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Search for human resource outsourcing firms based on your company’s needs.
Gather and compare rates on business loans and equipment leases.
Get connected with professional web designers to sell your product online.
Improve your cash flow with a cash advance based on your receivables.
Find the best service for processing credit cards online and in-house.
Use email marketing tools to send out your product/service deals and details.
Select the right direct mail vendor to help promote your small business.
Find a collection agency to chase down late payments and unpaid bills.
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Owning a company puts you in a power position. You are a leader. You need to make decisions, create a vision, and convince everyone else around you that you have it going on. Take some time to learn what makes a good leader. Read some books. Listen to those whom you view as good leaders. There are qualities that most successful people share.
Many entrepreneurs have risen to leadership positions at other businesses where they have been employed. This gives you practice and feedback from those around you. Starting out without this experience can lead to difficulties.
If you don't have direct experience with power and leadership, be sure to surround yourself with people who have these qualities. Consider putting together an advisory board: a group of business people who meet regularly to look at what your business is doing (financially and other) to give you input. Even though you might have to pay your board, going without their advice may cost you thousands later.
I recommend a book called The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It by Michael E. Gerber (ISBN-10: 0887307280). The book discusses why many businesses fail and how our personalities contribute to the success or failure.
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