Taking Control of Your Supply Chain

  Second only to labor costs, supply chain management can eat up a hearty chunk of your operating expense budget. The process of negotiating with suppliers can also take up a hefty amount of another valuable resource: time. Don’t let your supply chain manage your time and money. Take back control! It is no surprise that businesses in control of …

The Cheapest Way Is Not Always the Best Way

Ask yourself this question: Would you be cheap when considering doctors to perform your open heart surgery? Never! And for exactly the same reason this is the thinking that should apply to small business growth. Much like that failing heart, a small business will not survive if low cost is always the priority when it comes to decision making. Being …

Buying a Brand: Franchising

In the aftermath of global downsizing, many out of work or dissatisfied employees are considering franchising. But what do these folks know about running a successful business? In fact, the best candidates for franchising are proven, successful small business owners ready to expand or take on a new challenge. Firstly, there are two main kinds of franchising to consider – …

Secrets to Success – The Five P’s

  A lot of businesses position their marketing around what is known as the “Four P’s”: product, price, positioning and promotion. While sound advice, this strategy is missing a fifth, and vital, element: people! Without a direct focus on all FIVE of these areas, any business, even with a foolproof idea, can struggle. Let’s simplify this strategy, starting with the …

Features And Benefits: Highlighting Your Products

Business owners who develop or market a new product often have a justifiable pride in what they are selling. When selling a new piece of technology they can probably go into great detail about all the features of that technology.

Make The Right Pricing Decision

In business, making pricing decisions is always tough — and even more so when the economy is slow and sales are slipping. It’s tempting to cut prices hoping to generate higher sales volume. But sometimes that just produces lower margins on a low volume. What do you do if you’re being squeezed by cost increases?

Get Going with QuickBooks 2011 Beginning seminar

Date: 2011-05-19 Time: 08:30AM – 01:00PM Location: Thaney & Associates CPAs office Computer lab setting, training manual with practice files and post-class business diagnostic Cost: $127 Pre-Registration is required as space is limited: http://bit.ly/hyBDYr After completing this course, you will be able to: * Set up a company * Work with lists * Set up Inventory * Sell your product …