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Some entrepreneurs are satisfied with making a certain amount of income and have no wish or plan to grow their business with a retail merchant account. Others, however, aggressively pursue professional opportunities for expansion by seeking out technological advances that can help them better serve customer needs while increasing profits. A retail merchant account will elevate you to the next level of business development by providing access to sophisticated methods that can ...

Retail Merchant Accounts - Do You Need One?

Retail Merchant Accounts  - Do You Need One?Some entrepreneurs are satisfied with making a certain amount of income and have no wish or plan to grow their business with a retail merchant account. Others, however, aggressively pursue professional opportunities for expansion by seeking out technological advances that can help them better serve customer needs while increasing profits. A retail merchant account will elevate you to the next level of business development by providing access to sophisticated methods that can impress clients and outdistance the competition. Reasons for opening a retail merchant account are many and varied. Here are some of the more prevalent:1. A retail merchant account can equip you with key equipment that will make your job easier and more efficient. For example, you can have a credit card processor installed, sometimes at no cost, and pay just a few cents for each customer transaction. Or you can arrange a deal whereby you pay a small percentage of all credit card transactions your company accepts. For a minimal fee you may soon be able to multiply profits while reducing costs typically associated with hiring employees to manage cash purchases.2. A retail merchant account can make doing business with your company easier and more convenient. Customers wont have to worry about stopping by the bank or writing a check to get cash before visiting your establishment, nor will they have to pay ATM fees to withdraw cash. They can simply pull out a credit card with confidence, knowing that you can quickly process payment without the hassle of making change or opening a check-cashing account.3. A retail merchant account can put you ahead of others in your area who conduct similar business but who do not yet have a merchant account or its accompanying advantages. If customers have to choose between two companies for shopping or service, they are more likely to choose the one that provides credit card processing as a payment option, along with other professional services that build trust in the companys vision.4. A retail merchant account can offer the first step toward leading your business into the future. After implementing a credit card processor, for example, you may later decide to offer wireless processing options, which will provide your customers with even more options for doing business with your company without the need for staff to manage every telephone call, order, or payment. You can cut operating costs and increase profit margins when you expand your business to include customer-friendly automated technology.Dont be the last in your industry to jump on board the technological bandwagon. Start checking the various programs that are available to help you improve the services you can offer customers to keep them coming back with repeat business. Compare options to get the best services for your customers needs. Negotiate for the lowest costs and most effective terms. You might even want to conduct an informal customer survey to learn about the types of upgrades they want to see happen in your company. Then shop for the best deal in your new retail merchant account.

Virtual Offices - Have an office in 10 major international cities for less than $11K

Virtual Offices - Have an office in 10 major international cities for less than $11K

Nowadays there is an alternative to having an office in every major country, or state costing $100K a year as a minimum. Instead, for $1000 a year you can have a virtual office costing in any country you choose. So, for the a tenth of the investment cost in any one country, you can have a "virtual office" in ten countries. You can have a virtual office in every one of your major markets for less than the price of a single automobile. Even within the USA the advantages to be gained by having a virtual office in every major city are enormous.A virtual office package can include phone answering, signing for mail, a prestigious local postal address (with mail forwarding), cell phone forwarding, fax to email services and more. The only way to have a presence in eg UK or Canada used to be to open expensive office premises in London, Ottawa or another major city. The premises required staff, whose wages needed to be paid. Rent, fuel and local taxes all added to the exorbitant cost of maintaining a presence in a country.Now a virtual office gives you all the advantages of having a local presence, at only a tiny fraction of the cost. These advantages include a better response to advertising campaigns, local knowledge, local accents answering the phone and avoiding misunderstandings through different English language use in different countries.You can also find a Virtual Assistant (VA) who is trained to respond to phone calls as though employed in your local office. This person can maintain your diary, answer emails and post, as though you were answering it yourself. This represents another massive saving on employing a Personal Assistant in every country. Your VA answers the phone in a local accent, and gives you a really credible local presence that will help you increase your local sales.Virtual Offices and Virtual Assistants make it possible for ANY business to maintain a presence in every single country or state they market to.

