Do not start a business with your lover (boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, wife)

You might ask why not, as my partner is the person I trust most. You are (hopefully) right when it comes to trust. But when you start a business with you private partner the business becomes your life. That means 24/7. You will work together, talk in your free time about work and the business starts taking over not only your business life, but also your private life. And all what a happy partnership can give and take will be eaten up by the business. Sounds negative, I know.

I started a business with my wife, now ex-wife. We become entrepreneurs with our start up and it was a exciting time. And we enjoyed being self emplyed and to life the dream of creating a business. And as good as we were as a couple and team in business we did not recognized that we lived for the business and the business took over our lifes in a way that is not good for young couples. After 3,5 years we got divorced. We are still good friends, but due to the fact that we spend more time together in 3,5 years than other couples in 10 years (with seperate jobs) the relationship simply died.

How to find the right business partners, suppliers & consultants

Find business partners, consultants and suppliers that understand your business and deliver products and services that match your approach on quality.

When I started my business I had this problem a few times.

First it was the lawyer that we used to create our contracts. We were referred to a huge law firm and they were quick in getting us as clients. Soon we found out that the were to expensive for us and more problematic they did not understand our business and problems.

Same problem with our tax consultants. We used a big tax and very known tax consultant firm. They did a good job and only a year later we found out that we paid to much for services  that we could cheaper somewhere else.

So we switched to a tax consultant who was dealing mainly with small business owners. But that was a bad choice either. Problem here was that it was a elderly tax consultant who was good in dealing with painters and plumbers etc., but again he had no clue what our fancy web business was all about.

So we decided to change our tax consultant for the third time. And this time it was a perfect match. We had a medium sized tax consultant firm with a manager in his 40s, who at least did know what a web browser is and had a basic understanding what our business concept was about.

Same story with suppliers. Let me give you an example here. When we started we needed stationary like enveloped, fliers etc. Again we asked around and a company was recommended to us. They provided a good service, quality was good and we chose them as our supplier. A while later and with a bit more experience we found a cheaper supplier who delivered the same quality.

To find the right business partners is a most critical and properly the most difficult task for every entrepreneur.

Obviously you start with people you know and trust. And as long as everything runs well, things are good. But if things start going wrong, like business goes slow or you are running out of money, you need to be careful.

A lot of people can not stand the stress that come with running a business. They become stress mean aggressive, depressive or bitchy. They start to blame other people, including you, for what happens. They try to drag you over the table or try to leave the sinking ship to cover their arse.

So be very careful when you chose your business partners as friends can become enemies very fast.

Internet Marketing Strategies for Small Businesses that Won’t Hurt Your Savings Much

Internet Marketing Strategies for Small Businesses

Internet Marketing Strategies for Small Businesses

Your new business will benefit a lot from various Internet marketing methods. But you don’t have to spend millions of dollars just to get some decent exposure for your company. There are ways to make your business be seen and felt without doing overkill with your advertisement expenses.

Make use of your online power – through Internet Marketing Strategies for Small Businesses. Here are simple methods that you may employ to boost the visibility of your business without shelling out more than what you can afford. However, these techniques need patience and some footwork to produce agreeable results.

Firstly, you need a website before you can make use of these low cost Internet Marketing Strategies for Small Businesses. So go create one or hire a web developer. It will display your products and services. This will be used in employing the following Internet marketing techniques.Continue Reading

Aggressive Internet Marketing Made Possible

Aggressive internet marketing means full-blown marketing and promotions that exceed any businessman’s expectations. A business needs fierce internet marketing. No more, no less. But to make it low cost? Is that even possible? How can something so aggressive be affordable?

Luckily, you can avail of inexpensive aggressive internet marketing if you just look hard and good enough. Be keen and alert and know what’s going on in the online industry. The following questions will help you discern if your chosen internet site to do the marketing fits the bill.

1. Does the company offer free website design?

Even if you know your HTML, it is still more advisable if a professional team does it for you. Some internet marketing sites offer free web design to make sure that your site’s needs are met. It’s a must that marketing is integrated to the web design. If the company requires you to pay more than fifty bucks for the web design, then so much for straight-forward internet marketing! Look somewhere else!

2. How many keywords does your web site cater to?Continue Reading

Using a Website to Market Your Small Business

There are many different ways to advertise your small business on the Internet. Placing banner ads, orchestrating an email marketing campaign and tactfully mentioning your small business on industry related forums and message boards are just a few of the popular options for Internet marketing. Another Internet marketing strategy involves creating and advertising a website to promote your business.

You can use your website in a number of ways. Some of these ways include providing more information about your business and the products or services you offer, letting potential customers know how to reach you and even selling your products and services via the website. This article will highlight the advantages of using a website to market your business and will outline some of the ways the website can be useful.Continue Reading

Online Marketing For Small Business

Online Marketing for small business is becoming a hot topic.

The latest stats of the US census show that in 2012 about 21 Million companies were Nonemployer Firms, in other words entrepreneurs – one man or one woman shows. And another 10 Million businesses had 9 or less employees.

Did you know that only half of all US small businesses have a website? And on the other hand 96% of all people turn to the internet first when looking for information on services and products.

All of these millions of small businesses want to grow, but they do not know where to start with their marketing.

For a lot of these businesses online marketing is the way to go as there is no better way to focus on the specific niche and clients group.

The internet is growing year by year and more users are buying or are interested in buying products and services online than ever before.

Benefits of Online Marketing For Small BusinessContinue Reading

Everything you know about Marketing is wrong!

Well, that is a bit harsh. Sorry.

But how would it be to get an outside opinion and brainstorm with an Internet Marketing Expert? For sure you will get some valuable ideas for your business. Isn’t that cool? Read on.

You are running a business, planning to bring your business to the next level or thinking about to start a business.

You have this brilliant business idea. Can be anything and you are sure it will work. If only enough people will hear about it.

And yes, you know about the power of internet marketing.

BUT (yes, there is always a but). Internet Marketing is a huge topic and every 5 minutes something new comes up.

You ask yourself:Continue Reading