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Starting a Business

Are you crazy enough to start your own business? Of course you are. Starting a business from scratch or taking ownership of an existing business can be one of life's biggest satisfactions and could be financially rewarding. ExpertBeacon has got you covered. From concept to writing a business plan to financing to opening the doors for your first day of business, ExpertBeacon experts are here to help you each step of the way.

Executive power: Advice on using clout that comes with the big job

Find yourself with more power than your previous jobs ever held, and not sure what to do with it? Worried about others seeing you as a power monger now that you’ve got a bigger job? With that bigger span of control comes a level of influence that maybe you hadn’t bargained for. Bigger budget, more people under your leadership in a bigger organization, and more eyes on every move you make. Enough to make even the best leaders freeze. It’s not uncommon for leaders who really want to make a difference for their organizations to get overwhelmed by the amount of power that accompanies big jobs.

Ron CarucciManaging Partner

Ron is a seasoned consultant with more than 25 years of experience working with CEOs and senior executives of organizations ranging from Fortune 50 to start-up in pursuit of transformational change. His consulting has taken him to more than 20 d...

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So you want to be an entrepreneur? Basics for being effective

Entrepreneurs are a special breed. It takes a lot of determination, confidence, self control, patience, and believing in your idea/project. It is easy to get side tracked and distracted when you are finding your way to build a business. Many people may put doubts in your head and try to convince you to change things or even drop the business. So before you get into entrepreneurship you have to be confident that you have the right skills for your business project, that you have enough research, money and the right team to get your start up from the ground.

Alina ReyzelmanEntrepreneur and Philanthropist

Alina Reyzelman is a resident of Moscow and London, she also spends a lot of time in the U.S. and travels extensively around the world. Alina is a Ph.D. student, a connoisseur of wines and foods, and the author of World Restaurant Guide. Most re...

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How to use crowdfunding to raise money and launch your business

You have a great business idea, but how in the world are you going to get it funded when you lack the resources or social connections to raise money? Ten years ago, you might have been out of luck, but crowdfunding has changed that dynamic. Crowdfunding is a great tool for start-up companies and entrepreneurs to find investors—sometimes even thousands of them—to back their projects without even leaving their office (or garage).

Linda Worton JacksonAttorney

Linda Worton Jackson is the co-founder of Salazar Jackson, a Miami-based firm that serves individuals and businesses with all of their business needs, from acquisitions and sales to financial crisis, general litigation and financing. For start...

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Successful businesses set goals, evaluate and measure progress

Running a successful business of your own requires many talents and a great work ethic. But without the right forms of measurement and a lot of attention to the numbers, it will be difficult to succeed.

Andrew L. SimonPartner

Andrew L. Simon is partner and member of the SAMC professional consulting staff. He specializes in working with startups and early stage companies, as well as helping established companies open up new markets. Mr. Simon’s experience and expertis...

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Advice for going into and starting a business with your family

Jody Johnson Firm Owner, Certified Business Coach Action Coach Team Sage

Going into business with family can either be an extreme positive for the business or your worst nightmare. Family owned and operated businesses can can be tricky waters to navigate and if the proper steps are not taken prior to starting the business, it can have negative consequences that go beyond the livelihood of the business and infiltrate the family dynamic. However, if the right tools are implemented, it can have very successful results that last for generations.

Jody JohnsonFirm Owner, Certified Business Coach

As co-owner of the ActionCOACH Small Business Coaching firm in Miami, Jody works with clients to help them realize their dreams through thriving and successful businesses. Perhaps the best representation of Jody’s accomplishments is the succe...

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Location, location, location: Ensure the success of your business

Jarred E. Elmar CEO and Managing Partner The Geneva Group Acquisitions and Development

From spotting your perfect location to choosing the right professionals, this article is for anyone looking to set up shop with a new retail business, or for the seasoned entrepreneur looking to expand their operations with additional locations. Picking the right spot is essential to ensuring your business has the success that warrants opening your doors in the first place.

Jarred E. ElmarCEO and Managing Partner

Jarred E. Elmar is the managing member of The Geneva Group and the president and founder of Lextor Financial, a full service wealth advisory firm specializing in fixed investments and non-correlated asset classes for high net worth individuals. ...

