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How to keep your customers paying on time, every time

In a perfect world you wouldn’t start a job unless your customers paid the entire price up front. Unfortunately things don’t usually work that way. It’s not impossible to get such favourable terms, but this all depends on your bargaining power (eg. if there’s little or no competition and your product/service is in high demand). Most small businesses do not have that kind of power.

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Is your Business Creating a Great Impression

Your business creates an impression in the mind of your prospects and customers each and every day. You have ability to ensure that it is appropriate, consistent and positive. How well does your business create the impression with your prospects and customers that you want to portray?

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How to Set Goals and Achieve Them

There’s one significant difference between people who succeed in life and those who struggle; their ability to set goals and achieve them. To have what you want in life, you can’t just sit back and expect it to happen.

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The importance of a business plan

Planning is crucial, even more so if you’re running your own business. Preparing a realistic, working business plan can be the difference between you getting your hands on the required capital needed for your start-up, or your business closing up shop a few months or years down the line. As Churchill alluded to, planning can spare you a lot of unnecessary worry and grief.

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You only need 2.1 things to be successful

Building a business is 20% science and 80% art, and yet all the business schools, the SBA, and the gurus that want to sell us Business Plan software tell us we should treat it like a controlled science experiment in a lab. Business doesn’t work that way.

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You get what you intend, not what you hope for

Our Intention – New Zealand. When we started this business four years ago we decided we wanted it to grow up and make money while we’re gone. Today we leave for New Zealand for 3 1/2 weeks while others run the business. We’ll do things like that regularly going forward. We weren’t lucky, just intentional.

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Threats to Your Business

Success is often overshadowed by the path to get there. Many fear the journey because of the obstacles, when in fact, challenges are the cost of success and a cost we as entrepreneurs are willing to pay. As O. ROSS assists clients in their strategic actions, we compiled a list of about 20 threats we’ve witnessed this year. Here are 3 of the most common business threats to consider and a few thoughts on combating them.

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How to Keep Your Sales Call on Track, and Differentiate Yourself

Why your sales call can get off track, and how to get it on track from the start. I don’t suppose you’ve ever been on a sales call where you hit it off with your prospect, and then spend 50-minutes of an hour sales call just creating rapport have you? It happens all the time, in all industries and businesses.

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8 Principles of Data Protection And How They Affect You

Data protection has never been a more pressing issue than now. With many businesses collecting information in CRM databases, commercial and transactional databases, email addresses, etc, it’s important for business owners to understand their responsibilities towards data protection and security.

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Microsoft is rotting from the inside out

The first of Microsoft’s “12 Secrets of Microsoft Management” is possibly the worst management principle in history. It reveals an Industrial Age scarcity view of the world that none of us should emulate. Number one in Microsoft’s list of management secrets:

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