Do You Want To Sharpen Your Axe?

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As a smart, savvy business owner do you have all the tools that you need to be effective?

Could you improve your business effectiveness in any way or are you at the top of your game? Do you now have everything that you need to be effective so you don’t have to keep your eyes, ears and mind open to anything that could make you more cost-effective, reduce your risks and improve your profitability? Be honest with yourself now.

“Do you want to sharpen your axe” as Abraham Lincoln recommends?

In my experience owning and working with small businesses I have found that qualified attorneys for many different legal needs are vital to the success of a small business.

And just as important as the need for competent attorneys is the affordability of their services whenever you need their advice. Most small businesses cannot afford to pay $200-$300 per hour for attorneys services.

As a result many business owners will try to handle the issues themselves so as to avoid the costs. And what happens if they need representation in a suit filed against them? Can the business handle such costs?

To help you solve this dilemma, let me show you how you can have most of your necessary legal services fulfilled by qualified, experienced attorneys in all fields of law…with a cost of $50-$100 per month on an ongoing basis. More than 35,000 small businesses now take advantage of these services.

If you would like to know more about how you can access these services across the United States and Canada, just send me an email to dannorris42@gmail.com or call me on 407-749-9395.

I look forward to hearing from you

 

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What Should I Do About My Career?

 

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What Should I Do About My Career?

This is about seeking a career that you love!

Positive Motivational Quotes About Work

Johnny Carson Never continue in a job you don’t enjoy. If you’re happy in what you’re doing, you’ll like yourself, you’ll have inner peace. And if you have that, along with physical health, you will have had more success than you could possibly have imagined.

Dale Carnegie Are you bored with life? Then throw yourself into some work you believe in with all you heart, live for it, die for it, and you will find happiness that you had thought could never be yours.

Bobby Unser Desire! That’s the one secret of every man’s career. Not education. Not being born with hidden talents. Desire.

Mark Twain Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.

Napoleon Hill When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal.

Brian Tracy Only undertake what you can do in an excellent fashion. There are no prizes for average performance.

Jack Welch We know where most of the creativity, the innovation, the stuff that drives productivity lies – in the minds of those closest to the work.

Harland Sanders You got to like your work. You have got to like what you are doing, you have got to be doing something worthwhile so you can like it – because it is worthwhile, that it makes a difference, don’t you see?

Napoleon Hill Everyone enjoys doing the kind of work for which he is best suited.

Earl Nightingale The biggest mistake that you can make is to believe that you are working for somebody else. Job security is gone. The driving force of a career must come from the individual. Remember: Jobs are owned by the company, you own your career!

Make a Choice
Your Choice To Be Happy

Ok now…you have just enjoyed the wisdom of some of the most respected leaders and motivators of our society! Are you  very happy in your employment today? ..The average “job” in the U.S. lasts 2.7 years…and as pointed out above by Earl Nightingale “Jobs are owned by the company, you own your career!”

Now I think it is a very fair question to ask…what are you going to do with the rest of your life when your current “job” terminates or you decide to change “jobs”?. Do you have a career that “you own and that you can rely upon for employment and income security”? I encourage you to consider your current enjoyment level with your employment and to consider adjustments that would lead to more job and career satisfaction!

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I know of excellent solutions for you to consider both part-time and full time…not only to help you feel more secure, protected, capable of making better decisions and improving your life, however to also offer you income options with multiple streams of income for now and to two generations of your family.

If you are interested in discussing business opportunities that can get you on the path to financial independence, please email me at dannorris42@gmail.com or call me on 407-749-9395.

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Does Your Financial Plan Rely On Buying Lottery Tickets?

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Today’s post is on one of my favorite topics…

Does Your Financial Plan Rely On Buying Lottery Tickets?

Most everyone that I know nowadays is saying…I wish I had more money to manage…however where there is a will there is a way…and many are saying… I am making great progress every day towards my goal of financial independence…that time when I am in total control of my time and my lifestyle…and I have no financial concerns ever for the future other than properly managing my wealth.

Yesterday we saw the Minnesota gentleman Paul White who won the $86 Million (before taxes) as his third of the Powerball Jackpot…he kidded about a family gathering recently where he was identified as the one most likely to rely upon winning the lottery as being “his financial plan”. This gentleman and his family and friends (see video below) are one lucky group as the odds for winning a 6-ball Powerball Lottery are in the range of 1 in 15 million. If you like these odds to plan your future then go for it…and I wish you luck. I prefer to rely upon the philosophy of hard work, committed to goals, never give up approach to achieving lifelong dreams approach…how about you?

