Seven Facts to Breathe Life into Your Business

Breathe life into your businessDoomed from the start. If you’re an entrepreneur or an entrepreneur-hopeful, it’s probably difficult to keep those four words from causing you to second guess your every move as you plan and run your business. They become especially hard to ignore when you consider the fact that less than 30 percent of businesses last more than 10 years, and most failures happen within the first few years of operation. The truth is, many things could go wrong: an ill-conceived business idea, poor planning, lack of capital, ineffective leadership, and more. In the high stakes world of running a business, those are the facts.

But, says Bill McBean, there are other important facts about business ownership. Facts that could help you avoid the mistakes and pitfalls that trip up so many others, and go on to achieve the success you’ve dreamed of. He calls them the Facts of Business Life.

“Of course, there are a variety of skills owners need to know in order to make a business work,” says McBean, author of the new book The Facts of Business Life: What Every Successful Business Owner Knows That You Don’t (Wiley, October 2012, ISBN: 978-1-1180949-6-9, $24.95, www.FactsOfBusinessLife.com). “But after many decades of running my own successful businesses, and learning how other successful owners have created success, I have come to the conclusion that these facts are the seven essential concepts needed to create a successful business life.”

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The Tax Man Cometh: How to Avoid an Audit 101

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John J. Vento

Audit. It’s a word that strikes fear into the hearts of taxpaying Americans everywhere. Even if an audit doesn’t end up being painful (to your bank account, that is), it’s a stressful hassle that no one wants to deal with. And with tax day just around the corner, many Americans are anxious to do whatever they can to avoid hearing thea-word in the future.

“The good news is, there are a lot of things taxpayers can do to minimize their chances of being audited,” says John Vento, president of his New York City-based Certified Public Accounting firm, John J. Vento, CPA, P.C., and author of the new book Financial Independence (Getting to Point X): An Advisor’s Guide to Comprehensive Wealth Management (Wiley, 2013, ISBN: 978-1-1184-6021-4, $40.00, www.ventocpa.com). “If you take a little time to learn about what often sparks audits and take some wise precautions when preparing your returns, you should be able to face April 15—and beyond—with peace of mind.”

Here, Vento shares five things you should know about tax audits:

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The Five Most Important Non-Verbal Communications Tactics for the Workplace

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Darlene Price

Studies show that nonverbal communication carries between 65-93% more impact than the actual words spoken, especially when the message involves emotional meaning and attitudes.

These nonverbal cues include facial expressions, eye contact, gestures, posture, body movement, tones of voice, dress, grooming, touch, and even your environment–wordless signals that speak volumes.

“You cannot avoid sending nonverbal messages to others,” Darlene says, “however you can train yourself to send the right ones.”

Here she offers her top five non-verbal communications tactics for achieving maximum performance in the workplace.

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12 Not-So-Obvious Tips to Help Small Business Owners Prosper

Prosperous Business OwnersSo, you’re building a small business from the ground up, with only the proverbial wing and prayer to keep you aloft. What are you most intensely focused on? If your response is “stretching my shoestring budget,” “establishing processes that work,” or (the biggie) “making money,” you’re not alone. But according to Joseph Callaway, all of those answers are wrong. Anything that takes your focus off the customer, he says, puts your fledgling business in harm’s way.

“Whatever industry you’re in, success boils down to this: attracting enough customers, and keeping them coming back—with interest!” says Callaway, who, along with his wife, JoAnn, is the author of the new book Clients First: The Two Word Miracle (Wiley, October 2012, ISBN: 978-1-1184127-7-0, $21.95, www.clientsfirstbook.com). “When you’re growing a small business, you can’t afford to disappoint customers, or even offer them a good-enough experience. You have to ‘wow’ them every time, which means giving them the first fruits of your time, energy, creativity, and focus.

“And here’s the payoff,” he adds. “When you succeed in putting your clients first, you will find that everything else—growth, a positive reputation, and financial security—all fall into place.”

Callaway speaks from experience. He and his wife built their thriving business—Those Callaways—in a tough industry that’s had more than its share of challenges. To date, they’ve sold over a billion dollars’ worth of homes. Their book describes their late-in-life entry into the world of real estate, how they had their “Clients First” revelation, and how it has impacted their professional and personal lives. It also gives readers step-by-step advice on how to put their own customers first, as well as why each one works.

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Grab Your Domain Before Your Competition (or Internet Troll) Does

As some of you know, the Food Network’s Guy Fieri owns a Times Square restaurant called ‘Guy’s American Kitchen and Bar.’

Unbelievably, he did not register the domain name. So someone else bought the name and then posted a fake menu. Hilarity ensues.

Bryan Mytko Trolls Guy Fieri

The lesson here—no matter how small or large your business is—register a domain with your company’s name in it before the competition, or a wise guy, does! (We do have to admit that it is funny.)

Here are a few gems—go to http://guysamericankitchenandbar.com to read more!

Guy Fieri Fake Menu

Guys American Kitchen and Bar fake Menu.

10 Steps to Stop Procrastinating–So You Can Be More Productive at Work

By Jude Bijou MA MFT

By Jude Bijou MA MFT

Everyone procrastinates. We usually do it to avoid a task that’s unpleasant or daunting. But when procrastinating starts to interfere with performance at work–by causing us to feel worried, fearful, and stressed-out, or by causing others to feel anxious because we’re holding up progress–then it’s time to stop putting the task aside and get on with it.

Here are 10 ways to get out of the quicksand of procrastination and reap numerous benefits, which include improved productivity, enhanced mood, less stress, better coworker relationships, a sense of accomplishment, and restored reputation at work as a “doer.”

1. Identify the situation.
First, write down the specific task you’ve been putting off. For example, “I have to convert all of my client contacts and notes into the new file-sharing software system and learn how to navigate its tools and folders.” Writing down the task helps you dial in the job at hand.

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