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Negotiate a Deal that Gets You a Win

Negotiate a Deal that Gets You a Win | Finance | Scoop.it
By: Guest Author --- People do not like to feel like they got the raw end of a deal. They do not want to go in and buy a large ticket item and walk out happy, only to feel buyer's remorse a couple ...
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"How To Market With Stickers”

Let’s face it, when you hear someone mention stickers, you probably think of young children and their desire to collect and affix them to all kinds of things. The reality is that a myriad of companies actually utilize stickers as effective marketing collateral..... 

Know Your Audience
Even though sticker marketing has performed very well for many companies, that doesn’t mean that it’s the appropriate strategy for all audiences. Take some time to consider your target audience and what their behavior and interests are before you decide to print and distribute stickers. You should take things like their hobbies, age, type of media, etc....

Stellar Design
Of course, the success of your sticker campaign will really hinge on the design. Getting creative with your messaging, graphics and images is key in generating demand and in getting your stickers placed so others can see them.... 

What Is The Message?
Just as important as a great design, you would be wise to consider what the messaging is that will be present on your stickers. Do you want to include a call to action to try and increase engagement? .....

Dissemination
Once your stickers are designed and have been printed and delivered, the next step is to get them into the right hands. The beauty of stickers is that they can be extremely easy to distribute. They can be inserted in mailers of all kinds, they can be handed out at events and tradeshows, and they can act as rewards for engagement......

At AlphaGraphics, we offer a variety of printing options in Columbus, including sticker printing. If you are in the Columbus area and have any printing needs, give us a call or stop by today.

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"Top 5 Things to Avoid When Printing Business Cards


PA business card is a quick presentation of yourself, something that lasts after your meeting has concluded, and is the marketing piece that you will use the most often in promoting yourself and your company. Being professional is essential, being memorable is important, but mistakes can be costly on any marketing collateral but business cards are the worst.

To avoid the common mistakes made with business cards, follow these simple tips. There are several pitfalls that you can avoid by just being aware of what they are:

1. Do not use low-grade or poor quality paper. Your business cards are a presentation of your business, the perception that is derived from a card can determine whether people view you as “quality”.

2.Monitor or check press capabilities and qualities. Nothing says “home-made” like a poor printing job.
Do your research and find a company that provides high quality printing in Sandy. An actual print shop will be able to do more than just process color, they will be able to accent the card with embossing, varnishes, and unique cuts or sizes. Your press quality will set a tone for your business’ ability to produce quality work...........

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7 Deadly Sins of Financial Management (Infographic)

7 Deadly Sins of Financial Management (Infographic) | Finance | Scoop.it

By: Jeff Epstein (Operating Partner at Bessemer Venture Partners)

 

Financial management is the beating heart of every single business. Money pumps in, money pumps out, and it’s critical to ensure you’re following the right regimen to maintain the health of the organization. As most businesses grow, however, their customer base and supply chain evolve and become more complex.......

 

 

Too many companies -- focused on developing products and fending off the competition -- ignore the requirements of healthy operations and instead rely on a financial system that encourages the worst possible habits....

 

By letting go of antiquated financial systems and moving to a modern, cloud-based financial management system that's integrated with other operational systems, a company can centralize business data and ensure access to correct, up-to-the-minute information......

 

 

The ideal system should automate daily financial processes and eliminates reliance on spreadsheets. This will streamline the workflow and reduce the possibility of errors. This should automate expense tracking, linking those entries to client projects to improve billing accuracy and minimize revenue leakage......

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Reclaim Your Space: Organize Bills, Paperwork, and Other Items in Your Home

Reclaim Your Space: Organize Bills, Paperwork, and Other Items in Your Home | Finance | Scoop.it
If your house seems cluttered, ask yourself if you have too much stuff or do you just need to put stuff away. Establish a routine to do so....

 

Be honest...
How do you generally feel after looking around your home? Do you feel calm and relaxed? Or do you really feel overwhelmed and frustrated? Sometimes we think this is just par for the course and we become accustomed to feeling this way and don't even notice anymore.

 

But I'm not here to preach the demise of clutter or tell you to become a minimalist. As for me, I am starting to implement some general guidelines and basic ground rules as an attempt to live a calmer, simpler existence. The one where you wake up to clean clothes hung up, clear kitchen counters, and important papers in their place.

 

After paying close attention to the messy trend in our home, we noticed that it's not so much the clutter, we just don't routinely put stuff away. Setting up a system to handle all of this stuff is essential to making a household run smoothly.

 

Here's what I do. I make my kids empty their bookbags as soon as they get home. All papers need to be handled. I designate one spot to corral all of the papers that enter my house. As soon as I come in, I place the papers in this spot before doing anything else. Some items need immediate attention while others can be attended to at a later date. I handle whatever needs immediate attention. Also, I take action on anything you can do now. I put bills and financial documents in a red folder that sits on my kitchen counter. I know I will attend to it weekly and handle it from there.

