Thursday, October 28, 2010

Bookkeeping For Small Businesses - Information & Advice

There are three options for small businesses when it comes to bookkeeping. These are to either do it yourself, use special bookkeeping software or hire a bookkeeper to do it for you. Either way, bookkeeping is not something that can simply be ignored, as it is a legal requirement for businesses to keep track of and make available their financial records.

By Rheza Sulaiman

There are three options for small businesses when it comes to bookkeeping. These are to either do it yourself, use special bookkeeping software or hire a bookkeeper to do it for you. Either way, bookkeeping is not something that can simply be ignored, as it is a legal requirement for businesses to keep track of and make available their financial records.
If a small business owner chooses to do their bookkeeping themselves, either with a pen and paper or using a standard computer spreadsheet (such as Excel), then they must feel confident in their ability to deal with numbers and to understand and comply with the financial regulations in their country. The good news is that for very small businesses, doing this is not rocket science, and most businessmen capable of running and managing a business have the skills required to adequately produce the bookkeeping records.
When it comes to managing the information manually there’s 1 unique drawback, if you make a mistake, which is something that can happen, otherwise you misread or perhaps misplace particular paperwork, it is possible to encounter fines for affirming the wrong taxes financial obligations or profits. There is also the fact that an individual experienced within taxes regulations are going to be proficient of all the ways you save cash, as apposed to a business owner simply doing taxation on their own.
The use of bookkeeping software can make life easier for a business owner, this software will guide you through the process and show you what information is required to go where. Once it has all been filled in the software will create all the finance reports you need to take care of your taxes, they will be in the appropriate format and everything will be exactly where it needs to be.
You can find a couple of difficulty with taxes computer software even though. Firstly, it can be really complicated to use for first time users, especially for those who usually are not particularly adept with personal computers in general. Second of all, even though great bookkeeping software program will tell you just what data to feedback and also wherever to be able to input it, it’s no way of knowing if your data you could have contained is actually incorrect. As a result, much like performing taxes personally, a person constantly be in danger of errors of rich.
A final option you could have is always to employ an expert bookkeeper. The huge benefits to achieving this will most likely outweigh the initial price in order to employing this particular bookkeeper. In fact, you will sometimes help to make your money back in the foreseeable future because of the accountant having the particulars of the actual program and also understanding how far better spend less. In addition to this the business enterprise proprietor may throw open their own period to pay attention to other more considerations.
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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Believing And Achieving

Bet you that you've never realized that you are achieving what you believe in right here, right now! Our subconscious mind, where we store our beliefs, dictates our behaviour and creates our lives. Problm is that normal people live down to normal expectations. You've got to change your beliefs, to impress your subconscious mind with the belief of what you really want out of life. After that your subconscious mind will simply bring it about.

By Willie Horton
Copyright (c) 2010 Willie Horton

How would you feel about the proposition that you can achieve anything - absolutely anything - in which you can believe?  Well, whether you realize it or not, that’s what you’re actually doing at the moment - you’re living the life that you believe you can live.  Years of research in various fields of psychology lead to the inexorable conclusion that normal people perceive only what they expect to perceive and experience only what they expect to experience.  This psychological fact present us with a major stumbling block because, unfortunately, as a result of our socialisation into a normal world and upbringing by normal parents, we have normal expectations and these normal expectations are way short of where we could set our sights.  In other words, at this very moment in time, you are living down to your expectations - and you’re not even aware of it.

Psychology also explains that our lives are created by our subconscious mind’s view of the world.  We learn our perceptions of how the world works, who we are, what we’re capable and incapable of, our strengths and weaknesses, in short, our own self image during our formative years.  These perceptions, which over time gradually become deeply held beliefs, are stored in the deep recesses of our subconscious mind and, in later life, when faced with a situation in which we have to take action, our actions will be dictated not be what is actually happening but by what we perceive is happening based on those subconscious beliefs.  In this way, we constantly replay the repetitive behaviours that we learned during our formative years and stop ourselves in our tracks.  Worse that that, we are unable to spot opportunity when it stares them us the face, because it’s not something that we are expecting and, therefore, we are simply unable to see it.