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Set clear goals for your small business to be successful

It is apparent that those who start a small business want to see it succeed, but as some of you might already know, it’s easier said than done. For those who already have a small business or are thinking about starting one, it’s crucial that goals are established from the get-go. Your goals are inevitably the foundation of your business, so the following tips are ways to help you meet your goals while keeping your business heading in the right direction.

Kelly WalshOwner

Kelly Walsh, M.Ed, ACC is the president of 1 Smart Life. Over the past 18 years, Kelly has successfully coached business leaders and people from all walks of life to reach their highest potential. With a Master’s in counseling, professional coac...

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Balance work and life while running a successful small business

It can be a struggle trying to balance both your work life and personal life, but when you are a business owner work is always going to be apart of your day-to-day. How is someone supposed to manage it all? Don’t stress. There are several ways to help create a sense of balance within your life, while still running a successful business.

Kelly WalshOwner

Kelly Walsh, M.Ed, ACC is the president of 1 Smart Life. Over the past 18 years, Kelly has successfully coached business leaders and people from all walks of life to reach their highest potential. With a Master’s in counseling, professional coac...

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How to make sure your small business is a huge success

Jody Johnson Firm Owner, Certified Business Coach Action Coach Team Sage

The essential components to having a successful business are hiring the right people, understanding your finances, developing clear strategies, and executing all of them efficiently. In order to make your small business a huge success, you as an owner you must also need to be involved and aware. A small business differs from a large corporation because you have a limited number of executive positions and branches with other leadership positions.

Jody JohnsonFirm Owner, Certified Business Coach

As co-owner of the ActionCOACH Small Business Coaching firm in Miami, Jody works with clients to help them realize their dreams through thriving and successful businesses. Perhaps the best representation of Jody’s accomplishments is the succe...

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How to start turning a failing small business into a successful one

Your business is headed south. The people around you notice. You fear failure looming like a vulture. You’re working harder and longer but it doesn’t help. You’re stuck. Turn your perspective upside down and make your business profitable once again with this helpful advice.

Mary Lee GannonPresident

With more than 16 years of experience as the President of organizations with up to $26 million in assets, Mary Lee Gannon helps people reinvent their lives, organizations and businesses so that they can have a lucrative and balanced life. She is...

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How to decide on key man insurance and protect your business

Frank Darras Founding Partner and Disability Lawyer DarrasLaw, America’s Top Disability Firm

Not many people know about key man insurance, or key person insurance, unless they are in the business sector. It is meant to protect a company’s losses if an instrumental person in a company dies. This could be the founder, a CEO, the owner, or another important team member. The premiums can be expensive, so you need to decide if key man insurance is worth it for your business.

Frank DarrasFounding Partner and Disability Lawyer

Frank N. Darras made a decision nearly a quarter century ago that would affect tens of thousands of Americans. Darras took the road less traveled to help the sick, disabled, and elderly mount a heroic fight against billion-dollar insurance compa...

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How to turn around a business that is not succeeding

Michael Alden President, CEO, and Author of Ask More Get More Blue Vase Marketing, LLC

Are you an entrepreneur who is having trouble with your business? Are you barely making it or losing money? Is your business not growing like you would like? Some fairly simple changes can dramatically change your businesses trajectory. Here is some advice to help.

Michael AldenPresident, CEO, and Author of Ask More Get More

In Ask More Get More, which launches on February 18, Michael Alden teaches readers a whole new way of thinking about what we want and how to get it. Whether a person lives in a cardboard box or a mansion in Beverly Hills, earned a PhD or barely ...

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Successfully start a home business with this expert advice

Karen Hammons The Home Business Success Coach CEO & Author Home Business Success Coach International, Inc.

In today’s economy, with a tight job market and millions in the long-term unemployed ranks, many people are choosing to create their own jobs with a home-based business. While business opportunities are everywhere you look, start the search for your home business by looking inside and right around yourself. You are the foundation of your business, so every strategy you implement for success must be aligned with you and your life.

Karen HammonsThe Home Business Success Coach CEO & Author

Karen Hammons, The Home Business Success Coach and author of Bringing Success Home: 19 Principles for Starting Your Home-Based Service Business, brings her unrivaled entrepreneurial experience in building successful international service busines...