And that opens dialogue on my next post for a series of pragmatic, practical recommendation steps that can be very valuable in helping you to reach your goals. I am going to give these suggestions as steps on  “The Road To Financial Independence” that I have found to be really important. I am speaking as a layman, with a lot of personal and professional experience, to share with you financial experiences so that you can proceed to the next level of learning and professional assistance whenever your situation justifies that you do so.

At the outset I want to make it clear that I truly support and recommend professional “comprehensive financial planning” for anyone that wants to improve themselves financially. By professional “comprehensive financial planning” I mean with those financial advisors who are truly qualified and act in the best interests of their clients. At the same time I am very reluctant to recommend everyone who calls themselves a “financial advisor” or “investment advisor”. These terms are so misused and vague that to me it does not have real meaning. My recommendations do not include those who just want to work with your investment assets like stocks, bonds, or commodity investments like gold and silver. Financial decisions affect all aspects of our lives and for a professional to give advice on financial matters to an individual I firmly believe that any recommendations should be based on information that includes a full understanding of the individual’s goals and risks owning the assets. Investment advisors certainly have a place in the financial advisory community however I do not include these individuals as clients in my target readers.

If you are committed to achieving financial independence for you and those that you love, if you haven’t already done so, I encourage you to research the subject of “comprehensive financial planning” and to meet with three or more advisors to make a selection of whom you would most prefer to partner with to receive professional financial advice and guidance. Let them recommend your best actions and approaches on all of your key financial issues. I believe very strongly in the value of benefitting from professional services and “comprehensive financial planning” by an experienced qualified financial advisor. They can help you grow, manage and protect your assets much better with their professional knowledge.

So with this introduction to the first in a series of several financial recommendations…I know that not everyone will go out tomorrow and select a financial advisor for comprehensive financial planning however I want you to get started on the process… beginning with some of the most important initial steps. The first step I will feature in my next post is one of the key subjects of a comprehensive financial plan…that of a “Cash Reserve”.

In personal finance, cash reserves are primarily short-term, highly liquid investments that earn a low rate of return that individuals want to have quick access to…for purposes of  meeting short-term, emergency or opportunity funding needs. We will discuss how much is recommended, how to create your cash reserve, where it should be kept and why it is so very important to your financial well-being!


Powerball Winner Paul White Hilarious Press Conference After Winning $149 million Prize
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Let’s Bring Back The American Dream!

 

American Dream

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The American Dream is a national ethos of the United States, a set of ideals in which freedom includes the opportunity for prosperity and success, and an upward social mobility achieved through hard work. In the definition of the American Dream by James Truslow Adams in 1931, “life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement” regardless of social class or circumstances of birth.[1]

The idea of the American Dream is rooted in the United States Declaration of Independence which proclaims that “all men are created equal” and that they are “endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights” including “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

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Do you remember that the United States was once the land of “The American Dream”? I do and it was really true! I listened to the economics numbers today and was amazed to hear where our country has plummeted from the leadership position of leading the world in virtually all measurements. Our situation is highly disturbing and one which I call upon all Americans to express their strong concerns and wishes to all of our elected political leaders.

If you didn’t hear the numbers today…I want to share them with you…

Number of Americans eligible for work however not working last week: 90 Million

Number of Americans that stopped looking for work last week: 663,000

Number of Americans filing for employment for first time last week: 388,000

Number of Americans filing for disability last week 82,000

Number of Americans total on disability last week 8 million

Number of Americans that dropped out of the work force last week 500,000

With the reduced number of jobs and people looking for work 7.6% unemployment rate.

Actual population of the United States June 2012 – 314 million
Actual unemployment rate when considering all people eligible for work 15.0%

Also Capital wealth of Americans now reduced 25%-40% during last few years

Now that we see the reality of the situation it is so important that we understand the circumstances of millions of Americans and find ways to reach out to them with jobs, opportunity, hope and encouragement. This is not intended to be a political position on anyone…it is intended to be a sober statement of realization of where our country is and what we as citizens have the responsibilities for doing. I believe that we must focus on the economic welfare of our citizens and our country and use our energies constructively to bring about change that is healthy for all Americans. I for one am very grateful that I have an opportunity to pursue financial independence for myself as well as to reach out to many others and offer to many a hand as well!