The result of all this is that our subconscious perceptions, learned during our childhood, are our beliefs.  These drive our expectations and our behaviour and, in this way, our beliefs create our lives.  Or, put another way, we achieve what we believe.  The obvious corollary of this is that, if we change our beliefs, we will live a completely different life.

Effectively, you have to give yourself new beliefs - these new beliefs should, quite obviously, focus on the things that you really, really want out of life - not the mundane in which you currently believe by default.  You have to be able to make a big enough impression on your subconscious mind to enable it focus on what you want to achieve to the extent that it believes that it is part and parcel of who you are and what you’re capable of.  If you can make that impression on your subconscious mind, it will simply see the life that you really want and the things that you really want to achieve as the logical step up from your current life.

So, what does it take to believe?  Believing is not wishing hoping and wanting - these aspirations mean absolutely nothing to a subconscious mind that is driven by its inner programming.  Rather, believing is seeing, feeling, hearing smelling and tasting.  Yes, that’s right - your five senses, which are your sole interface with the world, are the mechanisms by which the subconscious mind creates your life.  They are the very ingredients that you used to form your views of how the world works, life in general and your own self-image, during your formative years.  As adults, we pay little or no attention to our five senses, preferring to use what we learned during our childhood to make sense of today - and, in the process, make a complete nonsense of it!

To change your life, you really only have to take some simple steps to provide your subconscious mind with a new belief system.  To do this, you’ve got to explain to your subconscious mind what it would be like to achieve your goal.  You’ve got to explain to it what It is like to see, feel, hear, smell and taste the life that you really want - as if you already have it.  Nothing could be simpler, nothing could be more powerful.  You’ve got to immerse yourself in your desired outcome, imagining that you have arrived at that outcome already.  But the subconscious mind - as distinct from your conscious, thinking mind - has to take it on board, it has to be deeply impressed and excited by your desired outcome.  You can make the necessary impression on your subconscious mind by handwriting the experience of the outcome, as if you’re there already, using all five senses, writing only in the present tense - because you’re already there!  The hand-eye coordination that handwriting requires captures an abnormal amount of your subconscious attention - you become ‘young and impressionable’ when you handwrite.

But, something this powerful comes with a very large Government Health Warning!  You need to be careful what you wish for, because a focused subconscious will effortlessly set about its task of bringing about what it believes to be the life that you live - after all, that’s what its’ doing already.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Email Marketing Is The Best Way To Promote Your Product!

It is a concept developed by marketers to remove the disadvantages of email marketing. Apart from email marketing you need to look at the other way you can promote your products online.

By Steve Duval

Direct email marketing can be an effective tool to promote yourself and for various other reasons.  Every email that is created and blasted to your customers has some purpose to achieve it.

An email can just be for promotional purpose which you usually get to see in your inbox from even companies that you don’t know. But there are companies who keep on reminding their customers about their new offers so that they make a repeat visit and get benefited by the new products that they are offering.

In such case these companies have your details of what you are interested and what you had bought from them last time. So every time they have something new to offer their customers they would be blasting emails detailing about the new product and offers they have for you. If a company has its customers’ data they make sure they keep on building their relationship through the email marketing. The company will make sure whatever news or offers they have would be informed to their pre-existing customers.

There are companies who do email marketing to get new customers. Such email marketing are basically would involve information about the offers that are different from their competitors. And only by providing such offers they know that they can win new customers. There are a bunch of people who try to earn by email marketing. For example, if your portal is very popular, obviously there might be many who might have registered to get news letters from you in the form of emails. You might have noticed that when you get an email or a new letter that is online there are many advertisements below it.

These are also the paid advertisement and this way company the portal makes some revenue. Email marketing is very popular among many companies for varied reasons, and these include: it is said that the exact return on investment can be tracked. Some take it email marketing seriously and it is usually second only to search marketing in terms of effective online marketing ways.  Secondly, you are blasting email to only those who have subscribed for the service and hence such customers would show real interest in your products. While email marketing, make sure you are not violating any law. You need to take permission for email marketing. In the contract it would be mentioned that the advertising via e-mail whereby the recipient of the advertisement has consented to receive it.

It is a concept developed by marketers to remove the disadvantages of email marketing. Apart from email marketing you need to look at the other way you can promote your products online. If you do little bit of research on the internet you would get many ways bring traffic to your website. Although email marketing is just one way of promoting things online, but to get a better result you need to make sure that while planning to do online marketing, you need to do a mix of different ways of online marketing.

