I Have Walked Into Many Small Companies

As a consultant, I have walked into many small companies on that first day and wondered what the next few weeks would be like. Every company is different and just about every job has had a different set of requirements and objectives. But, when I push aside the differences, I see some common threads. About small businesses, especially the 25 men and women or less type, I’ve found that we have to often get back to fundamentals to move forward.

So, I thought I’d share the top 10 things that I’d ask any small business to think about and answer.

  • What do you make/do? OK, no snickering around – this can be serious stuff. It’s usually pretty difficult for small companies to particularly define and clearly state what they do/sell. You should be in a position to clearly define your solutions and/or services within a couple of sentences.
  • What are your competitors? This is not just a list of each of the companies that sell precisely the same point(s) you sell. It truly is a list of the companies that sell their similar product to the people which you believe would obtain your product. There’s a distinction and it is vital to know it. For example, when you sell handmade soaps, your competitors are usually not Proctor and Gamble, Dove, Irish Spring, and so forth. Your competitors are extra likely to become other handmade soaps, boutique soaps, specialty companies selling organic soaps, and so on. Figure out who precisely is
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Making Small Business Health Insurance Affordable

Small business owners have known and understood the benefits of being able to provide their valuable employees with health care. Unfortunately, many small business owners cannot offer health care without jeopardizing their own financial stability. There are some things you can do though.

If you have already been searching for an affordable plan, then you may have come across an online broker like Ehealthinsurance. While Ehealthinsurance is great for getting a broad view of the marketplace, I would also recommend talking with a human broker, as well as an agent.

Increase your chances of saving money by shopping around. Talking with agents from different companies will usually reveal more options than you previously knew. Additionally, your particular situation will be assessed and handled differently from company to company, so it never hurts to know your options.

If the prices are still too unaffordable, there may be other options. You can get a Health Savings Account (HSA). This is a tax-advantaged account funded with contributions from you and your employee to be used specifically for medical purposes. The employee contributions can also be made with pre-tax dollars, saving employees some cash during tax time.

If and when you do find an affordable health care solution, you can always reduce your payments by the usual methods. Paying higher deductibles and co-pays will significantly reduce premiums. Depending on your state requirements, you may be able to make your employees contribute more for health care than the typical fifty percent.

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10 Questions Small Businesses Need to Answer

As a consultant, I have walked into many small companies on that first day and wondered what the next few weeks would be like. Every company is different and just about every job has had a different set of requirements and objectives. But, when I push aside the differences, I see some common threads. When it comes to small businesses, especially the 25 people or less kind, I have found that we have to sometimes get back to basics in order to move forward.

So, I thought I would share the top 10 things that I would ask any small business to think about and answer.

1. What do you make/do? OK, no snickering out there – this is serious stuff. It is often very hard for small companies to specifically define and clearly state what they do/sell. You should be able to clearly define your products and/or services in a couple of sentences.

2. Who are your competitors? This is not just a list of all the companies who sell the same thing(s) you sell. It is a list of the companies who sell their similar product to the people that you think would buy your product. There is a difference and it’s important to understand it. For instance, if you sell handmade soaps, your competitors are not Proctor and Gamble, Dove, Irish Spring, etc. Your competitors are more likely to be other handmade soaps, boutique soaps, specialty companies selling organic soaps and so on. Figure out who exactly … READ MORE ...

Investing in Quality Tanks

When operating a business or facility that uses galvanizing tanks, it is important to have a reliable tank that will last for a long time. These tanks can be costly, and investing in a quality tank at the beginning of operation can save management from future operating problems. When researching the best galvanizing tanks, consider the durability, affordability, and accessibility.

Durability

When purchasing such an important piece of equipment for your business, you want to ensure that you are not buying a product that will have to be replaced in the near future from normal wear and operation. Consider how much use the galvanizing tank will see, and judge accordingly the quality standard that you need for the tank.

Affordability

Investing your money wisely is a pivotal part of running any operation. Decide what your budget is for a galvanizing tank, and research to find the products that fit your needs. Whether you use the galvanizing tank heavily or if you only use it occasionally will factor greatly into how much you should invest in it.

Accessibility

Finding a company that you trust to deliver and help maintain your tank is a top priority. Be assured that the company can deliver to your area and site; also check that someone will be available for reference if you should have any questions about your tank in the future. Choose a company that can offer guidance about the everyday use and function of your galvanizing tank so that you have someone … READ MORE ...

The usefulness of using Astro Pro

The usefulness of using Astro Pro

Knowing ones future through a system of predictions

Predicting one’s future can be done in several ways. While palm readers and numerologists carefully take up issues and discuss their effects and consequences, one can consult and check various websites that talk about the future through a series of steps. These are basically related to the date of birth and the year of birth, and on entering these specific details come out that are likely or may not even come true. Even the predictions are done according to the Zodiac signs and one can even get a free consultation in order to understand the basic future scene. One can log into websites like Astro pro that caters to several requests of customers, who prepare specific charts and give details about the future in a rather systematic way.

What are the basic advantages of using astro pro?

If an individual is interested to know something about any of the future events, one can easily sign up and fill up the following details:

  • The name, that should be clear, precise and without any mistakes
  • The date of birth and month as well listed in numbers
  • The year of birth in numbers
  • The place of birth as well
  • Zodiac sign
  • Lucky number

All the above details will pour in certain specific information’s for the current year and even in the upcoming life ahead.

Things that are predicted about:

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