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How to Design a Marketing Strategy

Jay Conrad Levinson and Jeannie Levinson | February 12, 2013|

In their book “Guerrilla Marketing Field Guide”, the founder of guerrilla marketing, Jay Conrad Levinson, and his wife and business partner, Jeannie Levinson, offer a step-by-step guide to launching a marketing attack that’s primed for success. In this edited excerpt, the authors reveal the seven simple things you need to include to make your marketing strategy a success.

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Phone: 407-749-9395

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Tips For Your Plan B

Tips For Your Plan B

What is your Plan B?

So life is cool right…you are on top of the world….you have this great income producing job…and you are not even thinking about this subject “What is your Plan B” or whatever….or maybe you have a job that is providing you with 32 hours per week, and this is not enough to pay all the bills, and certainly not enough to save any money for vacation, retirement, education and other preferred lifestyles? What is your Plan B?

And if you don’t have a Plan B then you are a really good prospect to go over the financial cliff!

So let’s talk about solutions for those who want more ok…just bottom line stuff..solutions that you can pursue part-time or full time…whatever your situation and circumstances require.

To the short and sweet…what happens if your employer goes bottom up tomorrow? Do you care? Does this affect your life or just your weekly pay check? Have you made any alternate plans in case your primary employer is forced out of business, is sold to another company, or your job is no longer needed. What is your Plan B?

It is really cool to have a Plan B! What that means is in case your primary income ceases it is very important and rewarding to have another income stream to kick in and take up the slack. Let me acquaint you with meaningful, easy to implement options for Plan B. This blog contains many posts that describe several options for developing your personal business opportunities.

In addition, I am aware of several additional business opportunities that could be promising for certain people depending upon their personal qualifications, preferences and goals.

This is an invitation to you for a few minutes of complimentary personal discussion with you to see if there is any way that I might assist you on your road to financial independence.  It is my time in life to give back to a country and people that have been so generous to me.

To contact me send an email to dannorris42@gmail.com or give me a call on 407-749-9395.

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There is also a vocal group in the UK called…”planbuk”

Plan B – She Said

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Procrastination, Rationalization and Critical Thinking In Decision Making

Procrastination
Critical Thinking In Decision Making

No matter what responsibility we have in life we are expected to make good decisions.   Our ability to make good, sound decisions is extremely important to the success of whatever activities in which we are involved.

Procrastination, Rationalization and Critical Thinking In Decision Making

To my surprise, with more than (200) posts that I have written for this Blog, the most popular topics read are those related to the subject of “Decision Making” and “Critical Thinking”.   I commend my readers for strong interests in these very important topics that truly affect our lives.

Just think of all of the important decisions that we have to make today and soon that will change the course of our lives, that of our family and businesses,  and this country! I can think of several decisions that are highly important in all time frames. Are we equipped and trained to make good decisions or are we just emotionally and ideologically linked to disastrous paths? The great influencers of my life always said…you are a product of your choices…and this turns out to be so true. If we allow people to manipulate our choices then we will probably suffer tremendously. So what else do we need to understand and how can we improve our critical thinking and decision-making process? Here are some more related options and influences that affect our lives…

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Procrastination

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Procrastination is the practice of carrying out less urgent tasks in preference to more urgent ones, or doing more pleasurable things in place of less pleasurable ones, and thus putting off impending tasks to a later time. According to Freud, the pleasure principle may be responsible for procrastination; one may prefer to avoid negative emotions, and to delay stressful tasks. The belief that one works best under pressure provides an additional incentive to postponement of tasks.[1] Some psychologists cite such behavior as a mechanism for coping with the anxiety associated with starting or completing any task or decision.[2] Other psychologists indicate that anxiety is just as likely to get people to start working early as late and the focus should be impulsiveness. That is, anxiety will cause people to delay only if they are impulsive.[3]

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Rationalization (making excuses)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

In psychology and logicrationalization (also known as making excuses[1]) is a defense mechanism in which perceived controversial behaviors or feelings are logically justified and explained in a rational or logical manner in order to avoid any true explanation, and are made consciously tolerable – or even admirable and superior – by plausible means.[2] Rationalization encourages irrational or unacceptable behavior, motives, or feelings and often involves ad hoc hypothesizing. This process ranges from fully conscious (e.g. to present an external defense against ridicule from others) to mostly subconscious (e.g. to create a block against internal feelings of guilt).

