So You Want to Make a Whole Bunch of T-Shirts

At SmartBizPractices.com (I’ve transferred this blog unto that new, self-hosted site) I shared an interesting blog post that covers many aspects of starting and running a  profitable online store. I selected to share this article because it highlights some considerations you should make before launching your own business venture. Click here to follow this article in full at the new site.
Launching a physical product with an on-demand service is a great opportunity, but before you market and solicit that first sale, make sure you have your policies (shipping, returns, etc.) drafted and clearly posted.

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Three Tips to Start a Consulting Business, pt.2

Three Tips to Start a Consulting Business, pt.2

Thank you for reading along to part 2 of my article, Three Tips to Start a Consulting Business. If you haven’t done so yet, I invite you to read the detailed part 1 here on my new self-hosted page.

Here’s a summary:

  1. Establish your reputation before striking out on your own

  • Join a Professional Associations and participate 
  • Network Within Local Communities
  • Offer content through your own website
  1. Partner with another firm while building your business 

Continue reading tips 2 and 3 on our new webpage.

Charities and Non-Profits We Support

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Charities We Support

We at SmartBizPractices (the new AJRosario’s Two Cents site) and WoodyThings.com (our Wood Working business) are proud to provide a service to our customers and our community. Through the years we’ve been blessed with great family, friends and amazing customers. Whenever possible, we love to “give back” by helping others in their time of need.

As part of our commitment to give back to others, we volunteer our time and services to support local and international drives. Continue reading “Charities and Non-Profits We Support”

How To Start a Successful Business, Here’s the Plan!

How To Start a Successful Business, Here’s the Plan!

 

American Poet Ralph Waldo Emerson once said:

“The future belongs to those that prepare for it”

What that means to me is that if you want to be successful at something, say, establishing a business, you have to prepare for it. One way to prepare for launching a successful business is to develop a realistic, aggressive yet flexible plan to achieve your goals. Follow these steps and you too can have a great plan to help you succeed in business!

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Setting Business Goals for the New Year, in 6 Steps

Tips for Creating Effective Business Goals for The New Year

“More than 80 percent of the 300 small business owners surveyed in the recent 4th Annual Staples National Small Business Survey said that they don’t keep track of their business goals, and 77 percent have yet to achieve their vision for their company.” –Peter Vanden Bos, Inc.com
As we bring in the New Year it is important to take a step back, look at the big picture, and assess the direction your business is taking. Take a moment to celebrate your previous year’s accomplishments, both big and small. Often times we get trapped with tunnel vision and overlook just the amount of success we’ve attained. Whether it was starting your first social media campaign, launching a new product, hiring an employee, earning your first order, or taking active steps towards beginning your new business or venture. Doubt ends more careers than failure ever does.

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