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The Different Types of Car Dealers

The Different Types of Car Dealers | Finance | Scoop.it
By: Guest Author Shopping for a new or used vehicle can be a lot of fun, but it can also take a great deal of time and energy. Many people that begin their search for a new vehicle are happy and ex...
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5 Affordable Ways To Save Energy

5 Affordable Ways To Save Energy | Finance | Scoop.it
By: Edward Nolan We’ve all felt the effects of the credit crunch over the last couple of years and many households have had to have a good look at just where the money is going and where money can ...
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How To Save Water In Your Home

How To Save Water In Your Home | Finance | Scoop.it
By: Katie ---- Water saving is something we all need to be conscious of. Given that water bills have increased in most countries around the world, where clean water is available to the majority of ...
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Faster Payments for Small Business

Faster Payments for Small Business | Finance | Scoop.it
By Guest Author --- If you own or even work for a small business, you know how important it is to receive the money from your clients as soon as possible. That money is necessary to continue supply...
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Why Everyone Will Have to Become an Entrepreneur (Infographic)

Why Everyone Will Have to Become an Entrepreneur (Infographic) | Finance | Scoop.it
From those doing manual labor to those in the C-suite, workers of all kinds are facing more pressure to embrace an entrepreneurial way of thinking.
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20 Easy Ways On How To Save Money On Your Bill Payments

20 Easy Ways On How To Save Money On Your Bill Payments | Finance | Scoop.it
Bill payments have been one of the biggest financial obligations that we cannot escape from.  Either single or married, with or without kids, living alone or not, working or retired, bill payments ...
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Four Surprising Steps On How To Control Your Cash

Four Surprising Steps On How To Control Your Cash | Finance | Scoop.it
Are you the one who control your cash?Or your cash is the one who controls you?How do you manage your finances so that you can multiply it?Do you believe that in this world, there is no shortage of...
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Attract Venture Capital Funding with These 5 Tips

Attract Venture Capital Funding with These 5 Tips | Finance | Scoop.it
It is your job to convince a venture capitalist that his or her investment will be profitable. To that end, I offer the following tips.
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"Writing the Perfect Business Thank You"

Following meetings or interviews, it is polite to send a thank you message to the business owner. As you are thanking them for their time, a new opportunity, or for their charitable donation to an organization there are proper ways to send your thanks. Unfortunately, many students are never taught and never learn the proper way to write a thank you.

Following your business meeting, if you have obtained a copy of their business card you can draft them up a quick note. This can be done in an email or a handwritten card sent to their office. The best way needs to be determined by you all factored on how soon you expect to hear back. Immediate turnaround situations are more often best to email, whereas if you have several weeks before you will hear back, you can send a note to remind them of your previous meeting.

Formatting Your Note

Following the best practice guidelines for writing up a thank you will help keep you looking professional. Do not sacrifice a potential business deal by not using common sense or courtesy. Choosing the best format for your note is determined on what your meeting was regarding. In most instances, it is best to write up what you are planning to say before sitting down to handwrite a letter.

First, find a card that is professional. Swing by the local store’s stationery department, many will have an aisle with this type of thing. If you are at a lost where to start looking, printing companies in Alpharetta or where ever you live, will also carry professional stationery or letterhead. For a business thank you, do not select a card with writing on the inside. A blank card is best for this type of writing, remember it isn’t supposed to be funny it is supposed to be professional......

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Sneak peak of the book “The 5S System of Handling Cash” – Infographics

Sneak peak of the book “The 5S System of Handling Cash” – Infographics | Finance | Scoop.it

“The 5S Sytem of Handling Cash”

 

Majority of us really don’t know how to handle our finances systematically. Yes, we do budgeting and compute our spending, yet we wonder how money slips away in as little as a couple of days after we receive our income.Financial ignorance can lead us into unexpected financial trouble if we can’t handle our money properly, which happened to me not too long ago. I fell into the gaping pit of debt simply because I didn’t know how the money should work for me. A loved one unexpectedly became seriously ill and I found myself in the midst of a blossoming financial crisis. Being the breadwinner, I was unprepared and financially ignorant. My debts piled up and I was at a loss on what to do. This painfully dragged on for almost seven years. I realized that I had been staying in my comfort zone for far too long – working, getting paid, and paying debts. When I was short on cash, I resorted to borrowing money from lenders who charged extremely high interest rates. The cycle just went on and on until exhaustion claimed me. I was painfully breathing and barely living. I yearned to get out of my dire situation. Despite my financial difficulties, I decided to invest in my financial education. I attended seminars and webinars, bought financial books, and sought mentors. I did all of these to better understand my finances and how I could manage my money properly.   You can download at this link-http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HHMLEQ8 ;

 

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5 Questions to Determine If You’re Ready to Be an Entrepreneur

5 Questions to Determine If You’re Ready to Be an Entrepreneur | Finance | Scoop.it
There is more to this lifestyle than meets the eye. Here are some things to ask yourself before you start.