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Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking
Critical Thinking

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Critical thinking is a way of deciding whether a claim is true or false. Critical thinking is a process that leads to skills that can be learned, mastered and used. Critical thinking is a tool by which one can come about reasoned conclusions based on a reasoned process. This process incorporates passion and creativity, but guides it with discipline, practicality and common sense. It can be traced in the West to ancient Greece with its Socratic method and in the East to ancient India with the Buddhist Kalama sutta and abhidharma literature. Critical thinking is an important component of many fields such as education, politics, business, science and the arts.

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Decision-making

Decision making can be regarded as the cognitive process resulting in the selection of a course of action among several alternative scenarios. Every decision-making process produces a final choice.[1] The output can be an action or an opinion of choice.

Overview

Human performance in decision terms has been the subject of active research from several perspectives.

  • From a psychological perspective, it is necessary to examine individual decisions in the context of a set of needs, preferences an individual has and values they seek.
  • From a cognitive perspective, the decision-making process must be regarded as a continuous process integrated in the interaction with the environment.
  • From a normative perspective, the analysis of individual decisions is concerned with the logic of decision-making and rationality and the invariant choice it leads to.[2]

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Marketing and Sales

Marketing and Sales  

Who needs the internet?

Today’s topic!

Do you need the internet? Do you need it for marketing and sales? Or maybe you just like it for entertainment?

Why does the internet seem to have a much greater appeal to many people than television? Could it be that you can get very concise, useful, correct and interesting information from the internet?

Could it be that television is designed to entertain some with what I call mediaphobia…non-mind challenging blah that the low information sector seems to consume in great volume. I remember what pablum was for children and that is a majority of the diet that the mainstream media  feeds today to a dumbed down audience. This is true for many of their entertainment programs as well as for much of their biased news reporting. It is a professional disservice to the American people to choose not to provide accurate reporting on issues critical to each of us and this country. Not sure about you however I am really open to good, honest, all-American reporting as we once had. Now back to the internet.

In 1993 the internet was not even available to the public. That was only 20 years ago. If the internet is just reaching an adult age can you fathom where it will be in another 20 years…not just the internet…but digital technology…the ways we talk with each other around the world…the ways we are connected with each other…I am so pleased to talk with people around the world that I have never met…how very interesting…language barriers yes…however we have such excellent language translators now…can you imagine that you will be able to talk with anyone in the world online with immediate translation of your and their language…this is just around the corner. And we have mammoth worldwide communication developments happening around the world…if you would like to know more you can let me know you are interested…and these are mammoth and huge…if you like to get in on the ground floor of happenings to affect initially 178 countries of the world you need to tap in here with me.

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Why the Internet Is Important in Business?

By Chris Blank, eHow Contributor

Click for more information 

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And what do we search for when you get on the internet?


What do you search for online?
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Search the internet!


How To Find Your Target Audience

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And here is Adriane to share with you how to find “your customers“…

So  “Who need the internet”? I bet we both agree that it is highly valuable to our marketing and sales effort as well as our social lifestyle.

I invite you to contact me via email on dannorris42@gmail.com or call me on 407-749-9395.  Perhaps I can help you move forward on your road to financial independence.

Dan Norris

Small Business Consultant

 

So How Much Cash Reserve Do You Need For An Emergency or Opportunity?

Liquid Reserves
Cash Reserves
How Much Needed?

As the first post in a series of several financial recommendations…

So How Much Cash Reserve Do You Need For An Emergency or Opportunity?

In personal finance, cash reserves are primarily short-term, highly liquid investments that earn a low rate of return that individuals want to have quick access to…for purposes of  meeting short-term, emergency or opportunity funding needs. We will discuss how much is recommended, how to create your cash reserve, where it should be kept and why it is so very important to your financial well-being!

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Refine your cash strategy

In times of crisis, you don’t want to be shaking pennies out of a piggy bank. Having a financial safety net in place can ensure that you’re protected when a financial emergency arises. One way to accomplish this is by setting up a cash reserve, a pool of readily available funds that can help you meet emergency or highly urgent short-term needs.
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Importance of Cash Reserves

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In my humble opinion, Cash Reserves are the cornerstone of the process of effective comprehensive financial planning. In order to know how much money you should allocate on a consistent savings plan for your cash reserve, it is necessary that you develop a budget which includes all of your income,  expenses, payments, insurances, mortgage, fees…really everything that  represents money incoming and outgoing…and then you will know what you will need per month so as to then calculate how you can save for your cash reserve. If your net outgo is $4000 per month then in order to save a cash reserve equivalent to six  months of your living costs, then you will need a cash reserve of $24,000 to equal a six month cash reserve. Now that you know  how much you need you can make determinations as to where that money will need to come  from. A qualified financial advisor can be very helpful in achieving this.

