Planning & Advisors

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There’s no use trying to find an accountant on April 14th and hoping that your issues will miraculously be resolved by tax deadline time. Like hiring other professionals and vendors for your business, you want to take your time to select them carefully. And you want to have them in place before you have an […]

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When I have writer’s block–or just need a change of pace–I have a favorite cafe that I like to go to.  Free WiFi, a vast selection of teas (hence the name of the place: SubtleTea), delightful servers, cool Sirius jazz music wafting gently in the background. Until today.

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Just in case you needed a list, here’s one of 50 ways that joint ventures can add a boost to your business.  Among the highlights are the ability to: Increase your credibility by teaming up with other reputable, branded businesses Gain new leads and customers Offer existing customers a wider range of new products and […]

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Do you wish you could do well by doing good?  Would like “green” to mean both earth-friendly and solid profits for your company?  Do you want your business to prosper without having to feel that you’re a greedy capitalist?  If so, you may want to consider “cause-related marketing” and its cousin, socially conscious companies, for […]

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Your plan needs to outline two things: how you’ll grow and how you’ll manage financial risks. I was all set to write a column on business planning, employing Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower’s overused quote, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” But then I read Ian Sanders and David Sloly’s booklet, “Unplan Your Business,” […]

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So you thought you had your bases covered when you formed your corporation (or LLC) for your new business.  But forming a company alone may not be enough.  (Surprise!  Ugh.) Yes, you wanted to protect your personal assets from business creditors … but are your business assets protected from personal creditors?  Personal creditors can include: […]

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Don’t partner up with anyone until you ask yourself these 10 questions. Strategic alliances: They’re great when used effectively to expand the range of your product or service offerings; they’re not so great when you collect them like Manolo Blahnik shoes, merely because, well, everyone else has them. “Strategic alliance” is a chic but vague […]

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Last year, I went in for my annual checkup, and did not like what the numbers were telling me. Cholesterol was up. Blood pressure was up. And–horror of horrors–my weight was up (again). I was close to turning my medicine cabinet into a functioning pharmacy, with a full color palette of pills, capsules and tablets. […]

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According to Dawn Fotopulos, president of BestSmallBizHelp.com, one of the top 10 reasons small businesses fail is that they overspend on fixed assets. Do you really need that state-of-the-art computer system right out of the gate? Will your customers care whether your desk is make of solid oak or pressed particleboard? Will they even see it? Overspending on […]

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Post image for Basic Training: Zapped! Or, Is $60 Too Much for a Legal Consultation?

Q: What kinds of legal issues do I need to be aware of in my business? And, do all attorneys charge for consultations? I went to one attorney who wanted to charge me $60 for a consultation. A: Not sure where you’re located or what stage your business is in, so it’s hard to tell […]

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