The only difference between people who want to be entrepreneurs and the ones who actually are is the work and the risk of getting started. If you feel like you want to be an entrepreneur but aren’t certain if you’re ready yet, here are five questions to help you determine your capabilities.

1. How comfortable are you with being uncomfortable? Entrepreneurship will mean a lot of uncertainty. If you’re the kind of person who needs a lot of control and a strictly scheduled life, you may not be able to handle the ambiguity that surrounds entrepreneurism. That being said, don’t think just because uncertainty makes you nervous you can’t be an entrepreneur. If you find you have a need for a controlled schedule, that trait could actually work in your favor.......

2. Are you disciplined? You are totally responsible for yourself. Right now, wherever you’re at, whatever you’re doing -- it’s your choices that got you here. How do those statements feel to you? If you feel yourself bristling and ready to argue, then you might not be in the right mindset for entrepreneurship yet. When you start, you must take full accountability for everything -- there’s no back-up plan on why you got passed over for a promotion or why you didn’t get your report done on time. Clients won’t want excuses and ......



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Four Types of Financial Risk Explained

Four Types of Financial Risk Explained | Finance | Scoop.it

By Colin Frey ---- When you have a little money to spare, you may just decide to save it, or you may want to use it to invest in an asset which has the potential to provide a greater return. Investing c...

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Negotiate a Deal that Gets You a Win

Negotiate a Deal that Gets You a Win | Finance | Scoop.it
By: Guest Author --- People do not like to feel like they got the raw end of a deal. They do not want to go in and buy a large ticket item and walk out happy, only to feel buyer's remorse a couple ...
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Real Estate Investment in Europe-Know Where To Find One

Real Estate Investment in Europe-Know Where To Find One | Finance | Scoop.it
By: Guest Author Many people will tend to accumulate a large amount of money as they grow older. They will work hard throughout their entire lives, putting money into savings accounts, making inves...
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Tips from a Settlement Company on Avoiding Debt

Tips from a Settlement Company on Avoiding Debt | Finance | Scoop.it
By Guest Author --- It's astounding how many Americans are in debt. It's reported that around 80% of American adults have some form of debt. These debts more so apply to car and house payments. If ...
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Life Advice From 18 of the Wealthiest People in History (Interactive Graphic)

Life Advice From 18 of the Wealthiest People in History (Interactive Graphic) | Finance | Scoop.it
Wise words from Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Michael Dell, Elon Musk, Andrew Carnegie and other legendary leaders on success, attention, motivation,...
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3 Reasons It's the Perfect Time to Be an Entrepreneur

3 Reasons It's the Perfect Time to Be an Entrepreneur | Finance | Scoop.it
Starting your own business couldn't be a better idea with these three factors lined up for you.

 

Never in our collective lifetimes has it been better to be a startup. Coming out of the economic disaster a few years ago, it became clear that recovery would be on the shoulders of small business. Entrepreneurs are truly the backbone of our economy, way of life and the American dream.

We've got a perfect storm happening that is making the success of startups much more tangible. Here are three reasons why it's the perfect time to be starting your own business:



1. Young and old -- everyone's on board. The generation gap is alive and well, and it's serving the entrepreneur. Baby boomers are recreating their careers hand-over-fist, while the far younger millennials are rejecting traditional career paths......

2. You don't have to do it alone. While many say the internet has made location irrelevant, I'd disagree. Perhaps geographic location -- as in what city you live in -- is no longer relevant, when it comes to setting up shop, everyone still needs a place to work. That's why we are seeing really cool new office spaces for startups pop up in major entrepreneurial cities. Places like Capital Factory in Austin or Alley NYC in New York offer entrepreneurs a place to hang their hat, connect with other small businesses and add................

3. There's no end to marketing opportunities. Social media is a complex place for the entrepreneur, but if you make the effort to get you and your company name out there, you'll reap a wealth of benefits. For those startups looking for help in managing and navigating the 

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Real Business - Will there be banks in 2023?

Real Business - Will there be banks in 2023? | Finance | Scoop.it
Banks are not keeping up with alternative finance models, the sharing economy, or the flexible working trend. How long can they hold their power? (RT @nexkap: Banks are not keeping up with alternative finance models.

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More and more backing for alternative finance models as banks continue to come under fire in 2013. What is the future for traditional banking?

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Banks are not keeping up with alternative finance models, the sharing economy, or the flexible working trend. How long can they hold their power? (RT @nexkap: Banks are not keeping up with alternative finance models.

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Four Secrets You Want To Know In Setting Aside 30% or More Of Your Income For Special Fund

Four Secrets You Want To Know In Setting Aside 30% or More Of Your Income For Special Fund | Finance | Scoop.it
Setting Aside 30% or more of your Income for Special Fund Why do we need to do this? Since, it would be hard to discover later on that debt has been accumulated through uncontrolled spending and in...
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Online Investment Resources » Tips To Succeed In Stock Market Investing

Online Investment Resources » Tips To Succeed In Stock Market Investing | Finance | Scoop.it
http://t.co/Fs8T8j3PC5 - Tips To Succeed In Stock Market Investing
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