Now I would like to again come back to my goal of establishing some good two-way communications between you and me.  Recently I asked that you give me  some feedback in the “Leave A Reply” section at the bottom of the page. I continue that request however let me give you a survey to choose from about those things that you may or may not like so that I  can get an  idea of what you enjoy most. If you would please select from the list below one or more of the topics that you like to read about and type each into the  “Leave A Reply” box that would be very good…thank you in advance! Here are the topics….

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Target Market

TARGET MARKET!

Key success factors for maximizing income in a successful business marketing strategy!

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Target Market

Definition: A specific group of consumers at which a company aims its products and services

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Defining Your Market in 7 Steps

BY ENTREPRENEUR STAFF | February 13, 2013

You’ve come up with a great idea for a business but you’re not ready to roll yet. Before you go any further, the next step is figuring out who your market is.

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If Your Target Market Doesn’t Bite, Fish Somewhere Else

Elizabeth Grace Saunders, Young Entrepreneur Council | Aug. 22, 2011

The Challenge: As a woman business owner myself and a confidante to many others, I knew that many women business owners felt stressed out and overwhelmed. Given this knowledge, I initially targeted the marketing of Schedule Makeover(TM) time coaching and training toward female entrepreneurs. Many women wanted to know about the services — and even cried about how stressed out they felt — but they rarely were willing to invest in themselves.

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How to Reach Your Target Audience Through Tribal Marketing

Young Entrepreneur Council | Mar. 8, 2012

If you enter a room full of crying but healthy babies, chances are they all share at least one of the same needs: food, sleep, a diaper, or some undivided attention from a loving grown-up. As they grow into early childhood, they will hit the same developmental benchmarks at roughly the same time, and they’ll still want and need lot of the same basics (snacks, naps, potty, hugs), though they are beginning to assert their distinct personalities

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LinkedIn Rolls Out New Targeted Follower Tools For Marketers

Jim Edwards | Apr. 10, 2012

LinkedIn will launch two new functions for companies who have followers on LinkedIn, both of which will be of interest to marketers and advertisers: “Targeted Updates” and “Follower Statistics.”

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Want To Reach Your Target Audience? Try An SEO Marketing Campaign

Jason Hennessey, Everspark | Feb. 23, 2011

Gone are the days of desperately probing through the yellow pages in the middle of the night, searching for a plumber in close proximity, to resolve an unexpected blockage of inconvenient proportions, only to find that their printed number is no longer in service. Times have changed. The digital Goliath now reigns supreme and brings with it up-to-date, instant information in the form of Internet marketing.

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It is important to take advantage of all professional resources available to make your business successful and optimally profitable. That is why you are in business. Why would you avoid high quality advice and counsel if it were affordable?

I invite you for a no-charge discussion…email me at dannorris42@gmail.com or phone me on 407-749-9395.

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Need Funds For Your Small Business?

Need Funds For Your Small Business?
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I hope that you are there right now thinking about how you can get some money to start or grow your business! And your need could range from the entrepreneur who has never tried to start a business before to the owner in business for several years who is ready to take the next step in your growth plan.

This post will give conceptual ideas for all of those range of needs and give you places to search for more information or to come for more discussion on how best to go about your specific need…and that is to call or email me. There is no charge…it is time to give back for all those who helped me!

Need Funds For Your Small Business?

 

Let’s take this in steps…let’s say that you have your  business idea in mind and you know that you need to develop a business plan if you haven’t done so yet.  You know the product or service you want to offer, you have identified a need in the market, you consider that buyers will pay the price that you can offer, you have a marketing plan, and you now need some money to get started or to grow to the next level.

Need Funds For Your Small Business?
Financial Independence

Where do you start or go now? You start first by determining how much money you will need to get your business to the next level… think about your needs over a 3-year period in terms of 3-month or quarterly segments.  Put together a budget that will allow you to be successful within that 3-year period…many small businesses require more time than 3 years however looking at this time frame will give you a good estimate of the amount and timing of the money that you will require. So now you have a 3 year estimate planned out in 3 month periods or quarters. What is your total for the first year? The second year? The third year? How long will it take you to get customers to buy your products or services to meet those totals plus your profit targets?

For anyone starting a small business the odds are very much against success, it usually takes longer than you planned to be successful, and it takes more money than you expected. This is not to discourage you…it is only said to prepare you for reality.