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Advice for starting a business: Simple guidelines to follow

Business failures teach many entrepreneurs plenty of things that you shouldn’t do when starting a business, just as successes will often be the benchmark for future best practices when starting a new business. Trying to pinpoint which of these dos and don’ts you should place the most importance on can be difficult, but the following tips are the best lessons any new entrepreneur could adhere to when starting a business. Here are the top 5 dos and don’ts of starting a business.

Kenneth JenningsCEO and president

Kenneth Jennings started Texas Rekey Locksmith Service from the trunk of his car in 1995. The company was rebranded as Mr. Rekey Locksmith® Services when it expanded outside of Texas 10 years later. During the last 35 years, Kenneth has foun...

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Join the local Chamber of Commerce to help with business growth

Joining your local Chamber of Commerce will have a good direct impact on the success of your business. But you can’t just join and expect consumers to start using your business - you have to be involved as well. Take advantage of all the benefits that your Chamber of Commerce has to offer and make it an integral part of your business growth.

Mark A. TrowbridgePresident & CEO

Mark Trowbridge currently serves as the President and CEO of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce. He is the chief executive responsible for the day-to-day success of the nearly 1500 member organization, working with volunteer leaders engaged in...

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How much money does your startup initially need to raise?

Most co-founders struggle when trying to determine how much money they will need to launch their startup. Especially if this is your first startup company and you are raising money for the first time, there are very important things to consider before you start going around to investors asking for money to fund your product.

Here is some advice for raising money in the early stages.

Max VolskyCEO & Co-founder

For the past 20 years, Max Volsky has combined technology and financial innovation to disrupt stagnant sectors and empower people to help themselves. Leveraging his law degree, Max was one of the early pioneers of the U.S. legal finance industry...

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You must be creative and functional when branding a new business

Building a new business has specific components to help you get started, however branding a new business can have a life of its own. Here are some suggestions on how you can use branding techniques to build your business.

Elizabeth DodsonCo-Founder

Elizabeth Dodson is a Co-Founder of HomeZada, a consumer internet portal to manage a “digital home profile” that helps homeowners manage their largest asset. Elizabeth’s career reflects the adaption to change from a corporate job, to joining an ...

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You can successfully leave retirement and launch a start-up

Launching your own startup company at any age can be a time consuming, difficult, and stressful thing to do. The amount of resources, time, and energy it takes to have a successful startup company can be overwhelming, especially if it is your only source of income. But what if you’re retired? Should you consider coming out of retirement and building a new venture - a startup? Here is some advice to consider.

Andrew L. SimonPartner

Andrew L. Simon is partner and member of the SAMC professional consulting staff. He specializes in working with startups and early stage companies, as well as helping established companies open up new markets. Mr. Simon’s experience and expertis...

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How to be prepared when starting a business and you are over 50

Launching a startup can be difficult for anyone, especially if you are over the age of 50 and already have family obligations, you are leaving your current career, or just don’t have the time to do what it takes to be successful. This list of Dos and Don’ts should help you decide if you have the right drive and personality to tackle a startup, and if you stand a good chance of succeeding. However, if you read the list and it scares you, that doesn’t mean that you are not a talented person or an entrepreneur.

Andrew L. SimonPartner

Andrew L. Simon is partner and member of the SAMC professional consulting staff. He specializes in working with startups and early stage companies, as well as helping established companies open up new markets. Mr. Simon’s experience and expertis...

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Leasing commercial office space for a business requires planning

If you own your own business, work outside of your home and work with any number of other individuals (whether as partners, employees, independent contractors or in any other capacity), then issues of office location, quality of space, quantity of space, office layout, length of lease term and rent involve critical decisions that must be made. Each could have a tremendous economic impact on your business and could determine whether or not your business will succeed. Can you expand when you need to, alter or reduce your space if warranted, be acquired if that is your vision or relocate?

Paul S. Magy, Esq. Member

Paul S. Magy is a member of Clark Hill's Real Estate Practice Group. His extensive commercial real estate experience includes acquisition, development, finance, zoning, leasing and sale of commercial real estate, in addition to litigation relate...