Friday, October 22, 2010

5 Reasons Why Business Owners Need A Will

Are you a business owner who doesn't have a valid will? What will happen to your business if you die without one? There are many reasons why you should make a will - here are the five most important.

By Tim Bishop

Up to 70% of people are without the protection of a valid or up-to-date will. Many of these will be business owners or directors. Failing to make a will can create a serious risk to family and business partners. Make sure that you are not one of them and that not only do you have a valid will but that it is updated at least once every five years to take account of changing personal, tax and business circumstances. As a business owner, you should make sure that in particular your will ensures that:

1. Your business continues to run after you die - failing to clarify who should inherit your business interests or how your business should be divided upon sale, could leave the entire venture in chaos.

2. That your business interests are inherited, within or outside the family, as you would wish. In particular, your will and any partnership, shareholders agreement or company documentation should adequately provide that your intended beneficiaries correctly inherit whatever company shares or part of your business you wish to leave them - this is particularly important as business documentation such as a partnership agreement can take precedence over your will in case of conflict between the two.

3. The will maximizes potentially significant tax savings including inheritance tax and various forms of business tax relief. Whilst good tax advice from an experienced wills solicitor can be highly complex, it can also be relatively simple and does not have to be expensive. However failure to make the most of tax relief for your business could prove incredibly costly—make sure you don’t leave most of your inheritance to the tax man.

4. A will properly drafted by a solicitor will help to prevent potentially highly divisive and expensive claims on your estate - claims even against your share of the business. Unnecessary litigation is absolutely lost thing your business needs after you pass on. Sadly arguments over who should inherit are becoming increasingly common, and can split families as well as destroy businesses.

5. There is adequate succession planning for directors.

A properly drafted will need not be expensive and even the most complex will is nowhere near as expensive as the cost of court proceedings to decide how to divide an estate following a challenge to the will or an invalid will. If you are a company director or own your own business, make sure your will is accurate, up-to-date and actually reflects your wishes - or get a new will drafted by a wills solicitor as soon as possible.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Branding, Publicity and Marketing Success Secrets

Discover the secrets to career and business success using publicity outreach for branding and marketing. Find out how to showcase your credentials, experience, wisdom and expertise using publicity success principles and strategy.

By Annie Jennings

Is there a secret to success? Is there more than one? Yes! Let’s find out what successful people, consultants and business pros believe and do that helps them achieve their optimal potential. What is it that they have in common, whether it’s in their beliefs or in their actions that makes them successful?

First of all they use resources available to them including publicity, self-promotion, branding and marketing to create their outstanding advantage in the marketplace. The rest comes naturally. The major opportunities go to the ones who are visible, making a difference, seen and heard by their target market.

Successful people know that they have to take responsibility and follow it up by taking action. You set you own limits.  You are defined by the intensity of your commitment and the depths of your knowledge. In other words, commitment without knowledge can equal frustration and limit your potential. The idea is to add the right knowledge to your ambition so you can climb the ladder for yourself.

Those who make it big believe certain things and do certain things to back up their beliefs. They are ready to invest in themselves. They believe that they are they best investment. Successful people create a business model that meets the demands of their target market. Successful people are ready for action, they are committed and they are willing to go for it with gusto.

Showcase your knowledge. Showcase your talent using media outreach. Your clients will love seeing you out there in the media sharing what you know and commenting on the issues. They enjoy hiring a tried and true professional who understands how to deliver the specific outcome. By doing publicity, marketing and promotion, you let your clients get an idea of your knowledge, wisdom and experience. You client will want to hire you. Clients want certainty. They want to hire the best. In the end, your clients want to buy outcomes and are happy to pay for your services if you are able to define the return on investment and clearly state how your services can help your clients.

Content is critical when showcasing yourself and your knowledge. The media is your opportunity to shine.  Do an outstanding job, pack your commentary with valuable content and share your wisdom and experience in all of your marketing materials including your email newsletters. Be sure your website helps you educate your visitors and your clients.

Success is in your own hands. Taking responsibility for both the successes and failures empowers you to make the changes necessary to turn the situation around or to expand on your success.  If you feel powerless in both the good and the bad, you will get stuck in your thinking and in your progress.