Successful small business owners deal with a lot of adversity, are extremely determined to succeed, and usually make good decisions, especially when it comes to money matters. Decisions matter.

So depending upon the amount of money that you have estimated that you will need for your business over 3 years…here are the range of options that I consider that you have to give you some idea of where to begin and where to obtain funds…you can start with as little as $100 or obtain venture capital funding for millions of dollars…it all depends upon what your business venture will require…here are several of your options…

Do You Need Money To Start Your Business?
Finally it’s time to start your own business!

1.   Personal Savings

2.   Credit Card Loans

3.   Bank Loans – Secured or Unsecured

4.   Loans from relatives or friends

4..  Grants

5.   Group  or Crowd Funding

6.   SBA Loans

7.   Angel Funding

8    Venture Capital Funding

This should give you an idea of your options…how do you go about pursuing any of these to get started or to fund your business?

There is excellent information available on the internet to give you a starting point.

And for anyone with questions about a given approach I have experience personally with most of these options and will be pleased to discuss any with you on a no-charge basis.

Just give me a call on 407-749-9395 or email me on dannorris42@gmail.com.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Dan Norris
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What Should I Do To Maximize Small Business Profits for 2015

Maximizing Small Business profits
Actions to maximize Profits
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We now have some (60) days left in the year and many small business are thinking…

What Should I Do To Maximize Small Business Profits for 2015

By Dan Norris

We are in what is called the “selling season” and if you are involved in marketing consumer services or products these next two months are critical for maximizing your marketing programs to attract the greatest number of prospects and customers possible.

There are several important action steps that you can consider to achieve and exceed your goals for 2013…as well as to begin preparing for 2014. Consider these steps…

  • Step up your marketing programs to attract prospects and customers
  • Consider special pricing and promotions whenever possible
  • Meet with your staff to discuss their ideas of how to finish strong in 2013
  • Talk with your tax professional to discuss tax-saving actions for 2013
  • Talk with your legal professionals to discuss legal questions and get advice
  • Talk with your business consultant professionals to discuss issues and their advice
  • Talk with you insurance broker professionals to discuss issues and their advice
  • Review your staffing needs and performance…take actions where necessary
  • Attend your local B2B connection groups to interact with your peers
  • Attend your local social activities to renew acquaintances and maximize contacts
  • Begin your business planning for the year 2014

Each of these actions would produce better results if you are able to give them meaningful thought before tackling each one.

Let’s take the first item for example…your marketing programs. I would begin by defining the marketing programs that you now have and decide if you want to change or add to what you are doing. Would you like to attract prospects 24/7 as opposed to your having to find them? How can you go about doing this? What is your physical marketing program? What is your internet marketing program? Should you be involved in social media? How? What actions could you implement immediately with little cost that could increase your prospect traffic significantly?

By taking each of these potential action items individually and asking yourself the questions that are important…you will be able to take a critical look at how you can make improvements.

By asking for participation from your employees (if any), and by asking questions and seeking advice from all of your key professionals on taxes, legal matters, and business matters you are leveraging on the advice of experts in many fields. The small business owner can be much more successful by seeking the advice and counsel of affordable and competent professionals!

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Dan Norris

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HOUSTON CHRONICLE

How to Maximize Your Profits

by Jessica Kent, Demand Media

Business owners want their bottom line to be as profitable as possible. To maximize profits, the owner must be diligent in cutting frivolous costs and boost productivity among employees. This is an ongoing process that often faces many challenges. The key to success is to always remember that at the end of the day, the business’s profits will serve two purposes. The profits will be reinvested in the business to allow the business to grow. The profits will also be distributed to the business owner.

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Control Costs to Maximize Profits

The reduction of specific fixed and variable expenses can improve your profit picture. First a word of caution. Do not needlessly cut costs. Legitimate expenses provide the framework for your business and you don’t want to cut your operating budget too deeply. However, you must be ever vigilant when it comes to controlling expenses. Each year, expenses have a way of creeping skywards. It is up to you, to evaluate if those funds are being spent for their maximum effect.

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For  more information and discussion on these please email dannorris42@gmail.com or call me on 407-749-9395.

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Define and Focus on Your Target Market

 Define and Focus on Your

Target Market 

FOCUS
Focus!

Topic of the day!

When you hear the words…Focus! Focus on Your Target Market! Do you know who really is your target market? How do you determine that? I would be very interested to hear your comments from on the subject of “How To Determine Your Target Market”… 

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Entrepreneur

A Snapshot of Startups in Small-Town America

BY SARAH MAX | April 12, 2013

In recent months, Entrepreneur has been taking a virtual tour of cities around the country to see how the recession sparked or dampened entrepreneurial activity.

