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Adding Value to Customer Transactions

Written by Marc on April 16th, 2014

Add Value to Customer Transactions One of the easiest ways to increase your business income is to increase the value of your transactions.  In many respects this should be common sense, but let’s take a moment to delve deeper into this subject.

When you consider your customers are already warm prospects, you should try to add value (and therefore increased revenue) to every transaction.  Chances are that you have already experienced this type of behaviour during your personal interactions with other businesses and if you are not incorporating this strategy into your own business, it is about time that you took a look at it.

One of the best examples that I can give you would be exactly what I learned …

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Recovering From Business Failure

Written by Marc on March 27th, 2013

Business Failure In a perfect world every business would succeed, but in reality that is not the case.  In fact, more businesses fail than succeed, so chances are if you do take that leap of faith in creating a business, there is a good chance that your business just won’t make it.  Like anything worth doing, there is inherent risk in starting a new business venture and even with perfect planning, some things just don’t work out.

While I am not trying to discourage you from starting a business, I just wanted to put the facts on the table.  You will hear many publications speak of businesses failing, but what happens to the entrepreneurs after their business fails?  You don’t hear a lot about those …

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Tax Distressed Properties as Investments

Written by Marc on March 22nd, 2013

Tax Distressed Properties as Investments When it comes to finding good real estate investments there is usually a lot of work involved.  I’m sure that you are familiar with finding the potential properties, crunching numbers and deciding whether or not to pursue the investment further.  If you do continue, there is usually a long list of steps to take before the property may eventually be added to your portfolio.  Chances are that these properties that do make it through will be good performers over time, but what if there was a pool of other properties that would potentially get you better return on your investment?  Would you be interested?  I bet you would.  Let’s take a minute to take a look at the potential …

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Making Money from Ugly Websites

Written by Marc on April 27th, 2012

website When it comes to businesses, most people are concerned with the first impression.  That is why in real estate you hear about “curb appeal” and many businesses make a big effort to make their buildings and shops appealing to customers.  The idea here is to entice a passerby to walk in, and that is a big concern in the “real” world.

But when it comes to websites, there seems to be two camps: one that is concerned with providing a beautiful site and a great first impression, and the other where their website is just there to make money.  Unlike the real world, the look of your website doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with people ending up there.  Sure, an ugly site might make …

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Working with Proven Business Models

Written by Marc on April 20th, 2012

Proven Business Models Like Franchises Can Provide Great Return on Investment.When it comes to launching a business, you have many options including creating something completely new or working with established business systems and models.  What I am talking about here is the “business in a box” style company where the products, market research, and business systems have already been established.  A classic example of this would be a franchise – the idea here is that most of the usual unknowns that go along with starting a new business can be avoided in this type of setup and can give you the opportunity to get a return …

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Working at Home With Kids

Written by Marc on February 16th, 2011

Working at Home With Kids      As the work at home industry has grown over the past decade, the number of kids with parents at home has grown.  This has allowed many parents (like myself) to spend more time with their children while enjoying the financial rewards that a business can provide.  Even though it might seem like a good idea, it doesn’t come without its’ challenges.

One of the problems that I have been plagued with is interruptions from my children.  Our children are not that old (8, 5, and 3), so they quite often barge into my office unannounced putting their needs and questions first.  This has caused me …

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Child-Proof your Home Office

Written by Marc on November 29th, 2009

home-office One of the things that I had always thought was sacred in my home was my office.  I have told the kids a number of times over the years that the office is off limits, and I thought that they understood that.

But just this past week while on a business trip, my four year old decided that she wanted to spin around on my office chair.  I am sure she had a grand old time, but it didn’t last long.

You see, she knocked my computer over, which in turn made my headset smash on the floor and break too.  Thankfully the damage wasn’t any worse, but it certainly could have been.

Needless to say, I learned a valuable lesson this week, …

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Taking Advantage of Seasonal Trends

Written by Marc on August 18th, 2009

seasonal trends One of the things that every business person needs to be aware of is seasonal trends.  Essentially, you should know what times of year are the most profitable for your business and be ready for them.  If you are not, you are missing opportunities to increase your bottom line.

Some of the most common examples would be the Christmas shopping season from September through to December which applies to retailers both online and offline.  Another good example is the season that we are in right now in North America – back to school.  If you are a retailer (online or offline) that sells school supplies, clothing, or computers, your income should be up right now.

The point is that if you know …

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Reducing Distractions with a Work Computer

Written by Marc on July 23rd, 2009

working-on-laptop I know that one of my biggest challenges with my online business is staying focused.  The problem for me is there are many different distractions like Facebook, checking email, or keeping up on the latest news on Twitter.  Though these tasks are interesting, they also reduce my ability to get some useful work done in a day.

So, I have decided to purchase an Asus EEE PC which is a netbook computer.  If you aren’t familiar with what a netbook is, you can think of it as a really small laptop (10” screen in this case) that has exceptional battery life (up to 9.5 hours on the one I bought).  Now, being that it is a smaller computer, for some people, typing on the …

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Is Hosting With One Hosting Company Smart?

Written by Marc on July 15th, 2009

server If you have an online presence (either a business website, or a number of sites) you will have some sort of hosting plan.  Whether you are paying for this or not, you will be hosting your websites with one or more companies.  For most people that have one or two sites chances are that you will have one hosting account with just one company.

But is hosting your websites with just one company smart?

This is a question that I was faced with this week.  You see, I have a number of my sites spread out over a variety of servers, but that is most because of the SEO benefits that I obtain multiple webhosts.  But, the bulk of my sites have been hosted …

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