Have a terrific attitude. Commit to proven publicity, branding and marketing strategies. Do not fight success the whole way. Be optimistic. Success will come easily to you and it will seem as if everything you do has a terrific outcome. Have confidence in yourself. Go with your gut, your intuition and your instincts when making choices. Be high energy. Be ready for success & take action. P.S. Don’t stop until you get enough success!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Do You Know Who You're Dealing With?

If you are thinking about joining a business, or if you are just out prospecting in the internet, it is always a good idea to do a little research on anyone that you are planning to contact, or anyone that contacts you. There are a few reasons why this is a good idea.

By Robin Rushlo
Copyright (c) 2010 Soaring Eagle Companies LLC

If you are thinking about joining a business, or if you are just out prospecting in the internet, it is always a good idea to do a little research on anyone that you are planning to contact, or anyone that contacts you. There are a few reasons why this is a good idea.

The information that is available about individuals on the web is pretty extensive. Just by Googling a name, you can get a lot of information. Go to almost any of the social websites and you can sometimes find ever more. So, there is really no excuse for not doing some research to find out a little information about a person.

First, if you are thinking of contacting someone about your business, it would be important make sure there is no information that would make the person a bad match for your business. As an extreme example, you probably don’t want to contact the president of the Christian Women’s League about your multi-level marketing company that puts pornographic movies into hotels or a counselor who runs Alcoholics Anonymous (and is a former alcoholic himself) an opportunity in your wine company. You never, know, but it is unlikely that these would be a good matches.

You also really want someone that will use your products. You can’t promote a product you don’t like or don’t use. So trying to add someone to your business that can’t or won’t use your products doesn’t really make good business sense. Conversely, you don’t want to get into a business that has products you don’t like or won’t use. It will be a lose-lose situation for everyone.

While there is a lot of information on the web about individuals, you do have do your due diligence. Anyone can put anything on the web and it usually stays there forever whether it is true or not. So take into account the source of the information before you make a decision based on something you found on the web.

Knowing who you are dealing with can save you a lot of problems over the long run. The big time network marketer that you would like to bring into your business will not bring in the numbers if they are not a good match for your product or your business philosophy. Contacting someone about a business that a little research would have revealed is something that they are totally opposed to can bring you a lot of anger.

Be careful who you contact and about who is contacting you. At the very least, you can look pretty silly. At the worst, you can anger someone that might be an asset to you later.

Risk comes from not knowing what you’re doing. Warren Buffett

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Self Help Books That Don't Help!

Reading and doing are two completely different things. You could read every travel book in the world without ever leaving the comfort of your own home - but you won't have lived the experience. Life is about living and living is done in the here and now. You need to awaken your subconscious mind from its automatic state and start living now. No leap of faith is required - no major action is needed. Small daily steps will change your life.

By Willie Horton
Copyright (c) 2010 Willie Horton

Are you an avid reader of self help or self improvement books?  Because many people that I know are constantly reading, constantly learning, constantly searching, constantly gaining a deeper understanding of what it takes to change your life.  Unfortunately, however, it is not reading that changes your life, but doing - and far too many people are content with the feel good factor that self help books often give you, whilst nothing concrete actually changes for the better in their lives.

The constant reading of self help books is very similar to collecting a large number of brochures and travel guides about some beautiful place that you would really love to visit.  You pour over the descriptions and other people’s experiences, you admire the beautiful photographs, read and re-read all the reviews, imagine what it would be like to be there, immerse yourself in this wonderful voyage that you so dearly want to take.  But you never actually make the reservation or purchase the ticket - you never commit to taking the trip yourself.  What’s my point?  Reading about how to achieve the life that you really want and doing something about it are two entirely different things.  Reading all those feel-good stories about how others have changed their minds and, as a consequence, changed their lives, may well give you that warm feeling inside, you may even fully understand and appreciate how they’ve done it and how you could do it.  But tomorrow morning, when you drag yourself out of bed for another day’s drudgery, what has changed?  Precious little!  When you face another day of worry, doubt, stress, financial difficulty, low self-esteem or simply even boredom, what good will all that reading have done you?  If anything, it will have made you even more restless and more dissatisfied than you were in the first place.

