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Unemployment Versus Unemployable

You hear all the time right now about unemployment.  People are going through layoffs, downsizings and rightsizings as companies seek to find a way through the current economy, or give up entirely and close their doors.

On the other hand, if you travel in small business / entrepreneurial circles, you hear people talk about being unemployable.  I’m not talking about people who have no skills and no ambition.  These are bright people with a lot of skills.  So why are they unemployable?

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Tax Time Again

It is April 15th again and time to hurry to get your income tax return to post office in time to get today’s stamp on it. Actually, I filed my tax return back in February, but April 15th is another tax deadline for those of us who are self-employed. It is time to file our First Quarter Estimated Taxes.

On April 15th we get to see both how close last year’s guess was to how much we actually made last year and we get to make our best guess to how much we will make this year. It can be a challenge because the IRS and the state revenue departments want 4 equal estimated tax payments on April 15, June 15, September 15, and January 18.

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Home Based Business – A Good Reason

I met someone yesterday who has an excellent reason to look into a home-based business. She is the manager of a local department store photography studio.  The corporate office dictates the hours that her store is open without any input from her or feedback on what her customers need. She had to lay off all of her employees because the store isn’t open long enough to justify paying anyone and they aren’t making much money because the store is only open during the hours that her customers are at work. Talk about being a victim of Corporate America.

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Responsibility – A Success Factor

Do you take responsibility for your successes and your failures?

I was listening to Bob Proctor’s Six Minutes to Success yesterday. At the point where I am in the series he is talking about the 11 characteristics of great leaders as Napolean Hill laid them out in Think and Grow Rich in the chapter on Organized Planning. In this particular video, Bob Proctor was talking about the 10th characteristic – a willingness to assume full responsibility.

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Your Customers’ Opinions Matter

Do you have a convenient, easy way for you customers to talk to you?

One easy way to stand out from the crowd is to be responsive to your customer, so it is important there are ways for them to interact with you. This is especially important when your business is only online.  An easy way is to allow your customers to post comments on a blog or to have a contact page where they can send you a message. But that’s only half of the equation. You also have to respond. Your standing with your customers will increase immensely if you actually answer the questions and comments they have. That will help you create a relationship with your customers because you have shown that you are a real person.

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Regular Training is Critical to Growing Your Business

It is absolutely critical to get regular training if you are involved in a business.

If you have ever studied personal growth then you have probably heard that if you aren’t growing, then you are dying. That is very true. If your business isn’t growing then you will soon find that you have been left behind by the other businesses in your market. Things are always changing, new technologies and methodologies are constantly being introduced. A regular training program is the best way to keep up with everything that is going on.

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The Key to a Prosperous Home Based Business

Persistence is the key to building a prosperous home based business.

There are two points to persistence when building your business.  The first is the persistence to stick with your business over time and the second is the persistence it takes to convert your prospects into customers.

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Relationship Marketing Strategy

Do you have a relationship marketing strategy?

You have probably heard a lot in the past couple of years that traditional methods of marketing no longer work, or at least don’t work as well as they used to, because your customers are bombarded with way too much information from a variety of sources. So once you have successfully acquired a new customer you want to do everything in your power to keep them. One way to do that is with relationship marketing.

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