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Businesses need to create a global mindset to be successful overseas

Pretty much every manager in a growing business will say that he or she is willing to do whatever is necessary to help the company succeed. However, many managers don’t consider maintaining a global mindset and investing in cross-cultural training to be of value. In today’s global world, this is no longer an option. There is no doubt that global business is the immediate future. We live in a world where the largest (and many of the smallest) companies work across the globe and in many diverse cultural contexts.

Melissa LamsonPresident and CEO

Melissa Lamson is a sought after consultant who accelerates the goals of today's business leaders by shaping global mindsets and developing cultural continuity in organizations. Through innovative methods, experienced consultation and customized...

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Grow your business while keeping operation costs under control

Michelle Benjamin CEO and founder of Benjamin Enterprises and Pivot Partners Benjamin Enterprises and Pivot Partners

Whether you are a business with a single employee or one with thousands of employees, keeping operating costs under control is something all businesses struggle with on an ongoing basis. From utilities to employee salaries, there are costs to running a business. These costs don’t have to have a negative impact to your bottom line if they are managed correctly. Here are some ways that businesses regardless of size can keep these costs under control.

Michelle BenjaminCEO and founder of Benjamin Enterprises and Pivot Partners

With more than two decades of operational and management experience, Michelle Benjamin has developed a talent management process to save businesses up to 35% off their labor budgets. Her system integrates talent, technology, and processes to con...

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Business growth depends on positive and memorable customer experiences

Customers are vitally important to any business. Obvious? Of course! When you attract more customers and build customer loyalty, you grow your business and become more successful. Therefore, a positive customer experience not only makes good business sense but is also essential to your success. That being said, it is very easy to forsake some of the most fundamental aspects of the customer experience.

As with anything, there are simple dos and don’ts to help any business owner put the customer first and create a positive and memorable experience for the customer.

Bob La LoggiaCEO

As a veteran start-up entrepreneur, Bob La Loggia has been championing innovation and new business models for more than 20 years. As CEO and founder of Appointment-Plus, a leading web-based scheduling software for small, medium and enterprise bu...

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Advice for small business owners on successfully starting a business

Michelle Benjamin CEO and founder of Benjamin Enterprises and Pivot Partners Benjamin Enterprises and Pivot Partners

The idea of starting your own business and being your own boss is a concept that many of us find exciting. According to the Small Business Administration (SBA), over 600,000 new businesses are started each year in the United States. The SBA also reports that approximately one-third of those businesses will fail within the first two years. So as a new business owner, what can you do to make sure that your business is not one of those that fails?

Michelle BenjaminCEO and founder of Benjamin Enterprises and Pivot Partners

With more than two decades of operational and management experience, Michelle Benjamin has developed a talent management process to save businesses up to 35% off their labor budgets. Her system integrates talent, technology, and processes to con...

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Create a successful and impactful brand for your new business venture

Daniel Hanners Associate Professor at The Illinois Institute of Art-Schaumburg and Brand Consultant The Illinois Institute of Art-Schaumburg

Brand development can be an overlooked, but is a necessary stage in the process of starting a new business. Many companies with great ideas underperform because the necessary steps in developing their brand has been under-developed and they fail to present themselves appropriately to their consumers. Here are a few guiding principles to assist you in the development of your brand.

Daniel HannersAssociate Professor at The Illinois Institute of Art-Schaumburg and Brand Consultant

Daniel Hanners is a Brand Consultant specializing in new and existing brand development, refinement, and management. He has over 18 years experience in the design industry and has held professional memberships from the Design Management Institut...

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Successfully starting your business takes preparation and persistence

As we live longer and high unemployment persists, people are increasingly considering new careers. Many people will become self employed or start small businesses to solve their economic needs. With some simple advice designed to help you be well prepared, you can take some of the stress of the unknown off of you and your potential new career or business.

AnnMarie McIlwainFounder and CEO

AnnMarie Quintaglie McIlwain is a former marketing executive with Procter & Gamble and Johnson & Johnson and consultant to several Fortune 100 companies. Today, as Founder and CEO of www.CareerFuel.net, she is a social entrepreneur who connects ...

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