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Article - Are You One of the 80%.pdf. Do You Know The 5 Essential Factors for Lifestyle Business Success? Building a lifestyle business is like going to the gym.

Do You Know The 5 Essential Factors for Lifestyle Business Success?

You can’t read about working out and expect to become fit. You have to learn what works, and what doesn’t, and then you have to actually do something. In the beginning, it’s a struggle, because your body isn’t used to pushing itself. 10 Time-Tracking Apps That Will Make You More Productive In 2014. My favorite tools to keep track of my time are, honestly, pen and paper.

10 Time-Tracking Apps That Will Make You More Productive In 2014

What I lose in snazziness, I make up for in flexibility. I don’t have to turn on my computer or phone, which means I’m better about recording "off" hours. Since I’m not beholden to a spreadsheet or categories, I can describe my time however I want. However, in this age of apps, many people want something a little more fancy. Lots of businesses need to keep track of employee time, and so the time-tracking product category is pretty crowded. 1.

With this app, you say what you’re doing, start the timer, and stop it when you’re done. 2. “How Do I Know If My Business Is Viable?” We get the “business viability” question fairly often around here.

“How Do I Know If My Business Is Viable?”

People want to know if their business idea, as an idea, will work. Fair enough. The answer to that, like just about everything else we talk about here, is not a cut and dry one. Asking if a business idea will work is like asking if those two people getting married will stay together. There are a lot of variables in that equation. However! Let’s talk about business viability. 35 Free Android Apps for Business.

It costs a lot to run a business today but there’s some relief on the app front – many Android apps are free.

35 Free Android Apps for Business

If you’re looking to increase profits and efficiencies and streamline your work while on the run, you’ll find these 35 free Android apps particularly helpful. How to identify your niche market? in 4 steps and with case studies - The Design Trust. As a creative business adviser and trainer I regularly see clients who have identified a target market because they think it will make the most money.

How to identify your niche market? in 4 steps and with case studies - The Design Trust

Many of my crafts business clients focus on the high end luxury market, but they actually hate working for rich people who don’t appreciate their skills and love for making their hand-made work. Is that you?! Don’t make that mistake! The end result is that you will feel upset, frustrated, uninspired and won’t do the best work you can do. What is a Niche & Niche in Small Business. How To Create A Useful Value Proposition w/ Examples. 292inShareinShare Value proposition is the #1 thing that determines whether people will bother reading more about your product or hit the back button.

How To Create A Useful Value Proposition w/ Examples

It’s also the main thing you need to test – if you get it right, it will be a huge boost. If I could give you only one piece of conversion advice , “test your value proposition” would be it. The less known your company is, the better value proposition you need. When I reviewed a bunch of websites, the conclusion was that missing or poor value proposition is one of the most common shortcomings.

The Art of Creating a Magnetic Value Proposition. Getting your point across requires catching and keeping a customer’s attention.

The Art of Creating a Magnetic Value Proposition

Let’s talk about that. Make It Plain as Day “Where am I? What is this?” That’s the starting point of every new visitor who hits your site. Elevator pitch length may be great for most of the page, but information above the fold must move quicker than a pedestrian in New York City. Sharp example from Details matter. Yes, customers will scroll, but the only guarantee you have are the items up top, doing all the heavy lifting. Why This Over That? In marketing, “motivation” is often said to be equal to the perceived benefits minus the perceived costs. Help Scout is entirely invisible to the customer. Points of parity, on the other hand, sell on expectations—features your customers expect to see. We have an “all features” page for those needing to mark off features seen as cost of entry. How to Price Business Services. The reason you went into business selling services to customers was to make a profit.

How to Price Business Services

If you were giving away your services for less than cost, or just breaking even, you'd be operating a non-profit venture – or a business that's likely to fail. There are a variety of components that factor into whether or not a business is profitable, including location, leadership, market demand, competition, and so on. Hiring Employees vs. Independent Contractors. The question facing start-ups and small businesses (less than 50 personnel) about outsourcing their staffing needs to an independent contractor is if the economies outweigh the risks.

Hiring Employees vs. Independent Contractors

Should they hire organic personnel, train them, and administer their salaries and benefits, only to see most of them pirated by larger companies that pay better? Or should they leave the headaches of managing and controlling workers in the hands of other people who are better trained and experienced to do the job? Hiring Employees Versus Independent Contractors The appeal of hiring an independent contractor that has scores of people it can deploy as contracted by the fledgling business, or individual professionals and freelancers who can do limited tasks on demand, hinges mostly on overhead cost reduction. For instance, companies that do business online can benefit from freelance professional web developers and IT practitioners, and need have to invest on expensive IT training for its staff.

Conclusion. Self Employed & Independent Contractors. Do you want to be self-employed or an independent contractor?

Self Employed & Independent Contractors

This page will discuss the many opportunities that are available to you and guide you to success in the small business world. Self-Employed Individuals As an individual conducting your own business, you may want some guidance along the way. For example, what taxes do you need to pay? To make sure you have the basics covered, we've provided this list of helpful resources. Worker's Compensation and Independent Contractors - Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.

How Much Should You Charge for Your Services? Independent contractors (ICs) can charge for their services in a variety of ways, such as a fixed amount for an entire project, an hourly fee, or a sales commission. No matter how you bill clients, however, you first need to figure out how much to charge -- even if you charge a fixed fee for the whole project.

You can't determine how much your fixed fee should be unless you know roughly how many hours the job will take and what you need to earn per hour to make it worth your while. If you're experienced in your field, you probably already know what to charge because you are familiar with market conditions. However, if you're just starting out, you may have no idea what you can or should charge. If you're in this boat, try using a two-step approach to determine your hourly rate: Calculate what your rate should be, based on your expenses.Investigate the marketplace to see if you should adjust your rate up or down.

Calculate Your Hourly Rate Determine your annual salary. Next Step. Hire a Contractor or an Employee? Independent contractors and employees are not the same, and it's important to understand the difference. Knowing this distinction will help you determine what your first hiring move will be and affect how you withhold a variety of taxes and avoid costly legal consequences. What’s the Difference? The 5 Criteria That Make The Perfect Value Proposition. Authenticity. Finding a value proposition when what you sell isn't unique. 75inShareinShare. 10 Examples of the Best Unique value proposition (UVP) Strategies. It's unfortunate that there are very many corporations, entrepreneurs and internet marketers who are investing heavily to market and grow their businesses yet they don't stand a chance no matter what they do because they have no value proposition in place.

Consumers are attracted and buy value, to engage a client, you must have something that catches their eye and gives them cause to probe further. One big mistake internet marketers make especially with internet advertising is not having a value proposition in place on their websites to engage the potential buyer; user arrives at a pay per click advert only to land on a website where they have to click around looking for what they need. Unfortunately, most internet marketers forget that the internet user takes only a few seconds to decide whether to stay or not and without the proper value propositions and call to actions, your bounce rate will be very high. 1. Something new unique value proposition strategy 2. 3. The 7 Keys to Finding the Perfect Niche for Your Lifestyle Business.

Missouri Business Development Program. Calculating the overhead percentage for your business is critical to pricing your goods and services profitably and operating your business successfully. Competitive pricing is always a hot-button issue with business owners. They know competitive prices will attract customers and that price is often the first piece of information buyers collect. So they rationalize that if they can make a favorable first impression on price, increased sales and loyal customers will follow. What they fail to realize is that price-conscious consumers are not always loyal customers. They often choose the lowest price over anything else the business owner can offer. Many business owners establish prices without understanding or analyzing their own costs of doing business.