough about the industry and how to run a successful business – there is always someone who will know more than you. Therefore you should do all you can to get chatting to people who have made a success of their own engineering business and find out the ins and out of how they’ve done it. Ideally, you should want to make a friend of a fellow entrepreneurial engineer so that if any questions or problems arise in the future, you have a more experienced person you can turn to for advice.

Ensure You Have A Sufficient Number Of Clients

It might seem obvious but before you go out on your own, you should make sure you will have the business in place to keep you up and running, and keep food on the table. This entails carefully working out your budget, which should include all the business start-up costs such as equipment, insurance and premises, as well as life’s necessities such as the cost of your home, bills and food. You can then work out exactly how much business you need in order to cover these costs, and have a small amount left over for luxuries and emergencies.

 

This article was written by Amy Fowler on behalf of Westermans International. Amy writes on a variety of topics including business set up and engineering skills such as profile cutting.

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What’s The Real Deal With Putting Your Business On Facebook?

Social media, as anyone reading this will know, is exploding as the new method of outreach to your customers, it’s a free way of getting your brand in front of potentially millions of eyes and people are spending a lot of time and money perfecting their presence on this free resource.

At first glance that only seems to make a limited amount of sense, why pay to use something that’s free? And once my customers like my brand and our products, so what?

You could be interacting with your fans as much as is humanly possible and only really making a few conversions. So what on Earth is the point of directing your customers to like you on Facebook rather than your home page when you produce advertising in traditional sales and marketing material? Why have your customers go somewhere else instead of your shop?

It appears that 93% of businesses have a Facebook account and there are more Facebook users than could comfortably be contained in a single continent if you put them all together. You can’t get that kind of global reach using traditional marketing models unless you have billions of dollars to spare and a name like Coke or Kodak, or, indeed, Facebook.

What could you do to your website in order to accurately collect your customers buying habits, their likes and dislikes, their age, sex and location, their relationship status as well as all the other information that’s right there in front of you when your customer becomes your friend or fan on Facebook? They’ve spent millions of dollars doing it so you don’t have to.

Of course you don’t have to collect this data from your customers, service users and business partners, you could buy the information from a third party market research organisation, it’s far from perfect, rarely accurate and very expensive. It also has privacy issues which can invalidate much of the data you’ve acquired meaning that you have little that’s useable in targeting your audience. With Facebook your first party contacts give that information up for free every time they click a like or become a fan.

It’s as simple as anything to add a Facebook ‘like’ button to your page, in fact, webmonkey described it as being “Damn easy” as it only involves copying and pasting two lines of code. It’s an easy in and it doesn’t take a great deal of know how. The next step is interfacing with Facebook so that people can log into your website using their Facebook API. That’s a little more difficult but in doing so you can collect vast amounts of data as described above and that’s some pretty tasty CRM right there. Not only do you get all that information you get to see who the friends of your visitor are, a little data on them depending on their privacy setting and they’re all informed when your primary visitor likes and friends you. If each Facebook user has an average of 150-200 friends your brand is shown them when one person likes you. Now Facebook isn’t just an outreach tool for your company any longer, it’s a consumer research tool offering data collection and consumer demographics from first parties that could barely be dreamed of 5 years ago.

And that’s why, if you still had any doubts, why you should be improving your social media activities and doing it right now.

 

 

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Top Internet Business Opportunities

There are still many Internet business opportunities available to pursue online. In this article I’ll show you five of the most common choices applicable to working from home.

Online sales are still striving business engine start up your own shop via eBay. This proves to be a great training ground for understanding pricing strategies, marketing and establishing the size of your customer base. Long-term usually looking towards expanding into online retailers with specific products they produce or have access to.

If you do not wish to create your own products then affiliate marketing is an easier sales technique. This involves gaining commissions from a wide range of companies for sending them sales leads read this is principally done via affiliate links on your own websites. This does however require understanding search engine marketing and online marketing tools to really promote your own websites adequately.

Online services have been growing in recent years. One of the burgeoning Internet business opportunities is in the research business. If you have deep technical knowledge in a specific industry then you can provide research skills to companies with regard to new industries, opportunities, products, etc. In many cases, having contacts within the industry is a real benefit.

There is also a wide range of freelance services available online. This includes photography, writing and tutoring. It does require specific knowledge of a niche trade or ability and once you set up your own website or use some of the third-party freelancing services (there are many online) then you need to start promoting your own skills.

Finally, trying to blog for living is not going to suit everyone, I will not always be successful. This is one of the tougher Internet business opportunities to pursue depending on what niche you pick, especially if it is over saturated with the existing bloggers. However, if you have an interest in a relatively untapped niche then you could make a success of it.

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Selecting the Right Business Card Software

Free business card software programs allow an individual to make business cards from templates in minutes. This is especially suitable to small businesses and individuals who want to make some cards. Several business card softwares comprise paper samples and/or options hot to make a commercial printing.

Business cards shouldn’t be a luxurious tool for advertising. With the invention of Internet, small organizations and companies are taking orders on their own. They don’t rely now on the aid of a business card printing office/agency. Fortunately, with excellent computers and laser printers out in the market, there are many business card printing softwares and templates, which will allow anyone to create a card quickly.

If you plan on printing few business cards, it might be wise to use free business card software. This will reduce the cost you will have to pay on a printing agency to none. Similarly, if you are planning to print a huge amount of cards, it might be wise for you to hand it to professionals. However, you will avoid paying extra fees and save some time if you are going to make your own business card.

For people who are not sure of how to select the most excellent business card software, then it is very important that the programs you are using are customizable. Distinguished softwares right now include the Business Card Designer Plus. It doesn’t only contain easy-to-use software. It also gives out many options – from colorful backgrounds to different textures. Fortunately nowadays, there are free downloads on such softwares, which allow you to use these programs freely.

Even though there is much business card software that cost you a nickel, there are also programs that are free to use. Though these programs are limited to basic usage, you will be amazed that it can have an output a business card usually requires. So, it is good to say that you should try this free business card software and be amazed on what this can do.

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