Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Business Planning: How to Size an Emerging Market

by Dave Lavinsky, President, Growthink

In developing their business plans, companies of all sizes face the challenge of determining the size of their markets. To begin, companies must present the size of their "relevant market" in their plans. The relevant market equals the company's sales if it were to capture 100% of its specific niche of the market.

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Friday, September 23, 2011

Starting a Business Ideas (Guide)

Now it's time to find a business idea. You may have a unique idea or you may need help to figure out what could work for you.

We have a long list of Business Ideas, and we have split them into sections for your convenience:
Brick And Mortar Business ideas - read here
Home Based Business Ideas - read here
Low Cost Business Ideas - read here
Online Business Ideas - read here
Service Business Ideas read here

View more resources, tips, tools here

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Business: How to Develop an Action Plan

You need a good plan to put your strategy into action. You need to spend some time working on your business action plan. You also need to review what has been achieved. Your strategy and consequently your business action plan should stress three important aspects - Goals, Budget and Marketing Strategy.

Read plan here

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Analyzing Customers in Your Business Plan

by Dave Lavinsky

The Customer Analysis section of the business plan assesses the customer segments that the company serves. In it, the company must 1) identify its target customers, 2) convey the needs of these customers, and 3) show how its products and services satisfy these needs.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

HOW TO: Start Up a Small Business

How to Guides on starting a new business.

Main Topics:
Going Broke
Laying the Startup Groundwork
Planning for a Successful Start
Raising the Capital
Establishing Your Image
Finding Customers

View thru all these guides here

Monday, September 5, 2011

Tax Calendar for Small Businesses and Self-Employed

This 12-month wall calendar is filled with useful information on general business taxes, IRS and SSA customer assistance, electronic filing and paying options, retirement plans, business publications and forms, and common tax filing dates. Each page highlights different tax issues and tips that may be relevant to small business owners with room on each month to add notes, state tax dates, or business appointments.

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