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    Pitfalls to Avoid to Achieve Success as an Entrepreneur

    There are many dangers to avoid for aspiring entrepreneurs, and while some are obvious, others can creep up on you and wreck your career. These stumbling blocks can appear before you’ve even made your first sale, or they can appear after you’ve really begun to establish your business. Todd Collins a Business owner from Charlotte, NC offers this advice: Successful entrepreneurs would almost always advise you to avoid debt whenever feasible. If you start a business with borrowed money, you are already guaranteed to fail, according to entrepreneur Mark Cuban. Others take a more moderate approach to debt, arguing that it should be limited to a bare minimum. It’s difficult…

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    How to build and protect a business’s online reputation

    A healthy online reputation can increase sales as customers prefer to purchase from companies with positive reviews. Investing in a business’s online presence can protect a brand from negative reviews while strengthening the business’s customer relationships. Here are some strategies that can help build and protect a business’s online reputation: Create fresh content – Quality content that is clear and less promotional is seen as trustworthy. Authentic content can give customers insight into a business’s values and standards. Additionally, good quality content helps to improve search rankings and supports a business to stand out online. Encourage positive reviews – Reviews have become important as customers see them as unbiased recommendations.…

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    Protecting your business’s online reputation

    Safeguarding a healthy online business reputation has not been more important as modern consumers rely on reviews to make a purchasing decision. Building, maintaining, and protecting a business’s online reputation is part of growing a business and this may involve some of the following strategies: Check search engines – Online reviews, blogs, and social media posts are uploaded daily by consumers. Which makes checking Google Alerts and other notifications a necessity to understand what is said about a business. Private customer review websites such as Revdex.com, TripAdvisor, and Yelp additionally offer businesses with profiles notifications when a customer review has been posted. Have multiple business profiles – Claiming profiles on…

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    How businesses should respond to negative reviews.

    Article provided by Revdex.com Negative reviews are part and parcel of business operations. While most businesses dislike negative reviews, if negative reviews are looked at in a positive light they can be an effective way to gather customer information while supporting business growth and brand loyalty. Here are some simple strategies that can help businesses respond to negative reviews: Be aware of negative reviews – Monitor review websites such as Revdex.com, Google, Yelp, and Facebook to identify negative feedback as soon they are posted. Respond to negative reviews – Responding professionally and thanking the customer for their review, will place the whole situation in a better light. Avoid responding immediately…

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    Learn to Profit from Mistakes Other Small Businesses Have Made in Planning, Marketing and Promotion

    Article was written by  Herb Kimble . Small business owners often make their biggest mistakes before they even open their doors. These tend to be costly mistakes and the reasons why between 90% and 95% of new businesses fail during the first year. Before starting out, many prospective owners don’t conduct a written feasibility study to determine the potential market and profitability for their business. Even the most original businesses, run by incredibly talented people fail because the market potential is too low, operating costs are too high, or for some other unforeseen reason. That’s why successful large businesses never start a new venture or launch a new product before doing an…

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    The benefits of online tenant screening

    If a landlord does a full screening of their potential tenants, the chances are that the tenant they choose will be a well-rounded tenant who will pay their rent on time and take care of their property. With more and more people being time poor, online tenant screening has become popular as they provide details of a potential tenant quickly and accurately. Here are some other benefits of using an online tenant screening service. Better predict evictions – Most sites provide eviction predictions, that will look at a tenant’s credit information and provide predictions on evictions. Immediate screening – Sites now offer you the chance to enter limited details, that…

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    The basics of construction claims

    Summary: Construction claims cost all parties’ time, money and resources. A claim is between the contractor and owner and involves monetary compensation. Understand the different types of claims and evaluate your options, before you proceed with a claim. One of the biggest causes of delays in construction are construction disputes or claims. These claims cost time, money and resources for all parties involved since work grinds to a halt until there is a resolution to the satisfaction of all the parties involved. Here we look at the basic elements of a construction claim: What is a claim? The basic definition of a claim is when there is a demand asserted…

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    How to choose a general contractor

    Written by Lyle Charles It is important to get the assistance of a construction consultant when handling medium to large construction projects. Usually, general contractors will take the responsibility of completing a project for a bid price. This means that your contractor will hire the subcontractors and therefore you will only have to communicate with the contractor directly. Since your entire project is in the hands of your contractor, it is vital that you choose one that processes the right experience, knowledge, and integrity required to handle your project. It is important that the cost is not the main reason why you choose one contractor over the other. As these benefits…

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    Polyurethane Foam is Used More than You Think

    Flexible polyurethane foam is one of the most commonly used products in today’s world. Known for their strong support and flexible usage, they are used in a majority of the things that we use on a daily basis. They support your back on those long drives, make furniture a bit more comfortable, and even keep you warmer than usual on those cold nights. Polyurethane is used in places that we don’t see with the naked eye but feel through its’ contributions. What is Polyurethane? Polyurethane comes from a large family of polymers or plastics. They can have an open-celled structure to them or they can also be rigid, mimicking a…

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    The History of Restraint of Trade

    Restraint of trade was used throughout the 1700s as a means to enforce restrictions on the practice of businesses in order to protect intellectual property. To understand how restraint of trade came about, and some of the implications of this important legislation, one must take a trip through time to 1711. A baker from St. Andrew Holborn, named Reynolds, decided to rent his business out to another man named Mitchel for a length of five years. The two men agreed to a small bond, which would become void if Reynold continued baking in St. Andrew Holborn. Reynold, understanding the terms of the bond to mean that he could not practice…

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