Simple Headache Cure For Event Managers

Simple Headache Cure For Event Managers

Managing or administering a seminar, workshop, roadshow or other type of event, even the seemingly simple, can provide you with headaches that you never thought possible. Being crystal clear about what you and your company actually needs the event to deliver at the earliest possible stage is critical to so many issues.Although holding an event like a seminar or a workshop often evolves out of discussions about sales, marketing and even technical issues like product failures, it is almost always critical to establish clearly in everyone's mind what the true purpose of the event is. This can have a substantial effect on:* how you go about organizing the event* who you involve* which venue you choose* what you choose to include and exclude* the dates and times of the various activities* and significantly why you are holding an event at allThe event manager should get together with the prime-movers in the organization who effectively "own" the event and discuss the true objective or perhaps objectives to be achieved.The word "objective" is used intentionally here because there may already be an objective-setting ethos in your organization. If there is, then use the same framework to arrive at consensus for the purpose of the event.The minimum requirement is that the objective should be SMART;* Specific* Measurable* Achievable* Relevant* Time-boundedSpecificThe word "specific" has been chosen as shorthand for the question:"What, specifically, will have changed as a result of the success of this event?"To illustrate this consider the example of a Financial Services organization that was having difficulty selling one of its new investment product (Product Y) because of its complexity. They were convinced that the product was a winner but needed Financial Advisers to spend more than a ten minute telephone call learning about how it was structured and how it would perform over time. They also needed to connect with more Financial Advisers than they already knew, so the idea of a conference to debate the new generation of financial products for the 21 st Century was born.The Financial Services company defined their specific requirement from the conference as follows:To present, along with other Financial Products, a detailed technical explanation of Product Y to an audience of 250 or more Financial Advisers who operate within our region in order that they can understand its benefits and sell it on to their customers.MeasurableIn almost every project there is a well understood relationship between cost, quality and time. You can achieve anything to a very high standard in a very short time if cost is no object. Similarly you can produce the best product to a tight budget as long as time is not an issue. The third option is probably the world you operate in; the budget is small and we need it yesterday. This, of course, means that quality is the issue most likely to suffer and is probably worth some debate about what level of quality is expected and how it should be measured.Post-event questionnaires and follow-up telephone or Email communication should be asking the right questions to ensure that quality data is available.AchievableThe event organizer needs to be set up for success and needs to feel that they have the support of the event "owners" on the route ahead. In short, they need to know how to get rapid decisions made if quality, cost or time are affected by issues that develop as the project proceeds.RelevantIt is sensible to confirm with the overall aims of the organization that the event and the way it is being envisioned correspond. If a company mission or vision exists, then there should be a straight line of logic linking it with this seminar, roadshow or workshop.TimeboundedPriorities can often be forgotten when an attractive project happens along. So, not only should the relevant dates, times and durations be spelled out in detail, the effect of this project on other work should be discussed and appropriate action taken to ensure that all timescales are properly managed.Equipped with this seemingly simple step of devising a comprehensive objective, you, as the event manager, are better equipped to make informed decisions about almost any issue that crops up in the design, delivery and follow-up processes associated with your event. Even better, it will reduce your consumption of pain killers by minimizing headache inducing changes and problems down the line.