Reading, understanding and intellectually appreciating what it takes to change your life is going to make no difference to your life until you put your learning into practice - and daily practice at that!  And therein lies the problem for the vast majority of us so-called normal people - we’re afraid of stepping outside our cocoon of normality, we’re afraid to be different, we’re fearful of standing up and being counted.  In short, we are afraid to take what we perceive as some risk-laden leap of faith.

On the other hand, if you’ve managed to come across a self help book (or a really good website for that matter!) that gives you simple and practical step-by-step instructions on how to change your life (and there aren’t many of them - most of them are ‘feel-good books’ or ‘treble your income in six weeks’ nonsense) then it should have dawned on you by now that there is no leap of faith required.  All you need to take is take small daily - there’s that word again ‘daily’ - steps that shake you out of the stupor in which most normal people are just about existing.  This stupor is the net result of a normal subconscious mind that operates your life on automatic pilot so that you keep doing the same things the same way.  As a result, your life will never change until you take some simple practical action.

To change your life, you’ve got to change the way you’re living the life that you have at present.  In other words, you’ve got to find some way of grabbing your subconscious mind’s attention, to bring it back to reality, to switch off that automatic pilot.  As I said, no leap of faith is required.  Indeed, no major action is required of you at all.  All you have to do is to start small - by doing something as simple as changing your morning routine - because small things shock your subconscious mind out of its comfort zone.  Your success and happiness - an end to all worry and the creation of the life that you would really like to live - depends on your ability to focus your mind or, to put it more simply, to pay attention - not to what you want out of life, but to pay attention to the all important business of living in the only place and time that you can actually live - the here and now.  Something as apparently insignificant as dressing yourself the other way (think about it, you always put the same leg into your pants first, you always lead with the same arm when putting on your shirt) will do for starters.

Because once you begin to do anything differently, once you begin to call your subconscious mind to attention, once out of your routine, you will begin to realize that absolutely everything in your life can be done differently.  When this realization dawns upon you, you will find yourself in a completely different place - where things that were otherwise unconscionable suddenly become obvious - and easily doable.  And where anything and everything great in life can come about.  I know this to be true, my clients or even people that have read a couple of my articles or watched some of my videos, know this to be not just true, but the key to happiness and effortless success.  At the end of the day, however, it’s up to you to start doing the things that will change your life, to stop reading and start doing.

Friday, October 8, 2010

The 9 P's Of Productive Meetings

Organizations waste vast amounts of time and money through poorly designed and implemented meetings. This article provides a template to ensure more effective and productive meetings.

By Ian Henderson

“Meetings bloody meetings!” Meetings, the place where people take minutes and waste hours! These are just two critical views of meetings as being an unpleasant and unproductive part of organizational life. Given that a meeting is important, and that’s not always the case, the following 9 steps are guaranteed to make your meetings more effective.

1. Purpose. Why are you having this meeting? If you are having trouble answering this question you might want to question the need to have it at all. So much time is wasted by people attending meetings to which they contribute little if anything and from which they get no value (perhaps other than to catch up on lost sleep).

2. Prioritized. If the meeting is essential, the next step is to make sure that the items on the agenda are prioritized in terms of their importance to those present. If the meeting does run out of time (see punctual, below), it will be the less important items that will be left off or rearranged to a later date.

3. People - Ensure that the ‘right’ people attend. This means those who are decision makers, key influencers or have a significant input should be invited. Most organizations have professional meeting goers, people who spend much of their time attending meetings in order to avoid doing any real work. Also, avoid inviting anyone looking to jump on a hobbyhorse as they will almost certainly hijack the meeting.

4. Prepared. Those who do attend should ensure that they are properly prepared and bring along copies of a report or a product that the meeting needs to have demonstrated. Many hours are lost by attendees being unprepared. It is inconsiderate and a waste of valuable time.

5. Punctual. Perhaps the most radical suggestion of all. Start and finish on time! Organizations develop a meetings culture and it often becomes acceptable to turn up late and expect the other attendees to wait for your grand entrance. Why not reward the attendees who have made the effort to get there on time and punish the ones who are late, not the other way around? But, if you do start on time you must finish on time (see prioritized above).