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7 Sales Secrets From My Best Sales Day Ever

CHRIS BROGAN        April 5, 2013

Yesterday was our biggest course sales day ever in the history of Human Business Works, but this isn’t a post where I boast (oh, I rhymed!). These are some thoughts that you can implement to seek the same success

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Business Insider

15 Things Overachievers Do

Penelope Trunk, Penelope Trunk’s Blog | Apr. 9, 2013, 11:43 AM

Superachievers do things differently than the rest of us. They don’t always have everything in common, but they have some underlying traits that they share. Below are a few characteristics that they are prone to have in common:

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ENTREPRENEURS | 11/30/2012

The Key To Social Media Marketing? Focus, Focus, Focus

Capital One Guest, CapitalOneSpark
By Alice Brennan

When it comes to social media marketing, small to medium-sized businesses often make the mistake of dedicating boundless resources trying to be all things to all people.

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Forbes

Are You An Internet Dynamo Or A Dinosaur?

Jim Blasingame, Contributor Mar 26, 2013

VideoSometime during the spring of 1995, you and I were given access to the Internet for the first time. Since then, related innovations have produced a new marketplace where businesses of all sizes turn prospects into customers in a virtual, parallel universe. Here is a short list of the significant innovations…

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Today’s topic…

Can I help you?

You may be in an employment situation where you have seen your company make major layoffs across the country or locally in the last several months. You may be the manager, director,  key employee, or just an excellent employee  in your department or company…and you are concerned that your long-term employment is questionable.  You may be in an employment situation where the employer has decided to reduce your hours of work from  40 hours a week to 32 hours a week or less.  Or you just may be in a situation where you are not earning enough to pay for the lifestyle that you would like to live. You may be facing a good amount of debt, want to save money for education for your kids or for vacation, or maybe a home, and the income is just not there for you to do any of these things.

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How to be successful

If you face any of these circumstances, I understand how you may feel. I have been in similar situations and felt the same way. However many have found that there are very good ways and paths to get you back on the road to financial independence. I have faced the same situations and through much trial and error and guidance of others have learned how each of us can overcome these obstacles. There are (86) posts and (4) pages of background information on this blog now…discussing with you many different ways that are available to you. Have you read any of these? If not I suggest that you begin with the first four pages and get an appreciation of what I am sharing with you.

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How to be successful

What can I do to help you?  Can I offer any discussion or guidance that could be beneficial to you? In all likelihood you are looking for a good set of solutions however are not sure where to turn. You can find so many people out there marketing their particular business opportunity to you that it is very confusing to anyone that really wants a real solution. How do you know any one solution is any better than another? The difference in my approach with you is that I would like to help you find really viable solutions…as I have done. If you believe that you have excellent solutions and would like a second opinion from someone who has been around the block for over 50 years…and has outstanding experience in many different fields…I would be pleased to talk with you…at no charge…and no obligation to help you get on the road to where you want to go.

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All that you need to do is to fill out the form below with your name and email address and we can talk over the weekend or soon about your situation, your goals, your concerns and your obstacles. Together we can discuss options for you that could be beneficial. I have been in the business of helping people for many, many years…and I derive great pleasure from doing so now. I sincerely would like to talk with you. Let’s talk!

 

Dan Norris
Small Business Consultant

 

Entrepreneur

Be successful! Be an Entrepreneur!


Entrepreneur.com

Today’s Topic!

As I listen to the heartbeat of America today I believe that the single greatest need in our country is for many millions of our citizens to have the opportunity to earn a good income. This includes many who are un-employed and are seeking employment, many who are under-employed and have taken employment positions which are much less than their qualifications and earning capabilities, many who have taken reductions in regular wages because employers will not pay the usual incomes due to worker competition, and many people who have had their working hours slashed from 40 hours to 32 hours or less because of new government laws and regulations that penalize employers for the number of employees that they have or the number of full-time employees.

And then there is a significant number of people in the U.S. who have learned that they can make more from government handouts…averaging $30-$45k per year…than they can earn at legitimate jobs. The current administration is aware that less than 50% of U.S. citizens pay taxes, and insists that the 50% who work for a living, pay taxes and have any assets should sacrifice to take care of those who do not work. This administration chooses to penalize those who have and give to those who do not have. Is this the right way to run America?  Our country and it’s people are in a very serious unemployment and underemployment situation and so many have stopped seeking jobs that real unemployment continues well over 10%, even though the Labor Department’s new methods of reporting have changed drastically which allows reporting to portray the economy as much improved from what it really is now.