How to Run a Vending Business

How to Run a Vending Business

To start off, there is a lot that you would need to learn about the vending business. It is a business that you need to get into only if you are well prepared. You should be willing to learn and not be afraid to make mistakes. In the long run, all this will serve you well. Planet Antares vending offers a viable opportunity for someone who is willing to work hard. When you start a vending business, you will most likely be running your business from your home. Whether or not you need additional help for your "Planet Antares" business, will all depend on the number of machines that you have. Since most operators start off their business from home, then it would be wise to engage the help of your family. If and when your business grows, you can then move it out of your home to new premises.Focus on profitabilityThe location for your Planet Antares vending machines is very important. Make sure that you match the right machine with the right location. You can acquire a truck that is fitted with wooden racks, freezer or a refrigerated cooler. This will be used for the transportation of the snacks and beverages. Alternatively, you can use your personal vehicle when your vending business is still new. If you give personal service top your customers, you will lose very few accounts or maybe none at all. Get to know the first and last names of 80 percent of the contacts in your accounts. It is also very important that you listen to product requests. By serving locations with products that they want, it will mean more sales for your vending business.Health awarenessHealth products are an issue in some locations. You can have snacks that are 50% healthy or 100% healthy in your locations. It all depends on the need of that particular location. Schools are locations that usually want healthy products in their vending machines. To get to know if a location wants health products, you will need to find out if the location will need such products. People, who are health conscious, dont mind spending more money for health products, since they know what they are gaining.TechnologyTechnology is now being widely used in the vending industry. If your Planet Antares vending business is running successfully, you can even think of installing technology. It requires ample investment, so it means that you should be financially able to invest in technology in order to have it in your vending business. These days, there are all forms of technology that are used in vending to improve efficiency; you just need to find the right one to suit your vending business.

