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  1. A lot of small businesses use a participation...

    A lot of small businesses use a participation plan. This means that the owner pays 50% and the worker pays 50%. The beauty of this is that when premiums rise (which they always do) then the worker...
  2. Guillaume I know this idea will work because...

    Guillaume

    I know this idea will work because I consult with a company that does this for the ORGANIC food industry. They deliver pre packaged (organic) meals to homes throughout the US. The...
  3. Welcome to the board. I'm fairly new myself and...

    Welcome to the board. I'm fairly new myself and have enjoyed the interactions and group sharing I've seen so far. I'm sure you will too!

    Josh
  4. My primary purpose is the education of small...

    My primary purpose is the education of small business owners. I want to take the skill sets I've enjoyed teaching "one on one" and make them available to as many small business owners as possible. I...
  5. Kila, An LLC, like an S Corp is what is...

    Kila,

    An LLC, like an S Corp is what is considered a "pass through entity" which means the money passes through to the owner or owners. The advantage of any type of corporation is twofold:

    1....
  6. I've worked as a consultant with close to 1,000...

    I've worked as a consultant with close to 1,000 small businesses over the last 14 years and I can count on one hand how many have had SUCCESSFUL partnerships. The problem I've always found is that...
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    I agree with all of the points above. Giving away...

    I agree with all of the points above. Giving away products for free is like turning on a bug zapper that attracts a certain type of audience. And it will set in stone your reputation for being a low...
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    Paypal is very safe and universally acceptable....

    Paypal is very safe and universally acceptable. It's the quickest way for a business to start accepting credit cards when you are first getting started. Plus, they have so many amazing tools for...
  9. Sean, To get a quick view of how saturated...

    Sean,

    To get a quick view of how saturated your market is you can go to one of the online list brokers and do a search by geography and niche. One I use is InfoUSA and you can find them easily on...
  10. First of all, I'm not a CPA so I would recommend...

    First of all, I'm not a CPA so I would recommend you have this conversation with a CPA in your state because only they will know the true implications of making this switch from a tax perspective....
  11. That's EXACTLY what I'm talking about. Thanks...

    That's EXACTLY what I'm talking about. Thanks Tallen.

    I would NEVER call a stranger using this approach because as was said earlier, it IS pushy. But, if someone was already interested in my...
  12. Great responses above and only a few comments to...

    Great responses above and only a few comments to add . . .

    I would start by creating a budget for your business. Few do this but it is the answer to spending your money wisely. Within this budget...
  13. Sorry you feel this way. But, offering a prospect...

    Sorry you feel this way. But, offering a prospect a SOLUTION to their issue is not "being pushy" . . . it's what we must do every day to survive. If we sit back and only use the "hint / hope"...
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    In growing a business you must do several key...

    In growing a business you must do several key things:

    1. Define your audience (which you have)
    2. Decide how you can REACH this audience.

    Based on the audience you mentioned then your best...
  15. In sales, you must show your VALUE and your...

    In sales, you must show your VALUE and your DIFFERENTIATION. Both of these will set you apart from the competition.

    Your question "how long before I do a follow up call"

    My opinion:...
  16. There's actually a 20 point checklist that the...

    There's actually a 20 point checklist that the IRS uses to determine your eligibility. If you google "irs 20 point checklist for independent contractor" you should get a PDF file as the #1 search...
  17. As others have stated you do not need to use LLC...

    As others have stated you do not need to use LLC or S Corp or anything for that matter. What is VITAL is that you (and your staff) answer the phone with the SAME consistent script and of course a...
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