Health Care Reform is good for Business

Every break my children have from school, we make the trek from Rochester NY to Clio Michigan and spend our vacations working on projects that will bring us closer to our eventual move. This week, we finally brought the first load of our belongings and in between wind and snow …

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Lowering Credit Card Processing Fees

Processing credit cards can be one of the biggest expenses any business has to cope with.  In some cases it can be more than 3% right off the top – Ouch! To make matters worse, it seems like processing companies purposely confuse the process to keep you from comparing service.  …

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Wasting Money on Software

One of the biggest wastes of money for any business is software licenses. The first issue is that software is a cost center, and ROI to shoot for is some sort of increased efficiency.  Regardless of how efficient it brings in customers, tracks inventory or creates slide decks for presentations, …

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Wanted – Small Businesses with Website Woes

Do family and friends praise your website, but the numbers show that it isn’t performing well?  I can confidently say that you’re not the only one in this situation. Of the hundreds of small businesses that I’ve counseled, each case is confidential, but when I know there are at least …

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BitNami – I think I’m in love

Those of you who’ve known me for a while know that I’m a fan of beginning with the finishing touches whenever I can.  While the idea sounds easy enough, it’s not a fool-proof method of building business applications especially when you consider the prep that is involved. To begin a …

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Marketing Software Skills

If you ask a software developer how to make money writing code, you’ll usually get employment or selling applications as your answer. It’s my opinion, however, that most are missing the boat and need to think of their skills as a marketable service. The other answers, while not wrong, have …

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The old Bandwidth is Like Water Explination

I had a phone message come in from the SCORE office on Tuesday from a small business owner who has questions about expanding her business onto the internet. While it may have sounded better to say that she “had” questions, I know that no matter how good I get with …

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Beginning with the finishing touches

So here’s another general response that pops up all the time when I’m counseling at SCORE. The question is usually something like “Is $1400 too much to pay for a 5 page website?” So my answer is usually something like this… If I knew more about the type of business, …

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