The seven deadly sins of business people #6 - Greed

If you read this introduction already, just scroll down and start reading about Greed, otherwise it is recommended that you read the introduction bellow.Let’s analyze how these common vices can affect your business and your overall income. You may think that the concept of deadly sins is a religious one and do not apply to you, but you may call them negative tendencies if you want. The fact is that you can find them in more or less intensity within most people.You may not realize that one of these tendencies may be affecting you until I show you the details. If you realize that there is a problem, I will also give you the solution so you can fix it. I will explain and compare now the most common negative tendencies among people with their corresponding opposite virtues. Before we start, I need to tell you something . . . I.Most sins arise from: FEAR. II.Most virtues arise from: LOVE.III.Sins, vices and negative tendencies demonstrate weakness, while virtues demonstrate strength.In my opinion the biggest virtue of all is COURAGE/CONFIDENCE, because it is the direct fruit of love, which dissipates fear and sow all other virtues in human’s hearts. This is a series of articles about this subject. The whole series contain the following articles . . .1.Pride2.Envy3.Gluttony4.Lust5.Anger6.Greed7.Sloth– Greed – This is a very destructive tendency. Greed seeks to take its “fair share” and a bit more. It is not concerned about giving but receiving. It is not only related to money, but to everything else. I will give you a few examples bellow. An example of greedy people is those who have abundant resources and not only do not share them, but also seek to “spend” the resources of others. They resent to have to share what they have.This sin is commonly related to money, wealth and material possessions. The truly greedy individual never think they have enough. That’s why they don’t share. They think that they are behind the norm, but their norm has no limits. Furthermore, they seek to spend other people’s resources. I guess that’s what people hate the most about greedy individuals. For example, let’s say that someone is a millionaire. This person has family and friends and he knows that they are poor. The person in question is always trying to take advantage of his family and friends. He asks them for money regularly. He uses their resources and waste them. For many years they help him. They don’t like this person much though, because they notice that he is self centered. Their relationship seems to be one way only. Everything is about him. One day they discover that this individual is the wealthiest in the family and group of friends. That’s when everybody turn their back against him and hate him to death.Greedy individuals can not understand why other people hate them. Often they confuse this hate with envy. It is simply unjust to try to spend the resources of people that have much less than you do, when you have abundant resources yourself.Now, understand as a business owner that there exists a stereotype in society. Very wealthy individuals are often accused of being greedy no matter how generous they may be. If someone is very rich, many people will think that person is greedy even if they don’t know him/her. Specially haters (those who feel envy for others) tend to think that the rich are greedy. Greed do not manifests itself in your life when you don’t share your wealth with others. You are not obliged to share your personal belongings. Understand that if you are rich, many people will resent your prosperity. They will accuse you of being greedy, even if you are not. You are not obligated to share your money nor resources with anybody. That’s a fact. Now, the truly greedy people are hated not because of their wealth , but because of their attitude. Let me explain.Greed is an attitude. It arises out of the fear of losing what you already have. It is not like gluttony which seeks to consume more than it needs. It is concerned about not giving. Greedy people want to have so much that they can not possible run out. They are focused on getting and receiving.I will give you a couple of examples to help you notice the difference. Let’s say that you are a millionaire and you are living the good life. Many people hate you and many people feel envy for you. They resent your prosperity. Often strangers come to you and ask you for money and some of your stuff. They could be the friend of the friend of the friend of a very old friend. Do you get the point?Now, you always reject these people and send them back to their place. They go out saying: “greedy bastard, I wish he/she dies.” By not sharing your stuff with these haters, you are not being greedy, you are being wise. Why would you share your hard earned wealth with people that have not helped you get it? When people receive things for free, they don’t appreciate it. No matter how rich you are, you don’t have to share your money with strangers.On the other hand, if you are regretting the fact that you spent a few dollars taking your friends to lunch, while you are rich, then that’s greed. Another example of greed is as follows . . .You own an offshore corporation. You import goods into the country you live. You have a few employees on that offshore country. They generate most of your profits for years. You pay them a pittance in wages. They produce five hundred times more than what you pay them. You know this and you don’t care. You have not risen their salary for years. Some of them ask you for a rise. You threaten them with firing them. They start a revolt. You have to close the company. You lose a lot of money. That’s greed!Greed opposes generosity. While you are not obligated to share your resources with anybody, generous people do it and they do it often. I will tell you how generous people are: they do not fear being poor. They give and they enjoy doing it. This covers many areas of life. Greedy people hate to share anything if they are not going to receive some remuneration in exchange for their giving. For example, if they have knowledge, they don’t enjoy sharing that knowledge unless someone pay them. Whenever they give something, they always expect to receive more than what they give. They never give just for fun. They don’t like to do favors of any kind. They think that they don’t have enough. Their thought processes are as follows: If I don’t have enough how am I going to share what I have with others? Other people should share what they have with me! That’s how they think. The funny thing is that they could have excess already and still think that way.Generous individuals do share and they share a lot. It is a pleasure for them to give. They enjoy giving and sharing. They like to share their time, money, knowledge, strength, efforts, love, etc. The key is to not share your resources with people that want to rip you off, but to give to those that are really in need. The idea is not to share everything either. Some people are too generous and they lose their shirt. As I say in another article, in my opinion it is irresponsible to give to strangers what you need for your daily support. This is the idea . . . A generous person doesn’t mind spending some money on friends and family sometimes. They enjoy giving. They like to bless others. They care about people and like to see them happy. There are many ways you can be generous without spending too much money, too much time or too much efforts on other people. Sponsor a child if you can afford it. Help people whenever you can. Organize a party and invite your friends. Invite your employees to a pizza sometimes and pay for it. Be kind to people. Share some of your knowledge freely. Whenever you make a gift, don’t expect to receive anything in return. Donate to charity.It is all about the attitude. For example, if a homeless come to you asking for money, it may be easier for you to give that person a few coins than to say no. On the other hand, if you are sure that person will “smoke” your money, you show greater generosity by refusing to give them the money. Not all homeless people are like these, but I have encountered many asking for money with the cigarette on their hand. In that case above, you are being generous by not giving them anything, because you are contributing to their health and well being. That’s why some people say that if you give money to the poor, you will perpetuate their poverty. That’s not always true. I believe that a good way to show generosity is by sponsoring kids and donating to charities. Just make sure that your donations are being used as you intend it.You can be wealthy and generous at the same time. Generosity is something that comes from the heart. It arises out of love, the desire to bless others and see them joyous. It focuses on giving, not receiving.When you are rich and generous, you don’t care when others tell defamations about you. You have peace of mind. You know that to the best of your knowledge you always take the best possible decisions. Sometimes you can’t simply give money to others, because they will use it to buy crack or whatever poison they take.On the other hand, some times people have the chance to help each other and they don’t do it just because they don’t care. Generosity means to walk the extra mile. It means to not be obsessed with receiving. It means to not care to give more than is expected.You may ask: “How all this may affect your business?” It can affect you a lot! Greedy people do not prosper. They tend to become poor and stay poor, despite the general idea that the rich are greedy. Statistics show that the rich give more. When you give, you receive, because “you reap what you sow.” As the Bible says: “It is better to give than to receive.”Generous people are prosperous. Greed is one of the worst enemies of wealth. If you have a business and you are greedy, people won’t buy from you. If you rise the prices for your products or expect to make too much, they will leave and go buy from those who have lower prices. You will have to close doors quickly. If you pay miserable wages to your employees and exploit them, that will reflect on your overall profits. They may leave too and you will have troubles. Most successful business owners sell at reasonable prices and are nice with their employees. If you rip off your clients, word of mouth will work against you.Of course, some people become rich by being greedy, but most of them don’t really enjoy their fortunes. They feel guilty or they are too concerned about losing their wealth, so they hide it. At the end, someone else enjoy the fruit of their labor. Some people just can’t realize that we humans don’t live forever. No matter how much or how little you have, one day you will have to let it go, like everybody else.If you read the other articles on this series, you will realize that the common characteristic behind this negative tendencies is: selfishness. If you are absolved with yourself, you will show one or more of these tendencies on your daily actions. The solution is to live a less selfish lifestyle. By changing your attitude, you may change the outcome of your actions. You may be amazed at the results and you will feel happier and successful.EasyWebRiches 2006