Why am I writing about this today? It is because I am so concerned about the millions of people who currently are not taking advantage of the opportunity to live the real American dream of free enterprise. This opportunity is available for you to seize now! Our economy is being restrained in so many ways by our government and policy now that it is choking the life out of capitalism. My purposes in writing about this are the following. First I think that every citizen that feels adversely affected by this current economic environment should contact their congressional and senatorial representatives and ask them to make changes to improve our situation. Secondly, the patriotic way of the American people is to get strong and overcome any obstacles that we face…as we always have done.

And thirdly, I challenge any Americans who want better lifestyles to take action to improve their incomes and financial status in life by becoming entrepreneurs. Yes, this means starting your own business either part-time or full-time, depending upon your situation, and preparing yourself to be financially independent and free of control from the government, employers, or anyone else who is deciding your standard of living.

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I am a very strong believer that anyone who chooses can take control of their life and with some critical thinking and mentorship make their lives much better.

I would be honored to be a part of your discussion and decision to improve your financial situation. I am uniquely qualified to assist you and invite you to visit  the About Dan page.

I invite you to enter your name and email address on the form below and let’s talk soon! And have a great week!

Dan Norris
Small Business Consultant

Email: dannorris42@gmail.com

Phone: 407-749-9395

 

Less Than 1% Know About This – And 100% Must Have Water To Live!

Turning Back The Hands of Time

Less Than 1% Know About This – And 100% Must Have Water To Live!

The questions are how much water are you drinking each day and what is in the water you are drinking. The Japanese began solving this in their hospitals with their doctors 42 years ago…in 1974 and now people are enjoying it in (172) countries!

Do you know about Kangen Water by ENAGIC USA? Less than 1% know!

Everyone needs to know about Kangen Water devices to produce all the pure water you need right at your kitchen sink for a fraction of what you are paying for bottled water…fresh and without the chemicals contained in bottled or tap water.

If you do nothing else today put aside (90) minutes and watch this FREE DOCUMENTARY …   Tapped Documentary- Effects of Bottled Water

Now learn why you should be enjoying …
Kangen Ionized, Alkalized, Restructured, Micro-clustered, Antioxidant Water

 

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Do you think that your body, face, hands skin may wrinkle when you don’t get enough water…dehydrate…and even worse…

Here’s How Many Days A Person Can Survive Without Water
Business Insider Answers: How many days can a human survive without water?We can’t live on air and sunshine alone. The human body needs food and water to survive.

A human can go for more than three weeks without food (Mahatma Gandhi survived 21 days of complete starvation), but water is a different story.

At least 60% of the adult body is made of it and every living cell in the body needs it to keep functioning. Water acts as a lubricant for our joints, regulates our body temperature through sweating and respiration, and helps to flush waste.

The maximum time an individual can go without water seems to be a week — an estimate that would certainly be shorter in difficult conditions, like broiling heat.

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Water and Brain Function

Did you know?

The average person in the U.S. drinks less than a quart (32 ounces) of water a day…

The body consists of 60% to 75% water,,,

Over 85% of your brain is water…

How to Improve Memory and Focus

Studies have shown that if you are only 1 percent dehydrated, you will likely have a 5 percent decrease in cognitive brain function.

If your brain drops 2 percent in body water, you may suffer from fuzzy short-term memory, experience problems with focusing, and have trouble with math computations.

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What do you drink to hydrate your body

                 Water…municipal tap water?

                                                   or

                              Bottled Water?

                                                   or

Ionized, Restructured, Micro-Clustered, Alkalized                       Antioxidant Kangen Water?

or

                                       Other?

(If you have not heard about Kangen Water then you are part of the 1%)  

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Walking Water: H20 and the Human Body

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Bottled Water Statistics: 23 Outrageous Facts

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15 YEAR COST COMPARISON FOR DRINKING WATER
KANGEN WATER   AND   BOTTLED WATER
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Drinking Water Cost Analysis/Cost Comparison – 15 years

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DAN NORRIS                Orlando, Florida USA                                                             Independent International Distributor                                                                         Kangen Water Machines    #7299001                                                                         Kangen UKON tm               #1141848                                                                  Telephone: 407-749-9395                                              Email: dannorris42@gmail.com

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