6. Process. How is the meeting going to be managed? Some meetings have a chairperson through whom all points are made. Some others have a facilitator or moderator who maintains a looser grip on proceedings but who still controls the meeting dynamics. Some effective meetings have delegates sign up to a set of groundrules.

7. Participative. To get the most from the meeting everyone present should be encouraged to have their say. There will doubtless be those who want to have more than their say and some who will not feel comfortable challenging for input. The Chair or facilitator must ensure that the quieter ones have their say as it is often the case that they have a great idea that can unlock a problem. Also, the meeting should not be swayed by those who talk loudly and confidently but who might well be incorrect in their assumptions.

8. Polite. The flip side of people being encouraged to participate is that they should also be encouraged to listen to the other members of the meeting and not interrupt or hold side meetings.

9. Plans. Finally, the output of the meetings in the form of action plans must be agreed and circulated. Ensure that anyone who has been tasked to complete an action but who was not present at the meeting understands what needs doing and why they have been selected.

Ian Henderson is a highly experienced trainer, consultant and speaker. In a 20 year career he has worked with thousands of people from a wide range of organisations in the UK, the USA, Europe and Africa. He is the director of training of Eagle Training Ltd, one of the UK's leading management and leadership training companies. For more information go to

Monday, October 4, 2010

How To Use Autoresponders To Build Your Internet Business

Ever wondered what a Auto Responder is and how it can benefit your online Business? Find out more in this article!

By John Beaumont

What is an autoresponder? As the name suggests it is an automatic response email which is a very important internet tool.

You may have heard many people recommend them to you, but why use an autoresponder? To be honest the question really should be why? But rather how can you not use an autoresponder? In fact it is difficult to see in this day and age how you could build an active list without one.

Basically an autoresponder is a system for sending out emails on a regular pre-determined basis to people who have opted in to receiving your information. Sure you could type out an individual email every time someone contacted you but, hey, would you have the time or more importantly the inclination to do that?

By writing an email once you are able to send it automatically to numerous enquirers quickly and efficiently.

The disadvantage, of course, is that it is a general information email rather than a personal one. However in most cases this does not matter as most people require the same type of information initially.

You should of course word the email to sound as friendly and personal as possible. Your potential customer will hopefully contact you if they have further questions and you can then send them the requested answer via a personal email, phone or whatever.

So what should you put in your autoresponder email? Obviously pertinent information regarding the offer you are making and why they should buy from YOU but more importantly a “call to action”. You are building a business after all and you need to build up trust and a good relationship but you also need your potential customer to take ACTION.

Always remember that people buy from others whom they trust. Other things to put in your emails should be:-

- A thank you for requesting information

- A brief explanation about using the internet for sales

- How you can help them

- How to contact you

- Testimonials Etc.

The art is to spread out your information over several emails stressing different advantages in each one.

So how many emails should you send? It is a rough “rule of thumb” that, in general, people do not buy until approached around seven times. There is of course no limit to the number of emails you can send assuming that your reader does not request to be removed from your mailing list. This is an important point. If they do request removal then ensure that you carry this out immediately. There is automatic software available to take care of this situation.

The frequency of your autoresponder campaign is another important consideration. Personally I do not like receiving emails too often. To me this is counterproductive in as much as you can “over egg the custard” and put people off. However I know that other internet marketers disagree with me on this point and some even inundate their potential clients. So the choice is yours. Why not experiment with different timing of submissions?

My recommendation would be to send your emails at 2/3 day intervals initially. Long term you could also send reminders after 3/6 months and maybe again after a year. Often people’s circumstances change and whilst your offer may not be appreciated initially after a while it may become more of interest to them especially if their financial situation changes.

Bear in mind also that if you have several products you can automatically make different offers through your autoresponders. If they are not interested in product A then you can offer product B in the same niche. This might be just what they are looking for. Also you can use a few of the autoresponder emails to give free pertinent information to your contacts thus building up trust. Not every email needs to be promoting your offer(s) of course.

So where do you get your vital autoresponder? There are a number of companies offering their services on the internet so the choice is yours.

I like more Internet Marketers have found my preferred autoresponder through a matter of trial and error. The Most important thing is to find the autoresponder that works for you. So do a search and with due diligence, you’ll soon find yours.

To YOUR success

John Beaumont Internet Marketer

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