Wholesale Clothing: Discounts For Your Business

Ever thought of starting your own fashion business?If you answered yes, try to buy wholesale clothing before starting your business. Buying Wholesale clothing branded or not branded, can give you great discounts and resell them with high profit margins. Buying wholesale clothing can give you many benefits as a businessman.Businessmen who buy wholesale clothing and resell them at a bargain price can accumulate huge profits from their customers. This is because they can get their products at a very cheap price. They can get their products with discounts for as high as 70%.With todays economy, many people opt for cheap clothing to save money for other important purposes. You can take advantage of the poor economy by selling cheap clothing. You can put up a one dollar store where all items of clothing can be sold for a dollar. This store can really give you high profits if you do it right.This strategy is only the first. You can also sell your wholesale clothing products on the internet. You can register at an auction website where you can display your products and wait for people to bid. Just imagine, starting your clothing bid for one dollar can go as high as ten dollars. Remember, this is just for one item.Try selling on a flea market. This is where most people buy cheap clothes. Sell your products at a cheap price. Many people like it cheap and fashionable. Besides, who wouldnt want to get great quality and fashionable clothing at a cheap price?To be successful in the clothing business, you should first search for wholesale clothing dealers that offer great discounts for their products. If you found one, you should first take a look at their products to ensure the quality. Also, make sure that the clothes designs are what people are looking for. A great way to do this is to base your search on what you see in the streets. Determine what clothes designs people likely wear. It is also a great way to look for designs that famous personalities wear. Remember that actors or actresses are trendsetters; many people would really want to copy how their favorite actor or actresses dresses.Remember, people are choosy on what they wear, and some people cannot afford to buy expensive branded clothes, so their next option is to buy cheap clothes that resemble what the branded clothes looks like. The designs of what you sell can determine your businesss success.It is up to you to determine what type of clothing you should buy from wholesalers. You can either buy mens clothing, womens clothing, kids clothing or all of it for you to resell them at a much cheaper price.However, there are many other businessmen in this business. Chances are, you have many competitors in this business that have the same idea as you. The best way to compete with them is to sell cheaper clothes. Find a wholesaler that sells clothes cheaper but has great quality and has designs that people want to buy.Another strategy to compete with other clothing businesses is to have a promo of buy one, get one free. With wholesale clothing, this is possible. You can afford to give away one clothing for every purchase because of the cheap price of acquiring your products. Be sure that you have the numbers right before making this offer.Make sure that you do not run out of products, it is important that the wholesaler is near your area where you sell your products.Buying wholesale clothes is a great way to start your very own business.

Summary

Some entrepreneurs are satisfied with making a certain amount of income and have no wish or plan to grow their business with a retail merchant account. Others, however, aggressively pursue professional opportunities for expansion by seeking out technological advances that can help them better serve customer needs while increasing profits. A retail merchant account will elevate you to the next level of business development by providing access to sophisticated methods that can ...