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I recently left a career as a mortgage broker to pursue my true passion, interior design. I’ve done some traditional marketing—website, advertising, direct mail—but most of the work I’ve picked up has come via word-of-mouth. Is there an art to this method of marketing and, if so, how can I master it?

Not all franchisers are created equal. Some are scrupulous, and others are not. Some give lots of training and support and are easy to work with, and others don’t. Some do not have problems with their network of franchisees and others have far too many.Before you get too excited and start thinking with your wallet instead of your head, find out the answers to these sorts of issues long before you sign any documents.

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Steve Strauss HeadshotSteven D. Strauss is a lawyer and writer and is one of the country's leading experts on small business as well as an international business speaker. The best-selling author of 17 books, his latest is the all-new 3rd ed. of The Small Business Bible. You can listen to his weekly podcast, Small Business Success Powered by Greatland, visit his new website for the self-employed, TheSelfEmployed, follow him on Twitter, and "like" TheSelfEmployed on Facebook. You can e-mail Steve at: sstrauss@mrallbiz.com. © Steven D. Strauss

Just like in spy movies where the hero has 10 suspense-filled seconds to dispose of his or her latest assignment before it self-destructs, you have an equally short 10 seconds to grab your visitors' attention before your chances of making a sale self-destruct and your first-time visitors leave your site forever.

By Corey Rudl, Internet Marketing Center

Just like in spy movies where the hero has 10 suspense-filled seconds to dispose of his or her latest assignment before it self-destructs, you have an equally short 10 seconds to grab your visitors' attention before your chances of making a sale self-destruct and your first-time visitors leave your site forever.

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Corey Rudl, president of the Internet Marketing Center, is the author of "Insider Secrets to Marketing Your Business on the Internet," the comprehensive "How-To" guide for e-business success, which reveals strategies for generating traffic, increasing revenues, and automating your online businesses. For free tips and resources, please contact questions@marketingtips.com.

While VoIP systems are an excellent choice for most companies, it’s important to be aware of the drawbacks to using this type of system. If you’re currently choosing between VoIP and a traditional phone system, here are a few things you might want to consider.

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Resource Nation is your source for small business success, providing how-to purchasing guides, tips for selecting business service providers and a free quote comparison service that allows business owners and entrepreneurs to compare price and service offerings in over 100 categories. From business VoIP systems to VoIP phone service plans, you’ll find the information you need to get the best deal for your business.

Resource Nation is your source for small business success providing how-to purchasing guides from VoIP services to phone systems. Resource Nation also helps businesses select and choose vendors in over 100 categories.

Your invoices may be the most important documents in your business; without them, you won't be paid. Your invoices should always include the following information:

Invoice InformationFrom the AllBusiness.com Finance & Accounting Center

Your invoices may be the most important documents in your business; without them, you won't be paid. Your invoices should always include the following information: 

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AllBusiness LogoAllBusiness.com is a leading provider of practical business advice and resources for small and medium-sized businesses. Find more information on credit and collections and other finance and accounting topics in our Business Advice Section.
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It would be wonderful if everyone simply paid their invoices immediately. However, in business, you need to diligently collect and follow up on accounts. Here are some of the common mistakes that can slow down and hinder the process.

Piggybank-CoinFrom the AllBusiness.com Finance & Accounting Center

It would be wonderful if everyone simply paid their invoices immediately. However, in business, you need to diligently collect and follow up on accounts. Below are some of the common mistakes that can slow down and hinder the process.

Taking the time to choose the right business cash advance provider can be tough–especially if your business needs cash immediately. Don’t make the mistake of rushing into a cash advance transaction with the first company you’re approved by–shopping around can give you bargaining power and allow you to compare rates, fees and terms.

CashBy Resource Nation

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Resource Nation is your source for small business success providing how-to purchasing guides from business cash advance to factoring. Resource Nation also helps businesses select and choose vendors in over 100 categories.

For many small businesses, the most common bookkeeping errors are also the easiest to fix. Use these six tips to help keep your business on sound financial footing. 

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Basic Bookkeeping Tips
For many small businesses, the most common bookkeeping errors are also the easiest to fix. Use these six tips to help keep your business on sound financial footing.

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Visit the AllBusiness.com finance and accounting center for tips on bookkeeping topics such as payrollcash flow management and financial reporting. AllBusiness.com is a leading provider of practical information and services for growing businesses
Copyright 2006 Allbusiness, Inc.

During the current recession, many businesses could use a little more cash…and fast. Here are five quick & practical ways to get the cash you need in a tight credit market.

CashDuring the current recession, many businesses could use a little more cash…and fast. Here are five quick & practical ways to get the cash you need in a tight credit market.

Running a business out of your home has many advantages: no commute, you can dress how you want (well, most of the time), easy access to your kids, etc. One extra advantage of a sideline home-based business is that you often qualify for extra tax breaks.

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Running a business out of your home has many advantages: no commute, you can dress how you want (well, most of the time), easy access to your kids, etc. One extra advantage of a sideline home-based business is that you often qualify for extra tax breaks.

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By Ken & Daria Dolan, Dolans.com

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